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3:44 pm
Fri July 24, 2015

Bloomington-Normal reacts to Mitsubishi closure

Officials from the town of Normal, city of Bloomington, McLean County, and several other stakeholders held a news conference this afternoon about Mitsubishi Motor of North America's decision to close its auto plant here.

Mayor Chris Koos says it's time to move ahead:

"We need to embrace this decision by Mitsubishi as a new opportunity for our community, and to aggressively engage key local, state and federal leaders to help us develop an aggressive strategy to find a new owner for the local Mitsubishi facility."

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State News
8:16 am
Wed July 22, 2015

Bloomington man charged with murder of ex-wife

Pamela Zimmerman
Credit City of Bloomington

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) - Bloomington police investigating the slaying of an accountant found shot to death in her office have charged her ex-husband with murder. 

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State News
3:41 pm
Thu May 28, 2015

Bloomington mechanic's elevator death was an accident

McLean County officials say an inspection found no malfunctions in an elevator involved in a deadly accident earlier this week.

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State News
2:06 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

Bloomington man to be released from sex offender program

A psychiatrist has testified that a 35-year-old Bloomington man who has been in a state treatment program for sexually dangerous people since he was 15 is eligible to be released. 

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State News
4:50 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

McLean County maintenance worker dies in elevator accident

 Authorities say a maintenance mechanic has died in a central Illinois elevator accident.

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State News
2:43 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

Bloomington's Miller Park Zoo welcomes 2 new harbor seals

The lone seal at Bloomington's Miller Park Zoo now has company.  Zoo officials say two harbor seals went on exhibit this week. 

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State News
12:15 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

Plane changed course before deadly Illinois crash

Credit gunssavelife.com

A preliminary report on the airplane crash that killed seven people near Bloomington confirms the pilot unexpectedly changed course as he approached the airport.

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Politics
3:43 pm
Mon April 13, 2015

Zalcman out in 18th Congressional race

Bloomington attorney Marc Zalcman is withdrawing his bid to fill the 18th Congressional District seat. Zalcman, a Republican, says the timeline to get 1,000 petition signatures in about three weeks is too tight to successfully achieve.  Zalcman called the timeline unfair, and says he plans to run in the 2016 Republican primary. Zalcman was the only other declared Republican in the race, running against state Senator Darin LaHood in the July primary

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State News
1:01 pm
Mon April 13, 2015

Bloomington uses grant to hire youth intervention specialist

The Bloomington Police Department has hired a youth intervention specialist.  Michael Donnelly is the community impact manager for United Way of McLean County. He will work part time with Bloomington police to identify at-risk young people and mentor them. 

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Community
10:51 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Bloomington plane crash initial report possible next week

  A National Transportation Safety Board investigator says a private plane that crashed in near Bloomington early Tuesday, killing seven, climbed and turned in an unexpected direction before plunging into a farm field.  Investigator Todd Fox said Wednesday the twin-engine Cessna 414 appeared to miss its approach to Central Illinois Regional Airport in Bloomington. If that happened, the plane should have turned west to try again. Fox said instead, the plane climbed and turned east before crashing. He said the pilot's last radio communication didn't indicate any distress.

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