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Country Financial
Steve Fast / Country Financial

Country Financial has named attorney Jim Jacobs of Bloomington its new chief executive officer, replacing Kurt Bock who is retiring in January after seven years as CEO.

AP/Seth Perlman

Failed efforts to authenticate Abraham Lincoln's ownership of a stovepipe hat were kept secret for years by the nonprofit group that owns the hat.


Illinois has been awarded a $43.5 million federal grant to fight opioid abuse.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced Wednesday that the Illinois portion is part of more than $1 billion the agency distributed to all states as part of its five-point opioid strategy.

Tree weeping sap
Grant Rucker

How to save a tree and choosing a replacement tree are the two listener questions Illinois State University’s Patrick Murphy and GLT's Mike McCurdy try to answer in this edition of our gardening show Grow.

Laverne Cox

Is just being an actor enough to play the role of a gay or trans character?

Nolan Kelly, right and Flaccid
Jamie Day

The Bloomington-Normal psychedelic rock band Flaccid is calling it quits after six years. But founding member Nolan Kelly said members are not splitting without releasing a final album, and performing a final show at the Castle Theatre on Saturday, Sept. 22.

Eric Stock / WGLT

Veterans in McLean County will soon have closer access to health care.

U.S. Postal Service Processing Facility
Eric Stock / WGLT

Bloomington is asking the federal government to consider ways to ease traffic congestion where the post office is relocating.

Mosquito testing
McLean County Health Department

McLean County health officials are alerting residents in areas of Bloomington near where a bird tested positive for West Nile virus.

United Nations

An Illinois Wesleyan University student who’s traveled the world to pursue her passion for peacebuilding is making it a lot easier for her Titan peers to engage with peace activists.

Don and Jason
Staff / WGLT

McLean County has a new top prosecutor, Don Knapp. The McLean County Board appointed him state’s attorney last month after his predecessor, Jason Chambers, became a judge.

Three people were killed Wednesday in a fiery crash that shut down Interstate 39 north of Bloomington-Normal, authorities said.

County board candidates at the forum
Jeff Smudde / WGLT

The idea of a nonpartisan commission to handle elections in McLean County divided candidates Tuesday at a forum hosted by GLT and the League of Women Voters of McLean County.

Jim and David

The McLean County Board vice chairman is responding to an allegation by his opponent in the November election that he doesn't live where he claims.

Audrey Stickrod / Heartland Community College

For the first time, Heartland Community College is seeing a deficit in its operating budget.

McLean County Board
Eric Stock / WGLT

McLean County is adding staff and proposing pay raises for staff in 2019, one year after cutting about 30 jobs and freezing pay for county employees.

Thomas Rhett sings into mic
Rick Scuteri / Invision/AP

The Illinois State Fair lost nearly $210,000 on its Grandstand concerts in Springfield last month after seeing record ticket sales a year ago.

Protest at NCHS for gun control
Ryan Denham / WGLT

In this era of high profile school shootings, it's more important than ever that schools train for such a crisis.

Tony's Tacos storefront
Facebook / Bloomington-Normal Restaurant Scene

Bloomington-Normal tends to get excited whenever a new chain restaurant opens. But this fall there are several locally opened restauranteurs who are opening their doors to customers.

Connie de veer with her book
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

The life of an actor is no easy road, with ample demands that can tax the hardiest of artists. But help is at hand from a new book from a Bloomington-Normal pair who saw the need for practical advice that leads to lasting positive change for actors.

Lynn Cannon speaks to aldermen
Breanna Grow / WGLT

The city-owned Grossinger Motors Arena will likely never turn a profit, according to arena manager VenuWorks.

UPDATED 3:10 p.m. | Authorities say a man who was killed Monday night on Interstate 55 was fleeing from police after a traffic stop.

Customers and staff outside Green Top with produce
Jeff Smudde / WGLT

Green Top Grocery must raise at least $300,000 this fall or risk closing its doors.

Oakland Elementary students run around the gym
Eric Stock / WGLT

Students at one Bloomington grade school are getting a healthy start to the day.

Flu vaccine
Ted S. Warren, File / AP

This year's flu vaccine is now available at the McLean County Health Department, and health officials hope it's more effective than last year's.

Two men and a woman in the center with a microphone sitting as panelists
Photo courtesty of Lee Milner, Illinois News Broadcasters Association

Two years after the Illinois Supreme Court decided to permanently allow cameras and microphones in courthouses, only half of counties statewide have actually implemented broadcast trial coverage.

An online fundraising effort has been launched for a rural McLean County farming family which lost their home in a fire early Sunday.

Normal Fire Department
Facebook / Normal Fire Department

Fire investigators in Normal believe a recalled dehumidifier was to blame for a fire that heavily damaged a basement at a home last week.

Jason Barickman speaks
Staff / WGLT

A day after Gov. Bruce Rauner’s “unorthodox” speech in Chicago, state Sen. Jason Barickman said he thinks the Republican incumbent needed a campaign reset and could still win in November.

Bruce Rauner at a podium
Ryan Denham / WGLT

A humbled Gov. Bruce Rauner is promising a different kind of governor in a second term.