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Charlie Schlenker

News Director

GLT News Director Charlie Schlenker grew up in Rock Island, Illinois and graduated from Augustana College. He has spent more than three decades in radio and has won numerous state and national awards for journalism. He lives in Normal with his family.

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In the wake of the mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, earlier this year, Bloomington-Normal students are still working for change.

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Bloomington Police Chief Brendan Heffner has cleared his first hurdle toward becoming the next U.S. Marshal for the Central District of Illinois.

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The McLean County Board on Tuesday overwhelmingly signed on to recommendations for the county's nursing home developed by a special panel of experts from the community.

Unit 5 district offices
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The Unit 5 school district and the union representing its teachers have reached a tentative collective bargaining agreement.

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A potential Connect Transit transfer center in Downtown Bloomington is still on the table.

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A Bloomington-Normal tragedy is being held up as an example of the help a new law provides for those in need of organ transplants.

Ryan Denham / WGLT

A couple potential moves could leave the McLean County state's attorney's office without its top two administrators.

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Heartland Community College

The new Heartland Community College president will be Keith Cornille.

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Community organizer Jenn Carillo said she wants more than to have people at the table listen to her. She wants a seat at the table.

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The latest State Farm Insurance unit to undergo realignment is State Farm Bank. The company says it is making about an 18 percent cut to the number of workers at State Farm Bank.

But, there will be an increase of about 100 bank employees in Bloomington-Normal as the company says it looks for ways to build a leaner, stronger company.

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Bloomington aldermen balanced the new city budget without a significant increase in property taxes, but it’s unclear if they’ll be able to do that again a year from now.

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The potential contest to become the next McLean County Republican Party chair has evaporated.

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Alderman Karen Schmidt said she cannot support a Welcoming City ordinance at this time.

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The new chief judge for the circuit that includes McLean County is Mark Fellheimer.

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State Farm Insurance is adding armed guards to its major hubs including Bloomington, Atlanta, Dallas, and Phoenix.

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Home health care workers are paid close to poverty wages in many parts of the country. And that's a problem, according to Illinois State University sociologist Chris Wellin.

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An economist for the Illinois Farm Bureau says he does not think Bloomington-Normal's realty sector will suffer much from the exit of nearly 900 information technology jobs at State Farm Insurance.

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Some of the worst road surfaces in Bloomington-Normal will get badly needed repairs this month, according to Bloomington's Public Works director.

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State Farm Insurance is announcing an auto rate decrease for Illinois. The Bloomington-based company says the average decline for Illinois rate payers will be 2.9 percent.

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The McLean County Nursing Home is at a “tipping point,” according to a blue-ribbon panel of health care leaders that studied the facility.

Carleigh Gray / WGLT

The League of Women Voters of McLean County has released a study concluding the McLean County Nursing Home is not sustainable under the current business model.

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The Town of Normal has a happy surprise on its insurance premiums. Council members Monday will decide whether to approve a premium package 13 percent below last year's rates.

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As friends, staff, and Normal Town Council members gathered to congratulate retiring City Manager Mark Peterson on Thursday for his service, Mayor Chris Koos offered a little extra to Peterson's long career with the town.

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Even as mass demonstrations continue pushing for new laws to curb gun violence such as the Florida shooting, a central Illinois congressman said he does not see a need for major new curbs on guns.

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The old saying is memory is a faulty crutch. For years, a professor at Illinois State University has focused her research on proving that old saying right.

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There are signs of trouble for a new grocery store cooperative in Bloomington.

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Bloomington-Normal unemployment has dropped to 3.6 percent for February. That was down more than a point from the same month last year, according to the Department of Employment Security.

Ken Lam

Organ music has the connotation of being confined to churches, but that’s not what’s happening Friday night at the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts.

Carleigh Gray / WGLT

The fate of the McLean County Nursing Home appears to be safe for now.

Cindy Le / WGLT

The mayor of Normal said he does not know whether the town will have to go through another round of budget cutting in a few years.

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