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Normal will offer employee buyouts

NORMAL - The clock is ticking for 18 town of Normal employees. Eligible Normal workers have until mid-October to decide if they'll take an early retirement incentive intended to help the town fight a budget shortfall after the Normal City Council approved the program Monday. Eligible employees are i

PANTAGRAPH - 2017-09-19 01:00:00

Fan alert! New Starbucks opens in uptown Normal

NORMAL - There's a new Starbucks in town and the grand opening in uptown Normal went like clockwork. "We have a really good team and they were very eager to get open and get started," said manager Sue Gadbois, just a few hours after the store opened Monday morning inside the Hyatt Place hotel at 20

PANTAGRAPH - 2017-09-18 15:45:00

Normal introduces early retirement incentives.

NORMAL, Ill. - The Town of Normal is hoping to tighten the belt on its budget for next year by introducing an early retirement package. The council unanimously passed the proposal on Monday, without any discussion. Town leaders introduced the idea as a way to cut personnel costs in the coming year.

CENTRAL ILLINOIS PROUD - 2017-09-19 03:25:26

Normal mixes in-house and outside legal counsel

NORMAL - For the town of Normal, neither doing all its legal work in-house nor contracting all of it out makes sense. "Our in-house attorneys are generalists, and they certainly have vast experience in municipal law and understand a wide range of municipal legal issues, but they are not specialists,

PANTAGRAPH - 2017-09-18 11:00:00

Police: Three people pronounced dead during Tuesday morning structure fire

BLOOMINGTON - Three people are dead after a fire on Brittany Court in Bloomington. According to the Bloomington Police Department, they were pronounced dead at 4:15 a.m. by representatives from the McLean County Coroner's office. The name of the victims have not been released until authorities notif

CENTRAL ILLINOIS PROUD - 2017-09-19 15:34:47

Bloomington house fire claims 3 lives

BLOOMINGTON - Three people died in an early morning fire on Brittany Court on Bloomington's far northeast side, police said. Bloomington police and Bloomington fire were called at 2:59 a.m. The McLean County Coroner's office was called to the scene and the three people were pronounced dead at 4:15 a

PANTAGRAPH - 2017-09-19 15:30:00

Bloomington man arrested in two separate arson cases

BLOOMINGTON - A Bloomington man has been arrested in connection with two separate arson cases. Several witnesses reported seeing a white male set a dumpster on fire last Friday in the 600 block of North Western. The suspect fled on foot. A short time later, witnesses say a man lit a church sign and

CENTRAL ILLINOIS PROUD - 2017-09-18 21:12:27

Three killed in Bloomington fire; press conference scheduled for noon

Three people are dead after a fire early Tuesday on Brittany Court in Bloomington. Officials are set to hold a press conference at noon at Bloomington City Hall at noon Tuesday to address the deaths. A joint press release from the Bloomington Police Department, Bloomington Fire Department and McLean

WEEK.COM - 2017-09-19 18:20:00

Rep. Dan Brady announces his bid for re-election

NORMAL, Ill. - Long-time State Representative Dan Brady is running for re-election. Brady and his supporters gathered at the Marriott Hotel in Normal on Monday. He talked about his accomplishments over the last 16 years, both in Springfield and in his district, like education improvements. "We remod

CENTRAL ILLINOIS PROUD - 2017-09-19 03:04:11

School attorneys used for preventative action, go-to for legal analysis

In this Feb. 20, 2008, file photo, Joyce White holds up court documents spelling out the charges against her son Jon White to protect him from the media as he is escorted outside the Champaign County Courthouse in Urbana after he plead guilty to eight charges of aggravated criminal sexual abuse in C

PANTAGRAPH - 2017-09-19 13:00:00

Dear Dr. Roach: Is low body temperature a cause for concern?

Dear Dr. Roach: I am an 85-year-old female with an often low body temperature. I feel very warm, like I have a fever, but when I take my temperature it can be as low as 95 or 96. This has happened several times. I've heard that a low temp is just the same as a high fever. I take numerous medications

HERALD & REVIEW - 2017-09-19 09:00:00

Bond issues, litigation boost Heartland's legal expenses

Buy Now A lawsuit related to delays in construction of the Fitness & Recreation Center is responsible for much of the litigatoin-related legal expenses at Heartland Community College.LENORE SOBOTA, THE PANTAGRAPH NORMAL - Heartland Community College has spent about $716,420 on outside legal fees in

PANTAGRAPH - 2017-09-19 11:00:00

Familiar faces: Longtime managers buy Lucca Grill

BLOOMINGTON - Lucca Grill, which celebrated its 80th anniversary in December, is under new ownership, but the new proprietors have a long history of their own with the legendary eatery in downtown Bloomington. The restaurant at 116 E. Market St. was closed on Monday so the sale to Tony Smith and Joh

PANTAGRAPH - 2017-09-19 19:15:00

Five at 5: Families attend Senate hearing on Navy crashes and 4 other stories to see

The parents of Harristown sailor Logan Palmer, who died in the USS John S. McCain crash, attended a Senate hearing into the Navy's conduct on Tuesday. Four other stories you should see are a former Mount Zion woman arraigned on sex charges in Michigan, 3 die in Bloomington house fire, city bird remo

HERALD & REVIEW - 2017-09-19 21:50:00

County tax rate up slightly despite budget drop

BLOOMINGTON - McLean County is on track for a slightly higher tax rate but a lower overall budget for 2018 - both rarities for the county government. The tax rate would rise from from .91399 per $100 of equalized assessed valuation to .91414, costing the owner of a home valued at $165,000 another 9

PANTAGRAPH - 2017-09-19 23:00:00

Aldermen debate timing of sizable sewer rate hike

Click on the button below to set up your account or log in if you already have one. Buy Now Workers for Hoerr Construction unearth an old sewer connection last month as part of the city of Bloomington's sewer lining project at East Chestnut and North Main streets. Aldermen are debating when signific

PANTAGRAPH - 2017-09-19 12:00:00

Council favors quicker increase in sewer rates

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - A majority of the Bloomington City Council is in favor of a quick increase in sanitary and storm water sewer rates. At a committee of the whole meeting on Monday, most of the council said they want to see a more drastic hike next fiscal year. If the proposal passes, both sanitary

CENTRAL ILLINOIS PROUD - 2017-09-19 02:40:06

Caulkins hits 101st campaign trail

As Piatt County Board Chairman Randy Keith was making his formal entry into the 101st Illinois House race, fellow Republican candidate Dan Caulkins was on a campaign trip that took him to Clinton, Heyworth, Mahomet and Monticello. Meeting with potential constituents, the former Decatur city council

JOURNAL-REPUBLICAN.COM - 2017-09-19 18:32:00

Public safety: Man accused of church arson; drug charges

BLOOMINGTON -A man is charged with arson at a place of worship after he allegedly started to burn a sign in front of a church in the 700 block of West Locust Street, Bloomington. Corey B. Dowell, 21, also is charged with arson of real or personal property after he allegedly tried to burn a fence in

PANTAGRAPH - 2017-09-17 11:45:00

Road work: Lee, Fell closing Tuesday for repairs

Lee Street, Bloomington - North Lee Street, between Locust and Market streets, will be closed beginning at 7 a.m. Tuesday for sewer rehabilitation work. Drivers must use other routes. Fell Avenue, Normal - Fell Avenue, between Florence and Archie avenues, will be closed to through traffic beginning

PANTAGRAPH - 2017-09-18 20:20:00