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Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

As the coronavirus pandemic forces the nation to disconnect from usual routines, communities of faith tried all the harder to hold on to each other and offer solace. Many turned to worship online, some as a regular part of the program, others for the first time, using meeting programs such as Zoom.

Sign outside polling place
Jacob DeGeal

Among the many uncertainties the coronavirus has created in central Illinois is election turnout.

"That is the question of the decade," said McLean County Clerk Kathy Michael.

Health administrator at podium
Tim Shelley / WCBU

The first downstate cases of coronavirus disease were announced Saturday. Two are in Central Illinois.

Breanna Grow / WGLT

Starting Monday individuals experiencing a behavioral health crisis can seek help at the McLean County Triage Center in downtown Bloomington.

Students walk in the quad
Cindy Le / WGLT

Illinois State University continues to work to retrieve students studying abroad. At the start of the semester spokesperson Eric Jome says that number was about 116 students in other countries.

Martin Health Center
Westminster Village

Concerns about the coronavirus prompted the two election authorities in McLean County to move several polling sites less than one week before the Illinois primary election.

a fence and field with Special Olympics signs.
Special Olympics Illinois / Twitter

Special Olympics Illinois has canceled its state basketball tournament this weekend in Bloomington-Normal and Peoria.

District 87 headquarters
Eric Stock / WGLT

The state schools superintendent is telling school districts to prepare for digital learning days if the coronavirus prompts extended school closings.

Child getting a vaccine
Nam Y. Huh / AP

Health care workers in Central Illinois say they are better prepared to respond to the coronavirus than previous pandemics because of digital technology.

Mike McCurdy / WGLT

The coronavirus is affecting businesses in central Illinois even before the first actual case comes to the region.

Mark Jontry
Ryan Denham / WGLT

Parents should be prepared for their child’s school to close for at least a week if a student or staff member there becomes potentially infected or confirmed to have the coronavirus, the regional superintendent for Central Illinois said Monday.

Connie Beard

The chair of the McLean County Republican Party is urging her members to lobby against a bill that would require incoming sixth-graders to get the HPV vaccine that protects against certain cancers.

Eric Stock / WGLT

Amtrak is notifying passengers and employees who may have been on a train carrying a passenger who may have the coronavirus. That train traveling from Chicago to St. Louis last Wednesday stopped at Uptown Station in Normal.

Stefanie Smith
Stefanie Smith for Congress / Facebook

Democratic congressional candidate Stefanie Smith says anything short of Medicare For All is not enough to fix America’s health care system.

Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

Longtime McLean County Board member George Gordon said he remains interested and engaged with public policy. He said he is running for another term to see certain projects through, such as the county's creation of several behavioral health initiatives.

State Farm HQ building
Ralph Weisheit / WGLT

State Farm has suspended all non-essential business travel through the end of March as a precaution against the spread of coronavirus.

Sign at Tokyo Station
Eugene Hoshiko / AP

Illinois State University is urging its students studying abroad in Italy and Japan to return to the U.S. due to concerns over the coronavirus.

Rachel and Warren

Sen. Elizabeth Warren has picked up a key endorsement: Rachel Lapp Whitt and Thomas Whitt of Bloomington.

Pills poured into bottle
Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

This is a companion story to a WGLT article published Friday about the barriers to care facing HIV-positive patients in rural Illinois.

HIV stickers
Darron Cummings / AP

Central Illinois Friends began 30 years ago in the height of the AIDS epidemic as a hospice center for patients dying of the disease.

Veggie Oasis
Eric Stock / WGLT

McLean County's new community health improvement plan (CHIP) aims to get to the underlying causes of mental health and substance abuse problems.

Measles, mumps and rubella vaccines
Seth Wenig / AP

Illinois State University reports three people on campus have contracted the mumps.

Carleigh Gray / WGLT

Democrat Betsy Dirksen Londrigan said there are a lot of things Congress can do to improve the U.S. health care system that stop well short of implementing a single-payer Medicare For All model.

Katie Bertsche on the runway
Facebook / Twin City Plastic Surgery

For Katie Bertsche, her own fight with breast cancer has inspired her to raise awareness about metastatic breast cancer.

UPDATED 1:40 p.m. | District 87 schools have seen a surge in absences due to students having the flu.

Alex Azar speaks at press conference
Patrick Semansky / AP

UPDATED 9:55 a.m. | Illinois State University said Tuesday that a small number of students, faculty, and staff who recently traveled to China have not yet shown any symptoms associated with the novel coronavirus.

Dr. Allison Arwady speaks
Teresa Crawford / AP

A Bloomington hospital said Friday rumors that the dangerous new coronavirus had spread to central Illinois were untrue, as a second U.S. patient was confirmed in Chicago.

police car with flashing lights

Bloomington Police have arrested a 34-year-old orthopedic surgeon for alleged aggravated criminal sexual assault and abuse of an adult with a physical disability.

McLean County Health Department
Eric Stock / WGLT

Legal marijuana, teen vaping and rural HIV are just a few of the key issues McLean County's new health department administrator faces as she takes over a department that is seeing staff and funding cuts as more money is being devoted to mental health.

Colleen Kannaday
Staff / WGLT

Thursday's announcement that Carle health system plans to acquire Advocate BroMenn Medical Center and Advocate Eureka Hospital is big news for Central Illinois.