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Bloomington High School teacher signing day
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Bloomington High School is looking to address the national teacher shortage by helping to groom new educators before they head off to college.

Stephen Ondra
Illinois Wesleyan University

As Illinois Wesleyan’s 2019 graduates take their first steps into the working world Sunday, a fellow Titan alum will tell them their liberal arts degree will be key to their success.

Schroeder Hall
WGLT file photo

Illinois State University is missing nearly half of its governing board as it awaits Gov. J.B. Pritzker to make three appointments.

Larry Dietz speaking at a podium
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Illinois State University President Larry Dietz and the editor of ISU's alumni magazine say they have apologized to a couple whose picture was criticized in a letter to the editor. Susan Marquardt Blystone is listed as the editor on ISU's website.

First grade class at Fox Creek Elementary
Eric Stock / WGLT

Cadets at Illinois State University who aspire to be tomorrow's military leaders are helping to educate tomorrow's leaders in the classroom.

A picture of a piano
Illinois Wesleyan University

Illinois Wesleyan University is receiving a $3.5 million gift to become an all Steinway piano music school. University Piano Technician Dave Horine said they will be buying 35 new pianos and trading in 45.

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We are already a water-challenged planet. As global climate change continues, we are likely to become more so, according to Vandana Shiva, a noted environmentalist.

photo of man at microphone
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The future of newspapers is in more and deeper local coverage, according to a prominent former Illinois State University student.

rearview mirror
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Taking a moment to reflect on your past, recall a cherished friend or replay a memory is more than just a fun journey into remembrance. It’s a healthy jaunt through nostalgia, and according to GLT’s Psych Geeks, it can do you a world of good.

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Illinois State University union employees rallied Wednesday to garner support amidst contract negotiations.

The contracts expired last June and negotiations have been ongoing since the fall.

German Wheel
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

Gamma Phi Circus at Illinois State University celebrates a milestone anniversary this weekend with a show that looks back over the decades, even as the circus moves confidently towards a bright future. 

Nahm and Quinlan
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

You can forget about that Peeps-toting bunny. The rabbit to watch this season is one you can’t even see. Or can you? 

Frank Beck speaks
Ryan Denham / WGLT

Less than 48 hours after the latest fatal shooting in Bloomington, leaders of the county’s Criminal Justice Coordinating Council signaled Thursday that reducing gun violence will become one of their priorities.

State Farm Center exterior at the University of Illinois.
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The University of Illinois will start selling beer in general seating areas at Memorial Stadium and State Farm Center this fall.

gavel
WGLT file photo

A clerical worker at Illinois State University is accused of embezzling more than $160,000 in cash from the university over several years.

Keith greets candidates
Amy Niebur / WGLT

Two candidates for a seat on the Heartland Community College Board both said they want to be careful to keep property taxes as low as possible, as did a third who is running uncontested.

Nicole Kelly sitting on a rock
Nicole Kelly

One of the few women with disabilities to compete in the Miss America pageant said the conversation about people like her is changing in the United States.

March Madness logo on chair
Charlie Neibergall / AP

An Illinois State University marketing professor plans to use her new role with the NCAA to help it root out academic misconduct.

Mike Matejka pointing at picture
Amy Niebur / WGLT

A group which touts itself as one of McLean County's most diverse and active community organizations is marking 100 years.

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An LGBTQI+ poet and scholar looks to indigenous people in North America for broader gender definitions that can help modern society as the current culture struggles over accepting multiple identities.

Quinnie Clavert at vintage typewriter
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

Years after we thought typewriters had become obsolete, an exhibition reveals they still have considerable charm. 

Heartland Community College
Staff / WGLT

Heartland Community College is looking to double the number of athletic programs it offers in hopes of attracting more students.

IAS staff in Uptown Normal
Town of Normal

UPDATED 9:40 p.m. | A community arts group at Illinois State University plans to renovate and move in to the unfinished ground floor of the College Avenue parking deck in Uptown Normal.

Corey and Karrin
Ryan Denham / WGLT

Corey Ostling and Karrin Hawkins are Unit 5’s first-ever high school college and career counselors.

And after almost one full school year in their new roles, even their job titles are a work in progress.

White Noise artwork
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

All artists face criticism. And when artist Bethany Collins was confronted with ugly, racially charged critiques of her work, she took control of that criticism and shaped the words into a powerful artistic message. 

A large crowd gathered late Wednesday afternoon in front of Western Illinois University's main administrative building on the Macomb campus.

Faculty, students, staff, and community members huddled on the steps of Sherman Hall in the cold, chanting, and waving signs with messages such as "Faculty is committed to WIU,"  "Teaching makes admin jobs possible," and "Fight for our families." The group was there for a rally in support of the 132 employees who received layoff notices on March 1.

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ISU President Larry Dietz said campus leaders will meet soon with McLean County Clerk Kathy Michael about improving election service for the April municipal contests.

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