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McLean County State's Attorney

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McLean County has a new top prosecutor, Don Knapp. The McLean County Board appointed him state’s attorney last month after his predecessor, Jason Chambers, became a judge.

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Two years after the Illinois Supreme Court decided to permanently allow cameras and microphones in courthouses, only half of counties statewide have actually implemented broadcast trial coverage.

McLean County State's Attorney candidates
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Four candidates seeking to become McLean County's top prosecutor made their closing arguments Tuesday before the County Board Executive Committee.

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Five people have filed applications to become McLean County's top prosecutor. They include four current or former assistant prosecutors in the office.

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McLean County State’s Attorney Jason Chambers' resignation could provide the Republican Party an opportunity to guarantee its selected candidate stays in that position until the 2020 election.

Jessica Woods and Don Knapp
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A McLean County Board member said Monday that four candidates have emerged in the search for a new state's attorney.

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McLean County State's Attorney Jason Chambers has been chosen to become a judge, the Illinois Supreme Court announced Monday.

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

Local law enforcement and prosecutors speak during a Q&A on Wednesday, April 4, 2018, at the Normal Theater. They premiered a new PSA focused on sexual assault victim-blaming.
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Normal Police and McLean County prosecutors are teaming up to send a clear message: Stop blaming victims of sexual assault.

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The City of Bloomington’s attorney asked prosecutors to give aldermen a closed-door “high-level briefing” on the Coliseum fraud case, only to be denied by the McLean County state’s attorney because such a meeting might violate the state’s Open Meetings law, GLT has learned.

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Bloomington Police

Two top law enforcement officials in McLean County say they’re disturbed by an uptick in juveniles getting into trouble with illegal guns.

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Bloomington Police now say a second man was the driver in a fatal hit-and-run crash on the city’s southeast side—not the suspect that authorities initially announced in a press release.

McLean County authorities are still seeking one of two suspects charged with sharing inappropriate photos allegedly taken at a Chenoa retirement community.

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McLean County Sheriff's Department

Last month at a hearing Judge Scott Drazewski told both sides he would like to be ready to set a trial date for Kirk Zimmerman at the hearing coming up Thursday.

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Attorneys for Alan Beaman say they will ask the Illinois Supreme Court to review an appeals court ruling exonerating former Town of Normal police officers who Beaman accused of conspiring to wrongfully and maliciously prosecute him.

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The 22-year-old daughter of a woman whose body was found Sunday near a nature trail in Funks Grove was arrested Friday on murder charges, authorities said.

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An Illinois appeals court has ruled in favor of WGLT, the Pantagraph Newspaper, and the Illinois Press Association in a dispute with the defense counsel in the Kirk Zimmerman murder case.

Zimmerman's Attorneys had sought to keep secret hearings on some pretrial motions. They argued disclosing those would make it more difficult to find impartial jurors.

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An Illinois appeals court has rejected a claim by a convicted home invader in Normal that he didn't harm anyone and shouldn't be punished.

Court records show police were chasing Chad Dorsey in March of 2013, trying to arrest him on a warrant. Dorsey broke down a door into a family's apartment.

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A Bloomington woman has received a four-year prison sentence for neglecting an elderly family member.

Prosecutors say sixty-year-old Doreen Rodgers had her housing, expenses, and a monthly allowance paid for by the older man.

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Meet Joch. He's the latest addition to the Children's Advocacy Center and the McLean County State's Attorney's office.

Joch will be there to make it easier for children to be in a courtroom or to give testimony or interviews to officials in what can sometimes be a scary setting.