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.

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.

The retail giant Amazon announced Thursday it plans to buy 100,000 electric delivery vehicles from Rivian as part of a larger effort to reduce its carbon footprint.

With the public clamoring for action to reduce gun violence, Congress may soon create a federal grant program that would offer incentives for states to pass so-called “red flag” laws. Those make it easier to take firearms away from unstable people.

Music legend Bob Dylan will perform next month at Illinois State University's Braden Auditorium.

This is the first in a four-part series about how the USDA’s trade relief payments are playing out in Central Illinois. It was produced by WGLT and WCBU.

Kathleen O’Gorman spent her summer on the front lines of America’s broken immigration system.

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A child welfare expert at Illinois State University said she’s encouraged by the latest attempts to better fund and reform the state’s troubled Department of Children and Family Services.

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A central Illinois man pleaded guilty Monday for his role in the 2017 murder of his friend’s mother whose bloodied body was found near the Sugar Grove Nature Center.

McLean County Jail

A central Illinois man pleaded guilty Monday for his role in the 2017 murder of his friend’s mother whose bloodied body was found near the Sugar Grove Nature Center.

Matthew Isbell, 24, of Marquette Heights, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to 12 years in prison. In exchange first-degree murder charges were dismissed.

Central Illinois farmers produce a lot of corn and soybeans. But they also produce tons of data.

The Democratic-controlled House is sending President Donald Trump a bipartisan $4.6 billion Senate-drafted measure to care for migrant refugees detained at the southern border.

State Sen. Bill Brady said Thursday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling on gerrymandering makes it even more important for Illinois lawmakers to put a nonpartisan map-drawing referendum on the ballot.

UPDATED 12:10 p.m. | The electric automaker Rivian has announced two new sustainability efforts, including plans to grow food outside its Normal manufacturing plant that will be served to its employees.

Greg Snodgrass started at Steak ’n Shake as a bus boy in 1979 in Bloomington-Normal.

Joe Olson came from a hockey family. And he created a new one in Bloomington-Normal.

A new report makes the case that manufacturing is still a vital cog in Illinois’ economic engine—especially downstate.

A state lawmaker is using Rivian to attack a plan to raise electric-vehicle registration fees to fund part of a massive infrastructure spending program.

Local schools and other taxing bodies will be getting some unexpected tax revenue from Rivian after the electric vehicle startup failed to meet its minimum capital investment amount for 2018.

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