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Robbery spree lands Sangamon County man 12-year prison term

PEORIA — A Sangamon County man who pleaded guilty in January to federal charges in connection with a string of robberies at banks and convenience stores in Central Illinois in spring 2021, including the robbery of the Village Pantry in Paxton, was sentenced Wednesday to 12 years in federal prison.
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Coronavirus Update: July 1, 2022

The following message provides new information regarding the on-campus COVID-19 testing program. Health and safety standards are subject to change and are adopted as a part of the University’s COVID-19 prevention and mitigation strategies as recommended by the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE), Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

Heyworth Veterans tell their story through song

HEYWORTH, Ill, (WCIA) — A group based out of Nashville Tennessee called Freedom Sings USA has made it their mission to help tell veterans’ stories through song. Friday they met with veterans from Heyworth to gather their stories and put them into song. Freedom Sings USA Co-founder Don Goodman said, “It’s the most rewarding thing […]

Campustown hit-and-run victim ‘thankful he’s alive’

GIBSON CITY, Ill. (WCIA) – A family is speaking out after a Gibson City man was run over during a hit-and-run in Campustown. 20-year-old Myelz Davis was run over by a car twice early Sunday morning outside Joe’s Brewery in Champaign. 19-year-old Brendan Trumann was behind the wheel. He was charged with three felonies, including […]

Normal Police reveal policy for use of license plate reading cameras

NORMAL (Heart of Illinois ABC) - The Normal Police Department is trying to answer privacy concerns about Automated License Plate Readers before the town council votes later this month whether to buy the crime-fighting cameras. Police on Friday shared the guidelines they developed “in an effort to continue full transparency...
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Normal police share license plate reader policy

NORMAL, Ill. (WMBD) — The Normal Police Department shared their policy Friday on the potential automated license plate readers (ALPR) system that could be coming to the town. According to a Normal police press release, the policy is similar to the ones put into place by other local Illinois...

Illini Athletics 2022: Half-Year-In-Review

Previously, I’ve waited to review the year of Illinois Fighting Illini sports until year’s end. But with so much activity and so many notable events, I sifted through the archives so you don’t have to! Here are some of the Illini’s most memorable moments of 2022 (so far).

Convicted murderer Michael Slover Sr. dies

PONTIAC, Ill. (WCIA) — The Pontiac Correctional Center confirmed on Thursday that convicted murderer Michael Slover Sr. died at it’s facility. Slover Sr., his wife Jeanette and son Michael Jr. were convicted of murdering Slover Jr.’s ex-wife Karyn, who worked at the Herald and Review. Karyn died in 1996 and her body was found dismembered […]

McClure hits third hole-in-one at Lake of the Woods

Mahomet’s Ryan McClure registered his third career hole-in-one on Wednesday (June 29) at Lake of the Woods. He used a 9-iron to ace the 154-yard 14th hole. He was playing a Pro V1 ball. His feat was witnessed by Chris Edmondson, Jason Troyer and Josh Sullivan.

Less hassle for yard signs could be coming to Normal

It could be easier to plant a bunch of signs in your yard in Normal. Town staff have requested that the council ask the Planning Commission to rework the sign ordinance. Town council members will discuss it at Tuesday's meeting. Staff said some of the provisions of the existing ordinance...

Illinois Summer Research Academy gives high school students hands-on research experience

For high schoolers interested in a career in science, there are few better summer opportunities than the Illinois Summer Research Academy at Illinois State University. Approximately 35 high school students from across the state came to campus June 20–⁠24 this year for this long-running summer event that is sponsored by the Center of Mathematics, Science, and Technology (CeMaST). Participants spent the week with Illinois State professors and students getting hands-on experience with research projects in biology and chemistry. The students were then able to contribute to those projects or work with their peers on projects of their own.

Central Illinois spree robber sentenced to 12 years in prison

A federal judge has sentenced a central Illinois man to 10 years in prison for robbing banks and stores across a five-county region, including Peoria, Livingston, and Ford counties, in April of last year. John Beck, 55, of Mechanicsburg, admitted robbing the Elmwood bank, the Village Pantry in Paxton, the...