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Watch now: What's next for Bloomington-Normal shopping malls?

BLOOMINGTON — Online shopping. Bankruptcies and portfolio downsizing. Looting. An infectious disease pandemic. Bloomington-Normal's brick-and-mortar retail industry has weathered a range of shifts in consumer behavior and economic pressures in the last decade. The once-vibrant mall culture has tarnished into darkened shopfronts and cracked parking lots. Store liquidation and "space...
BLOOMINGTON, IL
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Week ending Sep. 11: longest patent process for Morton inventors

The longest time between a patent being filed and granted in the week ending Sep. 11 in Morton was 1,173 days, according to the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The patent application was filed by 360 Yield Center, LLC for an enhanced automated steering system for a vehicle. It was filed on June 22, 2018 before being approved on Sep. 7, 2021.
MORTON, IL
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3 years of planning for housing comes to an end in Normal after developer pulls out; Town searching for new partner

NORMAL, Ill. (WMBD) — Despite efforts to complete the project within the last three years, Bush Development announced it is ending the development of the Trail East subdivision Thursday. Located in Normal’s Uptown Circle, the subdivision was originally proposed as a five-story tall mostly residential development before a more recent...
NORMAL, IL
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5 Bedroom Home in Bloomington - $154,900

A nice size 5 bedroom house located on a quiet street in an established neighborhood in Bloomington. Close to schools, shopping and businesses. The main floor features all hardwood floors, a nice size eat-in kitchen with vinyl flooring, 3 bedrooms and a full bath on the main floor and two more bedrooms, and a full bath and laundry room on the lower level. New blinds, new paint and polished hardwood floor. Roof new in 2013. Nice size fenced backyard, large deck, storage shed and 1 car attached garage. **Broker Interest.
BLOOMINGTON, IL
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Large employers may benefit from Biden’s mandate according to ISU professor

BLOOMINGTON-NORMAL, Ill. (WMBD) — Many large employers in Bloomington-Normal are still unsure about how President Biden’s newest mandate might affect them. Last week, the President announced all businesses that employ more than 100 people must require staff to get vaccinated against COVID-19 or submit to weekly testing. In Bloomington-Normal, that...
BLOOMINGTON, IL
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3 Bedroom Home in Bloomington - $485,000

Beautiful Ranch in Crestwcike South built in 2017. Beautiful curb appeal with a large front porch to sit back and relax on. The backyard is its own little oasis with a small pond with views of the fountain in the pond and a great Trex deck perfect for entertaining. Don't forget a little cantilever dock perfect for fishing off of! The home is a 3 bed 3 bath home with an open concept with a drop zone! The kitchen is equipped with stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, and a pantry. The kitchen opens up to the eat-in area and the living room that boasts a beautiful fireplace. The basement is ready for entertaining with a built-in wet bar and an area for a pool table. They set the house up with outlets in the roof perfect for those Christmas lights to light this house up in Winter to welcome it to its Winter Landscape! Don't miss this one!
BLOOMINGTON, IL
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Local apple orchards seeing busy hours – Good harvest

METAMORA, Ill. (Heart of Illinois ABC) - A long and warm apple growing season is coming to an end this month as local apple orchards gear up for the picking season. Both small operations like Partridge Point Orchard and large facilities like Tanners Orchard are seeing busy days with lots of families enjoying the fresh air.
METAMORA, IL
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Trail East Developer Abandons Uptown Effort

The developer of the Trail East project in Uptown Normal has pulled out of the deal. Bush Construction tells the town the time is not right to go ahead. This decision comes two months after the town council acceded to Bush requests to rework the design of the mixed-use structure to four instead of five stories and to revise the development agreement.
NORMAL, IL
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Trail East developer pulls out of project, citing continuous hardships

NORMAL (Heart of Illinois ABC) -- The developer in the Trail East project is no longer pursuing the project. AJ Loss, Manager of Bush Development LLC., said they have exhausted every viable option. Bush Development has worked with the Town of Normal to overcome numerous obstacles -- including a lawsuit...
NORMAL, IL
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5 Bedroom Home in Bloomington - $2,190,000

As close as you can get to an Italian Masterpiece! Simply luxurious designed and concieved by an Italian architect and custome built with exceptional quality material throughout such as imported marble for flooring and bathrooms, light fixtures from Italy, exterior (seven color) all stone from Ontario, gutters all made of copper, Marvin custom windows, tile in outdoor kitchen from Tuscany. Almost 7,000 square feet of stunning combination of modern and traditional Italian architectural design. Where to start from? Exterior professionally landscaped with sprinkler system, private backyard with wroght iron fenced, salt water inground swimming pool stainless steel plastered with lumineous pebble beads, outdoor kitchen with pizza oven imported from Italy, grill and a pergola. 5 car garages heated with two independent systems with lots of built in storage. Front door chestnut custom design and made, Marble floors from Italy (Apulia), Ipe wood flooring, light fixtures from Murano, (Venice), fireplaces from Fontana Rosa handmade with golden finish in formal living room and Nero Marquina Marble in Basement, vanity in powder room custom made with marble. Stunning two story foyer with marvelous arched ceiling and unique staircase is a masterpiece by itself (please pay attention to details). Neff kitchen cabinets, with Subzero Refrigerator, Viking stove, and spectacular design open to the family room and the breakfast area. Second floor features 5 bedrooms and 4 full bathrooms with amazing designs. Master suite with gorgeous walk in closet with wood custom cabinets. Walk out fully finished basement with travertine flooring including the full bathroom, gorgeous family room with fireplace, media room, office, wine cellar, play room and a game room. Words cannot describe the details and amazing features built in this house it needs to be seen in person!
BLOOMINGTON, IL
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Drivers urged to keep an eye out for farm equipment as harvest season begins

CARLOCK, Ill. (WMBD) — Harvest season has arrived in McLean County and Central Illinois, and more farm equipment will be on roadways. Farmers are harvesting crops from September through November, and trucks, combines, and other machinery will be using the highways to transport their goods. Rodney Knittle with the Illinois Farm Bureau said this is what farmers work for.
MCLEAN COUNTY, IL
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2 Bedroom Home in Carlock - $275,000

Rare find..practically new 2019 P&W built Ranch home in Rock Creek subdivision. It's located in Carlock only 6 miles from Rivian and sits on over a half-acre of land. Professionally landscaped home looks like something out of a Better Homes & Garden magazine and beams "owner pride" for sure. This 2 Bed (possible 3rd in finished basement) 2.5 bath features that open concept that everyone is searching for. Kitchen has matching high end Kenmore appliances with the refrigerator featuring the door-in-door convenience, upgraded cabinets with soft close & dove tailed construction design of drawers and roll-out shelves for added easy access! Main floor has luxury vinyl plank flooring in kitchen, dining room, laundry room and both bathrooms. Great size master suite with a huge walk-in closet off the bathroom. 2nd bedroom is located on the other side of the home for added privacy. This home comes complete with a renovated basement that makes a great family room or game room. It has an egress window so adding and additional bedroom would be an option. Owner pride will beam from this home for sure. Basement has tons of storage on the unfinished side and during the 100 year summer rain it remained DRY! Don't miss the 1500 sq ft walk-up attic in this gem! Finishing this area would give you double the finished sq footage in this already amazing home. Or use it for storage. You'll see there is no OSB used in this home. Roof is shingled onto 1x6 boards set on hand built 2x10 rafters. This is a quality-built home for sure! Other upgrades are 3 car garage with amazing cabinets, peg boards, work benches, utility sink with hot and cold water, whole house generator, irrigation system, Eco Water softener- conditioner-and reverse osmosis all owned and stay with the home. It is located in the Unit 5 school district, has access to fiber optic high speed internet with TelStar and is about a block away from a fabulous park. This home will likely not last long so don't delay.
CARLOCK, IL
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4 Bedroom Home in Heyworth - $375,000

THE HOME YOU HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR! Quality Construction 1.5 story in White Tail Ridge Subdivision in Heyworth. 4 spacious bedrooms. Open floor plan with vaulted great room. Master suite will feature a tray ceiling, custom tiled shower, whirlpool tub, double vanity and spacious walk-in closet. Partially finished basement with finished family room, rough-in bathroom and ample storage. Spray foam insulated. So many special touches throughout and total attention to detail.
HEYWORTH, IL
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4 Bedroom Home in Normal - $279,900

This gorgeous, one owner, 4 BR, 3 Bath ranch home with newly finished basement, stainless steel appliances, under cabinet lighting. Front storm door features slide down screen. Backyard has been sodded, and the double sized concrete pad is perfect for entertaining. No backyard neighbors. Passive Radon system installed. Water backup sump pump. Treadmill and weights stay with home. 5 month old Washer and the dryer are negotiable. This home is move in ready!
NORMAL, IL