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A Bloomington man pleaded guilty Monday to failure to report a June crash that left a motorcyclist dead.

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Edith Brady-Lunny / WGLT

For the 99,000 women incarcerated in U.S. prisons, the path to the criminal justice system is littered with broken relationships, physical and sexual abuse, and addiction.

A man pointed a gun at a juvenile during a family argument Monday night, Bloomington Police said.

John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Editor's note: This is the third in a three-part WGLT series this week about court fines and fees in Illinois. Read and listen to part one and part two.

McLean County Law and Justice Center
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Editor's note: This is the second in a three-part WGLT series this week about court fines and fees in Illinois. Read and listen to part one.

McLean County Law and Justice Center
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Editor's note: This is the first in a three-part WGLT series this week about court fines and fees in Illinois.

Miltonette Craig speaks
Mary Cullen / WGLT

The Town of Normal is in the middle of its first annual Daring Diversity: A Racial Equity Summit. Day 1 of the conference included speakers who defined and traced the roots of racism.

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A former Bloomington man exonerated of murder charges is entitled to a jury trial on his claims that three retired Normal police officers played a significant role in his wrongful conviction, according to arguments by his lawyers Wednesday to the Fourth District Appellate Court.

Politicians spearheading the effort to legalize recreational marijuana say revenue isn't the driving force. It's about promoting criminal and social justice for people of color who have been unfairly targeted by the war on drugs. But, prominent activists from minority communities question whether these lofty goals are possible. 

Illinois lawmakers are moving to give judges more discretion in sentencing people convicted of certain crimes.

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Colleen Reynolds / WGLT

TV detectives might be solving crimes easily with the help of advanced forensic testing, but two legal experts with the Illinois Innocence Project say their caseload is mounting because of flawed forensics.

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Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed legislation to change the climate for women in Illinois prisons.

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Incoming Chestnut Health Systems CEO Dave Sharar said his organization faces new challenges.

Jon Sandage

McLean County Sheriff Jon Sandage is running for re-election. Sandage cited achievements in increasing drug enforcement efforts as a reason he hopes people will vote for him again.

"We have dedicated another detective to our detective division and started running narcotics cases out of our detective division. We have also added a K-9 unit to the patrol division and we are working a lot more drug interdiction details," said Sandage.

Jim Larrison

To deal with severe over-crowding in Illinois prisons, a bi-partisan governor's commission has issued recommendations that, if adopted, would represent the most sweeping changes to criminal sentencing laws in decades.