Ryan Denham

Ryan Denham started his career as a copy editor and later business and city government reporter at The Pantagraph in 2006. He later worked for WJBC radio in Bloomington. He now works in website development for Illinois State University and is a freelance reporter for WGLT.

A Bloomington hospital said Friday rumors that the dangerous new coronavirus had spread to central Illinois were untrue, as a second U.S. patient was confirmed in Chicago.

A tenured professor at Illinois State University claimed in a new sex-discrimination lawsuit that she’s unfairly making less than her male peers and was threatened with retaliation for raising her concerns.

The Illinois Senate’s top Republican said he’s disappointed so far in what he’s seen emerge out of the state’s property tax relief task force.

This month over a million Illinois workers who make the minimum wage got a pay increase, with another raise coming July 1. It was Illinois’ first minimum-wage increase in nearly a decade.

Rivian announced Monday that its owners will be able to use Alexa voice commands to control key vehicle features—the latest collaboration between the electric automaker and Amazon.

The show is over at the Monarch Music Hall in Peoria.

UPDATED 11:20 a.m. | Authorities have identified the 53-year-old man who's been charged with murder in connection with a triple homicide Christmas Day in Livingston County.

For recovering addicts, staying sober can more difficult around the holidays. Alcohol is as pervasive as gingerbread cookies at holiday parties. And as families come together, the pain of past relapses can linger even if a person is newly sober.

Rivian on Monday announced its fourth major investment of 2019—this time $1.3 billion led by funds and accounts advised by T. Rowe Price.

Rivian is looking to hire hundreds of workers for its Normal manufacturing plant over the next few years. Heartland Community College wants to be ready to help get them trained.

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Central Illinois congressional representatives are praising the bipartisan House passage of an updated trade agreement among the U.S., Mexico and Canada.

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Rivian completed or started over $24 million in remodeling, demolition, and construction work inside its Normal manufacturing plant in 2019, Town of Normal building permits show.

2019 was a memorable year for central Illinois farmers—and not in a good way. Trade disputes cut into prices and drove up anxiety. A soggy planting season led to a late harvest. And just as farmers finally were able to get into this fields this fall, it snowed.

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U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis dug in Monday night as he again attacked the impeachment inquiry and called on Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to bring a free trade agreement to a vote.

The top federal prosecutor for central Illinois says a new anti-gun violence initiative will improve coordination between law enforcement agencies and keep more illegal weapons off the streets.

Illinois’ two senators are calling on the USDA to rework its massive trade aid program to fix what they see as inequities and a lack of transparency into how payments are doled out.

Authorities said Wednesday that Cynthia Baker’s murder conviction is “not the finish line” and that others may be charged—possibly Rica Rountree’s father.

Suspects from Bloomington and Peoria were among those arrested last weekend during an FBI sting targeting men who allegedly used social media to try and lure minors into sexual activity.

The nine Central Illinois suspects were each charged with attempted enticement of a child. They made their first appearances in federal court Monday. Prosecutors announced the charges Wednesday.

The defendants are:

Enrollment declined at Illinois community colleges again this fall, driven in part by a strong economy and low unemployment.

President Donald Trump is not a big fan of Chicago. But he had some kind words for two downstate lawmakers during his Windy City visit on Monday.

A key election watcher says the race is tightening between Republican U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis and his Democratic challenger, Betsy Dirksen Londrigan.

Climate change has been a hot-button issue for years, made even hotter by President Trump’s move to pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement and roll back Obama-era policies concerning greenhouse gas emissions and coal.

One day after a 9-year-old was arraigned on murder charges, a juvenile justice advocate on Tuesday questioned the Woodford County prosecutor’s decision to try and hold the boy criminally responsible for his alleged actions.

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A Central Illinois lawmaker said he’s encouraged by first steps taken by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) and the its director’s pledge to “re-focus on safety.”

A 9-year-old accused of setting a fire that killed five people in Goodfield struggled Monday to understand the murder and arson charges against him during his first court appearance.

A 9-year-old accused of setting a fire that killed five people in Goodfield struggled Monday to understand the murder and arson charges against him during his first court appearance.

The chair of the Federal Election Commission said Tuesday that U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis was trying to “intimidate” her by asking for an ethics investigation into her public criticism of President Trump.

While Uptown Normal was filled with Rivian buzz during Sunday’s community event, the real action is taking place 5 miles west at the automaker’s manufacturing plant.

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Here’s something you don’t hear every day: Child care in Illinois just got more affordable.

The Democrat-controlled House is moving ahead with its impeachment inquiry, prompted by President Trump asking the Ukrainian president for an investigation of his political rival.

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