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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.

College buildings
Lincoln College

Lincoln College will go back to hybrid learning Monday after a two-week quarantine and virtual learning period.

The McLean County Board seat in District 4 representing central and northwest Normal is an opportunity for new representation. Longtime County Board member and retired Chief Circuit Judge William Caisley chose not to run again.

Carlo Robustelli
Jeff Smudde / WGLT

McLean County Board member Carlo Robustelli has resigned, effective at the end of the month. Robustelli was not running for a new term anyway, but a new job prompted the early resignation.

a hand holding a fossil
Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

North and west of Mason City, Iowa, there is a quarry belonging to the LeHigh Cement Company. It's huge. In a "what I did on my summer vacation" moment, ISU Geologist and Paleontologist James "Jed" Day said he found something very cool there.

Heritage/Eli Lilly

A health care company based in Bloomington is part of a new clinical trial of a drug to prevent COVID-19.

Four-year colleges and universities in Illinois are starting to breathe sighs of relief at their enrollment numbers. Most had grave concerns all through the spring and summer about what the pandemic would do to fall enrollment. Charlie Schlenker reports, with a couple caveats, it's not that bad.

Watterson Towers residence hall at ISU
WGLT

Illinois State University admissions officials said pandemic-related fears of a precipitous decline in enrollment did not materialize, with total enrollment falling by less than 1% from the previous year.

Illinois Wesleyan University
Illinois Wesleyan University

Illinois Wesleyan University has reported a 9% increase in freshmen enrollment for the fall term.

A long-running effort to make the life of Abraham Lincoln more accessible to the public has reached a new milestone.

Jason Barickman speaks
Staff / WGLT

Some political observers think the announcement last week by Exelon that it will close two northern Illinois nuclear reactors is an opening bid for legislative help.

Students walk the Quad
Emily Bollinger / WGLT

The huge gap between the capacity at the University of Illinois and the capacity at Illinois State University to test for the virus that causes COVID-19 may soon disappear.

Stone columns at an IWU gateway
WGLT file photo / Staff

The American Association of University Professors said Friday it questions the legitimacy of the process that led to the Illinois Wesleyan University Board of Trustees decision to cancel anthropology, French, Italian, and the religious studies programs.

The AAUP has asked for a response to faculty allegations made in a letter sent to IWU President Georgia Nugent and trustees chair Timothy Szerlong.

Shesaidproject.com

In recent years, the phrase, “That’s What She Said” has become a popular punchline. It also is the title of a series of live events that showcase everyday women. The series began in Champaign in 2013 and was supposed to come to Bloomington earlier this year until, well, everything shut down.

Now, it's going online Friday evening.

Chris Koos
Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

Mayor Chris Koos of Normal said Wednesday he will run for another term of office next year.

Normal City Hall
Staff / WGLT

The November election campaign season is just ramping up, but some candidates already are looking ahead to next year's municipal contests.

Like attorney AJ Zimmerman, who said Tuesday he's running for Normal Town Council.

Larry Dietz at podium
Staff / WGLT

Illinois State University President Larry Dietz said Monday he's closely monitoring the rapid increase in COVID-19 cases among students.

Ames Library at Illinois Wesleyan University
Staff / WGLT

Illinois Wesleyan University said it is responding to a cluster of 10 COVID-19 cases among students.

Heartland Community College
Staff / WGLT

Heartland Community College enrollment on the first day of classes was down 8.6% among students and 8.4% in credit hours.

A statue of Columbus
Tim Shelley / WGLT/WCBU

Bloomington city staff will examine converting the Columbus Day holiday to one honoring indigenous people, with a majority of the city council indicating at least some support for researching the question during a Committee of the Whole session Monday night.

CIRA sign under blue sky
Staff / WGLT

It's hard for airlines to plan what flights to keep or drop right now.

Bone Student Center
Eric Stock / WGLT

An Illinois State University student in a residence hall has tested positive for COVID-19, a university spokesperson said Tuesday.

Please Do Not Enter Without Mask signage
Staff / WGLT

Businesses that violate Gov. JB Pritzker's new mask order could face more than just fines for not complying during the coronavirus pandemic. They could lose customers.

Watterson Towers residence hall at ISU
WGLT

The Illinois State University administration has asked the board of trustees to approve spending up to $3.3 million for coronavirus surveillance testing of students on campus through the end of the year.

graphic showingcoronavirus disease cases in McLean County
McLean County Health Department

The McLean County Health Department reported 28 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Saturday.

Picture of University High School
Staff / WGLT

The Illinois State University Lab Schools are following Unit 5 and District 87 in telling parents and families the fall term will start with online classes.

Barry Hitchins and Amy Roser at Unit 5 school board meeting
Izzy Carroll / WGLT

Now that Bloomington-Normal's public school districts have decided to begin the school year with remote learning, parents and educators have begun to scramble to arrange for child care for working parents.

Carleigh Gray / WGLT

Gov. JB Pritzker has created new enforcement rules for mask wearing.

Pritzker said the statewide emergency order allows warnings and then fines of up to $2,500 against businesses and other organizations that do not ensure that people wear masks on the premises. He said Friday during a news conference many businesses already do this, but some do not.

Passengers board a bus in Uptown Normal's transfer center.
Connect Transit

Bloomington-Normal's public bus system will get an additional $8 million for a planned downtown Bloomington transfer center.

District 87 sign outside Bloomington Junior High School.
Eric Stock / WGLT

Public schools in Bloomington-Normal will not open for in-person instruction this fall as planned.

Exterior of SSB
Illinois State University

Illinois State University on Tuesday pointed to the unexpected loss of on-campus testing capacity and rising cases as major reasons why classes will be primarily online this fall.

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