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This is the first general election when Illinois jails are required to give detainees the opportunity to vote. But early signs show little change in how many ballots are actually cast from behind bars.

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The rights of a McLean County jail inmate were violated after medical staff failed to give him medication  needed for his epilepsy, according to a substantiated complaint filed with the Regional Human Rights Authority (HRA) of the Illinois Guardianship and Advocacy Commission.

Protesters marching and holding signs outside the McLean County Jail.
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McLean County Sheriff Jon Sandage is speaking out for the first time about a proposed ordinance to regulate protests and other demonstrations on county property, now that the plan appears to have stalled.

The crowding of the McLean County Jail, and its relationship to a COVID-19 outbreak there, took center stage at Tuesday’s county board justice committee meeting.

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UPDATED 8:45 p.m. | Two more inmates and two employees have now tested positive for COVID-19 at the McLean County jail, Sheriff Jon Sandage said Monday.

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Health experts flagged homeless shelters, jails, and other places with people living closely together as high risk for coronavirus spread early on in the pandemic. They're called congregant living settings. While most central Illinois homeless shelters have kept the virus out, jails have more of a mixed picture.

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All inmates and staff at the McLean County jail will be tested for COVID-19 after an inmate who has been awaiting transfer to a state prison recently tested positive, officials said Wednesday.

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Five McLean County jail inmates are among scores of defendants whose court-ordered transfer to a state mental health facility has been delayed because of COVID-19.

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McLean County Sheriff Jon Sandage has announced the county jail will allow visitors again starting Monday.

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McLean County Sheriff Jon Sandage said Friday he has strengthened a lockdown at the county jail following a public demonstration that he said has made the facility less safe for inmates.

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McLean County Sheriff Jon Sandage has placed the jail on a 23-hour-per-day lockdown since last week to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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The number of inmates held at the McLean County jail dropped to 153 this week as most low-level offenders are processed on the street without a trip to jail, a move aimed to lower the risk of the coronavirus spreading to the county detention center.

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UPDATED 6 a.m. | McLean County sheriff's police said early Saturday they had captured Thomas Benge and he was taken back into custody. Benge is being held at the McLean County jail.

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Bloomington-Normal had only one documented lynching.

ISU Stevenson Center Celebrates 25th Anniversary

Sep 11, 2019
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The Stevenson Center for Community and Economic Development at Illinois State University holds itself accountable for creating tomorrow’s leaders in McLean County.

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Months after McLean County opened a $40 million jail expansion, the county is still having to send some inmates to other counties, though jail officials say that should be temporary.

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Illinois State Troopers seized 143 pounds of cannabis just south of Bloomington this week and a lot more.

Amber Widner of Bozeman, Mont., was stopped on I-74 Wednesday after committing a traffic violation. During the stop, a state police canine alerted to the odor of illegal drugs.

Troopers also recovered 14 pounds of mushrooms, and 9 pounds of cannabis wax. That's a concentrate of cannabis that has the consistency of ear wax. It is also known as butane hash oil because it is made with a butane extraction.

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The Bloomington-Normal chapter of Black Lives Matter is teaming up with the McLean County Democrats for a Father’s Day bailout fundraising event this weekend.

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McLean County Sheriff Jon Sandage said the jail expansion became fully operational earlier this month as staff and inmates have been moving into the new space.

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McLean County officials cut the ribbon Tuesday on a nearly $40 million jail expansion.

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There will be a changing of the guard in McLean County government on Tuesday as six of the county board's 20 elected members will be recognized in their final meeting.