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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

screen with council agenda item.
Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

The Normal Town Council voted Monday to rename Mitsubishi Motorway for Rivian, which now owns the plant along that west-side road. It was a 4-2 vote.

Rivian plant exterior
Ryan Denham / WGLT

The Bloomington-Normal driving public might have to get used to a new name for a prominent road.

Barb Dallinger
Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

Friday marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, and local LGBTQ+ rights advocate Barb Dallinger says there's still a long way to go.

Rendering of new training center
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At the end of summer, Bloomington-Normal is expected to see a new nonprofit organization arrive in town.

Olivia Mechin
Staff / WGLT

Cultures are colliding this summer in Bloomington-Normal.

Connect Transit bus
Connect Transit

The Bloomington City Council has passed a wait-and-see resolution concerning Connect Transit and the recent public campaign to undo a route cut and fare increases.

potholes
Ralph Weisheit / WGLT

McLean County government is expecting the busy spring legislative session in Springfield to help it chip away at road repairs and other infrastructure.

Heartland Community College
Staff / WGLT

The Heartland Community College board on Tuesday approved a tentative $32 million operating budget for fiscal year 2020, which begins July 1.

A dais with McLean County officials sitting.
Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

McLean County Board member Scott Murphy has resigned. In his resignation letter, Murphy said he's buying a house in Bloomington-Normal outside of his District 2 boundaries.

Chris Koos at a meeting
Staff / WGLT

The mayor of Normal said regional efforts to pull together on economic development have never really happened.

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

The executive director of the Ecology Action Center in Normal said there are signs the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) is emerging from years of financial constraints and government deadlock.

lines of cars at the old Mitsubishi plant.
Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

The Ecology Action Center is optimistic a household hazardous waste collection event can happen this fall in Bloomington-Normal. The center is asking for private donations to help offset expenses.

Unit 5 district offices
Staff / WGLT

Unit 5 schools are still in a deep financial hole, even with some increased state budget stability.

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