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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...
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Yorkville man hurt in LaSalle County crash

A Yorkville man was hurt in a rollover crash near Streator Monday morning. The LaSalle County Sheriff's Office says 20-year-old Samuel Golinski was heading east on N. 17th Road near E. 19th Road in Otter Creek Township when he crossed over the fog line into the gravel shoulder and over corrected. Golinski crossed the center line and went into the north ditch. Golinski over corrected again, causing his vehicle to flip onto the driver's side.
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Boil order issued for parts of Bloomington Wednesday

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (WMBD) — Just one day after one part of Bloomington was under a boil order, another part of the city follows in its tracks. Wednesday, City Spokesperson Katherine Murphy confirmed a water main break happened on Fairview Avenue, meaning customers living on Fairview Avenue between East Washington and East Grove are under a new boil order.

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.

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.
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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.

Retired Chicago Cop Tabbed As New Streator Police Chief

There's a new top cop in Streator. Retired Chicago Police Department Commander John Franklin has been appointed Streator's new police chief, effective September 1st. He has 28 years of experience with the Chicago P.D. Franklin also has been chief in Dolton and Jacksonville, Arkansas. He replaces Robert Turner who retired...

Spud Schlipf was father of modern Fairbury stock car racing

Elias Samuel "Spud" Schlipf was a colorful car salesman and dealership owner in Fairbury. He is credited with starting midget car racing at the Fairbury race track in 1946. Over the years, car racing has expanded until today's Prairie Dirt Classic races, with more than 8,000 people visiting Fairbury to attend these races.

Top 10 Illinois RBs for 2022 IHSA football season

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (BVM) – The 2022 high school football season in Illinois is upon us, and there will be plenty of talent on the gridiron this fall. One of the most vital positions in any season is at running back, and this year, Illinois features some talented players in the backfield. Here are the top 10 Illinois High School Association (IHSA) running backs going into the 2022 season.

Best Of: Adapting drag during the pandemic

Like all live performers, from actors to musicians, people who perform drag have had to adapt and change during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some performers started doing outdoor shows, while others pivoted online — live streaming their performances or creating video content for their followers. There have even been drag competitions on Instagram.

Anthony Byrd appointed to Board of Trustees

Governor JB Pritzker’s office announced that Anthony Byrd ’99 of Swansea, Illinois, has been appointed to the Board of Trustees of Illinois State University. Byrd’s term extends to January 20, 2025. “I want to extend my congratulations to Mr. Byrd,” said Board of Trustees Chair Dr. Mary...

Normal Police looking for missing, possibly endangered woman

NORMAL (25 News Now) - Police in Normal are asking for the public’s help in finding Brittany Mitchell - a missing and possibly endangered woman. Police say she was last heard from August 7. It is unknown what she was last wearing, but she wears glasses and has pierced...
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Help NPD find missing, possibly endangered woman

NORMAL, Ill. (WMBD) — The Normal Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in locating Brittany Mitchell, who is missing and possibly endangered. Mitchell was last heard from on Aug. 7. Police do not know what clothes she was wearing at the time of her disappearance but she is known to wear eyeglasses and has pierced ears.

Otter at central Illinois zoo dies

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (WICS/WRSP) — A central Illinois zoo is mourning the loss of one of its own. Spencer, one of Miller Park Zoo's North American River Otter, has passed away. Zoo officials say the death was not related to COVID-19. An autopsy will be performed on Spencer at the...

Missing endangered woman from Normal

NORMAL, Ill. (WICS) — The Normal Police Department is looking for a woman who was last heard from on August, 7. It is unknown where Brittany Mitchell, 46, was last seen. Mithell is described as 5 foot 11 inches tall, weighs 150 pounds, has pierced ears, and is known to wear eyeglasses.

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 […]

Volleypalooza: Sand Volleyball Tournament

Volleypalooza is Bloomington-Normal’s first multi-venue sand volleyball tournament and is looking for teams to register now!. Sign up your sand volleyball team before spots fill up by visiting any of the participating locations: CRAFTED, Windjammer, Kegler’s Pub, and Gill St. Sports Bar & Restaurant!. Each venue has selected...