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Campers wander in park
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Bloomington-Normal’s working parents will still have parks and rec day camps as an option for their kids this summer — but not until the end of June.

Bloomington and Normal parks and rec departments are both delaying the start of their summer day camps until June 29. They’ve added more locations, so they can split kids up into smaller groups to meet state requirements for social distancing.

The McLean County Chamber of Commerce is throwing its support behind a speedier reopening plan that its leader says is thoughtful, science-driven, and not necessarily in conflict with the governor’s own roadmap.

Exterior of Bloomington Rehabilitation and Health Care Center
Ryan Denham / WGLT

Chad Holliday of Normal got the call on Mother’s Day.

On May 10, the administrator at his mother’s nursing home and rehab center called to tell him a few of the other residents had tested positive for the coronavirus. They planned to isolate the sick and test everyone else.

Olcay Akman
Illinois State University

An Illinois State University researcher who's been staring at coronavirus data since early January says his estimates point to an even higher death toll than some of the mostly widely cited national models.

J.B. Pritzker closeup
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Businesses that defy Gov. J.B. Pritzker's stay-at-home order could face a misdemeanor under emergency rules his administration has filed.

Bloomington Rehabillitation and Health Care Center front
Facebook/Bloomington Rehabillitation and Health Care Center

The COVID-19 outbreak at a Bloomington nursing home continued to worsen Sunday, killing another person and adding five more confirmed cases.

Exterior of nursing home
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A second resident of a Bloomington nursing home has died after contracting COVID-19, the McLean County Health Department said Saturday. It was the county’s fifth death.

Phil Fayne and Dan Muller

College coaches are notorious for working all the time.

Colleges and universities in Illinois want their campuses to be open to students in the fall, after classes were forced online in March due to COVID-19. A state panel is going to recommend the best approach for the fall semester.

Bloomington Rehabillitation and Health Care Center
Facebook/Bloomington Rehabillitation and Health Care Center

McLean County saw an unprecedented increase in COVID-19 cases on Friday, tied to an outbreak at the Bloomington Rehabilitation and Health Care Center at 1925 S. Main St. 

McLean County Health Department sign
Staff / WGLT

A fourth person has died in McLean County after contracting COVID-19, as public health officials announced nine more local cases on Thursday.

Pritzker looks at hospital
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Small-town officials in McLean County said they were all on board with the proposed Heart of Illinois multicounty regional reopening plan right up until a Peoria area official said they would go ahead even without approval from Gov. JB Pritzker

Markus Brooks
Markus Brooks / Courtesy

This spring, college seniors across the country have faced a graduation experience like never before. For Markus Brooks of Bloomington, his support system helped him push through.

Glenn Covert Building entrance
Eric Stock / WGLT

A recovery program in McLean County has shifted to virtual sessions to support people battling addiction.

A classroom
Joe Deacon / WGLT

The Unit 5 school board eased graduation requirements Wednesday night because of the pandemic.

Chuck Erickson closeup
Ralph Weisheit / WGLT

McLean County Board member Chuck Erickson has his own proposal for the county to reopen.

Testing swab
Ryan Denham / WGLT

McLean County residents will have another week to prove they want a convenient drive-thru COVID-19 testing site in their backyard.

COVID-19 sign at business entrance
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.

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

GMA arena exterior
Staff / WGLT

Whenever it’s safe for people to gather again, those who run Bloomington’s Grossinger Motors Arena want to be ready.

McLean County Executive Committee virtual meeting
Eric Stock / WGLT

McLean County Board Chairman John McIntyre got mixed reviews when he asked whether the county should formally back a proposal to create a subregion from Gov. JB Pritzker’s Restore Illinois plan.

JB Pritzker closeup
Rex Arbogast / AP

As Bloomington-Normal residents scratch their heads about why their local drive-through COVID-19 testing site is closing this week, Gov. JB Pritzker has offered inaccurate and incomplete information about why the state is doing it.

McLean County COVID-19 cases
McLean County Health Department

McLean County health officials announced six new coronavirus cases on Tuesday in one of the largest single-day increases in cases since the pandemic began.

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

UPDATED 6:25 a.m. | McLean County officials expressed bipartisan confusion and disappointment Tuesday after learning that the state will close Bloomington’s COVID-19 drive-thru testing site and move it to Peoria.

Tari Renner
Staff / WGLT

UPDATED 1:40 P.M. | McLean County officials are working with other central Illinois leaders to encourage Gov. JB Pritzker to create a subregion for the area in his plan to reopen the state.

Cars move through testing site
McLean County Emergency Management Agency / Facebook

UPDATED 9 a.m. | The drive-through COVID-19 testing site in Bloomington will close Thursday and move to Peoria, which already has excess testing capacity at four community-based sites, WGLT has learned.

Don Knapp
Jeff Smudde / WGLT

The McLean County state’s attorney and sheriff said it’s not so easy to say how they will enforce executive orders from Gov. JB Pritzker.

Bloomington Rehabillitation and Health Care Center front
Facebook/Bloomington Rehabillitation and Health Care Center

Five residents of a Bloomington nursing home have contracted COVID-19.

Larry Dietz speaking at a podium
Jeff Smudde / WGLT

Illinois State University President Larry Dietz has asked staff to plan for budget cuts of 10% and 20%. In a message to staff who plan budgets at several levels, Dietz said the guidance to develop the scenarios comes amid uncertainty of state support and the impact of the pandemic on future costs.

McLean County Health Department sign
Staff / WGLT

Six more people have tested positive for COVID-19, the McLean County Health Department reported Sunday.

Linda Foster
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The Bloomington-Normal branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is speaking out against two recent high-profile killings of African Americans and calling for dialogue during a virtual town hall meeting next week.