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NORMAL – After a long municipal election day, an incumbent remains in only one of the three seats on the Normal Town Council that were up for election. Kathleen Lorenz, who has been on the council since 2015, won 14.52% of the vote, allowing her to stay in office for another term. She was not the […]

NORMAL – Today is the Normal municipal election. At the Bone Student Center on the campus of Illinois State University, voter turnout has been average in comparison to previous municipal elections. Election judge Donna Beyer confirmed that around 90 people had voted at that precinct throughout the day, which was about 20 percent of all […]

NORMAL- The Student Wellness Ambassador team (SWAT) made yet another appearance on the ISU campus today to promote health and awareness for students and staff. Each week, SWAT gazebos are put up on various Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in various locations on the Illinois State University campus to get resources out to students and staff. […]

BLOOMINGTON – The local municipal election for Bloomington is today. The voter turnout at one polling place, Hansen Student Center on the campus of Illinois Wesleyan University, has been fairly modest. Election Judge Tim Dooley was able to confirm that they’ve had over one-hundred people turn up to vote as of 1 pm today. It […]

NORMAL – The Normal City Council held a panel Thursday night with 8 candidates running for 3 seats on the council. The event took place in Illinois State University’s Bone Student Center. The candidates include Dave Shields, Alex Campbell, R.C. McBride, Kathleen Lorenz, Pat Turner, Joel Studebaker, Stan Nord, and Karyn Smith. They were asked to […]

NORMAL – The Children’s Discovery Museum of Normal announced Thursday that they have received a $20,000 grant from State Farm to benefit its after school program. The generous grant will provide the financial assistance needed for the Innovation Institute Program that is in its 6th year partnership with the museum, Illinois State University and UNITY […]

BLOOMINGTON – Bloomington Police responded to a report of an armed subject and shots fired incident on the 800 block of East Washington Street. The cops arrived as the event was occurring, and several people fled the scene. Officers not only identified two adult victims and many witnesses, but were able to locate physical evidence […]

 A history teacher at University High School is a finalist for the Golden Apple Award (Photo Courtesy Anthony Ferretti/WZND). NORMAL – Every teacher deserves an apple, but only a few receive a golden apple. Bob Fitzgerald is among 32 finalists for this award that is given annually to an individual in Illinois for their excellence […]

NORMAL – At 11:24 this morning, the Normal Fire Department responded to a call from Moe’s Southwest Grill on Bradford Lane in Normal. A Toyota RAV4 crashed through the front entrance of the business, causing serious damage and injuring patrons. Normal Fire Department Public Information Officer Matt Swaney described the scene. “When we arrived we […]

NORMAL – The One Voice Task Force, led by the Bloomington-Normal Economic Development Council, will make their annual trip to Washington, D.C. from March 5th through 7th to meet with Illinois’ congressional delegation. The purpose of the project is to try to receive government funding for various local projects. This year, they are focusing on […]