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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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Editor's note: Authorities have since charged a different man, Jakeb Collins, for his alleged role in this hit-and-run crash. Prosecutors have cleared Darin R. Scott in this case.

The 54-year-old Bloomington man facing charges in Wednesday’s fatal hit-and-run was arrested just last month for allegedly driving under the influence and fleeing the scene of an accident.

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Former McLean County Board chair Matt Sorensen was sentenced Tuesday to a year in federal prison for his role in a billing-fraud scheme against his State Farm, the final chapter in a stunning fall for one of Central Illinois’ most prominent politicians.

Downtown Bloomington may not “Dream Big” after all.


A Libertarian from Bloomington has announced plans to run for the McLean County Board.

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No, you probably can’t get arrested for lying about someone else on Facebook. If you could, we’d need a lot more jails.


A Colfax Republican plans to run for the McLean County Board in 2018.

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Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan filed a lawsuit Friday against a Heyworth mobile home park to force its owners to fix its contaminated water supply.

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Federal prosecutors want former McLean County Board chairman Matt Sorensen to be sentenced to more than two years in prison for his role in a scheme to defraud State Farm.

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Democrat Jill Blair made it official Thursday, announcing her candidacy for the Illinois House’s 88th District, setting up state Rep. Keith Sommer’s first contested general election in a decade.

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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said Thursday she plans to end the Obama administration’s rules for investigating allegations of sexual violence on campus.

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Local opponents of President Donald Trump’s decision to end an Obama-era program for young immigrants turned up the volume Thursday, with new protests planned over the next few days.

Seth Perlman / The Associated Press

Labor Day is typically seen as a turning point in an election year, the time when regular voters start paying attention. But for the 2018 election—still more than a year away—that adage about Labor Day may need to be updated.

McLean County Sheriff's Department

A 31-year-old Normal woman allegedly lied to police about abuse she said her child suffered at a local child care and education center, police said Wednesday.

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A cost-cutting move in Unit 5 schools may be paying off in another way for students.

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Democrat Erik Rankin announced Tuesday he won't seek re-election to the McLean County Board in 2018.

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A man was sentenced to 40 years in prison Tuesday for opening fire on a rival on Bloomington’s east side—a shooting that put several nearby vehicles and a store in the crossfire.

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Looking for a big “catalyst” project to lure more people to downtown Bloomington, members of a city task force expressed support Tuesday for a plan to knock down an old parking garage and build a new library and public transit transfer center in its place.

McLean County authorities are still seeking one of two suspects charged with sharing inappropriate photos allegedly taken at a Chenoa retirement community.

Bloomington Public Library

A new library. A new hotel. A new YWCA building.

Those are all possible big-picture projects as the Downtown Bloomington Task Force works to establish top priorities for the city’s next three to five years. 

Bloomington Police

A 34-year-old Bloomington man was arrested Thursday after allegedly robbing a gas station earlier in the day.

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Democratic candidate for governor JB Pritzker stopped in Bloomington on Thursday to pick up a big union endorsement and lay out his plan for creating jobs in Illinois.


More than two years later, federal investigators say a combination of equipment problems, pilot fatigue, and bad weight and balance contributed to a plane crash that killed seven men in Bloomington.

The state’s Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday asked the Illinois attorney general to step in and force a mobile home park outside Heyworth to clean up its water supply.

Redbird Athletics

Bloomington-Normal bobblehead collectors: You may want to be at Hancock Stadium on Saturday.

A Bloomington woman is planning to run for the Illinois House next year, setting up state Rep. Keith Sommer’s first contested general election in a decade.

Seth Perlman / The Associated Press

The Illinois Senate has approved a new system for funding schools that will reduce large disparities between wealthy and poor districts.

Illinois State University Athletics

Illinois State University men’s basketball coach Dan Muller has signed a contract extension that will keep him at Redbird Arena through at least the 2023-24 season.

McLean County Sheriff's Department

A man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for his role in a scheme to deposit forged checks at a Normal bank and then withdraw the money from ATMs before the bad checks could be discovered.

Bruce Rauner speaks at event
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The McLean County Chamber of Commerce is applauding Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto of a bill that would have raised the state’s minimum wage to $15 per hour.


Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a plan limiting the role local and state police in Illinois can play in cooperating with federal immigration authorities.