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Gas prices drop in Illinois, throughout country, over last week

Gas prices drop in Illinois, throughout country, over last week

By Jake Fogal BLOOMINGTON – Gas prices are down about 13 cents in the last week across the state, averaging $5.44 a gallon. “With Independence Day a week away, gas prices have continued to fall for the second straight week as the price of oil has faltered, ushering in the drop we’re seeing. The good…MORE

Protestors of all ages line Veterans Parkway in dissent against Roe v. Wade decision

Protestors of all ages line Veterans Parkway in dissent against Roe v. Wade decision

By HOI ABC BLOOMINGTON – Generations of protestors gathered along Veterans Parkway against the recent Supreme Court decision to overturn landmark abortion case Roe v. Wade. From a mother holding her baby to Kathy Todt, who was in her 20′s when Roe v. Wade was originally decided, they all agreed that they never believed the…MORE

Gov. JB Pritzker calling special session to address reproductive rights

Gov. JB Pritzker calling special session to address reproductive rights

By WJBC Staff CHICAGO – Gov. JB Pritzker is calling for a special session in Springfield to address reproductive rights in the state after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. The governor issued the following statement: In Illinois, we trust women. Despite the action of the Supreme Court today overturning Roe v. Wade,…MORE

One person dead in single vehicle accident in Bloomington

One person dead in single vehicle accident in Bloomington

By HOI ABC BLOOMINGTON – One person is dead after a single vehicle car accident on Bloomington’s west side. Police were notified of the crash at Locust Street and White Oak Road just before 1:30 a.m. The driver of the vehicle was pronounced dead, no one else was involved in the incident, according to BPD.…MORE

Pilot shortage continues to impact the airline industry

Pilot shortage continues to impact the airline industry

By Neil Doyle BLOOMINGTON – The airline industry continues to be impacted by a labor shortage and rising gas prices. But what does that mean for smaller airports? Air fares are increasing across the country, and that includes flights to and from Central Illinois Regional Airport in Bloomington. CIRA deputy director Fran Strebing spoke with…MORE

Town’s council system subject of petition drive

Town’s council system subject of petition drive

By HOI ABC NORMAL – Voters in the Town of Normal may see a referendum on the November ballot. It depends if petitioners can get enough signatures to change from at-large representation to a district system on the town council. There are six council members representing roughly 54,000 residents in Normal and it’s always been…MORE

Rivian wants wind turbine to power electric vehicles made in Normal

Rivian wants wind turbine to power electric vehicles made in Normal

By HOI ABC NORMAL – A wind turbine would tower above the Rivian plant in west Normal if the town’s government signs off on the electric vehicle maker’s plans next month. The company’s wind project aims to deliver to customers its pickup and sport utility vehicles charged with on-site renewable energy. Earlier this year, Rivian…MORE

What’s In A Name? Asian Carp Undergo Change

What’s In A Name? Asian Carp Undergo Change

By Dave Dahl Springfield – Just as Marion Morrison became John Wayne and Bernie Schwartz became Tony Curtis, Illinois’ most hated fish could be more appealing with a new name. A deputy director of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources says Asian carp is now Copi. “We used a marketing team that is well versed…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…