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Bloomington police respond to shots fired incident

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (WMBD) — Bloomington police responded to a “shots fired” incident near Valley View Circle and Reeveston Drive Sunday. According to a Bloomington police press release, officers responded to the incident at approximately 9:24 p.m. and located evidence that a shooting had occurred. The circumstances of...
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Celebrate July 4th in Bloomington-Normal with the Annual SkyConcert

Bring your blanket, radio and family for the annual SkyConcert at Miller Park in Bloomington & Fairview Park in Normal. Fireworks begin at approximately 9:15 pm on Monday, July 4th and will be synchronized to a patriotic musical soundtrack that you can listen to on WJBC AM 1230 and FM 102.1. Check out the list of other activities happening at each park below!

French forward Zacharie Perrin commits to Illinois basketball

WCIA — Illinois basketball is once again taking recruiting international. French forward Zacharie Perrin committed to the Illini on Monday for the Class of 2022. At 6-foot-10, Perrin adds more size to the front court as the 12th scholarship player for next season. Illinois head coach Brad Underwood had said previously he would like to […]

Normal Public Library director leaving for job in Florida

For the first time in more than 14 years, the Normal Public Library is in need of a new director. That’s because Brian Chase is stepping away from the role effective on Thursday. He’s accepted the executive director position at a library in Fort Myers, Fla. Since 2008,...

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It’s not unusual to see the Mahomet-Seymour Board of Education approve facility projects. Over the last decade, the district has erected an elementary school, put on an addition and renovated the building; made upgrades including a new roof and bathrooms in Lincoln Trail Elementary; updated the Mahomet-Seymour High School fieldhouse and administrative offices, to name a few projects.

Garden walk gives residents time to stop and smell the flowers

CHENOA (Heart of Illinois ABC) - Greenery was on full display Saturday, with McLean County residents sharing their gardens to support the community. The Chenoa Women’s Club hosted the ‘Through the Garden Gate’ garden walk. Eight gardens were open for self-guided tours, with each having a distinct visual identity. One, for instance, was focused on vegetables, another on trees, and one based entirely around a dairy farm.

Q&A: Jason Barickman weighs in on Darren Bailey’s candidacy and politicking in polarized times

State Sen. Jason Barickman from Bloomington-Normal acknowledges that he strikes a different “tone” than some of his fellow Republicans, including state Sen. Darren Bailey. With the ultra-conservative, Trump-endorsed Bailey seemingly on the verge of winning the GOP nomination for governor, some have questioned how he’ll connect with voters in the general election. U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood, who represents parts of Bloomington-Normal and a national fundraiser for Republicans, recently told The New York Times that Bailey would be toxic for general-election voters and “should be running in Missouri, not in suburban Chicago.”

Redbird Athletics celebrates 50th anniversary of Title IX

A year-long celebration of the 50th anniversary of Title IX culminated with a three-day celebratory event on Illinois State University’s campus, June 24-26. President Terri Goss Kinzy, the keynote speaker for the Title IX Celebration Banquet held in the Brown Ballroom of the Bone Student Center Saturday, June 25, reminded everyone that the purpose of the weekend’s events was to honor those who fought the battle for gender equity, especially those in the audience.

Crime Stoppers looking for thieves

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) — Champaign County Crime Stoppers needs help to find two thieves. A person from Champaign County had their credit card stolen, and police say two women have been using it to pay for thousands of dollars in stolen merchandise from various Menards stores across the area. In total, the two women have stolen […]
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Boil order issued 06/27

CLINTON — There is a boil order for the area bound by Elm Street to the east, Walnut to the west, White Street to the north, and Van Buren to the South. If you have any questions, call the Water Department at (217) 935-3432.

The High School of St. Thomas More Golf Outing & Shindig 2022

Please join us for The High School of St. Thomas More Golf Outing & Shindig Friday, August 5, 2022. We have a great day planned, starting with our golf outing and lunch followed by the shindig afterward at the Rotary Hill Pavilion at Lake of the Woods with food, spirits and a DJ.

Teen charged after hit-and-run outside U of I bar

CHAMPAIGN, Ill (WCIA) — A Savoy teenager was charged with three felonies on Monday following a hit-and-run incident on the University of Illinois campus that went viral on social media. 19-year-old Brendan Trumann was charged on one count each of Aggravated Reckless Driving, DUI and Leaving the Scene of a Personal Injury Accident. Champaign County […]