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Rick Bleichner

Sign encouraging mask use
Eric Stock / WGLT

Gov. JB Pritzker's new emergency mask order puts the burden of enforcement on businesses, schools and daycares.

Normal Police HQ
Staff / WGLT

Normal Police officers rarely use force on the job. But when they do, people of color are more likely to be on the receiving end of that force.

Gabriella Calhoun
Courtesy

You might think Gabriella Calhoun would be on the front lines leading protests against racism and police brutality in the wake of George Floyd’s death.

Breanna Grow / WGLT

Police chiefs for Normal, Bloomington and Illinois State University say they have not recorded any incidents of black residents being harassed for wearing masks in public.

McLean County Law and Justice Center
Ralph Weisheit / WGLT

The wheels of justice are turning at a slower pace in McLean County as police, judges and attorneys navigate the legal system during the coronavirus outbreak.

Brian Williams
David Proeber / The Pantagraph (Pool)

The Town of Normal and three police officers have asked a judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a widow who alleges a cop stole $12,000 from her home after her husband overdosed.

The father of a murdered 8-year-old girl is now under arrest.

A veteran Normal Police officer is accused of stealing—and then trying to return—$12,000 in cash from the residence of someone who overdosed last week.

We Can End Gun Violence sign at a rally
John Minchillo / AP

With the public clamoring for action to reduce gun violence, Congress may soon create a federal grant program that would offer incentives for states to pass so-called “red flag” laws. Those make it easier to take firearms away from unstable people.

T-shirts hang up at gun event
Jeff Smudde / WGLT

It will be another few months before McLean County’s Juvenile Justice Council hears formal recommendations from its gun violence working group.

marijuana
Richard Vogel / AP

McLean County's top prosecutor said he plans to study up on the potential impacts of legalized marijuana, since it appears Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker has enough support to get it passed through the legislature.

Glenda in the crosswalk
Jeff Smudde / WGLT

You don’t need to tell Glenda Jackson that people drive too fast on Hershey Road. She already knows.

Normal Police
Ryan Denham / WGLT

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

Carleigh Gray / WGLT

The Normal Town Council passed a Welcoming Community ordinance Monday that aims to create a new “check and balance” system for police interactions with immigration officials while still adhering to state and federal law.

Bikers cross the street
Cindy Le / WGLT

The Town of Normal has installed pedestrian signs at the crossings of the Constitution Trail on Locust, Willow, Lincoln, Shelbourne and Raab.

Ryan Denham / WGLT

No, you probably can’t get arrested for lying about someone else on Facebook. If you could, we’d need a lot more jails.