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Almost any gasoline tool can be replaced by a more environmental friendly battery-powered tool. What are you waiting for? 

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In the Farrington school district, near Mount Vernon, a new teacher makes less than $29,000—even with a master’s degree. Farrington is one of the lowest-paying districts, but state officials say some 7,000 teachers statewide makes less than $40,000.

Mike Madigan walks
Seth Perlman / AP

Three women Democratic state representatives are calling for an independent investigation of House Speaker Michael Madigan's office.

Normal Fire Department

Don't be alarmed if you hear some strange voices Friday morning in Uptown Normal.

Carleigh Gray / WGLT

All those photos with Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers turned into big money for the American Red Cross.

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Opposition to new firearm restrictions has sparked a second small town in central Illinois to consider a resolution inspired by several so-called gun sanctuaries.

Bloomington Police

Bloomington Police are looking for the public's help identifying an armed robber caught on camera at a local donut shop.

Michelle Anderson and Joe Lightcap
Eric Stock / WGLT

The McLean County auditor position would be paid $25,000 less starting in 2021 under a plan which the County Board's Finance Committee approved on Wednesday.

The committee also voted to freeze the circuit clerk's salary at $105,389 in 2021 and 2022, while granting the county coroner a 3 percent raise in 2021 to $103,249. Illinois law forbids local government from changing elected officials' pay during an election term.

IPR

The chief of staff to Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan has resigned over allegations of mishandling complaints of sexual harassment and making inappropriate comments.

Shemekia Copeland
Suzanne Foschino

GLT Summer Concert headliner Shemekia Copeland said she was caught off guard when the City of Chicago and the State of Illinois officially declared her to be “The New Queen Of The Blues” at the 2011 Chicago Blues Festival.

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Illinois officials are investing $240 million in two dozen projects designed to improve freight mobility throughout the state and relieve congestion.

Owen Miller batting
GoRedbirds.com

Illinois State's Owen Miller has become one of the baseball program's highest draft picks in recent memory.

Carleigh Gray / WGLT

Democratic billionaire J.B. Pritzker has made a $25 million contribution to his campaign for Illinois governor.

Ani DiFranco
GMDThree

Independent singer-songwriter Ani DiFranco has been tackling difficult social and cultural issues for three decades. So it’s no surprise songs she wrote years ago are still relevant, and still stir strong emotions.

For example, the title track to her 1999 album “To The Teeth.”

Dietz Pleased With State Budget

Jun 4, 2018
Carleigh Gray / WGLT

The new state budget includes $1.3 million in additional money for Illinois State University.

Crossing guard vest and whistle
Mario / Flickr

The Town of Normal is outsourcing its crossing guard program.

A bewildering maze of hollow plastic pipes charged with air that can keep balls aloft enchants children.
Children's Discovery Museum / Town of Normal

UPDATED 3 p.m. | Back when the state budget crisis was just kicking off, the Department of Natural Resources announced more than $1 million in grant money for Bloomington-Normal museums and the Miller Park Zoo. That money never came, as Gov. Bruce Rauner and lawmakers refused to compromise on a budget and years of standoff turned into years of cuts.

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McLean County State's Attorney Jason Chambers has been chosen to become a judge, the Illinois Supreme Court announced Monday.

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Gov. Bruce Rauner signed Illinois' new state budget, the first full-year spending plan he's enacted since taking office in 2015.

McLean County Republicans are fielding a candidate against the Democratic challenger who knocked off longtime County Board member Paul Segobiano in March’s primary.

Police car at night
WGLT

Bloomington Police are trying to determine who shot and wounded two men downtown early Monday.

GLT Adds 2 Reporters to Award-Winning Newsroom

Jun 4, 2018

GLT’s award-winning newsroom will add two new reporters this summer, strengthening its local coverage and its partnership with Illinois State University.

Jeff Smudde / WGLT

Bloomington-Normal’s latest craft beer destination is officially open for business.

A picture of a boy with a spelling bee trophy
Scripps National Spelling Bee

2018 Scripps National Spelling Bee Champion Karthik Nemmani lists his home as McKinney, Texas. Until last year, though, he lived in Bloomington-Normal.

Illinois State University President Larry Dietz reveals the renovations plans.
Carleigh Gray / WGLT

Illinois State University President Larry Dietz is welcoming passage of a new state budget that will increase higher education funding after years of cuts and uncertainty.

Actresses around a cauldren.
Heartland Theater

Heartland Theater in Normal presents the 10-Minute Play Festival, debuting not only new, short works of theater, but a new listening system for the hearing-impaired.

GLT's Grow: Finding Inspiration On The ISU Campus

Jun 1, 2018
Fell Hall on ISU campus
Illinois State University

The wonderful array of plantings on the Illinois State University campus can provide inspiration for new landscaping ideas in your yard.

Rich Saal / The State Journal-Register/Pool

The Illinois House has approved a $38.5 billion state budget for the year that begins July 1.

an image of the mall entrance
Staff / WGLT

Sears is closing another 72 stores after reporting a first-quarter loss and plunging sales. The store at Eastland Mall in Bloomington is not on the latest closure list.

Carleigh Gray / WGLT

The city-owned Grossinger Motors Arena lost $667,349 in the past year, its managers said Thursday, even as they touted the venue’s economic impact from tourism.

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