The shocking announcement that five former officials of Bloomington's downtown arena had been charged with a laundry list of felonies after an 18-month investigation by Illinois State Police and the Illinois Department of Revenue bested all others as The Pantagraph's top local story of 2017.

The year, like most, was marked by joy and sadness, gains and losses.

We said goodbye to two anchor stores at Eastland Mall, but saw the promise of added jobs from a new agriculture manufacturer. One Twin City mayor narrowly won re-election, while the other contended with a police investigation and a scolding from city council colleagues. We cheered the record-setting Redbirds and mourned a local hero. Our murder rate spiked, as did our political involvement.

And at long last, our favorite Italian beef sandwiches arrived.

What follows is the list of Top 10 local news stories of 2017, with Nos. 2-10 listed in no particular order, based on the choices of Pantagraph editors and supported by the most-viewed stories on

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