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Amina Jinadu

Amina Jinadu is a social media and online writing intern at WGLT and a student at Illinois State University's School of Communication. She began working at WGLT in summer 2019.

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Participants are wearing their protective gear and ready for their smashing session.
Smash Club Bloomington's Facebook

David and Sandy Kagel are bringing something new to the table for stress release in Bloomington-Normal. They brought a bottle, and it’s for you to smash. 

Recycling carts
City of Bloomington

McLean County’s recycling rate increased for the third year in a row in 2018.

Rob Dob's artist's rendering
Facebook / Rob Dob's

Bob Dobski was a franchise owner of Bloomington-Normal McDonald’s for 35 years. But instead of retiring, he decided to leap into the world of fine dining.

ISU's Office of Sustainability program director, Elisabeth Reed
Office of Sustainability Website / Illinois State University

Starting Thursday, Illinois State University students living in off-campus apartments will have access to recycling as a new Town of Normal ordinance goes into effect.

With that longtime priority off the to-do list, ISU’s new Office of Sustainability program director Elisabeth Reed is planning for the future.

Jason Barickman speaks
Staff / WGLT

A new state law will protect victims of sexual assault from being arrested due to outstanding warrants or fines when reporting the crime.

Luther Oaks
Google Maps

Wittenberg Woods Park in far southwest Bloomington has been on the city’s radar for years. After a public meeting Tuesday night, the new space is one step closer to reality.

Bloomington-Normal community members shared their road trip stories during the latest Next to Normal Story Slam on July 19 at the McLean County Arts Center.

Kim Tingely was one of the storytellers:

 

Follow the Next To Normal Story Slam Facebook page for announcements about the next event.

You can hear more segments from Next to Normal Story Slams by subscribing to our podcast.

Bloomington-Normal community members shared their road trip stories during the latest Next to Normal Story Slam on July 19 at the McLean County Arts Center.

Joel Johnson was one of the storytellers:

 

Follow the Next To Normal Story Slam Facebook page for announcements about the next event.

Bloomington-Normal community members shared their road trip stories during the latest Next to Normal Story Slam on July 19 at the McLean County Arts Center.

Nancy Nickerson was one of the storytellers:

 

Follow the Next To Normal Story Slam Facebook page for announcements about the next event.

 

Bloomington-Normal community members shared their road trip stories during the latest Next to Normal Story Slam on July 19 at the McLean County Arts Center.

Mark Nielsen was one of the storytellers:

 

Follow the Next To Normal Story Slam Facebook page for announcements about the next event.

Bloomington-Normal community members shared their road trip stories during the latest Next to Normal Story Slam on July 19 at the McLean County Arts Center.

Barb Jacobsen was one of the storytellers:

 

Follow the Next To Normal Story Slam Facebook page for announcements about the next event.

You can hear more segments from Next to Normal Story Slams by subscribing to our podcast.

Bloomington-Normal community members shared their stories of fatherhood during the latest Next to Normal Story Slam on June 21 at the McLean County Arts Center.

Karla Bailey-Smith and Karl Smith were one of the storytellers:

Attend the next Next to Normal Story Slam on July 19 at the McLean County Arts Center, featuring the theme "Road Trip."

You can hear more segments from Next to Normal Story Slams by subscribing to our podcast.

Bloomington-Normal community members shared their stories of fatherhood during the latest Next to Normal Story Slam on June 21 at the McLean County Arts Center.

Jajwanica Brockington was one of the storytellers:

Attend the next Next to Normal Story Slam on July 19 at the McLean County Arts Center, featuring the theme "Road Trip."

You can hear more segments from Next to Normal Story Slams by subscribing to our podcast.

Bloomington-Normal community members shared their stories of fatherhood during the latest Next to Normal Story Slam on June 21 at the McLean County Arts Center.

Mari-Rose Minyo was one of the storytellers:

Attend the next Next to Normal Story Slam on July 19 at the McLean County Arts Center, featuring the theme "Road Trip."

You can hear more segments from Next to Normal Story Slams by subscribing to our podcast.

Bloomington-Normal community members shared their stories of fatherhood during the latest Next to Normal Story Slam on June 21 at the McLean County Arts Center.

Clatie Fischer was one of the storytellers:

Attend the next Next to Normal Story Slam on July 19 at the McLean County Arts Center, featuring the theme "Road Trip."

You can hear more segments from Next to Normal Story Slams by subscribing to our podcast.

Bloomington-Normal community members shared their stories of fatherhood during the latest Next to Normal Story Slam on June 21 at the McLean County Arts Center.

Jesse Wyer was one of the storytellers:

 

Attend the next Next to Normal Story Slam on July 19 at the McLean County Arts Center, featuring the theme "Road Trip."

You can hear more segments from Next to Normal Story Slams by subscribing to our podcast.

Bloomington-Normal community members shared their stories of fatherhood during the latest Next to Normal Story Slam on June 21 at the McLean County Arts Center.

Cristen Monson was one of the storytellers:

 

Attend the next Next to Normal Story Slam on July 19 at the McLean County Arts Center, featuring the theme "Road Trip."

You can hear more segments from Next to Normal Story Slams by subscribing to our podcast.

 

"End Gun Violence" T-shirt hangs at event
Jeff Smudde / WGLT

In 2018, nine gun-related homicides happened in Bloomington-Normal. All the victims were people of color, and seven were black.

2019 Youth Mural Project Participants
Illinois Art Station / Facebook

A new mural will be unveiled Sunday on Bloomington's west side that will tell stories of the young artists who created it.

People dressed in bustles and goggles, carrying jetpacks made with what appear to be ceiling fan blades. Yes, it's Steampunk.

From the Industrial Revolution to the Wild West, Steampunk is a creative way to picture what history could’ve been. It’s a re-imagining of history with art, science, and modern technology.

Women and members of underrepresented groups are at a disadvantage in STEM fields across the globe.