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Edith Brady-Lunny


Edith began her career as a reporter with The DeWitt County Observer, a weekly newspaper in Clinton. From 2007 to June 2019, Edith covered crime and legal issues for The Pantagraph, a daily newspaper in Bloomington, Illinois. She previously worked as a correspondent for The Pantagraph covering courts and local government issues in central Illinois.

Edith joined WGLT as a correspondent in 2019.

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Sydney walks in
David Proeber / The Pantagraph (Pool)

The McLean County  judge who will determine a verdict in the June 2018 triple homicide on Bloomington's Riley Drive heard opening statements Monday in the case against Sydney Mays.

Bart and Stephanie
David Proeber / The Pantagraph (Pool)

The last of five former officials charged with misconduct related to their oversight of Bloomington's city-owned arena pleaded guilty to misdemeanor theft on Friday and agreed to pay $20,500 restitution to the city.

A March 22 jury trial is scheduled for a Bloomington man accused of hate crimes for allegedly riding his motorcycle into a group of protesters during a May protest rally in Bloomington.

Alan Beaman and mother
Daisy Contreras / NPR Illinois

In arguments Wednesday before the Illinois Supreme Court, lawyers for Alan Beaman continued their efforts to allow a jury to determine if several Normal police officers acted improperly during a murder investigation that resulted in Beaman serving more than a dozen years in prison before he was exonerated.

Hammet Brown
Bloomington Police Department

Evidence that one of two victims of a June 2018 homicide was a gang member should be presented to the McLean County jury that will consider murder charges against the alleged assailant, according to arguments made in court Wednesday by the defendant’s lawyer.

Looters exit Target
Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

A different judge will hear the majority of the criminal cases pending against more than 40 defendants charged with looting last summer that left several local businesses heavily damaged and injured police officers called to quell the civil unrest.

Carla Barnes

McLean County Public Defender Carla Barnes has been appointed as the first Black woman to serve as a circuit judge in Illinois’ 11th Judicial Circuit.

Aaron Parlier
Bloomington Police

An October trial date was set on Monday for a former Bloomington piano teacher accused of sexually assaulting his students and recording his lewd interactions with them.

Nursing home driveway entrance
Emily Bollinger / WGLT

Nursing home operators say once the coronavirus is in a community, it's nearly impossible to keep it out of their facilities.

Judge looks at papers
David Proeber / The Pantagraph (Pool)

After more than two decades as a judge in the 11th Judicial Circuit, Scott Drazewski left the bench in Courtroom 5A for the last time on Dec. 31, satisfied with his accomplishments and eager to meet the challenges that may lie ahead.

Earnest Bell
Illinois Department of Corrections

Earnest Bell refused to attend his September 2015 bench trial on drug charges, opting instead to stay in a holding cell, where he wrapped a shirt around his neck in an apparent suicide attempt.

Donald Whalen

Donald Whalen is headed back to the Department of Corrections to complete the 30 years he must serve in the 1991 stabbing death of his father, the latest in a roller coaster ride of legal developments that swerved dramatically against Whalen on Tuesday after a judge reversed an earlier ruling granting Whalen a new trial.

Looters exit Target
Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

Two people charged in looting incidents that led to more than 40 arrests last summer in the Twin Cities  lost their bids for a new judge on Monday after a second judge rejected their bias claim against Judge William Yoder.

A former Bloomington college student who faced decades in prison for dealing drugs on campus will have to wait for the public records of his offenses to be sealed, a judge ruled on Friday.

Rica and Ann
Family Photo

“Sham investigations” by state child welfare workers emboldened Rica Rountree’s abusers to continue the abuse that led to her death in January 2019, according to a federal lawsuit filed by the child’s estate.

Kohls exterior
Jimmy Beach / Facebook

Residents of the Twin Cities were subjected to a night of fear and anarchy when looting broke out earlier this year, a judge said on Friday, as he agreed to give one of the looters a chance on probation.

Target store entrance
Ryan Denham / WGLT

In a sentence contrary to a state recommendation for probation, a judge on Wednesday sentenced a Bloomington man to 4½ years in prison and ordered him to pay restitution to the Town of Normal for damages to police squad cars caused by looters earlier this year.

Ben Crump
Michael Reynolds / AP

The beating death of an 8-year-old Normal girl is the focus of a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday against six state child welfare workers, the child’s father and the woman serving life in prison for the child’s death.

Cynthia Baker walks into court
David Proeber / The Pantagraph (Pool)

Cynthia Baker’s life sentence in the beating death of an 8-year-old girl will stand, a judge ruled on Tuesday.

Looters exit Target
Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

A McLean County judge delayed sentencing hearings Tuesday for two men charged in connection with last summer's looting after prosecutors could not provide figures for the restitution the judge insisted the defendants pay to the Normal Police Department and two businesses.

Rica and Ann
Family Photo

When Ann Simmons last saw her daughter Rica Rountree alive on April 20, 2018, with obvious signs of abuse, she knew she had to change her life for the better if she was going to save her daughter’s life.

Cynthia and Rica
Police and Family Photos

The hastily concluded investigation by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services into black eyes and bruises on a child who died weeks later of abuse is laid out in state records recently filed in a McLean County murder case.

Brian Williams
David Proeber / The Pantagraph (Pool)

A former Normal police officer was sentenced to 30 days in jail on Friday after he pleaded guilty to official misconduct in connection with the December theft of $12,000 while he was on duty.

Ann speaks
Edith Brady-Lunny / WGLT

After almost two years of waiting, Ann Simmons delivered a message Thursday to the woman who killed her daughter, 8-year-old Rica Rountree.

A hearing is scheduled for Thursday for a 10-year-old Goodfield boy accused of causing an April 2019 fire that killed five people.

Prison bars

The Illinois Department of Corrections had adopted its first standardized policy for inmates held in segregation, with a focus on limiting the number of prisoners removed from general population for years at a time.

Grampsas sits in court
David Proeber / The Pantagraph (Pool)

A judge rejected a request on Friday to reduce the 45-year prison term handed down in September for Anthony Grampsas in the December 2018 slaying of Egerton Dover.

Three suspects
Jail Booking Photos

Two men accused in a 2019 murder in Bloomington will be tried together in February, a judge ruled on Thursday. 

Judge looks at papers
David Proeber / The Pantagraph (Pool)

Eleventh Judicial Circuit Judge Scott Drazewski will retire Dec. 31 after 23 years on the bench, according to a statement Monday from Illinois State Supreme Court Justice Rita Garmin.

Christopher Harrison
David Proeber / The Pantagraph (Pool)

Christopher Harrison was sentenced to 31 years in prison on Thursday for second-degree murder related to a drug-related dispute that ended in a hail of bullets and the deaths of two young men.