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A 23-year-old Bloomington man is accused of driving under the influence before a crash early Thursday that killed his passenger.

Michael Hill / WGLT

The new Bloomington police chief will be the current assistant chief.

Ashley Shannon with Jalon Jones at ISU's 2016 homecoming
courtesy of Illinois State University

Ashley Shannon said she didn't choose to attend Illinois State University. The school chose her.

Cute puppy
cvatrok77 / Flickr via Creative Commons

Reports of raccoons behaving strangely in Illinois and Ohio this spring revealed a problems that can kill both wildlife and domestic pets.

Carleigh Gray / WGLT

Before there can be a blue wave, before it’s really the Year of the Woman, Democrats like Betsy Dirksen Londrigan have to win.

:  Faculty Association Lead Sean Colcleasure and Board Chair Gregg Chadwick sign the new 3-year agreement.
Heartland Community College

Heartland Community College and its faculty union have agreed on a three-year contract.

An architectural rendering of the new eye care facility planned in Bloomington.
Eye Surgical Associates

Thirteen eye doctors and a spectacle boutique are coming together to create a new $10 million eye center.

Staff / WGLT

Laura Kennedy, the one-time classical and jazz music host who turned into one of GLT’s best storytellers, will retire later this month.

Evan Vucci / AP

President Trump announced Tuesday that he has decided to exit a 2015 multinational agreement in which Iran agreed to limit its production of nuclear weapons material.

Jenn speaks to crowd
Ryan Denham / WGLT

A Bloomington police detective who has worked with YWCA McLean County’s Stepping Stones program for sexual assault survivors said he will no longer help with its trainings in part because of the YWCA’s support for a citizen-led police advisory board.

Carleigh Gray / WGLT

Changes at State Farm are impacting many parts of the local economy—from real estate to jobs to downtown Bloomington’s future.

Baylee Steelman / WGLT

Democratic candidate for governor JB Pritzker said Tuesday that tax breaks shouldn't be the only option for incentives that bring new businesses to the state.

Michael Hill / WGLT

Bloomington Police Chief Brendan Heffner's last day on the job will be Friday.

Carleigh Gray / WGLT

The Illinois State University administration is recommending no increase in room and board rates for the next school year. And the proposal going to trustees on Friday includes a 3.75 percent increase in tuition.

A map of  Uptown with the TIF District highlighted.
Town of Normal

The mayor of Normal said the extension and enlargement of a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) district won't hurt schools and other taxing bodies.

John O'Connor / AP

Gov. Bruce Rauner said Tuesday Democrats are moving too slowly on budget negotiations.

M. Spencer Green / AP

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is threatening to sue the federal government over the massive Foxconn Technology Group manufacturing facility that's being built just north of the state's border in southeast Wisconsin.

Carleigh Gray / WGLT

The Normal Town Council passed a Welcoming Community ordinance Monday that aims to create a new “check and balance” system for police interactions with immigration officials while still adhering to state and federal law.

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A Bloomington man with a history of drunken driving was sentenced Monday to 30 years in prison for killing a teenage bicyclist last summer.

Ryan Denham / WGLT

How badly did the Community Health Care Clinic need a new website?

State Farm

The total compensation for State Farm’s top executive is lower than his predecessor’s and several of his peers in the insurance industry.

Carleigh Gray / WGLT

It’s the noon hour on a warm, sunny spring day in downtown Bloomington. Cars and buses move along Front Street. Delivery trucks unload their contents on side streets.

The Messtetics, left to right: Brendan Canty, Anthony Pirog, Joe Lally
Antonia Tricarico/Courtesy of the artist

The Messthetics isn’t Fugazi 2.0. Yes, the same rhythm section that drove Fugazi's influential punk/hardcore sound now drives the experimental rock of the Messthetics. And yes, many Fugazi fans are thrilled the quartet has partially reassembled into an instrumental trio.

Oscar Salinas / Flickr

It’s graduation season. Illinois Wesleyan University is sending 424 students into the world this academic year, and 386 of them will participate in ceremonies at the Shirk Center on Sunday, IWU officials said.

Zombies
Chris Pizzello / Invision/AP

When George Romero brought "Night of the Living Dead" to the screen 50 years ago, he kicked off a trend for zombie narratives that viewers can't get enough of.

Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

Here are some of the top stories we covered this week (April 30-May 4, 2018) on GLT and WGLT.org.

 Sarah Smelser and Jerry Antonini
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

You can celebrate art, music, theater, and dance at the annual Gala at the Gallery fundraiser.

Spring flowers
Robbie Sproule / Flickr via Creative Commons

Now that spring has finally put in an appearance, time to get out in the garden and get some things done.

Steven Damron / Flickr

Did you get a ticket in the last couple weeks for using your cell phone while driving? Join the club.

Staff / WGLT

Bloomington officials will discuss this summer whether to try and acquire downtown's vacant Front N Center building through eminent domain, Mayor Tari Renner told GLT.

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