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GasBuddy report: “Gasoline could fall under $3 per gallon by Christmas”

GasBuddy report: “Gasoline could fall under $3 per gallon by Christmas”

By Jake Fogal BLOOMINGTON – Gas prices are down 19 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.78 a gallon across the state. GasBuddy says prices in Illinois are 35.5 cents lower than a month ago and over 26 cents more expensive compared to this time last year. GasBuddy price reports show the cheapest…MORE

Twin Cities man sentenced to 25 years in prison for severe assault of a child

Twin Cities man sentenced to 25 years in prison for severe assault of a child

By 25 News MCLEAN COUNTY – A Twin Cities man was sentenced Tuesday to 25 years in prison for repeatedly beating his girlfriend’s young son who suffered broken bones, brain bleeding, and was malnourished from the abuse. “You are beyond evil,” said the child’s grandmother who provided a victim-impact statement to the court. “What kind…MORE

Illinois State University farm plans for future after fire

Illinois State University farm plans for future after fire

By 25 News MCLEAN COUNTY – Illinois State University is thanking its agriculture community for stepping up to battle an almost 15-hour fire and taking in majority of its livestock after the research farm’s barn caught fire Friday. The university said it lost half of its 700 ft beef barn. “Certainly, that was a real…MORE

Average gas prices fall nationwide ahead of Thanksgiving holiday

Average gas prices fall nationwide ahead of Thanksgiving holiday

By Jake Fogal BLOOMINGTON – Illinois gas prices are trickling down, falling 16.5 cents over the past week, averaging $3.97 a gallon. “What an incredible turnaround in the last week. While a decline was expected in more states than last week, I didn’t expect every single state to hop on the bandwagon so quickly. But,…MORE

Report: Rivian employees allege injuries and safety violations at Normal facility

Report: Rivian employees allege injuries and safety violations at Normal facility

By 25 News NORMAL – Rivian workers are accusing their employer of multiple safety violations at the company’s Normal manufacturing plant, according to a new report from Bloomberg that details multiple instances of neglect from the electric vehicle company. According to the report, at least a dozen employees allege the company ignored known hazards and…MORE

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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…