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Tom McClure

It's our regular recap of the week's top local news stories. Last week:

  • Police Arrested two men for allegedly drugging and raping a woman during ISU Preview.
  • An ISU professor and a group of students gave live updates during the Republican National Convention.
  • The Normal Town Council approved funding for the Raab Road project and lighting for the Normal Theater.

Catch up on these stories and more in just five minutes.

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Sunday, August 7 is Friendship Day.  In honor of that, The Tea Ladies have organized a special event at the Vrooman Mansion in Bloomington.  'Treasure Thy Friend - Celebrating the Joy of Friendship' is at 3:30 PM and reveals the special meaning of friendship in the Victorian Era.

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This weekend marks a year since Mitsubishi Motors told the community and its workers the auto plant in Normal would close.

Many workers have had tremendous changes in that year. Among them Ralph Timan and his wife Mitzi.

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Donald Trump's acceptance speech at the GOP convention was a litany of problems he said the country faces. 

It was nothing like Ronald Reagan's famous slogan "It's morning in America."

Required Listening: The First Half of 2016

Jul 22, 2016
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2016 has been a year of major loss in the music community. But halfway through the year, an incredible array of music has been released to help the healing process. WGLT's Taylor Bauer takes a look at five releases that caught his eye in the first half of 2016.

Radiohead: A Moon Shaped Pool

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Illinois State University president Larry Dietz commented on an alleged rape that happened during an ISU Preview orientation program. Speaking at the Board of Trustees meeting earlier today, Dietz said this is the first time this has happened since the event was founded in 1966.

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Timing is everything in the garden, and for Karen in the Twin Cities, it's all about her boxwoods and yews. Should it be spring?  Fall? Summer? Murph has some timely advice.

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A supernatural film comedy classic lives again in a reboot that's thrilled some and annoyed others.  When the Ghostbusters reboot was announced with an all female cast, a cry of foul arose from the internet as fans of the original film felt a reboot with women was akin to movie heresy. But GLT's culture critic, Shari Zeck has some advice for the outraged:  Chill out and enjoy.

Straying From GOP Message May Have Little Impact

Jul 21, 2016
Tom McClure

The Republican national convention was designed around presidential nominee Donald Trump's campaign theme, "Make America Great Again," with different subtitles such as Make America Safe Again, Make America Work Again and so on. ISU politics and government professor Tom McClure said during Sound Ideas, podium speakers at the Cleveland event have done a poor job of sticking to the theme.

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A father and son are accused of drugging a prospective ISU student and sexually assaulting her in a university dormitory.

It allegedly happened during the orientation program called Preview. ISU Chief of Staff Jay Groves said the situation is unprecedented in the half century of successful summer offerings.

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Hall of Fame sportswriter and McLean County native Dave Kindred is donating a substantial portion of his writing collection to his alma mater, Illinois Wesleyan University.

Kindred, who has spent more than a half-century writing about sports, is donating some 45 boxes of articles, audio recordings, letters, press passes and books to IWU. Much of the content deals with his coverage of the late boxing great Muhammad Ali.

Research from Illinois State University's Department of Economics is being used to support legislation increasing the statewide requirement for renewable energy sources, called the Renewable Portfolio Standard or RPS.

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Country music is changing in just about every way. A more pop-friendly sound, sold out stadium tours, and a fresh batch of new talent is challenging tradition and moving the genre to new heights. Don't panic; the classic country style is still alive and well.

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On the east side of Bloomington the former Asia location has a new restaurant. Charlie Schlenker talks about Amavarati on Hershey Road with Larry Carius who writes about the Bloomington Normal Restaurant Scene on Facebook.

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A classic children's fairy tale, nuns imperiled by the Reign of Terror and a jolly Shakespearean character with big appetites make up the 2016 season from the Midwest Institute of Opera. It kicks off on Monday, July 25 at the Illinois State University Center for the Performing Arts.

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The Mitsubishi automotive plant in Normal announced it was closing last July 24. For car assembler Mick Hannah, who had worked at the factory for 26 years, it was the start of "one of the worst periods of my life."

Tom McClure

With all the talk of party unity, there still stands a stark disconnect between many planks in the 2012 Republican party platform, and the views of the party's 2016 presidential nominee, Donald Trump.

During Sound Ideas, Illinois State University Professor of Politics and Government, Tom McClure talked about these differences. McClure is leading a contingent made up mostly of students attending the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

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The State Board of Elections has ruled independent 13th District Congressional candidate David Gill does not have enough petition signatures to get on the November 8th ballot.

The Bloomington Physician collected nearly 8,600 signatures, but that's still 2,000 fewer than he needed.

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The first anniversary of the announcement of the closure of the Mitsubishi Auto plant in Normal is this weekend.

GLT is revisiting the several former workers we've followed since then.

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Heartland Community College is getting ready for a new school year.

But many things are not yet clear.

In this conversation with GLT's Charlie Schlenker, Heartland President Rob Widmer said one of the unknowns, with only a month to go before school, is enrollment.

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McLean County Board members have given a little heat to the building and zoning department over a lack of transparency involving a change to wind farm rules.

And some board members are upset they didn't move up the food chain to chair committees in the wake of the latest shuffle of panel assignments.

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Republican officials who’ve been holding out on endorsing Donald Trump are moving to his corner, albeit reluctantly.

Congressman Adam Kinzinger of Channahon said walked a tight political line Tuesday when asked directly about his stance on Trump.

Kelly's Bakery And Cafe Hosts Local Flavors Event

Jul 20, 2016
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The Local Flavors farm-to-table restaurant series continues tomorrow at Kelly’s Bakery and Café where the menu will feature roasted chicken salad on a pretzel roll, a roasted veggie pita, applesauce and sweet peach tea, all made with ingredients from Central Illinois farms.  Owner Kelly Mathy says farms who supply her use practices associated with organic farming but ingredients are not certified as organic.

Enbridge Fined For Michigan Oil Spill

Jul 20, 2016

Enbridge Energy Partners will pay a $61 million penalty for the costliest inland oil spill in U.S. history under an agreement with federal officials.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Justice announced the settlement over a 2010 pipeline rupture near Marshall, Michigan, that released an estimated 843,000 gallons of crude oil.

A nearly 40-mile stretch of the Kalamazoo River was polluted as shoreline residents fled their homes.

Independent Maps Case Heads To Appeal

Jul 20, 2016
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A judge has ruled that a voter referendum seeking to change the way Illinois draws its political boundaries is unconstitutional for the November ballot.

It's the second time that such an attempt has been blocked in the courts.

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The Nuns on the Bus who are touring the country rolled into the Republican Convention this week, hoping to talk with attendees and delegates about the nation's social issues.

Sister Mary Ellen Lacy said the sisters generally received a warm reception from those they encountered.

The sisters walked around the convention grounds with a lemonade wagon and invited attendees to talk with them about the issues they believe are important to the nation.

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Several teenage detasslers were among 60 or so farm workers treated Tuesday after being exposed to a pesticide in a field near McLean.

Officials report the field was sprayed Monday night, and the workers were exposed as they went about their duties Tuesday morning. Many experienced skin irritation and were treated inside a tent next to a farm field.

After being scrubbed with soap and water, they were allowed to leave. None were apparently hospitalized.
 

Tom McClure

One member of the Illinois State University contingent at the Republican convention in Cleveland says he sees strong similarities between support for Donald Trump and the Know Nothing party of a century and a half ago.

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A proposed change to rules for siting wind farms in McLean County didn't get very far.

Board member Catherine Metsker took aim at the County Zoning Department for failing to notify townships and cities of the potential change.

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