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UPDATED 6:30 p.m. | Illinois State University officials said Saturday that someone who tested positive for COVID-19 has become the first "on-campus confirmed case." The university declined to say whether it was a student, faculty, or staff member, citing "patient privacy."

Heartland Community College virtual graduation
Heartland Community College

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.

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If all goes as planned, more and more parents in Bloomington-Normal will be going back into work in June and July after months of being furloughed or working from home.

McLean County COVID-19 cases
McLean County Health Department

Seven Illinois State University students have contracted COVID-19 at a gathering at a private residence. They are among McLean County’s 112 cases.

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Illinois State University / Illinois State University

Illinois State University trustees agreed Friday to freeze tuition and room and board for students for the 2020-21 academic year and delayed two construction projects as the pandemic causes more financial uncertainty for both the university and students. 

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Jeff Smudde / WGLT

COVID-19 has stolen lives and livelihoods. It’s also taken a giant eraser to the calendar of our lives.

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Nam Y. Huh / AP

Another 5,200 people in the Bloomington-Normal area filed for unemployment for the first time in April —  a staggering number that exceeded March's historic high.

Employees standing at front desk at Home Sweet Home Ministries in Bloomington.
Home Sweet Home Ministries

Increasingly, first responders are taking on the role of counselor during the pandemic as the coronavirus stokes fears about health and livelihood.

Jamie Snow
IDOC

For two decades, Jamie Snow has fought his McLean County murder conviction, but his battle with an infectious disease that has killed 12 of his fellow inmates may pose the biggest threat to his life.

Snow is serving a life sentence at Stateville Correctional Center in the death of Bill Little, a clerk who was fatally shot behind the counter of a Bloomington gas station on Easter Sunday 1991. The Exoneration Project is representing Snow in his effort.

McLean County COVID-19 cases
McLean County Health Department

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.

BLOOMINGTON FARMERS MARKET RACKS UP ONLINE SALES

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The pandemic is making life even harder for young people with housing insecurity or family issues, as many faced increased risk from COVID-19 while cut off from their usual resources and supports. 

Patrick Hoban
WGLT file photo

Managers of a new emergency loan program for McLean County businesses say the second round of federal aid through the Payroll Protection Program (PPP) has, so far, muted response to the county's stimulus effort.

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Eric Stock / WGLT

Business and government leaders in McLean County say they are encouraged Gov. JB Pritzker's plan to reopen Illinois will give them a chance to open the local economy safely, but maybe not as swiftly as some had hoped.

McLean County COVID-19 cases
McLean County Health Department

McLean County health officials announced four new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, bringing the county’s total to 108.

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Kiichiro Sato / AP

National debate over expanding mail-in ballot efforts has come to McLean County.

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Ashley Binkowski / WGLT

On the same day the state announced a record number of COVID-19 deaths, Gov. J.B. Pritzker released a five-part regional plan that would allow parts of the state to open up to more activity in the coming weeks and months.

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Illinois State University / Flickr

As graduation approaches for college seniors, career advisers say they should prepare to enter a job market that looks different.

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Nam Y. Huh / AP

It will take more than just re-opening the economy to bring life back to normal. That's according to a sociologist at Illinois State University.

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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.

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Eric Stock / WGLT

There are Illinois State University students who have tested positive for COVID-19, though there have not been any known campus-related exposures, officials said Monday.

McLean County COVID-19 cases
McLean County Health Department

UPDATED 3:20 P.M. | McLean County health officials announced three new COVID-19 cases on Monday to bring the county’s total of confirmed cases to 102.

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Amy Niebur / WGLT

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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Abbi Sorrells / Facebook

McLean County registered nurse Abbi Sorrells has worked on the front lines of the pandemic. She says she understands the desire to reopen parts of the economy.

two people wearing masks donate money for the Bistro.
Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

A young queer man walked by the shuttered entrance to the Bistro in downtown Bloomington and said to owner Jan Lancaster, “Hi Mom.” She gets that a lot.

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Amy Fowler Shores / AP

A Bloomington marriage counselor said she's getting more requests for counseling as the pandemic causes more stress and family friction.

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Staff / WGLT

Illinois State University said it will offer online commencement ceremonies this year for its approximately 4,327 spring graduates. The university said it expects to award about 3,601 undergraduate diplomas and 726 graduate degrees in two ceremonies May 8-9. There are usually five such in person ceremonies during graduation weekend. This year those were disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Ashley Binkowski / WGLT

McLean County health officials announced four new coronavirus cases on Friday to bring the county’s total to 99.

Pandemic Takes Emotional Toll On Musicians

May 1, 2020
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Ashley Binkowski / WGLT

As the economic effects of the coronavirus ripple around the globe, the arts have been hit especially hard. The creative class is vulnerable to financial upheaval. Artists and performers are often independent contractors whose fluctuating incomes require sustained promotional efforts.

Put simply: To make it as an artist, you’ve got to hustle.

Bill Brady
Seth Perlman / AP

One of Illinois’ top Republicans said Friday that bringing lawmakers back to Springfield could help de-escalate mounting tensions over the governor’s stay-at-home order.

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Eric Stock / WGLT

McLean County Sheriff Jon Sandage said Friday he has strengthened a lockdown at the county jail following a public demonstration that he said has made the facility less safe for inmates.

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