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Jose D. Rodriguez
Bloomington Police

A 27-year-old Bloomington man has turned himself in to police after allegedly fleeing the scene of a fatal hit-and-run crash over the weekend.

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A 39-year-old man from Normal was identified Sunday as the victim in a fatal hit-and-run south of Downtown Bloomington.

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A 27-year-old man was shot in the butt Sunday night on Bloomington's east side, police said.

PEORIA -- Updated paperwork was filed for former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock's congressional campaign committee earlier this month - but the Peoria Republican says he was just making a tweak to what's in the record.


A settlement has been reached in a federal lawsuit filed by a pregnant police officer in Hudson who claimed her former boss and the village discriminated and retaliated against her.

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Bloomington Police Department

UPDATED 5:10 p.m. | There have been dozens of incidents of gunfire in Bloomington-Normal in the past 18 months. But court records suggest it's a relatively small number of suspects in many of those incidents—including several involved in a hybrid gang dispute.

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Downs Police Department

A portion of Interstate 74 near Downs was closed Thursday night as horses broke loose after a crash.

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Bloomington Police Department

After an eight-month investigation, authorities said Thursday that two central Illinois men have been charged with killing Trevonte Kirkwood in Bloomington last fall.

Juan Lorenzo and Josue Rodriguez-Soto
Bloomington Police Department

Bloomington Police say they have arrested two Bloomington men on sex abuse charges stemming from separate cases involving children.

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Bloomington Police

UPDATED 8:30 p.m. | A 29-year-old from Bloomington remained at large Wednesday after escaping from the Illinois Department of Corrections during an arrest.

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Bloomington Police are looking for the public's help in finding a vehicle involved in a hit-and-run Monday night that left a man seriously injured.

Carlock Mayor Jeremiah Houston said Friday he won’t comment on his arrest earlier this year on domestic battery charges—including an allegation that he told his wife that there was no use calling the police because he was the mayor.

Terrell and Larry
Bloomington Police

UPDATED 4 p.m. | Two local men were arrested Friday in connection with a series of armed robberies at Bloomington-Normal businesses in the past month.

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Normal Police are investigating an armed robbery at an auto parts store—the third holdup in the past month involving two hooded suspects.

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Ralph Weisheit / WGLT

State Farm has denied the allegations of a federal lawsuit filed by two New York men who say they were fraudulently recruited into an agent training program and improperly denied employee benefits.

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Ryan Denham / WGLT

Travis Wilson can make being an EMT sound like the coolest gig in the world.

“It’s not like anything else in the field of medicine,” Wilson said. “It’s different every single day. If you’re an adrenaline junkie, it’s an awesome job.”

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A Bloomington man with an extensive criminal record was convicted of murder Friday in the death of a police informant.

Police are investigating an armed robbery Monday afternoon at a convenience store in Bloomington’s southwest side.

McLean County State's Attorney Don Knapp
Staff / WGLT

About 60 law enforcement leaders from across the region gathered Monday at Heartland Community College to share data and intelligence.

Authorities are investigating an anonymous letter threatening the lives of anyone in line to receive state-funded pensions. The letter was mailed to several legislators and at least one public radio station. In big letters, the mailing says “Dead people can’t collect fat state pensions,” and goes on to warn lawmakers and union leaders of death by arson, strangulation or other unspecified means.

Prosecutors in the January death of an 8-year-old girl from Normal point to a consistent pattern of abuse under the eye of Illinois’ Department of Children and Family Services.

Cynthia Marie Baker, also known as Cynthia Clay, was arrested on a warrant earlier this week for charges of murder, aggravated domestic battery, and domestic battery of a child in connection with the girl’s death.

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Jeff Roberson / AP

Last summer Normal Police learned of an 80-year-old man with 80 guns. But the ones missing from his Bloomington home mattered most.

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A 41-year-old Normal woman was charged Wednesday with murder for allegedly kicking an 8-year-old and causing fatal injuries earlier this year.

Cynthia M. Baker, also known as Cynthia M. Clay, is charged with murder, aggravated battery of a child, and aggravated domestic battery. Authorities said Baker kicked the child in the abdomen, causing massive internal injuries. The child died Jan. 26 after being transported to a Peoria hospital, police said.


The prosecutors in Kirk Zimmerman’s murder trial Tuesday worked to break down Zimmerman’s alibi for the night of his ex-wife’s murder by calling Zimmerman’s girlfriend to the stand.

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UPDATED 7 p.m. | Authorities said Thursday that a fire which killed five people at a Goodfield mobile home was intentionally set and that a juvenile suspect is being questioned.


UPDATED 4 p.m. | Four teenagers were arrested in connection with a fight that led to a stabbing Tuesday night at Miller Park, authorities said.

The Woodford County coroner says smoke inhalation killed three children and two adults in a weekend mobile home fire in Goodfield.

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David Proeber / The Pantagraph (Pool)

Jurors on Tuesday got their first look at Kirk Zimmerman in the hours after his ex-wife’s murder, as they watched video of his first interview with Bloomington Police detectives.

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David Proeber / The Pantagraph (pool)

Prosecutors opened their case Monday against Kirk Zimmerman by telling jurors he was motivated by greed and hate for his ex-wife, Pamela, before fatally shooting her almost five years ago. His defense argued they were “happily divorced” and that stories of Zimmerman’s financial problems were overblown.

Timmothy Pitzen

Authorities have rejected a teenager's claim that he is an Illinois boy who disappeared in 2011 at age 6.