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Normal City Hall
Staff / WGLT

The job of a Normal Town Council member doesn’t pay much. It comes with a lot of headaches. It takes a lot of work to listen to residents and translate that into policy. Yet nine people are running for election to three positions on April 6.

Matthew Dugas

A thumb-sized frog lays very tiny eggs, but that didn’t stop an Illinois State University professor at taking a closer look.

Professor Matthew Dugas studies poison dart frogs he keeps in a fish tank in a walk-in cooler in his laboratory. Dugas specifically studies parental care. He spent a lot of time focusing on the begging behavior tadpoles exhibit, similar to that of birds. 

Illinois State University science laboratory

Illinois State University will get $4.2 million to improve science lab safety. The Capital Development Board has released the money for fume hood exhaust system renovation.

Mayo Clinic

A Mayo Clinic vaccine researcher and Illinois Wesleyan University graduate says he's not surprised some people don't want to get a COVID-19 vaccine.

A December survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation found about one in four Americans (27%) probably or definitely didn’t plan on getting the shots, even if they were available for free and are deemed safe by scientists.

The survey found vaccine hesitancy was highest among Republicans (42%), people ages 30-49 (36%), and rural residents (35%). Black Americans also demonstrated more hesitancy than the general population (35%).

Facebook ads screenshot
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If you want a sense of just how important the fight is for the 13th Congressional District, look no further than the ads in your own Facebook feed.

Exterior of Heartland campus
Carleigh Gray / WGLT

Heartland Community College officials said they hope to resume online classes Wednesday as they investigate an online security breach.

NELK boys screengrab

UPDATED 7:35 p.m. | The YouTube stars whose COVID-reckless visit to Illinois State University sparked outrage have been temporarily stripped of the right to make money on the platform.

Students walk the Quad
Emily Bollinger / WGLT

The huge gap between the capacity at the University of Illinois and the capacity at Illinois State University to test for the virus that causes COVID-19 may soon disappear.

NASA / JPL-Caltech

Most physicists believe after stars burn out, it's all over—cold, silent, dead. But new theoretical work from an Illinois State University astrophysicist hints, maybe not.

Small cell node
Rohanmkth / Creative Commons/Wikipedia

The City of Bloomington and Town of Normal are working together to hire a consultant to help establish rules for deploying wireless technology all over the community in ways that do not become eyesores.

Laptop is handed off to parent
Rich Pedroncelli / AP

Unit 5 says government trade restrictions will delay the arrival of Chromebooks and tablets it planned to distribute to elementary students to help with remote learning.

Couple with their smart speaker
State Farm

A new smart speaker tool aimed at older adults has become the latest example of State Farm’s growing investment in innovation—even in businesses not directly connected to insurance.

Students at a computer
April Schermann / Courtesy

Normal Community West High School students and their teacher say the first year participating in a new program aimed at getting more girls interested in cybersecurity was a success—capped off by a strong showing in a national competition.

AutonomouStuff car
Twitter / @BNEDC

As stakeholders consider the thorny public policy issues surrounding autonomous vehicles, State Farm doesn’t just want a seat at the table. It owns the table.

Rivian truck
@Rivian / Twitter

A landscape architect from Queens. A marketing professional in Colorado Springs. A systems engineer from Columbus, Ohio. A cancer scientist near San Diego. An electrical engineer from British Columbia.

Normal Public Library podcast
Normal Public Library

If it seems like everybody is doing a podcast these days, it might almost be true. That includes governments.

As digital technology has made it cheap and easy to deliver anyone's message to the world, WGLT explores how municipalities and other public bodies are using podcasts to communicate with constituents in new ways and wonder if it's making a difference.

Creating Space For Women, People Of Color in STEM

Nov 1, 2019
Illinois State University

After commonly being the only woman and person of color in STEM circles, Candice Halbert decided to make a change.

 Raj Ramesh
Breanna Grow / WGLT

In many a popular science fiction film set sometime in the future, humans find themselves at odds with the very technology they developed.

People sit beside a podium
Rotary, International

The polio virus is present in only two countries in the world now. There were fewer than 40 cases last year in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Only a few decades ago the virus paralyzed tens of thousands in more than 130 countries.

Plant expert in the wild points out grasses,
Illinois State University

As climate change and human industry destroy once thriving habitats, scientists are using samples from herbariums to piece together the history of our ecosystem.

Pennycress in a field
Maliheh Esfahanian

Illinois State University researchers are part of a team that’s creating a new crop that could help both the environment and farmers' bottom lines.

Rivian plant from the sky

Rivian has attracted another large investment, this time $350 million from Cox Automotive.

A studio picture of Mike Romagnoli
Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

The head of the Community Health Care Clinic said six months into operations of the new dental clinic they are only scratching the surface of filling the need for tooth care for low-income people in the Twin Cities.

Trail East
Farnsworth Group

Illinois State University’s Board of Trustees will vote this week on a proposal to lease space in the planned Trail East building to open a small-business incubator.

Normal Mayor Chris Koos
U.S. Conference of Mayors / Flickr

U.S. mayors want to make sure the rollout of faster 5G wireless service doesn't clutter up their communities.

Challenger Learning Center
Heartland Community College

A half century after the first lunar mission, a space educator said we have plenty of reason to go back to the moon.