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Musical diversity key to downtown Bloomington entertainment scene

BLOOMINGTON — Chris Golwitzer knows he can't afford to be typecast. "We don't want to be pigeonholed as one specific thing," he said of Nightshop, the downtown Bloomington music venue/bar/restaurant he owns and manages. "People might say, 'That's a metal club' because we have a couple metal shows. '


$1 million Powerball ticket sold in Illinois

ST. LOUIS — Someone in Illinois is $1 million richer after Saturday night’s Powerball drawing. No one picked all of the right numbers, but several players did match all five white balls, including players in Illinois, Florida, North Carolina, North Dakota, New Hampshire, New York, South Carolina and


Harmony Park Project to bring an accessible park to Bloomington

BLOOMINGTON, IL. - There are currently no accessible playgrounds in Bloomington-Normal, but come this summer that's going to change. Members of Thrivent Financial and the community joined together to promote the upcoming groundbreaking for Harmony Park Project, Mclean County's first fully-accessible


Illinois State Police are hiring

ILLINOIS – Illinois State Police are hiring! They posted on Facebook saying “Do you have what it takes? We are looking for the best.”. You can apply online through May 31st to become a State Trooper. The upcoming class is set for October, but that could change. Apply at www.illinoistrooper.ca.


Illinois farmers face planting delays due to wet autumn

Illinois farmers face planting delays due to wet autumn. Illinois farmers have a very short period of time to prepare their crops during the spring season due to harvest delays stemming from wet weather last fall.


Normal food pantry for Bloomington-Normal college students growing

NORMAL — Hunger appeared in Normal late Friday afternoon and it was carrying a backpack. A long line of people walked through a food pantry and filled plastic grocery bags with food and other necessities. The difference between this and other food pantries is all the people were college students and


Beaver Dam Police investigating shooting of Illinois woman as a homicide

Beaver Dam Police Department released the identity of a shooting victim who died on Saturday. The shooting is being investigated as a homicide. Police say the shooting incident in the 300 block of East Third Street in Beaver Dam led to the death of Stacia F. Hollinshead from Sycamore, Illinois. Poli

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Johnson stays in the game as ISU assistant AD

Sean Johnson was only partially right. After closing his Illinois Wesleyan career in 2011 as the Titans' ninth all-time leading scorer with 1,583 points and third in career 3-pointers at 238, Johnson expressed "disappointment."


After boy's death, Illinois governor points to 'gross mistakes'

CHICAGO (AP) - An autopsy on a 2-year-old Chicago boy found bruises and old rib fractures, but records show state child welfare workers never reported injuries despite numerous visits.


Uptown Normal says goodbye to mural before demolition

NORMAL — Artists, art-lovers and passersby stopped for one last photo on Saturday in front of the multi-paneled wall that has given uptown Normal a pop of color for the last eight years.


Teacher licensing tests under evaluation in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD — Looking for ways to ease the state’s growing teacher shortage, some Illinois lawmakers are again turning their attention to the battery of tests that prospective teachers must take to be licensed, arguing the tests deter many college students from entering the profession.


Prep report 3/24/19: Cordray helps U High softball improve to 7-1

Brooke Cordray had a home run and a double among her three hits and scored three times as the University High School softball team claimed a 9-6 victory over Limestone on Saturday at Bartonville.


Flick: BroMenn a one-stop life center

Thirty-two years ago, Jamie Lantgen breathed in her first oxygen along Franklin Avenue. She was born at what is today Advocate BroMenn Medical Center. In 2014, her fiancee’s mother fell gravely ill. She had a “last wish” to see her son, Nick Klem, and Jamie marry. So, the couple scuttled big wedding


Pantagraph Player of the Year: Wilbourn brings 'A' game on, off court

NORMAL — As a freshman, CJ Wilbourn embraced the letters on his early report cards at Normal Community High School. “I was OK with A’s and B’s,” he said. The feeling was not unanimous in the Wilbourn household. When your mother is a high school science teacher — in the same building — there are expe


Final boys area basketball standings 3/24/19


Gleason: Majority of Bloomington aldermen support doubling motor fuel tax

BLOOMINGTON — The City Council will vote Monday night on whether to double the local motor fuel tax from 4 cents to 8 cents. City Manager Tim Gleason said this week that he would place the gas tax hike on the meeting agenda only if he had the support of a majority of aldermen.


No council discussion set for opting out of VenuWorks' arena contract

BLOOMINGTON — With no one interested now in buying the city-owned Grossinger Motors Arena, the next step for the city could be considering opting out of its five-year management contract with VenuWorks.


Some of area's best turn to big efforts at Top Times

BLOOMINGTON – The Illinois Top Times Indoor Track & Field Championships are billed as the unofficial high school state championships as most of the athletes who participate are among the best in the state.


'What we owe our veterans': Specialty court offers path to recovery

BLOOMINGTON — They served their country and after returning home, found themselves fighting enemies from within and little sympathy for their battle against the lingering effects of their military service.


Southeast's Serena Bolden wins three Top Times events

BLOOMINGTON — Serena Bolden, a senior at Southeast High School, continued her brilliant track and field career at the Illinois Top Times Indoor Championship on Saturday with three wins in Class 2A at the Shirk Center.