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A semipro baseball team. A band performing at the Castle Theatre. A mom visiting to watch her son play college football. A family reunion. An author writing a book about historic Route 66.

They’ve all stayed at Kevin Lewis’ house—one of the top Airbnb destinations in Bloomington-Normal. Lewis turned his 103-year-old bungalow on Locust Street into a short-term rental property, first as a way to make some extra money during a financial slump. Almost two years later, he’s still doing it.

The issue of legalizing recreational use of marijuana is rising in profile this year. Currently, there are two bills in the General Assembly. Several Democratic candidates for governor have embraced the proposal, saying it would bring badly needed revenue to the state and reduce black market and gang control of an existing industry.

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, though, bluntly opposed the idea last week in a WSIL television interview in Marion.

Transgender Patient Services Expanding, But Still Lacking

Aug 31, 2016
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Planned Parenthood health centers in Peoria, Pekin and Bloomington added services for transgender patients this month.  Cass Herrington reports members of the transgender community welcome the news, but say there’s still a void in the treatment that’s available:


Darcia Ostling started her transition six years ago, “From who I was into who I am, who I truly am,” Ostling said.

ISU Athletic Officials Among Dead In Plane Crash

Apr 7, 2015

McLean County officials confirm seven people died when a Cessna 414 crashed into a field sometime overnight northeast of Bloomington. Sheriff Jon Sandage says air traffic controllers in Peoria lost radar contact with the private plane around 12:15 AM. About three hours later, a Bloomington police officer discovered the wreckage just north of Route 9 east of the city. Sandage says rescue workers feared all were dead.

"At approximately 4:15 this morning, McLean County coroner's office personnel arrived and pronounced all seven occupants of the plane deceased."

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Test results show two potential measles cases reported over the weekend in the Bloomington-Normal area actually were not instances of the highly infectious malady.

OSF Saint Joseph Medical Center says tests for the rubeola virus on the mother and daughter who had a rash were negative. The two went to OSF Promptcare on Fort Jesse Road in Normal on Sunday, and healthcare workers there shut down part of the facility until it could be decontaminated. OSF says it cannot say what illness caused the rash that presented similar enough symptoms to prompt a measles inquiry.