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Andrew Held
Tiffani Jackson / WGLT

When gunfire erupts in Bloomington-Normal, odds are good that Andrew Held will receive a call to help with the aftermath.

Marquell, recipient, and Carla
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Amid continuing police-involved shootings of black Americans and renewed focus on racism at Illinois State University, two local groups have teamed up to show solidarity—and make 50 kids very, very happy.

Central Illinois Girl Scouts are seeking new methods to recruit girls to combat a drop in enrollment.

2019 Youth Mural Project Participants
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A new mural will be unveiled Sunday on Bloomington's west side that will tell stories of the young artists who created it.

Farnsworth Group

The Normal Town Council granted developer Bush Construction several variances on preliminary design plans for the Trail East building on Uptown Circle.

Center for Human Services
Center for Human Services

McLean County has limited access to child psychiatrists. If youths in need are lucky enough to find one, they are often placed on a seemingly endless waitlist. Those who aren’t so lucky are often referred to a doctor outside of the county, and yes, another wait list.

Isabel Molina
Stephanie Roberts

In a time when concerns are rising about the social and emotional health of youth, there are not enough child psychiatrists to provide services.

United Way of McLean County
United Way of McLean County

United Way of McLean County has narrowed its focus for next year as funding to the agency has dwindled.

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The Unity Community Center in Normal will add more teen programs and improve how it serves after-school meals through an upcoming expansion project.


 A new issue could be emerging in the primary election for the city of Bloomington and Town of Normal as the pressure mounts to find a replacement for soccer fields along Ireland Grove Road which host youth soccer leagues and Bloomington High School students.


Ben Ben Ami of Haifa in Israel had absolutely no exposure to multicultural experiences when, as a then 17-year old, he was asked to serve on a Friends Forever trip to the United States. The global peace initiative designed to unite young people of different backgrounds by living, working, playing and serving together, thousands of miles away from home.