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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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Judy and Jeff pose outside GLT
Ryan Denham / WGLT

If you're looking for the federal government to fix the American health care system, Jeff Bauer says you're looking in the wrong place.

NBA player goes for a layup
David Tulis / AP

UPDATED 11:15 a.m. | State Farm has secured naming rights for another sports venue.

Dan Brady at an event
Carleigh Gray / WGLT

One of Springfield’s top Republican negotiators on higher education said freeing up more money for financial aid might look easy compared to the coming debate over a new funding formula for state universities.

Donna Boelen
Ryan Denham / WGLT

The Bloomington City Council will be losing one of its most fiscally conservative aldermen next spring when David Sage steps down after three terms.

I Voted stickers on a roll
Carleigh Gray / WGLT

Opponents of a referendum asking to dissolve the Bloomington Election Commission made it nearly halfway to their goal Monday as they argued that hundreds of signatures collected to put it on November’s ballot were invalid.

Tree with oak wilt at ISU
Patrick Murphy / WGLT

If you see a tree with yellowing leaves and it’s missing branches in the center, it could be an oak in trouble.

Bruce Rauner at a podium
Ryan Denham / WGLT

Gov. Bruce Rauner has a vetoed bill that would have given public school teachers an annual minimum salary of $40,000 over the next five years.

Jeanna talks about the pantry
Jeff Smudde / WGLT

Illinois State University students started their second week of classes Monday. By now they’ve got a place to stay, a bag full of books, and a jam-packed schedule of classes, work, and extracurriculars.

Larry Dietz talks to Jon Rosenthal
Cindy Le / WGLT

Illinois State University President Larry Dietz has been picked to help Google choose which nonprofits around the state will receive thousands of dollars in grant funding.

Home with For Sale sign
Carleigh Gray / WGLT

The local Realtors president said corporate relocations helped the Bloomington-Normal real estate market play some catchup during an especially busy July.

Crews near Road Closed signs
Seth Perlman / AP

The Illinois Department of Transportation is warning drivers that trips on Interstate 55 between Bloomington-Normal and Chicago will take a bit longer for the next several weeks.

Voter at a precinct
Carleigh Gray / WGLT

Republicans and Libertarians are trying to kill the Bloomington Election Commission (BEC).

It’s not the first time someone’s wanted to do that. After all, it’s a little odd that Bloomington has its own election authority when everyone else in the county votes through the county clerk’s office.

JB Pritzker walks at a farm
Ryan Denham / WGLT

Gov. Bruce Rauner and his Democratic challenger J.B. Pritzker were minutes away from crossing paths Wednesday in Normal as they asked a tent full of farmers for their support.

Chad at the bar
Ryan Denham / WGLT

A few years ago, Brandon Leach and Zack Poleto were ready to open their pop-up restaurant in Bloomington, inspired by their favorite dishes from all over the world.

Speed Limit sign
Mike Goad / Flickr/Creative Commons

Wider use of traffic-calming tools like curb extensions and more ticket-writing cops were among the ideas floated Tuesday as the Bloomington Transportation Commission began tackling a request from aldermen to curb speeding in residential neighborhoods.

Biker on the trail
Staff / WGLT

Central Illinois bicyclists, runners, and walkers might be getting a lot more room to roam.

Dogwood tree
Falon Yates / Creative Commons/Flickr

It’s not unusual for gardeners to move or transplant a shrub, tree, or plant from one location to another. But seeing that plant thrive after it’s moved is another matter.

Eric Stock / WGLT

UPDATED 1 p.m. | The McLean County Board picked Don Knapp on Tuesday become the next state's attorney.

Gov. Bruce Rauner with, left, Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti and attorney general candidate Erika Harold on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018, in Springfield.
@BruceRauner / Twitter

Republican candidate for attorney general Erika Harold says her recent comments at a coal energy conference in southern Illinois are not a signal she wants to ease up on environmental law enforcement.

Gavel and GLT logo
WGLT

The fight over whether the Bloomington Election Commission should be dissolved turned a bit more cordial Friday as those on opposite sides of the issue agreed in court to quickly swap evidence in hopes of meeting a fast-approaching deadline.

Bloomington Police

Two men are in custody after Bloomington Police seized $27,000 in meth and other illegal prescription pills during a traffic stop in Carlock.

John Milhiser
milhiserstatesattorney.com

Nearly 19 months after taking office, President Donald Trump announced Thursday his nominee to become the top federal prosecutor for the Central District of Illinois.

gavel
WGLT

An Illinois appellate court ruled Tuesday that a former Bloomington pastor shouldn’t be allowed to sue his church for defamation because its internal investigation into sexual harassment allegations against him was constitutionally protected.

Tree stump
Tree Stump Baumstrunk / Flickr/Creative Commons

The word “homemade” usually denotes wholesome or delicious, like homemade pie. But when it comes to homemade herbicide, pesticides, or other remedies, just as much caution is needed as with the commercially produced chemicals.

I Voted stickers on a roll
Staff / WGLT

The clock is ticking to resolve a dispute over the signatures collected to put a referendum on November’s ballot to dissolve the Bloomington Election Commission.

Mike Hill / WGLT

David Sage said Tuesday he’s not running for re-election to the Bloomington City Council in 2019—the second alderman to decide against seeking another term.

Derek sits in his office at Fell Hall
Jeff Smudde / WGLT

Editor’s note: This is Part 1 of GLT’s Skipping School, a special series about the teacher shortage facing Illinois schools.

Erik rankin
Ryan Denham / WGLT

The chair of the McLean County Democrats said Monday that his party plans to file a formal challenge to the signatures collected to put a referendum on November’s ballot to dissolve the Bloomington Election Commission.

Panelists speak at GLT event
Jeff Smudde / WGLT

President Donald Trump’s attacks on the media are having a “major effect” on how the public perceives journalism and journalists, even at the local level, a panel of experts said Wednesday night.

Combine harvests corn in a field
Seth Perlman / AP

In many ways, the history of farming is about its future—how we went from hand tools and horses to self-driving tractors and $10,000-an-acre farmland.

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