Normal Mayor Chris Koos talks about mayoral appointments, Connect Transit, and COVID-19. A new smart speaker tool is the latest spinoff from the Labs @ State Farm. And Janine Peacher shares her story as part of our Living Black in Bloomington-Normal series.
State Sen. Jason Barickman says people aren't buying in to some of Democratic Gov. JB Pritzker's executive orders. The Bloomington Republican says there's a cure for that: have the legislature enact pandemic policies with the governor's input. Plus, how universities should keep fall term college classes during the pandemic as safe as possible is a big question. Ryan Denham talks to two scholars who are studying the variables for university spread of the coronavirus.
The McLean County Health Department updates the public on the coronavirus in central Illinois. Illinois State University has canceled face to face classes the rest of the semester and will refund part of the room and board fees. ISU President Larry Dietz tells you about absorbing a 15 million dollar hit and other coronavirus matters. Plus, there was an election yesterday. Hear an update on primary results. And at least for now, there is actually some new home construction in Bloomington Normal.
Illinois State University is about to find out what happens to an IT system when the number of simultaneous users increases five fold. ISU Chief Technology Officer Charley Edamala tells you what might happen when on line classes start. District 87 leaders talk about e-learning capacity too. Plus, the Mayor of Normal says police should enforce state restaurant and bar closure orders. And Bloomington schools have hired just the second Latina administrator in their history.