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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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Nearly 300 people—mostly supporters—turned out to a Bloomington City Council meeting Monday dealing with a proposed Welcoming City ordinance.

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The Bloomington City Council will talk about the controversial downtown catalyst project with the Bloomington Public Library and Connect Transit boards next month.

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Mental health among elementary school students is a growing problem in the Twin Cities, according to the head of the Unit 5 school district.

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The Heartland Community College Board of Trustees voted Tuesday to move ahead with a debt swap that administrators hope will increase financial flexibility.

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There are 9,000 fewer workers in Bloomington-Normal than there were seven years ago, according to Economist Mike Doherty of the Illinois Farm Bureau.

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Unit 5’s two high school marching bands will merge into one competitive group next year.

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The parent company of the Pantagraph newspaper in Bloomington reported an increase in quarterly earnings Wednesday.

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Illinois is now in year four of fairly low farm income and no turnaround is in sight, according to Farm Bureau Chief Economist Mike Doherty.

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The issue of legalizing recreational use of marijuana is rising in profile this year. There are two bills in the General Assembly. Several Democratic candidates for governor have embraced the proposal, saying it would bring badly needed revenue to the state and reduce black market and gang control of an existing industry.

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An Illinois State University political science professor says a Bloomington alderman's proposal to reduce the mayor's agenda-setting power is a disservice to the city.

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Chestnut Health Systems is selling off the division that focuses on employee assistance programs.

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The mayor of Normal said Thursday that the town won't react to the city of Bloomington's move to lower contributions to the Small Business Development Center at Illinois Wesleyan University.

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Plans to introduce new, high-speed rail passenger cars in Illinois are in motion, but a spokesperson for Amtrak says it could be two or three more years before they are in place.

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The head of the ACLU of Illinois says racially imbalanced police enforcement is a problem statewide.

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An associate dean of Illinois State University's Milner Library said his recent trip to the Gulf state of Qatar to help create that country's national library was an exciting adventure.

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The latest quarterly look at the Peoria area economy shows modest growth and projected stability.

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Incoming Chestnut Health Systems CEO Dave Sharar said his organization faces new challenges.

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Embattled Republican Roy Moore’s alleged behavior toward teenage girls “disqualifies him” from serving in the Senate, U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood said during a Bloomington visit.

A fire at a tire store in south Bloomington on Sunday sent plumes of smoke over a large area of the city.

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An Egyptian Muslim and former exchange student at Heartland Community College said he is disillusioned by mixed messages he's receiving from the United States.

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Two more taxing bodies have approved the property-tax breaks to bring Canadian manufacturer Brandt Industries to McLean County.

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U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood is praising the House version of the GOP tax plan he voted for last week.

Chestnut Health Systems

Chestnut Health Systems has chosen its new CEO.  

Current Chief Clinical Officer Dave Sharar will take over as CEO on Jan. 7 when Russ Hagen retires after several decades with the not-for-profit health agency.

Sharar also has a long tenure at Chestnut. A statement from board Chair Judy Smithson indicates Sharar's experience in many of the lines of business and that the leadership skills he has exhibited over 29 years are valued.

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There's a move to weaken the power of the office of Mayor in Bloomington.

IWU President: No Overreaction To Enrollment Drop

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Fall enrollment for Illinois Wesleyan University is about 1,700 students, the lowest since 1988.

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A pilot program to improve wellness among people with developmental disabilities in Bloomington-Normal is showing significant benefits.

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Negotiations over tax incentives to bring a Canada-based Brandt Industries manufacturing plant to McLean County were unusual in that they included the Unit 5 school superintendent and the county board chair at the table, as well as economic development officials.

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Brandt Industries will be getting more than just local tax breaks if it brings a new plant to McLean County.

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The McLean County Board voted 16-1 on Tuesday for a proposed deal to bring a Canadian manufacturer to central Illinois in exchange for at least 300 jobs and a plant investment of more than $21 million.

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While the president was declaring the opioid crisis in the United States a public health emergency last month, Bloomington-Normal was battling its own opioid epidemic.

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