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Tyler Wilson of Bloomington place his weight into placing a U.S. flag on a veteran’s grave May 25, 2017 at East Lawn Memorial Gardens, Bloomington. He was among volunteers assisting members of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 454 place 1,000 flags at East Lawn at observance of Memorial Day. Tyler was helping his uncle, Randy Wilcox, a U.S. Air Force veteran, set the flags.

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Protesters for and against Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan, D-Chicago, collect at the University of Illinois-Springfield where members of the 100th General Assembly were sworn in Jan. 11, 2017 at Sangamon Auditorium.

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The Mattoon High School dance group plays during the Illinois High School Association’s Competitive Dance Competition held at U.S. Mobile Coliseum on Jan. 28, 2017.

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Eli Exner, 14, brings a cap over the head of his brother, Evan, 1, even as they prepare to remain the night at their dad’s van through the Night in a Car homelessness awareness event on Feb. 3, 2017, outside Trinity Lutheran Church, 801 S. Madison St., Bloomington. The second Night at a Car was scheduled for overnight Feb. 2, 2018, to raise money for Home Sweet Home Ministries’ homeless shelter.

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In the left, Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner, Imam Sheikh Abu Emad Al-Talla of Masjid Ibrahim and Normal Mayor Chris Koos raise their hands in unity during a rally on immigration Feb. 1, 2017 at the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts.

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Rivian Automotive CEO RJ Scaringe, centre, points out details of this new Rivian production facility to Gov. Bruce Rauner, left, along with State Rep. Dan Brady, R-Bloomington, at a news conference March 7, 2017 at the plant, formerly used by Mitsubishi Motors North America. Normal Mayor Chris Koos is far right.

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Normal Patrol Officer Joe Benner constituting an aggressive motorist moving toward Bloomington High School sophomore Yasimine Hamilton, 16, who was playing a patrol officer making a traffic stop through the Badge, also a Law Enforcement Expertise For the Community, April 11, 2017 at Illinois State University’s Horton Field House, Normal.   The free, public event was sponsored by local law enforcement along with the Minority and Police Partnership. Participating agencies included the Bloomington, Normal, Illinois State University and McLean County sheriff’s police departments as well as the McLean County state’s attorney’s office.

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Larry Marxman’s wife, Jeri, allows him to shoot a back brace after a dawn of gardening at their home in rural Dawson. Larry stated his wife’s help was key to him being in a position to endure chronic pain and overcome a dependence on opioid-based painkillers.

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Re-enactors portraying Union soldiers fire a volley through Civil War Daze on May 12, 2017 at Tri-Valley schools in Downs.   Almost 1,000 students from Central Illinois schools visited for the annual educational event.

Abraham Lincoln, depicted by Kevin Wood, walks down a flight of stairs July 15, 2017 at the McLean County Museum of History, Bloomington, during the Lincoln’s Festival on Route 66.   In the museum, visitors might dive deeper in the history of Lincoln and the way the 16th president was linked to that which became Route 66. Museum volunteers dished out facts and awards while kids created Lincoln sun catchers.

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An Illinois State Police honor guard takes the body of fallen condition trooper Ryan Albin out of a funeral ceremony at Blue Ridge High School at Farmer City into his final resting spot at Bellflower Township Cemetery on July 6, 2017. Albin died June 28 following injuries suffered from a two-vehicle crash on westbound Interstate 74 at mile mark 155, only west of Farmer City.

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A tearful Sarah Mellor turns to confer with the household of her husband, Mark, since she read a statement through her sentencing hearing July 18, 2017 at the Woodford County Courthouse, Eureka. The highly considered Bloomington High School teacher might serve up to eight years in prison for a knifing passing her defense asserted was unintended.

Cast members for the Miller Park Summer Theatre production “Once Upon A Mattress” collect on stage to their final rehearsal at the bandstand at Miller Park, Bloomington on July 26, 2017.   Originating at the Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department from the 1980s, the Miller Park Summer Theatre program offers an Chance for youth and adults to participate in an outdoor summer musical.

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Dr. Melvin Hinton, leader of mental health and addiction agencies, clarifies the usage of desk chairs that allow patients to attend classroom sessions, even when they must be restrained, through a tour of some Behavioral Management Unit at Joliet on July 26, 2017.

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Hannah Johnson, 11, also a part of this Wild Oats 4-H Club, shows her off “mop” Romo through the puppy costume judging at the McLean County Fair on Aug. 4, 2017 at the Interstate Center, Bloomington.

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With no more than 1 set of special viewing glasses between these, Maurice Smith of Plainfield and Malea Holm of all Newman share a view of the solar panel Aug. 21, 2017 at Illinois State University. Pupils at basic schools and universities across Central Illinois appeared to the sky to split the once-in-a-lifetime adventure.  

Six-year-old Easton Kretschmer, right, describes what he has seen so far while his dad Stephen Kretschmer chooses a gander through the screening of this solar panel Aug. 21, 2017 at Heartland Community College in Normal.

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Workers for River City Construction build steel girders as construction of the top floors of their enlarged McLean County Law and Justice Center progresses Sept. 14, 2017 in downtown Bloomington. The 79,817 square foot addition would provide room for 260 new Inmate Beds and join the present jail with a skywalk bridge.

Angie Atkins of Bloomington is infused with a kiss Sept. 9, 2017 as volunteers help give 110 dogs, originally from Houston-area shelters following Hurricane Harvey, a brand new chance at adoption from the Midwest. “I’ve always been an animal person and I really like helping puppies,” Atkins said. “It is important to help them if they can’t help themselves”

Traditional Fire Chief Mick Humer, centre, celebrates after dividing a fire hose to resemble a ribbon cutting edge, through an open house to the division’s new headquarters fire station at 606 S. Main St. on Oct. 28, 2017. Joining Humer isalso, from left, Congressman Darin LaHood, State Sen. Jason Barickman, State Rep. Dan Brady and Normal City Council member Jeff Fritzen.   Almost 150 people attended the dedication ceremony for the $4 million, also 25,000-square-foot station, with a training room that can hold 100 people, a state-of-the-art living room, a rooftop place overlooking Main Streetplus a whole industrial kitchen plus a small theater space. “It is not only a major garage with an office attached,” explained Humer. It is our residence.”

Noah Beaty, 7, of Bloomington gathers slushy snow off the trunk of his family’s van since they obtained their Thanksgiving meal components during the very first day of their annual Give Thanks distribution Nov. 18, 2017 inside the Midwest Food Bank, 2031 Warehouse Road, Normal.   Officials anticipated to hand out 2,000 meal boxes during the distribution, feeding 10,000 people.   Things and capital to help to meet the boxes were donated by the community since October.

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Workers stack new cells for the expansion of the prison in the Law and Justice Center Nov. 27, 2017 in downtown Bloomington. The self-healing cells contain wiring and plumbing and are set up as modules.

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Olaya Landa-Vialard, assistant professor of reduced vision and blindness at Illinois State University, holds up a signal among roughly 150 students who assembled Dec. 6, 2017 on Schroeder Plaza at the Normal campus to protest pending tax reform legislation which might have taxed pupil’s tuition waivers. In the end, the students won as the proposal has been scrapped in final legislation.

Despite sporting a Grinch-style face paint design, Elaina Lancaster, 6, of Bloomington has been still in a fantastic mood as she takes aim at the basket during a disc golf game during the 35th annual Children’s Christmas Party for Unemployed lands on Dec. 16, 2017 at Bloomington High School.   Over 350 children turned out for the action-packed party, which was sponsored by the McLean County Chamber of Commerce along with the Bloomington and Normal Trades and Labor Assembly.

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Normal Community West High School junior Konnor Halsey, 16, writes music on his laptop when sitting in his favorite corner of the college’s music space.   “There are him there for three to four hours every day,” explained Lisa Preston, a Normal West group director. Halsey composed “Happy Madness,” an award winning article for woodwinds, horns and percussion, that will be performed at Carnegie Hall in nyc.

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