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A mountain of research—including a stunning new study on the brains of deceased NFL players—is changing the way that the Illinois State football team is practicing this summer.

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A Eureka College history professor who was handily defeated by incumbent U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood in 2016 is planning another run next year as a Democrat in the 18th Congressional District.

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The Town of Normal will shave a few dollars off daily admission rates at its two public pools for the rest of the summer as a mea culpa for staffing problems that lead to unexpected closures this season.

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Following the failure of the House and Senate to agree on a mechanism to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, Republicans have moved on to an overhaul of the tax code.

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Fish gotta swim. Birds gotta fly. And, of course, dogs gotta bark. But what does it mean when your pooch barks?

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Gov. Bruce Rauner said Tuesday the way public schools get money in Illinois will be more "fair and equitable" with his changes to a school funding bill.

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The wafting smell of a Cinnabon. The madness of Black Friday shopping. Getting dropped off by your parents so you can meet your friends at the arcade. Your first job as a 16-year-old.

For many Americans, malls aren’t just a collection of stores. They’re a collection of memories. And so when malls struggle—or close—it hits harder than, say, when a Circuit City goes under.

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OSF HealthCare St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington will be adding neonatology services to its birthing center next month, hospital officials announced Tuesday.

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The future of state funding for Illinois schools was still up in the air late Monday.

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An anchor of Uptown Normal is closing. Owners say they are shutting down the Garlic Press Market Cafe.

Owner Sarah Bushnell McManus said the adjoining gift store will remain open. But McManus says about 15 people will lose their jobs in September when the cafe ends a 12-year run.

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The dam where former GLT staff member Liz Larson drowned Saturday is the focus of litigation against the city of Wilmington over previous deaths at the popular recreation spot.

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Negotiations for a new Illinois school funding plan have broken down, jeopardizing money for classrooms statewide as the new academic year approaches.

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The GLT family is mourning the loss of former staff member Liz Larson, who died Saturday in a boating accident on the Kankakee River in Wilmington.

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The first-ever Healthy Pet Expo combines useful, hands-on information with goofy fun.

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A 21-year-old Carlock woman is in custody after allegedly hitting a pedestrian with her vehicle and fleeing the scene, only to be tracked down by police two weeks later.

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Here are the top stories we covered this week (July 24-28, 2017) on GLT and WGLT.org.

When Steph Davidson and Jennifer Swartout heard talk that the local food trend in Bloomington-Normal had maxed out, they decided to take action.

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Dealing a serious blow to President Donald Trump's agenda, the Senate early Friday rejected a measure to repeal parts of former President Barack Obama's health care law after a night of high suspense in the U.S. Capitol.

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Bloomington resident Jordan Becker joined the Army National Guard in 2008 as Jordan Elizabeth Becker, a woman. In 2014, he dropped Elizabeth from his name, began hormone therapy and underwent surgery to become a man.

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Connect Transit will host community education sessions in the coming weeks before several cost-cutting route changes and a new Connect Mobile premium service go into effect.

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The city of Bloomington is looking for people who want to serve on the new Public Safety and Community Relations Board (PSCRB).

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The latest Democrat to enter the crowded race to challenge Republican Rep. Rodney Davis next year says he’s a “bulldog” with a track record of fighting government and corporate wrongdoing.

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A group of west Bloomington volunteers are taking a stand to help their neighbors take a seat.

Two-dozen benches are being installed at Connect Transit bus stops on the city’s west side. The first five are already on place on Washington Street, with more to come on Market Street.

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For every iris, lily or rose that you plant in your garden, you put out a welcome mat for bunnies and other critters to come and dine at the leisure.

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State Sen. Jason Barickman issued a clarifying statement Thursday after implying during a press conference that Gov. Bruce Rauner would “hold” the controversial school funding bill after it lands on his desk instead of immediately vetoing it.

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The City of Bloomington could know more this weekend about whether City Manager David Hales will be leaving for a new job in Topeka, Kansas.

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Carl Teichman, a longtime community servant and Illinois Wesleyan University administrator, was named Normal’s 2017 Citizen of the Year on Thursday.

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Bloomington-Normal is known as an area where people like to dine out ... a lot. And that's inspiring a rash of entries into the Bloomington-Normal restaurant scene.

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Illinois comptroller Susana Mendoza is pushing back against accusations that she has withheld money schools need to open.

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So how does the name "Mongolian Death Wyrm" symbolize J Alan Balmer's vision for his progressive blues/rock/funk trio?

"It doesn't symbolize it so much as it begs the question: Who are we? And what kind of music do we play?" said Balmer.

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