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The town of Normal was first called North Bloomington, but was renamed in 1865 after the Illinois State Normal University that was located there. The Illinois State Normal University, an institution that trains teachers, later became a four-year university and has since been renamed Illinois State University. Normal is home to the original Steak and Shake restaurant, which was opened in 1934. Also, Normal is the only place in the United States that Mitsubishi has a car manufacturing facility.

Population: 52004
Local Newspapers: Normalite Pantagraph
Local Sports Teams: Illinois State Redbirds
Local Colleges: Illinois State University

Zip Codes associated with normal, illinois: 61761
Towns/Cities near normal, illinois : Bloomington Farmers City Towanda Lexington Lincoln Le Roy

Normal News
Amtrak ramping up Midwestern service during Thanksgiving week

Passengers heading home for Thanksgiving on the train in Illinois and Michigan will have more options than usual on Nov. 22 and Nov. 26. As it has done for the past few years, Amtrak and the Illinois Department of Transportation added extra trains on the Carl Sandburg/Illinois Zephyr corridor, which serves southwestern Illinois between Chicago and Quincy, and Lincoln Service corridor, which connects Chicago and St. Louis. Amtrak and Michigan Department of Transportation are also increasing service on the routes between Chicago and various points in Michigan.

Weekend Top 5: Nov. 17 to 19

For students who are staying on campus this weekend and looking for things to do, there are a few different things going on in the Bloomington-Normal area to keep locals and students alike entertained. Join the Illinois State University Wind Symphony and the Big Red Marching Machine for a night of music Friday from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Audiences will hear a sampling of the duo's best work.

ISU holds fun facts that some students do not know

Illinois State University students know that the school's mascot is a Redbird and that Tri-Towers has better food than Watty, but there are still many ISU facts that students still do not know. First, ISU was founded as a teaching college and the original name was Illinois State Normal University because of its primary mission of being a normal school.

Ill. higher ed board picks former ISU president as director

Former Illinois State University President Al Bowman was named the new executive director of the Illinois Board of Higher Education on Wednesday, filling a position that had been vacant for nearly a year. Bowman, 64, led the Normal-based university for nearly a decade.

American Angus Association Names 2018 Angus Ambassador

"I'm thankful I had the opportunity to judge this group of young people," said Bruce Button, vice president and general manager, Lee Newspapers Inc. "It was a pleasure to see such well-spoken and driven young people in this industry." Other judges for the competition were Jake Troutt, Association regional manager; Mick Varilek, American Angus Association board of directors member; Annie Landry Viator, past Angus Auxiliary member and Angus breeder; and Dan Dhuyvetter, director of research and nutrition services for Ridley Block Operations.

Normal Property Taxes Rise to Fuel Pensions

D espite increases in city contributions to both its police and fire pension funds, Normal, Illinois', unfunded police and fire pension liabilities are growing.

Normal Town Council talks 2017 Property Tax Levy Ordinance

Normal's Town Council Meeting gathered Monday to vote on a motion that would focus on the 2017 Property Tax Levy Ordinance. All 11 council members were in attendance to congratulate participants of the All About Normal program and to vote on the motion to raise property taxes.

Neuhoff Promotes Outlaw

Danielle Outlaw is the new VP/Market Manager for Neuhoff Media's 3-station Bloomington Illinois cluster. Outlaw transitions from her current role as VP of Sales overseeing five Neuhoff markets.

ISU alumna donates $400,000 for transfer student scholarships

Illinois State University alumna Diane Ryon is paying it back with a donation of $400,000 to set up the Diane Ryon Transfer Student Scholarship Fund. This scholarship will offer financial assistance to transfer students coming to ISU to take part in the College of Applied Sciences and Technology's School of Kinesiology and Recreation.

Professor profile: Jennifer Woodruff breaks glass ceiling through her teachings

Jennifer Woodruff had a vision of how her life would go from a young age, but it did not involve lecturing to a room full of college students. The Illinois State University lecturer started out as a police officer for the Normal Police Department before landing a job at the university.

Student entrepreneurs to make pitches in Startup Showcase

Enterprising students from Illinois State University in Normal will present their ideas for startup companies. Competitors are judges on their development of a "big-value" idea, testing sales assumptions and executing a business-plan model.

Thanksgiving in Bloomington-Normal

For students who don't go home for Thanksgiving Bloomington-Normal serves up quite the feast. One option for students is Subway and their Autumn Carved Turkey Sandwich.

Avanti's: Great food, family

Rich Zeller, left, and Marcus Zeller stand in front of a photograph of their father, Guido Zeller, the founder of the Normal Avanti's location. Avanti's is fondly thought of by Illinois State University students and local residents alike, with the Normal location having opened some 46 years ago.

Weekend Top 5 | Nov. 3, 2017

The cast of Whose Line is it Anyway? is on tour and is coming to Braden Auditorium. From 8 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, come join the cast for a live performance of its touring production.

Student Senator campaigns for visually disabled students at SGA meeting

Senator Jason Hale introduced a problem that students with visual disabilities encounter on a regular basis at the Student Government Association meeting Wednesday. Crosswalks can pose a challenge to visually impaired students who have to navigate their way through streets to get to class.

ISU professors to speak on the importance of sustainable and clean water

Professors at Illinois State University are talking about and focused on protecting avaliable clean water in streams in lacking suburban and rural communities in the area. Illinois State University professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology Joan Brehm and associate professor in the School of Biological Sciences at ISU Bill Perry will present "Water, Water Everywhere: Will There Be a Drop to Drink in 20 years in Bloomington-Normal?" 7 p.m. Thursday at the ISU Alumni Center.

Taking a look at ISU history to appreciate university values

Illinois State University has changed dramatically since it was first founded over a hundred years ago. Since then, ISU has evolved in the university it is today and it is important to take a look at where it all began.

Dwight teacher named 2018 Illinois Teacher of the Year

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A year after Trump's election, ISU international students share fears about coming to U.S.

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the first of a multi-part series exploring the 2016 election and the Office of International Studies and Programs. The United States experienced one of its most talked about presidential elections last year that impacted students at Illinois State University and those hoping to study in the U.S. from overseas.

RSO to know: ParaNORMAL takes ghost hunting to whole new dimension

Ever wanted to discover what goes bump in the night? Wanted to find out what sets off the fight or flight response? To explain the unexplainable? The RSO has gone on many hunts in the past around the Illinois State University campus, but also in places around Bloomington-Normal. The RSO is also employed by building owners who feel that there is something bothering their property or their business.

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