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GLT's Top Stories: Week of July 24-28, 2017

Ryan Denham
Civil rights advocates organize outside City Hall before the Bloomington City Council meeting on July 24, 2017.

Here are the top stories we covered this week (July 24-28, 2017) on GLT and WGLT.org.

Police Advisory Board Approved

The Bloomington City Council approved the months-long debated measure 8-1 on Monday. One alderman had concerns about the new board’s purpose and how its members would be selected.

Read the story: Advocates Cheer As Aldermen Create Bloomington Police Advisory Board

Daniel Biss in BloNo

Gubernatorial candidate and state Sen. Daniel Biss, D-Evanston, stopped into GLT last week to counter Gov. Bruce Rauner’s handling of state education funding. Biss says Rauner is dividing the state into two.

Read the story: Democrat Biss Attacks Rauner Over Chicago-Downstate Wedge

Benches 'Connect Transit' Riders, West Side Residents

Volunteers from the West Bloomington Revitalization Project are placing two-dozen benches at bus stops on the city’s west side along Market and Washington Streets. The benches are more than a place to sit, according to organization board member Robert Basquez.

Read the story: Benches With A Story Pop Up On Bloomington's West Side

Wanna Whip Up Some Whiskey?

Illinois is said to grow some of the best corn in the world. But the Illinois Farm Bureau tossed around the idea of getting into craft whiskey last week at a convention in Normal.

Read the story: Some Illinois Farmers See A Future in Craft Whiskey

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Baylee Steelman joined us in November 2016. She is a journalism major graduating in May 2018. She mainly covers Bloomington City and Normal Town Council meetings, Unit 5 School Board meetings, produces the weekend News In Review, and helps run GLT events. Baylee also produces and anchors at TV-10, Illinois State University's student TV news station.