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Student Reporter Baylee Steelman

Baylee Steelman joined us in November 2016. She is a journalism major graduating in May 2018. She mainly covers Bloomington City and Normal Town Council meetings, Unit 5 School Board meetings, produces the weekend News In Review, and helps run GLT events. Baylee also produces and anchors at TV-10, Illinois State University's student TV news station. 

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A local entrepreneur is shedding light on the hardships of starting a small business as a woman or minority.

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BN STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) is giving away thousands of glasses to classrooms across McLean County for safely viewing the upcoming solar eclipse.

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Facebook is hoping its newest feature will build civic engagement among its users.

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Here are the top stories we covered this week (July 24-28, 2017) on GLT and WGLT.org.

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Heartland Community College now knows what the state will give to operate in the current fiscal year, but questions remain about the cost-shifting of employee pensions.

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McLean County Board members disagreed Tuesday on how to fund a job supporting behavioral health services.

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Police do not typically recommend this, but authorities say an employee at Schlotzsky's Deli in Bloomington wrestled an armed robbery suspect.

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Bloomington residents are providing scores of ideas to improve the city's Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts programs. 

Howard Daughenbaugh of Bloomington said during a public input session Thursday that the city needs to invest in multicultural organizations. He said meetings like Thursday's should appeal to diverse residents. 

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Central Illinois lawmakers are viewing the newly passed budget as a temporary solution to the state's long-term issues.

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Unit Five grade school enrollment will go down in Bloomington-Normal and high school enrollment will rise for the next few years.

That's according to a new demographic study presented to Unit Five school board members Wednesday night.

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Bloomington residents say they want a walking trail at O'Neil Park on the west side, concessions at the baseball field, and an extended swimming season.

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Students at Bloomington High School are helping children with special needs enjoy their time at the early childhood preschool unit in Sarah Raymond School.

The District 87 School Board is praising two freshman for remodeling small battery powered vehicles, so kids with disabilities can drive at a walking pace. Student Reed Shoemaker said the process was a challenge, but rewarding.

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The District 87 School Board will be under new leadership.

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Donors to the American Red Cross for Central Illinois can check "dining with a World Series champion" off their bucket list.

Retired Chicago Cubs catcher David Ross spoke at the Marriott Hotel in Uptown Normal Tuesday night for the 24th annual "Evening With Stars" event. More than 1,000 people got to hear Ross' perspective of Game 7 of the World Series.

Ross said he is beyond grateful for his life in professional baseball. He said one of the most difficult parts of being a major league baseball player is being away from family.

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District 87 schools Superintendent Barry Reilly said he could not be more proud of the success stories from Bloomington High School students. 

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When all the votes to be counted Tuesday were in, Normal Mayor Chris Koos held a slim seven-vote lead over challenger Marc Tiritilli.

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The Normal town council has altered some public comment rules and retained others.  Following an Illinois Attorney General's Office ruling that a 45 day wait between comments violated the Open Meetings Act, council agreed to waive any wait time. 

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A local organization is working to add South Asians living in Bloomington-Normal to the conversation on equality and acceptance.

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District 87's Superintendent Barry Reilly said Bloomington should maintain staffing levels next school year.

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Local progressive groups continue to pressure 13th district Republican Congressman Rodney Davis and 18th district Congressman Darin LaHood to conduct live town hall meetings during the Congressional recess.  About 40 sign waving people rallied over the noon hour at uptown Circle adjacent to Davis' office Thursday. 

A number of speakers voiced their displeasure with Davis' support of repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act. 

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A new business coming to the Twin Cities is looking to build a partnership with District 87.

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The Heartland Community College Board of Trustees approved a small tuition increase Tuesday night. 

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Grassroots organizations are popping up in many places trying to oppose the agenda of President Donald Trump. 

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The newest member of the Heartland Community College Board of Trustees said she is a life long learner ready to give back to her alma mater.

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Unit 5 Business Manager Marty Hickman said the state's ongoing budget impasse brings uncertainty to the school district. 

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Bloomington's Finance Director said the City is working efficiently to fund the Police and Fire pension plans.

A petition from residents in the Spring Ridge subdivision influenced the Bloomington City Council to reduce the speed limit on a section of Hershey Road.

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Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner believes the Twin Cities may work toward a shared tax agreement following the next mayoral election.

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District 87 is working to enhance the quality of education for students from all economic backgrounds. 

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The $1.8 million tax rebate to developers of a popular Chicago-based restaurant is high, but reasonable for one projected to bring in $8 million in annual sales. 

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