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Community service clubs are in it for the people. Members socialize. They hold events in the community. They give to their neighbors through service projects. All of those thing are hard to pull off in a socially distanced way, but Bloomington-Normal rotary clubs are adapting.

Heartland Head Start

Heartland Head Start has welcomed some children back into classrooms for the first time since mid-March.

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The Eleventh Judicial Circuit’s chief judge says he and his colleagues are ready to hear requests for orders that would force COVID-positive people to quarantine if they’re not willing to do so voluntarily.

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UPDATED 12:45 p.m. | McLean County on Tuesday reported its lowest number of new COVID-19 cases in three weeks, though a slowdown in testing at Illinois State University is likely a big reason why.

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Multicultural Leadership Institute

A program that trains aspiring leaders in McLean County has some new leaders of its own and a new vision to address two of the biggest issues of our time.

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Two more people with COVID-19 are hospitalized, as McLean County health officials on Monday reported 46 new cases across many age groups, including nine children.

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McLean County health officials reported 55 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, the lowest number in over a week. But that came amid a steep decline in testing at Illinois State University, where on-campus testing sites are closed for the Labor Day weekend.

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McLean County's testing positivity rate reached a new high Saturday, as authorities warned against risky behavior over the Labor Day weekend.

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The Bloomington Police Department said Friday it will conduct compliance checks at bars this holiday weekend, the latest new strategy aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19 in McLean County.

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Illinois State University admissions officials said pandemic-related fears of a precipitous decline in enrollment did not materialize, with total enrollment falling by less than 1% from the previous year.

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UPDATED 2:05 p.m. | The Illinois Department of Public Health on Friday placed McLean County into a warning level after an alarming spike in COVID-19 cases and testing positivity rate.

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Illinois State University reported 68 new cases of COVID-19 among its students Thursday, as the county’s testing positivity rate increased again.

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UPDATED 7:30 a.m. | About a thousand students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have tested positive for COVID-19 since twice-a-week coronavirus testing became mandatory for all students on Aug. 16.

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Several Democrats on the McLean County Board are expressing concern that the community has “lost control” of COVID-19’s spread and raising questions about why the health department’s contact tracing program has not grown more quickly.

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The City of Bloomington moved Wednesday to suspend the operation of downtown shuttles, calling them a "public health and safety risk" due to COVID-19.

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Illinois State University

UPDATED 5:55 p.m. | There are now nine people hospitalized with COVID-19 in McLean County—including three in intensive care—as Illinois State University reported 87 new cases among its students.

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McLean County health officials confirmed 71 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday, with the county’s testing positivity rate increasing to 10.7%.

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More than 1,023 Illinois State University students have tested positive for COVID-19—an alarming number given it’s only about two weeks into the fall semester.

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McLean County’s COVID-19 testing positivity rate ticked up again Monday as Illinois State University reported 39 more cases among its students.

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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.

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McLean County health officials on Sunday urged the public to stop “placing blame” for a recent surge in COVID-19 that has now driven the local testing positivity rate into the double digits.

COVID testing on the Quad
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Illinois State University reported 234 new coronavirus cases Saturday as McLean County's COVID-19 testing positivity rate rose to 8.7%.

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McLean County Health Department Administrator Jessica McKnight said Friday it’s too soon to say whether the county will see restrictions or other mitigation actions stemming from the recent surge in coronavirus cases, but that it's up to everyone to take precautions to prevent the spread of the virus.

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UPDATED 5:45 p.m. | The Town of Normal moved Friday to slow the alarming spread of COVID-19 among Illinois State University students by temporarily prohibiting large gatherings near campus and requiring bar and restaurant patrons to be seated.

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UPDATED 2:55 p.m. | An additional 102 Illinois State University students have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past day, the university said Friday.

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Multiple organizations, including the YMCA, YWCA and the Children's Discovery Museum, have stepped in to offer day care and remote learning help for District 87 and Unit 5 students to start the school year.

But there may not be enough help for everyone who needs it.

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McLean County’s testing positivity rate ticked up higher into the warning zone Thursday, as Illinois State University reported 57 more students have contracted COVID-19.

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Wednesday's Unit 5 school board meeting got off to an emotional start when some parents expressed their frustration with remote learning. 

Appellate Court: Pritzker Has Authority To Set Inmate Transfer Protocols

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A state appellate court has temporarily halted a Logan County court order that required state prisons to accept inmates from county jails.

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When Jason Borchardt of Bloomington learned of his positive COVID-19 test result last week, he panicked. But not for himself. For his 8-month-old daughter.

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