Category Archives: Local News

BPD still investigating and seeking leads for missing person Jelani Day

BPD still investigating and seeking leads for missing person Jelani Day

By Neil Doyle BLOOMINGTON – The search for missing Illinois State University graduate student Jelani Day is ongoing, according to Bloomington Police. BPD public information officer John Fermon says detectives are still sorting through tips and are still actively investigating the case. A body that was found earlier this month in the Illinois River has still…MORE

Heartland sees enrollment increase

Heartland sees enrollment increase

By Neil Doyle NORMAL – Heartland Community College saw its enrollment go up by 2.5% with an increase in new undergrad students for the 2021-2022 school year. Heartland’s overall enrollment for 2021 is 4,436, according to a news release Tuesday. The enrollment of 1,425 new students returned Heartland to pre-pandemic numbers. “Community colleges across the nation…MORE

McLean County Nursing Home workers offered bonuses for getting COVID shots

McLean County Nursing Home workers offered bonuses for getting COVID shots

By HOI ABC NORMAL – Employees at the government-run McLean County Nursing Home will be paid a bonus of up to $1,000 for receiving the COVID-19 vaccination. Approximately 90 people work at the nursing home, and according to Illinois Department of Public Health data, 61.54% of the workers are fully vaccinated and 84.15% of the nursing home’s…MORE

Warm and dry this past week for Illinois farmers

Warm and dry this past week for Illinois farmers

By USDA SPRINGFIELD – There were 6.6 days suitable for field work during the week ending September 19, 2021. Statewide, the average temperature was 73.2 degrees, 7.0 above normal. Precipitation averaged 0.18 inches, 0.71 inches below normal. Topsoil moisture supply was rated 11 percent very short, 27 percent short, 61 percent adequate, and 1 percent…MORE

Blogs

Labor Day – Expanding voting rights for all

By Mike Matejka Because of COVID, there is no Labor Day Parade this year.  It’s always a great event for our everyday workers to march proudly down the street and enjoys the festive crowd. If there had been a parade, this year’s Labor Day theme was to be “150 years of struggle: your right to vote.” …

Is federal mobilization the answer?

By Mike Matejka As President Donald Trump threatens to send federal marshals into Chicago, over the objections of Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker, recall another Illinois Governor who protested the incursion of armed federal personnel into the city.   Those federal troops, rather than calming, escalated the situation, leading to deaths and violence. Illinois poet Vachel Lindsay…

In these troubled times, to my fellow white Americans

By Mike Matejka Our nation is at a unique watershed in human relations. African-Americans have been killed too many times in the past before George Floyd, but the response to this man’s death is international and all-encompassing. I was a grade-schooler during the Civil Rights 1960s. I watched Birmingham demonstrators hosed and the Selma – Montgomery…

Workers’ Memorial Day – Remember those whose job took their life

Looking around our community, when we say employer, most will respond to State Farm, Country, or Illinois State University.   We too often forget those who are building our roads, serving our food, or our public employees. COVID-19 has made us more aware of the risk.  Going to work every day for some people means…