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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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As Bloomington’s new civilian police advisory board gets to work, a similar group in the Town of Normal will also be taking shape in 2018.

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Bloomington has hired an interim community development director to help out during a time of transition in city leadership.

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'Tis the season for family get-togethers and office Christmas parties—and that means lots of germs spreading around right in the middle of cold and flu season.

Train in Uptown Normal
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The new year will be a bit quieter for Normal residents who live near the train tracks.

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Bloomington-Normal’s two Republican congressmen said Wednesday that their vote in support of the GOP tax bill will help middle-income earners in Central Illinois, denying that the measure disproportionately benefits wealthier Americans and companies.

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Tight inventory in November again drove up average home-sale prices in Bloomington-Normal, as the market for newly built homes continued to sink.

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Bloomington aldermen wanted to see some concrete ideas for how the city could close next year’s $3 million budget deficit. Now they’ve got them.

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A 23-year-old man was arrested Sunday in Normal in connection with a child-death investigation in Lake County, Indiana.

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Wild turkeys. Playing dress-up at political rallies. Governors and would-be governors on the stump. GLT's best photos from 2017 include a little bit of everything.

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What a year it’s been.

National stories have resonated in Bloomington-Normal headlines in some big ways, from the controversy over kneeling during the National Anthem, to the opioid crisis, to the pervasiveness of "fake news" on Facebook.

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Aldermen will vote Monday on a final design for downtown Bloomington’s new wayfinding signs, as well as a new concession area and more parking for Miller Park Zoo.

Illinois State University

A new report has labeled the state’s teacher shortage a crisis—one that’s particularly bad for Central Illinois districts struggling to lure candidates away from Chicago-area schools.

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The original “Star Wars” in 1977 changed movies forever. It changed Lane Howard too.

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The executive director of the McLean County Museum of History will leave that position to take over the Town of Normal’s Children’s Discovery Museum and Cultural Arts Department.

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U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin criticized Republicans on Thursday for rushing to deliver a sweeping overhaul of tax laws before Christmas—a package that the senior Illinois Democrat says gives too much away to wealthy Americans and large corporations.

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The Unit 5 school board accepted a settlement Wednesday to resolve a long-running property tax dispute with Young America.

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A public health professional with more than 20 years of local and state experience was hired Wednesday as the next director of the McLean County Health Department.

A 55-year-old woman was sentenced Tuesday to more than three years in federal prison for stealing over $1 million from the Bloomington landscaping business where she worked.

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Nearly five months after Bloomington aldermen voted to create a new police advisory group, the board’s seven appointed members will meet for the first time Wednesday for an orientation session.

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Electric-vehicle maker Rivian said Tuesday it has brought on a new major investor as it nears the one-year anniversary of moving into the former Mitsubishi manufacturing plant.

Illinois State University

America’s search for more cybersecurity professionals may begin in a kindergarten classroom.

Green Top Grocery owners look at their new store
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It took five years of community meetings, fundraising, and planning to open Bloomington’s first grocery store cooperative. Seven months since opening day, the work still isn’t over.

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The Bloomington Public Library will use a small increase in property taxes for future improvements.

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Two local experts say Bloomington-Normal Internet users shouldn’t panic—at least for now—about this week’s planned FCC vote to loosen regulations of cable and telecom companies. 

Police say they have found the teenage driver who allegedly injured an 8-year-old during a hit-and-run accident Friday afternoon on Bloomington's west side.

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Unit 5’s two high school marching bands will merge into one competitive group next year.

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Voters will have more choices on the ballot in 2018 when they vote for McLean County Board. Nine of 10 races will be contested.

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For Democrats across the country, Donald Trump's surprise election is a cloud over the country, but now there's a silver lining.

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Another manufacturer is considering a move into McLean County.

A company that makes prosthetic limbs met with Bloomington city officials last week about opening a manufacturing site here, said Mayor Tari Renner.

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UPDATED 10:25 a.m. | Empire Street near Central Illinois Regional Airport was closed during Wednesday’s morning commute after a man told emergency responders he’d been exposed to anthrax—a threat authorities say was not true.

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