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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.

Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner and City Councilmember Jenn Carillo.
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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.

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UPDATED 1:55 P.M. | A motorcyclist is in critical condition after a crash Sunday night in Bloomington.

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The shelter-in-place order Gov. JB Pritzker issued last week to limit the spread of the coronavirus has many more people working from home and less work for police in McLean County.

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Crime went down slightly in Bloomington last year, but shootings remain a big issue for the police department.

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Law enforcement officials say a recent state law to make court fines and fees fair has unfairly punished police departments.

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A federal grand jury has indicted three Bloomington-Normal men on child sex trafficking charges.

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Six months into his new role as Bloomington police chief, Dan Donath said his department has made progress in some key areas, including recruiting more minority and female officer candidates, and changing and modernizing the department's culture.

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Bloomington’s police review board has determined the city’s police department followed protocols when it voided a drunk driving ticket in 2016 but called for the city to strengthen its notification policy.

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Bloomington Police said they are investigating an incident in which a 17-year-old boy was shot in the forearm on Saturday.

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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.

A Bloomington man faces 16 years and eight months in prison for his role in a crack cocaine trafficking conspiracy.

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One man was seriously wounded in a shooting late Sunday night in Bloomington.

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New Bloomington Police Chief Dan Donath said he's making diversity on the police force a priority.

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Bloomington Police said Tuesday they won't ticket the driver of a car which struck a young boy on a bicycle Monday evening.

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Dan Donath, a 25-year veteran of the Bloomington Police Department, was named the city's next police chief during an announcement Wednesday at City Hall.

"He was the obvious choice," City Manager Tim Gleason said.

Donath, 50, joined BPD in 1994 and most recently served as assistant chief. He was co-interim chief during the search process for a new chief. Former Chief Clay Wheeler retired in June.

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