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Samsung picks Indiana over Illinois for battery plant

BLOOMINGTON-NORMAL, Ill. (WMBD) — Disappointment in the twin cities following an electric vehicle battery manufacturer choosing to not locate in the area. Stellantis, the parent company of Jeep and Chrysler as well as its partner Samsung announced the location for their joint operation on a $2.5 billion electric vehicle (EV) battery plant will be in Kokomo, Indiana.
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Shallenberger named interim PBL High School principal

PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board approved the hiring of Tom Shallenberger as interim high school principal during a special meeting Thursday night. Shallenberger will work up to 15 days as PBL High School’s interim principal prior to July 1, when Principal Travis Duley leaves his position to become the school district’s associate superintendent. Shallenberger will then work 120 days during the 2022-23 school year at a salary of $60,000.

Mahomet-Seymour community saddened by Texas school shooting

Families kiss and hug their kids goodbye Wednesday morning as they head into Middletown Prairie Elementary. But getting ready for the day was harder than usual. Parents like Christina are heartbroken after she heard how the families of the murdered children in Uvalde, Texas were preparing for what seemed to be an average day.
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Rep. Brady honors 6 Normal police officers

NORMAL, Ill. (WMBD) — Six police officers in Normal were honored Thursday for their actions in two separate incidents within the last year. State Rep. Dan Brady (R-Normal) appeared at the Normal Police Department Thursday morning with awards in hand for six officers. Officers Evan Easter, Shane Bachman, Corey...

Wilken named valedictorian for Prairie Central Class of 2022

Prairie Central's Class of 2022 went through graduation ceremonies on May 27 with Irene Wilken and Lincoln Steidinger in the lead. Wilken and Steidinger were named Class of 2022 valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively. According to PC Principal Wade Czerwonka, Wilken and Steidinger challenged themselves “with rigorous coursework taking numerous Advanced Placement and Dual Credit courses.”

Kickoff times set for Homecoming, 4 other games

Game times were set Thursday for five of Illinois’ 2022 games, including Homecoming vs. Minnesota. The season opener against Wyoming will air at 3 p.m. Aug. 27 on Big Ten Network. The Illini will play the next week on Friday, Sept. 2 in Bloomington against Indiana. Kickoff for that...

High School Sports 5-26

(Heart of Illinois ABC) - Thursday brought us regional semifinal action in Class 3A baseball. Big 12 champion Bloomington got their postseason run off to a good start with a 6-0 win over Danville. Brady Alexander tossed a complete game shutout for the Purple Raiders. Normal West’s regional semifinal against Champaign Central got moved from their home turf to Illinois Wesleyan and got moved back four hours but it didn’t stop the Wildcats from starting well. They put up four runs in the first inning on the power of a Sam DesCarpentrie grand slam. Normal West did, however, lose the ball game 6-5 thanks to a seventh-inning rally from Champaign Central.

Prep Sports Recap for May 26, 2022

PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD/WYZZ) — Ian Johnson hit a go-ahead solo home run in the fifth inning to lead LeRoy past Illini Bluffs, 5-3, in a class 1A baseball sectional semifinal at Illinois Wesleyan University on Thursday. LeRoy advances to play Delavan for the sectional title on Saturday. Bloomington advanced with a 6-0 win over Danville […]

Employment up across Illinois

The unemployment rate decreased over-the-year in all fourteen Illinois metropolitan areas in April according to preliminary data released today by the the Illinois Department of Employment Security. Jobs were up in all metro areas with the exception of the Danville area. The metro areas which had the largest over-the-year percentage...

UPDATE: 1 arrested in Normal in aggrvated robbery incident

UPDATE 12:36 P.M. - Normal Police say one person was arrested - a man from Chicago - in what police say was an aggravated robbery incident. Malik Alexander-Romello Wilson, 23, was arrested for reckless discharge of a firearm, aggravated robbery, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and criminal trespass to vehicle.

Bloomington-Normal tops Illinois in job growth since April 2021

Bloomington-Normal leads Illinois in job growth over the last year. The area's workforce grew by 5.4%. That's the highest among all 14 metro areas in the state, according to the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES). Rockford saw the second-best improvement at 5.2%. The Bloomington-Normal market area reported 94,200 nonfarm...