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Normal, Bloomington parking bans take effect at 5 p.m. today

NORMAL — A snow parking ban will go into effect at 5 p.m. Friday in both Normal and Bloomington, ahead of the second major winter storm to hit the area in a week. In both communities, the bans will be in effect until further notice.


Another armed robbery in the Twin Cities marks the 10th incident in the last month

NORMAL, Ill. - Another Twin Cities business was robbed at gun point on Thursday, but this time, it was in Normal. Just after 9 p.m. police were called to the Freedom Oil Gas Station, on Main street, near Illinois State University's campus.


Bloomington police looking for suspects in cosmetics theft

BLOOMINGTON — Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying two suspects in the theft of cosmetics from a Bloomington retailer on Jan. 11. Police said one suspect went behind a counter, unlocked a cabinet and stole about $2,800 in cosmetics. The suspects are described as two large black wom


Public safety: Man faces cocaine charges

Cocaine — A Bloomington man faces cocaine charges. Charles Talley, 27, of the 1200 block of North Roosevelt Avenue, is charged with delivery and possession of a controlled substance. Charges accuse Talley of being involved in several drug transactions in December and January in Bloomington. He was j


21 celebrities with ties to Bloomington-Normal

Geographically speaking, we’re a long way from Hollywood, but there’s still a little bit of Tinseltown right here in Central Illinois. The Bloomington-Normal area boasts ties to some big names from the big screen and beyond. Read on to find out more about 21 celebrities connected to our community.


Caught on camera: Normal Police release picture of man they say robbed Freedom Convenience Store

Normal Police have released surveillance footage of a man they believe robbed a local convenience store. Detectives say this man entered the Freedom Convenience Store in the 600 Block of South Main Street just before 9:30 P.M. Thursday night.


Coming soon: Entertainment headed to Central Illinois

Southern rock and more: Atlanta, Ga.-based quintet Blackberry Smoke is headed to downtown Bloomington for a performance at the Castle Theatre on 7:30 p.m. March 21. The group's sound takes inspiration from classic rock, blues, country and folk, and it's paid off in the form of two Billboard chart-to


Bloomington police say recent robberies are related

BLOOMINGTON, Il - Authorities in the twin cities now say several of their recent robberies are connected. They believe the string of robberies in the following places were done by the same person:


Solution needed for police board

I’m sorry — but not surprised — that the Bloomington police review board had no complaints its whole first year. And I’m glad it at last has one. But I doubt it’ll ever have very many. With the police in almost total control, it’s too intimidating.


MISSING PERSON: Illinois woman with dementia last seen at O'Hare

An 84-year-old woman with memory loss has been reported missing by the Glenview Police Department. She was last seen at O'Hare airport on Friday. Maureen McGarvey has been described as 5'2", 130 pounds with blue eyes and blonde hair.


Looking for something to do this weekend or next?

St. Louis Cardinals Caravan; 4:30 p.m. Jan. 19; Parke Regency Hotel, Bloomington. Russian National Ballet presents Swan Lake; 7:30 p.m. Jan. 19; Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, downtown Bloomington; $20-$40.


BREAKING: Armed Robbery in Normal

NORMAL, IL (WEEK) – Normal Police are investigating an armed robbery on the 600 block of Main Street. Illinois State University sent an emergency alert to students shortly after police found out about the robbery.


'Snowblowin': Another storm approaching Central Illinois

BLOOMINGTON — A year ago, Jim Jordan was having trouble selling one particular item at the Blain’s Farm & Fleet store on Bloomington's west side. “Last year, it seems, I couldn’t sell a snowblower no matter what,” said the manager of the store at 2201 W. Market St. “But last week, our customers clea


Bloomington's CM Promotions affiliates with Maine-based company

BLOOMINGTON — CM Promotions, which provides custom logo products and other promotional materials and services, has been acquired by promotions distributor Geiger, a Maine-based company.


The Richest County In Illinois May Surprise You

ILLINOIS — It's not uncommon to find a dog wearing a sweater in America. But you might look twice if that pooch is wearing Prada. And while we're not dogging all the stylish Scotties out there, a new report suggests you might find them in Kendall County — a potentially surprising pick which was just


2019 Illinois Dairy Summit Seminars planned

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — Illinois Milk Producers’ Association and University of Illinois Dairy Extension are co-sponsoring the annual Illinois Dairy Summit. Mike Hutjens, Phil Cardoso and Dave Fischer will team up with Tasha Bunting to present three Illinois Dairy Summit meetings.


Crime Stoppers of McLean County 1/19/19

BLOOMINGTON — Crime Stoppers of McLean County needs the public’s help in finding a person who is wanted for contempt of court for a felony charge. Christopher Daniel Marshall, 36, is 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs 170 pounds. He has blond hair, green eyes, fair skin and a medium build. His last kno


Sunday Afternoon Brings Old School Back Again

Members of the Bloomington-Normal neo-eclectic band Sunday Afternoon said winning a couple Battle of the Bands confirmed their retro sound was finding an audience. “We went to Tinley Park last year and won this regional little thing that ended up being an opening slot at the (Illinois) State Fair,"


WGLT to host forums For Bloomington, Normal council candidates

WGLT, Illinois State University’s NPR station, will team up with the League of Women Voters of McLean County for two candidate forums to inform voters ahead of the April 2 election.


Winter storm forecast alters schedule for boys and girls McLean County basketball tournaments

The forecast for a winter storm in Central Illinois has postponed the opening round games of the McLean County boys and girls basketball tournaments from Saturday to Monday. First-round games for both tourneys will be Monday at El Paso-Gridley High School, utilizing two gymnasiums.