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After weeks of mounting tension during the murder trial of Derek Chauvin, observers in Bloomington-Normal expressed mixed emotions Tuesday after the guilty verdicts from a Minneapolis jury that heard testimony in the killing of George Floyd.

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The coronavirus pandemic gave student-athletes a lot of idle time over the past year as their sports were put on hold.

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The McLean County Health Department is reporting 52 new COVID-19 cases and an additional hospitalization.

Affordable Housing Tax Credit Bill Advances Out Of Committee

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A bill that would offer state tax credits to owners and developers of affordable housing units passed out of committee last week at the Illinois Capitol.

The Constitution Trail soon will connect a Route 66 landmark in Normal to a stretch of the historic road that winds north to Towanda as a bike path.

During its virtual meeting Monday, the Normal Town Council approved the Kelley Basin-Route 66 Trail Connection Project on a 6-1 vote. Council member Stan Nord was the only “no” vote.

Jenn Carrillo was censured Monday by her fellow Bloomington City Council members over her public pledge to make “life a living hell” for two recently elected council members, whose candidacies she opposed.

In a special meeting, the council voted 6-3 to formally disapprove of Carrillo’s comments. 

Carrillo along with council members Julie Emig and Jeff Crabill voted against the resolution. 

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Black leaders in Bloomington-Normal hope justice will be served in the Derek Chauvin murder trial, with the head of the NAACP issuing a call against violence after the verdict is announced, while a leader with Black Lives Matter said focusing on looting misses the point.

Fruit frozen on tree
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UPDATED 4:20 p.m. | Fruit farmers in central Illinois are worried a freeze Tuesday night could destroy their crops.

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McLean County added 212 new COVID-19 cases over the weekend—the highest weekend case count reported since mid-January.

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A single mom lives to raise her child. A man gets to live pain free and play with his grandchildren. Organ donors in Bloomington-Normal made it possible.

Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner and City Councilmember Jenn Carillo.
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The Bloomington City Council will have a special meeting on Monday to talk about censuring council member Jenn Carrillo.

On this week's episode of WGLT's Grow, you'll learn about a weed that can be dangerous or delightful, depending on how you handle it.

Pritzker Announces $1.6 Billion In Federal Funding For Early Childhood Services

Apr 16, 2021
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Gov. JB Pritzker announced Friday that $1.6 billion in federal funding will be allocated toward early childhood education and child care providers in Illinois.

The funds will be provided through the American Rescue Plan passed by Congress in March, Pritzker announced at a news conference in Aurora, and will include $140 million in direct grants for child care providers to be dispersed over the next three weeks.

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The leader of the independent oversight organization for Illinois prisons says the state is in "uncharted territory" as the Department of Corrections works on starting in-person visits again.

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The Town of Normal may spend about $353,000 to dig a new water well. That's among the proposals going before the council on Monday.

McLean County Health Department sign
Emily Bollinger / WGLT

UPDATED 4:05 P.M. | The McLean County Health Department (MCHD) has announced its first Spanish language virtual town hall to address COVID vaccine hesitancy.

Like many bands, the Bloomington-based quintet Old Smoke used downtime during the pandemic to write and record a new album.

After the atrocities against people of color in 2020, Chicago-based experimental sound artist Allen Moore wanted to find a way to mark the moment.

McLean County Board virtual meeting
Eric Stock / WGLT

McLean County government will soon hold its first in-person meetings in more than a year as the county begins its once-a-decade remapping of County Board districts.

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The unemployment rate for the McLean County area labor market may have been 5.1% last month, but it’s a lot lower in certain job sectors. Restaurants, for instance, have had difficulty finding enough people to staff operations.

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After her passing in 2015, Irene Mischler left a trust in memory of her brother Charles Mischler to be used for economics and history materials. The Bloomington Public Library has used the proceeds to buy access to a tool that’s helping to keep veterans’ history alive.

Fold3 by Ancestry provides convenient access to military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served.

Bill Kennedy holding softball

Bill Kennedy, a retired Illinois State University softball coach and longtime educator, has died, according to the university's athletic department. 

Exterior of Hansen Student Center
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Three Illinois Wesleyan University students who allegedly injured a classmate during a fraternity hazing incident could be suspended or expelled, according to IWU Dean of Students Karla Carney-Hall. 

Rivian Automotive sign
Eric Stock / WGLT

The Illinois car dealer lawsuit against electric automaker Rivian is the latest chapter in a nationwide debate over the options consumers have to buy cars.

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McLean County’s COVID-19 hospitalizations and death toll continue to climb.

Color coded map of the U.S. showing a variety of levels of ranked choice voting options by state.
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The League of Women Voters of McLean County will likely launch a study later this year into the benefits and drawbacks of Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) for elections.

Keg Grove
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Heartland Community College’s Challenger Learning Center is tapping into local beermaking expertise for a unique immersive Escape Room experience this weekend.

Hundreds of Unit 5 students were quarantined last week as McLean County sees a surge in coronavirus cases affecting young people. 

Members of the McLean County Board of Health said Wednesday that it's a priority to maintain the county’s full COVID-19 contact tracing program.

New Report Shows Illinois Job, Economic Growth In Electric Transportation Sector

Apr 14, 2021
Charging station in Springfield
Jerry Nowicki / WGLT

A national clean energy trade organization has released a report showing growth in electric transportation-related jobs in Illinois could position the state to lead the domestic supply chain.