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Children walk outside
Wilfredo Lee / AP

Kathleen O’Gorman spent her summer on the front lines of America’s broken immigration system.

Elaine Rexdale
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

A riot of color and lighthearted images brighten the Armstrong Gallery at the McLean County Arts Center in Bloomington. 

Footpath in a field

You've seen them all over, every time you go into an urban area. But you've probably never thought about the psychology or the socioeconomic factors at play underneath.

Chad Leman
Ryan Denham / WGLT

Want to know farmer Chad Leman’s top concern? It’s not the trade dispute with China.

Barickman on the Senate floor

State Sen. Jason Barickman of Bloomington said the problem of violent rhetoric in American politics spans both parties.

One of Bloomington-Normal’s most delicious events is back this weekend.

Jonathan Hovey in court
Ryan Denham / WGLT

An attorney for the first-grade teacher accused of molesting two of his students says his client is not guilty and will be mounting a vigorous defense against the charges.

Curtis Webb
McLean County Jail

A McLean County jury has convicted a former Bloomington arena manager of stealing money from the venue.

Eric Stock / WGLT

Bloomington residents voiced their desires for what should occupy the 4.1 acre block that formerly housed Mennonite Hospital and Electrolux at 800 N. Main Street.

“Something that would be economically viable,” Tim Tilton said.

“Something that is respectful of the historic nature of the neighborhood,” Andy Birkey added.

Mary Cullen / WGLT

The Unit 5 school board approved a change to its finals policy Wednesday, expanding final exam exemptions to include high school juniors.

Director for Secondary Education Dan Lamboley said the previous policy allowed seniors with an “A” or “B” grade and no more than six absences to opt out of finals for that class.

“What we’re proposing to start in spring 2020 is any junior or senior with an ‘A’ average in a class on the last day of the semester would be exempt from that final assessment,” he said.

WGLT file photo

A Bloomington man went before a judge Thursday afternoon to answer to charges stemming from a shooting Tuesday in which two people were hospitalized.

Glenn exterior with Hovey's mugshot
Google Maps, McLean County sheriff's department

Unit 5 parents have a lot of questions about their school district’s reaction to the allegations against first-grade teacher Jonathan Hovey.

Kid getting a haircut
Tiffani Jackson / WGLT

In the wake of mass shootings across the country, a fear to leave home and resume daily tasks has impacted many families.

BCPA Announces Diverse Lineup For New Season

Aug 15, 2019
Exterior of the BCPA
Chauncey Davis / Creative Commons

Programmers for the Bloomington Center For The Performing Arts said the city-owned venue had a full and successful season last year and hope to build on that performance. The BCPA has never turned a profit and was not expected to at its founding. But, Assistent Performing Arts Manager Ann-Marie Dittman said last year gross revenue rose by $200,000. The improvement came after some instability and a lower than usual number of bookings in 2017 following the unexpected death of BCPA Director Tina Salamone. This season, Dittman said the BCPA is revving its engines with an even more full and diverse selection of shows.

Claire speaks to the board
Mary Cullen / WGLT

The Unit 5 school board heard public comment Wednesday from a woman whose daughter was in Jonathan Hovey’s first grade class at Glenn Elementary this past school year.

The site of a proposed multi-sport complex
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A Town of Normal official projects local youth and adult sports teams would exceed a consultant’s estimates for what's needed to cover the proposed multisport complex's operational costs.

Woman at a switchboard
McLean County Museum of History

In 1935, switchboard operators for the Wabash Telephone Company handled an average of 60,000 calls coming through its downtown Bloomington building.

This episode of McHistory tells the story of how Bloomington-Normal switchboard girls responded to the introduction of automatic dial systems.

This episode of McHistory was produced by WGLT's Mary Cullen, featuring Bill Kemp and Hannah Johnson of the McLean County Museum of History.

A view of the 2017 HHW collection event
Michael Brown / Ecology Action Center

The Ecology Action Center is changing its collection model for the household hazardous waste collection event Sept. 7.

Provost Jan Murphy
Illinois State University

After three decades with Illinois State University, Provost Jan Murphy plans to retire at the end of next year.

Bloomington Police Department entrance
Amy Niebur / WGLT

A search committee has named two finalists for Bloomington’s police chief position.

Lil' Ed & the Blues Imperials headline the Front Street Music Festival August 17.
Paul Natkin

Lil' Ed Williams and his band The Blues Imperials emulate the Chicago houserockin’ style of fellow Alligator Records great Hound Dog Taylor and Lil' Ed's uncle, Delmark Records artist J.B. Hutto.

District 87 offices
Eric Stock / WGLT

Rising costs and a projected drop in revenue are leaving District 87 schools with a projected $2 million deficit for the 2019-20 school year.

Hooters exterior
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The Bloomington Liquor Commission approved three new liquor licenses Tuesday, including a tavern license for a restaurant going into the former Hooters location on Hershey Road.

Bloomington Police are investigating a shooting that injured two people Tuesday afternoon on the city's southwest side.

Sunnyside Park
Eric Stock / WGLT

Fifteen months after first coming before the Bloomington City Council, the Boys & Girls Club of Bloomington-Normal may finally be getting its new land on the city’s west side.

Dhruv Rebba
Hari Rebba / WGLT

Amateur radio, or ham radio, can be a fun hobby for some, but it can also open many doors for the future.

Joni Painter and Tari Renner
Eric Stock / WGLT

Bloomington City Council members on Monday rejected two of Mayor Tari Renner’s appointments to the city’s transportation commission, amid claims the city should try harder to place applicants on the boards they requested to serve.

State Farm building downtown Bloomington
Eric Stock / WGLT

A community task force that's looking for ways to save State Farm's former downtown headquarters isn't looking for the City of Bloomington to take over the building, according to one of its members who previously served on the city council.

Eric Stock / WGLT

The City of Bloomington updated its online municipal code to be more accessible to residents.

Brittney and Cullen
McLean County Sheriff's Department and Bloomington Police

UPDATED 4 p.m. | A 24-year-old woman pleaded guilty Monday for her role in the death of her boyfriend at a Bloomington trailer park, just as her murder trial was set to begin.