Bloomington-Normal’s role in ‘electric vehicle revolution’ attracts visit from Transportation Secretary

U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said Bloomington-Normal is at the center of the “electric vehicle revolution” during a visit Saturday. One of Buttigieg’s stops was the Electric Vehicle Energy Storage worker training program at Heartland Community College. The Heartland program, which has received $7.5 million in state money, is temporarily headquartered in a building on […]

Baristas at Peoria Starbucks join nationwide wave of unionization efforts

Jen Lenz joined the Campustown Starbucks near Bradley University two years ago as a shift supervisor — right before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Like all stand-alone Starbucks coffee shops, the Campustown shop, 1200 W. Main St., is owned and managed by the Starbucks corporation. Lenz said there have been many times during the […]

New Decatur superintendent sets priorities and talks background

DECATUR – Decatur’s new superintendent has just finished one week on the job. Rochelle Clark steps into the top position in Decatur Public Schools at a challenging time in education. Schools are trying to catch up students who fell behind during remote learning, while both adults and children grapple with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. “In […]