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BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Former mayor of Bloomington Jesse Smart died at his home in Glendale, Arizona on August 25. He served from 1985 to 1997. Smart was the mayor for 12 years, but he was a public servant for much longer. In 1961, Smart began teaching agriculture and biology classes at Stanford High School, now […]

NORMAL, Ill. – This past weekend, Uptown Normal hosted its annual Sweet Corn Circus. The streets were packed for blocks with vendors selling anything from corn, clothing and more. There were also entertainment options to choose from such as the local Iron Spirit Pro Wrestling and Illinois State University’s very own Gamma Phi Circus. Members […]

NORMAL, Ill. – “Lost in Yonkers” by Neil Simon was performed on May 5 at 7:30 p.m. at the Center for the Performing Arts at Illinois State University. The production was directed by Jane Lynch. The play tells the story of Jay and Arty, two brothers who are sent to live with their estranged grandmother […]

NORMAL, Ill. – School shootings reached all-time highs in March, and many schools have adjusted to protect all students and staff in order to provide better protections and procedures for their students. University High School’s Assistant Principal, Michael Shanley, explained what protocol his school runs through to keep everyone safe. “University High School has always […]

NORMAL, Ill. – Carle BroMenn Medical Center hosted an organ donation awareness event on Tuesday.  The first to speak at the event was John Wieland, the Chief Medical officer of BroMenn Medical Center.  Wieland spoke on the importance of organ donations, and the impact he has seen organ transplants make firsthand.  Wieland encouraged all eligible […]

NORMAL, Ill. – Since March 21, the Illinois State University Grad Student Union (GSU) has been bargaining for a new contract with ISU. They are seeking better work benefits and better pay.  The negotiations between the GSU and ISU has spanned months and affects almost 500 graduate teaching assistants. Among those affected are Steven Lazaroff […]

Photo provided by Visit Bloomington Normal NORMAL, Ill. – Illinois State University’s Department of Sociology and Anthropology hosted a two-day conference on April 21 and 22 in collaboration with ISU’s Latin American and Latino Studies Program and the McLean County Museum of History. The conference was held at the McLean County Arts Center and the […]

NORMAL, Ill. – Illinois State University alum and Emmy-winning actress Jane Lynch returned to the university on Tuesday. She was welcomed as a guest artist in residence. Lynch is spending her time at ISU gaining director experience, leading several senior dance and theatre students through Neil Simon’s play “Lost in Yonkers.” The play takes place […]

Photo provided by Kelly Pyle NORMAL, Ill. – Heartland Community College (HCC) filled a much needed void last month by hiring Kelly Pyle as Dean of Health Sciences. Pyle steps into her new position with two years of experience under her belt serving as Associate Dean of Health Sciences. “I was in the role of […]

NORMAL, Ill.- The Normal Town Council held their second town meeting of the month on April. 17. Both council members and the general public were given a presentation by Connect Transit on Monday evening, which covered numerous items under their Fiscal Year 2024 proposal given to the council. Connect Transit General Manager David Braun led […]