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Shelby Rapp
Emily Bollinger / WGLT

What started out as a normal Saturday morning last month turned scary in Shelby Rapp’s east Bloomington neighborhood. She heard screaming coming from outside as she did laundry.

Ryan Whitehouse speaks at news conference
Eric Stock / WGLT

Two central Illinois congressmen headed to Washington, D.C. this weekend for a special session said it’s not the reason they think they should be going.

CIRA sign under blue sky
Staff / WGLT

It's hard for airlines to plan what flights to keep or drop right now.

Passengers board a bus in Uptown Normal's transfer center.
Connect Transit

Bloomington-Normal's public bus system will get an additional $8 million for a planned downtown Bloomington transfer center.

Isaac Thorne
Eric Stock / WGLT

More leadership changes are coming to Bloomington-Normal’s public transit agency.

Council members in Bloomington
Mark Pickering/WGLT

UPDATED 11:50 a.m. | The Bloomington City Council voted Monday night to approve the reappointment of a Connect Transit board member, though not without discussion, with alderman Jeff Crabill moving to exclude the selection of Ryan Whitehouse.

Chris Koos watches results
Cristian Jaramillo / WGLT

Normal Mayor Chris Koos offered a rebuttal to council member Stan Nord’s view of council involvement in appointments to boards and commissions during a WGLT interview Tuesday.

Map of the project area
Town of Normal

Town staff is asking the Normal Town Council to approve a speedy application for the state's Rebuild Illinois Public Infrastructure grant money to improve a deteriorating West College Avenue near the Rivian auto plant.

A special council meeting to consider the proposal is set for Monday evening.

Connect Mobility
Connect Transit / Connect Transit

Bloomington-Normal's public bus system will cut fares for people with disabilities and raise them for everybody else.

A bicycle repair stand.
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This time of year is usually a peak period for bicycle stores as warmer weather prompts central Illinois residents to buy a set of wheels or fix up what they have in the garage. Gov. JB Pritzker's shutdown order designates bicycle stores as essential businesses. And even with the pandemic, the bicycle business is, well, peaking as usual.

First Student bus
Ryan Denham / WGLT

The Unit 5 school board is sticking with its sometimes-frustrating bus service for one more year. The board Wednesday approved retaining First Student in a short contract.

Meeting on transit
Breanna Grow / WGLT

Almost 11 months ago to the day, Heidi Zimmerman spoke before the Connect Transit board of trustees, making a “desperate plea” that the board not increase rates for Connect Mobility riders.

a pie chart
Town of Normal

The Normal Town Council took the first step toward a new budget Monday night with the approval of a six-year Community Investment Plan.

Eric Stock / WGLT

Representatives from First Student made their pitch to Unit 5 officials Wednesday as the school board continues to mull over transportation options for next school year.

Staff / WGLT

Heartland Community College’s Board of Trustees will take up a six-month universal access contract with Connect Transit on Tuesday.

Bus in Uptown Normal
Jeff Smudde / WGLT

Illinois State University students, faculty and staff are at risk of losing universal access to Connect Transit bus service starting in January.

First Student buses
Eric Stock / WGLT

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Connect Transit
Staff / WGLT

The Illinois attorney general’s office is investigating a complaint related to Connect Transit and whether it’s violating state accessibility laws.

Underpass location
Staff / WGLT

Normal Public Works Director Wayne Aldrich said there is still a long complex road ahead before an underpass could connect Uptown and Uptown South.

Staff / WGLT

The Connect Transit board is expected to delay a 25-cent fare increase that's scheduled for Jan. 1.

Aerial view of Fort Jesse and Veterans
Google Maps

Police said Thursday they have found the other vehicle apparently involved in the second fatal incident on Veterans Parkway in just six weeks, as questions resurfaced about pedestrian safety on one of Bloomington-Normal’s busiest roads.

Rodney Davis and Dan Brady
Ryan Denham / WGLT

The Town of Normal’s original grant application for the Uptown underpass included a long list of benefits—including enhanced safety for pedestrians, cyclists, and even children’s museum visitors—and also a willingness to put millions in local funding toward the project.

Barickman on the Senate floor
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State Sen. Jason Barickman said he's not sure how a proposal to consolidate municipal fire and police pension fund assets will play out next week in Springfield. The General Assembly convenes Oct. 28-30 for its fall veto session.

Joe Deacon / WGLT

As Normal begins to consider how it wants to approach the upcoming legalization of recreational marijuana, Town Council members hope to get public input from the business and law enforcement communities.

Jeff Smudde / WGLT

Some Bloomington-Normal community members are criticizing Connect Transit for purchasing electric buses. The transportation agency at the time said by using state and federal grants, the buses will be paid for with “no local funding.”

Two electric scooters parked on a sidewalk
Tim Evanson / Flickr

The Town of Normal is pulling back on a pilot project to allow E-scooters into the community. Talks with Illinois State University and a scooter company began in January, but town planner Mercy Davison said that is now on hold.

University communities around the country have been targeted by E-scooter companies who see an audience for the motorized vehicles. But Davison said that after looking into the ordinances of other communities in Illinois, the town found that scooters would not be a possibility anytime soon.

Brian Otto speaks to the council
Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

The Normal Town Council on Monday approved more than $792,000 in late summer road repairs.

City Engineer Brian Otto said the town had considered using concrete instead of asphalt on Cottage Avenue between Gregory Street and Barton Drive, but the money didn't work out.

Joni Painter and Tari Renner
Eric Stock / WGLT

Bloomington City Council members on Monday rejected two of Mayor Tari Renner’s appointments to the city’s transportation commission, amid claims the city should try harder to place applicants on the boards they requested to serve.

Person on a high-wheeler bike
Willis Kern / WGLT

The term "scorcher" took on new meaning at Bloomington's David Davis Mansion Saturday.

Gas station terminal
Tysto / Flickr via Creative Commons

An economist predicts Illinois' 19-cent-per-gallon gas tax hike will cause many Illinoisans to drive less, even if we haven't changed our habits just yet.

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