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Police: Meth bust among McLean County's largest; cases on rise

BLOOMINGTON — In one of the largest drug busts involving the alleged sale of methamphetamines in Bloomington, two men were charged Thursday with possession and delivery of about 12 ounces of the drug.Jeremy Cagle, 40, of Marquette Heights, and Charles Guilliams, 24, of Bloomington, were arrested by

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Man injured in Normal car crash

"He had what we would consider pretty bad injuries," said Normal Police Lt. Nick Thacker. "They didn't appear to be life-threatening, but significant enough we called out our accident reconstruction team."

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New boutique opens in downtown Bloomington

BLOOMINGTON — The new Von Champs Boutique in downtown Bloomington is being compared to The Garlic Press, a longtime popular shopping destination in uptown Normal."I'll take that as a compliment," said Von Champs owner Carmen Champion. "I love The Garlic Press."The boutique, located in the former Bil

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Man hurt in rollover crash in west Normal

Normal Police say the car left the road, went over a sidewalk, and struck a parked vehicle before rolling on its roof. The driver was taken to Advocate BroMenn Medical Center. Police say he was conscious when officers tried to speak with him at the hospital. Otherwise, his condition is not available

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Jazz, blues in the air for Front Street Music Festival

BLOOMINGTON — Blues and jazz will fill air when the Front Street Music Festival takes to the street Saturday in downtown Bloomington.In its third season, what began as an idea to introduce visitors to downtown and showcase the various businesses along Front Street, the festival has grown in popular

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NPD investigating crash that flipped car on its roof

NORMAL — Normal police are investigating a multi-vehicle crash on Cottage Avenue, north of Hovey Avenue, that occurred around 6 a.m. Wednesday.Witnesses reported one vehicle flipped over in the 700 block of South Cottage and first responders were still at the scene as of 11:15 a.m.

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Local restaurateur off to a fresh start with Eric's Too

Eric Trujillo has opened a second restaurant, Eric's Too, at the former Cousin's Restaurant, 921 Maple Hill Road, in west Bloomington. The menu includes Mexican, Italian and American entrees.

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Normal man arrested for cocaine distribution

NORMAL - Normal resident Aaron Jackson, 35, was arrested for cocaine distribution Thursday after members of the Bloomington Police Department's Vice Unit and Street Crimes Unit concluded a drug investigation into the sale of illegal narcotics.


Governor signs law in Normal increasing beer choices at Illinois brewers

Gov. Bruce Rauner over the weekend signed a new law, HB 4897, at DESTIHL Brewery in Normal that expands the choices from Illinois breweries by allowing breweries to serve beer that’s not their own.


Bloomington man gets 11 years for shooting at business, vehicles

BLOOMINGTON — A Bloomington man has been sentenced to 11 years in prison in connection with a November 2017 gunfire incident outside a convenience store on the city's south side.Bobby James, 36, pleaded guilty to aggravated discharge of a firearm.Under the terms of a plea agreement with the state, a


At least 1 dead after pickup, camper roll over on I-74

Buy NowCARLOCK — At least one person was killed and another injured when a pickup truck pulling a camper rolled over Monday on Interstate 74 about 3 miles west of Carlock.State police said the pickup pulling a nonmotorized camper was westbound about 6:10 p.m. when it went off the road to the right a


Council delays Green Top liquor license change

Share owners of the Green Top Grocery co-op look over the shelves of the store at 921 E. Washington St., Bloomington, in May 2017.


Normal West, Bloomington and East Peoria Football Previews

Normal, Illinois - The high school football season kicks off in less than two weeks! Normal West, Bloomington and East Peoria are the teams featured in our Boot Camp previews today.


Democrats to challenge signatures for BEC referendum

BLOOMINGTON — McLean County Democrats are striking back against a proposed referendum to end the Bloomington Election Commission.Party leaders plan to file an objection Monday evening after they "found multiple issues" with petitions triggering the question filed last week by local Republicans and L


Clinton firm says it is cleaning up diesel spill

CLINTON — A Clinton trucking company says it is cleaning up a diesel fuel spill that contaminated a nearby pond and creek — an incident that has led to a lawsuit filed by the Attorney General's office.AG Lisa Madigan’s office filed the complaint in DeWitt County Circuit Court against H&M Trucking Co


PFOP: Million-dollar cartoonist got start in Bloomington

“Oh! Min” was a trademark line of Sid Smith’s creation Andy Gump, as he was often helpless and needed the assistance of his wife Minerva, or “Min.” This is the cover of a collection of “The Gumps” daily strips published by Landfield-Kupfer Printing Co. in 1918.COURTESY OF THE MCLEAN COUNTY MUSEUM OF


Misuse of statewide database trickles down to Bloomington

The Law Enforcement Agencies Data System, or LEADS, is offered to Illinois’ 800 criminal justice agencies as a way to instantly find driver license files, criminal records and national databases and other information.


Dinner theater wins lawsuit vs. insurance company

Mary Simon, left, and Abby Reel made it official in April that construction would start on the Barn III on the former site of the Barn II Dinner Theater just outside of Goodfield.


Illinois family 'destroyed' after dog mistakenly euthanized: 'How could this happen?'

A Morton, Illinois, family claims their dog was mistakenly euthanized this week at a local animal control facility.


Flick: A trifecta with birth of twins!

OK, what are the odds here? Kelley Graves is a 31-year-old Bloomington woman who, with husband Wesley, gave birth to twins last week.Kelley is a twin herself.The birth of her twins occurred Aug. 3, a day after her own birthday with her twin. Interestingly, when Kelley's mom (Kris Albert-Burke, also