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Bags of methamphetamine in truck bed
Illinois State Police

Illinois State Police seized more than five pounds of methamphetamine following a traffic stop Tuesday in Livingston County.

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Ken Chui

Sarah Grammer is seeking a second term as Normal Township supervisor as the Democratic party seeks to maintain power the party seized four years ago after decades of Republican control.

McLean County Health Department sign
Staff / WGLT

Bloomington-Normal hospitals are almost completely out of space for new patients.

Looters exit Target
Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

A McLean County judge delayed sentencing hearings Tuesday for two men charged in connection with last summer's looting after prosecutors could not provide figures for the restitution the judge insisted the defendants pay to the Normal Police Department and two businesses.

Prairie Pride Coalition / Facebook

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, there was the AIDS crisis—one of the great public health challenges in the country's history. It changed the way we view science, medicine and the role of government during a national emergency.

OSF St Joseph Medical Center
Eric Stock / WGLT

OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington is adding a $10 million cancer center. The move follows the August exit of OSF from the Community Cancer Center in Normal that used to be a joint venture with Carle BroMenn. 

Ames Library at Illinois Wesleyan University
Staff / WGLT

The head of Illinois Wesleyan University’s coronavirus response said COVID-19 compliance on campus was generally good during the fall semester, but it was a learning process for both students and staff.

Dion and Kari

A former McLean County government employee claims in a new federal lawsuit that he faced on-the-job discrimination and retaliation after he publicly raised concerns about racism in the workplace.

Unit 5 signage

Significant community spread of COVID-19 will keep Unit 5 students in all-remote learning through the holidays.

Exterior of a hospital
Staff / WGLT

The McLean County Health Department on Tuesday reported six more COVID-19 related deaths. That’s the highest single-day death toll since the start of the pandemic.

Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

The McLean County Health Department is getting closer to its target of having enough contact tracers available to deal with the rise in novel coronavirus infections in Bloomington-Normal and around the region.

Advocate Bromenn Hospital
Emma Shores / WGLT

COVID-19 has created a health care logjam as new cases rise, but hospitals aren't the only ones strained for space and staffing.

Fraudulent unemployment claims are skyrocketing across Illinois as scammers try to access jobless benefits using employees' Social Security numbers.

Senator Jason Barickman on the Senate floor.
Seth Perlman / AP

Now that voters have rejected the income tax amendment to the State Constitution to create a progressive tax structure, Illinois faces hard choices to balance the budget during the spring session of the General Assembly.

microscopic image of COVID-19

Bloomington-Normal hospitals have a few more intensive care beds available than they did heading into the Thanksgiving weekend, but a rise in COVID testing positivity could increase demand for those beds soon.

Rica and Ann
Family Photo

When Ann Simmons last saw her daughter Rica Rountree alive on April 20, 2018, with obvious signs of abuse, she knew she had to change her life for the better if she was going to save her daughter’s life.

Cynthia and Rica
Police and Family Photos

The hastily concluded investigation by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services into black eyes and bruises on a child who died weeks later of abuse is laid out in state records recently filed in a McLean County murder case.

Town of Normal

The new climbing playspace coming to the Children’s Discovery Museum will be more accessible to those with disabilities and could become an eye-catching after-hours feature for Uptown.

McLean County Health Department sign
Staff / WGLT

Nearly all of Bloomington-Normal's ICU beds are now in use, and McLean County's COVID-19 testing positivity rate ticked up again Friday after several days of improvement.

Mboka Mwilambwe
Staff / WGLT

Bloomington City Council member Mboka Mwilambwe says his experience and temperament make him the best choice to lead the city, starting next year.

2020 has been the worst year in history for California wildfires. And it's not just California. Fires have ravaged large swaths of the west, stretching all the way into Colorado.

Nikita speaks into mic
Jeff Smudde / WGLT

After than less a year at the helm, Nikita Richards said Thursday she has resigned as chair of the McLean County Democratic Party.

police tape
WGLT file photo

A 23-year-old man told police he was shot Wednesday night in a road rage incident in far west Bloomington.

Dana Vollmer / WGLT

'Tis the season of giving and all around McLean County, nonprofits hope generosity is living.

Organizations that rely on community dollars say they've been fortunate throughout the pandemic—and hope that continues into the busiest time of year for fundraising: the holidays.

City Hall exterior
Ralph Weisheit / WGLT

Five additional bars and restaurants in Bloomington are accused of violating the state's COVID-19 ban on indoor service, city officials said Wednesday.

Unemployment insurance claims office
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Unemployment in Bloomington-Normal fell for the sixth straight month in October, but data from the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) show thousands of jobs still haven’t returned since the pandemic began.

Doug Johnson
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

Art meets the retail experience at a venerable holiday event hosted by the McLean County Arts Center in Bloomington. 

A Hudson family is counting its blessings this year even though its Thanksgiving plans are still up in the air.

The Hoefler Family

In late October, Adam and Nia Hoefler of Normal and their two children got the news that we’ve all come to dread: the entire family had tested positive for COVID-19. But despite having the same virus, the Hoeflers each displayed very different symptoms.

Sign on grocery store freezer
Eric Stock / WGLT

McLean County health officials report a drop in COVID-19 hospitalizations and in the testing positivity rate as a holiday approaches that they fear will lead to more outbreaks.