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Don Knapp

A proposal to regulate gatherings on county property -- which called for issuing organizers a fine if they don't provide advance notice of demonstrations and other events -- has stalled in a McLean County Board committee.

John and Steve
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Nearly three years after being indicted, the lead defendant in the Coliseum fraud case agreed Tuesday to pay more than $430,000 in restitution to the City of Bloomington after pleading guilty to a single misdemeanor theft charge.

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McLean County Board members are raising a collective eyebrow at a proposed ordinance that would regulate public gatherings on county property.

Sign encouraging mask use
Eric Stock / WGLT

Gov. JB Pritzker's new emergency mask order puts the burden of enforcement on businesses, schools and daycares.

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David Proeber / The Pantagraph (Pool)

The lead defendant in the Coliseum fraud case will not be going on trial this week after all.

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Three complaints have been filed against Pizza Ranch in Bloomington for opening indoor food service ahead of the end of the month target in the Restore Illinois pandemic recovery plan.

Don Knapp
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McLean County's top prosecutor says "what happened in Minneapolis to George Floyd is in (no) way even close to appropriate."

Don Knapp
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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.

McLean County Law and Justice Center
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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.

Adrian Barr poses
Ryan Denham

McLean County residents with minor cannabis convictions are expected to soon have their records wiped clean. But it’s unclear just how soon, and how many people will benefit.

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A McLean County jury Thursday found a Bloomington woman guilty of armed robbery with the use of a firearm.

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A former prosecutor who handled sex crimes for the McLean County state’s attorney’s office is accused in a lawsuit filed by a former colleague of sexual harassment, assault and battery during her alleged repeated sexual advances.

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UPDATED 9:40 a.m. | New details emerged Tuesday about the recent outbreak of gun violence in Bloomington-Normal as authorities pointed to a new rap video that they say shows a deadly dispute between two hybrid street gangs.

Don Knapp
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McLean County has officially joined thousands of state and local governments that have sued drugmakers and distributors over the opioid epidemic.

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Colleen Reynolds / WGLT

McLean County could soon join thousands of other local governments across the country that have sued drugmakers and distributors for their role in the opioid epidemic.

Carla Barnes
McLean County

A New York Times report shed new light on overworked and underfunded public defenders. It found public defenders in Louisiana assigned 200, 300, or even 400 felony cases—far more than the recommended workload for someone to mount an effective defense.

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State Police have made what is considered the third largest cocaine bust in McLean County history. Assistant State's Attorney Jeff Horve said troopers pulled over a semi on I-55 Thursday north of Bloomington Normal for inspection.

Donald Whalen
IDOC

A McLean County judge has granted a new trial for a man serving 60 years in prison for the stabbing death of his father in 1991.

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Richard Vogel / AP

McLean County's top prosecutor said he plans to study up on the potential impacts of legalized marijuana, since it appears Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker has enough support to get it passed through the legislature.

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UPDATED 1 p.m. | The McLean County Board picked Don Knapp on Tuesday become the next state's attorney.

McLean County State's Attorney candidates
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Four candidates seeking to become McLean County's top prosecutor made their closing arguments Tuesday before the County Board Executive Committee.