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Linda Foster
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The president of Bloomington-Normal’s branch of the NAACP says the coronavirus is sending the community a message.

“Corona has told us: You’ve got to change,” said Linda Foster.

Davis and LaHood tour testing site
Staff / WGLT

U.S. Reps. Rodney Davis and Darin LaHood said Thursday federal funding to operate the regional COVID-19 testing site in Bloomington will not end on Friday as previously planned.

State Farm signage
Ralph Weisheit

State Farm announced Thursday it's returning up to $2 billion to its auto customers who are driving less because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Preview guide with students
Illinois State University

The coronavirus story is developing quickly in Illinois. Here are updates from WGLT's newsroom and our partners at Illinois Public Radio, NPR, and The Associated Press.

Staff working COVID-19 testing site
Flickr/Illinois National Guard

McLean County has added six more COVID-19 cases on Thursday to bring its total to 69.

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Sex offenders who have completed their sentences but are still being held in Illinois prisons should be released as part of the effort to reduce the state’s prison population during the COVID-19 crisis, according to a lawsuit filed in federal court.

State Farm HQ building
Ralph Weisheit / WGLT

An insurance industry expert says state regulators should take a more aggressive approach in forcing companies to refund premiums to policyholders who are driving less because of the coronavirus.

McLean County Government Center
Ralph Weisheit / WGLT

A McLean County government panel has endorsed a proposal to delay interest penalties on late property tax bills due to the economic setbacks COVID-19 has caused many homeowners. 

chairs set up on sidewalk for curbside delivery
Facebook/Blo-No Curbside Restaurants

McLean County health inspectors are no longer showing up unannounced at restaurants to limit the potential spread of COVID-19.

Inside Interstate Center
Ryan Denham / WGLT

UPDATED 4:30 p.m. | The underutilized COVID-19 testing site at the Interstate Center in Bloomington could be gone after this week unless the state takes it over.

Inside the Bridgestone plant in Normal
Monty Greutman / Bridgestone

The coronavirus story is developing quickly in Illinois. Here are updates from WGLT's newsroom and our partners at Illinois Public Radio, NPR, and The Associated Press.

Closed sign
Ashley Binkowski / WGLT

More than 5,000 people in the Bloomington-Normal area claimed unemployment benefits in March—a ten-fold increase from a year ago that offers a new view of COVID-19’s economic toll.

Casey's Garden Shop window
Eric Stock / WGLT

Illinois is allowing garden centers to reopen for deliveries and curbside pickup, after initially shutting them down during the shelter-in-place order.

OSF exterior
Jeff Smudde / WGLT / WCBU

OSF HealthCare said Tuesday that some employees will be forced to take unpaid leave or use their paid time off as the system faces a substantial decline in revenue tied to the coronavirus pandemic.

Tom Pliura showing COVID-19 testing kits.
Tom Pluira

The coronavirus story is developing quickly in Illinois. Here are updates from WGLT's newsroom and our partners at Illinois Public Radio, NPR, and The Associated Press.

You can also see (or add to) our list of cancellations, closures, and rescheduled events. Find all of our coverage at WGLT.org/Coronavirus.

seats in a Jewish temple
Facebook

This week, many religiously observant people are trying to find extra meaning in the traditional messages of their faiths as they continue to face the coronavirus pandemic. For Christians, ministers have emphasized the coming of new life to offset the constraints of social distancing and stay-at-home orders.

Guard in PPE attire
Charles Rex Arbogast / AP

The McLean County Health Department on Tuesday reported 14 more people with confirmed COVID-19 tests—the highest one-day increase in cases to date.

Workers inside the plant
YouTube / Rivian

The coronavirus pandemic will delay the launch schedule for Rivian’s first electric trucks and SUVs being made in Normal.

Gas station
Ashley Binkowski / WGLT

State Farm said Tuesday it will decide by the end of the week how to “return value” to its policyholders who are driving a lot less because of coronavirus stay-at-home orders. 

Softball team celebrates
ISU Athletics

With Illinois State University essentially closing its campus due to COVID-19, it has meant canceling spring sports competition for the rest of the semester. 

Patrick Hoban
WGLT file photo

The head of the Bloomington-Normal Economic Development Council thinks the full scope of a financial crisis from the COVID-19 outbreak may not be known for a few months.

rows of masks
COVID-19 Mask Making

Members of the central Illinois Facebook group COVID-19 Mask Making said they have already made and delivered more than 1,000 masks to dialysis centers, long-term care facilities, rural hospitals, and other healthcare outlets.

YWCA headquarters
Google Maps

YWCA McLean County’s child care program has temporarily closed after an employee tested positive for COVID-19, the organization confirmed Monday.

Closed sign at business
Ashley Binkowski

You can't go to the gym. You can't get a haircut. You might look a little different right now.

So does Bloomington-Normal.

McLean County Health Department sign
Staff / WGLT

McLean County reported four additional COVID-19 cases on Monday, while five others have recovered from the coronavirus.

Abe in a mask
Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

McLean County residents are staying home about as well as everyone else in Illinois—but we’re apparently using parks more than others across the state.

T-shirts
Meltdown Creative Works

A new campaign aims to bring Bloomington-Normal businesses closer together during the coronavirus pandemic.

Bone Student Center
Eric Stock / WGLT

The coronavirus story is developing quickly in Illinois. Here are updates from WGLT's newsroom and our partners at Illinois Public Radio, NPR, and The Associated Press.

Ariele
YouTube

We hope you had a great time Sunday night kicking back and watching the first installment of the WGLT and WCBU Stay At Home Concert Series!

Brad Christin teaching to students in Paraguay
Brad Christin

The economic shutdown caused by the coronavirus brought life to a screeching halt for many people, but for two recent Illinois State University graduates serving on international Peace Corps missions, their worlds were turned upside down.

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