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Charlie Schlenker

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GLT News Director Charlie Schlenker grew up in Rock Island, Illinois and graduated from Augustana College. He has spent more than three decades in radio and has won numerous state and national awards for journalism. He lives in Normal with his family.

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.

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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.

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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.

Bloomington-Normal Economic Development Council

A new manufacturer is coming to town.

Speakers hold signs and stand in front of Bloomington City Hall
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Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect that the proposed ordinance has been released. You can read it here.

The Normal Town Council will take up a Welcoming City ordinance at its meeting on Monday.

Mayor Chris Koos said there might be some last-minute tweaks to the proposal, but the measure leans on the language in the town's Comprehensive Plan and Visioning Report.

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Incoming Heartland Community Community President Keith Cornille on Tuesday signaled an optimistic view of state funding for higher education, even as he suggested a need for “more creative” local partnerships.

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The cost of saving a row of historic buildings in Uptown Normal may come into play when the Town Council reviews a design concept for the Trail East project next month.

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School districts are showing interest in children's cognitive development before age 5.

Illinois State University

With state lawmakers fresh off a major shakeup to K-12 school funding, there’s no shortage of big ideas floating around for higher education too.

Autism McLean / Facebook

A local group has made several moves in the last two years to make Bloomington-Normal friendlier to people with autism.

Alvaro Barrientos / AP

From recent airstrikes on Syria to President Trump’s immigration policies, human rights issues are a constant in today's headlines.

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One of the keys to minimizing financial losses at the McLean County Nursing Home will be forming partnerships with hospitals.

A west-side intersection was reopened Tuesday after a semitractor trailer carrying agricultural chemicals crashed, authorities said.

a map of the intersection at Fairway and Empire in Bloomington
City of Bloomington

The Bloomington City Council will consider a $4 million summer street resurfacing program at its meeting Monday evening.

Illinois State University

Illinois State University President Larry Dietz told lawmakers Thursday that money is being wasted on the old College of Fine Arts building.

Tazewell County sheriff's police killed a man near Mackinaw Friday morning. The 18-year-old was at a residence at 34368 State Route 9 and had shot at a deputy.

Jeff Chiu / AP

Bloomington Police are on the verge of a wide rollout of body cameras.

Jon Norton / WGLT

In the wake of the mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, earlier this year, Bloomington-Normal students are still working for change.

Michael Hill / WGLT

Bloomington Police Chief Brendan Heffner has cleared his first hurdle toward becoming the next U.S. Marshal for the Central District of Illinois.

Carleigh Gray / WGLT

The McLean County Board on Tuesday overwhelmingly signed on to recommendations for the county's nursing home developed by a special panel of experts from the community.

Unit 5 district offices
Staff / WGLT

The Unit 5 school district and the union representing its teachers have reached a tentative collective bargaining agreement.

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A potential Connect Transit transfer center in Downtown Bloomington is still on the table.

Gabrielle Bozeman / WGLT

A Bloomington-Normal tragedy is being held up as an example of the help a new law provides for those in need of organ transplants.

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A couple potential moves could leave the McLean County state's attorney's office without its top two administrators.

A head and chest image of a smiling Keith Cornille
Heartland Community College

The new Heartland Community College president will be Keith Cornille.

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Community organizer Jenn Carillo said she wants more than to have people at the table listen to her. She wants a seat at the table.

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The latest State Farm Insurance unit to undergo realignment is State Farm Bank. The company says it is making about an 18 percent cut to the number of workers at State Farm Bank.

But, there will be an increase of about 100 bank employees in Bloomington-Normal as the company says it looks for ways to build a leaner, stronger company.

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Bloomington aldermen balanced the new city budget without a significant increase in property taxes, but it’s unclear if they’ll be able to do that again a year from now.

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The potential contest to become the next McLean County Republican Party chair has evaporated.

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