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Photo Courtesy Bloomington Police Department.  BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – The LaSalle County Coroner has determined drowning as the cause of death of former Illinois State graduate student Jelani Day. “After consideration of the currently known circumstances surrounding his death, based upon review of the extensive available investigation, medical, and dental information, and after postmortem examination with […]

Picture Courtesy of Bloomington Police Department.  NORMAL, Ill. – The LaSalle County Coroner identified the body found in IL River on 9/4/21 as Jelani Day. Day was identified through forensic dental identification and DNA testing and comparison. Bloomington Police Department Public Information Officer John Fermon told the media the death investigation remains ongoing with no […]

NORMAL, Ill. – Students across campus marched and chanted the traditional “Grito” on Mexican Independence Day.   El Grito literally translates to “the scream” in English but holds much significance on Sept 16 for the Mexican community.   In 1810, Father Miguel Hidalgo rang bells and inspired people to rebel against the Spanish monarchy on Sept 16. Today the […]

Photo Courtesy TRIO Student Support Services  NORMAL, Ill. – Illinois State University’s TRIO Student Support Services will be opening the table for discussions with first-generation students.   TRIO is launching a podcast called “First Generation Triumph” focusing on the stories of first-generation students and their narratives. The podcast will launch Tuesday, Sept 7 with panelists at the Old […]

Photo courtesy South Asian Student Alliance Facebook Page.  NORMAL, Ill. – Illinois State University’s South Asian Student Alliance is looking to spark conversations through their Conversation Hour.  Wednesday nigth the SASA hosted a virtual discussion focusing on racism and how it affects the South Asian community. The founder of the organization, Anushree Rayarikar explains how a member inspired the event.   “She took the […]

Photo courtesy AsiaConnect Facebook Page.  NORMAL, Ill. – Illinois State University is celebrating Asian Heritage Week April 5 –11.  This week AsiaConnect encourages individuals to share their Asian cultural experience.  President of AsiaConnect and associate professor at ISU, Li Zeng expands on the purpose of the week.  “As the Asian and Asian American community, we are students, faculty and staff. We are busy. We don’t […]

Photo Courtesy of McLean County Health Department Facebook Page.  NORMAL, Ill. – As vaccine eligibility expands, many are struggling to get appointments while the Non-English-speaking population is facing double the challenges.    According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, 87.2% of administered vaccine doses have gone to White residents in McLean County. IDPH also reports only 3.91% Black or African-American, 2.59% Asian, and 2.29% Hispanic or Latino […]

NORMAL, Ill. – A previous alderman that served almost two decades is now seeking re-election for Bloomington Ward 9.   Jim Fruin is a real estate agent and a retired State Farm employee. Fruin explains how his experience has led him to seek re-election.   “The primary reason is that others have encouraged me to, in the last election cycle. Due to this election […]

NORMAL, Ill. – A recently retired Illinois State University professor is now running for Bloomington Ward 9.   At ISU, Thomas Crumpler prepared students to be elementary teachers with a focus on reading and literacy. He also directed an endowed literacy center for eight years at ISU.  Crumpler retired as a professor in December of 2020 after working in the College of Education for 22 […]

Photo Courtesy McLean County Health Department Facebook Page. NORMAL, Ill. – The Illinois Department of Public Health is expanding vaccine eligibility and officials stress the risk of resurgence. McLean County has roughly 11% of residents fully vaccinated and has administered over 55,000 vaccines. The Public Affairs Coordinator of the McLean County Health Department, Marianne Manko […]