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Growing up in Lincoln, Joe Borbely and Michael Klug had a mutual friend in elementary school who was a huge fan of The Beatles. But the 1976 born Borbely said the Fab-4 grew on him when he grew older and could appreciate the depth of the band’s music and lyrics.

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About 10 residents expressed opposition Monday as the Normal Town Council voted to increase property taxes next year.

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An Illinois State University political science professor says a Bloomington alderman's proposal to reduce the mayor's agenda-setting power is a disservice to the city.

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UPDATED 1:50 p.m. | The CEO of a Bloomington retirement community says a provision in the GOP tax bill would make it harder for not-for-profits like hers to finance major construction projects.

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McLean County voters learned Monday they’ll have more choices on their 2018 ballots, with incumbents facing several challenges from a new cadre of Democratic women candidates and an energized Libertarian Party.

Police are investigating the fatal stabbing of a 21-year-old man at a south Bloomington mobile home park.

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The Sound of Illinois Chorus—80 men strong—not only have a new Christmas CD that's just been released, but they're holding a free Christmas concert for the community, as well.

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Breakfast with Santa. Watching "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation." Baking really sugary cookies. Skipping the Christmas turkey and getting bad takeout.

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Chestnut Health Systems is selling off the division that focuses on employee assistance programs.

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Here are the top stories we covered this week (Nov. 27 to Dec. 1, 2017) on WGLT and WGLT.org.

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Raegan Rinchiuso never thought of herself as someone who was particularly privileged, but she has been surprised by what she has learned about herself from reflective exercises, including a poverty simulation, that have been part of her experience as a member of the Multicultural Leadership Program's 2018 class.

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Before you settle in for the winter, there's a few more chores that need your attention that will make gardening again in the spring more of a breeze.

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The Normal Public Library has received a $25,000 grant from the American Library Association to create a new technology mentorship program for youths in the community.

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Brandt Industries will receive $1.2 million in state tax credits to create its first U.S. manufacturing plant and hire at least 300 workers in McLean County, Gov. Bruce Rauner said Friday.

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GLT is partnering with the true crime podcast Suspect Convictions to explore the 1998 murder of 3-year-old Bloomington girl Christina McNeil.

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Friday is World AIDS Day, and the McLean County Health Department is working to spread awareness.

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The mayor of Normal said Thursday that the town won't react to the city of Bloomington's move to lower contributions to the Small Business Development Center at Illinois Wesleyan University.

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Kevin Spacey. Harvey Weinstein. And now, Matt Lauer and Garrison Keillor.

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The owner of several Bloomington-Normal radio stations filed for bankruptcy Wednesday as part of a restructuring plan to reduce the company’s debt.

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The St. John's Bible is the first hand-painted, hand-written Bible created since the invention of the printing press more than 500 years ago.

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Plans to introduce new, high-speed rail passenger cars in Illinois are in motion, but a spokesperson for Amtrak says it could be two or three more years before they are in place.

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New federal data show that Illinois consumers are purchasing health insurance plans from the public Affordable Care Act exchange faster this year than they did last year.

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It’s not just new businesses like Brandt Industries that are looking to cut their property tax bill.

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The head of the ACLU of Illinois says racially imbalanced police enforcement is a problem statewide.

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Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner will seek public input at three town hall meetings in December.

Maryelle St. Clare

Away from stage lights and adoring fans, life as a touring musician can be challenging. The stress of being away from family for weeks or months at a time and dealing with long rides between gigs can fray the nerves of the closest of friends.

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Farewell, Autumn Purple Ash Tree. Hello, bald cypress. Maybe!

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An associate dean of Illinois State University's Milner Library said his recent trip to the Gulf state of Qatar to help create that country's national library was an exciting adventure.

Bradley University

The latest quarterly look at the Peoria area economy shows modest growth and projected stability.

Illinois Wesleyan University

Bloomington aldermen say they’d rather evenly split the cost of supporting a new small-business development center at Illinois Wesleyan University rather than picking up most of the tab.

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