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A 33-year-old father strangled his young sons to death, set a fire, then killed himself as his wife searched frantically for her family before fleeing their burning northeast Bloomington home and asking neighbors to call 911, authorities said Wednesday.

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Illinois State University has received a $1 million gift to establish a scholarship program as part of the its newly public Redbirds Rising fundraising campaign.

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The future of the McLean County Nursing Home is in question.

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The Catholic Church in Illinois played a large role in defeating passage of an Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution in the 1980s. However, the church's lobbying group in the state doesn't plan to take a stand this time around.

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It's a position with a grand title, but no job description, no budget, no staff, and no salary.

Yet, poet and Bradley University Professor Kevin Stein calls being Illinois Poet Laureate one of the best jobs in the state.

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A new center at Illinois State University will try to more purposefully pair students with community organizations that can benefit from their growing knowledge and skills.

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Three months ago, aldermen told the Bloomington Public Library's board of trustees to plan for expansion at its current location just east of downtown.

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Bloomington needs a new city manager.

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Next year's proposed budget for McLean County government is $327,000 less than last year.

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Republicans and Democrats appear headed for a contested election for McLean County Board’s District 9 seat on Bloomington’s south side.

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Lead levels that surpass state guidelines have been found in six Unit 5 elementary schools.

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Connect Transit will receive a $1.5 million federal grant to buy zero-emission battery electric buses and install solar panels at its maintenance facility.

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Three people—including two children—were found dead after an early morning house fire that Bloomington police say was intentionally set. A fourth person survived.

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A member of the Bloomington Planning Commission was sworn in Tuesday to fill the McLean County Board seat previously held by Rich Buchanan.

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The Normal Town Council is hoping to downsize its payroll because of revenue losses.

A majority of Bloomington aldermen say they favor increasing storm and sanitary sewer rates all at once next year instead of spreading the hikes over several years.

Black Lives Matter formed in 2014 as a reaction to the shooting of Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri. Subsequent shootings of especially young black men by police officers have sparked conversations about race probably not heard and seen in America in decades.

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After 16 years in the job, state Rep. Dan Brady said he wants another term.

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Illinois State University is entering the public phase of its long-awaited major fundraising campaign.

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Miller Park Zoo’s Malayan sun bear—the oldest animal of its kind in North America—has died.

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New York Times political correspondent and Illinois State University alum Carl Hulse says the Trump administration has put journalism and media in unfamiliar territory.

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The acquittal last week of a white former St. Louis police officer in the shooting death of a 24-year-old African-American suspect has its roots in a 1989 Supreme Court decision.

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Activists rallied in Uptown Normal and the Illinois State University Quad on Saturday to call on Illinois lawmakers to support the Equal Rights Amendment.

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The McLean County Heart and Stroke Walk is all about getting fit, staying healthy and fighting back against heart attack and stroke.

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Here are the top stories we covered this week (Sept. 4-8, 2017) on WGLT and WGLT.org.

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Bloomington Police now say a second man was the driver in a fatal hit-and-run crash on the city’s southeast side—not the suspect that authorities initially announced in a press release.

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The long-awaited $33 million renovation of the Bone Student Center at Illinois State University is officially underway.

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An internal announcement this week at State Farm won’t have a major impact on the size of the insurer’s overall workforce in Bloomington-Normal, the company said Friday.

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Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says she's not seeking re-election for a fifth term.

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The Town of Normal wants to cut its payroll because of revenue losses. Staff are recommending the town offer early retirement incentives to 18 people.

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