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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 […]
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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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Red Lion owner confirms intention to relocate business

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) — The owner of Red Lion in the University of Illinois’ Campustown neighborhood has confirmed that he is looking to move the business away from its current location. Owner Scott Cochrane has been looking to renovate the building at Third and Green Streets his business is currently located in, but he said […]
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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.

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.

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...

Carle gives tablets to infusion patients

URBANA, Ill. (WCIA) -- Carle Hospital is bringing comfort to cancer patients through a cool an interactive way. The hospital has been giving tablets to patients while they go through infusion therapy.

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...
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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.

GCMS golf to start season Monday

GIBSON CITY – The Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley golf team will start its season on Monday with a home outing on Monday. “I am looking forward to the season,” GCMS head coach Ann Spangler said. “We have a very young team, but I’ve been very surprised how well they’ve done this week, so I’m excited to see what scores they’ll bring in at real competition.”

Centennial football looks to build off first playoff win in 15 years

CHAMPAIGN (WCIA) — Following its first playoff win in 15 years, Centennial football is trending up to open the 2022 season. The Chargers’ numbers are up with 80+ players in the program to start training camp on Monday and optimism is high for head coach Kyle Jackson’s program following a 6-5 season that saw the […]

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.
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Water main break causes boil order for some Bloomington businesses

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (WMBD) — Residents in part of Bloomington are being instructed to boil their water before use due to a water main break that occurred Tuesday morning. The break in question occurred on East Empire Street. Currently the water main in the area is shut off in order to perform the repair.

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.

New $24M B-N YMCA opening next week

BLOOMINGTON – The Bloomington-Normal YMCA is opening its doors for the first time after decades of planning and construction. The new 70,000 sq. ft. facility, located near OSF St. Joseph Hospital, features new workout machines, multiple pools, and programs. “We’re really excited about all the new fitness equipment that’s...

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.

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.

Global chip shortage leaves dealers with fewer new cars

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCCU) — If you have recently tried to buy a car, you probably noticed that there aren't as many new car options as before. A local Champaign dealership spoke on why the U.S. is seeing this shortage, if relief is coming anytime soon and how it'll affect those buying a car.