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BCPA Announces Diverse Lineup For New Season

Aug 15, 2019
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Programmers for the Bloomington Center For The Performing Arts said the city-owned venue had a full and successful season last year and hope to build on that performance. The BCPA has never turned a profit and was not expected to at its founding. But, Assistent Performing Arts Manager Ann-Marie Dittman said last year gross revenue rose by $200,000. The improvement came after some instability and a lower than usual number of bookings in 2017 following the unexpected death of BCPA Director Tina Salamone. This season, Dittman said the BCPA is revving its engines with an even more full and diverse selection of shows.

Dhruv Rebba
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Amateur radio, or ham radio, can be a fun hobby for some, but it can also open many doors for the future.

Crews building beds
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Every child deserves a bed to sleep on, according to Robert Bosquez from the West Bloomington Revitalization Project (WBRP).

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Set sail this Thursday, Aug. 1, as Prairie Fire Theatre opens Gilbert and Sullivan’s “HMS Pinafore” at Community Players Theatre.

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Riccardo Rosselló, the Governor of Puerto Rico, resigned this week after 12 days of protests and demonstrations. Puerto Ricans had already displayed dissatisfaction over the lack of government performance during Hurricanes Maria and Irma, but the tipping point was Rosselló’s chat room transcripts, which were recently published. The transcripts included hateful comments towards women, the working class, the LGBTQ+ community, and other marginalized groups in Puerto Rico that were made by Rosselló and members of his small governing clique.

Kari Sandhaas the artist
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The old Laborers' Local 362 union hiring hall is being demolished this week. The building featured a mural created by Kari Sandhaas in the 1980s, which displayed Bloomington-Normal’s historical relationship with labor and unionizing.

Normal Mayor Chris Koos
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U.S. mayors want to make sure the rollout of faster 5G wireless service doesn't clutter up their communities.

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It’s summertime, meaning it’s time to learn about ... snowmobiles?

International Documentary on Climate Change Educates B-N

Jul 3, 2019
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Internationally-known documentary maker and environmentalist Renee Scheltema said "Normal is Over."

Peoria skyline
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Central Illinois is home to some of the most segregated places in the country.

Barb Dallinger
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Friday marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, and local LGBTQ+ rights advocate Barb Dallinger says there's still a long way to go.

Olivia Mechin
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Cultures are colliding this summer in Bloomington-Normal.

Chris Koos at a meeting
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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
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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.

Unit 5 district offices
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Unit 5 schools are still in a deep financial hole, even with some increased state budget stability.

Amy Louise Wood poses with her book
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Jim Crow at first glance seems like the past, but Illinois State University history professor Amy Louise Wood's new book reminds us how it lives on today in our legal system.

CIRA sign under blue sky
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The Central Illinois Regional Airport annual report noted a significant increase in passenger traffic in 2018.