Category Archives: Local News

McLean County Board splits party leadership

McLean County Board splits party leadership

By 25 News BLOOMINGTON – A split McLean County board will also have split leadership. Board member John McIntyre will retain his seat as chairman, a position he’s held since 2016. Joining him as Vice-Chair will be Democratic member Elizabeth Johnston, who has sat on the board since 2016. Both represent District 5, covering the…MORE

Fatal car crash Monday afternoon near LeRoy

Fatal car crash Monday afternoon near LeRoy

By Neil Doyle LEROY – Authorities are investigating a deadly car crash that happened Monday afternoon in southeast McLean County. Coroner Kathy Yoder says the crash happened around 3:30 p.m. just east of LeRoy at the intersection of 3100 East and 400 North Road. One person died in the accident and the victim’s name is…MORE

Bloomington Republican announces retirement from Illinois Senate

Bloomington Republican announces retirement from Illinois Senate

By WJBC Staff BLOOMINGTON – State Sen. Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) announced on Monday his retirement from the Senate at the end of his current term, which expires Jan. 10, 2023. Barickman has served in the General Assembly for 12 years. He currently represents the 53rd District, which covers parts of McLean, Livingston, Woodford and Ford…MORE

Evenly divided McLean County Board must compromise to choose its chair

Evenly divided McLean County Board must compromise to choose its chair

By 25 News BLOOMINGTON – McLean County voters chose 10 Republicans and 10 Democrats to the county board last month, meaning compromises must be made to pick their leaders. That hasn’t been a problem in the past because the board has been controlled by Republicans. However, their dominance has declined in recent years, and one…MORE

Hancock Stadium potential site for future IHSA football championship games

Hancock Stadium potential site for future IHSA football championship games

By 25 News NORMAL – Bloomington-Normal leaders want to bring back the Illinois High School Association’s state football championship games for the next five years, but three other communities are also hoping to land the premier event that’s held each Thanksgiving weekend. ISU’s Hancock Stadium was the venue for the first 25 years of the…MORE

Merger set to increase Morton Community Bank’s presence in the Twin Cities

Merger set to increase Morton Community Bank’s presence in the Twin Cities

By 25 News BLOOMINGTON – Morton Community Bank is acquiring a Springfield-based bank with branches in Bloomington-Normal. Holding company Hometown Community Bancorp Inc. announced Thursday it’s acquiring Marine Bank’s parent firm, which has 11 branches, two of them in the Twin-Cities. The merger is expected to happen during the second quarter of next year, pending regulatory approval and the…MORE

Santa’s Station returns to Uptown Normal this weekend

Santa’s Station returns to Uptown Normal this weekend

By Jake Fogal BLOOMINGTON – After a two-year absence due to the pandemic, Santa’s Station is returning to Uptown Normal this month. The grand opening celebrations are scheduled for this Saturday at 12:30 p.m. Through Christmas Eve, visitation hours will also be available on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. On Saturday, Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus…MORE

Bloomington man charged with assault and strangulation of a pregnant woman

Bloomington man charged with assault and strangulation of a pregnant woman

By 25 News  BLOOMINGTON – A pregnant woman reportedly beaten and strangled at the hands of her boyfriend feared for her life, McLean County prosecutors said in court on Tuesday. The state’s attorney’s office charged Trevor Kelly, 21, of Bloomington, with aggravated domestic battery by strangulation and domestic battery causing bodily harm, both felonies. According…MORE

Teenager arrested in Normal associated with homicide in Champaign

Teenager arrested in Normal associated with homicide in Champaign

By 25 News BLOOMINGTON – A 17-year-old has been moved from the McLean County Sheriff’s Office to the Champaign County Correctional Facility. Keshawn Brown was arrested Monday in Normal for charges related to an incident at Target. Tuesday he was charged as an adult with multiple Class X felonies related to a November 4th homicide…MORE

A teenager and three adults arrested in Bloomington over the holiday weekend

A teenager and three adults arrested in Bloomington over the holiday weekend

By Jake Fogal BLOOMINGTON – Four people were detained by the police and are now being charged with several offenses. In response to a report of shots fired, officers were summoned to the 1400 block of West Graham street on November 23rd, at 5:30 p.m. The first arrest was made at that time. A 17-year-old…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…