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A jury convicted a 25-year-old man Tuesday in a scheme to deposit forged checks at a Normal bank and then withdraw the money from ATMs before the bad checks could be discovered.

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Unit 5 officials are pleased after the McLean County Board on Tuesday changed a couple of polling place locations in Normal to get them out of schools.

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Bloomington’s hockey fans may need to buy some new jerseys this fall.

The Bloomington Thunder is considering changing its name for the new season that begins Oct. 7. An announcement could come as soon as next week, said chief operating officer Brendan Kelly.

One possible name is the Central Illinois Flying Aces. When asked about that name, Kelly declined to say if it was under consideration. However, the domain name ciflyingaces.com was registered in Kelly's name on July 11, records show. A second team official is also listed on the domain registration.

Bloomington Police have arrested a man for a hit-and-run that has critically injured a bicyclist.

A 16-year-old boy remains in critical condition and the family is requesting privacy, police said.

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McLean County Board members had braced for a second long discussion over funding for a mental health coordinator and its duties, but the issue passed Tuesday without a whisper.

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Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner conceded Tuesday that his latest online run-ins with conservative critics aren’t helping him politically, even as he defended his threat to sue a local blogger and an aggressive late-night email to another opponent.

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You may like Portillo’s. But Peter Robinson loves Portillo’s.

He left his home in Waterman (near DeKalb) at 3:30 a.m. to be one of the first in line for Tuesday’s much-anticipated opening of the new Portillo’s in Normal. That’s a 90-minute drive, then another 5-hour wait, before the 10:30 a.m. opening. (By 9 a.m. there were around 12 people already in line in Normal, including Robinson.)

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Urbana attorney Erika Harold is running for Illinois Attorney General.

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Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner's proposal to hire an aide does not appear to have solid majority support among aldermen.

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A Blue Lives Matter rally outside Bloomington City Hall on Monday evening drew about 15 people.

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U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis says he was satisfied with President Donald Trump’s original comments about the race-fueled violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday.

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A former Bloomington High School teacher wants a Woodford County judge to reconsider the prison sentence she received last month for killing her husband.

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An Illinois State University scholar has taken on a massive biography of a historical figure who is one of the founding myths of Germany.

It’s time for a serious, data-driven look at hot dogs and chocolate cake shakes.

The new Portillo’s opening Tuesday in Normal is widely considered one of the most—or the most—anticipated restaurants openings in this community’s history. (Sorry, Chick-fil-A.)

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The local Black Lives Matter organization is asking Bloomington Police Chief Brendan Heffner to denounce a planned rally to support law enforcement and instruct his officers to not participate.

Republican Bill Brady on the Senate floor.
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The lawmaker responsible for the school funding plan endorsed by the Senate over Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto said Sunday that the House should vote to override too.

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Is this real what I’m feeling/Is this real or am I dreaming my life away?

Those lines from the song “Pills” open “Phantom Power,” the just released sophomore album from the Robert Brown Band. A life of delusion seems top of mind to band founder Robert Brown. Heck, he even titled the debut album “Love Is a Ghost.” 

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Those who highlight the work of the artists of central Illinois are now taking their turn in the public eye.

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Here are the top stories we covered this week (Aug. 7-11, 2017) on GLT and WGLT.org.

Republican David Paul Blumenshine of Normal said Friday he's strongly considering a run against state Rep. Dan Brady, R-Bloomington, in next spring's Republican primary election.

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What was once a stopping place on the Mother Road has found new life, thanks to a partnership between a local Route 66 scholar and the Town of Normal.

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You can add some serious beauty to your yard and not have to worry about watering or fertilizing.

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A fair housing group is calling the city of Peoria's nuisance ordinance racially discriminatory. The Wheaton-based Hope Center has filed a federal lawsuit against the city.

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JB Pritzker announced his running mate Thursday as he pursues the Democratic nomination for Illinois governor.

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When the Normal Town Council meets in closed-door session Friday to discuss the process for hiring its next city manager, they'll be joined by an outside consultant.

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It’s going to be an interesting 15 months.

The next general election isn’t until November 2018, and local Republicans are already sparring with Democrats over allegations of campaigning with taxpayer money, dirty tricks, and inappropriate emails.

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The City of Bloomington is still looking for more applications for its new police advisory board.

A federal jury has convicted a McLean man of an armed robbery in Normal.

Prosecutors say 34-year-old Scott Books had cashed bad checks at the Land of Lincoln Credit Union in the months before the July 2016 robbery.

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The music world has had many romantic couples; the most famous include Sonny & Cher and Ike & Tina Turner. It’s probably not the best comparison to San Francisco based blues artists Cathy Lemons and Phil Berkowitz. Not that they’re not making great music, but the chemistry isn’t, well, tempestuous.

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Unit 5 Superintendent Mark Daniel said Wednesday he is cautiously optimistic the school's bus contractor will do better than the start of school last year.

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