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Rob and Karen
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A public forum about trauma and its effect on children will be hosted by the Women to Women Giving Circle from 4:30-6 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, at the ISU Alumni Center, 1101 N. Main St., Normal. The forum is free and open to the public.

Bloomington City Hall
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Bloomington city officials are looking to take additional steps to limit pension spiking, by further curtailing the city’s sick-leave buyback program.

Rhys Lovell and Gail Dobbins
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Heartland Theatre has scheduled a new season that includes opportunities to catch the works of rising playwrights, plus a chance to see a classic masterpiece. Oh, and there's cake, too.  

Ken Myszka
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Many U.S. farmers are struggling to overcome a triple dose of bad news: trade disputes, low crop prices and, in some cases, flooding.

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You might have seen a car driving around Bloomington with an unusual message written across its windows: “Need kidney. Type O.”

There’s a phone number, too.

Connie poses
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One year into the job, the chair of the McLean County GOP says she’s focused on building up her party’s ground game to push back against newly energized Democrats.

Red Cross Evening of Stars
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Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy offered lessons about football and about life in Normal on Thursday night.

Bloomington Police are asking the public’s help in identifying two men caught on camera Thursday morning robbing a local business.

Security tapes show the suspects entered an employee-only area at a business on the 2300 block of East Oakland Avenue. The men threatened a worker at knifepoint and demanded money and the employee’s cell phone.

Video footage identifies the robbers as two black men in their mid-20s to early 30s dressed in all black with reflective construction vests.

Easter bunny
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Children on the autism spectrum can hunt for Easter eggs at a Bloomington gym that specializes in serving children with special needs.

a wall of campaign signs.
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A year ago, Erik Rankin took over as Chair of the McLean County Democratic Party. In that time, Democrats have added County Board seats, elected city council members that have party values and built party infrastructure. 

Grossinger Motors Arena at night
Staff / WGLT

Bloomington aldermen Monday will consider a revised contract with the firm that runs Grossinger Motors Arena.

NPR's Throughline Gives Historical Context To Current Events

Apr 18, 2019
Two people stand in an archive room.
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A new NPR podcast provides historical context to shed light on contemporary discourse and headlines.

UPDATED 7 p.m. | Authorities said Thursday that a fire which killed five people at a Goodfield mobile home was intentionally set and that a juvenile suspect is being questioned.

Putting the Cross in Cross-Pollination Painting
Angel Ambrose

The 10th annual “What’s So Good About Good Friday?” art show spotlights local artists’ impressions about Good Friday and their Christian faith. This year more than 60 artists will exhibit works centering on the idea that Jesus’s crucifixion, death, and resurrection accomplished something beautiful.

WCBU studio microphone
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Illinois State University and Bradley University have signed an agreement in which WGLT-FM will assume operations of WCBU-FM in Peoria starting June 1.

Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

We are already a water-challenged planet. As global climate change continues, we are likely to become more so, according to Vandana Shiva, a noted environmentalist.

photo of man at microphone
Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

The future of newspapers is in more and deeper local coverage, according to a prominent former Illinois State University student.

AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli

A nationwide EpiPen shortage is nearing its one-year mark, leaving many fearing the risks of anaphylactic shock.

Brandt Industries employee doing maintenance work
Jeff Smudde / WGLT

McLean County has become the first government body to approve expanding an enterprise zone to enable Brandt Industries to get incentives for a planned building expansion.

Jean Case at Airbnb home
Case Foundation

A Bloomington-Normal native who is spending much of her time now looking for ways to help others, has written a best-selling book that aims to help others help themselves.


UPDATED 4 p.m. | Four teenagers were arrested in connection with a fight that led to a stabbing Tuesday night at Miller Park, authorities said.

Town Council chambers
Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

Democrats challenged state Rep. Dan Brady, R-Normal, during a sparsely attended town hall meeting Tuesday about a proposal for a graduated income tax.

AP Photo/Mike Groll

Editor's note: This is the second of a two-part GLT series on how video gambling has played out in Central Illinois. From Monday: Gambling experts and a recovering addict discuss the social costs of gambling.

Camille Rodriguez
Eric Stock / WGLT

Camille Rodriguez is set to become McLean County’s first woman to serve as its top administrator.

Jamie Day

Twin City musicians Gregg Brown and Trenton Perry may seem an odd pairing. Brown came of age during the late 60s hippie movement, Perry grew up in the 90s enamored with the music of Blink-182 among other favorites from the 80s and 90s.

Breanna Grow / WGLT

After sitting side-by-side on the dais for four years, Normal Town Council members Jeff Fritzen and R.C. McBride exited the council chambers together for the last time as elected officials Monday night.

An Illinois State University student team was awarded a grant by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its project using recycled waste materials as an environmentally friendly alternative in construction material.

Woman at transit rally
Breanna Grow / WGLT

After opponents of recent changes at Connect Transit rallied below Uptown Station Monday night, Township Supervisor Sarah Grammer and Normal Mayor Chris Koos said their call and response has fallen silent.

Camille Rodriguez
Ryan Denham / WGLT

WGLT has learned the McLean County Executive Committee plans to forward County Health Department Director Camille Rodriguez to the full board for confirmation as its new County Administrator.

Recycling bins
Staff / WGLT

Recycling advocates in McLean County say their industry is not in crisis, despite some media reports to the contrary.