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Fire heavily damages downtown Bloomington apartment building

Fire crews in Bloomington spent much of Wednesday battling a blaze that heavily damaged an apartment building just west of downtown. The Bloomington Fire Department (BFD) was called to the three-story brick building at Market and Lee streets around 6:25 a.m. Crews saw fire coming from the roof and thick smoke pouring from the top two floors, said spokesperson Frank Friend.
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Bloomington man arrested on gun charges, injuring an officer

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (WMBD) — A Bloomington man was arrested on several gun-related charges and resisting arrest Tuesday. According to a Bloomington police press release, police conducted a traffic stop near Wylie Drive and Valley View Circle at approximately 11:50 p.m. During the stop, officers developed probable cause to search the vehicle and occupants.
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Man arrested for Bloomington armed robbery

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (WMBD) — A Bloomington man was arrested Monday in relation to an armed robbery that occurred at a business near Ireland Grove Road and Black Oak Boulevard on May 18. According to a Bloomington police press release, 29-year-old Antoine L. Williams was taken into custody by members...

Cause unknown in early morning Bloomington fire

BLOOMINGTON – Authorities were called early Wednesday morning near Downtown Bloomington for a fire at the corner of Market and Lee Streets. A building, which was under construction, was on fire and the roof had partially collapsed. Public Information Officer Frank Friend told our news partner HOI ABC the building was vacant.

Chenoa resident not happy with perceived lack of action

CHENOA —A city resident expressed some angst toward the city government's apparent inaction Tuesday night at the Chenoa City Council meeting. During the public comment portion, resident David Shane asked Finance and Insurance Commissioner Kyle Buchanan about grants for the city. Buchanan said more grants have opened up and there may be more to come soon for water.

Leah Marlene Doing a Homecoming Concert at the Normal Corncrib

Bloomington-Normal’s very own American Idol Leah Marlene is coming home for a HUGE concert at the Normal Corncrib August 27th!. Leah will be doing a full-band concert to thank her hometown community for all the support while she was on American Idol. The event will be a family/kid friendly event.

Victor Solomon, Leah Marlene set to entertain hometown fans

(Heart of Illinois ABC) - Two Central Illinois stars who have received national fame are coming home. Peoria’s Victor Solomon performs a “Concert for the City” this Saturday, July 2 at Dozier Park, with all proceeds donated to Peoria Friendship House of Christian Service. Solomon finished fifth...
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Leah Marlene announces hometown concert in Normal

NORMAL, Ill. (WMBD) – Top three finalist, Leah Marlene, announced a hometown concert at the Corn Crib in Bloomington on August 27 at 7 p.m. Marlene said her journey with American Idol may be over, but her next chapter has only just begun. She said the unexpected journey taught her many valuable lessons, and now it’s time to put it into action.

Second man arrested for May pawn shop robbery in Bloomington

BLOOMINGTON (Heart of Illinois ABC) - A second person has been arrested in connection with an armed robbery in May at a Bloomington pawn shop. On Wednesday, Bloomington Police announced that Antoine Williams, 29, was taken into custody on June 27th by the Department’s Street Crimes unit. Earlier in...

Illinois State the 'best situation' for Kinziger

DE PERE (WLUK) -- Since his freshman season De Pere's John Kinziger had the look of someone who would play Division I college basketball and last week it was confirmed, when he committed to Illinois State. From one team called the Redbirds to another, Kinziger had a good feeling when...

‘American Idol’s Leah Marlene Announces Homecoming Show With ‘Special Guest’

“American Idol” star Leah Marlene surprised fans yesterday with an announcement about a homecoming show in Normal, Illinois. That’s where Marlene is from, and where she’ll be staying for only a few more days before moving out to Los Angeles. The “American Idol” star announced the move in a post earlier this week, saying she’s heading to Europe next week and moving to L.A. the week afterward. Likely to work on her music career.
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Cummins gives status report on wind project

CLINTON — The county board received a lengthy briefing June 23 about the status of the Alta Farms II wind energy project. Terry Fountain, of Cummins Engineering, covered progress of work so far, and answered questions from board members. As part of the county’s agreement with Enel Green Energy,...
The Clinton Journal

CUSD lawsuit against ISBE declared moot

CLINTON — At the June 21 meeting of the Clinton school board, Superintendent Curt Nettles told the board the lawsuit against the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) was declared moot. “Unfortunately, the judge agreed with the Attorney General’s office that our lawsuit against ISBE is moot,” said Nettles,...
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Drier weather causes ‘slight’ concern for fireworks

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (WMBD) — This weekend is Independence Day weekend, meaning many fireworks shows, professional or amateur, and dry weather is causing heightened concerns of fires among first responders. As of now, fireworks shows in Bloomington are going on as planned and according to emergency personnel, there’s always a...