Student Reporter Mike Miletich

Mike joined GLT's staff as a student reporter in February of 2016 having worked previously as a reporter at Illinois State University's student radio station, 103.3 WZND. He acted as a director for the WZND newsroom for two years. Mike was also seen as a reporter, producer, and anchor at TV-10 News. He will graduate with a bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism this May.

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Frequent drivers through Bloomington will soon see a wider Linden Street from Locust to Empire.

The City Council Monday night approved expanding the street to stretch across 30 feet compared to its current 26.

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A State Senator from Evanston is telling McLean County Democrats they can't allow millionaires to buy the government and use it against the middle class. 

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Normal Community High School's new principal is a familiar face in Unit 5 schools.

The school board announced Trevor Chapman as the next principal during Wednesday night's meeting. Chapman has served as the head of Evans Junior High School since 2014.

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The Town of Normal is providing more detailed guidance to consultants studying a proposed pedestrian railroad crossing at Uptown Station. 

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Many Twin Cities residents and politicians are voicing their concern over President Donald Trump's immigration order. 

More than 1,100 people filled the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts Wednesday night for a community solidarity rally sponsored by Not In Our Town.

Chestnut Health Systems

Chestnut Health Systems is making a major change on Bloomington's west side. 

Chief Executive Officer Russell Hagen said during a news conference, the Chestnut Family Health Center will relocate from a crowded temporary facility at 720 W. Chestnut Street to a completely remodeled 25 thousand square foot building down the street at 702 W. Chestnut. 

Hagen said the move and remodeling represent a dramatic expansion.

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District 87 Schools in Bloomington say they will ask the city for money to improve the high school and junior high.

Superintendent Barry Reilly said both buildings are old enough to be considered for upgrades. Reilly said large improvements could be new roofs and HVAC units.

McLean County Museum of History

The McLean County Museum of History is planning to open a Mitsubishi Motors exhibit in the fall of 2018.

Museum staff made the announcement today when representatives from the Mitsubishi Motors U.S.A. Foundation presented a $50,000 gift to support the museum's campaign for local education.

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A large group of Bloomington residents are upset with the City Council's decision to unanimously approve a lease from Mid-Central Community Action for the property at 828 W. Jefferson Street to serve as a community house.

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Several groups of students at Normal Community High School are working on a project to promote positivity under President Donald Trump's administration.

NCHS Senior Ryan Watkins said he is leading his classmates in making a video based on kindness and acceptance within the school and community.

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Television personality Dr. Marc Lamont Hill spent time answering questions from a group of Illinois State University students before speaking at the Martin Luther King Jr. Cultural Dinner Friday night.

Hill is a distinguished professor of African American studies at Morehouse College and host of BET News and VH1 Live.

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Chicago Cubs fans of all ages are getting the chance to see the World Series trophy in Central Illinois. Mayors of both Bloomington and Normal officially named January 18, 2017 Chicago Cubs Day.

The Cubs Trophy Tour presented by State Farm made a stop at Illinois Wesleyan's Shirk Center Wednesday morning. 

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Illinois State University students, faculty, and staff will have a new place to remember Ben Allison this spring.

The Board of Trustees unanimously approved the naming of a bench at last week's meeting to honor Allison, who was the victim of a hit-and-run incident in January of 2015.

His parents, Tim and Melissa, were acknowledged by President Larry Dietz when he announced the naming of the bench that will be a part of Redbird Plaza.

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Bloomington City Council members will see a presentation on the status of FY 2017 during the Committee of the Whole meeting Tuesday night.

City Finance Director Patti-Lynn Silva will also talk about what the city can expect with budget balances when the fiscal year ends on April 30. 

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During a Bloomington mayoral forum, one candidate said he didn't have to fight against the current mayor, while another candidate said he was ready to fight for Bloomington residents. 

Four of the five candidates spoke at the McLean County Republican Party's breakfast Monday morning. 

Candidate Kevin Lower said even though he disagrees with Mayor Tari Renner's ideals, he doesn't think the candidates need to fight each other. Ian Bayne said candidates need to fight for residents to survive.

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Illinois State University's Board of Trustees recognized three outgoing long-term members during their quarterly meeting Friday.

Trustees Jay D. Bergman, Anne Davis, and Betty Kinser will leave the Board when their terms expire on January 16.

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People in the Twin Cities may notice more signs popping up, but they aren't promoting political candidates.

The welcome signs are printed in three languages with the same message: No matter where you are from, we're glad you're our neighbor. 

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Bloomington Mayoral candidates are pushing platform ideas with about a month until the primary election.

The McLean County Democratic Party hosted a forum at which retired Firefighter and life-long Bloomington resident Robert Fike said the city needs to focus on strong infrastructure.

CASA of Peoria County

CASA of Peoria County is aiming to help a growing number of neglected children in 2017 with the "I Am For The Child" national campaign.

Court Appointed Special Advocates has been an active organization in the county since 2005. CASA is a not-for-profit, volunteer organization advocating for the best interests of abused children within the Juvenile Abuse and Neglect Court system. 

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Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner says city finances are strong.

Renner gave his State of the City address at the start of the City Council meeting Monday night.

Renner said the city has become a model for others to follow and has the second highest bond rating possible.

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Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner will hold his State of the City address at the start of tonight's Council meeting.

Renner's speech comes just over a month before he will face four other candidates in Bloomington's Mayoral Primary election.

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Many Bloomington residents are concerned about the proposed police substation in a now-vacant house on the City's west side.

Residents were able to ask questions during the regular Bloomington Police Chief focus meeting Wednesday night, but some feel they didn't get all the answers.

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Members of the West Bloomington Housing Collaborative want to hear more from residents about a proposed police substation at 828 West Jefferson Street. 

Matt Drat is Director of Resource Development and Community Engagement for Mid Central Community Action, the collaborative's lead agency seeking input. 

He spoke at the regular Bloomington Police Chief focus meeting Wednesday night, and took questions from those opposed to using it as a substation. Drat said the agency is looking for more community input into what it refers to as the "Jefferson Street Community House."

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Bloomington police and first responders were called to the Walmart on West Market Street Wednesday morning for a death investigation.

Crime scene tape surrounded a red pickup truck parked in the store lot. McLean County Coroner Kathy Davis said the death is not suspicious.

Police say the investigation is ongoing, but there is no threat to public safety. 

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Normal residents will see Division Street reconstruction in the Spring. The Town Council has approved a $190,557 contract for Roe Construction to repair the road and sidewalk on Division Street between Lee and Adelaide streets. 

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Town of Normal staff are asking the Council to approve sidewalk and road construction along a stretch of Division Street. 

The Council will vote this evening on a $190,557 contract with Rowe Construction Company for Division Street roadway and sidewalk construction across the Main Street corridor. 

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The State Department of Employment Security says unemployment rates remained higher than the national rate in November. But, Department Director Jeff Mays noted metro areas outside of Chicago have experienced more job growth recently.

Bloomington-Normal saw gains in financial activities, leisure and hospitality, and government. Peoria's biggest growth came in professional and business services. 

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Millenials are changing the definition of "starter homes" in the Twin Cities. That's according to Bloomington-Normal Association of Realtors President Ed Neaves. 

Neaves said the traditional "first home" market sits at around $90,000 to $130,000. He said a large percentage of millenials are spending between $100,000 to $280,000 on their first home. 

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Bloomington Ward 3 hopeful J Balmer said there are a number of disturbing things he found with the recent petition challenging process.

The Bloomington Election Commission dismissed all of the petition challenges earlier this week. 

Balmer said he thinks there is a concerted effort by a small group of people to subvert Bloomington elections.

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The McLean County Board will keep their monthly meetings scheduled at 9 a.m. despite multiple board members voting against it. 

District Nine Representative Erik Rankin said board members received a large number of phone calls and emails from constituents concerned about the meeting time. 

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