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Sheriff leans into conversation with demonstrators.
Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

After a demonstration and injury of a marcher, dozens of demonstrators gathered Sunday night outside the McLean County sheriff's department on the west side of the Law and Justice Center in downtown Bloomington.

UPDATED 10:50 a.m. | Bloomington Police have arrested a 21-year-old man who allegedly drove his motorcycle into a crowd of demonstrators Sunday night in downtown Bloomington, injuring two people.

Donald Whalen

Donald Whalen may have exceeded the legal and geographic bounds of the electronic monitoring device placed on his ankle after he was released from prison pending the outcome of his challenge to his murder conviction, according to testimony Friday from a court services official.

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Bloomington Police said someone shot a 25-year-old man early Sunday.

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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Authorities have identified the 47-year-old Bloomington man killed in a motorcycle crash over the weekend on Hamilton Road.

Linda Foster
Merlin Mather / Courtesy

The Bloomington-Normal branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is speaking out against two recent high-profile killings of African Americans and calling for dialogue during a virtual town hall meeting next week.

Jamie Snow

For two decades, Jamie Snow has fought his McLean County murder conviction, but his battle with an infectious disease that has killed 12 of his fellow inmates may pose the biggest threat to his life.

Snow is serving a life sentence at Stateville Correctional Center in the death of Bill Little, a clerk who was fatally shot behind the counter of a Bloomington gas station on Easter Sunday 1991. The Exoneration Project is representing Snow in his effort.

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Authorities have identified a mother and her two young children who were killed in a fire early Saturday at a mobile home park in rural Lexington.

 Joshua T. Schaller
Bloomington Police

A 39-year-old from Normal was arrested Sunday night after allegedly hitting a pedestrian while driving under the influence with two children in his truck.

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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A LeRoy man who resigned his position with the University of Illinois Police Department after he was charged with official misconduct now faces criminal sexual assault charges.

A 10-year-old boy charged with murder in the April 2019 deaths of five people in a fire in Goodfield will continue to live with relatives while his case is pending, a Woodford County judge ruled Wednesday.

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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.

Brian Williams
David Proeber / The Pantagraph (Pool)

The Town of Normal and three police officers have asked a judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a widow who alleges a cop stole $12,000 from her home after her husband overdosed.

Officials are investigating the cause of an explosion Thursday in a boiler room at a Bloomington and Normal Water Reclamation District plant.

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Bloomington Fire Department / Facebook

A 37-year-old Bloomington man is accused of setting a house on fire after an argument Monday.

Mavidea truck
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A Bloomington technology firm claims in a federal lawsuit that one of its former top employees stole its secret customer list and used it to bolster his own competing company.

Marriott Hotel
Carleigh Gray / WGLT

Fire forced evacuation of the Marriott Hotel and Conference Center in Uptown Normal on Thursday morning and heavily damaged a coffee and souvenir shop inside.

Authorities say an 18-year-old woman from Normal has been found dead in southern Illinois in an apparent homicide.

J.B. Pritzker closeup
Amr Alfiky / AP

The Pritzker administration is seeking additional funding for law enforcement to continue training for police officers, and there's some dispute over whether the funding crisis is as bad as police are making it seem.

Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

Longtime McLean County Board member George Gordon said he remains interested and engaged with public policy. He said he is running for another term to see certain projects through, such as the county's creation of several behavioral health initiatives.

Donald Whalen

Don Whalen should be returned to prison to serve the remainder of his sentence on murder charges in the 1991 death of his father, according to a motion filed Wednesday by McLean County prosecutors.

Bob Siron standing in empty classroom.
Eric Stock / WGLT

Law enforcement officials say a recent state law to make court fines and fees fair has unfairly punished police departments.

Amelia and Sarah
Courtesy / BRE Law

It’s hard for rural communities in Illinois to attract or keep the doctors, teachers, or even grocery stores which together make everyday life possible in a small town.


Authorities have identified a 34-year-old Bloomington man as the driver killed in Wednesday’s head-on crash on Interstate 74 near Morton.

Jimmy John's
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Ten student-athletes and coaches from the Illinois Wesleyan University track team have sued the owners of a Bloomington Jimmy John’s after allegedly getting sick following a meal.

McLean County Jail

A McLean County jury found a suburban Chicago man guilty of sexually assaulting a woman he met on a dating site after going on a date in Normal.

Dan Donath
Izzy Carroll / WGLT

Six months into his new role as Bloomington police chief, Dan Donath said his department has made progress in some key areas, including recruiting more minority and female officer candidates, and changing and modernizing the department's culture.