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Rauner deposits medicine
Mary Cullen / WGLT

Incumbent Gov. Bruce Rauner visited Bloomington-Normal on Tuesday with no pitch regarding his election campaign, just five weeks away from midterms.

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From medieval weapons to farming tools to hand railings and wall hangings, blacksmithing is actually thought to have started around 1,500 B.C. in the Middle East.


The Missouri Valley Conference has announced Illinois State men’s basketball will be featured 10 times this season as part of the league’s live event package with ESPN, according to a news release issued by the Valley. 

Police Car Lights

Bloomington Police are investigating separate incidents of gunfire in the last two nights, but investigators say they have no evidence of a connection between them.

Lacrosse player makes a move
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A local lacrosse club is hoping to convince Unit 5 and District 87 to form a cooperative lacrosse team that would compete against other Illinois High School Association schools.

John Houseal speaks at podium
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After two years of review, Bloomington is ready to move forward with major updates to its zoning ordinance.

Walter White from Breaking Bad
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Pop culture once idolized the hero—the white knight who took the high road to the rescue. But lately our tastes have changed, taking a darker turn toward what we seem to find irresistible.

A picture of Nick Moran standing next to a wall.
Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

The Normal Town Council has appointed a Commerce Bank vice president to the Bloomington-Normal Airport Authority board.

McLean County Ethics Commission
Eric Stock / WGLT

McLean County’s Ethics Commission deliberated for two-and-a-half hours on Monday before deciding to send a complaint against County Clerk Kathy Michael to the county state’s attorney for review.

Seth Perlman / AP

Congress was unable to pass a new farm bill before the 2014 version expired at midnight on Sunday.

Meghna and David
Liz Linder / WBUR

Some listeners were disappointed when On Point lost a place in the GLT schedule. While the feedback for 1A (which replaced On Point weekdays from 9-11 a.m.) has been great, we’ve decided to bring On Point back to GLT weekday evenings.

Sorensen walks through courthouse
Ryan Denham / WGLT

UPDATED 11:20 a.m. | Former McLean County Board chairman Matt Sorensen is expected to be released from federal custody this month after serving his one-year sentence for defrauding State Farm and one of its consultants.

Photos: Barks & Brews at Destihl Brewery

Sep 30, 2018
Cindy Le / WGLT

Pet Central Helps found homes for pets Saturday at the Barks & Brews adoption event at Destihl.

Staff / WGLT

The U.S. House passed Tax Reform 2.0 on Friday that includes a resolution (H.R. 6760) from U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis.

Kathy Michael and Nikita Richards
Ryan Denham / WGLT

McLean County’s Ethics Commission has scheduled a meeting to review a complaint filed against County Clerk Kathy Michael.

District 87 Superintendent Barry Reilly
Carleigh Gray / WGLT

District 87's superintendent said the new higher limit on school board member expenses is not directly connected with last year's pricey trip to a conference in Chicago.

Jared Alcorn holding Lucero's 'Among The Ghosts' LP
Jon Norton / WGLT

When the Memphis-based alt-country rockers Lucero plays the Monarch Music Hall in Peoria this Sunday, Sept. 30, they'll be performing songs from "Among The Ghosts," their latest album getting plenty of play inside Waiting Room Records in uptown Normal.

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Authorities released the name of a second man killed Sept. 19 in a fiery crash that shut down Interstate 39.


Unemployment rates fell in August in all but one of the major cities in Illinois, including Bloomington-Normal.

McLean County Government Center

The complaint filed Wednesday against McLean County Clerk Kathy Michael would signal the first time the county’s ethics commission has had opportunity to hear a complaint since the three-member commission was formed in 2012. 

Kathy Michael and Nikita Richards

Local Democrats claimed Thursday they have proof McLean County Clerk Kathy Michael used her county-owned computers for political purposes and that they suspect she tried to destroy one of them to conceal evidence of it.

John H. Kraus grave
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A woman who comes from one of McLean County’s most well-known military families is trying to rally support for a passion project honoring local soldiers killed in World War I.

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The Promise Council is one of 40 organizations receiving a $25,000 grant from State Farm Neighborhood Assist.

Breanna Grow / WGLT

Unit 5 will avoid a major deficit without cutting education expenses for the 2018-2019 school year.

School board meeting
Staff / WGLT

District 87's final budget approved Wednesday night shows increased revenue in the education fund due to the state's new evidence-based funding model for K-12 schools.

Voting machine
Mary Cullen / WGLT

Early voting for the midterm election starts Thursday. Voters in McLean County can head to the polls beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Dick Durbin
J. Scott Applewhite / AP

U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth are renewing their call for an FBI investigation into sexual assault claims against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Garbage at a landfill
Ecology Action Center

After 10 years of careful monitoring, the McLean County Landfill is expected to reach capacity and close Sunday.

“We’ve Only Just Begun: Carpenters Remembered” performance
We’ve Only Just Begun: Carpenters Remembered

Bloomington Central Catholic High School grad Ryan Latham said succeeding as a session musician and on-call live performer in Nashville is all about saying "yes."

Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza speaking to supporters after being sworn into office on December 5, 2016.

Three women in Illinois government studying sexual harassment and gender equity say a solution would be to elect women to half of all political offices in the state.

The Illinois Anti-Harassment, Equality and Access Panel issued a report Wednesday recommending measures for political parties to combat sexual harassment and make politics fairer for women.