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Michael Bakana
Bloomington Police

UPDATED 3:10 p.m. | One woman was killed and another injured in a shooting early Saturday in downtown Bloomington, police said. A suspect is in custody.

Sydney walks in
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The McLean County  judge who will determine a verdict in the June 2018 triple homicide on Bloomington's Riley Drive heard opening statements Monday in the case against Sydney Mays.


A longtime public servant who fought against intolerance in Bloomington-Normal has died.

The Bloomington City Council Monday night OK’d the next steps in a plan to extend the Constitution Trail in southeast Bloomington, creating a safer way for bicycle and foot traffic to cross under Veterans Parkway. 

When complete, the trail would stretch from Lafayette Street to Hamilton Road.

Also at the remote meeting, the council approved plans to spend $775,000 on design for a new O’Neil Pool; updated city codes including  sprinkler requirements in businesses; and heard from residents calling for Oct. 12 to be known as Indigenous People’s Day instead of Columbus Day.

Bloomington City Hall
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Community groups demonstrated before Monday's Bloomington City Council meeting in an effort to revive efforts to pass a welcoming city ordinance.

Attendees at a rally
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Those on the front lines of domestic violence in Bloomington-Normal say they’ve seen an alarming increase in not just the number of incidents, but also the severity, during the pandemic.

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As hundreds of people streamed out of the Back the Blue rally at GE/Union Park Sunday afternoon, Bloomington resident Austin Willis addressed a group of a few dozen counter protesters stationed just outside the park gates.

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Discussions about divesting from police departments continue across the nation in the wake of multiple shootings of Black Americans at the hands of white police officers this year.

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Bloomington Police are investigating three shooting incidents late Wednesday and early Thursday within a few blocks of each other. One person was injured.

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Bloomington Police don’t plan to release police body camera video of an encounter in which a couple claims they were falsely accused because of their race.

BPD Chief Dan Donath refused to comment on the case, but confirmed the officer involved in the July 11 incident won’t be disciplined.

The department also denied a WGLT Freedom of Information Request to obtain the video. The department said it would only turn over the video to the people involved. The department also indicated no report was filed on the incident because the original complainant didn’t request one.

Tari Renner
Staff / WGLT

Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner said has asked the city’s police advisory board to hold a series of public hearings and bring back ideas for “possible reforms in our police department procedures.”

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Bloomington City Manager Tim Gleason said it’s "ridiculous” to suggest local governments will ever fully defund police, but he supports the discussion of how to better redirect some police resources.

Bloomington Police Department entrance
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On a Thursday afternoon four years ago, the police watched as Donnelly Jackson left his mother’s house on Riley Drive in Bloomington after a short visit.

Olivia leads discussion
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Black Lives Matter BloNo announced a sweeping platform of policy demands Friday that would shrink local police departments, remove officers from schools, and increase the visibility of black history and equity in K-12 schools and universities.

Breanna Grow / WGLT

Both Bloomington and Normal’s mayors agree: To address systemic racism in the Twin Cities, start by investing in young people of color. 

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Bloomington-Normal police leaders say many of the reforms being proposed nationally in the wake of George Floyd’s death have already happened here, including a ban on chokeholds and increased emphasis on de-escalation training.

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Bloomington Police said someone shot a 25-year-old man early Sunday.

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The number of people in the U.S. now required to register as sex offenders is edging close to the one million mark.

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A 41-year-old Bloomington woman has died from injuries sustained in a Tuesday night auto accident.

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Bloomington Police have arrested a 34-year-old orthopedic surgeon for alleged aggravated criminal sexual assault and abuse of an adult with a physical disability.

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A man pointed a gun at a juvenile during a family argument Monday night, Bloomington Police said.

Crowd of people gathered around a small table questioning a man who aspires to be police chief in Bloomington
Colleen Reynolds / WGLT

Questions from activists dominated Tuesday's meet-and-greet session for the two finalists for Bloomington police chief—one from within the police ranks and the other currently serving as chief at Parkland Community College.

David Byrd

A candidate for Bloomington’s police chief position says he was treated unfairly when the city mishandled his application. The city says the accident did not place him at any disadvantage.

Darren F. Gordon
Bloomington Police

Police have arrested a man and a woman in Normal in connection with two recent Bloomington shootings. Two juvenile boys were wounded in shootings last Thursday and Friday on Peach and Lee streets.

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Bloomington Police are investigating the second shooting in less than 24 hours involving a teenage victim.

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A teenage male was treated and released from the hospital overnight after being shot on Bloomington's east side, police said.

Illinois Traffic Violations Now Carry Higher Fine

Jul 1, 2019
Mary Cullen / WGLT

Speeders beware: Minor traffic violations will now carry higher fines.

Illinois Law Cracks Down On Texting While Driving

Jun 26, 2019
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Nam Y. Huh / AP

Illinois is cracking down on mobile device usage while driving. Starting Monday all mobile device usage while driving will result in a moving violation citation.

Terrell and Larry
Bloomington Police

UPDATED 4 p.m. | Two local men were arrested Friday in connection with a series of armed robberies at Bloomington-Normal businesses in the past month.

McLean County State's Attorney Don Knapp
Staff / WGLT

About 60 law enforcement leaders from across the region gathered Monday at Heartland Community College to share data and intelligence.