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Illinois gas prices inch down

Illinois gas prices inch down

By Neil Doyle BLOOMINGTON – Illinois gas prices inched down about four cents over the past week, averaging $3.30 a gallon. GasBuddy price reports show the cheapest station in Illinois is priced at $2.95, while the most expensive is $3.99. Prices in the state are 7.2 cents higher than last month, and $1.01 more expensive compared…MORE

Man charged with severely beating child, woman in the Twin Cities

Man charged with severely beating child, woman in the Twin Cities

By HOI ABC MCLEAN COUNTY – A local man is jailed in McLean County after a grand jury indicted him on charges he beat a child. Court documents say Lance Cotton, 29, beat the child repeatedly starting in December 2019, causing brain injuries and bone fractures. The child was younger than 13, according to court…MORE

BPD interim chief to retire in September

BPD interim chief to retire in September

  By Neil Doyle BLOOMINGTON – The interim chief of the Bloomington Police Department is retiring after 25 years on the job. Greg Scott will retire in September as City Manager Tim Gleason accepted Scott’s resignation on Thursday. “I appreciate Greg postponing his original retirement plans and stepping up to guide the department until a new…MORE

Pontiac District 429 will not require masks

Pontiac District 429 will not require masks

  By WJBC Staff PONTIAC – Masks will be optional in Pontiac’s District 429 this school year. Superintendent Brian Dukes says the district’s board of education met earlier this week and determined that students will not be required to wear masks during the school day. State law still requires masks when students are on buses, and…MORE

MCHD: Delta variant is present in Central Illinois

MCHD: Delta variant is present in Central Illinois

  By Neil Doyle BLOOMINGTON – Local health officials are reminding people, especially those who are unvaccinated, that the COVID delta variant is present in Central Illinois. “We know it to be more infectious than previously detected variants, so that is one of the reasons why we are seeing an increase in cases,” said McLean County…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…