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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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Illinois State University graduate students do a lot of cool research the public might not readily understand. Enter: the annual Three Minute Thesis competition. Students compete to present the most engaging synopsis of their scholarship. It's like an elevator speech with teeth.

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Illinois State University has named Aondover Tarhule the new vice president and provost for Academic Affairs.

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Illinois State student environmentalists have asked the ISU Foundation that manages university investments to analyze how fossil fuel stocks are doing.

Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Normal
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Therapy service for children will grow in Bloomington-Normal.

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The Unit 5 school board is sticking with its sometimes-frustrating bus service for one more year. The board Wednesday approved retaining First Student in a short contract.

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The head of the Illinois Farm Bureau on Wednesday told the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee the China trade agreement is good for the country. That's in spite of trade war damage to Illinois farmers.

Here is a profile of a man who drove vice presidents and governors, wealthy landowners, visiting artists, and the prominent of Bloomington-Normal all about town more than a century ago.

During Black History Month, this episode of McHistory shows you the working life of Absalom Hawkins, a well-known African American man in the Twin Cities. It also tells you about a 19th century brain drain of African Americans.

Those who became educated had to leave the area to get jobs outside the working class. 

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Female soldiers share some of the same battlefields and challenges as their male counterparts but the contributions of women in the military have received faint recognition.

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Illinois State University trustees on Friday approved nearly $18 million in spending on various projects and a 12.8% performance bonus for President Larry Dietz.

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Illinois State University trustees will take up proposals Friday to spend nearly $18 million in the next several years on a variety of projects and leases.

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The mayor of Normal says 5G and other smart city technology developments will be the topic for the annual One Voice leadership trip to Washington, D.C.

Doris Houston
Ryan Denham / WGLT

The president of Illinois State University has created a new high-level position to coordinate diversity and inclusion efforts. President Larry Dietz said Professor Doris Houston is the new interim assistant to the president in that area.

The early 1900s saw an influx of racism and discrimination in the Midwest, from anti-Catholic, anti-immigrant, and anti-African American sentiment, to race riots in Springfield, Chicago, and Tulsa, Oklahoma. The Ku Klux Klan became a force in central Illinois. Segregation grew in Bloomington-Normal and what had been a thriving black middle class was gradually destroyed.

State Police said Friday evening a wrong-way driver apparently caused a head-on fatal accident on Interstate 155 in Tazewell County. Troopers said the collision happened about 6:40 p.m. in the southbound lanes at Broadway Road between Morton and Tremont.

The Tazewell County Coroner has pronounced dead the driver of the vehicle that headed north in the southbound lanes. The driver of the other vehicle is at a Peoria hospital with life-threatening injuries, said troopers.

State police rerouted traffic away from 1-55 and onto Broadway Rd. for some hours.

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We think of chocolate as an unalloyed good. People rhapsodize over it. They say they would sooner go without, well, many things, than chocolate. Some even call it a religious experience.

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Many people might think of classical music as a genre largely filled with works popular with audiences hundreds of years ago, or difficult-to-access current music hard for non-musicians to "get." Illinois State University hopes to dispel that misconception next week at the RED NOTE New Music Festival.

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Many factors influence how much rent the Town of Normal charges tenants of town-owned property, according to the mayor of Normal.

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Bloomington state Sen. Jason Barickman said he thinks this week's State of the State speech from Gov. JB Pritzker will not tackle the major issue facing the state.

West Bloomington Revitalization Project
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The West Bloomington Revitalization Project wants to build the economy with teeny tiny loans.

ISU President Larry Dietz said he is pleased with the pace of student acceptances of admission during this early part of the college selection season.

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A 41-year-old Bloomington woman has died from injuries sustained in a Tuesday night auto accident.

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Ken Lam

The Illinois Symphony Orchestra brings the audience music of a living composer Saturday in Bloomington. Charlie Schlenker talked with Music Director Ken Lam about the work "To The Point" by Jennifer Higdon.

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Normal Town Council members and town staff agreed with an environmental group that the community needs better emergency plans for heat waves and polar vortexes.

Hazle Buck Ewing Women's Suffrage Collection
Illinois State University

A Bloomington-Normal woman helped wage the fight for women to get the vote a century ago. Now, a newly digitized archive from Hazle Buck Ewing shows it was a long and bitter struggle.

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Dan Terkla

Maps lie.

But the way in which they mislead is extraordinarily revealing, according to Illinois Wesleyan University Emeritus Professor Dan Terkla.

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WGLT

Bloomington Police have arrested a 34-year-old orthopedic surgeon for alleged aggravated criminal sexual assault and abuse of an adult with a physical disability.

Kristin Kendrick-Weickle smiling and talking
Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

The Unit 5 school board approved Kristen Kendrick-Weickle as the new superintendent Monday evening. It was not unanimous.

Cars on Veterans Parkway
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The outlook is not good for the nation's cities if current trends continue.

Normal City Hall
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The head of the McLean County Chamber of Commerce said he disagrees with Normal Town Council member Stan Nord's view that "business and government should not be doing things together."

Colleen Kannaday
Staff / WGLT

Thursday's announcement that Carle health system plans to acquire Advocate BroMenn Medical Center and Advocate Eureka Hospital is big news for Central Illinois.

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