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Charlie Schlenker

News Director

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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Alderman Karen Schmidt said she cannot support a Welcoming City ordinance at this time.

Will Scanlon / Eleventh Judicial Circuit

The new chief judge for the circuit that includes McLean County is Mark Fellheimer.

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State Farm Insurance is adding armed guards to its major hubs including Bloomington, Atlanta, Dallas, and Phoenix.

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Home health care workers are paid close to poverty wages in many parts of the country. And that's a problem, according to Illinois State University sociologist Chris Wellin.

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An economist for the Illinois Farm Bureau says he does not think Bloomington-Normal's realty sector will suffer much from the exit of nearly 900 information technology jobs at State Farm Insurance.

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Some of the worst road surfaces in Bloomington-Normal will get badly needed repairs this month, according to Bloomington's Public Works director.

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State Farm Insurance is announcing an auto rate decrease for Illinois. The Bloomington-based company says the average decline for Illinois rate payers will be 2.9 percent.

A man and a woman sit in chairs talking to elected government officials for McLean County, Illinois.
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The McLean County Nursing Home is at a “tipping point,” according to a blue-ribbon panel of health care leaders that studied the facility.

Carleigh Gray / WGLT

The League of Women Voters of McLean County has released a study concluding the McLean County Nursing Home is not sustainable under the current business model.

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The Town of Normal has a happy surprise on its insurance premiums. Council members Monday will decide whether to approve a premium package 13 percent below last year's rates.

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As friends, staff, and Normal Town Council members gathered to congratulate retiring City Manager Mark Peterson on Thursday for his service, Mayor Chris Koos offered a little extra to Peterson's long career with the town.

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Even as mass demonstrations continue pushing for new laws to curb gun violence such as the Florida shooting, a central Illinois congressman said he does not see a need for major new curbs on guns.

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The old saying is memory is a faulty crutch. For years, a professor at Illinois State University has focused her research on proving that old saying right.

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There are signs of trouble for a new grocery store cooperative in Bloomington.

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Bloomington-Normal unemployment has dropped to 3.6 percent for February. That was down more than a point from the same month last year, according to the Department of Employment Security.

Ken Lam

Organ music has the connotation of being confined to churches, but that’s not what’s happening Friday night at the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts.

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The fate of the McLean County Nursing Home appears to be safe for now.

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The mayor of Normal said he does not know whether the town will have to go through another round of budget cutting in a few years.

Carleigh Gray / WGLT

Shayna Watchinski declared victory Tuesday over Democratic incumbent Paul Segobiano in their McLean County Board primary race.

Illinois State University

The National Science Foundation is giving Illinois State University Faculty a $317, 000 grant. The money is buying a device that uses lasers to concentrate and filter cells into like batches. It's called a flow cytometer cell sorter.

Faculty and students will use the machine to do research on aging and the immune system, reptiles and turtles, bumblebee parasites, pollen grains, bird blood, and insects.

Students will get training on a device that is common in many health professions.

The feds funded only 16 percent of grant applications in this category.
 

An interview with Gerald Thompson, who is running for McLean County Board in the March 20 GOP primary against Carlock Mayor Jeremiah Houston. They're running in District 1.

An interview with Carlock Mayor Jeremiah Houston, who is running for the McLean County Board. His primary opponent March 20 is Gerald Thompson.

A picture of Larry Alferink, head of the State Universities Annuitants Association
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Obscured in the last three years of budget struggles in the state of Illinois is a remaining massive unfunded liability in state pension systems—$129 billion by some accounts.

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The Republican primary race for McLean County Board District 1 pits the mayor of Carlock against a longtime member of the Illinois Farm Bureau board.

Carleigh Gray / WGLT

UPDATED 12:30 p.m. | The CEO of the Bloomington-Normal Economic Development Council has resigned to take another position.

Advocate BroMenn Healthcare

Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Normal is rolling out new state-of-the-art equipment worth $5 million.

Central Illinois Small Animal Rescue

The Central Illinois Small Animal Rescue (CISAR) is looking for homes for its furry tenants in light of the shelter’s upcoming closure.

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Illinois State University

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

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Heartland Community College

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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