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Encyclopedia > Bloomington, Illinois
City of Bloomington
City
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Country United States
State Illinois
County McLean
Area 22.5 sq mi (58.3 km²)
 - land 22.5 sq mi (58.3 km²)
 - water 0.0 sq mi (0 km²)
Center
 - coordinates 40°29′03″N 88°59′37″W / 40.48417, -88.99361Coordinates: 40°29′03″N 88°59′37″W / 40.48417, -88.99361
 - elevation 797 ft (242.9 m)
Population 74,975 (2006)
Density 2,880.3 /sq mi (1,112.1 /km²)
Founded 1822
Mayor Steve Stockton
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 - summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Location of Bloomington within Illinois
Location of Illinois in the United States
Website : http://www.cityblm.org

Bloomington is a city in McLean County, Illinois, United States and the county seat. It is adjacent to Normal, Illinois, and is the more populous of the two principal municipalities of the Bloomington-Normal Metropolitan Statistical Area[1] which is often referred to simply as "Bloomington-Normal." A 2006 special census indicated that Bloomington's population was 74,975 [2]. Bloomington is the host of the Illinois Shakespeare Festival, which is nationally known as one of the top Shakespearean festivals in the country.[3] List of cities in Illinois, arranged in alphabetical order. ... Image File history File links Bloomingtonillinoislogo. ... Official language(s) English[1] Capital Springfield Largest city Chicago Largest metro area Chicago Metropolitan Area Area  Ranked 25th  - Total 57,918 sq mi (140,998 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 390 miles (629 km)  - % water 4. ... McLean County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ... Square kilometre (U.S. spelling: square kilometer), symbol km², is a decimal multiple of SI unit of surface area square metre, one of the SI derived units. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ... Square kilometre (U.S. spelling: square kilometer), symbol km², is a decimal multiple of SI unit of surface area square metre, one of the SI derived units. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ... Square kilometre (U.S. spelling: square kilometer), symbol km², is a decimal multiple of SI unit of surface area square metre, one of the SI derived units. ... Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ... A foot (plural: feet or foot;[1] symbol or abbreviation: ft or, sometimes, ′ – a prime) is a unit of length, in a number of different systems, including English units, Imperial units, and United States customary units. ... This article is about the unit of length. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ... Square kilometre (U.S. spelling: square kilometer), symbol km², is a decimal multiple of SI unit of surface area square metre, one of the SI derived units. ...  CST or UTC-6 The Central Time Zone observes standard time by subtracting six hours from UTC during standard time (UTC-6) and five hours during daylight saving time (UTC-5). ... −12 | −11 | −10 | −9:30 | −9 | −8 | −7 | −6 | −5 | −4 | −3:30 | −3 | −2:30 | −2 | −1 | −0:25 | UTC (0) | +0:20 | +0:30 | +1 | +2 | +3 | +3:30 | +4 | +4:30 | +4:51 | +5 | +5:30 | +5:40 | +5:45 | +6 | +6:30 | +7 | +7:20 | +7...  CST or UTC-6 The Central Time Zone observes standard time by subtracting six hours from UTC during standard time (UTC-6) and five hours during daylight saving time (UTC-5). ... -12 | -11 | -10 | -9:30 | -9 | -8 | -7 | -6 | -5 | -4 | -3:30 | -3 | -2:30 | -2 | -1 | -0:25 | UTC (0) | +0:20 | +0:30 | +1 | +2 | +3 | +3:30 | +4 | +4:30 | +4:51 | +5 | +5:30 | +5:40 | +5:45 | +6 | +6:30 | +7 | +7:20 | +7... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links Map_of_USA_IL.svg‎ File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Illinois ... McLean County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Official language(s) English[1] Capital Springfield Largest city Chicago Largest metro area Chicago Metropolitan Area Area  Ranked 25th  - Total 57,918 sq mi (140,998 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 390 miles (629 km)  - % water 4. ... A county seat is a term for an administrative center for a county, primarily used in the United States. ... Normal is an incorporated town in McLean County, Illinois, United States. ... Normal is an incorporated town in McLean County, Illinois, United States. ... In the United States, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has produced a formal definition of metropolitan areas, which are organized around county boundaries. ... This refers to the adjoined cities of Bloomington, Illinois and Normal, Illinois located in the McLean County of Central Illinois. ... The Illinois Shakespeare Festival (ISF) is located in Bloomington, Illinois, USA. It began in 1978 and it celebrated its 30th season in the summer of 2007. ... Shakespeare redirects here. ...


In June, 2006, Money Magazine named the city as one of the eighty best places to live in the United States. In November, 2007, the IT publication Computerworld named Bloomington-Normal as #6 of the top ten "techiest" communities in the USA; the Silicon Valley was #1 and Seattle was #10. In February, 2008, Forbes.com named Bloomington-Normal as #20 on its list of the 25 smartest communities in the United States. Golf Digest has also named Bloomington-Normal as one of the 5 best places to play golf in the USA.

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Geography

Bloomington is located at 40°29′03″N 88°59′37″W. The city is at an elevation of 797 feet (243 m) above sea level. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 22.5 square miles (58.3 km²), all of it land. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ...


Demographics

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 64,808 people, 26,642 households, and 15,718 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,880.3 people per square mile (1,112.1/km²). There were 28,431 housing units at an average density of 1,263.6/sq mi (487.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 84.92% White, 8.64% African American, 0.18% Native American, 3.02% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 1.42% from other races, and 1.78% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.32% of the population. Image:1870 census Lindauer Weber 01. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ...


The City of Bloomington and McLean County comprise the fastest-growing metropolitan area in Illinois. The area's population has grown 28% from 1990 through 2006. The fastest growth has been in Bloomington, as the U.S. Census Bureau conducted a special census of that city in February, 2006, showing a population of 74,975, a 15.7% increase in less than six years.


In 2000, there were 26,642 households out of which 30.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.3% were married couples living together, 9.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.0% were non-families. 32.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was 3.04. Matrimony redirects here. ...


In the city the population was spread out with 24.9% under the age of 18, 12.5% from 18 to 24, 33.3% from 25 to 44, 19.3% from 45 to 64, and 9.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 94.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.0 males.


The median income for a household in the city was $46,496, and the median income for a family was $61,093. Males had a median income of $41,736 versus $29,077 for females. The per capita income for the city was $24,751. About 4.3% of families and 7.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.5% of those under age 18 and 5.8% of those age 65 or over. The per capita income for a group of people may be defined as their total personal income, divided by the total population. ... Map of countries showing percentage of population who have an income below the national poverty line The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...


History

A bronze Abraham Lincoln statue, created by the well-known local artist, Rick Harney, sits on the grounds of the Old McLean County Courthouse.
A bronze Abraham Lincoln statue, created by the well-known local artist, Rick Harney, sits on the grounds of the Old McLean County Courthouse.

Prior to the 1820s, the area of today's Bloomington was at the edge of a large grove enjoyed by the Kickapoo people before the first Euro-American settlers arrived in the early 1820s.[5] Springing from the settlement of Keg Grove, later called Blooming Grove, Bloomington was named as county seat on December 25, 1830, when McLean County was created. [6] Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 450 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1536 × 2048 pixel, file size: 364 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Bloomington, Illinois Metadata This file contains... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 450 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1536 × 2048 pixel, file size: 364 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Bloomington, Illinois Metadata This file contains... The McLean County Courthouse and Square is located in downtown Bloomington, Illinois. ... This article is about the Native American tribe. ... 2000 density of European Americans A European American, or more commonly a Euro-American, is an American of European descent, usually referring to white people or Caucasians. ... McLean County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ...


When the County of McLean was incorporated a county seat was established. However, the legislation stated the site of Bloomington "would be located later." James Allen, who was one of the promoters of the new county, offered to donate 60 acres of his own land for the new town. His offer was accepted and Bloomington was laid out. Its lots were sold at a big party on the 4th of July 1831. At this time there were few roads, but rich soils brought new farmers who began commerce by conducting their business in the newly formed county. People came from all over to trade and do business at the town's center, known today as Downtown Bloomington, including Abraham Lincoln who was working as a lawyer in nearby Springfield.[5] James Allen is the name of: James Allen (football player), American football linebacker James Allen (United States) (1912–1978), U.S. Senator from Alabama James Allen (New Zealand) (1855–1942), Cabinet Minister James Allen (Formula One commentator) (born 1966) James Allen (author) (1864–1912) James Allen (nurseryman), nurseryman of Shepton... This article is about the unit of measure known as the acre. ... Fourth of July redirects here. ... Loess field in Germany Surface-water-gley developed in glacial till, Northern Ireland For the American hard rock band, see SOiL. For the System of a Down song, see Soil (song). ... Farmer spreading grasshopper bait in his alfalfa field. ... For other uses, see Abraham Lincoln (disambiguation). ... : Home of President Abraham Lincoln United States Illinois Sangamon 60. ...


In 1900 an officer on patrol discovered a fire in a laundry across the street from the old City Hall and Police Station. He sounded the alarm but the fire eventually destroyed the majority of the downtown, especially the areas north and east of the courthouse. However, the burnt area was quickly rebuilt from the designs of local architects George Miller, Paul O. Moratz and A.L. Pillsbury. George Miller (born March 3, 1945) is an Australian film and television screenwriter, film director and producer. ...


During the first two decades of the 20th century Bloomington continued to grow. Agriculture, the construction of highways and railroads, and the growth of the insurance business (mainly State Farm Insurance) all influenced the growth of Bloomington and its downtown area. The downtown area became a regional shopping center attracting trade from adjoining counties. Labor unions grew in strength. This trend has continued to the present day, where expansion has included many restaurants and other businesses.[citation needed] A highway is a major road within a city, or linking several cities together. ... railroads redirects here. ... Insurance, in law and economics, is a form of risk management primarily used to hedge against the risk of a contingent loss. ... State Farm Insurance Companies are a group of large US insurance and financial services companies started in 1922 by former farmer George J. Mecherle (pronounced Ma-herl). ...


Economy

The downtown State Farm Insurance Building, part of the Bloomington Central Business District.
The downtown State Farm Insurance Building, part of the Bloomington Central Business District.

Bloomington is home to Illinois Wesleyan University, OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, BroMenn Medical Center, a convention center at the McLean County Fairgrounds, U.S. Cellular Coliseum, Eastland Mall and Beer Nuts. The top ten employers located in Bloomington-Normal include State Farm Insurance, which was founded in the city, Illinois State University, Country Insurance & Financial Services, Bromenn Healthcare, Mitsubishi Motor Manufacturing, Unit 5 schools, AFNI Inc., OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, County of McLean, and the City of Bloomington.[7] Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2048 × 1536 pixel, file size: 423 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Bloomington, Illinois Metadata This file contains... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2048 × 1536 pixel, file size: 423 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Bloomington, Illinois Metadata This file contains... The Bloomington Central Business District is a historic district in the McLean County, Illinois city of Bloomington that has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1985. ... Ames Library, located on the campus of Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington. ... Exhibition Hall of the Makaryev Fair. ... U.S. Cellular Coliseum under construction U.S. Cellular Coliseum is an arena under construction in downtown Bloomington, Illinois, scheduled to open in 2006. ... BEER NUTS is a brand of snack foods building on the original product, peanuts with a unique sweet-and-salty glazing made to a secret recipe. History The official company history starts in 1937 when Edward Shirk and his son Arlo took over the Caramel Crisp confectionary store in Bloomington... State Farm Insurance Companies are a group of large US insurance and financial services companies started in 1922 by former farmer George J. Mecherle (pronounced Ma-herl). ... Illinois State University is a public university in Normal, Illinois and is the oldest public institution of higher education in the state. ... COUNTRY Insurance & Financial Services is a group of US insurance and financial services companies. ...


Education

Bloomington's public school district, District 87, has one high school, Bloomington High School, one junior high school, Bloomington Junior High School, and numerous elementary schools. Bloomington is also home to several private schools, including Central Catholic High School, Holy Trinity School, Trinity Lutheran School, and Cornerstone Christian Academy. Bloomington has three private colleges and universities. Central Catholic High School in Bloomington, Illinois serves about 400 students from around the Bloomington-Normal, Illinois area. ...

  • Illinois Wesleyan University, founded in 1850, is a private residential university with an enrollment of 2,100 and a student/faculty ratio of 12 to 1. It is affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The University consists of the College of Liberal Arts , with 17 academic departments; the College of Fine Arts, comprising professional Schools of Art, Music, and Theatre Arts; and the School of Nursing. In the past decade, Illinois Wesleyan has added the five-story Ames Library, the Center for Natural Science, and the Shirk Center for Athletics and Recreation. An NCAA Division III school, Illinois Wesleyan has had more than 100 athletes elected into the Academic All-American team since 1970.[8]

Ames Library, located on the campus of Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington. ... This article is about the current Christian denomination based in the United States. ... The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA, often said NC-Double-A) is a voluntary association of about 1200 institutions, conferences, organizations and individuals that organizes the athletics programs of many colleges and universities in the United States. ... All-American, a Broadway musical with book by Mel Brooks, music by Charles Strouse, and lyrics by Lee Adams, opened in New York on March 19, 1962, and played 80 performances. ...

Transportation

Statue of statesman Adlai Stevenson in the CIRA terminal
Statue of statesman Adlai Stevenson in the CIRA terminal

Interstates 39, 55 and 74 intersect at Bloomington, making the city a substantial transportation hub. US highways 51 and 150 and Illinois state route 9 also run through Bloomington. The former highway, US Route 66, once ran directly through the city's downtown and later on a bypass to the east. The Bloomington-Normal Public Transit System operates Bloomington-Normal's internal bus system, and several intercity bus lines operate both north-south and east-west service through the city. Image File history File links Adlai_Stevenson_statue_at_airport. ... Image File history File links Adlai_Stevenson_statue_at_airport. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ...

  • The Central Illinois Regional Airport is located two miles (3 km) east of Veteran’s Parkway on Route 9 in Bloomington. The airport's large, modern terminal features nine gates serving five airlines (AirTran, American, Delta, Northwest,and United), five car rental agencies, several retail shops, a business center open to the general public, conference rooms, and a VIP lounge to cater to busy business travelers. Wireless internet access is available throughout the building and free parking and shuttle service is offered year-round. [1][8]
  • Amtrak [2], from its Bloomington-Normal station, operates five daily trains each way, both north to Chicago and south to St. Louis, with one southbound train (the "Texas Eagle") continuing on to San Antonio TX and connecting to Los Angeles CA (as the "Sunset Limited"). The Amtrak passenger count in Bloomington-Normal is fourth-highest in the region, behind Chicago, Milwaukee, and St. Louis (Amtrak statistics for 4th quarter, 2007). The station is located just east of the Illinois State University campus in Normal.

Central Illinois Regional Airport (IATA: BMI, ICAO: KBMI, FAA LID: BMI), also known as Central Illinois Regional Airport at Bloomington-Normal and informally known as CIRA, is a public airport located three miles (5 km) east of the central business district (CBD) of the city of Bloomington and southeast of... Vermonter at the Brattleboro, Vermont, station, 18 March 2004. ...

Attractions

Recreation & Entertainment

  • The Shirk family began producing BEER NUTS in Bloomington in 1937. Today, BEER NUTS are produced using the same unique formula at its 100,000 square food manufacturing facility.[3][8]
  • The Challenger Learning Center at the Prairie Aviation Museum offers an interactive, simulated space/science experience through scheduled team missions for students, public and corporate groups. [4][8]
  • Grady’s Family Fun Park is Bloomington-Normal’s only amusement park. It features an 18-hole miniature golf course, batting cages, bumper boats, go carts and kiddie rides. Also included is a restaurant with a full menu, soft serve ice cream and an arcade. [5][8]
  • The Pepsi Ice Center is an indoor public ice skating facility operated by the Bloomington Parks & Recreation Department, featuring a full-size sheet of ice: 200’ x 85’. The facility offers ice skating lessons, public skating sessions and a comprehensive hockey program, along with skate rental and a concession stand. [6][8]
  • The U.S. Cellular Coliseum in downtown Bloomington hosts a variety of sporting events, concerts, ice shows, family shows, conferences and much more. It is also home to the Bloomington Extreme of the United Indoor Football League and the PrairieThunder of the International Hockey League. With over 180,000 square feet (17,000 m²) of space, the Coliseum boasts a fixed seating capacity of 7,000 for sporting events but can seat over 8,000 for concerts and other special events. [7][8]
  • Upper Limits Indoor Rock Climbing Gym has more than 20,000 square feet (1,900 m²) of climbing, including routes up to 110 feet (34 m) tall, a wave wall, bi-level cave and a unique outdoor bouldering area. Upper Limits accommodates all ages and skill levels, offering introductory and advanced classes, parties, group rates, scout programs, team building exercises and portable walls. [8][8]

BEER NUTS is a brand of snack foods building on the original product, peanuts with a unique sweet-and-salty glazing made to a secret recipe. History The official company history starts in 1937 when Edward Shirk and his son Arlo took over the Caramel Crisp confectionary store in Bloomington... Challenger Center is an international, not-for-profit education organization that was founded by the families of the astronauts from Challenger Space Shuttle mission 51-L. Through Challenger Centers programs and its international network of Challenger Learning Centers, the diversity, spirit, and commitment to education that exemplified the Challenger... Eternite Miniature golf course Minigolf is a miniature version of the sport of golf. ... U.S. Cellular Coliseum under construction U.S. Cellular Coliseum is an arena under construction in downtown Bloomington, Illinois, scheduled to open in 2006. ... The Bloomington Extreme are a professional indoor football team. ... The International Hockey League (IHL) was a professional ice hockey league in the United States and Canada from 1945 to 2001. ...

Nature & Wildlife

The Constitution Trail
  • The Bloomington-Normal Constitution Trail is a 24-mile (39 km) jogging, walking, cycling, and rollerblading trail. The north-south segment of the trail has follows the abandoned Illinois Central Gulf (ICG) railroad from Kerrick Road in Normal to Washington Street in Bloomington. The east-west segment intersects the north segment at Normal City Hall Annex and continues east to Towanda-Barnes Road. The Liberty Branch begins at Commerce Drive and ends at Old Farm Lakes Subdivision. The Freedom Branch begins at Lincoln Street and ends at Route 9 West. Parking is available at adjoining lots throughout the area. The trail is open to walkers, runners, in-line skaters, skateboarders, cyclists, wheelchair users, and other non-motorized forms of transportation. During winter months, it is not cleared of snow, and is available to skiers; weather permitting.[8]
  • Miller Park Zoo offers many exhibits and zookeeper interaction opportunities such as a Wallaby WalkAbout, ZooLab, Children’s Zoo, Animals of Asia, and the Kattheoefer Animal Building. The Zoo’s newest exhibit is the Tropical America Rainforest. [9][8]
  • The Bloomington Parks & Recreation Department is composed of four divisions: Parks, Recreation, Golf, and the Miller Park Zoo. The Department maintains over 1,100 acres (4.5 km²) of land including 44 park sites and 3 golf courses. Parks are open from 6:00am to 10:00pm, alcoholic beverages and smoking are prohibited and pets are allowed in all parks on a leash. [10][8]

Constitution Trail is a walking and bicycling path located in McLean County, Illinois, running through the Twin Cities of Bloomington and Normal. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...

Golf Guide

Bloomington-Normal has been ranked the “Fifth Best American City for Golf” by Golf Digest for two consecutive years.[8] The front cover of a Golf Digest magazine Golf Digest is a monthly golf magazine published by Advance Publications in the United States. ...

  • The Den at Fox Creek: 6,926 yards, Par 72, 18 holes.

The Den at Fox Creek is a 4-star, Arnold Palmer Signature Designed Golf Course that opened in 1997, and features bent grass tees, greens and fairways. Amenities include GPS-equipped carts, club rental, pro shop and snack bar. There are nine holes with water hazards, 131 sand traps and a unique alternative shot closing the 18th hole on this par 72 course. Practice facilities include a large bent grass driving range and tees with practice chipping and putting greens. The Den is home to both the IHSA Boy’s Golf State Tournament and COUNTRY Youth Classic. [11][8] This article is about the golfer. ... Intercollegiate Horse Show Association The Intercollegiate Horse Show Association or IHSA is an organization started 20 years ago by Bob Cachione. ...

  • Highland Park Golf Course: 5,725 yards, Par 70, 18 holes.

Located in South Bloomington, the Highland Park Golf Course has numerous challenges including creeks, three lakes, well-placed sand traps and tree-lined fairways. Highland Park sports a pro shop, carts, club rental and snack bar, and offers individual or group lessons. [12][8]

  • The Links at Ireland Grove: 1,590 yards, Par 30, 9 holes.

The Links at Ireland Grove is Bloomington’s newest public golf facility and first executive course. This nine hole course consists of seven par 3’s and two par 4’s. The driving range has weather protected hitting bays, plus over an acre of target greens, several bunkers, two fairways and nearly two acres of natural grass hitting area. In addition, The Links Golf Academy offers a four acre short game practice facility. The Links’ complex also includes Golf Etc., a pro shop selling everything golf related. The Links is also home to the COUNTRY Contest portion of the COUNTRY Youth Classic. [13][8]

  • Prairie Vista Golf Course: 6,745 yards, Par 72, 18 holes.

Prairie Vista sports 16 water hazards, a wave bunker, two-level greens and fairways, lots of sand, a pro shop, carts, club rental, snack bar, banquet room and driving range. In addition to annually hosting the COUNTRY Youth Classic and IHSA Boy’s Golf State Finals, Prairie Vista hosted the 1997 NCAA Division I Women’s Golf East Regional. [14][8] Intercollegiate Horse Show Association The Intercollegiate Horse Show Association or IHSA is an organization started 20 years ago by Bob Cachione. ...

  • Bloomington Indoor Golf Club offers full swing golf simulators. Players use their own clubs, driver to putter, playing challenging courses from around the world. The Bloomington Indoor Golf Club features six golf simulators along with beer, wine and a limited menu. Players have the choice of playing nine or 18 holes, seven days a week. The Indoor Golf Club offers private lessons and golfing parties. Specials include weekly meal specials, senior breakfast specials, lunch, family night and late night specials. [15][8]

There are two private country clubs within Bloomington: Bloomington Country Club and Lakeside Country Club. A third, Crestwicke Country Club, is just south of the city. All three have golf courses.


Arts & Theatre

According to creativeclass.org, Bloomington-Normal is ranked in the top 1% among national creative workforces. [8]

  • American Passion Play, now in its 85th season, is the oldest continuously performed Passion Play in the United States. Performed at the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, the Passion Play is set in Palestine, 30 AD, and portrays the life of Christ in its entirety. The play runs March through April. [16][8]
  • The Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts is the centerpiece of the city’s new Cultural District, which also includes the neighboring McLean County of Arts Center, and forthcoming festival park and creativity center for arts education. Featuring a 1,200 seat auditorium, the new center has state-of-the-art lighting and sound equipment as well as a variety of improved patron services. Currently presenting a season of nationally acclaimed touring artists, the center is also home to over twenty area performing arts ensembles. More than 400 performances and community events take place at the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts each year. [17][8]
  • The Illinois Shakespeare Festival includes productions performed in an open-air, Elizabethan-style theatre within historic Ewing Manor. The audience is encouraged to picnic on the grounds before each performance to be entertained by strolling Madrigal singers, jesters, and other entertainers as well as a Green Show performance. [18][8]
  • The Illinois Symphony Orchestra performs at the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts where they hold five Masterworks concerts, two Pops concerts and three Chamber Orchestra concerts annually. [19][8]
  • The McLean County Arts Center is one of the oldest arts organizations in the Midwest, serving Central Illinois for over 130 years. Each year 12 art exhibitions are held including the Holiday Treasurers exposition and sale, and the annual Amateur Competition and Exhibition which, for over 70 years, has showcased the best amateur artists in Central Illinois. The Arts Center also sponsors a number of community events, such as the Sugar Creek Arts Festival in Uptown Normal and the Spring Bloom Arts Festival in Bloomington. [20][8]

A Passion play is a dramatic presentation depicting the suffering and death of Jesus. ... The Illinois Shakespeare Festival (ISF) is located in Bloomington, Illinois, USA. It began in 1978 and it celebrated its 30th season in the summer of 2007. ...

Historic Sites

  • Ewing Manor, located on the Sunset Hill estate of the late Hazle Buck Ewing, sits majestically in the wooded landscape at the northwest corner of Towanda Avenue and Emerson Street. Completed in 1929, Ewing Manor was designed by Bloomington architect Phil Hooten in the Channel-Norman style so favored by the affluent in the post-Victorian period. The surrounding gardens were created by noted landscape architect Jens Jansen, who also designed Springfield’s Lincoln Memorial Gardens. The theatre on the grounds play host to the Illinois Shakespeare Festival each summer. [21][8]
  • The McLean County Museum of History traces its roots back to 1892, the year the McLean County Historical Society was founded. Housed inside the old McLean County Courthouse, the Museum features permanent and rotating exhibits that explore the history of Central Illinois. The Museum also offers educational programming, library and archive resources, and sponsors many community events. Being showcased now through August 2010 is A Turbulent Time: Perspectives of the Vietnam War. [22] The Museum also provides a driving audio-tour highlighting Lincoln historic sites in Bloomington-Normal as part of their inclusion in the Looking For Lincoln attraction listing. [23] This location is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places. [24] [8]
Miller Park Pavilion
Miller Park Pavilion
  • The Miller Park Pavilion & War Memorial was restored in 1977 and was dedicated in May of 1988. The black granite memorial is surrounded by red sidewalks that list the names of Central Illinois residents killed or missing in action in the Korean and Vietnam battles. [25][8]
  • The Prairie Aviation Museum has a collection of preserved aircraft on display, revolving aviation exhibits and memorabilia, a mini-theatre, and much more. Exhibit highlights include a Bell Sea Cobra, Huey Helicopter, and a F-14 Tomcat. The Museum’s DC-3 Flagship is located in a hangar nearby and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Challenger Learning Center, located right next door, engages students in the fields of science, math and technology. [26][8]
  • The Evergreen Memorial Cemetery also known as the Evergreen Cemetery is the burial site of many notable Bloomington-Normal citizens including the Stevenson family. Adlai E. Stevenson I was Vice President to Grover Cleveland and Adlai E. Stevenson II was Governor of Illinois, Ambassador to the United Nations and twice Democratic candidate for the United States Presidency. Also buried there are Adlai’s wife, Letitia Green Stevenson, who was the second National President-General of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and her sister, Julia Green Scott, the seventh National President-General of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Other historical figures buried there include David Davis, friend and mentor to Abraham Lincoln; Charles Radbourne, 19th Century baseball’s greatest pitcher; and Dorothy Gage, inspiration for the main character in the Wizard of Oz and niece of author L. Frank Baum. [27][8]
  • The David Davis Mansion offers a glimpse into the life friend and mentor to Abraham Lincoln, David Davis who served as a United States Supreme Court Justice and was a key component during Lincoln’s bid for the 1860 Presidential nomination. The Davis Mansion, completed in 1872, combines Italianate and Second Empire architectural features and is a model of mid-Victorian style and taste. His Bloomington home, which remained in the Davis family for three succeeding generations, contains the most modern conveniences of that era; a coal-burning stove, gas lighting and indoor plumbing. Groups of ten or more must pre-arrange a visit. [28] The David Davis Mansion is listed as a Looking For Lincoln location [29] as well as a historic landmark on the National Register of Historic Places. [30][8]
  • The Vrooman Mansion, built in 1869, is available for special events, including weddings, receptions, rehearsal dinners, showers, reunions, etc. The Mansion also holds cooking classes, fashion shows, and an annual Holiday Open House. Group lunches are available with advanced reservations, which include a tour. [31] This location is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. [32][8]
  • Other historical landmarks listed on the National Register of Historic Places:
    • Rubin Benjamin House
    • George H. Cox House
    • David Davis III House
    • Robert Greenlee House
    • John M. Hamilton House
    • Holy Trinity Rectory
    • McLean County Courthouse
    • George H. Miller House
    • Miller-Davis Law Building
    • Stevenson House
    • White Building

The Abraham Lincoln Memorial Garden is a self-governing 100-acre (0. ... The Illinois Shakespeare Festival (ISF) is located in Bloomington, Illinois, USA. It began in 1978 and it celebrated its 30th season in the summer of 2007. ... A typical plaque showing entry on the National Register of Historic Places. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1517x1138, 1417 KB) Summary Miller Park Pavilion in w:Bloomington, Illinois. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1517x1138, 1417 KB) Summary Miller Park Pavilion in w:Bloomington, Illinois. ... There are many cemeteries named Evergreen, including: Juneau, Alaska Fayetteville, Arkansas [1] Los Angeles, California Central Village, Connecticut Bloomington, Illinois Auburn, Indiana Hillside, New Jersey Brooklyn, New York (Cemetery of the Evergreens) Gettysburg, Pennsylvania Fayetteville, Tennessee Everett, Washington Category: ... Adlai E. Stevenson I Adlai Ewing Stevenson I (October 23, 1835 – June 14, 1914) was a Representative from Illinois and the twenty-third Vice President of the United States. ... Portrait of Adlai Stevenson Adlai Ewing Stevenson II (February 5, 1900 – July 14, 1965) was an American politician and statesman, noted for his skill in debate and oratory. ... The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) is a lineage membership organization[1] dedicated to promoting historic preservation, education, and patriotism. ... David Davis, the name of several people, may refer to: David Davis (Australian politician) (born 1962), Liberal member of the Victorian Legislative Council David Davis (British politician) (born 1948), Conservative MP in British Parliament and Conservative leadership candidate in 2001 and 2005 David Davis (broadcaster) was the stage name of... Lyman Frank Baum (May 15, 1856 – May 6, 1919) was an American author, actor, and independent filmmaker best known as the creator, along with illustrator W. W. Denslow, of one of the most popular books in American childrens literature, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, better known today as simply... A typical plaque showing entry on the National Register of Historic Places. ... A typical plaque showing entry on the National Register of Historic Places. ... A typical plaque showing entry on the National Register of Historic Places. ...

Sister Cities

Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... Asahikawa, or Asahigawa (旭川市; -shi) is a city located in Kamikawa, Hokkaido, Japan. ...   literally North Sea Circuit, Ainu: Mosir), formerly known as Ezo, Yezo, Yeso, or Yesso, is Japans second largest island and the largest of its 47 prefectural-level subdivisions. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_England. ... Canterbury is a cathedral city in east Kent in South East England and is the seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Primate of All England, head of the Church of England and of the worldwide Anglican Communion. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Russia. ... Vladimir (Влади́мир) is a city in Russia, administrative center of Vladimir Oblast. ...

Media

FM Radio

Ames Library, located on the campus of Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington. ... WGLT is a listener-supported radio station that plays some jazz, and some blues, and some news too. ... Blues music redirects here. ... For other uses, see Jazz (disambiguation). ... Look up will in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... This article is about Western art music from 1000 AD to the present. ... Radio Data System, or RDS, is a standard from the European Broadcasting Union for sending small amounts of digital information using conventional FM radio broadcasts. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Contemporary Christian Music (or CCM; also by its religious neutral term inspirational music) is a genre of popular music which is lyrically focused on matters concerned with the Christian faith. ... WRPW - Power 92. ... For other uses, see Talk Radio. ... WPBG ia an FM radio station located in Peoria, Illinois. ... Classic hits is a popular music radio format, a variation on the classic rock theme that provides most of the playlist of classic rock with an addition of contemporaneous R&B and pop hits as well, striking a balance between the mostly 70s-focused classic rock genre and the more... WTRX (1330 AM, Sports XTRA 1330) is a radio station broadcasting a sports radio format. ... Oldies is a generic term commonly used to describe a radio format that usually concentrates on Top 40 music from the 50s, 60s and 70s. ... WGLO-FM (95-5 GLO) is a Classic Rock station owned by Regent Broadcasting. ... For the magazine, see Classic Rock (magazine). ... HD Radio is an in-band on-channel (IBOC) digital radio system created by iBiquity for broadcasting via existing FM and AM radio stations. ... WIHN, branded 96-7 I-Rock, is an FM active rock radio station with the frequency 96. ... Hard Rock redirects here. ... Adult hits (sometimes also called variety hits or classic hits) is a radio format that does not adhere to a specific music genre but rather a true mix of programming styles. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Contemporary Christian Music (or CCM; also by its religious neutral term inspirational music) is a genre of popular music which is lyrically focused on matters concerned with the Christian faith. ... WDQZ (99. ... For the magazine, see Classic Rock (magazine). ... WBNH Radios studio is located in Pekin, Illinois. ... WVMG 100. ... Adult contemporary music, frequently abbreviated AC, is a type of radio format that plays mainstream contemporary pop music, excluding hip hop, hard rock, and some teen pop music, which is intended for an adult audience. ... 101. ... Top 40 is a radio format based on frequent repetition of songs from a constantly-updated list of the forty best-selling singles. ... Contemporary Christian Music (or CCM; also by its religious neutral term inspirational music) is a genre of popular music which is lyrically focused on matters concerned with the Christian faith. ... Country music is a blend of popular musical forms originally found in the Southern United States and the Appalachian Mountains. ... WIXO (105. ... Hard Rock redirects here. ... Illinois State University is a public university in Normal, Illinois and is the oldest public institution of higher education in the state. ... WYST (Star 107. ... Country music is a blend of popular musical forms originally found in the Southern United States and the Appalachian Mountains. ...

AM Radio

WJBC is a radio station based in the twin cities of Bloomington-Normal, Illinois. ... For other uses, see Talk Radio. ...

Analog Television

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution - OR - WHOI TV channel 19 ... The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) is an American television network. ... WEEK-TV/WEEK-DT is the NBC affiliate for the Peoria-Bloomington, Illinois television market. ... This article is about the television network. ... WMBD-TV, channel 31, is the CBS affiliate in Peoria, Illinois. ... This article is about the broadcast network. ... Current On-Air Personalities Will Koch Chuck Collins The rest are reporters/anchors from WMBD-TV. Former On-Air Personalities Maria Henneberry (News anchor) Mitch (of the defunct Fox 43 Kids Club) Missy (of the defunct Fox 43 Kids Club) ... FOX redirects here. ... WTVP is the PBS member station serving Peoria, Bloomington/Normal, and Galesburg, Illinois. ... PBS redirects here. ... The Trinity Broadcasting Network, or TBN, is the largest Christian religious television network in the world and is headquartered near Los Angeles in Costa Mesa, California with studios near Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Irving, Texas and near Nashville in Hendersonville, Tennessee. ... WAOE-TV, channel 59, is a television station serving the Peoria-Bloomington, Illinois media market. ... MyNetworkTV (sometimes written My Network TV, and unofficially abbreviated MyNet, MyTV, MNT, or MNTV) is a television network in the United States, owned by News Corporation. ...

Digital Television (DTV)

  • 28 WYZZ-DT (43.1 - High Definition) "Fox 43", Fox
  • 40 WHOI-DT (19.1 - High Definition), ABC
  • 40 WHOI-DT (19.2 - Standard Definition), The CW Television Network
  • 46 WTVP-DT (47.1 - Standard Definition), PBS
  • 46 WTVP-DT (47.2 - High Definition), PBS HDTV
  • 46 WTVP-DT (47.3 - Standard Definition), Create
  • 56 WEEK-DT (25.1 - High Definition) "News 25", NBC
  • 56 WEEK-DT (25.2 - Standard Definition), NBC Weather Plus

High-definition television (HDTV) is a digital television broadcasting system with greater resolution than traditional television systems (NTSC, SECAM, PAL). ... Standard-definition television or SDTV refers to television systems that have a lower resolution than HDTV systems. ... The CW Television Network, normally abbreviated to The CW, also known as The New CW in its first season of the network, is a television network in the United States launched during the 2006 television season. ... Look up create in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... NBC Weather Plus is a 24-hour, commercially-sponsored, weather-oriented broadcast/cable television network jointly owned by NBC Universal and its broadcast affiliates of NBC. It debuted on November 15, 2004 and is the first-ever 24/7, all-digital national-local broadcast network. ...

Print

Pantagraph is a daily morning broadsheet newspaper published in Bloomington, Illinois. ...

Trivia

  • Bloomington is home to Beer Nuts[10]
  • Pepsi is the official soft drink of the city of Bloomington.[11]
  • John F. Kennedy visited Lucca Grill in 1959 during his presidential campaign. At the time, the downtown pizza restaurant and bar was owned by John Baldini, who was also the county Democratic party chairman. The restaurant has long been known as the unofficial Democratic party headquarters in an otherwise solid Republican area. [12]
  • Bloomington-Normal is the location of the State Farm corporate headquarters. [33]
  • The Goregrind metal band, Impetigo, formed in Bloomington in 1987.
  • Nancy Reagan stayed at the then popular Coachmen Motel while still an actress.
  • The city is referenced on the vinyl edition of the Sufjan Stevens album Illinois, in the title of the song "Let's Hear that String Part Again, Because I Don't Think They Heard It All the Way out in Bloomington-Normal". In another album by Stevens entitled The Avalanche, the city is mentioned in the song "The Henney Buggy Band".

BEER NUTS is a brand of snack foods building on the original product, peanuts with a unique sweet-and-salty glazing made to a secret recipe. History The official company history starts in 1937 when Edward Shirk and his son Arlo took over the Caramel Crisp confectionary store in Bloomington... Pepsi Cola is a non-alcoholic carbonated beverage produced and manufactured by PepsiCo. ... John Kennedy and JFK redirect here. ... This refers to the adjoined cities of Bloomington, Illinois and Normal, Illinois located in the McLean County of Central Illinois. ... State farm can refer to: Sovkhoz, a type of collective farm in the Soviet Union State Farm Insurance, an insurance company in the United States This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Goregrind, also known as grindgore, is a subgenre of grindcore, which is related to music styles such as death metal, thrash metal, and crust punk. ... Sufjan Stevens (IPA pronunciation: ) (born July 1, 1975) is an American singer-songwriter and musician from Petosky, Michigan. ... Illinois (pronounced or ill-i-NOY), also known as Come on feel the Illinoise, is a 2005 concept album by American songwriter Sufjan Stevens, with songs referencing places and people related to the U.S. state of Illinois. ... The Avalanche: Outtakes and Extras from the Illinois Album is an album by indie rock singer/songwriter Sufjan Stevens, consisting of outtakes and other recordings from the sessions for his album Illinois. ...

Notable People

Tim Bradstreet (born February 16, 1967, in Cheverly, Maryland), is an artist and illustrator, best known for his work on comic books (covers and interiors), book covers, movie posters, roleplaying games and trading cards. ... David S. Broder (born September 11, 1929) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, author, television talk show pundit, and university professor. ... John Campbell is a jazz pianist born July 7, 1955 in Bloomington, Illinois. ... There are very few or no other articles that link to this one. ... David Davis III (March 9, 1815 - June 26, 1886) was a United States Senator from Illinois and associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. ... The Supreme Court Building, Washington, D.C. The Supreme Court Building, Washington, D.C., (large image) The Supreme Court of the United States, located in Washington, D.C., is the highest court (see supreme court) in the United States; that is, it has ultimate judicial authority within the United States... For other uses, see Abraham Lincoln (disambiguation). ... Chalmers W. Bump Elliott was the head coach of the University of Michigan football team from 1959 to 1968. ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... The Chicago Tribune Silver Football is awarded by the Chicago Tribune to the college football player determined to be the Most Valuable Player of the Big Ten Conference. ... Head coach Lloyd Carr 13th year, 121–40 Home stadium Michigan Stadium Capacity 107,501 - Field Turf Conference Big Ten First year 1879 Athletic director William C. Martin Website MGoBlue. ... The Iowa Hawkeyes is the team name used for all of the intercollegiate athletic teams that play for the University of Iowa. ... Pete Elliott was the former head football coach at several colleges. ... Head coach Lloyd Carr 13th year, 121–40 Home stadium Michigan Stadium Capacity 107,501 - Field Turf Conference Big Ten First year 1879 Athletic director William C. Martin Website MGoBlue. ... Head coach Tom Osborne (interim) 26th year, 255–49–3 Home stadium Memorial Stadium, Lincoln Capacity 84,067 - FieldTurf Conference Big 12 - North First year 1890 Athletic director Tom Osborne Website huskers. ... Head coach Ron Zook 3rd year, 13–22 Home stadium Memorial Stadium (Champaign) Capacity 65,143 - AstroPlay Conference Big Ten First year 1890 Athletic director Ron Guenther Website CoachRonZook. ... Berkeley Davis Irvine Los Angeles Merced Riverside San Diego Santa Barbara Santa Cruz UC Office of the President in Oakland The University of California (UC) is a public university system in the state of California. ... Head coach Randy Shannon 1st year, 4–2–0 Home stadium Miami Orange Bowl Capacity 72,319 - Grass Conference ACC - Coastal First year 1926 Athletic director Paul Dee Website HurricaneSports. ... Elbert Green Hubbard, American philosopher and writer Elbert Hubbard illustrated in the frontispiece of The Mintage Elbert Green Hubbard (June 19, 1856 – May 7, 1915) was an American writer and publisher. ... Joel Franklin Higgins (born September 28, 1943 in Bloomington, Illinois) is an American actor and singer with a stage career spanning over 30 years. ... Rick Schroder, born Richard Schroder on April 13, 1970 on Staten Island in New York City, (formerly known as Ricky Schroder when he was a child actor on TV) is an American actor who began his career as a child actor. ... Silver Spoons is an American sitcom that aired on NBC from September 25, 1982 to May 11, 1986 and in first-run syndication from September 15, 1986 to March 4, 1987. ... Frederic W. Goudy (1865 - 1947) was a prolific American type designer whose fonts include Copperplate, Kennerley, Goudy Old Style and Californian. ... Ward Hill Lamon (January 6, 1828 - May 7, 1893) was a personal friend and bodyguard of the American President Abraham Lincoln. ... Denny Matthews (born November 14, 1942) is an American sportscaster, best known as the radio play-by-play voice of Major League Baseballs Kansas City Royals since their inception in 1969. ... Marc W. Miller (born 1947) is an American game designer. ... John Wesley Powell, second Director of the USGS. Served from 1881-1894. ... Charles Radbourn on a 1887-1890 Goodwin & Company baseball card (Old Judge (N172)). Charles Gardner Radbourn (December 11, 1854 - February 5, 1897), nicknamed Old Hoss, was a pitcher in Major League Baseball prior to the turn of the 20th century. ... The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, located at 62 Main Street in Cooperstown, New York, is a semi-official museum operated by private interests serving as the central point for the study of the history of baseball in the United States and beyond, the display of baseball-related... George Lincoln Rockwell (March 9, 1918 – August 25, 1967) was a United States Navy Commander and founder of the American Nazi Party. ... Gerald Allan Sohl Sr. ... Adlai E. Stevenson I Adlai Ewing Stevenson I (October 23, 1835 – June 14, 1914) was a Representative from Illinois and the twenty-third Vice President of the United States. ... The Vice President of the United States[1] (sometimes referred to as VPOTUS,[2] Veep, or VP) is the first person in the presidential line of succession, becoming the new President of the United States upon the death, resignation, or removal of the president. ... Stephen Grover Cleveland (March 18, 1837–June 24, 1908), was the twenty-second and twenty-fourth President of the United States. ... Portrait of Adlai Stevenson Adlai Ewing Stevenson II (February 5, 1900 – July 14, 1965) was an American politician and statesman, noted for his skill in debate and oratory. ... The Governor of Illinois is the chief executive of the State of Illinois and the various agencies and departments over which the officer has jurisdiction, as prescribed in the state constitution. ... United States Ambasadors to the United Nations, full title, Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations, with the rank and status of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, and Representative of the United States of America in the Security Council of the United Nations (also known as the... McLean Stevenson (November 14, 1927 – February 15, 1996) (full name Edgar McLean Stevenson, Jr. ... See also Henry Arthur Blake. ... M*A*S*H is an American television series developed by Larry Gelbart, inspired by the 1968 novel MASH: A Novel About Three Army Doctors by Richard Hooker (penname for H. Richard Hornberger) and its sequels, but primarily by the 1970 film MASH, and influenced by the 1961 novel Catch... Wilson Tucker (born 1914) is an American science fiction writer and fan. ... Dawn Upshaw (born July 17, 1960 in Nashville, Tennessee), is an American soprano. ... George Jacob Mecherle (pronounced Ma-herl) (born June 7, 1877) was the founder of State Farm Insurance Companies, headquartered in Bloomington, Illinois. ... A Digital Blasphemy members wallpaper, White Magic Digital Blasphemy is a commercial website for computer wallpapers, both those created by Ryan Bliss, and those sent in by contributors. ... This article or section may contain original research or unverified claims. ... James Harvey Grigsby (born November 15, 1981 in Canton, Illinois) is an American football linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs. ... Vic and Sade creator Paul Rhymer Paul Mills Rhymer is a scriptwriter and humorist best known as the creator of radios long-run Vic and Sade series. ... Vic and Sade rehearsal; from left: Art Van Harvey, Bernadine Flynn, Paul Rhymer and Bill Idelson Vic and Sade was an American radio program created and written by Paul Rhymer. ...

Sports teams

The Bloomington Extreme are a professional indoor football team. ... Bloomington Prairie Thunder is a team of the United Hockey League scheduled to begin play in 2006. ... The Twin City Stars are a CICL baseball team located in Bloomington, IL. The Stars homefield is on the campus of Illinois Wesleyan University. ...

External links

Looking northwest from the east side of the downtown square, about 1910
Looking northwest from the east side of the downtown square, about 1910

References

  1. ^ Find a County. National Association of Counties. Retrieved on 2008-01-31.
  2. ^ M.K. Guetersloh. "Bloomington grows by 10,000", Pantagraph, 2006-06-16. Retrieved on 2008-02-15. 
  3. ^ About Us: Illinois Shakespeare Festival. Retrieved on 2008-02-08.
  4. ^ American FactFinder. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved on 2008-01-31.
  5. ^ a b History of Bloomington, History of Bloomington
  6. ^ History of Bloomington (City Website), History of Bloomington (from city website)
  7. ^ 2006 Demographic Profile Bloomington-Normal, McLean County, Illinois (pdf). Retrieved on 2008-03-3.
  8. ^ Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named BNACVB
  9. ^ Normal, Illinois website, Sister City Partnership
  10. ^ Beer Nuts located in Bloomington, Official Website
  11. ^ City of Bloomington
  12. ^ "MCLEAN CO. ATTRACTS GOP HOPEFULS // DEMOCRATS MOSTLY AVOID REPUBLICAN STRONGHOLD", Pantagraph, 2000-08-05. 

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