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..... to Illinois State University where the excitement has been building during the annual tradition that is Homecoming Week.

Activities have been taking place since Sunday — from window painting and the uptown lighting ceremony to a carnival and, of course, preparation for the big game on Saturday.

The football team is trying to rebound from two disappointing road losses and has a tough opponent in in No. 4 ranked South Dakota.

But if the Redbirds are going to get back on track, what better time than Homecoming?


... a group of women with Wesley United Methodist Church who recently showcased their talents to raise money for nonprofit organizations.

A biannual craft fair, hosted by United Methodist Women (UMW), featured tables of holiday crafts and decorations, a bake sale and lunch.

Proceeds will be distributed to groups like The Baby Fold in Normal, Cunningham Children’s Home in Urbana and Leslie Bates Davis House in St. Louis.

In 2015, the event raised $7,000 and organizers expect to raise more this year — along with increasing fellowship among all who were there. 


.. to the Bloomington residents nominated, and who are expected to be approved Monday night, for the city's new civilian board that will review public complaints against the police department.

The City Council will be asked to approve the appointments of the Rev. William Bennett, Robert Bosquez, Surena Fish, Jan Lancaster, Sally Rudolph, Arthur Taylor and Jeffery Woodard to the seven-member Public Safety and Community Relations Board.

We know a lot of these folks, chosen from 66 applicants, and think they will bring the right perspective to their new advisory role. 


... to OSF HealthCare St. Joseph Medical Center that plans to build a nearly $25 million medical office building on its Bloomington campus to increase the number of primary care providers and improve access to outpatient cardiac services.

The application to the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board calls for a three-story, 51,000-square-foot facility. 

We are blessed here with high quality health care and this project will only make it better.


...  to Habitat for Humanity of McLean County ReStore that is undergoing a $1 million, 12,000-square-foot expansion that is another sign of the  interesting developments in the revitalization of west Bloomington.

The project includes building and modifying more affordable homes for families and contributing to the commercial growth of the West Washington Street corridor.

"It's all about the families," said Habitat Development Director Noel Lucero. "We anticipate donations and sales will continue to increase. So the ReStore expansion will allow us to build more homes and serve more families."

You can't ask for more than that.  

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