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Photo provided by Nik Duffle NORMAL, Ill. – The Town of Normal announced a new Director of Economic Development effective April 15. Nik Duffle was appointed to this new role and he shares how he feels about stepping into it. “I’m very excited to take on the role of Director of Economic Development for the […]

Photo provided by Thomas Willmitch NORMAL, Ill. – The Illinois State University Planetarium is hosting a new show titled, “Phantom of the Universe,” narrated by Tilda Swinton and exploring the importance of dark matter in the universe.  ISU Planetarium Director Thomas Willmitch shared why dark matter is a highlighted topic in the show.  “The reason […]

NORMAL, Ill. – Illinois State University’s Board of Trustees appointed Aondover Tarhule, Ph.D., as the newest president of the university and approved a four-year contract expiring in 2028. The shift to the permanent role follows Tarhule’s one-year term as interim president and a comprehensive nationwide search. Upon learning about his role as the permanent president, […]

Photo provided by Brightpoint NORMAL, Ill. – With St. Patrick’s Day approaching, the town of Normal will see a parade in Uptown to celebrate the holiday. However, it is also an opportuniy for the community to come together to support Brightpoint, a local non-profit organization in Bloomington-Normal. The St. Patrick’s Day Parade is Saturday, March […]

Photo provided by Jason Dazey BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Two candidates in McLean County are running for the republican nomination for McLean County Circuit Court Clerk. The position entails a master record keeper of laws, witnesses and other roles essential to the overall function of the county. Jason Dazey discussed why he wanted to step into […]

Image Courtesy of Illinois State Housing Instagram  NORMAL, Ill. – At the last Board of Trustees meeting, an approved agenda item was for the $17.5 million dollar restoration project on Watterson Towers. A concern about this restoration is the disruption it may have for students residing in Watterson Towers. However,  Illinois State University Associate Vice […]

Photo provided by Heartland Community College NORMAL, Ill. – The Illinois Community College Board has recently awarded nearly $10 million to community colleges across Illinois. Heartland Community College received approximately $525,000 for its REV UP initiative, which supports job training and education in the Electronic Vehicle industry. Heartland Community College’s Assistant to the President Steve […]

Photo provided by ISU Planetarium NORMAL, Ill. – The air is filled with holiday spirit and anticipation as the Illinois State University Planetarium kicks off its holiday program, “Season of Light”. This program will run every weekend through December 16. This experience, narrated by NPR’s Noah Adams, will illuminate winter traditions from various cultures worldwide. […]

Photo provided by Denise Daniels BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – In November 2013, a Bloomington man was sentenced to 47 years in prison for his involvement in a 2012 gang fight between two rival gangs, the MOBs and the BOMs. DeAndre Daniels was 26-years-old at the time and was convicted of attempted murder, aggravated battery with a […]

Photo provided by the Graduate Student Union NORMAL, Ill. – For months, graduate students attending Illinois State University have proposed different negotiations about various aspects of their contracts. Most recently, members of the Graduate Student Union voted for a strike authorization with 92 percent.  One of the primary things they are fighting the most for […]