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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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Bloomington Mayor Pro Tem Karen Schmidt said Tuesday she thinks it's unfair to speculate whether aldermen bear blame for any factors that might have led to alleged theft of nearly a million dollars by the city's former arena management company.

Children's Home + Aid

The state has restored funding for one of the programs Children's Home and Aid cut two years ago, the Butterfly Project.

Ameren

Ameren Illinois is planning a 10-mile, high-voltage transmission line from near Hudson to Normal.

McLean County Sheriff's Department

The former managers of the now-renamed U.S. Cellular Coliseum are accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from the City of Bloomington through an elaborate scheme that skimmed off concession fees, over-billed for cleaning supplies, and disguised other charges.

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Connect Transit plans to hire its interim general manager as its next general manager.

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The United Way of McLean County has a new strategic plan to address changing giving patterns in the U.S.

Illinois State University

Illinois State University President Larry Dietz said a looming state election cycle could hold new budget negotiations hostage.

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The future of the McLean County Nursing Home is in question.

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Next year's proposed budget for McLean County government is $327,000 less than last year.

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Connect Transit will receive a $1.5 million federal grant to buy zero-emission battery electric buses and install solar panels at its maintenance facility.

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A member of the Bloomington Planning Commission was sworn in Tuesday to fill the McLean County Board seat previously held by Rich Buchanan.

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After 16 years in the job, state Rep. Dan Brady said he wants another term.

Illinois State University

Illinois State University is entering the public phase of its long-awaited major fundraising campaign.

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An internal announcement this week at State Farm won’t have a major impact on the size of the insurer’s overall workforce in Bloomington-Normal, the company said Friday.

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The Town of Normal wants to cut its payroll because of revenue losses. Staff are recommending the town offer early retirement incentives to 18 people.

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Authorities are asking for the public's help as they investigate the death of a man whose body was found Wednesday afternoon in a creek near the Constitution Trail close to Veterans Parkway.

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Proponents of a new Bloomington Public Library combined with a Connect Transit transfer center have a hurdle to overcome—a previous council consensus.

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McLean County government must cut up to 25 people from its workforce, County Administrator Bill Wasson said Monday during a Board Finance Committee meeting.

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The head of the Ecology Action Center said he's pleased with the weekend household hazardous waste collection event.

A Facebook post goes viral. A Normal mother ends up in jail. And a local business is left scarred by false accusations. Jyl Waller from A Shining Star Learning Center talks to GLT's Ryan Denham about the power of social media in the age of outrage. Plus, the end of summer is a magical time to remember the music of the lazy days just gone by. And playfulness, protest, and puppets in a new art exhibit at ISU.

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Four people want to succeed McLean County Board member Rich Buchanan—and three of them are former Bloomington City Council or mayoral candidates.

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President Donald Trump’s reversal of the Obama-era executive order protecting young undocumented immigrants from deportation has sparked debate in the Bloomington-Normal community.

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Local opponents of President Donald Trump’s decision to end an Obama-era program for young immigrants turned up the volume Thursday, with new protests planned over the next few days.

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At least two significant demonstrations were sparked Tuesday in Bloomington-Normal after President Donald Trump's decision to wind down a program protecting young immigrants from deportation.

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Many people have been struck by the strength and persistence of Hurricane Harvey, still drenching the Texas Gulf Coast with a record amount of rain recorded in one event in north America.

Illinois State University

Illinois State University's Board of Trustees must vote again on the contract employing President Larry Dietz.

When the board approved the contract Aug. 6, it turns out four of them weren't trustees at all.

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Following a modest decline for three consecutive quarters, a Bradley University study suggests the Peoria area economy has returned to where it was a year ago.

Kirk Zimmerman mugshot
McLean County Sheriff's Department

Last month at a hearing Judge Scott Drazewski told both sides he would like to be ready to set a trial date for Kirk Zimmerman at the hearing coming up Thursday.

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A Downs native said he and his wife made one bad decision that resulted in a two-day odyssey to escape the floodwaters of Hurricane Harvey.

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Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner said Monday he’ll be taking a temporary leave of absence for undisclosed medical reasons.

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