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Edith Brady-Lunny

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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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Prison bars
Michael Coghlan / Flickr

A $15 million fine, plus weekly fines of $1 million, should be levied against the Illinois Department of Corrections for its failure to provide adequate care to mentally ill inmates, lawyers for inmates said in a motion filed Tuesday in federal court in Peoria.

Looters exit Target
Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

One of the more than 40 defendants charged with looting in Bloomington and Normal this summer has asked that a new judge handle his case, based on an alleged bias by the judge currently assigned to hear a majority of the cases.

Leila Jackson
Bloomington Police

A Bloomington woman was sentenced to 23 years in prison Monday in the 2018 stabbing death of Quantez Brown.

Bart and Stephanie
David Proeber / The Pantagraph (Pool)

The jury trial was delayed Tuesday for the former general manager of the city-owned arena accused along with four others in what was billed as a massive fraud scheme.

Cynthia Baker denied Friday that she killed 8-year-old Rica Rountree, suggesting instead that the child’s father was a more likely source of the fatal blow that ended the child’s life.

Tyjuan Bruce
David Proeber / The Pantagraph (Pool)

The sentencing hearing for a man convicted of murder in the death of Egerton Dover was postponed Thursday after he asked for a hearing on claims that he received ineffective legal help from his lawyers.

Looters exit Target
Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

Defendants in more than 40 summer looting cases in Bloomington and Normal will not be allowed to present fully negotiated pleas to resolve their cases, a judge said Thursday, in a decision that leaves all sentencing options from probation to prison on the table.

McLean County Jail
Eric Stock / WGLT

The rights of a McLean County jail inmate were violated after medical staff failed to give him medication  needed for his epilepsy, according to a substantiated complaint filed with the Regional Human Rights Authority (HRA) of the Illinois Guardianship and Advocacy Commission.

George Ryan
M. Spencer Green / AP

As an Illinois legislator, George Ryan believed the state’s death penalty was an effective means of deterring crime and punishing those convicted of the most heinous wrongdoing.

Christopher
Ryan Denham / WGLT

Christopher Harrison will be sentenced as an adult in the April 2018 murder of two Bloomington men, a judge has ruled.

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

A Decatur man has been sentenced to 45 years in prison for his part in the 2018 murder of a 20-year-old Bloomington man.

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

It’s not uncommon for the adrenaline to rise when a driver sees flashing red lights in the rearview mirror.  but the recent recurring incidents of officer-involved deaths in the U.S. has put a spotlight on how police handle all encounters with the public.

Jonathan Hovey in court
Ryan Denham / WGLT

UPDATED 2:25 p.m. | Charges accusing a former Unit 5 first-grade teacher of sexually assaulting two children were dismissed Tuesday by the state.

Willie Holton Halbert speaks
Ryan Denham / WGLT

Local police departments are feeling the heat from civil unrest in cities where police-involved deaths have sparked violent protests, according to McLean County law enforcement leaders.

Tyjuan and his attorneys
Lewis Marien / The Pantagraph (Pool)

Tyjuan Bruce played a critical role in the death of a Bloomington man by plotting the drug-related robbery that led to the victim’s death, a prosecutor said Monday in closing arguments in Bruce’s murder trial.

Adam Ghrist
Illinois State University

A former McLean County prosecutor who left in 2018 to join the U.S. attorney’s office is returning to Bloomington as a defense lawyer with Finegan & Rinker, according to an announcement Monday by the law firm.

Tyjuan and his attorneys
Lewis Marien / The Pantagraph (Pool)

UPDATED 5:55 p.m. | Evidence collected from shooting victim Egerton Dover’s home and the car that brought three alleged assailaints to his apartment lacked any link to Tyjuan Bruce, according to testimony Wednesday at Bruce’s murder trial.

John Butler in court
David Proeber / The Pantagraph (Pool)

The lead defendant in the Coliseum fraud case will not be going on trial this week after all.

Decatur suspects
Bloomington Police Department

Jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday for one of three Decatur men linked to the December 2018 shooting death of Egerton Dover in Bloomington.

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

Anthony Grampsas was convicted of murder Thursday in the December 2018 shooting death of Egerton Dover in Bloomington.

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

Jurors opened their deliberations late Wednesday into murder charges against Anthony Grampsas in the December 2018 shooting death of Egerton Dover.

Mary speaks
David Proeber / The Pantagraph (Pool)

UPDATED 4:30 p.m. | The bloody crime scene where Egerton Dover died showed evidence of multiple gunshots before first responders found his body on the kitchen floor of his west Bloomington apartment.

Sharjeel Rizvi
IPCSA

McLean County’s pretrial services coordinator has been tapped to serve as the manager of pretrial services for the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts (AOIC).

Prison bars
Michael Coghlan / Flickr

The current pandemic has forced Black men listed on public conviction registries into cycles of homelessness and reincarceration, criminal justice advocates said Tuesday in a plea to Gov. JB Pritzker to suspend housing limitations for registrants.

Donald Whalen Jr.
Bloomington Police Department

A recent ruling by the Illinois Supreme Court involving post-conviction petitions could impact pending innocence claims across the state, including efforts by Don Whalen to secure a new trial in the 1991 death of his father in Bloomington.

McLean County Jail
Eric Stock / WGLT

Five McLean County jail inmates are among scores of defendants whose court-ordered transfer to a state mental health facility has been delayed because of COVID-19.

Scotty Allen
Bloomington Police Department

A McLean County jury on Friday convicted Scotty Allen of murder in the shooting death of Juan Nash during an April 2019 party on Orchard Road in Bloomington.

Three suspects
Jail Booking Photos

In his testimony Wednesday in the Scotty Allen murder trial, Kajuan Hobson denied telling police he believed his brother was killed in retaliation for another murder.

Chris Harrison
David Proeber / The Pantagraph (Pool)

Before they went to Christopher Harrison’s home to steal guns, drugs and money, Joseph Gardner and Reggie Hart Jr. made a plan to take what they wanted, according to a detective’s testimony Thursday at Harrison’s murder trial.

Christopher Harrison
David Proeber / The Pantagraph (Pool)

UPDATED 4:20 p.m. | Noah Harrison watched as his younger brother pursued two men as they ran from his family’s apartment after an armed robbery that ended in a hail of gunfire that killed the suspects, according to testimony Wednesday at Christopher Harrison’s murder trial.

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