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Ford AI car
Keith Srakocic / AP

An auto industry expert says communities like Bloomington-Normal should think of self-driving vehicles as problems-solvers, not just high-tech novelties of the future.

Kari Sandhaas speaks
Mary Cullen / WGLT

Adults on the autism spectrum do better living in independent but individualized environments, but limited resources leaves many without personalized housing care.

Unit 5 school board candidates
Mary Cullen / WGLT

With six of seven Unit 5 school board seats up for election this year, there are four current members guaranteed to remain seated.

Candidates at a table
Jeff Smudde / WGLT

Empty buildings. Aging infrastructure. An arena losing money. What can the city do to revitalize Downtown Bloomington?

Candidates for city council took on the question at a GLT and League of Women Voters forum Tuesday night.

McLean County Board
Ralph Weisheit / WGLT

McLean County Board Chairman John McIntrye said a blue ribbon panel has recommended six candidates for the county to consider for its county administrator post.

Ralph Weisheit / WGLT

Debate over gasoline tax increases to fund road repairs in Bloomington and Normal is more complex than the question of keeping the amount the same in both cities.

Rich and Judy Buchanan
McLean County Museum of History

A former mayor and his wife, who has been a longtime volunteer and advocate, are among the McLean County Museum of History's newest History Makers.

City Hall
Staff / WGLT

Bloomington aldermen gave little indication Monday whether they are likely to approve a 4-cent per gallon increase in a local gasoline tax during a committee of the whole meeting that included the topic.

Heartland Community College
Staff / WGLT

Heartland Community College is looking to double the number of athletic programs it offers in hopes of attracting more students.

Trail East
Farnsworth Group

The developer behind the Trail East project said Monday that Afni, an Illinois State University business incubator, and a mystery “multinational technology company” could be among the tenants in the new Uptown Normal building.

IAS staff in Uptown Normal
Town of Normal

UPDATED 9:40 p.m. | A community arts group at Illinois State University plans to renovate and move in to the unfinished ground floor of the College Avenue parking deck in Uptown Normal.

Corey and Karrin
Ryan Denham / WGLT

Corey Ostling and Karrin Hawkins are Unit 5’s first-ever high school college and career counselors.

And after almost one full school year in their new roles, even their job titles are a work in progress.

Mary Cullen / WGLT

Muslims and members of the Bloomington-Normal community gathered Friday to mourn and honor the lives of Muslims killed in the Christchurch mosque shooting in New Zealand.

State Farm HQ
Staff / WGLT

Two men from upstate New York have filed a federal lawsuit against State Farm, accusing the insurer of fraudulently recruiting them into an agent training program and improperly denying them benefits.

Workers with dog
McLean County Museum of History

At the tail end of the Civil War, there was another battle stirring in the City of Bloomington: the war on dogs.

White Noise artwork
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

All artists face criticism. And when artist Bethany Collins was confronted with ugly, racially charged critiques of her work, she took control of that criticism and shaped the words into a powerful artistic message. 

Shed at sunset
CaptMikey9 / Flickr/Creative Commons

It's always better to work smarter instead of working harder.

In this episode of our gardening podcast Grow, Illinois State University's Patrick Murphy and GLT's Mike McCurdy field a listener question about clay and the answer may save her some time.

GLT'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.

Eliza Gilkyson
Jordan Strauss/Invision / AP

Since 1992, GLT’s Acousticity has explored the world of “flexible folk,” with a distinctive mix of bluegrass, Celtic and songwriter music.

McLean County Museum of History

The McLean County Museum of History is looking to raise $16,000 to help fund the first part of a photo digitization project.

Nikola Jokic and Katy Winge
Katy Winge

Illinois State alum and basketball player-turned-broadcaster Katy Winge is getting to live out her dream job.

Kelly Ogden and Luis Cabezas
The Dollyrots

The Dollyrots lead vocalist/bassist Kelly Ogden said moving from Florida to Los Angeles in 2002 and then forming their own record label a decade later have been shrewd life decisions.

District 87 Superintendent Barry Reilly
Carleigh Gray / WGLT

District 87 is forging ahead with its school calendar and plans to implement alternative learning days, despite possible changes from impending state legislation.

Fight for $15 rally
M. Spencer Green / AP

Two big things are on the horizon for Illinois' child care system.

Mary Cullen / WGLT

Illinois schools rely on at least 68 percent of funding from property tax dollars, according to the state board of education. And the lion's share of property taxes feed into local schools.

Childrens Home and Aid sign
Eric Stock / WGLT

Children’s Home & Aid announced Wednesday it will begin phasing out foster care and intact family services in the Central Illinois region, calling the services not sustainable.

Map of Hamilton Road
City of Bloomington

The City of Bloomington will move one step closer Thursday to finally finishing off its east-west corridor in south Bloomington.

C130 on the tarmac
182nd Airlift Wing

UPDATED 4:35 p.m. | Sen. Dick Durbin says he wants to know if an Air National Guard firehouse project in Peoria is among those put at risk by the president’s push for a border wall.

Scouts BSA
Eric Stock / WGLT

Boy Scouts: It's not just for boys anymore.

Five Bloomington-Normal area girls are among the first in the country to join Scouts BSA as members of the new Troop 9903.

Chief at a podium
Ryan Denham / WGLT

Crime rates are at their lowest in the Town of Normal since data was first collected and reported 23 years ago in 1996.

Zach Dietmeier
Bloomington-Normal EDC

Bloomington's move to create its own economic development department comes as welcome news to an agency that's working to bring more business to the community.