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More than 1,000 Bloomington-Normal homes have already signed up for MetroNet, with 12,000 residences and businesses ready for installation, a company spokesperson said.

Normal Sewer Rate Plan Passes Without Dissent

Aug 7, 2017
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Hoping to start proactive work on Normal's aging sewer system, the Town Council voted Monday to more than double the sewer rate paid by residents over the next five years.

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Attorneys for Alan Beaman say they will ask the Illinois Supreme Court to review an appeals court ruling exonerating former Town of Normal police officers who Beaman accused of conspiring to wrongfully and maliciously prosecute him.

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President Donald Trump’s top agriculture official stopped in Central Illinois on Monday to talk with farmers about the next farm bill and other federal programs.

McLean County Health Department

West Nile season has arrived in McLean County.

McLean County Health Department Senior Sanitarian Angie Crawford says a mosquito pool east of Bloomington collected Aug. 1 from the 61705 area code has tested positive for the virus.

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Kristen Gillespie is incredibly upbeat for a someone who took the helm of an ailing Illinois State University women's basketball team just four months ago.

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Normal City Manager Mark Peterson announced Monday he plans to retire in March, ending a three-decade career with the town.

Elyse Shoenig

It’s the 5:30 p.m. Sunday Mass at Epiphany Catholic Church in Normal. This used to be the parish’s “Life Teen Mass,” but it isn’t any longer. White-haired and middle-aged people fill the pews—even some couples with children. But there are few teens or young adults. That concerns Father Eric Powell, Epiphany’s pastor.

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The McLean County coroner's office on Monday identified the 68-year-old woman who was killed in a fire at her Normal condominium building early Sunday.

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Several breweries from across the state will compete during a new attraction at this year's Illinois State Fair that's tied into Illinois’ upcoming birthday.

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Schools are set to receive payment from the state in just three days, but that can’t happen until the Illinois legislature approves a new evidence-based funding model.

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A 68-year-old woman is dead after a fire that damaged several condominium units early Sunday in the 1500 block of Hunt Drive in Normal.

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Illinois State University’s Board of Trustees approved a new three-year contract for President Larry Dietz on Saturday, including a 7 percent raise over his last full contract and the possibility of annual bonuses.

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Artists Jan Brandt and Jeannie Breitweiser have teamed up in a new space that will allow them to create and also celebrate the creativity of others.

Pablo Martinez Monsivais / The Associated Press

Should journalists report everything the president or other public officials say, even if it's rude, crude or proves to be untrue? 

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White pines in America are vulnerable to several diseases.

Bryan Bloodworth / WGLT

With 116 teams representing 29 states, the Town of Normal hit another grand slam this week by hosting the USA Class A 16-and-under girls national softball tournament.

David Dobson

George Thorogood & the Destroyers have been ripping through blues classics for four decades. Their ferocious recorded takes on "Move It On Over," "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer," and of course "Bad To The Bone" are classic rock radio staples.

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"It's intense. It's brutal. It's a strong film."

Normal Planning Commission

OSF HealthCare is planning to open a new medical building in north Normal in the Constitution Trail Centre.

Google Earth Engine

Bloomington-Normal looked a little different 33 years ago.

Michael Brown / Ecology Action Center

The Ecology Action Center (EAC) is moving forward with its 2017 Household Hazardous Waste Collection event after meeting an early fundraising goal.

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Former Illinois State University provost and retired Western Illinois University President Al Goldfarb is not slowing down in retirement. Goldfarb has just published a new edition of his book on the history of the theater, called "Living Theatre."

GLT Sound Ideas 08/03/17

Aug 3, 2017

Three new species of frog have been discovered high on a mountain in the Andes. And it's not the first time Illinois Wesleyan University scientist Edgar Lehr (lair) has done that. Charlie Schlenker has the interview. The Ecology Action Center’s Michael Brown is in the studio with an announcement about what would be the next McLean County Household Hazardous Waste collection event this year. We’ll talk about fundraising for the event and what people can drop off at these kinds of events.  And during edition of grow, find out how deal with an adorable, but pesky garden visitor. 

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Republican Joe Alexander of Clinton said Thursday he's seriously considering a run for the 101st House District seat being vacated by retiring state Rep. Bill Mitchell.

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Prairie Fire Theatre is staging "The Most Happy Fella," a musical set in Napa Valley with a plot that's future forward.

Seth Perlman / The Associated Press

State Rep. Bill Mitchell, whose district includes parts of McLean County, said Thursday he will not seek re-election in 2018.

Lyndsie Schlink / Illinois State University

Illinois State University’s Board of Trustees will vote Saturday on a new three-year contract for President Larry Dietz that includes a 7 percent raise and the possibility of annual bonuses.

Seth Perlman / The Associated Press

With schools set to open in just a few weeks, Illinois still doesn't have any way to send money to schools.

K-12 funding has become the latest partisan battleground at the statehouse, and Tuesday one procedural misstep may have inadvertently made the gridlock even worse.

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