Livingston County,

Livingston County farmland sells for $7,300 an acre

FAIRBURY — Two separate tracts of area farmland sold at auction Thursday in a sale held in downtown Fairbury. The 80.23 acres of Ford County land in Brenton Township south of Piper City went for $5,800 per acre. Meanwhile, 62.17 acres in Livingston County’s Sullivan Township north of Saunemin brought $7,300 per acre.
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City brings back mask policy

BLOOMINGTON – Following the latest CDC guidance, the City of Bloomington is reinstituting a mask policy. “The only change is the return of masks when employees are moving through hallways and to other buildings,” said City Manager Tim Gleason. “When people are in their own work spaces, they can remove their masks.”
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COVID positivity rate rises above 4% in McLean County

BLOOMINGTON (HOI) – McLean County’s test positivity rate for COVID-19 is surging higher, the county’s health department reported Friday, amid increasing worries about the highly contagious delta variant and as leaders consider reinstating COVID safety measures. Daily data show the test positivity rate rose to 4.2% for the seven-day period...
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Illinois Supreme Court: Alan Beaman Can Sue Town Of Normal, Police

The Illinois Supreme Court has again overruled the appeals court in Alan Beaman’s attempt to sue the Town of Normal and three police officers for malicious prosecution. In a 4-2 ruling, the justices have sent the case back to McLean County Circuit Court for trial, seven years after it was first filed in 2014.

Fans coming from all over to see Prairie Dirt Classic

What is it that keeps race fans coming back to Fairbury every year for the big Prairie Dirt Classic?. Sure, the racing excitement is a big part of it but ask anyone camping in town for the weekend and they will tell you it’s the community, as well. “The town...

UPDATE: Power lines down after crash near Downtown Bloomington

UPDATE (4:04 p.m.) – Bloomington Police say they’ve reopened the intersections of Oakland Avenue and Center Street/Main Street and MacArthur after a two-vehicle crash that happened Thursday at about 2:45 p.m. A utility pole came down and power lines fell to the ground because of the collision. Authorities say two...
Mclean County,

Latest Wind Farm In McLean County Will Use Taller Turbines

McLean County’s next wind farm project may look a little different than its predecessors. The $350 million Sapphire Sky wind farm will be built in southeastern McLean County. Its 64 wind turbines are expected to produce enough electricity to power about 80,000 homes annually, plus $79 million in property tax revenue for local taxing bodies over the life of the project.
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2 injured in Bloomington crash

BLOOMINGTON — A Bloomington street was closed and traffic rerouted for just over an hour Thursday afternoon following a traffic crash. According to the Bloomington Police Department, an officer was on patrol when they noticed a traffic crash had occurred at the intersection of Main Street and Oakland Avenue. A car was traveling north on Main Street when it struck another vehicle traveling west on Oakland Avenue. The car that was struck then rolled onto its side into a parking lot.
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Illinois Supreme Court allows trial for Alan Beaman after claims of misconduct

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (WMBD) — In Alan Beaman’s attempt to sue the Town of Normal and three police officers for malicious prosecution, the Illinois Supreme Court again overturned the appeals court. Beaman is alleged to have strangled his ex-girlfriend, Jennifer Lockmiller, a student at Illinois State University at the time, by...
Mclean County,

MCHD reports 35 new cases, two more hospitalizations

The McLean County Health Department is reporting 35 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of confirmed and probably cases to 18,834. MCHD is reporting that ten McLean County residents are currently hospitalized for COVID-19. A total of five patients are hospitalized at for COVID-19 at McLean County hospitals.