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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.

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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.

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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.

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Normal Police are asking for more potential victims to come forward after they arrested a man Friday accused of repeatedly exposing himself to women and girls.

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Authorities said Tuesday they're looking for the public's help finding a 21-year-old Bloomington man suspected of fatally shooting three people last month on Riley Drive.

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A man was injured early Tuesday by gunfire on Bloomington's west side, police said.

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Bloomington Police weren’t getting a lot of help from witnesses when they first arrived at the scene of a shooting outside an apartment building in east Bloomington.

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UPDATED 2:20 p.m. | Police in Normal are releasing new details about a shooting which injured a man in north Normal on Wednesday. 

Police were called to the 1700 block of North School Street, north of Raab Road near the Constitution Trail Shopping Center at about 9:30 p.m. where witnesses said gunfire erupted outside of an apartment. 

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The Bloomington man accused of fatally shooting two people and injuring two others made a brief appearance Wednesday in a McLean County courtroom.

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Bloomington Police Chief Clay Wheeler said Tuesday that investigators have no evidence of a connection between the fatal shooting on Orchard Road in the early morning hours of June 10 and two other recent fatal shootings in the Twin Cities.

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Less than a week after a shooting that killed three men and wounded a young boy, neighbors gathered peacefully Sunday night to walk their streets and pray together for an end to the violence.

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Jody Gardner and Reggie Hart Jr. went to visit 17-year-old Chris Harrison on a Wednesday night.

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A 24-year-old from Rantoul has pleaded not guilty in the drug-induced homicide of a Bloomington man.

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Authorities have identified the three people shot to death at 311 Riley Drive in Bloomington Monday afternoon.

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A mother whose son was fatally shot by police is suing the city of Peoria and several officers in the shooting last September.

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McLean County Coroner Kathy Davis has identified the Chenoa woman who was killed in a crash Friday night on Interstate 55.

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A 24-year-old Rantoul man appeared in McLean County court Thursday to face drug-induced homicide charges in a Bloomington overdose.

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For police and prosecutors, it’s never been easy to get witnesses to testify, especially in cases involving violent crime where retribution is a real concern.

Social media has made it even harder.

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Normal Police released surveillance images and a description of two suspects who reportedly robbed a convenience store Tuesday night.

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