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Jessica McKnight
Eric Stock / WGLT

The McLean County Health Department on Friday reported seven new cases of COVID-19, bringing its total to 38.

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Normal Police Department / Facebook

The coronavirus story is developing quickly in Illinois. Here are updates from WGLT's newsroom and our partners at Illinois Public Radio, NPR, and The Associated Press.

Travis Wilson
Eric Stock / WGLT

McLean County’s EMS leaders are battle-planning in case the coronavirus cuts into an already shorthanded volunteer workforce.

Kyana and Bridgetta
Tiffani Jackson / WGLT

Kyana Wilkinson says it’s a scary time to be a nurse.

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Airman 1st Class Wynndermere Shaw / Illinois National Guard

Bloomington’s new drive-up COVID-19 site has rapidly expanded the amount of testing happening in McLean County. But it’s still operating well under capacity—with no good explanation as to why.

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Jon Gambrell / AP

A father of three from Lexington who is quarantined in a tent in his backyard says he wants people to take the coronavirus more seriously and stay home.

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Eric Stock / WGLT

Public works crews in Bloomington-Normal are trying to reduce their risk for COVID-19 exposure.

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Ralph Weisheit

If it was a buyer’s housing market before the pandemic, it’s nobody’s market now.

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Doug Johnson

On a day like today, Doug Johnson would normally be busy at his job as director of the McLean County Arts Center.  

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Staff / WGLT

McLean County has seen its largest surge in COVID-19 cases to date.

Bart McNeil
David Proeber / The Pantagraph (Pool)

Defendants exonerated of crimes they did not commit serve an average of 13 years before their release from prison. In many cases, the stretch between conviction and exoneration lasts decades.

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Bloomington Fire Department / Facebook

One person was injured in a fire Wednesday night at Phoenix Towers in Bloomington, authorities said.

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Beck Memorial Home

Funeral homes are facing a new reality of mourning in trying to follow social-distancing guidelines during the coronavirus pandemic.

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The coronavirus story is developing quickly in Illinois. Here are updates from WGLT's newsroom and our partners at Illinois Public Radio, NPR, and The Associated Press.

Man runs on trail
Staff / WGLT

Bloomington-Normal is expecting some nice weather over the next few days. That raises new questions about the coronavirus stay-at-home order: Is it OK to go to the park? What about Constitution Trail?

Yes and yes, with some caveats.

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Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

McLean County Board Finance Committee members Wednesday evening asked Bloomington-Normal Economic Development Council Director Patrick Hoban to develop guidelines to repurpose money from a business creation fund to help existing businesses hit by pandemic-caused shutdowns.

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Rogelio V. Solis / AP

Unit 5 and District 87 school districts are each expected to receive $1.6 million from the coronavirus rescue package signed into law last week.

Tom Pliura showing COVID-19 testing kits.
Tom Pluira

An independent physician in LeRoy says he’s trying to address a public health crisis he believes some in the medical community are trying to downplay and increasing public safety risk as a result.

Magic Johnson retires
Nick Ut / AP

“This week is critical,” said Illinois Wesleyan University Professor Greg Shaw.

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Eric Stock / WGLT

McLean County health officials said Wednesday two more people have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the county's total to 20.

ISU nursing students
Illinois State University

The dean of Illinois State University’s nursing college says she supports a plan being considered to temporarily allow graduating seniors to enter the workforce early to help during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Jeff Smudde / WGLT

The coronavirus story is developing quickly in Illinois. Here are updates from WGLT's newsroom and our partners at Illinois Public Radio, NPR, and The Associated Press.

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Carleigh Gray / WGLT

Heartland Community College will not hold a traditional graduation ceremony this spring, opting instead for a virtual alternative commencement amid the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.

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Matt Rourke / AP

Today is Census Day, when many local governments, schools and civic organizations were planning to ramp up efforts to ensure everyone gets counted. This is to ensure their communities get their share of government funding and representation.

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Staff / WGLT

UPDATED 11:15 a.m. | President Trump on Friday signed an historic $2 trillion economic recovery package into law.

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Mary Altaffer / AP

Bloomington-Normal child care providers are stepping up to help essential workers who still have to report to their jobs despite the coronavirus.

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Charles Rex Arbogast / AP

Gov. JB Pritzker on Tuesday extended his stay-at-home order until the end of April.

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Staff / WGLT

UPDATED 4 p.m. | A second person from McLean County has died after contracting COVID-19, the county's health department said Tuesday.

President Dietz
Staff / WGLT

The coronavirus story is developing quickly in Illinois. Here are updates from WGLT's newsroom and our partners at Illinois Public Radio, NPR, and The Associated Press.

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The pandemic has stretched across all 50 states. The novel coronavirus has hit major cities the hardest and spread slower in rural areas. But residents of small towns in central Illinois said they nonetheless worry about the likelihood of the pandemic striking their communities.

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