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Former Chicago Police Commander appointed Streator Chief of Police

STREATOR – Retired Chicago Police Department Commander John Franklin has been appointed Streator’s new Police Chief, effective September 1. He replaces former Police Chief Robert Turner, who retired from the Streator Police Department on June 26. According to a media release from the City of Streator, in addition...
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Garrett Scott remembered: Chess coach, Normal Town Council member, and educator

A longtime Normal Town Council member, speech pathologist, and chess educator who helped thousands of school children learn and play chess has died at the age of 78. Garrett Scott served on the council for more than two decades. He was a longtime state delegate to the U.S. Chess Federation and a tournament director who interacted with grand masters and beginners alike. Scott served on the federation's policy and executive boards and brought national championship tournaments to Bloomington-Normal. And perhaps most importantly, he built a thriving school and adult tournament chess scene in central Illinois that lasted for decades.
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Bloomington Police: Dead person found in car

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (WCIA) — The Bloomington Police Department is investigating after a dead person was found inside a car. BPD officials said the person was found Tuesday afternoon in the area of Font Street and Morris Avenue. Officers and detectives were sent to the scene to begin investigating, but no other information was released. Anyone […]

Lots of new restaurants popping up around Bloomington-Normal

Eleven new restaurants have opened, or are in the process of opening, in Bloomington-Normal. One of the most notable is Pop-Up Chicken Shop. The restaurant, known of course for its chicken, but also for its tasty burgers, is relocating from the VFW building on East Lincoln Street to the former JP Wheel and Alehouse establishment on North Hershey Road in Bloomington.

New mass notification system provided for Normal residents

NORMAL (Heart of Illinois ABC) - There’s a new mass notification system that’s being provided for Normal residents. It’s called ‘Notify Normal’, and it’s free. The system will provide access to the latest updates for severe weather, boil orders, parking bans, road closures, and more.

Ledgestone Open brings thousands to Central Illinois this week

PEORIA, Ill. — It’s a big week for disc golf enthusiasts. Area courses hosted the Jr. and Masters World Championships just a few weeks ago. The Ledgestone Open, which begins Thursday, is now bringing another 2,200 players to Central Illinois, many who are already here ahead of the practice rounds.

UPDATE: Boil order lifted

BLOOMINGTON (25 News Now) - A water main break on East Empire Street Tuesday morning has necessitated a boil order for a “limited” area. The City of Bloomington says the boil order is for those in the 1300 block of East Empire Street along with 1211 Towanda Avenue.

25 Sports Tour: Bloomington Purple Raiders

(Heart of Illinois ABC) - The Bloomington Purple Raiders are a bit of a question mark heading into the season. They’ll be young in many aspects of the game but with senior Marcus Griffin returning at quarterback for his second year as the starter, they think they have what it takes to make some noise in the Big 12.

Data driven: Emerging adult court being considered in McLean County

McLean County courts hope to use data on juvenile offenders to reduce adult crime and punishment in central Illinois. The effort has two prongs — improving interventions for troubled children, and a potential specialty court for offenders aged 18 to 25. This could accelerate changes already happening. The seeds...

Death investigation on Bloomington’s west side

BLOOMINGTON – A person was found dead Tuesday afternoon inside a parked car on Bloomington’s west side. Bloomington Police were called around 12:45 p.m. to the 1100 block of West Front Street. No other information is being released at this time and BPD detectives are still probing the...

Local police get hands-on experience with new VR training tech

PEORIA (Heart of Illinois ABC) - Local law enforcement tried out some new virtual reality training tech Tuesday, aimed at improving their split-second decision-making. APEX Officer is a new tool being used at the Central Illinois Police Training Center at Illinois Central College. The training functions much like a virtual reality video game, but scenarios are fully customizable.

Looking Back

A talk with George Decker, now with the National League club of Chicago, elicited the information that he will soon be transferred from his present position in right field to first base, taking Capt. Anson's place. Capt. Anson will retire from active participation in the game and simply manage the team.

Death investigation underway in Bloomington

BLOOMINGTON (Heart of Illinois ABC) - Bloomington Police say a person was found dead in a parked vehicle during the noon hour Tuesday on the city’s west side. Police are not revealing the gender or identity of the dead person who was found about 12:45 p.m. in the 1100 block of West Front Street.

McHistory: Press Butler the great detective

One doesn’t don't think of Bloomington and central Illinois as a lurid hotbed of crime. But it certainly seems it could have been that way during the mid-to-late 1800s as portrayed by the three city newspapers of the day: The Pantagraph, the Daily Bulletin, and the Daily Leader. Among...

WGLT's Sound Ideas - Tuesday, 8/9/22

On today's episode, you'll hear about McLean County court officials who are hoping to use data on juvenile offenders to reduce adult crime and punishment in central Illinois. Plus, remembering the life of former Normal Town Council member Garrett Scott, who was also a leader in the local chess community. Plus, an update on a relatively new disease impacting Illinois' corn crop.
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Bloomington PD investigating death

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (WMBD) — Bloomington police are investigating the death of a person found in a parked vehicle early Tuesday afternoon. Police were notified at approximately 12:47 p.m. Tuesday that there was a deceased person inside a parked vehicle in the 1100 block of W. Front St. Officers and detectives were deployed to investigate.