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Don Knapp
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Law enforcement officials and prosecutors said they feel blindsided by a massive criminal justice reform bill introduced by the Black Democratic Caucus in the Illinois House, with police saying they are shocked and surprised at the timing and sweeping scope of the measure.

Brian Williams
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A former Normal police officer was sentenced to 30 days in jail on Friday after he pleaded guilty to official misconduct in connection with the December theft of $12,000 while he was on duty.

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Police in Bloomington-Normal say they don't expect any trouble on election night, but during this time of high tension, they also say they aren't taking any chances.

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.

Willie Holton Halbert speaks
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Local police departments are feeling the heat from civil unrest in cities where police-involved deaths have sparked violent protests, according to McLean County law enforcement leaders.

The Illinois Art Station’s plan to locate near Constitution Trail took a step forward, and the Normal Police officers’ union agreement was OK’d during Monday night’s Normal Town Council virtual meeting.

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The Normal Police Department and McLean County coroner’s office are asking for the public’s help as they investigate the death of a man whose body was found Monday afternoon in a wooded area in northeast Normal.

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Normal Police officers rarely use force on the job. But when they do, people of color are more likely to be on the receiving end of that force.

Gabriella Calhoun

You might think Gabriella Calhoun would be on the front lines leading protests against racism and police brutality in the wake of George Floyd’s death.

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Protests in the wake of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis have evolved into a national discussion about police reform. Some have called for defunding police departments and reinvesting that money in social programs. Others say the unions that represent police officers are themselves the biggest barrier to change.

Donovan G. Muldrow

“You probably don’t know this, but a broken tail light is a black man’s biggest fear.”

Around the table, people were silent as Otis Evans Jr. described what it’s like to be a black man in America. 

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Colleen Reynolds

Normal Police Chief Rick Bleichner said Tuesday he hopes the arrests of nearly 20 people on looting and other charges stemming from this week's vandalism in Bloomington-Normal will curtail the crime spree.

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UPDATED 3:40 p.m. | Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner said police in Bloomington-Normal have decided against issuing a curfew for now, following the extensive property damage done by looters at several businesses, but he said that could change if signs point to an escalation. 

UPDATED 6:20 p.m. | A man from Normal accused of causing second-degree burns to a 10-year-old child with severe disabilities claimed Friday the girl's injuries may have come from bathing by her in-home nurse.

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Police chiefs for Normal, Bloomington and Illinois State University say they have not recorded any incidents of black residents being harassed for wearing masks in public.

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Gov. JB Pritzker's new requirement that everyone wear a mask in public during the pandemic has created a problem for gun owners.

Brian Williams
David Proeber / The Pantagraph (Pool)

A widow has asked a federal judge to deny the Town of Normal’s request to dismiss her lawsuit over allegations a police officer stole $12,000 in cash from her home.

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State police in Ullin, Ill., said Wednesday there has been an arrest in the killing of a teenager from Normal.

Haley Decker, 18, went missing March 4. Her body was found March 26 in the Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge in rural Pulaski County.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol said James A. Merritt, 32, of Morehouse, Mo., was arrested April 16 and initially charged with trafficking for the purpose of sexual exploitation. Illinois State Police and the FBI searched Merritt’s residence that day.

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The shelter-in-place order Gov. JB Pritzker issued last week to limit the spread of the coronavirus has many more people working from home and less work for police in McLean County.

Bob Siron standing in empty classroom.
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Law enforcement officials say a recent state law to make court fines and fees fair has unfairly punished police departments.

The father of a murdered 8-year-old girl is now under arrest.

Garrett Riley Ahlfield
McLean County Sheriff's Department

An 18-year-old faces weapons charges related to Tuesday's fatal shooting in Normal, though police say the killer remains at large.

UPDATED 5:40 p.m. | Police are investigating the shooting death of a 17-year-old male in the Heartland Village Apartments in northwest Normal.

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There was another shots fired incident in the Twin Cities overnight.

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