A Peoria resident has pleaded guilty to murder charges in the death of a man during a kidnapping that authorities say stemmed from trying to steal money from recent lottery winnings.

Central Illinois grocery shoppers will have fewer choices in the coming months. The Fresh Market announced Monday it’s closing 15 stores across the country. This includes stores in Peoria and Normal.

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NORMAL, Ill. - Tuition will increase 3.75 percent for new undergraduate students entering Illinois State University this fall term. The hike comes after approval from the school's Board of Trustees on Friday. Students will pay about $385 per credit hour. The new rate only applies to incoming students and is guaranteed through summer 2022.

The Illinois Supreme Court has reversed a recent ruling and will now consider an appeal in a lawsuit against a town and three former police officers filed on behalf of a man who was wrongfully convicted in a 1993 murder case.

A new $3.7 million train station has opened in southern Illinois.

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

Illinois State University says it raised $21.4 million in private dollars during fiscal year 2017 -- the third-best year on record.

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

Nine months ago an exciting event took place that made thousands of people wildly exuberant and happily exhausted. Oh, and the Chicago Cubs won the World Series too. And now, it's a Cubs baby boomlet.

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

Emmy and Golden Globe-winning actress Jane Lynch has received an honorary doctoral degree from her alma mater Illinois State University. Lynch is a native of the Chicago suburb of Dolton and a 1982 graduate of Illinois State's theatre program. 

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A central Illinois city that restricts speakers at council meetings is seeking advice from the state attorney general.  Normal limits speakers to one appearance every 45 days. City Manager Mark Peterson says the council likely will follow the attorney general's opinion. The restriction might violate the Illinois public meetings law.

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NORMAL, Ill. (AP) - Rivian Automotive has completed the purchase of the former Mitsubishi plant in the central Illinois city of Normal, where it plans to manufacture electric vehicles. 

The auction planned for the shuttered Mitsubishi Plant in Normal is postponed. The property that's large enough to hold 50 football fields was slated to go up for auction October 18th.

The Normal Town Council approved $606,000 to renovate the former Sprague's Super Service fuel station along Route 66. Former Illinois State University professor and Route 66 Scholar Terri Ryburn, who is selling the building to the town, said she'll be happy to see this property develop.

A historic former gas station and Route 66 landmark in Normal could become a city-owned tourist attraction.   The City Council is scheduled to vote tonight on the purchase of the onetime Sprague's service station.  The 85-year-old building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and designated a town landmark.

The head of the company that just took the Mitsubishi plant in Normal off the automaker's hands says they will start liquidating the equipment in two or three months if they do not find a buyer for the plant.

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BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) - Officials in Central Illinois say the mild winter is helping their local governments' bottom line.  

The  cities of Bloomington and Normal and McLean County are saving money because temperatures since November have been above normal and there's been little snowfall.

 Bloomington Public Works Director Jim Karch says it's been the most tame winter he's seen in seven years on the job. 

McLean County and Mitsubishi Motors North America have agreed on a value of the automaker's facilities in Normal for tax reasons.

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NORMAL, Ill. (AP) - Demolition has started on a pair of old dormitories at Illinois State University.

 David Gill is director of facilities planning at Illinois State in Normal. He says work has begun with the dining hall that sits between the two closed dorms.

 Gill says that work will be followed by demolition of the Whitten-Hamilton and Atkin-Colby residence halls. All the work is expected to be done by May. The cost of tearing down the buildings is $3.9 million. 

The dorms have been vacant for three years.

The Mitsubishi Motors plant in Normal produced its last vehicle Monday.  The plant ended production of its only vehicle, the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, ending a 30-year run as one of McLean County's largest employers. 

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.