This year will long be remembered as the year of the pandemic, a time when the entire world struggled to fight off a killer virus that left hundreds of thousands of deaths in its wake. The stories from past plagues that have ravaged our planet were captured in newspaper accounts and family histories, passed along
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Christine Roush will be behind bars for 40 years for killing her mother, Teresa Poehlman in July 2017 in a violent encounter that played out in the wooden area around Funks Grove just south of Bloomington, Illinois. Her friend Matt Isbell is doing a 12-year sentence for his role in the murder. Christine was 22
The day after the final ballots are cast, Americans will wake up to a changed nation. If predictions and polls prove to be accurate, we will elect a new president on Nov. 3 and the four-year anomaly of a Donald Trump presidency will come to an end. The next few hours will be a time
Substantial progress has been made in the five years since McLean County began an overhaul of community mental health, but some of the toughest work lies ahead, according to two McLean County Board members who served as architects for the ambitious Mental Health Action Plan. A National Institute of Corrections study requested by former county
The abolition of the death penalty in Illinois was a long, arduous process spanning more than a decade. Former Illinois governor George Ryan took the first and difficult step in 2ooo to halt all executions until a thorough review of every death row case could be conducted. I recently talked with Ryan and Pulitzer Prize-winning
People forced to stay home during the months-long grip of COVID-19 are facing a second health challenge as anxiety, depression and stress take their toll. A Bloomington counseling center which serves those with little or no health insurance has expanded its services to include children and minority residents – two groups that often have difficulties
In his recent interview on the Legal Talk Network podcast, Senator Dick Durbin's recalled his time as a private attorney and his work defending claims against law enforcement agencies. One of those claims was filed against former DeWitt County Sheriff Keith Long whose office was the subject of a series of investigative stories published jointly
Sad news spread across central Illinois recently with the identification of Todd Ledbetter as the latest homicide victim in Champaign County. Todd also was the latest homeless person to be killed in Illinois. I met Todd several years ago when he was living on the streets of Bloomington. I was not aware he had moved
A fire ripped through the Clinton Assembly of God Church this week, leaving behind decades of special memories in the rubble. Lines of cars, moving like a funeral procession showing respect for a friend, drove slowly past the fire scene as the ash smoldered for hours. The church was once home to a daycare that
Before a McLean County jury acquitted Kirk Zimmerman of murder charges in 2019, residents of the Bloomington-Normal area were captivated by the case against the State Farm staffer accused of killing his ex-wife, Pam Zimmerman. The case caught the attention of producers with NBC's Dateline program. The June 2019 episode on the Bloomington case will