Category Archives: WJBC’s Top Stories

Illinois is trying to get a step ahead of people who commit crimes with guns

Illinois is trying to get a step ahead of people who commit crimes with guns

By Dave Dahl SPRINGFIELD – Illinois is using technology to better trace guns used in crimes. Attorney General Kwame Raoul and State Police director Brendan Kelly led a news conference Wednesday to announce Crime Gun Connect. “Each one of those flags on the screen represents a discrete recovery,” said Adam Braun, executive deputy attorney general.…MORE

Leah Marlene announces hometown concert at The Corn Crib

Leah Marlene announces hometown concert at The Corn Crib

By Neil Doyle NORMAL – Normal native Leah Marlene is making a return to the Twin-Cities for a hometown concert later this summer. Marlene announced she’ll be performing August 27 at The Corn Crib. Joining the show will be fellow American Idol contestant Fritz Hager. Marlene was scheduled to perform at Make Music Normal and…MORE

Rivian hosts public hearing on its proposed wind energy project

Rivian hosts public hearing on its proposed wind energy project

By HOI ABC NORMAL – Rivian is meeting with the public to discuss plans to put up a wind turbine at its plant in Normal. About a dozen curious people showed up at public comment session Wednesday night at Heartland Community College, and no one who attended indicated they’re opposed to the plan. Rivian wants…MORE

Cause unknown in early morning Bloomington fire

Cause unknown in early morning Bloomington fire

By HOI ABC and Neil Doyle BLOOMINGTON – Authorities were called early Wednesday morning near Downtown Bloomington for a fire at the corner of Market and Lee Streets. A building, which was under construction, was on fire and the roof had partially collapsed. Public Information Officer Frank Friend told our news partner HOI ABC the…MORE

Half-century in prison for Bloomington man convicted of 2018 homicide

Half-century in prison for Bloomington man convicted of 2018 homicide

By HOI ABC BLOOMINGTON – A Bloomington man was sentenced Tuesday to 50-years in prison for a fatal shooting in the Twin-Cities almost four years ago. A jury in February convicted Jordyn Thornton, 22, of first-degree murder for shooting-to-death Trevonte Kirkwood in the 1300 block of North Oak Street in Bloomington in October 2018. It…MORE

Bailey to face Pritzker in the race to be the next governor of Illinois

Bailey to face Pritzker in the race to be the next governor of Illinois

By WJBC Staff BLOOMINGTON – State Sen. Darren Bailey (R-Xenia) beat six candidates in Tuesday’s primary election and will face Gov. JB Pritzker in the November election. Bailey received 57% of the vote, with Jesse Sullivan getting 16% and Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin receiving 15%. Local Republican State Rep. Dan Brady easily beat John Milhiser…MORE

Illinois farmers appear to have made up for a slow start

Illinois farmers appear to have made up for a slow start

By USDA SPRINGFIELD – There were 6.1 days suitable for field work during the week ending June 26, 2022. Statewide, the average temperature was 76.4 degrees, 2.6 degrees above normal. Precipitation averaged 1.00 inches, 0.08 inches above normal. Topsoil moisture supply was rated 9 percent very short, 22 percent short, 68 percent adequate, and 1…MORE

Council votes 5-3 for Bloomington’s second cannabis dispensary

Council votes 5-3 for Bloomington’s second cannabis dispensary

By HOI ABC BLOOMINGTON – The Bloomington City Council has approved the city’s second cannabis dispensary for recreational use, although three of the newest council members voted no. The council Monday night granted Project Equity’s request for a special use permit to open a dispensary at 1006 JC Parkway, close to Walmart and Blain’s Farm…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…