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The more you know about your trees, the better you can care for the plant.  And it all starts with mastering some tree lingo.

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Illinois State University President Larry Dietz is asking state lawmakers for fair, dependable funding.

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The last of the finalists for the job of Heartland Community College president will visit campus Monday and Tuesday.

Bloomington Police have arrested a 31-year-old nurse for allegedly ripping painkiller patches off the arms of nursing home patients and stealing them.

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Residents of rural McLean County may soon face a new property tax.

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TV detectives might be solving crimes easily with the help of advanced forensic testing, but two legal experts with the Illinois Innocence Project say their caseload is mounting because of flawed forensics.

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Plans are taking shape for Bloomington-Normal high schoolers to participate in a national walkout movement this month aimed at curbing gun violence in schools.


A plan to prohibit tackle football among the youngest children to prevent head trauma is moving to the Illinois House floor for a vote.


A central Illinois man has been sentenced to two years in prison for defrauding an elderly man of his life savings.

A federal judge handed down the sentence Wednesday for 42-year-old Deryl Wright of Pekin. The judge also ordered Wright to pay more than $100,000 in restitution.

Wright pleaded guilty last year to three felony counts of wire fraud.

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State Farm on Thursday reported its second-straight year of operating losses for its property-casualty insurance businesses, as the company pledged to get leaner and make significant internal changes.


The future of the McLean County Democratic Party began 14 months ago.

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The Unit 5 school board on Wednesday approved Nathan Fincham as the new Normal West high school football coach. But the action came with concerns voiced by the public.

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Unit 5 School Board President Jim Hayek will resign from his position at the end of May.

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The city of Bloomington on Wednesday condemned a townhouse owned by the same landlord whose apartment building at a different location burned earlier this month, and had been cited for more than 200 code violations before the fire.

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Illinois State University's new provost is Jan Murphy.

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Heartland Community College has announced the third candidate for its presidential search.

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There are signs key portions of the corruption case against former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock may be at risk of unraveling.

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Dick's Sporting Goods will immediately end sales of assault-style rifles in its stores and won't sell guns to anyone under 21 years old following the school massacre in Parkland, Florida.

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For all practical purposes Illinois embraced slavery at its founding in 1818, despite entering the Union as a non-slave state.  For example, Illinois' first governor, first lieutenant governor, and president of the state's first constitutional convention were all slaveholders.

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Illinois education officials are weighing in on President Donald Trump’s proposal to arm teachers as a school safety precaution.

Madigan Discloses New Complaints Involving Staffers

Feb 27, 2018

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan continued to push back Tuesday against accusations that his office mishandled sexual harassment complaints.

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"Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.”

That famous quote attributed to Edmund Burke, a one-time orator, political theorist and British member of parliament, is behind a new effort at Bloomington's oldest park.

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Prosecutors say two more underage victims have stepped forward alleging sexual abuse at the hands of their former piano teacher.

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The teaching of America's multicultural history has come a long way from the largely white, Euro-centric version students were taught for decades. Most of that progress has been at the university level.

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The latest offering from the Marvel Cinematic Universe clawed its way to the top of the box office for a second week in a row. That's unsurprising, according to GLT's Psych Geeks, because "Black Panther" is a film that's fulfilling a deep need for audiences.

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Less than 200 McLean County residents cast ballots during the first week of early voting ahead of the March 20 primary.

13th District Democratic Candidates Discuss Immigration, Foreign Policy At Forum

Feb 27, 2018
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The Democratic candidates for Illinois’ 13th Congressional district discussed foreign policy and immigration issues at an event Monday night in Champaign.

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The cost of trash collection for some Bloomington residents will increase in May.

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In the wake of the mass shooting at a Florida high school, some local firefighter organizations are coming under criticism by community activists and on social media for raffling off firearms during fundraisers.

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Illinois State University students who’ve been fighting for an easier way to recycle at their off-campus apartments say they’re concerned about the long-term health of their planet.