BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) - United Auto Workers will hold a meeting to talk about a tentative agreement between the union that represents workers at the Mitsubishi plant in Normal and Mitsubishi Motors North America. The meeting will be held at U.S.

UPDATED 10/1/15: UAW Local 2488 members have canceled a strike authorization vote against Mitsubishi Motors. This story will be updated. 

Less than two months before production is supposed to end at the Mitsubishi plant in Normal, Union officials have scheduled a strike authorization vote. That doesn't mean a walkout will happen. But, as the contract is set to expire tomorrow night, negotiators have apparently reached an impasse on issues.

Bloomington-Normal reacts to Mitsubishi closure

Jul 24, 2015

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."

The McLean County Health Department is investigating two potential measles cases in Bloomington Normal. A woman and a small female child presented themselves for treatment at OSF Promptcare on Fort Jesse Road in Normal on Sunday. 

Authorities in Normal say emergency vehicles should be arriving more quickly than in the past because of a technology upgrade. 

Amtrak is looking to start a pilot program next year that would bus residents from Peoria to the passenger rail service in Bloomington/Normal. The company says a bus service would generate more than 27,000 riders. The City is looking at Bradley University and the CityLink Center on Adams as two sites for the proposed Amtrak bus terminal.  Peoria City Manager Patrick Urich says the bus service makes more economic sense than to bring passenger rail directly to Peoria:

The invasion of Crimea has virtually undone all the good will Russian President Vladimir Putin put into the Winter Olympics. That's according to U. S. Senator Dick Durbin. Speaking in Normal, Durbin said Putin spent $51 billion on the Olympics, only to see the investment wither away in a matter of days.

Two area teachers nominated for state award

Sep 9, 2013

Two Central Illinois educators are finalists for the Illinois Teacher Of The Year award.  Kerry Meyers teaches math, science and ancient civilizations in Brimfield School District 309.  John Bierbaum teaches history and psychology at Normal Community West High School.  They are two of eleven finalists for the award.  About 200 teachers were nominated.  The winner will be announced next month.