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Emily Bollinger / WGLT

UPDATED 11:55 a.m. | A 23rd person from McLean County has died after contracting COVID-19, the health department reported Saturday.

Madigan Declines To Testify To Investigating Committee

Sep 25, 2020
Madigan walks
Ted Schurter / The State Journal-Register

House Speaker Michael Madigan said Friday that he will not testify before the House Special Investigating Committee that is probing his role in a bribery scheme involving utility giant Commonwealth Edison, and it’s not likely that most of the other potential witnesses that Republicans want to hear from will testify either.

Demolition begins
City of Bloomington / Facebook

The City of Bloomington is making waves this week with the start of demolition at O’Neil Pool, clearing the way for a new aquatics project in its place.

'WCBU & WGLT Present' Set To Debut In October

Sep 25, 2020

WCBU and WGLT Present is a limited, short-run series featuring cultural arts organizations throughout central Illinois that are unable to perform in front of a live audience because of COVID-19 restrictions on public gatherings.

Man wearing mask leaning into vehicle to speak with driver

McLean County health officials reported 19 new confirmed coronavirus cases Friday as the number of active cases and positivity rate continue to drop.

Now hiring sign
Charles Krupa / AP

Bloomington-Normal's unemployment rate continues to recover during the coronavirus pandemic, but the area is still short more than 6,000 jobs compared with a year ago.

George Ryan
M. Spencer Green / AP

As an Illinois legislator, George Ryan believed the state’s death penalty was an effective means of deterring crime and punishing those convicted of the most heinous wrongdoing.

Normal library
Staff / WGLT

Hand-washing is one of the best ways to stop the spread of COVID-19. And it’s also the main reason why the Normal Public Library is still closed, even as other public spaces have reopened.

Normal theater exterior
Ryan Denham / WGLT

After being closed for six months due to the pandemic, the Normal Theater will reopen for in-person film screenings starting Oct. 1.

seaside jumpers painting
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

Artist Cathy Engberg celebrates life’s simple, everyday moments.  

MCHD signage
Emily Bollinger / WGLT

UPDATED 6:30 p.m. | McLean County health officials are reporting two more COVID-related deaths, including the youngest area resident to succumb to the virus to date.

Andrea Schwalb
Obituary Photo

As Andrea Schwalb of Bloomington fought for her life, she had a nickname for COVID-19.

Barry Reilly seated at desk wearing a mask
Eric Stock / WGLT

District 87 parents have said the remote learning experience has generally been good, except for those with young children.

Exterior of Kingsley JHS
Emily Bollinger / WGLT

Unit 5 students will return to hybrid learning starting Oct. 19.

California state trooper
Don Thompson / AP

New research funded by State Farm shows there are still misconceptions about cannabis and driving safety -- and that 1 in 8 adults admits to having driven under the influence of marijuana.

Charlie Starr and Blackberry Smoke play the Corn Crib in Normal Saturday night
Blackberry Smoke

Musicians and concert promoters are working their way back into larger live music events. Blackberry Smoke headlines one of two shows this weekend at the Corn Crib in Normal.

People holding protest signs
Eric Stock / WGLT

About two dozen Black Lives Matter protesters gathered Wednesday in downtown Bloomington to express their anger and sadness after a Kentucky grand jury decided not to indict three Louisville police officers for their roles in Breonna Taylor’s shooting death.

Transit buses
Staff / WGLT

Bloomington Normal's public bus system will continue free rides through the first week in November.

The Connect Transit board has suspended fare collections on fixed route and Connect Mobility Paratransit services as part of its response to the pandemic.

Pritzker, Lightfoot Condemn Breonna Taylor Decision

Sep 23, 2020
Protestors in Louisville
John Minchillo / AP

Gov. JB Pritzker and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot condemned a Jefferson County, Kentucky, grand jury’s decision to not charge Louisville officers in the March shooting death of Breonna Taylor and called for protests of the decision to be peaceful.

State-Regulated Utilities Extend Shutoff Moratorium To Winter 2021

Sep 23, 2020
"Thermostat" by midnightcomm is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Several state-regulated utilities have voluntarily extended a moratorium on disconnections into next year after requests from the Illinois Commerce Commission. 

Doug Elgin speaking at podium
Missouri Valley Conference

Doug Elgin announced Wednesday he plans to resign as commissioner of the Missouri Valley Conference, a position he has held for 33 years.

McLean County Health Department sign
Staff / WGLT

There are now 12 people in McLean County with COVID-19 who are hospitalized—a new record high.

The Creative Technologies Program / WGLT

The gaming industry is becoming so big that Illinois State University’s Creative Technologies major is leveling up when it comes to game design.

Aerial image of subdivision in the background with message reading: Housing Blueprint: The Future of Housing in Illinois
Photo courtesy of the Illinois Housing Development Authority

Representatives who work for central Illinois social service agencies and nonprofit organizations say finding safe, affordable housing is not easy—but it's an even bigger challenge for someone who has special needs.

A candidate running in a mostly rural McLean County Board district says he hopes people will consider voting for him, even if they’ve not historically supported Democrats.

Breanna Grow / WGLT

Illinois didn’t spend its way into a structural deficit, and it can’t cut its way out.

Carl Olson speaking at podium
Eric Stock / WGLT

Electric vehicle production in Normal is helping boost another transportation option: air travel.

Children dig with shovels
Emily Bollinger / WGLT

The Bloomington-Normal YMCA is breaking ground on a new facility it will share with Easterseals Central Illinois.

AP Photo/LM Otero

Bloomington-Normal’s colleges are striking up a friendly competition to see which school can get the most students registered to vote ahead of the November election.

U of I testing site
Lee V. Gaines / Illinois Newsroom

Marisa Hardwick isn’t surprised there are now more than twice as many cases of COVID-19 on the University of Illinois’ Urbana campus than previously predicted by university researchers.