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The Black Lives Matter movement has been seen widely as an African American movement focused on eradicating police brutality. But that's not the whole story, according to Dontae Latson, chief executive officer of the McLean County YWCA.


The world is reinventing itself from the bottom up according Bruce Katz. The Centennial Scholar at the Brookings Institution and author argues cities are the center of problem solving and innovation, where place rules over party, collaboration over conflict and evidence over dogma.

Ralph Weisheit

Matthew Curry's ascent in the music business has been breathtaking.  Barely out of Bloomington (IL) High School, the 20 year old has recorded two full-length albums and has opened for some of the biggest names in the music business, including Peter Frampton and the Doobie Brothers.  But that steep trajectory flat-lined in late 2015. Instead of opening for rock legends or crisscrossing the country on another solo tour, he was back in Bloomington, scratching his head.

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In a 5-4 vote, the Bloomington City Council approved liquor license fee increases for the first time since 1982. The changes will begin next year, with subsequent increases in 2019 and 2021. The original proposal called for additional fees to be spread out over three years. Alderman Mboka Mwilambwe said the compromise will help businesses work out the details over a longer period of time.

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College Democrats and Republicans at Illinois State University say they are happy County Clerk Kathy Michael is embracing suggestions to reduce the three hour wait times to vote students experienced during the primary election last month.

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Fans of Prince are mourning his death in many ways.   Some are reminiscing and sharing stories on social media.  Musicians are paying homage by opening their shows with "Purple Rain" and other Prince staples.   At Reverberation Vinyl in Bloomington, owner and founder John Anderson had Prince on the turntable when WGLT's Jon Norton stopped by for an edition of "What's On Your Turntable?"

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The recipient of this year's Grabill-Homan Peace Prize is the Reverend Kelley Becker, associate pastor of First Christian Church in Bloomington. Becker is being recognized for her work with the homeless and several community groups.

The annual award is named for former Illinois State University Professors Joseph L. Grabill and Gerlof D.  Homan, who established ISU's peace and conflict resolution studies program.

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When the news broke that Prince had died, the world was stunned.

 Immediately, the media, both traditional and social, was flooded with tributes from shocked fans, who poured out their grief over losing the musical powerhouse.  Laura Kennedy talked with GLT culture maven, Shari Zeck about the impact of Prince and his music.

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Bloomington could begin bringing in more money for alcohol regulation and late night downtown policing as well as police and fire department pensions.

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Area visual artists strut their stuff as part of Downtown Bloomington's First Friday.

*Artists Brian Simpson and Amy Wolfe have teamed up with the DBA and Connect Transit to organize the Downtown Bloomington Arts Showcase, which  is Friday, May 6 from 5 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, May 7 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

*There are many artist studios and galleries in Downtown Bloomington.  Several businesses will host  the artists, including Specs Around Town, Cravin Donuts (Mmmmm...donuts!) and Crossroads.

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Illinois lawmakers have approved a $600 million short-term funding infusion for higher education institutions that have been struggling financially due to not receiving state money during the state budget impasse.

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Actor Hal Holbrook is 91. He has been playing Mark Twain on stage since 1948 and takes his famed rendition of the great American author and humorist to Bloomington's BCPA Tuesday night.

Lawyers say Imprisoned Peoria Man Innocent of Murder

Apr 22, 2016
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Attorneys in Peoria filed a joint petition Thursday in hopes of reopening a more than 45-year-old murder case involving the killing of a police officer.

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The lack of physical space should never be a barrier to growing things.

Grow host Patrick Murphy said people living on slopes, in urban areas or folks in townhomes who have little outdoor space can still enjoy planting a small space garden.

New Route Theater

New Route Theater is presenting a festival of LGBTQ plays Friday and this weekend. Theater Director Don Shandrow and program Curator Duane Boutte join Charlie Schlenker to talk about Voices of Pride.


The YMCA of Bloomington Normal is seeing a significant shift in income among those who use its programs.

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Unemployment in March was 6% for the Bloomington Normal area. The State Department of Employment Security says that's an increase of nearly one and a half points from the same month last year.

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A survey of rural bankers in 10 Western and Plains states suggests the region remains stifled by relatively low agriculture and energy commodity prices.

Two State Parks Close

Apr 21, 2016
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The Illinois Department of Natural Resources says Ramsey Lake State Recreation Area and Horseshoe Lake State Park are closing indefinitely.

Trainer Tour Makes Stop At State Fair

Apr 21, 2016
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Meghan Trainor is bringing her summer tour to the Illinois State Fair.The Grammy-winning singer-songwriter will perform Aug. 13 on the grandstand.

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Former Bloomington High and Eastern Illinois football standout Adrian Arrington is among a growing number of players complaining about symptoms that may be concussion-related. In fact, Arrington initiated a still-pending class-action lawsuit against the National Collegiate Athletic Association, alleging the governing body doesn't do enough to protect student-athletes.

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  Athletes with disabilities take on area coaches in a fundraiser for LIFE Center for Independent Living.

The 8th Annual Wheelchair Basketball Game is Saturday, April 23 at 11 a.m. at Kingsley Junior High in Normal.  The event features a game between the U of I wheelchair basketball team and area athletic coaches and raises money for LIFE CIL in Bloomington and Pontiac.  Proceeds will also pay for two scholarships for the U of I Youth Wheelchair Sport Summer Camps.

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Non Tenure Track professors at ISU are showing solidarity with their counterparts at other budget strapped campuses with a demonstration on the quad.

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Formal steps by a state's attorney in Illinois to permanently dismiss the case against a man he believes was wrongly convicted in a 1957 killing have not deterred the victim's brother from seeking the appointment of a special prosecutor.

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A judge has ordered the detention of former US Rep. Mel Reynolds after finding Reynolds' proposed place of residence while on bail in a tax case to be unacceptable.

A McLean County Jury has convicted a man of beating his mother into critical condition for dancing with a man of a different ethnic race. The McLean County State's Attorney's Office says Roger Kinnerson's Aggravated Domestic Battery Conviction will involve class X sentencing because of his prior record.

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Illinois health officials are reporting a cluster of cases of a rare bloodstream infection they detected while investigating a Wisconsin outbreak.

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'Shall we play a game?'

That simple, but chilling, invitation from a not-so-benevolent computer triggers a race against time and technology in the 1983 techno-thriller, War Games.

Colleen Reynolds

Most people get their information about police work from TV but some area residents learned first-hand that even reality shows like “Cops” don’t do justice to real life experiences of officers on patrol every day. That's just some of what was on display the second annual Law Enforcement Educational Summit at Illinois State University Tuesday night.

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The Head of the McLean County Board says work still needs to be done to adjust to same day voter registration. Students at Illinois State University had wait times of up to three hours on primary Election Day last month. Some left discouraged without voting.