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Republican Bill Brady on the Senate floor
Courtesy / Sen. Brady's Office

The head of Illinois Senate Republicans called it “irresponsible” to build a state budget based on revenue from a graduated income tax that voters haven't considered yet.

Tall college dorms
Staff / WGLT

Illinois State University trustees will take up proposals Friday to spend nearly $18 million in the next several years on a variety of projects and leases.

Betsy and Rodney at their podiums
Cindy Le / WGLT

This time two years ago, Betsy Dirksen Londrigan was caught in a costly five-way primary for the Democratic nomination in the 13th Congressional District.

Antennae on a rooftop
Tony Weber / Creative Commons

The mayor of Normal says 5G and other smart city technology developments will be the topic for the annual One Voice leadership trip to Washington, D.C.

Eugenia Cheng with Colbert
YouTube

While playing a game of superheroes with her best friend at 7 years old, Eugenia Cheng had one of her first introductions to gender roles.

William Barr speaks
Patrick Semansky / AP

Two former U.S. attorneys for central Illinois are among over 2,000 former Department of Justice officials who’ve signed a letter calling for Attorney General William Barr’s resignation over his role in the Roger Stone case.

Heartland Community College Board of Trustees
Joe Deacon / WGLT

The cost to study at Heartland Community College is going up for a third straight year.

Carlo Robustelli
Jeff Smudde / WGLT

McLean County plans to use a portion of revenue from a new sales tax on recreational cannabis to pay for mental health services, based on a plan the County Board adopted Tuesday.

federal prison entrance
David Zalubowski / AP

The head of the McLean County Republican party said she was disappointed to see President Donald Trump commute former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's 14-year prison sentence on Tuesday.

voting booths
Kiichiro Sato / AP

A crowded field in the Democratic race for president could gave Illinois a rare chance to influence the race for the White House, according to a political consultant who has been working on primary campaigns in the state for decades.

Pam Reece listens
Joe Deacon / WGLT

Normal City Manager Pam Reece received a salary increase Monday, along with plenty of praise from Town Council members.

Joe Deacon / WGLT

Work on a new apartment complex near the Illinois State University campus could begin as soon as May, according to property owners.

Eric Johnson plays
Max Crace

During the 30th anniversary year of the release of Eric Johnson's classic album "Ah Via Musicom," the much lauded guitarist said looking back on that album and his other works can be helpful.

Katie Bertsche on the runway
Facebook / Twin City Plastic Surgery

For Katie Bertsche, her own fight with breast cancer has inspired her to raise awareness about metastatic breast cancer.

Dave Griggs standing in apartment
Eric Stock / WGLT

Every community struggles to find adequate housing for aging residents who lose their independence. And not all residential complexes are perfect all the time. There can be problems and poor living conditions.

Dan Donath
Izzy Carroll / WGLT

Six months into his new role as Bloomington police chief, Dan Donath said his department has made progress in some key areas, including recruiting more minority and female officer candidates, and changing and modernizing the department's culture.

Doris Houston
Ryan Denham / WGLT

The president of Illinois State University has created a new high-level position to coordinate diversity and inclusion efforts. President Larry Dietz said Professor Doris Houston is the new interim assistant to the president in that area.

Republican U.S. Senate candidates
Joe Deacon / WGLT

President Donald Trump is essentially unopposed in next month’s Republican primary, but Illinois voters still have some important decisions to make.

Breanna Grow / WGLT

The McLean County Museum of History has announced the donation of what staff call an “invaluable” Lincoln document by Lincoln collector and scholar Guy Fraker.

Scott Stump
Heartland Community College / Twitter

A federal education official visited Heartland Community College on Friday to see how the school is training students to help fill a national job skills gap.

Rodney Davis speaks
Ryan Denham / WGLT

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis did not stray far from his fellow Republicans during the leadup to impeachment. But he crossed party lines for several recent votes on the Equal Rights Amendment, student loan debt, and emergency aid for Puerto Rico.

Design of new building
Town of Normal

Property owners who want to demolish three aging student apartments and build a new complex are expected to face opposition Monday when their plans go in front of the Normal Town Council.

Director David Prete
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

The words “I was there” resound through Ike Holter’s play “Hit the Wall.”  

deFrance plays Jazz UpFront Tuesday night
deFrance

Drew deFrance loved the comparison of his namesake band with the sound of classic rockers like Bad Company and Mott the Hoople.

Dan and David
Megan McGowan / WGLT

Republican David Paul Blumenshine is casting himself as the true fiscal conservative in his second bid to unseat longtime legislator Dan Brady.

Connect Transit bus
Connect Transit

Bloomington-Normal's transit agency is updating progress toward achieving 100% ADA compliance through a new interactive map on its website.

Rivian plant exterior
Ryan Denham / WGLT

Rivian watchers have known for over three years that the electric automaker planned to invest a lot of money into its Normal manufacturing plant. Now we know how much: $750 million.

Snow on Constitution Trail
WGLT

Here is a list of weather-related cancellations and schedule changes for Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020.

Bloomington PSCRB meeting
Eric Stock / WGLT

Bloomington’s police review board has determined the city’s police department followed protocols when it voided a drunk driving ticket in 2016 but called for the city to strengthen its notification policy.

architects rendering of the Trail East five story building
Town of Normal

A new on-campus makerspace and startup incubator in Uptown Normal will be Illinois State University’s contributions to a newly funded Illinois Innovation Network, officials said Wednesday.

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