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Artists and audience members will engage in an afternoon of conversation, poetry, music and more in @Salon.

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It’s no secret that local Democrats are energized heading into Tuesday’s primary election. Early voting tallies are showing just how energized they may be.

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About 1,100 students at two suburban Chicago high schools will serve hour-long detentions for participating in this week's walkout to protest gun violence.

Freshly dug soil.
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Rosa in Utica, Illinois, wants to know the best way to test her soil to get great results in her butterfly garden.

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Bloomington-Normal’s jobless rate has fallen again, making it the lowest among all metro areas in Illinois.

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With tears, a moment of silence and the release of pale blue balloons into a nearly cloudless sky, members of the Normal West high school softball team paid tribute to Olivia Sonetz on Thursday.

McLean County Museum of History

The McLean County Museum of History has a new executive director.

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Normal Township trustees approved a new disclosure policy Thursday that will require companies doing business with the township to divulge their true owners.

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An executive who leads State Farm's external public relations efforts is leaving the company for a new job at another insurer.

Ryan Denham / WGLT

Former McLean County Board chair Matt Sorensen’s co-defendant was sentenced Wednesday to a stiffer two-year prison sentence for his role in a scheme that defrauded State Farm Insurance.

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The U.S. House has approved a bill to improve school safety in the wake of the shooting that left 17 dead at a Florida high school.

photos of sleeping men
University Galleries

Photographer Terttu Uibopuu draws parallels between her homeland of Estonia and her new home in America in a collection of photos currently on view at the University Galleries in Uptown Normal.

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Like so many in Bloomington-Normal, Unit 5’s school board is looking to save money its Internet service.

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Hundreds of Bloomington-Normal students walked out of their classrooms Wednesday to demand that lawmakers act to stop gun violence in schools.

Ford County Men Are Suspects In Two Bombings

Mar 14, 2018
U.S. Attorney's Office

Three Ford County men have been charged with arson in the bombing last year of a mosque in suburban Minneapolis.

Ike Reilly (in spotlight)

“My connection to Bloomington-Normal is pretty crazy,” said Ike Reilly from his home in Libertyville.

He was referring to guitarists Tommy O’Donnell and Phil Karnats, who will be at his side March 15 when the Ike Reilly Assassination returns to the Castle Theatre.

Security checkpoint at airport with two travelers in line.
Colleen Reynolds / WGLT

A decline in business travel and increased low-fare competition from Chicago’s O’Hare airport were among the factors that drove down passenger traffic at Bloomington’s Central Illinois Regional Airport in 2017.

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One of the most closely watched races in Tuesday's election will be the Democratic primary for the 13th Congressional District.

McLean County Museum of History

Four well-known community servants will be honored at this summer’s History Makers gala—including one voice very familiar to GLT listeners.

Collection of coffin sculptures.
University Galleries

A new exhibition of art at the University Galleries in Uptown Normal is actually more than just art. It's a blinged-out protest against violence and injustice.

Seth Perlman / AP

Gov. Bruce Rauner has vetoed legislation that would have required gun stores to be licensed by the state, calling it "unnecessary, burdensome regulation."

Jason Drengwitz
NCHS Ironmen

Both Unit 5 high schools now have new head football coaches.

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UPDATED 1:45 p.m. | Bloomington aldermen signaled Monday they want the city to clamp down harder on landlords with chronic code violations in the wake of the Gettysburg Drive apartment fire.

A picture of Larry Alferink, head of the State Universities Annuitants Association
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Obscured in the last three years of budget struggles in the state of Illinois is a remaining massive unfunded liability in state pension systems—$129 billion by some accounts.

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The Republican primary race for McLean County Board District 1 pits the mayor of Carlock against a longtime member of the Illinois Farm Bureau board.

Man bending down to look at a mini model of a riding tractor
Colleen Reynolds / WGLT

A tourist from Miami who was raised in Kankakee couldn’t believe his good fortune to stumble into the opening of a new pedal car exhibit that opened this weekend at the McLean County Museum of History.

Cindy Le / WGLT

Agreements that ended a long-running property tax dispute involving student apartments and Unit 5 schools have left other taxing bodies with lots of questions.

Libraries have been a staple for knowledge for thousands of years, but in Bloomington-Normal some schoolchildren have yet to take that first step—their very own library card.

Dr. Cara Rabe-Hemp in her classroom
Ralph Weisheit

Despite slightly declining numbers in this decade, Illinois State University Criminal Justice Sciences professor Cara Rabe-Hemp says female police officers have made gains in numbers and respect since entering policing in larger numbers in the 1980s.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of McLean County is hosting a fun fundraiser that helps kids in our community.