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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.

Dr. Romanie Walter
Staff / WGLT

Being a veterinarian sounds like any animal lover’s dream. You get to work with friendly, furry, tail-wagging clients. But the job is a lot harder than it looks.

OxyContin pills arranged for a photo
Toby Talbot / AP

McLean County saw a slight drop in overdose deaths last year, but the coroner said the spread of powerful narcotics remains a problem.

Joe Palma
Ryan Denham / WGLT

For recovering addicts, staying sober can more difficult around the holidays. Alcohol is as pervasive as gingerbread cookies at holiday parties. And as families come together, the pain of past relapses can linger even if a person is newly sober.

Jessica McKnight
McLean County

McLean County health officials have chosen a county health director in Missouri to lead their health department.

Breanna Grow / WGLT

The zoning amendment that will go before the Normal Town Council for consideration Nov. 18 would allow cannabis-related businesses to locate in the town — with restrictions.

Sam Cullinane and her husband Patrick
Courtesy Sam Cullinane

After 10 years of marriage, Sam Cullinane and her husband Patrick were ready to call it quits. 

They filed for divorce, and Sam moved from Utah to Spain.

A year later, they decided to get back together—and are still married today.

flu vaccine
David Goldman / AP

Health officials in McLean County say flu season has been relatively mild this fall.

Housing conference in Bloomington
Eric Stock / WGLT

Editor's note: This is part of a five-story series reported at the Housing Action Illinois conference in Bloomington on Oct. 24-25. The stories ran Wednesday, Oct. 30, on WGLT's Sound Ideas.

VA outpatient clinic in Bloomington
Eric Stock

The new Veterans Affairs outpatient clinic that will open in Bloomington next month is emphasizing mental health services in addition to primary care and other medical services to veterans.

People sit beside a podium
Rotary, International

The polio virus is present in only two countries in the world now. There were fewer than 40 cases last year in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Only a few decades ago the virus paralyzed tens of thousands in more than 130 countries.

Earl Boitnott, family and coworkers at Bloomington City Hall
Eric Stock / WGLT

Every so often on WGLT's The Leadoff podcast, we'll bring you the story of an unsung community servant who's making Bloomington-Normal a better place. It's a feature we call More of That, Please. Subscribe to The Leadoff on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. You can also suggest local people we should feature.

Eastland Companion Animal Hospital / Facebook

The Eastland Companion Animal Hospital in Bloomington is asking dog owners if they want to participate in research on using stem cells to treat dogs with arthritis.

Keith Sommer speaks
Staff / WGLT

A Central Illinois lawmaker said he’s encouraged by first steps taken by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) and the its director’s pledge to “re-focus on safety.”

McLean County

Trauma and the behavioral health concerns that come as a result must be addressed.

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State Farm

Youth in the Olympia school district are getting some big help as they chip away at food insecurity in rural McLean County.

Lisa and Tricia
Ryan Denham / WGLT

Our voice is something many of us take for granted—not only that it’s there when we need it but that it accurately reflects who we are.