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For Sale sign in front yard
Ralph Weisheit

The coronavirus has cut deeply into the Bloomington-Normal economy. But one area that seems to be chugging right along is the local housing market.

Vehicles parked at COVD-19 testing facility

McLean County health officials reported eight new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, with two of those patients hospitalized, but in good condition.

Candice Byrd at a recent Black Lives Matter rally in Bloomington
Adam Sitton

Candice Byrd describes herself as a person of color. She prefers that over the term “Black” because she says that means absence of color. The Bloomington native is a case manager at YWCA McLean County and mother of three.

Chris Koos watches results
Cristian Jaramillo / WGLT

Normal Mayor Chris Koos offered a rebuttal to council member Stan Nord’s view of council involvement in appointments to boards and commissions during a WGLT interview Tuesday.

ISU students on a sidewalk
Cindy Le / WGLT

Illinois State University said Tuesday it is still assessing the impact of new rules issued by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement that could prevent some international students from attending the school.

Men holding a sign marching in the Labor Day Parade in Bloomington
Bloomington-Normal Trades and Labor Assembly / Facebook

The pandemic has caused the cancellation of another of the big annual Bloomington-Normal event.

Cans of beer being labeled
Carleigh Gray / WGLT

Bloomington-Normal businesses and other organizations were approved to borrow at least $130 million through the federal Paycheck Protection Program, with the most money going to restaurants and doctor’s and lawyer’s offices, according to a WGLT review of the loan data.

McLean County Health Department sign
Staff / WGLT

UPDATED 3:25 p.m. | McLean County health officials reported Tuesday the county’s first COVID-19 death since May, while the county’s active coronavirus caseload gradually increases.

Bloomington police car
Amy Niebur / WGLT

Bloomington City Manager Tim Gleason said it’s "ridiculous” to suggest local governments will ever fully defund police, but he supports the discussion of how to better redirect some police resources.

Sharjeel Rizvi

McLean County’s pretrial services coordinator has been tapped to serve as the manager of pretrial services for the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts (AOIC).

Prison bars
Michael Coghlan / Flickr

The current pandemic has forced Black men listed on public conviction registries into cycles of homelessness and reincarceration, criminal justice advocates said Tuesday in a plea to Gov. JB Pritzker to suspend housing limitations for registrants.

Couple with their smart speaker
State Farm

A new smart speaker tool aimed at older adults has become the latest example of State Farm’s growing investment in innovation—even in businesses not directly connected to insurance.

Reditus sign at COVID-19 testing site entrance

UPDATED 9:25 a.m. | A record 405 people were tested Monday at Bloomington’s drive-thru testing site, as McLean County officials expressed concerns about delayed results.

Janine Peacher is a professor at Lincoln College. This year, she became the first tenured Black professor at the college.

She spoke with Darnysha Mitchell for the WGLT series Living Black in Bloomington-NormalContact us if you'd like to be featured in the series.

Connect Transit bus in Uptown
Jeff Smudde / WGLT

Connect Transit General Manager Isaac Thorne says the service may need to use $9.1 million in federal assistance to offset a potential lack of state funding.

Thorne said Connect Transit has no assurance the Illinois Department of Transportation will be able to provide its normal 65% reimbursement of expenses after September. IDOT is the bus service’s largest funding source.

Rachael speaks
IBEW Local 197 / Twitter

Union leaders are calling on local governments to do more to protect workers the next time they offer tax incentive agreements to companies.

Black Lives Matter banner
Ryan Denham / WGLT

A young father says he faces eviction for refusing to take down a Black Lives Matter banner hanging from his family’s apartment balcony in Bloomington.

Vehicles parked at COVD-19 testing facility

Seven new cases of the coronavirus were reported Monday in McLean County, continuing an uptick in cases that began just before the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

Peck and Gressman

A new model is cautiously optimistic about a university’s ability to control the spread of COVID-19 this fall—but that hinges largely on how much students socialize off-campus.

Karyn and Chemberly
Staff / WGLT

Mayor Chris Koos said he plans to arrange a meeting with Black Lives Matter BloNo leadership so they can lay out any specific concerns with the Normal Police Department.

 Julie Emig
Ryan Denham / WGLT

The McLean County Museum of History has hired Julie Emig as its new executive director.

McLean County Health Department sign
Staff / WGLT

There were at least seven — and possibly as many as 12 — new cases of the coronavirus reported over the holiday weekend in McLean County.

Joseph T. Thornton III
Bloomington Police

A 49-year-old Bloomington man wanted on attempted murder charges has been arrested in Nashville,  Tenn., police said Friday.

Students standing in front of Ames Library
Illinois Wesleyan University

Religious scholars and philosophers are among those encouraging Illinois Wesleyan University President Georgia Nugent and the board of trustees to preserve academic programs.

McLean County Health Department sign
Staff / WGLT

There were four new cases of the coronavirus reported Thursday in McLean County.

McLean County Government Center
WGLT file photo

The City of Bloomington plans to move more city offices and its city council meetings to the McLean County Government Center by the end of the year.

Painters at work at ISU
Illinois State University / Facebook

Illinois State University’s administration will release a new round of reopening guidance next week related to work-from-home and instruction that could help to de-densify campus when students return in August, a spokesperson said Thursday.

Edward David Anderson
Edward David Anderson

The 2020 Sugar Creek Arts Festival requires no sunscreen, fan or sunglasses.  

Bloomington Police Department entrance
Amy Niebur / WGLT

On a Thursday afternoon four years ago, the police watched as Donnelly Jackson left his mother’s house on Riley Drive in Bloomington after a short visit.

Emancipation Memorial at Lincoln Park
J. Scott Applewhite / AP

At a time when America is reckoning with much of its racist past, a historian says museums show that many historical figures were flawed people.