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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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Protesters outside BCPA hold signs
Mary Cullen / WGLT

Stand Up for Social Justice held a vigil Tuesday night to support victims of sexual assault.

Normal Mayor Chris Koos and University President Larry Dietz flip the switch, lighting Uptown in ISU's colors.
Jeff Smudde / WGLT

For the sixth year in a row, Illinois State University has kicked off Homecoming week with the Uptown tree lighting in partnership with the Town of Normal.

Rauner deposits medicine
Mary Cullen / WGLT

Incumbent Gov. Bruce Rauner visited Bloomington-Normal on Tuesday with no pitch regarding his election campaign, just five weeks away from midterms.

Jeff Smudde / WGLT

From medieval weapons to farming tools to hand railings and wall hangings, blacksmithing is actually thought to have started around 1,500 B.C. in the Middle East.

Seth Perlman / AP

Congress was unable to pass a new farm bill before the 2014 version expired at midnight on Sunday.

Staff / WGLT

The U.S. House passed Tax Reform 2.0 on Friday that includes a resolution (H.R. 6760) from U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis.

District 87 Superintendent Barry Reilly
Carleigh Gray / WGLT

District 87's superintendent said the new higher limit on school board member expenses is not directly connected with last year's pricey trip to a conference in Chicago.

Kathy Michael and Nikita Richards
WGLT

Local Democrats claimed Thursday they have proof McLean County Clerk Kathy Michael used her county-owned computers for political purposes and that they suspect she tried to destroy one of them to conceal evidence of it.

Promise Council logo
Promise Council / Facebook

The Promise Council is one of 40 organizations receiving a $25,000 grant from State Farm Neighborhood Assist.

School board meeting
Staff / WGLT

District 87's final budget approved Wednesday night shows increased revenue in the education fund due to the state's new evidence-based funding model for K-12 schools.

Voting machine
Mary Cullen / WGLT

Early voting for the midterm election starts Thursday. Voters in McLean County can head to the polls beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Garbage at a landfill
Ecology Action Center

After 10 years of careful monitoring, the McLean County Landfill is expected to reach capacity and close Sunday.

Jessica Lynn
Illinois State University

Jessica Lynn is an advocate and activist for the transgender community. She is a Kinsey Institute Global Ambassador with Indiana University and a Stonewall School Role Model, and founded The Butterfly Project.

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.

WGLT

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
Mary Cullen / WGLT

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

Ann Ellis Nutt
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.

Mary Cullen / WGLT

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.

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