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Editor's note: Four days after this story was published, the Utica police chief told WGLT it appears no formal charges will be filed against Miller in this case. That updated story is available online.

A Bloomington-Normal cheerleading coach and teacher has been placed on leave as authorities investigate an alleged incident at a hotel in LaSalle County.

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A former Bloomington man exonerated of murder charges is entitled to a jury trial on his claims that three retired Normal police officers played a significant role in his wrongful conviction, according to arguments by his lawyers Wednesday to the Fourth District Appellate Court.

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A Bloomington man charged in the 2017 brutal stabbing death of a woman pleaded guilty Friday to child pornography charges involving a minor girl.

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UPDATED 9:40 a.m. | New details emerged Tuesday about the recent outbreak of gun violence in Bloomington-Normal as authorities pointed to a new rap video that they say shows a deadly dispute between two hybrid street gangs.

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Bloomington Police said they have arrested a second person in connection with a shooting in which two people were hospitalized earlier this month.

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A McLean County jury has convicted a former Bloomington arena manager of stealing money from the venue.

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Bloomington Police are investigating a shooting that injured two people Tuesday afternoon on the city's southwest side.

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The top prosecutor in Central Illinois is looking to implement more proactive strategies to reduce violent crime.

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Bloomington Police Department

Life was hard for Haileigh Eichhorn in the month before she died.

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A 26-year-old Bloomington woman was charged with attempted murder Saturday after allegedly stabbing her mother 15 times inside their apartment.

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Police have arrested a man and a woman in Normal in connection with two recent Bloomington shootings. Two juvenile boys were wounded in shootings last Thursday and Friday on Peach and Lee streets.

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A former TV hunting show host from East Peoria has admitted poaching and smuggling a deer. Federal prosecutors said forty-one-year-old Christopher Brackett used to host "Fear No Evil" on the Outdoor Channel. Brackett admitted killing two bucks in Indiana in 2013 within minutes of each other when state rules said he could only take one in a season.

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Authorities say a 36-year-old suspect was arrested outside Bloomington on Saturday in connection with an armed robbery last month in Maryland.

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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.

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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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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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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.

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

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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.

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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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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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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.

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