WGLT's Ryan Denham explores the fascinating history of why Bloomington-Normal still has two school districts. The Bloomington and Normal Water Reclamation District celebrates its 100th anniversary. And Terri Ryburn previews this weekend's Route 66 conference in Normal.
Bloomington Police Chief Dan Donath tells WGLT's Eric Stock what he wants to do about a lack of office diversity. One African American, four Latinos, and five women out of 125 officers. Donath says that should change. Plus, Route 66 is a cultural icon for white middle class Americans...emphasis on white. But there's a tragic side to the historic highway. The head of the Federal Election Commission says Republican Congressman Rodney Davis won't succeed in shutting her up. A long lost civil war memorial in Peoria rises again. Tim Shelly has the story.
Rivian is not the only Bloomington Normal manufacturing plant adding jobs. Hear from Bridgestone plant manager Monte Gruetman about the progress of a 12 million dollar plant upgrade in Normal. Plus, Eric Stock reports on a dispute between the McLean County Auditor and the McLean County Treasurer. Everyone has pressed flowers as a child. But, there's a scientific benefit to doing so as well. Hear from Dwayne Estes, an expert on bio-diversity and herbariums. And Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner stops by.
With all the problems with busing, could Unit 5 bring transportation back in-house, instead of using a vendor. Hear from School Board President Barry Hitchins about life MAYBE after First Student. Plus, a recap from Rivian's big event in Uptown Normal and how they plan to find all those workers. An update on getting the Rivian plant ready for production. The Illinois State University speech and hearing clinic has a program of vocal health for trans people who want to find their appropriately gendered voice.