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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.

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Five nights of testimony over a proposed wind farm in northeastern McLean County were not enough.

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Some members of the Connect Transit board are taking their chair to task for pushing a meeting with the Bloomington City Council that backfired and potentially damaged the case for a bus transfer station in downtown Bloomington.

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The City of Bloomington’s attorney asked prosecutors to give aldermen a closed-door “high-level briefing” on the Coliseum fraud case, only to be denied by the McLean County state’s attorney because such a meeting might violate the state’s Open Meetings law, GLT has learned.

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Home sales took a sharp dip in December, leading to an slower 2017 overall for the local real estate market, the Bloomington-Normal Association of Realtors reported Tuesday.

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Someone has poured a caustic liquid on a popular public artwork in downtown Bloomington.

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UPDATED 2:45 p.m. | Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner said Tuesday he was “hugely skeptical” of privatizing garbage collection, a move some aldermen think would help close the city’s looming $3 million budget deficit.

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As the sexual harassment scandal facing the nation continues to bring forth new accusations, people are turning towards an Illinois State University professor to help explain why sexual harassment happens.

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Republicans and Democrats are each blaming the other party for the impasse that has caused government funding to expire and a partial government shutdown to loom on Monday.

A Houston-based energy company has filed an application for what could be McLean County's fourth wind farm.

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The Town of Normal is likely to make major cuts and fee increases.

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Normal leaders are moving ahead with plans for a new five-story building on the northeast arc of Uptown circle, the next step in a dramatic reshaping of the town’s central business district.

City of Bloomington

The City of Bloomington has named a new manager for the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts.

Cypress Creek Renewables

A solar power developer has filed applications for what would be the first three solar farms in McLean County.

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The McLean County Board on Tuesday approved the original version of a 20-year solid waste management plan, without the changes passed this month by the Land Use Committee.

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Mayor Tari Renner of Bloomington said there are a lot of potential re-uses for the State Farm Fire building in the downtown area, including a new City Hall.

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For the first time in nearly a century, State Farm employees will soon be without a home in downtown Bloomington.

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Emotional testimony swept through nights three and four of the McLean County Zoning Board hearings on a proposed wind farm project.

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The Bloomington and Normal city councils will likely see a draft of dual ordinances that would stop local police from working with federal immigration authorities on deportation—even if Normal’s city manager says it’s bad public policy.

Thirteen years ago, the City of Bloomington bolted the joint emergency service dispatch operation known in McLean County as Metcom. That created years of hard feelings from other area governments over the abandoned agreement and the extra cost it created for taxpayers.

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Drug overdose deaths in McLean County rose more than 150 percent last year.

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The McLean County Board Land Use Committee on Friday afternoon stripped significant language out of a proposed 20-year solid waste management plan.

A McLean County grand jury indicted a Latham man Wednesday on an attempted murder charge connected to an incident in Normal.

Bloomington Police

Bloomington Police arrested a 53-year-old man for multiple counts of predatory criminal sexual assault of a victim under the age of 13.

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Most of the roughly 100 towers for a proposed wind farm in the Chenoa, Gridley, and Lexington area will be 450 feet tall. That’s bigger than the average of even just a few years ago.

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The Sweden-based retailer Hennes & Mauritz is adding a fast fashion outlet of its H&M brand stores at Eastland Mall, GLT has learned.

Bluegrass legend Sam Bush was not all that enchanted when he was growing up on a farm. He was interested in hanging around and riding his bike with the kids in town. But, now he's grateful for that farm and work centered upbringing. Bush tells GLT's Jon Norton he is fortunate his parents supported Bush's music. Hear about the year in central Illinois music with Sam Bush, the Henhouse Prowlers, the Something Brothers, Sarah Qua, and more.

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There is some behind-the-scenes skirmishing over the future of the McLean County Nursing Home, but the County Board has now agreed to hire a consultant to look at the future of the facility.

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The mayor of Bloomington said Tuesday he's not satisfied with progress made by VenuWorks in improving operations at Grossinger Motors Arena.

Illinois State University

A wind farm company has filed an application for a new field of wind towers from south of Chenoa to Lexington and southeast nearly to Colfax.

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Illinois State and other colleges and universities appear to have dodged an unfavorable measure that has now been removed from the GOP tax plan.

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