Category Archives: Police and Fire

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

Man hospitalized in critical condition after Sunday morning shooting in Normal

Man hospitalized in critical condition after Sunday morning shooting in Normal

By HOI ABC NORMAL – A man shot multiple times this weekend outside an apartment complex in north Normal is in critical condition, Normal Police said Monday. Normal Police Assistant Chief Steve Petrilli confirmed to our news partner HOI ABC a man in his 20’s, who is not a resident of McLean County, is being treated…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…