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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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Illinois State University

Former Illinois State University President Al Bowman has been appointed executive director of the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE).

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Unit 5 may still pursue some parts of a proposed farm-to-school program, but a school board resolution driving the idea has stalled, officials said Tuesday.

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“Robert Michael McKay, 72, of Bloomington, passed away Feb. 7, 2017, at his home.”

Ryan Denham / WGLT

It was two steps forward but one step back for the city of Bloomington’s downtown arena last week.

Illinois State Board of Education

An Illinois State University doctoral student has been named the 2018 Illinois Teacher of the Year.

The estate of a now-deceased dementia patient has filed a lawsuit over allegations that humiliating photos and videos of residents at a Chenoa retirement community were shared on social media.

Rob Fazzini

Former Bloomington alderman Rob Fazzini said Friday he's exploring a run for McLean County Board in the east side district currently represented by the county’s Republican Party chair.

Bryan Bloodworth / WGLT

Just months after hosting a national softball championship in Normal, the town has just been picked to host another tournament that’s expected to give the local economy a boost.

Mark Lennihan / The Associated Press

Bloomington-Normal's jobless rate fell again in September and remains the lowest among all metro areas in the state, the Illinois Department of Employment Security reported Thursday.

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This fall’s cancellation of five hockey games at Grossinger Motors Arena—caused by a long-delayed repair project—will cost the city-owned venue thousands of dollars in lost revenue.

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The popular Netflix show “Stranger Things” returns for Season 2 on Friday, and there’s an Illinois State University student who’s got some serious spoilers. But she’s not telling.

Cindy Le / WGLT

The Downtown Bloomington Task Force’s final report includes a recommendation to knock down an aging parking structure and build a new library-transit center-garage in its place.

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Aldermen seeking more information about the use of city credit cards were told about an unintentional “oversight” related to the booking of Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner’s trip to Japan, newly released emails show.

City of Bloomington

Steve Rasmussen is expected to be named interim city manager at a special Bloomington City Council meeting on Thursday.

Staff / WGLT

Mayor Tari Renner conceded Tuesday he has “serious communication issues” to work out with the Bloomington aldermen who publicly admonished him, even as he called one of them a “bully” and said that some don’t understand the city’s form of government.

Staff / WGLT

Most Bloomington aldermen say they’re disappointed in Mayor Tari Renner's recent behavior.

Near the end of Monday night's meeting, Ward 8 Alderman Diana Hauman read from a statement and delivered a letter admonishing Renner. The letter was signed by Hauman and Aldermen David Sage, Jamie Mathy, Mboka Mwilambwe, Joni Painter, and Karen Schmidt. Aldermen Scott Black, Amelia Buragas, and Kim Bray did not sign it.

PDF: Read the letter from aldermen to Renner

Cindy Le / WGLT

WGLT, Bloomington-Normal’s public media, is partnering with the popular true crime podcast Suspect Convictions to explore the 1998 murder of a 3-year-old Bloomington girl, Christina McNeil.

A Bloomington-based nonprofit will be able to help more young people avoid or escape from sexual exploitation thanks to a new $194,000 federal grant.

Train in Uptown Normal

Amtrak passengers on their way to Chicago were taken off their train in Lincoln on Friday as authorities investigated suspicious items that someone left behind.

Cindy Le / WGLT

Democratic candidate for governor JB Pritzker said Thursday he knows the difference between running a business and running government and is experienced in both, unlike the two other wealthy businessmen—Bruce Rauner and Donald Trump—who’ve struggled in their transition to public office.

McLean County Sheriff's Department

Five people have been charged in connection with a weekend fight inside a Normal apartment that was streamed live on Facebook, showing a partially nude 17-year-old girl.

Illinois State University

Illinois State’s Board of Trustees will decide Friday how much money to ask for from Springfield in next year’s budget, even as the university becomes less and less reliant on state funding.

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Last weekend, when an online video surfaced apparently showing a violent beating inside a Normal apartment, the public didn’t find out about it through a local newspaper, radio station, or TV newscast.

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Seven Bloomington residents—including several downtown and west-side leaders—have been picked for a new civilian board to advise the police chief.

City of Bloomington

A city official says a new Kroger Marketplace store is still planned for Bloomington’s east side, though the project has been delayed significantly from its original timetable.

Michael Hill / WGLT

In the wake of the mass shooting in Las Vegas, Bloomington Police Chief Brendan Heffner said he supports more robust background checks "to make it harder for the wrong people to get weapons."

A lawyer from southern Illinois is leading the money race among Democrats looking to unseat U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis in the 13th Congressional District next year.

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Bloomington Police

Two top law enforcement officials in McLean County say they’re disturbed by an uptick in juveniles getting into trouble with illegal guns.

Ralph Weisheit / WGLT

Home sales continue to lag in the Peoria area, despite a strong end to the busy summer sales season.

Laura Kennedy / WGLT

The director of the Town of Normal’s cultural arts department and Children’s Discovery Museum is leaving for a new position with Advocate Health Care.