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Victory Church begins rebuild after January fire

BLOOMINGTON (Heart of Illinois ABC) - A Bloomington church is not letting a January fire set it back. It’s beginning to rebuild from the ground up. The executive pastor says it may have been a blessing in disguise. “We had a lot of blood sweat and tears invested into...
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12 Best Things to do in Bloomington, IL

This little city is cute and quaint. It has a slightly weathered and old-fashioned feel thanks to the historical buildings dotted around it. Bloomington offers that welcoming small town feel, yet there’s still lots to do. It’s right next to the town of Normal, which feeds into its events...
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Young boy badly hurt in dog attack

BLOOMINGTON (Heart of Illinois ABC) - A little boy was bit by a dog Tuesday afternoon on Bloomington’s east side. Bloomington Police confirmed a large dog attacked the child in the 1100 block of Chatham Lane, near East Empire Street. Police said the boy had severe lacerations, and family...
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PCs for People distribution event set for Aug. 30

(25 News Now) - A PCs for People distribution drive is coming to McLean County. The Regional Office of Education #17 says the PCs for People organization will distribute devices on Tuesday, August 30, from 3-6 p.m. at the Front Street Concourse entrance of the Grossinger Motors Arena. PCs for...
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Jelani Day celebration of life set for Aug. 27 at ISU

A memorial service is being planned later this month for late Illinois State University student Jelani Day, one year after his death. Aug. 24, 2021, marked the last time the graduate student was seen alive at Illinois State University. Day’s body was recovered in the Illinois River in early September....
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District 87 projects a $3.4M deficit due to higher transportation and personnel costs

District 87 projects another budget deficit this school year, but the financial chief for Bloomington Public Schools says the district's financial health is good. Mike Cornale, chief financial and facilities officer, said the district's projected $3.4 million deficit for the 2022-2023 school year is similar to last year's estimate, but he noted state tax revenue pushed the district to a large and unexpected surplus of $6 million that was used to bolster the education fund.
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Normal mayor pledges to save monarch butterflies

NORMAL, Ill. (WMBD) — The Town of Normal has committed to preserving and restoring natural prairie habitats for the monarch butterfly. Recently, Normal Mayor Chris Koos signed his annual ‘mayor’s monarch’ pledge in partnership with the National Wildlife Federation. This year, as part of the pledge,...
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Normal begins installation of ALPR cameras

NORMAL, Ill. (WMBD) — Installation has begun on more automatic license plate reading (ALPR) cameras in Normal. 27 cameras will be installed and soon ready to use by the Normal Police Department. The cameras, produced by Flock Safety will assist the department in solving a variety of crimes or cases that involve a vehicle.
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Normal Councilwoman to run for third term

NORMAL (25 News Now) - A Normal Councilwoman says she is running for a third term. Normal Town Councilwoman Kathleen Lorenz announced her candidacy Thursday afternoon during a Facebook Live event. “This will be for a third term for me, and I am enough of a sports fan to know...
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ISU Closer to ‘Normal’ as students return

PEORIA (25 News Now) - If you’re seeing red in Normal, it’s probably all the students returning to Illinois State University. It started Monday and goes for seven days, something they liked and took away from the extended, pandemic move-ins the past two years. No masks needed this...
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Leah Marlene returning to Normal to perform at the Corn Crib Stadium

Normal native Leah Marlene will return to her hometown on Aug. 27 to perform at the Corn Crib Stadium. Presented by The Corn Crib and NTL Productions, Marlene will be joined by special guests Maddie Poppe and Fritz Hager. Marlene placed third in last season's 'American Idol' and performed in...
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Unit 5’s 1st day of school signals return to pre-pandemic times

NORMAL, Ill. (WMBD) — Wednesday marked the first day of school for McLean County Unit 5. At Prarieland Elementary, nearly 500 students filled the halls and classrooms. The lack of masks and COVID-19 mitigations signaled a return to pre-pandemic times. “This year we are to, really no mitigations, so...
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