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The Eastland Companion Animal Hospital in Bloomington is asking dog owners if they want to participate in research on using stem cells to treat dogs with arthritis.

District 87 headquarters
Eric Stock / WGLT

District 87 officials believe the two-year trend of a shrinking property tax base will end this year, and that could lead to a slight drop in the tax rate.

The Woodford County courthouse in Eureka
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One day after a 9-year-old was arraigned on murder charges, a juvenile justice advocate on Tuesday questioned the Woodford County prosecutor’s decision to try and hold the boy criminally responsible for his alleged actions.

Teachers posed together
Blue Ridge Federation Community Support / Facebook

Blue Ridge teachers Union President Don Anton said Tuesday he believes a tentative three-year contract agreement with the district is a good deal for members.

Staff / WGLT

A recent study of Illinois State University shows the number of students who voted in the 2018 midterm election rose 13% from 2014.

Keith Sommer speaks
Staff / WGLT

A Central Illinois lawmaker said he’s encouraged by first steps taken by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) and the its director’s pledge to “re-focus on safety.”

Kathleen and Scott listen
Joe Deacon / WGLT

An intended stand on principle switched to a measure of practicality for Scott Preston during Monday’s Normal Town Council meeting, allowing plans for the Blackstone Trails subdivision to move forward.

Bloomington cannabis task force
Eric Stock / WGLT

Bloomington City Council members on Monday said the city should consider how it might regulate marijuana dispensaries through zoning as the council decides whether it will allow such businesses when recreational cannabis sales become legal in January.

Soledad O'Brien
Keppler Speakers

Former CNN anchor Soledad O'Brien, the guest speaker for Illinois State University's Latino Cultural Dinner next month, said many of her journalism colleagues struggle with reporting on diversity issues.

Flagger on the job
Ryan Denham / WGLT

Several high-traffic streets in Bloomington-Normal will get a major makeover over the next six years as McLean County benefits from $173 million in funding from the state capital plan.

A 9-year-old accused of setting a fire that killed five people in Goodfield struggled Monday to understand the murder and arson charges against him during his first court appearance.

Field where first BNWRD plant was built

The Bloomington and Normal Water Reclamation District will have to spend $160 million-plus over the next couple decades. Businesses, homeowners and apartment owners in the Twin Cities will have to pay for it.

A woman in a wheel chair rides off a Connect Mobility bus
McLean County Regional Planning Commission

Several draft recommendations that emerged Saturday from the Connect to the Future working group mirrored suggestions in Connect Transit's Short Range Transit Plan (SRTP) prepared by regional planners to address changing needs for the next three to five years.

ISU Campus Religious Center sign
Eric Stock / WGLT

The head of campus ministry at Illinois State University said he's seen the national trend of declining religious affiliation at ISU.

Unemployment insurance claims office
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Illinois’ unemployment rate appears to have dropped to a historic low, according to the latest preliminary data from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Merlin Kennedy
Kibler-Brady-Ruestman Memorial Home

One of Bloomington-Normal most notable civil rights leaders, Merlin Kennedy, has died.

NPR's Korva Coleman speaks
Staff / WGLT

After nearly 30 years, NPR newscaster Korva Coleman thinks public media has taken great strides towards creating a more diverse workforce.

Children in cages
Cedar Attanasio / AP

A history professor from Illinois State University says children today are being ignored.

nic mcminn
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

Tempest-tossed twins crash in a strange land, only to rush into adventure, romance and gender confusion in Shakespeare’s comedy “Twelfth Night.” 

The McLean County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council will expand its focus to include youth at risk for criminal activity and those who have been involved in violence, Judge Mark Fellheimer told the council Friday.

Students at ISU meeting
Breanna Grow / WGLT

After meeting for the first time this week, Illinois State University administrators and the Black Homecoming Committee are moving toward a plan to address alleged antiblackness on campus.

Randy Stein / BNWRD

About 100 years ago, Sugar Creek running through Bloomington-Normal was "pretty disgusting," according to Randy Stein, the director of the Bloomington and Normal Water Reclamation District.

COMPACT team on stage
Ryan Denham / WGLT

Illinois State University is taking next steps toward the launch of mechanical and electrical engineering programs.

McLean County

Trauma and the behavioral health concerns that come as a result must be addressed.

Inside Illinois Capitol building
Seth Perlman / AP

A Bloomington architect is taking her passion for historic architecture to one of the state's most iconic structures: the Illinois Capitol building.

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Tucked away near Cardinal Court on the Illinois State University campus are 18 acres designated for restoration. The goal: return the area to its original savanna state.

Chris Corkery's CD release party is Saturday night at Keg Grove Brewing Company
Chris Corkery

Alcohol and anger fuel many of the original songs on the just released "The Gill Street Sessions" live album from Saybrook singer-songwriter Chris Corkery.

State Treasurer Michael Frerichs
Ryan Denham / WGLT

Illinois Treasurer Michael Frerichs will visit Normal on Thursday to promote a savings program for those with disabilities.

Man at a podium at the Normal Public Library speaking into microphones
Colleen Reynolds / WGLT

A farmer from Arrowsmith who raises 74,000 hogs a year says he couldn’t do it without immigrant labor.

Check presentation
State Farm

Youth in the Olympia school district are getting some big help as they chip away at food insecurity in rural McLean County.