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The poverty rate has inched slightly lower in Illinois but still remains well above the rate that existed before the Great Recession began in 2008.

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The City of Bloomington is looking for feedback on a plan to remove traffic signals from two downtown intersections.

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The most popular baby names in Illinois last year? Noah and Olivia.

Sprinkler on lawn.
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Water, water, everywhere. But are you getting the most out of it for your plants?

Trees and prairie grasses.
ParkLand Foundation

The ParkLands Foundation is hosting an open house event to highlight the delights of Letcher Basin.

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The former manager of the U.S. Cellular Coliseum says Illinois State Police won't let him help review more than 70 boxes of business records they seized during their fraud investigation.

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Changes at Bloomington's Miller Park Zoo will bring in some new animals this spring, with more arrivals planned for 2019.

Di Ann Sanchez

For many Americans, Sept. 11, 2001, remains an indelible date. It is an especially traumatic memory for Di Ann Sanchez.

City of Bloomington

Summertime is just around the corner, and that means busy parks, golf courses, and community swimming pools.

Congressman Rodney Davis at a microphone.
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Editor's note: U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis made his comments Thursday afternoon. The House voted Friday morning against the Farm Bill. The vote was 198 to 213. All Democrats voted against the measure, and were joined by 30 conservative Republicans. The GOP lawmakers, members of the House Freedom Caucus, voted no after failing to get concessions on spending and a future vote on immigration in exchange for their support.

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The Illinois Senate has approved raising public school teacher salaries to a minimum of $40,000 a year.

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Gov. Bruce Rauner is trying to clarify his remarks about Rivian that some local officials saw as demeaning to the electric vehicle automaker.

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Illinois State University men's basketball coach Dan Muller said Thursday he hopes the recent Supreme Court decision striking down a sports-betting ban won't affect how his coaching peers approach a game.

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Merry Ann's Diner in Uptown Normal has closed.

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This season of the Illinois Shakespeare Festival deftly combines the thrill of both a battle and a heart won, familiar faces revisiting cherished roles, and a chance to imagine "what if" about The Bard.

Samantha Fish returns to the Castle Theatre in Bloomington on Thursday, May 17.
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Kansas City native Samantha Fish said her hometown was a great playground for learning her craft.

“There’s such a steep tradition there. It’s a great jazz and blues town, and a jam scene,” said Fish. “You could go out every night and play with some incredible, top-notch blues players.”

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An Illinois House committee has set up a historic floor vote on the Equal Rights Amendment.

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The family of one of the four people killed in a shooting at a Waffle House restaurant in Nashville, Tennessee, is suing the suspected gunman's father, accusing the Illinois man of negligence.

The Peoria Journal Star reports that the family of victim Joe Perez filed a lawsuit Monday in Tazewell County, the home of Jeffrey Reinking. Reinking's son, Travis Reinking, also lived there before moving to Nashville.

Man raising sign over his head next to woman clutching sign to her chest.
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Following passage in Normal, Mayor Tari Renner said Tuesday that a Welcoming City immigration ordinance could return to a Bloomington City Council agenda in June.

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K2. Spice. Black Mamba. Research chemicals. Potpourri. New psychoactive substances.

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A plan to build a bigger Boys & Girls Club building at a city-owned, west-side park won a warm reception from Bloomington aldermen Monday night.

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Gov. Bruce Rauner wants to reinstate the death penalty in Illinois for mass murderers and those who kill police officers.

Normal Fire Department

No injuries were reported after an early morning fire badly damaged a liquor store near Illinois State University's campus.

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The Ecology Action Center is bringing back a program that will make it easier (and cheaper) to convert your home or business to solar power.

David Berchtold
Jerry Druhan

Piedmont Blues radiated from David Berchtold’s guitar before he even knew that style existed.

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The Bloomington City Council will hear about a plan Monday night to allow the Boys & Girls Club of Bloomington-Normal to erect a new, larger building at a west-side park.

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Prairie Fire Theater teams up with theater students from Illinois Wesleyan University to stage an original children's opera that aims to be fun as well as thought-provoking.

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UPDATED 10:20 a.m. | A skydiver suffered traumatic injuries Friday night after a parachute accident during the Normal CornBelters home opener, authorities said.

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Amid the many moves by State Farm Insurance comes a hiring fair.

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A 17-year-old charged in the fatal shootings last month at a Normal apartment pleaded not guilty Friday in McLean County court.

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