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Mary Cullen

Reporter

Mary Cullen is a reporter at GLT. Mary recently finished her master’s degree in public affairs reporting at the University of Illinois at Springfield. The Illinois State University alumna completed internships at NPR Illinois in Springfield and the Chicago Sun-Times.

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Audrey Stickrod / Heartland Community College

For the first time, Heartland Community College is seeing a deficit in its operating budget.

Protest at NCHS for gun control
Ryan Denham / WGLT

In this era of high profile school shootings, it's more important than ever that schools train for such a crisis.

Customers and staff outside Green Top with produce
Jeff Smudde / WGLT

Green Top Grocery must raise at least $300,000 this fall or risk closing its doors.

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Editor’s Note: Town Council member R.C. McBride is also GLT’s General Manager.

Ben Luginbuhl poses in his classroom
Mary Cullen / WGLT

A music and choir teacher from Unit 5 is one of 10 nominated to be the 2019 Illinois Teacher of the Year.

Diana Rauner speaks at podium
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Illinois First Lady Diana Rauner visited Bloomington-Normal on Friday to discuss the importance of Illinois Family Connects, a free newborn home visit program.

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Jason Reblando / Illinois Wesleyan University

A Pulitzer Prize-winning author who chronicled what she called an "eye-opening story" of a transgender child addressed Illinois Wesleyan University students on Wednesday at the president's convocation.

ISU football players running
Staff / WGLT

Southern Illinois University (SIU) released a new policy change this week to its code of conduct, banning student athletes, cheerleaders, and spirit members from participating in displays of political activism while in uniform or while performing or competing in official events and activities.

Normal Public Library
Staff / WGLT

After postponing plans for a new library, the Normal Public Library is now considering renovation.

Mark Daniel
Staff / WGLT

Unit 5 Superintendent Mark Daniel said the district has about a year and a half until a referendum becomes necessary to maintain the current quality of education.

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The grand opening of Bakery & PickleEpiphany Farms Hospitality Group’s newest venture, is right around the corner. The private dinner club is unlike any other in Bloomington-Normal, transforming into a speakeasy-style bar after hours.

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Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti was in Bloomington-Normal on Thursday to witness a demonstration of Advocate BroMenn’s telehealth system.

Rodney Davis speaks to reporters
Staff / WGLT

Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into possible Russian election interference has led to five convictions coming out of President Donald Trump's inner circle.

Teacher speaks to school board
Mary Cullen / WGLT

A veteran Unit 5 substitute teacher said the district doesn’t pay in a timely manner, let alone enough for the job.

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Republican candidate for attorney general Erika Harold said she wants a statewide grand jury to investigate cases of child sex abuse within the Catholic church in Illinois.

Heartland and Exelon leaders sign partnership
Steve Fast / Heartland Community College

A new partnership between Heartland Community College and Exelon gives employees at the Clinton Power Station customized courses towards an associate’s degree.

BERNARD GOITEIN / CENTER FOR BUSINESS AND ECONOMIC RESEARCH, BRADLEY UNIVERSITY

The Peoria area's economy saw improved labor market conditions during the second quarter of 2018.

Crews near a creek
Bloomington Fire Department

An overnight diesel spill at a Shell gas station in Bloomington contaminated a nearby creek.

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Bloomington High School (BHS) welcomed this year’s freshman class Monday with a cookout and game day.

Solar panels
SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN / AP

The YWCA McLean County has saved about $14,000 in the 10 months since installing its 123-kilowatt solar panel.

DJJOHN / FLICKR VIA CREATIVE COMMONS

Editor's note: This is Part 3 of GLT’s Skipping School, a special series about the teacher shortage facing Illinois schools. You can also read Part 1 and Part 2.

JB Pritzker speaks to a crowd
Mary Cullen / WGLT

Statewide and local Democratic candidates gathered Wednesday in Bloomington as part of a kickoff rally ahead of Democrat Day at the State Fair.

Staff / WGLT

A recent study co-authored by an Illinois State University professor finds that college-aged adults who were helicopter parented are less likely to get involved in politics than their non-helicopter parented counterparts.

Staff / WGLT

A Planned Parenthood Illinois leader said her organization is embracing the liberal image opponents try to use against them.

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After opening in 2016, Normal Township’s Activity and Recreation Center is raising money to renovate an extra 3,000 square feet of space.

JB Pritzker and Juliana Stratton speak to a crowd in Bloomington
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Democratic candidates from across the state will converge in Bloomington-Normal next week, an uncommon occurrence in red McLean County.

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Illinois election officials are still trying to determine how best to safeguard the election process and voter data. That’s after Russians hacked the Illinois voter log in the 2016 election, exposing 76,000 voter registrations.

Some voter information, though, is not under state control.

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There’s a lack of minority representation and participation in Unit 5 schools, according to a 20-year Bloomington-Normal resident.

Don and Luella Mahannah on a couch
Mary Cullen / WGLT

A counseling center providing service for the poor and uninsured in Bloomington has a new location with room for additional counseling opportunities.

INtegRIty counseling moved only slightly from its original location. Co-Founder Don Mahannah said the move gives them more space to make a difference in the community.

"We're calling this moving two doors down to double our space and double our impact," Don Mahannah said.

The New Space

Ryan Denham / WGLT

A team of nationally ranked junior competitive shooters includes a Normal Community West High School student.

Speaking on the 21st Tuesday, 17-year-old Jaden Thompson represented the Central Illinois Precision Shooters (CIPS).

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