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UPDATED 2:20 p.m. | A 44-year-old Normal man has been arrested in connection with a fatal stabbing on Bloomington's west side, police said.

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Authorities have served murder warrants on two people in connection with an October killing on Bloomington's west side, and are still seeking a third.

A U.S. marshal's task force arrested Kevon Moon, 22, of Chicago, in Lafayette, Indiana, on Wednesday.

Another man, 22-year-old Malcolm Johnson of Riverdale, Illinois, already is in the McLean County jail in a different case. Bond for Johnson and Moon is $3 million each. Moon is awaiting extradition to McLean County from the jail in Tippecanoe County, Indiana.

Change is on the way for Illinois police departments.

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The City of Bloomington’s police advisory board and the Not In Our Town group are surveying the public about their attitudes toward the Bloomington Police Department.

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The man found dead Sunday on the east side of Bloomington is 26-year-old Natwan Nash of Bloomington.

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Bloomington police are investigating a homicide on the city's east side.

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Months after a Bloomington police officer was involved in a racially-charged dispute, the City of Bloomington has released officer body camera footage of the incident.

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Authorities in Bloomington-Normal say the number of gun seizures rose significantly in 2020 with police seizing a total of 94 firearms. That's a third more than the 61 seized in in the two communities in 2019.

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McLean County law enforcement agencies reported an average amount of gun violence in 2020. That’s a significant deviation from the national picture and the numbers in some other central Illinois communities.

A March 22 jury trial is scheduled for a Bloomington man accused of hate crimes for allegedly riding his motorcycle into a group of protesters during a May protest rally in Bloomington.

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UPDATED 11:40 a.m. | The Woodford County sheriff's department says the armed-and-dangerous suspect in a string of vehicle thefts was spotted Sunday in rural Secor. He remains at large.

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Police in Bloomington-Normal say they don't expect any trouble on election night, but during this time of high tension, they also say they aren't taking any chances.


The McLean County chapter of Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense is mourning the shooting death of a 20-year-old man Monday afternoon in west Bloomington.

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McLean County Coroner Kathy Yoder has released the name of the Bloomington man who was shot and killed Monday afternoon in a west Bloomington neighborhood.

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UPDATED 7:30 p.m. | A 20-year-old man was killed and two others were critically injured in a shooting Monday afternoon on Bloomington's west side, authorities said.

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The Bloomington Police Department said Friday it will conduct compliance checks at bars this holiday weekend, the latest new strategy aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19 in McLean County.

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Local police departments are feeling the heat from civil unrest in cities where police-involved deaths have sparked violent protests, according to McLean County law enforcement leaders.

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Jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday for one of three Decatur men linked to the December 2018 shooting death of Egerton Dover in Bloomington.

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Bloomington Police Chief Dan Donath said he didn't plan to walk away from law enforcement so soon.

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Bloomington Police Chief Dan Donath has announced his retirement, less than one year after he took over the department he served for 26 years.

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A Bloomington couple known for their community involvement say a weekend encounter with police and a seemingly hostile neighbor shows Bloomington-Normal still has plenty of work to do to bridge the racial divide.

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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.

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You might think Gabriella Calhoun would be on the front lines leading protests against racism and police brutality in the wake of George Floyd’s death.

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Bloomington City Council member Jenn Carrillo says her view of “defund police” is a lot more nuanced than the term implies—but now is the time for the discussion.

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Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner stressed public safety remains the city’s top priority while pledging to improve law enforcement practices. City Council member Jenn Carrillo advocated for a complete overhaul of police departments.

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Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner said he was pushed to the ground and a man tried to hit him with his fist near Kohl’s about 10:30 p.m. Monday. Renner said he had tried to engage a group of people in dialogue.

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Police chiefs for Normal, Bloomington and Illinois State University say they have not recorded any incidents of black residents being harassed for wearing masks in public.

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Increasingly, first responders are taking on the role of counselor during the pandemic as the coronavirus stokes fears about health and livelihood.

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Gov. JB Pritzker's new requirement that everyone wear a mask in public during the pandemic has created a problem for gun owners.

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Donald Whalen Jr., who served 28 years in prison for his father’s fatal stabbing, is back behind bars for allegedly violating the rules of his home detention program.