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Bloomington-Normal radio station to take over WCBU-FM operations

PEORIA — The city's public radio broadcaster will be managed by its counterpart in Bloomington-Normal. WCBU-FM (89.9) is to be operated by WGLT-FM by June 1, according to a news release Bradley University released Tuesday. WCBU is based on the Bradley campus.


BPD: Armed robbery at Subway restaurant

BLOOMINGTON – Bloomington Police say two men held up the Subway restaurant in the 2300 block of East Oakland Avenue at about 8:30 Thursday morning. No one was hurt. Police said two black men, one displaying a knife, made off with an undisclosed amount of cash.


Authorities: Deadly Illinois trailer fire intentionally set

GOODFIELD, Ill. – Authorities say a mobile home fire that killed three children and two adults in central Illinois was intentionally set. Woodford County Coroner Tim Ruestman said Thursday that the deaths will be ruled homicides and a juvenile is being questioned.


Defense challenges gunshot residue evidence in Zimmerman case

BLOOMINGTON — The defense in the Kirk Zimmerman murder case kept up its challenge Thursday to evidence that gunshot residue was found in the defendant's car the day after his ex-wife was found dead in her Bloomington office.


Five Goodfield fire deaths ruled homicides

GOODFIELD, Ill. (WEEK) — The Woodford County Coroner said the fire that killed five people in Goodfield earlier this month is believed to be intentionally set. Coroner Tim Ruestman ruled the deaths of Kathryn Murray, 69; Jason Wall, 34; Rose Alwood, 2; Damien Wall, 2; and Ariel Wall, 1, as homicides


Brandt expansion plan headed to town, city in May

BLOOMINGTON — Brandt Industries' plan to expand its plant alongside an extension of the local enterprise zone is on track after McLean County Board approval this week. The proposal, for the Canadian ag manufacturer to add to its plant at 19500 N. 1425 East Road in rural Hudson with state sales tax i


Four arrested in Miller Park stabbing incident

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (WEEK) — Four teens were arrested after two people were stabbed at Miller Park Tuesday evening. The Bloomington Police Department responded to Miller Park just after 7:30 p.m. to find a 20-year-old man with multiple stab wounds to his back. Another man also suffered minor injuries.


86 Illinois counties see population loss in 2018

Fleeing residents continue to fuel population loss, with Cook County leading the nation for population decline. Illinois’ inability to keep its people is spreading to more of the state’s counties, according to data released April 18 by the U.S. Census Bureau.


It happened here: In 1928, Charlie Birger was the last man publicly hanged in Illinois

On the day Birger was hanged, the Carbondale Free Press proclaimed: "Nerve Unshaken, Dies As He Lived; Smiles and Does Not 'Squeal.'" Birger was responsible for a lot of violence, but the crime that ultimately led to his death sentence was his involvement in the murder of then-West City Mayor Joe Ad


Police: Woman spiked Illinois state trooper’s drink

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Ill. (WEEK) — A Beardstown woman reportedly spiked an Illinois State Trooper’s sports drink with an unknown substance during a meth bust in Schuyler County on Tuesday.


Central Illinois sheds more people in latest census projections

Fulton: -251 (-0.7 percent) Henry -156 (-0.3 percent) LaSalle -251 (-0.2 percent) McDonough -368 (-1.2 percent) Marshall -151 (-1.3 percent) Mason -123 (-0.9 percent) The Danville metropolitan area in eastern Illinois was among the five fastest shrinking in the United States. Much of the population


Illinois officer takes driver to his job interview after pulling him over

CAHOKIA, Ill. (KMOX) - A Cahokia Illinois Police officer made a life-changing experience happen on Wednesday after he decided not to write a ticket for someone driving without a license on expired plates.


Photos: Inside the courtroom at the Kirk Zimmerman murder trial

Kirk Zimmerman is on trial for the November 2014 death of his former wife, Pam, 53, who was found shot to death behind the reception desk at her Bloomington office on East Washington Street where she worked as a financial adviser.


Why is there an influx of Dollar Generals in the Illinois Valley?

A Tonica location will be complete within the month. Zoning hurdles were cleared to add a second location in La Salle. And a new Spring Valley location could break ground by June.


Bloomington To Rework Arena Deal; Shift Some Financial Risk

Bloomington alderman Monday will consider a revised contract with the firm that runs Grossinger Motors Arena during the city's opt-out period. VenuWorks told the city council last summer it should expect to lose an average of $500,000 annually on the entertainment venue.


Illinois day care workers charged with 'force-feeding' infants

Police on Wednesday charged three women seen in a video force-feeding infants at a day care center. Investigators said surveillance footage from Little People Learning Center in Downers Grove, Illinois, showed the employees giving infants solid food, holding their mouths shut and tilting their heads


Hafermann chosen as Normal West boys basketball coach

NORMAL – An assistant in the Normal West boys basketball program is the choice to become its next head coach. Ed Hafermann has been an assistant to Brian Cupples for the past 11 years. Normal West athletic director Stan Lewis said a committee of players, parents and coaches assisted in the selection


Bloomington man arrested for shots fired incident

BLOOMINGTON – A Bloomington man has been arrested after a fight broke out Sunday and shots were fired. Bloomington Police conducted an investigation and Tuesday arrested Ryan Higginbottom, 20, for aggravated discharge of a firearm. At the time of the arrest, Higginbottom had additional arrest warran


Zimmerman trial gets into DNA, forensic evidence found at scene

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. --- It's now the end of the second week of the trial against Bloomington man Kirk Zimmerman, who is accused of killing his ex-wife Pam back in 2014. These past two days have been about DNA and forensic evidence. The defense is still claiming there could have been contamination by t


Illinois Senate approves statewide rule for alcohol delivery in Illinois

Folks across Illinois could be close to being able to get a six-pack delivered to their door. Right now, a lot of grocery services will deliver some beer or wine with your order. But some communities in Illinois still have local laws against liquor delivery.