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Normal to resurface College, Vernon under plan before council

NORMAL — Major streets in Normal will get some much-needed attention this summer. Parts of College Avenue, School Street and Vernon Avenue and more will be fixed up under a resurfacing plan before Normal City Council on Monday.


Dietz: Minimum wage bill mixed blessing

BLOOMINGTON – Illinois State University President Larry Dietz is weighing in on the $15 minimum wage bill. The bill, SB 1, raises the minimum wage gradually over the next six years until it hits $15 an hour in 2025. Gov. J.B. Pritzker is expected to sign the bill possibly sometime this week.


Meetings in Normal to explore future housing options for adults with autism

NORMAL — Where adults with autism in McLean County will live when their parents are no longer able to help them will be the focus of two upcoming meetings in Normal. "A Place for Me — Autism and Housing: Needs & Models for the Future" will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and on March 19 at the Illinois


Road closure: McClun needs street repairs

McClun Street, from Grove to Olive streets in Bloomington, is closed to all traffic due to street repairs. McClun will be reopened as soon as work is done.


New Illinois mileage bill would tax drivers by the mile

ILLINOIS (KMOV.com)-- A new bill introduced Thursday would impose a tax on each mile driven by Illinois motorists. The bill, which was proposed by Rep. Marcus C. Evans, would create a pilot program that would charge motorists per the mile. Drivers who voluntarily participate in the program would pay


Police investigating possible BroMenn parking deck death

NORMAL — Authorities are investigating a possible death at the parking deck at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Normal. "There was an individual we believe jumped off the parking deck," said Normal Police Chief Rick Bleichner. "The (McLean County) coroner has been called... and is on the way."


Illinois woman claims SE Iowa lottery ticket worth millions

CLIVE, Iowa — An Illinois woman has plans to buy a house and a new car and get a big jump start on her retirement planning now that she has won a $2 million Powerball prize. “If I do it right, this should set me up for the rest of my life,” Lisa Hays said as she claimed her prize Monday at Iowa Lott


Disabled Find Their Own Voices To Advocate

Some McLean County residents with disabilities are doing more than simply fighting to live independently. They are finding their voice to help others overcome the same challenges they face.


Illinois' worst 100 grade school ELA scores: Where does your school district rank?

Grade school districts in Sauk Village, South Holland and Calumet City ranked among Illinois' lowest for reading aptitude, according to the Illinois State Board of Education. As part of the annual Partnership For Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers ("PARCC") examination, Illinois public


Aurora communities mourn shooting victims in Illinois

Communities in Aurora, Illinois, held emotional vigils over the weekend for the victims of the deadly workplace shooting. Police identified the shooter as a disgruntled worker who was in the process of being fired. NBC’s Ron Mott reports for TODAY.


Man from Mid-South killed during mass shooting in Illinois

One man from the Mid-South was shot and killed during a deadly mass shooting in Aurora, Illinois. A gunman opened fire at the Henry Pratt Company, a valve manufacturer in suburban Chicago on Friday. Five people died and five police officers were wounded during the mass shooting.


Cops knew Illinois gunman who murdered 5 illegally owned gun

Illinois police say they knew Gary Martin illegally owned a handgun years before he used it to murder five people Friday at his workplace in suburban Chicago. Authorities revealed Saturday that a state ban on violent felons owning guns failed to prevent Martin, 45, from possessing the gun he used to


Here we go again: NWS says Wednesday commute will be slick

BLOOMINGTON — It just doesn't seem to let up, does it?. Freezing rain, possibly mixed with snow, will cause travel problems for the Wednesday morning commute in McLean and several other area counties, said forecasters with the National Weather Service in Lincoln.


Communications group to honor several women

NORMAL — The Bloomington-Normal chapter of the Association for Women in Communications will host the AWC Crystal Awards Feb. 28 at the Marriott Hotel and Conference Center. Keynote speaker will be Sonja Reece, director of health facilities planning for Advocate Aurora Health and a former member of t


Clinton Co. deputies arrest Illinois murder suspect following chase that reached speeds of 125 mph

CLINTON COUNTY, Mo. — A man who authorities say is wanted for first-degree murder in Rockford, Illinois was captured in Clinton County on Saturday night following a high-speed chase.


State representative says Illinois should ditch pensions for new hires

While the Illinois Municipal League proposes a slew of initiatives to address growing local pensions costs, one lawmaker says it’s time to move away from pensions altogether.


McHistory: Bloomington-Normal Under Jim Crow Law

In the era of Jim Crow laws, enforced racial segregation kept blacks and whites separate at restaurants, in bathrooms, and in education. While black students could attend Illinois State University in the early to mid 1900s, they couldn't eat or sleep near their white classmates. They had to rely on


Study: Beer prices are lowest in Illinois

ILLINOIS (WICS/WRSP) -- A new study says a 24-pack of Bud Light and Miller Lite are cheapest in Illinois, compared to the other 49 states. Simple. Thrifty. Living. conducted the study and found prices from national and regional retailers in 10 zip codes for each state.


Wanted Illinois man arrested in Clay County

CLINTON COUNTY, MO (KCTV) – A wanted Illinois man was arrested in Clay County after a pursuit. The Missouri Highway Patrol advised the Clinton County Deputies of a pursuit on Interstate 35 of a homicide suspect Saturday night.


Cheers! Illinois has the cheapest beer in the country

If you’ve seriously considered moving after this year’s polar vortex, here’s a good reason to stay. Illinois is the cheapest state in the country to buy a case of beer. That’s according to Simply.Thirfty.Thrive, a personal finance blog that calculated the average cost of a 24-pack of Bud Light and M