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Ryan Denham

Digital Content Director

Ryan Denham started his career as a copy editor and later business and city government reporter at The Pantagraph in 2006. He later worked for WJBC radio in Bloomington.

Ryan joined WGLT full-time in 2017 as Digital Content Director.

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A 17-year-old driver was ticketed for allegedly disregarding a stop sign last week and crashing into a school bus, sending three kids in the bus to the hospital with minor injuries.

Bloomington Police | Missy Pendley

A 50-year-old Bloomington man pleaded not guilty Friday to stabbing his wife to death last week as she was reportedly planning to leave him.

M. Spencer Green / AP

As Bloomington-Normal debates whether to enact a Welcoming City ordinance, former Gov. Pat Quinn said there should be a bright line between local police and federal immigration officers.

State Rep. Keith Sommer said Thursday he’s taking a wait-and-see approach on many of the governor’s budget proposals laid out this week, even as Sommer’s Democratic challenger called them “insincere and disingenuous” and potentially disruptive for Illinois schools.

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The family of former GLT staff member Liz Larson has filed a lawsuit against the City of Wilmington over her drowning last summer, alleging city officials have failed for decades to protect visitors from a river dam’s deadly underwater vortex.

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.

Rich Saal / The State Journal-Register (pool)

Gov. Bruce Rauner outlined his plans for the Illinois budget in a speech to lawmakers Wednesday afternoon.

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City leaders took two big steps this week toward luring new development—including two housing projects—along Washington Street just east of downtown Bloomington.

Baylee Steelman / WGLT

Bloomington aldermen voted Monday to spend $20,000 to hire a recruitment firm to help find candidates to become the next city manager.

Baylee Steelman / WGLT

Often chilly relations between some Bloomington aldermen and Mayor Tari Renner became even worse at Monday's council meeting.

Staff / WGLT

The City of Bloomington will continue to pick up garbage itself.

Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

Donations were still being accepted Monday for residents displaced by a weekend fire that caused an estimated $650,000 in damage to their apartment building on Bloomington’s east side.

Carleigh Gray / WGLT

Democratic candidate for Congress Erik Jones on Sunday picked up the endorsement of his former boss, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan.

Staff / WGLT

Yes, McLean County Democrats are energized headed into this year’s elections. But Republicans know how to win.

Staff / WGLT

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.

Town of Normal

A major transition is now underway in the Town of Normal, with retiring City Manager Mark Peterson turning the keys over to his top deputy and now successor, Pam Reece.

Susan Montoya Bryan / AP

The Zoning Board of Appeals has unanimously endorsed plans to bring the first three solar projects to McLean County.

Carleigh Gray / WGLT

Both of McLean County’s major political parties will have new top leaders later this year.

Bloomington Police | Missy Pendley

A Bloomington man was formally charged Wednesday with stabbing his wife to death this week during a fight at their home and abusing his 8-year-old stepson in two separate incidents last year.

Carleigh Gray / WGLT

The five Democrats looking to unseat U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis echoed each other Tuesday on nearly every progressive issue—from health care to immigration—while trying to distinguish themselves using their personal and professional backgrounds.

Staff / WGLT

Early voting for the March 20 primary will not begin this week in McLean County as scheduled because of an ongoing legal fight over who’s on the ballot.

Staff / WGLT

The union that represents the City of Bloomington’s solid waste employees is lobbying aldermen not to outsource garbage collection to private companies.

Baylee Steelman / WGLT

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

Susan Montoya Bryan / AP

This week in central Illinois, we’ve seen three straight days of snow, gloomy skies, and temperatures in the single digits. Doesn’t exactly sound like a perfect spot for a bunch of new solar farms, does it?

Bloomington Police | Missy Pendley

A 50-year-old Bloomington man has been arrested in connection with the fatal stabbing of his wife at their home Monday afternoon.

Carleigh Gray / WGLT

Several Republicans called Saturday for Jeanne Ives to take down a controversial campaign video targeting Gov. Bruce Rauner that critics say depicts cartoonish, offensive versions of trans Illinoisans and women activists.

Ryan Denham / WGLT

Democratic candidate for governor JB Pritzker stopped in Bloomington on Friday to deliver a fiery stump speech exclusively targeting Gov. Bruce Rauner, looking past the Democratic primary just 46 days away.

Staff / WGLT

The Town of Normal plans to hire an outside firm to conduct a deeper study into the feasibility and potential economic impact of building a new multisport complex.

Cristian Jaramillo / WGLT

Normal Town Council member Scott Preston said Thursday he’s considering a run for McLean County Republican Party chair.

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A 23-year-old Washington woman was sentenced to 40 years in prison Wednesday for stabbing her mother to death and leaving her body in a nature preserve southwest of Bloomington.

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