Dana Vollmer | WGLT

Dana Vollmer


Dana Vollmer is a reporter with WGLT. Dana previously covered the state Capitol for NPR Illinois and Peoria for WCBU. She earned her master’s degree in public affairs reporting from the University of Illinois Springfield. She also graduated from Northern Illinois University, where she studied communication and produced Morning Edition for WNIJ. Dana's interests include criminal justice reform, economic equity and the environment.

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UPDATED 6:30 p.m. | McLean County health officials are reporting two more COVID-related deaths, including the youngest area resident to succumb to the virus to date.

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The Bloomington-Normal YMCA is breaking ground on a new facility it will share with Easterseals Central Illinois.

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Bloomington-Normal’s colleges are striking up a friendly competition to see which school can get the most students registered to vote ahead of the November election.

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Marisa Hardwick isn’t surprised there are now more than twice as many cases of COVID-19 on the University of Illinois’ Urbana campus than previously predicted by university researchers.

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UPDATED: 1:40 P.M. | McLean County has been dropped from the Illinois Department of Public Health's (IDPH) COVID-19 warning list as the county's testing positivity rate continues to fall. 

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Time after time, WGLT News gets tips when an organization has had an outbreak of COVID-19 and didn't tell its employees. Workers think that's wrong, but employers say it's not that simple.

There are different opinions about who's responsible to alert workers to risk and what information a company, school or other organization can share.

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State Farm is acquiring insurance company GAINSCO Inc. in a $400 million agreement announced Thursday.

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Health officials are reporting McLean County’s 19th coronavirus-related death since the start of the pandemic.

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Comparing colleges’ COVID-19 numbers can be tricky because of the variety of approaches to testing and reporting data. A lot of Midwestern college campuses bear watching, though.

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McLean County health officials on Tuesday reported 37 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, as the county’s testing positivity rate rose slightly to 6.7%.

The candidates vying for a McLean County Board seat representing Bloomington’s south end share visions of a cooperative approach to handling and recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as a well-functioning county-run nursing home.

The two differ on their approaches and priorities representing the area.

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Illinois State University President Larry Dietz in Thursday's State of the University address painted a picture of an institution that’s doing mostly well, despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The McLean County Health Department logged 36 new confirmed COVID-19 cases Wednesday. That’s more than the previous day, but still the second lowest single-day total in the past three weeks.

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Community service clubs are in it for the people. Members socialize. They hold events in the community. They give to their neighbors through service projects. All of those thing are hard to pull off in a socially distanced way, but Bloomington-Normal rotary clubs are adapting.

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Heartland Head Start has welcomed some children back into classrooms for the first time since mid-March.

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The work lives of many Americans have shifted dramatically during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some are working from home while also juggling their children’s education and caring for loved ones. Others are seeing their job roles celebrated in an unprecedented way.

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UPDATED 2:05 p.m. | The Illinois Department of Public Health on Friday placed McLean County into a warning level after an alarming spike in COVID-19 cases and testing positivity rate.

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A documentary film about an organic vegetable farmer in Woodford County is now available to a much wider audience.

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McLean County health officials confirmed 71 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday, with the county’s testing positivity rate increasing to 10.7%.

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UPDATED 2:55 p.m. | An additional 102 Illinois State University students have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past day, the university said Friday.

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District 87 and Unit 5 started the school year online because of increased COVID-19 spread in the Twin City community and region.

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Most physicists believe after stars burn out, it's all over—cold, silent, dead. But new theoretical work from an Illinois State University astrophysicist hints, maybe not.

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UPDATED 4 p.m. | McLean County’s COVID-19 testing positivity rate has surpassed 8%—a benchmark that, if it continues, could trigger tighter restrictions under the Restore Illinois plan.

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McLean County Board members are raising a collective eyebrow at a proposed ordinance that would regulate public gatherings on county property.

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UPDATED 6:20 p.m. | McLean County's testing positivity rate jumped again Thursday as 41 new coronavirus cases were reported, including a worsening outbreak at Illinois Wesleyan University.

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Political campaigning is a social endeavor. But like the rest of us, candidates have had to shift to virtual platforms to connect with voters and get their message heard.

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Child care programs for Bloomington-Normal students are filling up, with less than a week until the start of the fall semester.

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The growing number of positive COVID-19 cases is making it harder to staff nursing units in central Illinois.

School school districts are having trouble getting laptops and tablets in the hands of students, as the start of the fall semester inches closer. That comes amid shipping and fulfillment backlogs born of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Unit 5 says government trade restrictions will delay the arrival of Chromebooks and tablets it planned to distribute to elementary students to help with remote learning.