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Join In the 2020 Hog Wild 5K with WJBC

Join In the 2020 Hog Wild 5K with WJBC

The McLean County Fair had to be cancelled for 2020. However, the Hog Wild 5K race will still take place! The race will take place Sunday, August 2nd. With the safety of participants in mind and guidelines to being followed, the race will be run in heats of 40 people. Because of this the start…MORE

Mayor of Normal makes the list

Mayor of Normal makes the list

In looking to fill seats on the Amtrak Board of Directors, President Trump has announced three nomination intentions and Mayor of Normal Chris Koos is on the list.MORE


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…

Everyone counts and you could make the difference

By Mike Matejka How many federal dollars will there be for road repairs?  To feed hungry families?  How many Illinois representatives will there be in Congress?  Are Illinois communities going to get their fair share? There’s only one way to ensure our community gets treated properly – answer the census. The every ten year U.S. census,…

Reactions to the “A Community in Conflict” exhibit

By Mike Matejka Every community has its home-town pride; Bloomington-Normal is proud to claim Steak n’ Shake and MASH TV star McLean Stevenson.  We’ve also had a moment of contention and conflict.  Sometimes these are uplifting stories of human progress. At other times, they cause us to shake our heads and wonder why. The McLean…