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Martin and Connie posed together
Joe Deacon / WGLT

For nearly three decades, Martin Mongiello had the privilege of making meals for important people from across the country and around the world: heads of state, celebrities and even royalty.

Actors in the musical
Beetlejuice The Musical / Facebook

Say "Beetlejuice" three times fast and you’ll summon the irreverent demon—and Savannah Wetzel will make sure he’s nattily attired.

Old home
Bloomington-Normal Lost / Old House Society

Hoping to avoid losing any more historically significant buildings, the City of Bloomington has enacted a new review process to screen properties before an owner can demolish them.

Kid flies a kite
Courtesy Tejas Jani

Kite Fest is back in Bloomington-Normal for its sixth year from 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Sunday, May 19, at Illinois State University’s Hancock Stadium.

Panelists
Jeff Smudde / WGLT

A panel of experts flagged several issues Tuesday in the current proposal to legalize marijuana in Illinois, from expungement of criminal records to employers who want drug-free workplaces.

Jack poses
Courtest of Jack Whitsitt

It's graduation season, and thousands of students are walking across the stage this month at Illinois colleges and universities.

Mike and Brenda with puppies
Ryan Denham / WGLT

Every week or so on GLT's The Leadoff podcast, we'll bring you the story of an unsung community servant who's making Bloomington-Normal a better place. It's a feature we call More of That, Please. Subscribe to The Leadoff on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. You can also suggest local people we should feature.

senatorbarickman.com

State Sen. Jason Barickman said he went public against Gov. JB Pritzker's bill on legalizing recreational use of marijuana even though he knows it will make it more difficult to get a compromise bill.

Maternal mortality rates in the U.S. are the highest among developed nations. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists report a 26% increase in the maternal mortality rate between 2000 and 20-14.

Stew Salowitz working at computer
Eric Stock / WGLT

In the ever changing world of college athletics, you can only imagine the degrees of change Stew Salowitz has seen at Illinois Wesleyan University.

Buck Farley poses
Ryan Denham / WGLT

There is treasure buried underneath State Farm’s corporate headquarters.

No, not literally treasure. More like a treasure trove.

Gangstagrass performs Tuesday at The Castle Theatre in Bloomington
Sean Jamar

You might think bluegrass and hip-hop would mix like oil and water, but Gangstagrass banjoist Dan Whitener says the band attracts bluegrass fans being turned onto hip-hop for the first time, and hip-hop heads who get into bluegrass through Gangstagrass.

musicians
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

A new classical ensemble in Bloomington-Normal isn't waiting for their big break. They're breaking into the business on their own power, armed with energy, passion, and some talented friends. 

Reverberation Vinly's John Anderson holding the album "My Pharaoh, My King" by  John Moloney and Anthony Pasquarosa
Jon Norton / WGLT

Reverberation Vinyl owner John Anderson is enamored with many styles of folk, psychedelic and instrumental music. That music is often on the turntable when you enter his store across from Illinois Wesleyan in Bloomington.

McLean County Health Department sign
Staff / WGLT

The interim head of the McLean County Health Department says she doesn't anticipate the need for much change as the department prepares to name its second director in two years.

Breanna Grow / WGLT

Four Unit 5 parents are alleging the district discriminates against black students and black job applicants.

The Prom cast
Deen van Meer

One of this year's hottest Broadway shows this year was produced by an Illinois Wesleyan University alum.

Stan, Chemberly, and Kevin
Jeff Smudde / WGLT

Normal Town Council member Stan Nord wasted no time bringing up one of his central campaign issues during his first council meeting.

Eric and Brenda
Ryan Denham / WGLT

Travis Wilson can make being an EMT sound like the coolest gig in the world.

“It’s not like anything else in the field of medicine,” Wilson said. “It’s different every single day. If you’re an adrenaline junkie, it’s an awesome job.”

Bloomington High School teacher signing day
Eric Stock / WGLT

Bloomington High School is looking to address the national teacher shortage by helping to groom new educators before they head off to college.

Rhys Lovell looks at statue
Jeff Smudde / WGLT

Nearly to the day 139 years after making his major league baseball debut on May 5, 1880, a tree carving of Bloomington's Charles "Old Hoss" Radbourn was dedicated not quite 60 feet, 6 inches from his final resting place.

Mary Cullen / WGLT

A new report from the Anti-Defamation League showed the number of anti-semitic attacks in the U.S. more than doubled from 2017 to 2018. Most recently, it was a shooting during a Passover service in San Diego.

Maggie Morton and huge pencils
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

The rising artists of Illinois have an abiding sense of humor and are not afraid to use it.

Stephen Ondra
Illinois Wesleyan University

As Illinois Wesleyan’s 2019 graduates take their first steps into the working world Sunday, a fellow Titan alum will tell them their liberal arts degree will be key to their success.

Ken Lam in action
Ken Lam

The lure of the symphony and the timelessness of classical music comes from the power and images invoked in the listener.

Students sit in classroom and talk.
Ryan Denham / WGLT

When a community is struggling with a social issue, theatre can be a place to explore it. Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman” tackled the obsession with success the American Dream instills in Willy Loman. Joseph Stein’s “Fiddler on the Roof” shows the power of community tradition as a glue that can keep people together in tough times.

RJ on stage
Ryan Denham / WGLT

If all goes as planned, in a few years Rivian will be one of McLean County’s largest employers. Around 1,000 employees at its Normal manufacturing plant will be cranking out Rivian electric vehicles and skateboard platforms for other automakers.

But for now, local unions say Rivian isn’t being a good neighbor.

Duane Betts and Devon Allman
Allman Betts Band

When you're the son of an Allman Brothers founder, music doors can open easier ... but expectations are higher.

Devon Allman and Duane Betts know this firsthand.

Mike, Mark, and John
Mary Cullen / WGLT

Every year leaders across McLean County gather to discuss the State of the County. This year, the county celebrated Rivian and Brandt Industries for providing continued economic development.

Worker among plants
Jeff Smudde / WGLT

Behind a tall security fence and countless coded keypads, the future of the Delavan economy is growing under bright lights.

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