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Charlie Schlenker

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GLT News Director Charlie Schlenker grew up in Rock Island, Illinois and graduated from Augustana College. He has spent more than three decades in radio and has won numerous state and national awards for journalism. He lives in Normal with his family.

Web picture of Dean of Students web site.
ISU

The college school year is young, yet already three Illinois State University students have applied for emergency aid after coming out to their family as LGBTQ.

the county government complex
Staff / WGLT

McLean County government is in the early stages of talks to move more Bloomington city offices into the county government complex.

Gavel and GLT logo
WGLT

A federal judge in Peoria has sentenced a Washington, Ill., man to more than 13 years in prison for child pornography.

Brian Otto speaks to the council
Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

The Normal Town Council on Monday approved more than $792,000 in late summer road repairs.

City Engineer Brian Otto said the town had considered using concrete instead of asphalt on Cottage Avenue between Gregory Street and Barton Drive, but the money didn't work out.

A studio picture of Mike Romagnoli
Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

The head of the Community Health Care Clinic said six months into operations of the new dental clinic they are only scratching the surface of filling the need for tooth care for low-income people in the Twin Cities.

picture of ISU Center for the Performing Arts
Illinois State University

Illinois State University will name its College of Fine Arts and School of Art for graduate Wonsook Kim.

State Senator Jason Barickman concedes a new law he co-sponsored to prevent further trauma to some sexual assault victims might not be enough to assuage victims' concerns.

Jason Barickman
Seth Perlman / AP

State Sen. Jason Barickman said a new law to prevent further trauma to some sexual assault victims might not be enough.

The Bloomington Republican said the YWCA in Bloomington told him several McLean County women who reported sexual assaults when they went to the hospital for treatment ended up getting arrested because they had outstanding warrants. He said the problem does not happen often, but there have been incidents statewide.

Barickman on the Senate floor
senatorbarickman.com

State Sen. Jason Barickman of Bloomington said the problem of violent rhetoric in American politics spans both parties.

A view of the 2017 HHW collection event
Michael Brown / Ecology Action Center

The Ecology Action Center is changing its collection model for the household hazardous waste collection event Sept. 7.

Dhruv Rebba
Hari Rebba / WGLT

Amateur radio, or ham radio, can be a fun hobby for some, but it can also open many doors for the future.

Crews building beds
West Bloomington Revitalization Project

Every child deserves a bed to sleep on, according to Robert Bosquez from the West Bloomington Revitalization Project (WBRP).

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.

Jump ARCHES

One of the leaders of an expanding health care technology partnership in Illinois says their work will lead to better outcomes for patients in rural areas.

Glenn exterior with Hovey's mugshot
Google Maps, McLean County sheriff's department

On Friday police arrested a longtime first-grade teacher at Glenn Elementary School in Unit 5 for allegedly molesting female students. Unit 5 pulled the teacher, Jonathan Hovey, from class back in April when the district learned of a new allegation.

Pam Reece
Emma Shores / WGLT

Cities and towns across the state are studying how to get ready for the new year and legal cannabis. The Town of Normal might be one of the earlier adopters of regulation covering use and sale of recreational marijuana.

picture of a field
Cristian Jaramillo / WGLT

After a year in limbo the idea of a multisport complex in Bloomington-Normal is coming back to the front burner.

WGLT

Set sail this Thursday, Aug. 1, as Prairie Fire Theatre opens Gilbert and Sullivan’s “HMS Pinafore” at Community Players Theatre.

Kari Sandhaas the artist
McLean County Museum of History

The old Laborers' Local 362 union hiring hall is being demolished this week. The building featured a mural created by Kari Sandhaas in the 1980s, which displayed Bloomington-Normal’s historical relationship with labor and unionizing.

John O'Connor as Abraham Lincoln
McLean County Museum of History

This weekend is the 10th annual Lincoln’s Festival on Route 66 in Bloomington. One of the main attractions will be Herbert Mitgang’s one-man play “Mr. Lincoln,” which will be performed by John O’Connor on Saturday, July 20, at 7 p.m.

Downtown SF building
Staff / WGLT

UPDATED 11 a.m. | State Farm said Thursday that it plans to demolish its former downtown Bloomington building after the planned sale fell through.

Normal Mayor Chris Koos
U.S. Conference of Mayors / Flickr

U.S. mayors want to make sure the rollout of faster 5G wireless service doesn't clutter up their communities.

Darren F. Gordon
Bloomington Police

Police have arrested a man and a woman in Normal in connection with two recent Bloomington shootings. Two juvenile boys were wounded in shootings last Thursday and Friday on Peach and Lee streets.

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A former TV hunting show host from East Peoria has admitted poaching and smuggling a deer. Federal prosecutors said forty-one-year-old Christopher Brackett used to host "Fear No Evil" on the Outdoor Channel. Brackett admitted killing two bucks in Indiana in 2013 within minutes of each other when state rules said he could only take one in a season.

Chris Koos
Cindy Le / WGLT

Normal Mayor Chris Koos has sent a letter to Bloomington city leaders claiming that Normal Town Council member Stan Nord went “lone wolf” and discussed a merger of the two local fire departments and tried to recruit a Bloomington business to move into Uptown.

Connect Transit buses
Staff / WGLT

Bloomington-Normal's bus system ended its budget year with a 9.2% increase in riders.

Brandt Industries
Bloomington-Normal EDC

The Bloomington Normal Economic Development Council has picked the economic development manager from the Chicago suburb of Tinley Park to head the EDC. 

Charlie Schlenker

It’s summertime, meaning it’s time to learn about ... snowmobiles?

Woman speaks to Normal council
Breanna Grow / WGLT

Normal Town Council members are continuing to get used to each other. Dynamics have shifted with the addition of two new members, Stan Nord and Karyn Smith.

Peoria skyline
Jeff Smudde / WGLT

Central Illinois is home to some of the most segregated places in the country.

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