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Bloomington Police are looking for the public's help finding the man who tried to rob a hotel at gunpoint.

In 2000, Charles Davidson was arrested the day before the 4th of July for a crime he said he didn’t commit. Urbana Police responded that evening to a complaint of fireworks and came upon Davidson, who claims he made the complaint on behalf of his mother. According to court records, police accused the now 68-year-old youth mentor of providing officers with the false last name of “Edwards.” Davidson said “Edwards” was his mother’s last name, and he simply gave police his first name.

The Illinois Supreme Court on Wednesday heard arguments over whether victims of the illegal drug trade can sue dealers.

Three people were killed Wednesday in a fiery crash that shut down Interstate 39 north of Bloomington-Normal, authorities said.

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It’s been a year since five former U.S. Cellular Coliseum officials were charged with 111 criminal counts—accused of a running a brazen multiyear fraud scheme that stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from Bloomington taxpayers.

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A former Hudson police officer has filed a federal lawsuit against her former boss and the village, claiming they discriminated and retaliated against her.

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Bloomington Police are reminding drivers to lock their cars following a rash of vehicle thefts.

Bloomington Police have arrested a Wisconsin man in connection with a shooting in Green Bay.

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The City of Champaign has approved settling two lawsuits accusing police of wrongdoing for a combined $3.7 million.

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A Peoria man has pleaded guilty to murder charges in the death of a man during a kidnapping that authorities say stemmed from trying to steal money from recent lottery winnings.

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The lead defendant in the Coliseum fraud case lost two of three rounds in a McLean County courtroom Friday, as a judge rejected attempts to kill the case before trial.

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A former Peoria police officer who was fired for inappropriate social media use says the posts were protected under the First Amendment.

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A new campaign to get drunk drivers off the road hits close to home for a former Illinois State University student.

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Former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock is seeking to move his corruption trial from a federal court in Urbana to Peoria.

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Two men are in custody after Bloomington Police seized $27,000 in meth and other illegal prescription pills during a traffic stop in Carlock.

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Nearly 19 months after taking office, President Donald Trump announced Thursday his nominee to become the top federal prosecutor for the Central District of Illinois.


An Illinois appellate court ruled Tuesday that a former Bloomington pastor shouldn’t be allowed to sue his church for defamation because its internal investigation into sexual harassment allegations against him was constitutionally protected.


An Illinois judge has been reprimanded for using his position to solicit paid speaking engagements from law enforcement groups, medical societies and hospitals.

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The McLean County Sheriff’s Department rolled out a new program Wednesday to tackle the county's opioid epidemic that's taken 78 lives since 2015.

A new report is trying to calculate a more realistic tally of what crime costs in Illinois.

A suspect in the 2017 kidnapping and slaying of a University of Illinois scholar from China wants to know if President Donald Trump spoke to Chinese officials about the case when he visited China in November.

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McLean County Sheriff Jon Sandage said Thursday he’s asked the U.S. Marshals to review courthouse security after a defendant snuck a knife into the building and stabbed himself after being convicted of a sex crime. 

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Authorities say a Peoria police officer fatally shot a 19-year-old man who fled from a vehicle after a traffic stop.

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A 22-year-old Bloomington woman charged in a fatal stabbing told police the victim had threatened her before their final confrontation, authorities said Wednesday.

A 22-year-old Bloomington woman was charged Wednesday with first-degree murder in connection with a fatal stabbing on the west side.  

Leila J. Jackson made her first court appearance Wednesday. She's charged with stabbing Quantez Brown, 24, with a knife after an argument early Tuesday in the 400 block of North Roosevelt Avenue, just west of downtown. Brown went to the hospital but died from his injuries. 

Jackson is being held on $2 million bond. She was appointed a public defender. Her arraignment is scheduled for 10 a.m. July 27.


Judges in the Eleventh Judicial Circuit have filled one of the vacancies on the bench.

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Police say a Bloomington man wanted on murder charges following the triple homicide last month on Riley Drive has been taken into custody.

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Police in Bloomington-Normal say despite the recent string of fatal shootings, there are no signs of a larger trend.

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For all his lengthy record as a federal judge, the new Supreme Court nominee might still be a mystery on social issues.

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Three Bloomington Police officers suffered minor injuries while trying to arrest a suspect overnight.