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Darnysha Mitchell

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Darnysha Mitchell is an Illinois State University student and reporting and social media intern at WGLT.

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Joel Johnson is a Normal resident, New Orleans native, an object-oriented developer and owner of Silky Soul Entertainment. He's lived in Bloomington-Normal for decades, is a married father of two daughters and loves his family, faith, and exploring entrepreneurial ambitions.

Elisha Coffrin is an Eastern Illinois University graduate and owner of Coffrin's ATA Martial Arts in Bloomington-Normal along with her husband, Corey.

Lissette Hall grew up in both Chicago and Bloomington-Normal and is a graduate of Parkside Junior High, Normal West high school, and Heartland Community College. She studied at Columbia University, UIC, and ISU before becoming the first person to earn a bachelor's in comedy writing and performance with a minor in arts in healthcare at Columbia College Chicago.

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Leon Jones is a Bloomington High School graduate and a Bloomington native.

He spoke with Darnysha Mitchell for the WGLT series Living Black in Bloomington-NormalContact us if you'd like to be featured in the series.

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Brandon Thornton is a teacher at Bloomington High School and is a graduate student (B.S. '11, M.S. '16, Ed.D '22) at Illinois State University.

He spoke with Darnysha Mitchell for the WGLT series Living Black in Bloomington-NormalContact us if you'd like to be featured in the series.

Janine Peacher is a professor at Lincoln College. This year, she became the first tenured Black professor at the college.

She spoke with Darnysha Mitchell for the WGLT series Living Black in Bloomington-NormalContact us if you'd like to be featured in the series.

Bloomington native Dashea Crockett is a leader at Illinois State University's Impact Ministry, a Grayslake North High School graduate, and community activist with the Next Gen Initiative group. John Findley, Dashea's grandfather, has called Bloomington home after living on a farm with his family in Tupelo, Mississippi, and coming north during the Great Migration. 

They spoke with student reporter Darnysha Mitchell for WGLT's series Living Black in Bloomington-NormalContact us if you'd like to be featured in the series.

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Bloomington-Normal Youth Activists along with 50 community members took to the streets in Downs on Wednesday to peacefully protest racism and police brutality.

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Bloomington-Normal’s Not In Our School group engaged in a peaceful march Thursday evening to honor Black LGBTQ+ victims of police brutality in Maxwell Park. 

Panel discussions, chants for change, and a peaceful march Wednesday evening by the Next Gen Initiative all pointed to the new group's effort to improve community engagement.

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The pandemic has forced many changes and limits on Americans. It has created a “new normal” for many people. But some people who already had restrictions face even greater limits from the pandemic.

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A peaceful demonstration led in part by high school students was interrupted Wednesday when an agitator deployed what authorities called a harmless “smoke device,” in at least the second attempt to intimidate protestors in the past four days.

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Illinois Wesleyan University

Central Illinois colleges and universities have no surety in how the next academic year will develop. The pandemic has forced them to plan for a wider range of contingencies than usual, everything from a "regular" school year with in-person classes, to socially distanced courses, to all online.

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While Earth Day will be spent at home this year, the Ecology Action Center (EAC) is helping families celebrate the event's 50th anniversary.

Like most colleges and universities in the country, Illinois Wesleyan University is reimbursing a portion of student room and board fees because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Moda Salon & Spa

Hair salons and spas in Bloomington-Normal are struggling with financial hurdles and layoffs after closing due to the pandemic.

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ISU Athletics

With Illinois State University essentially closing its campus due to COVID-19, it has meant canceling spring sports competition for the rest of the semester. 

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Beck Memorial Home

Funeral homes are facing a new reality of mourning in trying to follow social-distancing guidelines during the coronavirus pandemic.

As Illinois State University wrapped up its first week of online classes, ISU Chief Technology Officer Charley Edamala said the transition from face-to-face education to online instruction amid the pandemic so far has been smooth.

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OSF HealthCare has launched an updated digital solution to help educate and triage people who are concerned about COVID-19 and risking exposure to go to a doctor's office.

Bloomington and Normal fire chiefs said they have adequate supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE) for now. That includes masks, gloves, and gowns. 

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Illinois State University women’s basketball coach Kristen Gillespie came into the program three years ago with a tough task of rebuilding a struggling team. Now, the team is on track to becoming an elite contender in the Missouri Valley Conference.

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McLean County Republican auditor candidate Trisha Malott said she wants to build relationships between the auditor's office and other county office holders and department heads.

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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.

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.

UPDATED 1:40 p.m. | District 87 schools have seen a surge in absences due to students having the flu.

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The owner of The Pantagraph, Lee Enterprises, is buying several more publications across the country.

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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