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This hourlong radio news magazine is produced Monday through Friday.

actors in costumes
Peter Guither / Illinois Shakespeare Festival

This summer, the Illinois Shakespeare Festival presents an original staging of a great romantic classic.

Rendering of new training center

At the end of summer, Bloomington-Normal is expected to see a new nonprofit organization arrive in town.

People have been leaving rural midwestern areas for decades. And it’s not just population loss. Often fresh food sellers move away too. There might be hope, though.

DrLupo playing
Samantha Lupo / Courtesy

On his 30th birthday two years ago, Ben Lupo decided to walk away from a six-figure salary with an Omaha insurance company and take a chance at becoming a professional gamer.

Lauren Jenkins plays The Castle Theatre Friday night.
Michael Church

Big Machine label group artist Lauren Jenkins utilized her background in acting and film directing to produce a video short to compliment three traditional music videos related to her new album.

Olivia Mechin
Staff / WGLT

Cultures are colliding this summer in Bloomington-Normal.

Despite a stagnant labor force, decreased unemployment, and slowly rising wages, one Bloomington-Normal economist still calls the local economy steady.

Laura Kennedy / WGLT

An artist. A teacher. An illustrator.

Those were the three paths to an art career that Kendra Paitz heard about when she was growing up. Now that she’s the director and chief curator of the University Galleries in Normal, Paitz decided to show area young people all sorts of possibilities for a career in the visual arts. With the help of a grant from the Illinois Prairie Community Foundation, she established the University Galleries’ Teen Arts group, inviting a group of Bloomington High School students to the galleries for a yearlong program of unique opportunities.

Renner and Carrillo at the meeting
Breanna Grow / WGLT

Editor's note: This is Part 2 of a WGLT series on government's use of social media. Part 1 was about how government and public safety agencies are using social media.

Construction worker at a home project
Charles Krupa / AP

Prices were up but the pace of sales slowed in May as the Bloomington-Normal housing market entered its busy selling season.

Colleen Reynolds / WGLT

The McLean County Museum of History is teaming up with the Prairie Pride Coalition to bring an untold piece of local history out of the closet.

John Fermon at Bloomington Police headquarters
Eric Stock / WGLT

Editor's note: This is Part 1 of a WGLT series on government's use of social media. Coming Wednesday: WGLT examines how governments respond when social media creates controversy. 

Social media has become such a dominant force in much of our lives that it’s become nearly impossible to avoid.

Connect Transit bus
Connect Transit

The Bloomington City Council has passed a wait-and-see resolution concerning Connect Transit and the recent public campaign to undo a route cut and fare increases.

Barickman on the Senate floor

The state budget may be settled, but Illinois’ underfunded pensions are not.

T-shirts hang up at gun event
Jeff Smudde / WGLT

It will be another few months before McLean County’s Juvenile Justice Council hears formal recommendations from its gun violence working group.

Mary Cullen / WGLT

The McLean County coroner said a nationwide increase in fatal falls isn’t just a sign of old age, it’s a call to take better care of our elders.

Group dances at Juneteenth
LM Otero / AP

This week, African Americans across the country pay homage to their ancestors through celebration of the day that slavery was officially abolished, both in law and in practice.

actors in forest
Peter Guither / Illinois Shakespeare Festival

The Illinois Shakespeare Festival sets the stage this summer for a one-of-a-kind escape into the forest of Arden with the romantic comedy, “As You Like It.” Young lovers flee a corrupt court, plunging headlong into the forest, where they find love, friendship, and new songs to sing. 

Emily Hope plays the Make Music Normal Festival tomorrow at 4:15 p.m. in the uptown Normal Roundabout.
Erin Barnard / Sesh Portraiture

Bloomington singer-songwriter Emily Hope is bullish on her sunny outlook and a sense of hope. Matter of fact, the first line in her online bio reads “ … a smiley 23-year-old singer/songwriter, guitarist, and ukulele player.”

Kids do physical activity
Laura Beavers / The Baby Fold

Elementary schools are on the front line whenever a kid has a problem, and not just with homework. Complex family issues, health problems, lack of access to basic necessities—that all comes with them to school and can affect academic performance.

Clay Wheeler
Amy Niebur / WGLT

Clay Wheeler picked a heckuva year to be Bloomington’s police chief.

Protesters hold Fight for $15 signs outside a restaurant
M. Spencer Green / AP

McLean County’s consistently low unemployment rate has long been a point of pride. (Thanks, State Farm and Illinois State University.)

Yet the jobless rate doesn’t tell the whole story of what it’s like to live and work here.

Jack Sikma mimicking jump shot
John Froschauer / AP

Illinois Wesleyan University alum Jack Sikma has had a whirlwind few weeks.

Matt Anderson, Edward David Anderson and Tim Kramp of Backyard Tire Fire
Edward David Anderson

Black Dirt Music Festival founder Edward David Anderson says the outdoor July event next to the Castle Theatre is intended to celebrate the best features of Bloomington-Normal.

McLean County Veterans Court
Eric Stock / WGLT

McLean County's new veterans court is looking to grow after having its first two success stories.

Heartland Community College
Staff / WGLT

The Heartland Community College board on Tuesday approved a tentative $32 million operating budget for fiscal year 2020, which begins July 1.

Chris Koos at a meeting
Staff / WGLT

The mayor of Normal said regional efforts to pull together on economic development have never really happened.

A view of the 2017 HHW collection event
Michael Brown / Ecology Action Center

The executive director of the Ecology Action Center in Normal said there are signs the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) is emerging from years of financial constraints and government deadlock.

Bulk waste collection
Staff / WGLT

Bloomington's garbage trucks are getting smarter.

Paul DeJong celebrates
Jeff Roberson / AP

Paul DeJong didn't put away his curiosity for science when he graduated from Illinois State University.