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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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Town of Normal

Normal Town Council members could take their first step Tuesday toward another development in Uptown Normal, as they vote whether to begin negotiations with an Iowa company that wants to build a $29.2 million mixed-use building on the northeast arc of the circle.

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The surprise fifth Democrat looking to challenge incumbent U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis says she won’t take money from corporations and will fight for universal health care, tuition-free college, and publicly funded elections.

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For the first time in nearly a century, State Farm employees will soon be without a home in downtown Bloomington.

Ralph Weisheit / WGLT

The lead defendant in the Coliseum fraud case claims police investigators engaged in “prosecutor-shopping” before his indictment, suggesting the case was so weak federal prosecutors wouldn’t take it.

Connie Beard

A longtime local GOP leader said Thursday she wants to succeed Chuck Erickson as chair of the McLean County Republican Party.

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UPDATED 2:30 p.m. | Players, parents, and boosters packed the Unit 5 school board meeting Wednesday, demanding to know why the Normal West football coach resigned and denying allegations that money was improperly routed to his assistant coaches.

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Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner said Tuesday he’s put a controversial joint meeting back on the calendar for next week, rejecting a push by some aldermen to forgo a deeper discussion on a proposed downtown library-transit project.

Ralph Weisheit / WGLT

McLean County Republican Party chairman Chuck Erickson announced Tuesday he won’t be seeking re-election to that post, leaving the local GOP with new leadership heading into a tough 2018 election cycle with many contested races.

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A Bloomington developer made a surprise public pitch to aldermen Monday for a new downtown hotel and conference center, calling his public-private partnership the “solution” city leaders have been seeking.

Courtesy / Bloomington-Normal Economic Development Council

When Rivian Automotive bought the shuttered Mitsubishi Motors plant in Normal, the company’s mystique was part of the excitement. Who was this MIT grad who wants to build electric vehicles here? What will the cars look like? Will it be like Tesla?

Ryan Denham / WGLT

Bloomington aldermen butted heads again Monday over a proposal to build a new library and transit hub downtown, even as a local developer pitched his own competing vision for a catalyst project to revitalize the city’s central business district.

Ryan Denham / WGLT

At a time when government fails to address the big problems—gun violence, racial injustice, economic inequality—the contributions of individual difference-makers are even more worthy of recognition.

City of Bloomington

Plans are now on hold for a new Kroger Marketplace store on Bloomington’s east side.

A Chenoa retirement community wants a judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed over allegations that humiliating photos and videos of its residents were shared on social media.

Seth Perlman / AP

Fresh off their first major legislative victory since President Donald Trump took office, Republican lawmakers went on a bit of a victory tour back home during the holiday break.

Danny Johnston / AP

The Hobby Lobby store in Normal is moving to a smaller location within the same shopping center.

Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis said Wednesday that he’s not concerned by the president’s tweet sizing up America’s “nuclear button” and that he thinks the Trump’s “strong stance” on North Korea is working.

David Proeber / The Pantagraph (Pool)

A woman convicted of luring her mother-in-law to Bloomington for an ultimately fatal confrontation says in a new court filing that a key witness lied during her 2012 trial.

Cindy Le / WGLT

The Normal Town Council signed off Tuesday on an agreement with Young America Realty and other local apartment owners that will resolve a long-running dispute over property taxes.

Jim Mone / AP

Several days of frigid temperatures are causing headaches for local homeowners and businesses dealing with frozen and burst water pipes.

Staff / WGLT

Heartland Community College will delay opening Tuesday until 10 a.m. due to the forecast of extremely cold early morning temperatures. The late start affects all Heartland locations.

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Swingers Grille in Normal has closed, the restaurant announced Monday on its Facebook page.

Cindy Le / WGLT

Bloomington-Normal’s unemployment rate fell again in November to 3.9 percent as the economy added 500 jobs over the past year to maintain one of the lowest jobless rates in Illinois.

David Proeber / The Pantagraph (Pool)

The former managers of Bloomington’s downtown arena are not owed any unpaid commission money because those sponsorship deals violated their management agreement with the city, according to a new court filing.

UPDATED 1:50 p.m. | A missing Bloomington woman who vanished on her way to a family gathering on Christmas has been found safe, police said Wednesday.

Carmon Edwards, 53, walked into an Illinois State Police station in Pesotum, between Champaign and Mattoon, around midday Wednesday, Bloomington Police said. Edwards arrived with a good Samaritan and appears to be in good health, police said. Her car was found earlier Wednesday in Mattoon—130 miles and in the opposite direction of her intended Christmas Day destination in Tazewell County.

Facebook / McLean County Sheriff's Office

The McLean County sheriff’s department is asking for the public’s help finding the person who dumped two dead dogs on the side of the road west of Bloomington on Thursday morning.

Tracy McCoy

For a moment, let’s skip the idyllic version of Christmas—the milk and cookies, the stockings hung from the chimney with care, the turkey feast straight out of a Norman Rockwell piece.

YouTube / Bloomington Police

Two Bloomington Police officers may want to consider auditioning for “America’s Got Talent.”

A new video shared this week by the Bloomington Police Department shows Officers Logan Fosdick and Paul Jones performing “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” in the parking lot outside police headquarters and City Hall. Accompanied only by a guitar and their squad cars, the video has racked up thousands of views.

At the end of the video, Sgt. Kiel Nowers jokingly interrupts their performance and tells them to get back to work.

Watch the video below:

Jon Norton / WGLT

The owners of the Castle Theatre in downtown Bloomington will soon have a second music venue in central Illinois.

Jessica Hill / AP

Firearms are so synonymous with American culture that gun control—even after a barrage of mass shootings—remains a political nonstarter. But what if the real problem was something even harder to disentangle from modern life?