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Doctors at a hospital
Robert F. Bukaty / AP

A major part of Bloomington-Normal’s health care system—elective procedures—will resume this month. But don’t expect to see a flood of pent-up surgeries on Day 1.

Michael Tipsord
YouTube / State Farm

With live sports on hiatus, there aren’t a lot of major TV events that can get everybody talking. Things like the Chicago Bulls documentary on ESPN, the “Disney Family Singalong” on ABC, and Thursday night’s “Parks and Recreation” reunion have been pretty much it.

And State Farm has been a big part of each.

overheard view of Farmer City
Farmer City

Leaders and residents in many rural counties in Illinois have begun to push back against Gov. JB Pritzker's stay-at-home order. The response has been a mix of frustration, fear of economic harm, and the contention that their communities are largely free of COVID-19.

Larry Dietz at podium
Staff / 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.

Young fans watching game at Corn Crib
Facebook/Normal CornBelters

Gov. JB Pritzker’s decision to extend Illinois' shelter-in-place rules through the end of May has prompted the Normal CornBelters' league to delay the start of its season to July 1.

OSF St. Joseph Medical Center
OSF Healthcare / OSF Healthcare

In some areas of the country, demographers point to so-called hidden deaths from the pandemic. Those are deaths far above expected average death rates, even considering confirmed COVID-19 fatalities.

McLean County Health Department sign
Staff / 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.

family coordinator passes out meals
Unit 5 / Facebook

Unit 5 has now delivered 50,000 breakfast and lunch meals to its students since schools closed because of the coronavirus.

Jordan Holmes
Jordan Holmes / Courtesy

University leaders across the country face a difficult decision in the coming weeks about whether they can safely reopen their campuses in the fall.

If the answer is no, college students will have a choice of their own.

Illinois Wesleyan University

Central Illinois colleges and universities have no surety in how the next academic year will develop. The pandemic has forced them to plan for a wider range of contingencies than usual, everything from a "regular" school year with in-person classes, to socially distanced courses, to all online.

McLean County Law and Justice Center
Ralph Weisheit / WGLT

The wheels of justice are turning at a slower pace in McLean County as police, judges and attorneys navigate the legal system during the coronavirus outbreak.

Craig Lee
Courtesy / Craig Lee

With schools closed and gatherings prohibited, one District 87 teacher is taking advantage of being able to connect with students in a unique way.

karen from PATH
Ryan Denham / WGLT

A crisis hotline in Bloomington is handling a sharp increase in calls as anxiety grows due to the pandemic.

John Rave batting
David McLelland

Three former Illinois State student athletes have put their dreams on hold as they wait out the pandemic. The three Redbirds say they are trying to find new opportunities during the downtime.

Handling COVID tests
Illinois National Guard / courtesy

Even if they don't have symptoms, "critical infrastructure" workers like grocery store and restaurant employees can now be tested for the coronavirus at Bloomington's drive-up site, state officials said.

Lincoln Motor Company logo is shown at the North American International Auto Show in Detroi
Paul Sancya / AP

UPDATED 5:50 p.m. | The Lincoln Motor Co. said Tuesday it will not proceed with development of a new electric vehicle based on Rivian's skateboard platform, citing "the current environment."

Congressman Rodney Davis at a microphone.
Staff / WGLT

Central Illinois lawmakers have reacted to a lawsuit by a southern Illinois state representative by pointing to what it might influence rather than any legal result it might have.

Michelle poses
Michelle Sanders / Facebook

There’s really no socially distant way to do massage therapy. That’s put Michelle Sanders out of work.

WGLT

The Bloomington City Council heard presentations Monday night from several social service agencies addressing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as numerous citizens upset over last week’s vote against a possible direct aid program.

Darren
VIA BLUEROOMSTREAM.COM

UPDATED 7:05 p.m. | A Clay County judge is lifting Illinois' extended stay-at-home order for a single state representative.

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.

McLean County COVID-19 cases
McLean County Health Department

UPDATED 3:40 p.m. | McLean County health officials announced four new confirmed COVID-19 cases on Monday, the largest single-day increase in several weeks.

Monica Estabrook
Courtesy

For Bloomington High School art teacher Monica Estabrook, losing the emotional connection she had with her students has been the most challenging aspect of the transition to online learning.

Doug Johnson
Courtesy / Doug Johnson

Those helpers on the front lines of the coronavirus economic collapse say they’re seeing more and more people seeking assistance for the first time. People like Doug Johnson.

Graphic showing coronavirus cases in McLean County
McLean County Health Department

McLean County reported one new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Saturday while the state logged 2,119 new cases and 80 additional deaths. Two of those deaths were in central Illinois: one in Macon County, the other in Kankakee County.

Students walk in the quad
Cindy Le / WGLT

Illinois State University staff has proposed no tuition or room and board increase for the fall semester. Trustees are likely to vote on the proposal next month.

GE Road milling
City of Bloomington

Bloomington plans to spend more than $4 million on street resurfacing this summer, just part of its effort to repair some of the city's crumbling infrastructure.

Fans watching football game at Lexington High School
Jeff Smudde / WGLT

The head of high school sports in Illinois said he's optimistic student athletes will be able to compete again in the fall, but he concedes it may look different.

McLean County COVID-19 cases
McLean County Health Department

McLean County health officials announced the county’s first confirmed COVID-19 case in four days as the rate of new cases continues to slow.

Bus in Uptown Normal
Jeff Smudde / 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.

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