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Kyle Brestan
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Forensic test results in the Shannon Hastings murder investigation identified Kyle Brestan as a possible contributor to DNA collected from a bloody towel, according to testimony Friday in Brestan’s murder trial.

Donald Whalen

Lawyers for Don Whalen renewed their arguments Wednesday in support of a new trial for Whalen on murder charges in the 1991 beating death of his father.

Kyle Brestan
David Proeber / The Pantagraph (Pool)

Text messages exchanged between Kyle Brestan and a woman he’s accused of stabbing 105 times show a rocky relationship, according to evidence presented Wednesday in Brestan’s murder trial.

Kyle walks into court
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UPDATED 4:30 p.m. | Jurors in the Kyle Brestan murder trial viewed graphic photos Tuesday of stabbing victim Shannon Hastings as she laid in a pool of blood in a Bloomington hotel room.

Oxycodone pills
Keith Srakocic / AP

Pretrial proceedings in McLean County’s lawsuit against drugmakers and distributors over the opioid epidemic have been moved to Cook County and consolidated with other Illinois cases.

Kyle and Shannon
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Opening statements are expected Tuesday in the murder trial of Kyle Brestan in the 2017 stabbing death of a Washington woman.

The bench trial and sentencing hearing for a terminally ill McLean man was delayed Friday until a judge can determine if the defendant has the medical and psychological capacity to move forward on sexual abuse charges involving four minors.

Bloomington police car
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McLean County Coroner Kathy Yoder said a Southern Illinois woman was killed in a two-vehicle crash near Bellflower on Sunday night.

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Authorities are investigating a crash that killed a 31-year-old woman Sunday night near Bellflower.

Jordan Powe
Bloomington Police

UPDATED 3:20 p.m. | A Bloomington man was charged Friday with critically injuring his 5-month-old son, authorities said.

A former Bloomington man who scammed an elderly woman of more than $500,000 faces 6 ½ years in prison.

McLean County Law and Justice Center
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McLean County has several new appointments in court services.

Suspects from Bloomington and Peoria were among those arrested last weekend during an FBI sting targeting men who allegedly used social media to try and lure minors into sexual activity.

Chris Harrison in court
David Proeber / The Pantagraph

A 19-year-old from Normal has pleaded guilty to gun and drug charges but still plans to mount a self-defense claim against murder charges at his trial in February.

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Grant Halverson

America has a long history of torture. From enhanced interrogation during the Iraq War all the way back to the Salem Witch Trials, torture has featured prominently in the story of the country.

The question of why it happened is a question of power and fear.

Fire crews spray water
Eric Stock / WGLT

UPDATED 10:10 a.m. | Bloomington Fire officials said fire destroyed an auto repair shop Thursday morning and tied up downtown traffic for several hours.

Family Visitation Center
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A $500,000 federal grant will help a Bloomington child and family service agency expand its weekly supervised visitations and safe exchanges to more clients.

Sharjeel Rizvi

Hundreds of probation officers from across Illinois are in Normal this week to learn new methods to help offenders stay in the community and further reduce the state’s incarceration rate.

The Woodford County courthouse in Eureka
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One day after a 9-year-old was arraigned on murder charges, a juvenile justice advocate on Tuesday questioned the Woodford County prosecutor’s decision to try and hold the boy criminally responsible for his alleged actions.

Dan Donath sitting at desk
Eric Stock / WGLT

New Bloomington Police Chief Dan Donath said he's making diversity on the police force a priority.

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A McLean County jury Thursday found a Bloomington woman guilty of armed robbery with the use of a firearm.

John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Editor's note: This is the third in a three-part WGLT series this week about court fines and fees in Illinois. Read and listen to part one and part two.

McLean County Law and Justice Center
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Editor's note: This is the second in a three-part WGLT series this week about court fines and fees in Illinois. Read and listen to part one.

Cynthia and Rica
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The murder trial for a Normal woman accused of killing an 8-year-old girl has been delayed as prosecutors explore the defense’s alternative theory for how the child died.

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For the first time in a decade, Thomas Meece is able to walk outside into the fresh air without a chaperone and plan for his future.

McLean County Law and Justice Center
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Editor's note: This is the first in a three-part WGLT series this week about court fines and fees in Illinois.

Rica and Ann
Family Photo

The doctor who performed Rica Rountree’s autopsy started by counting the scars on her body.


An Illinois free speech advocate spoke in Normal on Wednesday and compared President Donald Trump's characterization of journalists as "scum" and "dirt" to tactics used by tyrannical dictators of the past. 

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A University High School cheerleading coach’s alleged comments to a 17-year-old student at a LaSalle County hotel were not criminal and won’t result in any charges, the North Utica police chief said Monday.