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Unit 5 schools plan to pursue a property tax levy that will mean almost no change for the owner of an average home in the district.

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The number of illegal immigrants taken from the McLean County jail and sent to immigration detention centers has more than doubled in the past year, from 15 to 39.

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Unit 5 may still pursue some parts of a proposed farm-to-school program, but a school board resolution driving the idea has stalled, officials said Tuesday.

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Want to know how your kid's school is performing compared to others? The Illinois State Board of Education on Tuesday released graduation rates, test scores and other metrics through its online school report cards.

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The Unit 5 school board is looking into bringing local food to its school cafeterias.

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Teachers from Unit 5’s high schools are asking the school board to declare the district a welcoming environment for immigrant students and teachers.

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Professional football players aren't the only ones taking a knee during the singing of "The Star-Spangled Banner."

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Unit 5 leaders say the school district’s mission is to help each student achieve personal excellence.

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At the end of the month, eighth-graders at Chiddix Junior High School in Normal will get a chance of a lifetime.

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Illinois State University Education Professor Deborah MacPhee has designed a collaborative model of teacher education she says bridges the gap between theory and practice.

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A majority of evangelical Christians threw their support to President Donald Trump in the 2016 election, as did a large number of conservative Catholics and mainline Protestants who agreed with candidate Trump's positions on abortion and the economy.

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The Unit 5 school board has approved a 3 percent increase in spending in its next budget, even as it faces an overall deficit.

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Heartland Community College President Rob Widmer announced Friday he plans to retire next summer.

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Every day starts with a good night's sleep, according to Ryan Heeren. He and Robert Bosquez are with the West Bloomington Revitalization Project's Tool Library and helping to organize the Bed Blitz, a volunteer effort to build and provide beds to kids sleeping on the floor, on furniture, or with family members. 

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A new center at Illinois State University will try to more purposefully pair students with community organizations that can benefit from their growing knowledge and skills.

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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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Illinois State University enrolled fewer new freshmen and transfer students this fall, ending three straight years of record-breaking growth, officials said Wednesday.

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Pastor Mike Baker stands on a large stage at Eastview Christian Church that serves as a pulpit. He is dressed casually in a summer suit, open collar shirt, and loafers with no socks. Behind him, lit up in stage lights, are the letters: S E X.

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The business manager for Unit 5 said Wednesday he has never faced more uncertainty concerning school funding during his time with the district.

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Monday’s long-awaited solar eclipse is giving Bloomington-Normal teachers an opportunity to get their students excited about science.

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The recent budget crisis in Illinois created real problems for college students across the state, some of whom opted to find less uncertainty in colleges in other states.

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Unit 5 Superintendent Mark Daniel said Wednesday he is cautiously optimistic the school's bus contractor will do better than the start of school last year.

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Will Unit 5’s bus system be ready to go on the first day of school Aug. 16?

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It’s the 5:30 p.m. Sunday Mass at Epiphany Catholic Church in Normal. This used to be the parish’s “Life Teen Mass,” but it isn’t any longer. White-haired and middle-aged people fill the pews—even some couples with children. But there are few teens or young adults. That concerns Father Eric Powell, Epiphany’s pastor.

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Illinois State University’s Board of Trustees approved a new three-year contract for President Larry Dietz on Saturday, including a 7 percent raise over his last full contract and the possibility of annual bonuses.

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Illinois State University’s Board of Trustees will vote Saturday on a new three-year contract for President Larry Dietz that includes a 7 percent raise and the possibility of annual bonuses.

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A pair of grants will allow Illinois State University's Mennonite College of Nursing to address the diversity of the nursing workforce and help nurses find a place where they are most needed.

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John Freml grew up in a Catholic family and attended parochial schools. He is an active member at his parish in Springfield and says he loves the Catholic Mass.

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The Southern Baptist Convention, one of the largest denominations in the country, voted recently to denounce white supremacy and the alt-right movement, but not without controversy.

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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live on Sesame Street? Paul Rudolph doesn't have to guess. He works there.

Rudolph, who grew up in Normal, is the vocal music director of the show. As such, he wears many hats—composing, arranging and recording many of those catchy tunes that stick in the minds of children and not a few adults. He recently won his second Emmy for music editing on the show.

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