top story editor's pick Blinded by the light: Neon signs of past and present in Central Illinois May 22, 2020 May 22, 2020 1 tropicsnight.jfif The Tropics in Lincoln, once a mainstay of Route 66 travelers, drew travelers with its theme. FACEBOOK RT 66 TOURISM 3 SAS A reproduction neon sign is shown in the Route 66 Hall of Fame and Museum, Pontiac. STEVE SMEDLEY, PANTAGRAPH FILE PRINCESS THEATRE 5 SAS A neon sign will be repaired as part of the plans to restore the Princess Theatre. STEVE SMEDLEY, PANTAGRAPH FILE PALMS GRILL CAFE 1 CTM Kaylee Ballinger, 10, left, and Kelsey Schmidt, 12, ride their bicycles past the neon Palms Grill cafe sign April 24, 2007, in Atlanta. CARLOS T. MIRANDA, PANTAGRAPH FILE OEM CHENOA 2 SAS An International Harvester neon clock in OEM Tractor Parts, Chenoa. STEVE SMEDLEY, PANTAGRAPH FILE NEON BHS SIGN lead SAS Super Sign Service employees Joe Remington, left, and Dale Gray, work on placing the neon tubes inside the steel letters BHS, outside the north entrance to Bloomington High School. STEVE SMEDLEY, PANTAGRAPH FILE MONA'S 75TH 2 SAS The neon signs for Mona's and Capponi's Italian Restaurants in Toluca. STEVE SMEDLEY, PANTAGRAPH FILE McLean Arcade Museum 6 sas Two custom neon signs adorn the front entrance of Arcadia: America's Playable Arcade Museum in downtown McLean on Dec. 21, 2012. STEVE SMEDLEY, PANTAGRAPH FILE L is for lighting Chad Kletz of Super Sign Service replaces the neon letter L in the The Castle Theatre sign at 209 E. Washington St., Bloomington, while working with fellow sign man Joe Remington on Dec. 31, 2014. The neon sign had burned out recently and was repaired in the company's Bloomington shop. STEVE SMEDLEY, Pantagraph file Jesus Saves a Sign Lead sas Workers from Prairie Signs Incorporated use a construction crane to hold a new sign in place at Home Sweet Home Ministries, Bloomington, on Jan. 24, 2013. The old neon sign sits on a trailer. STEVE SMEDLEY, PANTAGRAPH FILE images.jfif Daddios, 527 N. Main St., Bloomington FILE HARVEST MOON DRIVEIN 10 Lost items sit beneath the neon lights of the Gibson City's Harvest Moon Drive-In concession stand June 19, 2008. B MOSHER, PANTAGRAPH FILE HARVEST MOON DRIVEIN 4 Gibson City's Harvest Moon Drive-In owner Mike Harroun has change and a plastic bag for a customer as a God Bless America neon sign hangs on the little pay station building to the drive-in June 19, 2008. B MOSHER, PANTAGRAPH FILE download (1).jfif Normal Theatre, 209 W. North St., Normal FACEBOOK CLOCK DESIGN 4 SAS Retro-series clocks with neon lighting are sold at Personality, 504 Guido Circle, Bloomington, on Oct. 28, 2003. STEVE SMEDLEY, PANTAGRAPH FILE Cadillac Jack's Cadillac Jack's Cantina and Grill; 1507 S. Main St., Bloomington FACEBOOK AN OUTPOST FOR BOOKS 1 SAS A neon sign beckons customers to visit Outpost Books, 618 N. Main St., Bloomington. STEVE SMEDLEY, PANTAGRAPH FILE 030719-blm-loc-3statefarmsale A worker applies a new coat of paint to the bright red neon sign that blazes atop the tower of the State Farm Insurance building on Oct. 10, 2013, in downtown Bloomington. DAVID PROEBER, PANTAGRAPH FILE 5dd8b0a282f38.preview.jpg The now-closed CVS store, 201 N. Center St., in downtown Bloomington. PANTAGRAPH FILE 1 comment Related to this collection Local News Flood warning issued for Mackinaw River near Congerville; some McLean County roads flooded May 18, 2020 A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect until 10 p.m. Sunday for much of Central Illinois including McLean and DeWitt counties. Local News Tornado confirmed in Woodford County May 24, 2020 A tornado watch is in effect until 8 p.m. for most of Central Illinois. In a statement from the National Weather Service in Lincoln, McLean, Livingston, Ford, Logan, Tazewell, DeWitt, and Woodford counties are all included in the watch area.