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Chris Koos watches results
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Normal Mayor Chris Koos offered a rebuttal to council member Stan Nord’s view of council involvement in appointments to boards and commissions during a WGLT interview Tuesday.

ISU students on a sidewalk
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Illinois State University said Tuesday it is still assessing the impact of new rules issued by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement that could prevent some international students from attending the school.

Men holding a sign marching in the Labor Day Parade in Bloomington
Bloomington-Normal Trades and Labor Assembly / Facebook

The pandemic has caused the cancellation of another of the big annual Bloomington-Normal event.

Cans of beer being labeled
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Bloomington-Normal businesses and other organizations were approved to borrow at least $130 million through the federal Paycheck Protection Program, with the most money going to restaurants and doctor’s and lawyer’s offices, according to a WGLT review of the loan data.

McLean County Health Department sign
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UPDATED 3:25 p.m. | McLean County health officials reported Tuesday the county’s first COVID-19 death since May, while the county’s active coronavirus caseload gradually increases.

Reditus sign at COVID-19 testing site entrance
Reditus

UPDATED 9:25 a.m. | A record 405 people were tested Monday at Bloomington’s drive-thru testing site, as McLean County officials expressed concerns about delayed results.

Vehicles parked at COVD-19 testing facility
Reditus

Seven new cases of the coronavirus were reported Monday in McLean County, continuing an uptick in cases that began just before the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

Peck and Gressman
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A new model is cautiously optimistic about a university’s ability to control the spread of COVID-19 this fall—but that hinges largely on how much students socialize off-campus.

McLean County Health Department sign
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There were at least seven — and possibly as many as 12 — new cases of the coronavirus reported over the holiday weekend in McLean County.

McLean County Health Department sign
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There were four new cases of the coronavirus reported Thursday in McLean County.

Painters at work at ISU
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Illinois State University’s administration will release a new round of reopening guidance next week related to work-from-home and instruction that could help to de-densify campus when students return in August, a spokesperson said Thursday.

Edward David Anderson
Edward David Anderson

The 2020 Sugar Creek Arts Festival requires no sunscreen, fan or sunglasses.  

County map of Illinois
Harvard Global Health Institute/Microsoft AI

One new case of the coronavirus was reported Wednesday in McLean County.

Woman carries tray of salad
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UPDATED 3:05 p.m. | A letter circulating Tuesday among employees and students argues that Illinois State University’s draft reopening plan does not do enough to protect campus—or the Bloomington-Normal community at large.

Reditus sign at COVID-19 testing site entrance
Reditus

As parts of the country face a spike in coronavirus cases, more McLean County residents are choosing to get tested.

'Closed' sign in business window
WGLT file photo

A McLean County pandemic-relief loan program remains unused as more options emerge for struggling businesses.

McLean County Health Department sign
Staff / WGLT

The number of active coronavirus cases in McLean County is at its lowest level in two months.

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WGLT file photo

A Twin City economics professor says aggressive action by Congress and the Federal Reserve helped spare an economic calamity during the pandemic. But Mike Seeborg at Illinois Wesleyan University said it will be too costly to continue these financial lifelines much longer.

Cars in a funeral procession
Facebook/Kibler-Brady-Ruestman Funeral Home

More than 100 families in McLean County will now be able to memorialize their loved ones, in some cases, months after they died.

Car driving up to COVID-19 testing site
Reditus

McLean County health officials on Friday announced the county’s first hospitalization related to the coronavirus since June 8.

Outdoor seating at restaurant
Eric Stock / WGLT

Many businesses who have been struggling since the pandemic began in March hope Illinois’ transition to Phase 4 will allow them to recover after three cash-strapped months.

McLean County Health Department sign
Staff / WGLT

McLean County health officials announced the county’s first new coronavirus case in three days as the state prepares to move to the next phase of its reopening plan.

Zoo entrance
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Miller Park Zoo will reopen Friday and has prepared ways to help keep visitors safe from COVID-19.

City Hall
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Bloomington residents facing financial strain beacuse of COVID-19 now have another place to turn for help.

Kids run on playground
Elise Amendola / AP

McLean County school districts have a lot of decisions to make now that the state has released its guidelines for reopening. But one thing they agree on: Requiring kids to wear a mask all day every day at school is going to be a challenge.

Pritzker
Justin L. Fowler / The State Journal-Register via AP, Pool

Students will be allowed to return to K-12 schools for in-person instruction in August, state officials said Tuesday as they released guidelines for how that will work.

McLean County Health Department sign
Staff / WGLT

McLean County Health Department Administrator Jessica McKnight said Tuesday that several recent coronavirus cases in the county are tied to people traveling out of state and gatherings among friends.

boxes of face shields being carried
Eric Stock / WGLT

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis said he's not ready to support an extension of COVID-19 jobless benefits as businesses reopen. The current benefits expire at the end of July.

Marlene
Ryan Denham / WGLT

For one week in mid-May, the staff at Bloomington Rehabilitation and Health Care Center found themselves calling 911 again and again.

McLean County Health Department
Eric Stock / WGLT

McLean County health officials announced three more COVID-19 cases on Monday, while two more patients have recovered from the coronavirus.

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