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Ryan Denham

Digital Content Director

Ryan Denham started his career as a copy editor and later business and city government reporter at The Pantagraph in 2006. He later worked for WJBC radio in Bloomington.

Ryan joined WGLT full-time in 2017 as Digital Content Director.

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American Red Cross

More than 30 volunteers and four emergency response vehicles from central and southern Illinois have already been deployed to Texas as part of the American Red Cross’ Harvey relief efforts.

Ryan Denham / WGLT

Bloomington-Normal bars and restaurants aren’t the only ones happy to see the college students back in town.


A $17,000 grant from the National Park Service gives the green light to a plan to preserve and restore the iconic Tropics neon sign on Route 66 in Lincoln.


A fifth Democrat has announced plans to challenge U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis next year.

Eric Gay / The Associated Press

Five Red Cross volunteers and an emergency response vehicle from Central Illinois have been deployed—with more on the way—as Hurricane Harvey makes landfall in Texas.

Mark Lennihan / The Associated Press

Bloomington-Normal’s jobless rate continued its decline in July, as the local economy added more jobs in professional and business services and leisure and hospitality.

Ryan Denham / WGLT

Frustrated by years of gridlock and bad decisions in Springfield, a panel of experts said Thursday that local governments, nonprofits, and business leaders may need to go their own way and rebuild their starved social service network using community resources.

A 41-year-old Bloomington man is dead after a motorcycle crash Thursday night in northeast Normal.

Hockey player on skates
Courtesy / Bloomington Thunder

Bloomington’s hockey team has a new name: the Central Illinois Flying Aces.

District 87 notified parents this week that elevated lead levels were found in possible drinking-water sources at four of its elementary schools.

Ryan Denham / WGLT

The chair of the Bloomington-Normal Sister Cities Committee said Tuesday that he doesn’t want the recent controversy surrounding Mayor Tari Renner to distract from his organization’s good work.

Ryan Denham / WGLT

For many new parents, the most precious commodity on Earth isn't diapers or even a good night's sleep. It's milk from mom.

A 16-year-old boy has died after being critically injured by a hit-and-run driver while riding his bike on Bloomington’s southwest side.

Staff / WGLT

Just a month after Bloomington’s aldermen created a new police advisory board, the Normal Town Council heard recommendations Monday for improving how its officers interact with people of color.

Illinois State University

With a sense of awe and a sense of humor, Central Illinois residents documented Monday's rare solar eclipse by sharing a ton of photos on social media.

Ryan Denham / WGLT

Bloomington-Normal residents were reminded Monday to check their smoke detectors after authorities released the cause of a fatal condo fire in Normal.

Ryan Denham / WGLT

Cubicles, classrooms, and even some streets emptied out Monday afternoon as Bloomington-Normal gazed up to the sky for the much-anticipated solar eclipse.


UPDATED 8:20 a.m. Sunday | Denny's Doughnuts and Bakery posted an update Sunday on its Facebook page about the success of its #sheetcaking.

David Bailey / NASA

Monday’s long-awaited solar eclipse is giving Bloomington-Normal teachers an opportunity to get their students excited about science.

An influential McLean County Republican leader said Thursday that the local GOP chairman should not have shared a controversial post this week on the party's Facebook page. She also said the resulting backlash was "beyond deplorable" and may energize local Republicans going into next year's elections.


Can’t make the trip down to Carbondale for Monday’s total eclipse? There’s plenty of ways to enjoy this rare event right here in Bloomington-Normal, which will get a maximum 90 percent of the Sun obscured by the Moon. That should make it seem like twilight, according to the Twin City Amateur Astronomers.

Cristian Jaramillo / WGLT

Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner said Thursday he won’t let an Illinois State Police investigation into his recent trip to Japan become a distraction that derails his agenda for the city.

Pablo Martinez Monsivais / The Associated Press

It’s been a tough week for President Donald Trump. But if you’re wondering if this is finally enough for his strongest allies in McLean County to abandon ship, it’s not.

Ryan Denham / WGLT

There will soon be another place to drink local in Bloomington-Normal.

Staff / WGLT

Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner is again facing questions about his online behavior, after a new round of late-night comments posted on GLT’s Facebook page.

Ralph Weisheit / WGLT

Bloomington-Normal home sales dipped in July as fewer buyers closed deals during the busy summer selling season.

Ralph Weisheit / WGLT

The McLean County Republican Party is facing criticism over a Facebook post that sided with President Donald Trump and his widely condemned “both sides” remarks in the wake of the Charlottesville violence.

A jury convicted a 25-year-old man Tuesday in a scheme to deposit forged checks at a Normal bank and then withdraw the money from ATMs before the bad checks could be discovered.

Hockey player on skates
Courtesy / Bloomington Thunder

Bloomington’s hockey fans may need to buy some new jerseys this fall.

The Bloomington Thunder is considering changing its name for the new season that begins Oct. 7. An announcement could come as soon as next week, said chief operating officer Brendan Kelly.

One possible name is the Central Illinois Flying Aces. When asked about that name, Kelly declined to say if it was under consideration. However, the domain name ciflyingaces.com was registered in Kelly's name on July 11, records show. A second team official is also listed on the domain registration.


Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner conceded Tuesday that his latest online run-ins with conservative critics aren’t helping him politically, even as he defended his threat to sue a local blogger and an aggressive late-night email to another opponent.