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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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Betsy Dirksen Londrigan outraised her Democratic rivals last quarter in the 13th Congressional District primary, leaving her and Erik Jones with nearly identical campaign war chests for the final stretch.

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.

Win McNamee / Pool via AP

Illinois Democrats and Republicans sat in the same chamber listening to President Donald Trump's State of the Union on Tuesday night, but they came away hearing different messages. 

Bloomington Police

A 36-year-old local piano teacher was arrested Tuesday in Normal on allegations he sexually assaulted an underage girl who was apparently one of his students. Police say there are likely more victims.

Sophia Tareen / AP

Illinois attorney general hopeful Erika Harold said she wants to increase efforts to stop public corruption while simultaneously staying away from partisan politics—a difficult balancing act for a Republican office holder in a blue state.

Illinois State University

A second local judge will be retiring this year.

Ryan Denham / WGLT

Dr. Ramsin Benyamin views the opioid epidemic almost like he would a patient. If you ask Benyamin how he’d fix the opioid issue—how he’d treat it—he starts with a diagnosis.

Staff / WGLT

State Farm announced this week it’s giving $1,000 one-time bonuses to some of its employees, even as the company continues a cost-cutting realignment of its IT workforce.

Matt Rourke / AP

You’ve probably been hearing a lot in the news recently about how Facebook is changing what’s going to show up in your News Feed.

McLean County Sheriff's Department and Bloomington Police

A 22-year-old woman now faces murder charges in connection with a fatal stabbing last month at a south Bloomington mobile home park.

Ryan Denham / WGLT

The Bloomington-Normal economy has added 1,100 jobs in the past year, as the local jobless rate fell to just 3.8 percent in December, the Illinois Department of Employment Security reported Thursday.

Carleigh Gray / WGLT

A Democratic candidate for governor and part-time farmer wants Illinois to ban the use of a controversial herbicide that’s damaged crops all over the Midwest.

Illinois State University

Illinois State University is looking beyond its campus to find its next top academic officer.

Ryan Denham / WGLT

The City of Bloomington’s attorney asked prosecutors to give aldermen a closed-door “high-level briefing” on the Coliseum fraud case, only to be denied by the McLean County state’s attorney because such a meeting might violate the state’s Open Meetings law, GLT has learned.

Ryan Denham / WGLT

Pamela Reece was named the Town of Normal’s next city manager on Tuesday, becoming just the third person to serve in that job and the first woman to hold the position in either Twin City local governments.

Staff / WGLT

Home sales took a sharp dip in December, leading to an slower 2017 overall for the local real estate market, the Bloomington-Normal Association of Realtors reported Tuesday.

Staff / WGLT

UPDATED 2:45 p.m. | Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner said Tuesday he was “hugely skeptical” of privatizing garbage collection, a move some aldermen think would help close the city’s looming $3 million budget deficit.

LM Otero / AP

When a big local retailer like JCPenney or Gordmans closes its doors, it becomes another chapter in the “retail apocalypse” storyline that predicts the end of brick-and-mortar shopping.

David Proeber / The Pantagraph (Pool)

An attorney for the lead defendant in the Coliseum fraud case claims that prosecutors are trying to “criminalize” a contract dispute between the City of Bloomington and its former arena managers, arguing the charges should be dismissed.

Ryan Denham / WGLT

A local brewery’s new taproom in south Bloomington is the latest addition to Central Illinois' growing craft-beer scene.

Cindy Le / WGLT

Normal leaders are moving ahead with plans for a new five-story building on the northeast arc of Uptown circle, the next step in a dramatic reshaping of the town’s central business district.

Ryan Denham / WGLT

If President Donald Trump has taught us anything, it’s that the way you communicate your political beliefs matters more than ever.

Central Illinois Republicans are growing their campaign war chests as they prepare to defend themselves against energized challengers in the March primary and November general election.

City of Bloomington

The City of Bloomington has named a new manager for the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts.

Ryan Denham / WGLT

Three government bodies met jointly Tuesday night to nudge forward an ambitious plan to build a new library and transit center in downtown Bloomington, even as several officials noted a lack of public buy-in as one major hurdle to the effort.

Staff / WGLT

The McLean County Board on Tuesday approved the original version of a 20-year solid waste management plan, without the changes passed this month by the Land Use Committee.

A 29-year-old El Paso woman was killed Monday in a crash on Interstate 39 in Hudson.

Ryan Denham / WGLT

Normal Town Council members could get an earful Tuesday night as they decide whether to take the first step toward another building project in Uptown Normal—a proposal that some community members say threatens the central business district’s history and charm.

Charlie Neibergall / AP

GLT wants to tell stories over the next year about how the federal tax overhaul is impacting central Illinois. That means we need your help.

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An architect and developer who made a surprise pitch last week for a downtown Bloomington hotel connected to Grossinger Motors Arena says the project may not require much city investment.

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