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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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Residents of rural McLean County may soon face a new property tax.

Illinois State University

Illinois State University's new provost is Jan Murphy.

Passengers board a bus in Uptown Normal's transfer center.
Connect Transit

The Illinois Department of Transportation is giving Bloomington-Normal's bus system $250,000.

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The United Way of McLean County is responding to the overall decline in charitable donations in McLean County by reinventing its fundraising methods.

An artist rendering looking south at proposed underpass between the Children's Discovery Museum and Uptown Station in Uptown Normal
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Local leaders are heading to Washington, D.C., next month to lobby for two new community projects.

The Bloomington City Council has not shown a lot of appetite for a video gambling terminal license fee. Mayor Tari Renner thinks that's a mistake because terminal owners in Bloomington have a million dollars in pure profit each year. Renner thinks such a tax is progressive and useful to balance the budget. Plus, Mayor Chris Koos of Normal talks about a multi sport complex study. And Judy Valente reports on lead levels in homes in the twin cities. 25 children had elevated blood levels of the poisonous metal last year.

Two men sit at a table and address the Unit Five School Board. They are Economic Development Council Director Kyle Ham and Rivian Automotive CEO RJ Scaringe
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The head of the Bloomington-Normal Economic Development Council said he hopes to rebuild strained relationships with some elected officials in the Twin Cities.

Welcome Dayton

A change in the way Bloomington-Normal approaches the establishment of a Welcoming City ordinance may be what the Twin Cities need to truly make immigrants feel welcome.

Illinois State University

An Illinois State University professor who once sued the institution over gender pay equity has now given ISU its largest faculty cash gift ever.

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Two workers at a Bloomington auto dealership are being honored for saving a co-worker's life when his heart suddenly stopped last October.

Unit 5 district offices
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Unit 5 officials are not thrilled with Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposal to shift pension costs from the state to local school districts.

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delay of early voting for the primary election in McLean County has become an issue in the November race for county clerk.

UPDATED 5:45 p.m. | Two schoolchildren were injured Wednesday afternoon after a multiple-vehicle crash involving a school bus between Bloomington and Downs.

The Evans Junior High School bus collided with a car near the intersection of U.S. 150 and Abraham Road in southeast Bloomington, Illinois State Police said in a statement. The bus overturned. Police diverted traffic around the crash and closed off U.S. 150 during the afternoon commute.

Books To Benefit

A local nonprofit organization has found a new home for a rare, historical text from the 19th century.

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The head of the Bloomington-Normal Economic Development Council said Rivian Automotive has earned its property tax abatement for the year.

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Five aldermen who tried to remove the Welcoming City ordinance from the Bloomington council agenda probably did not break the law, according to a noted First Amendment and public access attorney in Illinois.

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Two potential draft Welcoming City ordinances are now available for the city of Bloomington. Mayor Tari Renner said he sees no problem with having both of them go to the City Council.

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An interview with Bloomington Police Chief Brendan Heffner about his department's relationship with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency.

You can also listen to GLT's full interview with Heffner.

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Crews remained at the scene into Saturday night after a fire badly damaged an apartment building and injured a firefighter on Bloomington's east side.

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Groups seeking a Welcoming City ordinance in Bloomington are expressing concern at the level of communication between Bloomington Police and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE.

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Illinois Wesleyan University is hoping to boost the number of students it enrolls from McLean County by significantly raising financial awards for those students.

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The Normal Town Council will likely consider an ordinance this spring requiring that apartment buildings provide the option to recycle.

Speakers hold signs and stand in front of Bloomington City Hall
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Bloomington aldermen are asking to halt scheduled discussion of a Welcoming City ordinance, clouding the prospects for future public consideration.

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The food service industry is a volatile one. Turnover in establishments can approach 100 percent in just a very few years. 2017 was an active year for restaurant openings and closures.

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Even as McLean County government begins a debate on how to deal with its money-losing nursing home, the facility is gaining recognition as a good place for elders to live.

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One Democratic candidate for governor is less than impressed with Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's positive tone in this week’s State of the State address and thinks it’s a sign Illinois is ready for a change in power.

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McLean County Board Chair John McIntyre has named a blue ribbon panel to look at the McLean County Nursing Home.

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For some children of Indian workers in Bloomington-Normal, the future is uncertain at best.

Seth Perlman / AP

Gov. Bruce Rauner says bipartisanship is needed to move the state forward. But a lack of trust in the shadow of an election year and the governor's own remarks make that less likely to happen.

Invenergy

The Zoning Board of Appeals has given its OK to a wind farm in northeastern McLean County.

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