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A new community project aims to take a snapshot of life in McLean County during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Democrats have vowed to continue pushing to raise the federal minimum wage to $15. Illinois already has beat them to the punch, but the federal proposal includes something Illinois’ minimum wage law doesn’t have.


An Illinois Wesleyan alum’s work is up for a Golden Globe for Best Picture (Musical or Comedy). The movie “The Prom” is based off Bill Damaschke’s Broadway musical comedy of the same name.

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Poetry and photography meet in a new Twin City exhibition that highlights the struggles of refugees through the story of a German Jewish intellectual who, in order to escape Nazi persecution, undertook a perilous journey across the Pyrenees mountains. 

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The White House has two new four-legged occupants: Champ and Major Biden. The German shepherds are good for more than just a feel good story or photo op. They’ll offer special benefits to workers on the Hill.

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The electric automaker Rivian already has raised billions of dollars from the likes of Amazon and Ford. Why would it want to go public?

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Illinois Wesleyan University alum Dave Kindred is a legendary sportswriter. But Kindred says he didn't write about sports as much as he wrote about people.

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At the start of the new semester at Illinois Wesleyan University, Carmen Lozar was faced with a quandary. 

As the director of galleries at IWU, Lozar schedules the exhibitions that go on view at the Merwin, Wakely and Atrium galleries. But the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in the large Merwin Gallery being roped off for a socially distanced student work area. Lozar needed a show that could be safely displayed in the open Atrium Gallery--safely both from the standpoint of the pandemic and for security reasons. 

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A Mayo Clinic vaccine researcher and Illinois Wesleyan University graduate says he's not surprised some people don't want to get a COVID-19 vaccine.

A December survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation found about one in four Americans (27%) probably or definitely didn’t plan on getting the shots, even if they were available for free and are deemed safe by scientists.

The survey found vaccine hesitancy was highest among Republicans (42%), people ages 30-49 (36%), and rural residents (35%). Black Americans also demonstrated more hesitancy than the general population (35%).

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The state of Illinois has awarded $4.5 million to fund racial healing efforts across the state and to help people of color who have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic.

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Spring semester enrollment is lagging well behind last year’s pace at most Bloomington-Normal colleges and universities.

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The head of Illinois Wesleyan University’s coronavirus response said COVID-19 compliance on campus was generally good during the fall semester, but it was a learning process for both students and staff." class="wysiwyg-break drupal-content" src="/sites/all/modules/contrib/wysiwyg/plugins/break/images/spacer.gif" title="<--break-->">

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The Small Business Development Center at Illinois Wesleyan University has seen improvement in the last three months after a big drop in activity during the early part of the pandemic.

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A study done by two Illinois Wesleyan University professors and a Bloomington veterinarian shows 48% of ground venison packets sampled had lead contamination.

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Colleges have had to reign in one of their biggest fall traditions because of the pandemic.

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The local COVID-19 testing positivity rate dipped to 2.4% Wednesday, with the McLean County Health Department (MCHD) reporting three new confirmed cases.

Dog owners who often wonder what's going on in the minds of their furry friends can now find some answers.

Illinois Wesleyan Psychology Professor Ellen Furlong has a new audiobook available on Amazon’s online audiobook platform Audible called, "Decoding Dogs: Inside the Canine Mind". Furlong recorded the audiobook at The Great Courses headquarters in Virginia. 

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Illinois Wesleyan University athletics coaches and administrators want to remove the stigma that mental health issues often have in sports.

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Gamers at Illinois Wesleyan University have a new space to practice and compete with the opening of a new, 5,700-square-foot esports facility.

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Education has been deeply impacted by both the COVID-19 pandemic and rising pressure to end racism. 

Local education administrators detailed how they’re responding to the concurrent issues during a virtual Bloomington-Normal NAACP town hall Thursday night.

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Illinois Wesleyan University has reported a 9% increase in freshmen enrollment for the fall term.

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The American Association of University Professors said Friday it questions the legitimacy of the process that led to the Illinois Wesleyan University Board of Trustees decision to cancel anthropology, French, Italian, and the religious studies programs.

The AAUP has asked for a response to faculty allegations made in a letter sent to IWU President Georgia Nugent and trustees chair Timothy Szerlong.

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UPDATED 3:20 p.m. | The number of Illinois State University students who've tested positive for COVID-19 climbed to 70 on Friday, as McLean County's testing positivity rate continued to rise.

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Illinois Wesleyan University said it is responding to a cluster of 10 COVID-19 cases among students.

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Four Illinois Wesleyan University students tested positive for the coronavirus when they returned to campus for the start of the school year.

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College and university leaders face many tough decisions this fall about how to contain the spread of COVID-19 on their campuses. And inevitably when there are cases, those same leaders will have to decide how much information to share with their campus community, the public, and the media.

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Illinois Wesleyan University plans to house up to 140 students in hotels this fall to reduce the risk of a COVID-19 outbreak on campus.

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Illinois Wesleyan University faculty have voted overwhelmingly to ask the administration to hold off on faculty layoffs in programs cut by the board of trustees.

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Illinois Wesleyan University trustees agreed Thursday to eliminate three more majors as part of a long-term restructuring that school leaders say will strengthen its foundation as a liberal arts institution.

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Hundreds of Illinois Wesleyan University graduates are closely watching this week’s expected Board of Trustees decisions on the future direction of the institution. A variety of potential cuts and changes will be considered.