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Kristen Gillespie
Illinios State University Athletics

Illinois State women’s basketball coach Kristen Gillespie said Kobe Bryant was a childhood hero for many of her players, and his death is a reminder to make every day count.

Transit meeting in progress
Breanna Grow / WGLT

The group tasked with generating a plan to address a funding gap that could render Connect Transit insolvent by 2026 has concluded its work.

Dr. Allison Arwady speaks
Teresa Crawford / AP

A Bloomington hospital said Friday rumors that the dangerous new coronavirus had spread to central Illinois were untrue, as a second U.S. patient was confirmed in Chicago.

Laura Kennedy / WGLT

Working one meticulous stitch at a time, artist Kathryn Leslie utilizes a time-honored tradition to create unexpected images. 

Bloomington Public Library entrance
WGLT file photo / Bloomington Public Library

The Bloomington City Council is expected to get its first look at conceptual designs for a scaled-down $15 million library expansion by late summer.


A 41-year-old Bloomington woman has died from injuries sustained in a Tuesday night auto accident.

Man stands in front of a harpsichord.
Ken Lam

The Illinois Symphony Orchestra brings the audience music of a living composer Saturday in Bloomington. Charlie Schlenker talked with Music Director Ken Lam about the work "To The Point" by Jennifer Higdon.

John Milhiser and Adam Ghrist
Eric Stock / WGLT

Andre Hursey is keenly aware that his life could have taken the same negative turn that short-circuited the lives of many of his peers.

Clifford Brewer in court
David Proeber, The Pantagraph (pool)

A Livingston County man has pleaded not guilty to murder charges in the Christmas Day triple homicide in Cullom.

Redbird Arena
ISU Athletics

Illinois State University Athletics will host its first Pride Night to support students who identify within the LGBTQ+ community.

Transit bus in Uptown
Jeff Smudde / WGLT

UPDATED 11:25 a.m. | The community panel tasked with helping Connect Transit secure financial sustainability will recommend soliciting a half-million dollar funding increase over two years from Bloomington and Normal to help address the service’s structural deficit.

Secretary of State Jesse White
Seth Perlman / AP

At least three of 16 Illinois residents who cast ballots after being mistakenly registered to vote are U.S. citizens after all, election officials said Wednesday in assessing the damage caused by an error in the state’s automatic voter registration system.

1937 NFL championship at Wrigley Field
AP file photo

A sports historian said a Normal native's nomination to the Pro Football Hall of Fame nearly a century after he helped break the NFL's color barrier shows the league hasn't fully reckoned with the racism that's plagued it for generations.

Storage containers
Eric Stock / WGLT

Town of Normal staff has asked Town Council Member Stan Nord to halt development on his property in west Normal for a business until the town approves a site plan he has yet to submit.

Dave and Charlie

One of the most recognizable names in the Bloomington-Normal business community has changed to reflect a shift in ownership.

Aerial view of ISU housing project
Gilbane/Mackey Mitchell Architects / Illinois State University

The target opening for Illinois State University’s new student housing project has been pushed back until fall 2022 as work continues on a business plan and facility design.

Exterior of SF Hall of Business
Illinois State University

A tenured professor at Illinois State University claimed in a new sex-discrimination lawsuit that she’s unfairly making less than her male peers and was threatened with retaliation for raising her concerns.

Joe Deacon / WGLT

Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner said Tuesday night he believes the city continues to make strides toward becoming a better place to live.

Screen at Normal council meeting
Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

Normal Town Council members and town staff agreed with an environmental group that the community needs better emergency plans for heat waves and polar vortexes.

India.Arie sings
Matt Sayles / Invision/AP

What is Highway 309? It's the station that plays new music from India.Arie, Big Thief, Hot Sauce Universe, and Rosanne Cash, among many others.

Jacob Beard
Staff / WGLT

McLean County has adopted new guidelines for marijuana businesses to operate in unincorporated areas of the county.

Hazle Buck Ewing Women's Suffrage Collection
Illinois State University

A Bloomington-Normal woman helped wage the fight for women to get the vote a century ago. Now, a newly digitized archive from Hazle Buck Ewing shows it was a long and bitter struggle.

There all kinds of ways a gardener could get hurt, from sprains and strains to even more serious injuries.In this edition of WGLT's gardening podcast Grow, Mike McCurdy talks with Illinois State University's Patrick Murphy about preventing injuries and staying safe.

WGLT's Grow is your source for gardening advice and down-to-earth tips. Murph and Mike are ready to take on all your gardening questions, so submit yours today.

The winter months are a perfect time to daydream about spring and the upcoming planting season...and nothing can help fuel that imagination like seed and plant catalogues. But a little knowledge about different kinds of new plants can help. Patrick Murphy has that knowledge in this edition of our gardening podcast Grow.

Hovey Hall entrance
Illinois State University / Illinois State University

Illinois State University has named professors in technology and mathematics as its new distinguished professors.

Andrew Held
Tiffani Jackson / WGLT

When gunfire erupts in Bloomington-Normal, odds are good that Andrew Held will receive a call to help with the aftermath.

Mural and Beaufort buildings
Ryan Denham / WGLT

UPDATED 10:35 a.m. | A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by the Uptown mural artists against the Town of Normal and its Trail East developer, though he left the door open for another suit if the artwork is damaged or destroyed during relocation.

Breanna Grow / WGLT

Come November, Illinois voters will decide whether to change the state’s income tax structure from the current flat tax to a new progressive or graduated model.

flag sculpture
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

For hundreds of years, artists have made the sky their muse. 

Dr. Shaun Kink
Bloomington Police

A 36-year-old Bloomington doctor is off the job at least temporarily after being charged this week with forcing oral sex on a woman with a disability.