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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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Looters exit Target
Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

Looters who stormed several local businesses and damaged police cars last summer are facing serious financial and legal consequences for the civil unrest, including restitution of more than $100,000, in cases resolved so far.

Glenn exterior with Hovey's mugshot
Google Maps, McLean County sheriff's department

Sexual battery and rape charges have been filed in Nashville against a former Unit 5 teacher.

Jonathon Hovey, 49, of Forsyth, has waived extradition from Macon County where he is jailed to Tennessee.  A spokesperson for the Nashville department was unable to offer specific information on the charges.

Since the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minnesota police last May, communities across the country have grappled with how a similar encounter might be handled by local authorities.

David Rotchford
McLean County Sheriff's Department

A June 1 sentencing is scheduled for a former Ridgeview music teacher who pleaded guilty last week to criminal sexual assault of a former high school student.

An image of the McLean County Law and Justice Center
Staff / WGLT

Two of McLean County's longest pending criminal cases saw another major delay on Friday with the withdrawal of Jeffrey Martin’s lawyer from his two felony cases.

A judge on Monday cut in half Byron Merriweather's 70-year sentence in the 2003 shooting death of a man at Miller Park, after a review of how Merriweather’s youth may have influenced his decision to pull the trigger.

Jamie Snow’s request for forensic testing on evidence in his 2001 murder conviction made its way back into the courtroom on Monday after years of delay.

Five criminal cases were dismissed against a Bloomington man on Friday after the state acknowledged his mental health diagnosis and clean police record since a state human rights report criticized his treatment at the McLean County jail.

A former Bloomington doctor had a history of sexual misconduct before his arrest in 2020 on sexual assault charges involving a female patient, according to a motion filed by the state.

Proposed legislation could make it easier for former sex offenders in Illinois to find a home and remove the threat of being forced to move if a childcare facility locates near them.

Byron Merriweather was 17 when he shot a man at Miller Park during a 2003 fight between rival Twin City gangs, a crime that netted the teen 70 years in prison.

Dr. Shaun Kink
Bloomington Police

A former Bloomington doctor accused of sexually assaulting a patient asked a judge Tuesday to seal court records related to the testimony of other potential victims the state may try to introduce at his trial.

Earnest Bell
Illinois Department of Corrections

A Bloomington man who missed his trial on drug charges because he was involved in an apparent suicide attempt is entitled to a new trial, a judge has ruled.

Three suspects
Jail Booking Photos

A 20-year-old Bloomington man was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Friday after pleading guilty to murder for his role in the April 2019 death of Juan Nash at an outdoor party in Bloomington.

Barton McNeil
Illinois Department of Corrections

New evidence in the 1998 death of 3-year-old Christina McNeil exonerates her father of murder charges, according to a petition filed on Tuesday by lawyers for Bart McNeil.

First Assistant Public Defender Ron Lewis is among 11 candidates who have filed applications to succeed former McLean County Public Defender Carla Barnes, who recently was named a circuit judge.

John Milhiser
U.S. Attorney for the Central District of Illinois

When John Milhiser took over as U.S. attorney for the Central District of Illinois in 2018, he had several priorities for the office, including plans to build working relationships with 365 law enforcement agencies dotted across the sprawling 46-county federal district.

Milhiser leaves office on Feb. 28, a departure he knew was possible when he moved into his Springfield office. Milhiser and other prosecutors who were appointed during the Trump administration, or confirmed by the Senate, were asked to resign recently as part of the Biden transition.

Hammet Brown in court
David Proeber / The Pantagraph (Pool)

Hammet Brown was convicted of first-degree murder on Monday in the shooting deaths of two people and wounding of two others during a June 2018 party in Bloomington.

Hammet Brown
Bloomington Police Department

“A developing, festering rivalry” led Hammet Brown to fire the bullets that killed two people and wounded two others at a June 2018 party, Brown’s lawyer said in closing remarks on Wednesday at Brown’s bench trial.

Carla and Linda
David Proeber / The Pantagraph (Pool)

When Carla Barnes closed a black robe around her shoulders for the first time on Thursday, she marked history as the first Black judge in the 11th Judicial Circuit.

Women looking into nursing home through window
Edith Brady-Lunny / WGLT

Nursing home operators are grateful long-awaited COVID-19 vaccines have started to make it to their facilities.

Hammet Brown
Bloomington Police Department

Hammet Brown acted in self-defense when he killed two people at a Bloomington party in 2018, according to opening remarks from his lawyer on Monday, the first day of his bench trial on murder charges.

Sydney Mays
David Proeber / The Pantagraph (Pool)

A judge found Sydney Mays guilty Wednesday of fatally wounding three men and critically injuring a child during a 2018 shooting in Bloomington.

Sydney walks in
David Proeber / The Pantagraph (Pool)

UPDATED 5:40 p.m. | “A lottery by robbery” was behind a 2018 shooting that killed three men and left a 4-year old boy paralyzed, a prosecutor said in closing remarks Monday in the triple homicide trial of Sydney Mays.

Michael Clancy
David Proeber / The Pantagraph (Pool)

The murder trial of Sydney Mays was put on hold Friday after his defense lawyer was taken to the hospital with an apparent nose bleed.

Sydney walks in
David Proeber / The Pantagraph (Pool)

In the days leading up to a June 2018 triple murder, Sydney Mays was hanging out with people known to have drugs and guns in their homes, according to witnesses at Mays' bench trial.

Sydney Mays
David Proeber / The Pantagraph (Pool)

An interview with the 4-year-old survivor of a triple homicide that claimed the life of his father was played in the courtroom on Wednesday in the murder trial of Sydney Mays.

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.