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Shelby Rapp
Emily Bollinger / WGLT

What started out as a normal Saturday morning last month turned scary in Shelby Rapp’s east Bloomington neighborhood. She heard screaming coming from outside as she did laundry.

Chris Koos speaking at podium
Eric Stock

Local and state government leaders in McLean County are issuing a plea to get counted as the 2020 Census moves into the final weeks.

Country Financial
Ashley Binkowski / WGLT

Wages for Bloomington-Normal and Peoria workers were headed in very different directions when the pandemic hit like a freight train, according to newly released economic data.

an old house with an antique ambulance driving up to it.
McLean County Museum of History

The influenza pandemic of 1918 claimed the lives of some 600,000 Americans and perhaps more than 50 million people worldwide. Bloomington-Normal also felt profound effects.

McLean County Museum of History Librarian and Archivist Bill Kemp said you could hardly think of a worse year for that flu disaster to happen.

Tari Renner
Staff / WGLT

UPDATED 1:40 P.M. | McLean County officials are working with other central Illinois leaders to encourage Gov. JB Pritzker to create a subregion for the area in his plan to reopen the state.

Voting booths
Kiichiro Sato / AP

National debate over expanding mail-in ballot efforts has come to McLean County.

Fairview Building
Eric Stock / WGLT

McLean County is negotiating with a laborers' group that wants to take over the vacant Fairview Building in Normal to turn it into affordable senior housing.

police tape
WGLT file photo

UPDATED 9:10 p.m. | Emergency 911 service has been restored.

Previous story: Emergency 911 telephone service remains out in McLean County and county officials don't know when it will be restored.

Kevin Woodard stands at podium.
Woodard campaign

There are now four people from three political parties who want the job of McLean County auditor in next year's elections.

McLean County Law and Justice Center
Ralph Weisheit / WGLT

McLean County has several new appointments in court services.

McHistory: From Cabinets To Coffins

Nov 5, 2019
McLean County Museum of History

John L. Walcott was Bloomington's first undertaker.

This episode of McHistory shares the story of one cabinet furnisher turned coffin maker.

This episode of McHistory was produced by WGLT's Mary Cullen, featuring Bill Kemp of the McLean County Museum of History and Seth Wheeler, a volunteer with the museum.

Hear more local history stories by subscribing to WGLT's McHistory podcast.


McHistory: Blazing The Trail For Women Who Write

Nov 5, 2019
McLean County Museum of History

Elizabeth "Lizzie" Irons Folsom Fox blazed the path for women in Bloomington-Normal who had dreams of writing in the late 1800s.

Trisha Malott speaks
Mary Cullen / WGLT

McLean County Republican leaders say it’s time to address the “troubled auditor’s office.” They think Trisha Malott is the answer.

McLean County

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

McLean County Democrats

A Bloomington-Normal nurse has announced her candidacy for McLean County coroner.

A photo taken inside the McLean County Home for Colored Children in October 1935
McLean County Museum of History

The care of orphaned, abandoned, and rejected African American children in Bloomington Normal has not always been kind or good, or even wanted in certain parts of town.

This episode of McHistory offers an unflinching perspective of Bloomington-Normal's past.

Louise Calimese and her husband Napoleon led the McLean County Home for Colored Children for nearly three decades.

WGLT's Mary Cullen produced this episode of McHistory, featuring Bill Kemp of the McLean County Museum of History and Jennifer Rusk with the Evergreen Memorial Cemetery Walk.

Businesses will have to change, well, the way they do business after recreational cannabis use becomes legal in January. Till now, simple drug-screening tests have helped employers maintain a drug-free workplace. After January it won't be that simple at all.

Camille Rodriguez
Ryan Denham / WGLT

The McLean County Board's Executive Committee will decide Tuesday whether to have a consulting firm overhaul the county's electronic justice system.

Police Car Lights

A McLean County Highway Department employee was killed Wednesday morning in what county officials have said was an electrocution.

Crews building beds
West Bloomington Revitalization Project

Every child deserves a bed to sleep on, according to Robert Bosquez from the West Bloomington Revitalization Project (WBRP).

Ralph Weisheit / WGLT

McLean County government is expecting the busy spring legislative session in Springfield to help it chip away at road repairs and other infrastructure.

Frank Beck speaks
Ryan Denham / WGLT

Less than 48 hours after the latest fatal shooting in Bloomington, leaders of the county’s Criminal Justice Coordinating Council signaled Thursday that reducing gun violence will become one of their priorities.

Three county officials seated at a table in the county government complex.
Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

A mental health triage center is on pace to open this spring in the building housing the McLean County Health Department on West Front Street in downtown Bloomington.

Bloomington Police have issued an arrest warrant for 39-year-old Toshiro Luttrell of Bloomington.

McLean County Board
Jeff Smudde / WGLT

McLean County Administrator Bill Wasson says the Center for Human Services' decision to stop taking new referrals to its psychiatric program could have a wide-ranging impact on some county services.

Chuck Erickson and Kevin Woodard
Campaigns / WGLT

Voters in McLean County Board District 10 do not have an easy task telling the candidates apart.

Greenways Website To Connect Residents To Nature

Oct 23, 2018
Empty Trail
Mike McCurdy / WGLT

McLean County residents looking for outdoor recreational spaces and activities have a new online resource which compiles accessible greenways in the county.

Nikita Richards
Jeff Smudde / WGLT

Bloomington city officials said Monday an independent investigation into alleged ethics violations by city employee and McLean County clerk candidate Nikita Richards showed no wrongdoing.

McLean County Board candidates at the forum
Jeff Smudde / WGLT

The idea of a nonpartisan commission to handle elections in McLean County divided candidates Tuesday at a forum hosted by GLT and the League of Women Voters of McLean County.

Mary Cullen / WGLT

The Illinois State Board of Elections (ISBE) faced scrutiny after Illinois became one of 39 states hacked by the Russians in the 2016 election. ISBE said only voter rolls were hacked, and no ballots were tampered with.

The board’s IT Director Matt Emmons said Tuesday that’s why cybersecurity specialists are imperative.