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Connect Transit bus in Uptown
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Connect Transit General Manager Isaac Thorne says the service may need to use $9.1 million in federal assistance to offset a potential lack of state funding.

Thorne said Connect Transit has no assurance the Illinois Department of Transportation will be able to provide its normal 65% reimbursement of expenses after September. IDOT is the bus service’s largest funding source.

drawings of planned sports complex
Illinois Fire Juniors

Youth soccer leaders in Bloomington-Normal have announced plans to build a 100-acre sports complex in north Normal, months before they are set to lose the soccer fields they have used for years.

Craig Lee
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With schools closed and gatherings prohibited, one District 87 teacher is taking advantage of being able to connect with students in a unique way.

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Illinois Fire Juniors

Youth soccer organizers in Bloomington-Normal are hoping a new multisport complex will solve their facility needs when they lose their current home, but they aren't counting on it.

Lana Esparza, Natalie Bierbaum, and Kylie Stanton

The whole country will be watching Sunday when the U.S. women face Netherlands in the World Cup final. That includes 11-year-olds Lana Esparza, Natalie Bierbaum, and Kylie Stanton, all teammates on the Illinois Fire Juniors U12 soccer team in Bloomington.

Facebook / Val Walker

The Normal West head soccer coach says his teams’ recent trip to Jamaica will prepare his players not just for next season—but for the rest of their lives.

Large group of soccer players and families crowd an area near a food truck at Community Fields along Ireland Grove Road in Bloomington.
Sonya Hefter / Illinois Fire Juniors

A newly merged youth soccer organization in Bloomington, the Illinois Fire Juniors, is announcing a $2.25 million fundraising campaign for new, upgraded soccer fields that will be needed when a three-year lease runs out for Community Fields along Ireland Grove Road.

Staff / WGLT

The Prairie Cities Soccer League and the Illinois Fire Juniors have a new lease on community fields near the airport in Bloomington-Normal.

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You couldn’t draw up the play any better if you tried.

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Cristian Jaramillo / WGLT

A potential multi-sports complex on Bloomington-Normal's west side could top $50 million in public-private investment.

In an interview  for GLT's Sound Ideas, Katie Kim of the Kim Group, a developer working with landowner Dave Stark on a multi-use sports complex in Bloomington-Normal, said she continues to meet with stakeholders.

Cristian Jaramillio / WGLT

With the city of Bloomington and town of Normal embroiled in a dispute over the west-side Metro Zone, some say the sport of soccer may help thaw relations, similar to how ping-pong helped U. S. and Soviet leaders bridge differences in the early 1970s.

PCSL-Fusion Soccer Merge, Affiliate With Chicago Fire

Mar 3, 2017
Guy with mic in foreground with woman behind in front of a projection screen
Colleen Reynolds / WGLT

The two biggest youth soccer clubs in Bloomington-Normal are merging and they’re becoming affiliated with the Chicago Fire pro soccer team.  

Cristian Jaramillo / WGLT

By the end of the year, 21 soccer fields on airport-owned land along Ireland Grove Road will be off limits due to FAA regulations and so the debate is ramping up about whether to seize the opportunity and go big, as in a multi-sport complex in one location, or to update existing fields and green space at schools and parks to fill the void.