Bloomington

The former manager of Bloomington's city-owned arena faces a new theft indictment charging that he illegally transferred city money to a group that used to own the Bloomington Thunder hockey team.

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - Authorities say a central Illinois man stabbed himself in a courtroom shortly after a jury found him guilty in a sexual assault case.

City of Bloomington, Illinois

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - Bloomington’s mayor is dropping plans for an ordinance that would recognize the importance of local immigrants.

Residents in the Bloomington area are getting the chance to ride in a 90-year-old airplane.

Some Bloomington residents are leaving bulky waste on their curb despite the next free collection not being scheduled until October.

The Bloomington and Peoria Invest Health teams hosted a day long peer exchange event. The event at the Gateway Building on the Peoria Riverfront included more than 100 people from the region. They shared ideas and strategies to improve overall community health. 

State Representative Jehan Gordon-Booth is sponsoring legislation to remove a common roadblock for those with a criminal record. 

Illinois State University faces a federal lawsuit from a former male student who says the way the school handles sexual misconduct cases violated his rights.

Four central Illinois communities will share more than $400,000 in federal housing money to help families with job-training, education and more. 

State Farm has spent more than $33 million since 2015 on updating its corporate campuses in Illinois.

Next year the state will have a new way to dispose of dead bodies where no next of kin is found or families don’t have the means to pay for a burial… and it could benefit students.

Budding entrepreneurs will compete for financial investment and in-kind services in the Startup Showcase on Friday in Bloomington.

Illinois has awarded more than $22.5 million in federal tax credits to help fund 20 new affordable housing developments.

Efforts are underway in Bloomington to preserve what's left of the central Illinois city's brick streets.

Officials of a city in central Illinois are creating a community board to review public complaints against its police department.

An Illinois zoo is heading a program that breeds snow leopards as part of the Snow Leopard Species Survival Plan, which was created after the leopard population began declining in the 1970s.

Republicans in the Illinois Senate have elected Sen. Bill Brady to serve as the chamber's minority leader.

The city-owned arena downtown Bloomington in central Illinois has a new name: Grossinger Motors Arena.

A central Illinois man charged with first-degree murder in the fatal stabbing of a woman more than 100 times in a Bloomington hotel room has pleaded not guilty.

Weather experts say data show Illinois had a cool and rainy May this year. Illinois state climatologist Jim Angel says the statewide average temperature during May was 61.9 degrees. That's eight-tenths of a degree below normal.

The Miller Park Zoo in central Illinois is seeing increased attendance and revenue for the second year in a row.

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A celebration of life will be held this weekend for a 22-year-old soldier from central Illinois who was killed in Afghanistan.  The public visitation for Sgt. Josh Rodgers of Bloomington begins Saturday morning at Eastview Christian Church in Normal. Afterward there'll be a celebration of life, followed by a procession at 2:30 p.m. 

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The military says a 22-year-old soldier from central Illinois has been killed in Afghanistan. The Department of Defense released a statement saying Sgt. Josh Rodgers of Bloomington was among two soldiers killed this week as a result of small arms fire in Nangarhar Province.  The military says the fatal incident is under investigation.

Former McLean County Board Chairman Matt Sorensen has pleaded guilty to a federal wire fraud charge, admitting he defrauded a Chicago consulting firm of nearly $500,000.  Sorensen entered the plea during a short hearing in Chicago federal court. 

A man suspected of multiple stabbings in central Illinois in August 2015 has been found not guilty by reason of insanity.  36-year-old Jason Hopkins sat at a table in a courtroom Tuesday but didn't participate in the hearing. The state and his lawyer agreed that he was too severely mentally ill to grasp the criminal nature of his actions.

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EUREKA, Ill. (AP) - A Bloomington high school teacher has been charged with first-degree murder in her husband's stabbing death.

Bond is $1 million for 30-year-old Sarah Mellor of Bloomington, who teaches Spanish at Bloomington High School. Prosecutors say 31-year-old Mark Mellor of Bloomington was stabbed late Saturday during an argument with his wife at a private campsite in rural Woodford County. Sarah Mellor remains jailed at the Woodford County jail in Eureka.

 Prosecutors say relatives drove Mark Mellor from the campsite to a hospital where he was pronounced dead at 12:15 a.m. Sunday. The McLean County coroner said preliminary autopsy results found he died from a stab wound to the chest.

A Bloomington man running for Congress has successfully sued to keep his name on the ballot.

David Gill is running as an independent, and failed to file the number of valid signatures required by Illinois law.

That number is much higher than it would be if he were running as a Democrat or Republican, and a federal judge on Thursday ruled that Gill must remain on the ballot.

A Bloomington physician running for Congress as an independent candidate has filed a lawsuit challenging the signature requirement.  

David Gill is seeking a U.S. House seat in the 13th District, which covers an area from central Illinois to near St. Louis.   

State election officials found Gill fell short of the 10,754 required valid signatures as an independent. His lawsuit filed this week alleges "severe and overly burdensome" signature requirements for independents. Democrats and Republicans need fewer than 740 signatures.  

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) - A mental health evaluation has been ordered for a central Illinois man who is charged with murder in his parents' stabbing deaths.

Springfield psychiatrist Dr. Terry Killian was appointed to examine 25-year-old Brian Petersen of Bloomington to determine if he is mentally fit to stand trial. A judge set Petersen's bond at $6 million Monday after he was charged in the deaths of his mother, 63-year-old Nancy Petersen, and his father, 68-year-old Bruce Petersen.

Illinois State University

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) - A father and son from Chicago have been charged in connection with the alleged sexual assault of a woman visiting Illinois State University during orientation for incoming students.

19-year-old Shawn Childs Jr. is charged with four counts of criminal sexual assault. Shawn Childs Sr. is charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver for allegedly putting ecstasy in the woman's soda during the alleged incident Tuesday.

 McLean County Assistant State's Attorney Adam Ghrist said Thursday when the alleged victim went to her room after feeling ill, she was followed by Childs Jr. and sexually assaulted. She reported the attack the following morning.

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