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NORMAL – Earlier this afternoon there was a protest on the separation of families in Uptown Normal. Protesters gathered to raise awareness of the poor conditions children face in detention centers after being separated from their families. The protests are inspired by a speaker that conducted interviews with children at the dentition centers. One of […]

BLOOMINGTON – Bloomington Police Department are asking people to avoid Washington St. and McLean St. due to a gas line rupture. The area is being blocked off as buildings near the gas leak were evacuated. According to Bloomington Police, the issue should be resolved by 8:30 p.m.

NORMAL – Yesterday marks the annual Veterans Day ceremony hosted by the Illinois State University ROTC program. Among the many veterans in attendance was Department Chair of the ROTC program, Lieutenant Colonel Kraig Kline of the United States Army. A former Illinois State alum, Kline graduated in 1999 with a degree in criminal justice and […]

Normal – Illinois State University hosted a ‘First Generation Celebration’ last week at Hancock Stadium Club. The event is hosted by ISU’s TRIO program in University College and is the first time they held a celebration for first generation students. The event was open to students, members of the community, and alumni to share their […]

NORMAL – Illinois State University administration released a campus-wide statement via email regarding discrimination on campus. This statement apologized for missing and inaccurate information in a previous email responding to protests from last week. “I apologize for the inaccuracy in my previous email and for mischaracterizing the students and their efforts,” stated Dietz.”I recognize that […]

NORMAL – Robert Fazzini announced he will be running for auditor for McLean County. McLean County Democrats held a press conference Monday morning where Robert Fazzini answered questions from the community and press. Fazzini spoke on his experience to qualify him for the position despite not having a Certified Public Accountant credentials. “I’ve taken accounting […]

NORMAL – Illinois State University’s Black Homecoming Committee released a statement late Friday night. The statement was a direct response to the emailed statement by ISU’s administration and president Larry Dietz regarding discrimination on campus. Last week students protested discrimination of treatment to diverse students and registered student organizations. Protests came after a scheduling issue with the […]

NORMAL – This weekend Rivian held a public open house event showcasing new vehicle models. Rivian set up in Uptown Normal bringing in many students, members of the community, and Governor JB Pritzker. CEO Scaringe was in attendance at the showcase and engaged with people in Uptown Normal.  Matt Tall, vice president of manufacturing for […]

BLOOMINGTON – On Oct. 14 the Bloomington town council opened their meeting declaring the month of October of 2019 as community month. Mayor Tari Renner recognized Oct. 24 as national polio day and proclaimed indigenous people day on the second Monday in October. Renner encouraged other townships to not only recognize indigenous people’s day on […]

NORMAL- Monday evening Normal town council discussed the bill proposed by the state of Illinois regarding recreational marijuana business locations. The council will vote to either prohibit or allow cultivation centers, infusers and dispensaries within the township of Normal. Businesses would have to operate under a permit or special use process. Brian Day from the […]