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GLT's Sound Ideas is newsmakers. It's gardening, science, the arts, and a central Illinois music calendar. It's pet care, blues, poetry, and jazz. It's the sounds of your life and your places. And there's room for your opinion when the phone lines are open. This hour-long radio news magazine is produced Monday through Friday.

Connie de veer with her book
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

The life of an actor is no easy road, with ample demands that can tax the hardiest of artists. But help is at hand from a new book from a Bloomington-Normal pair who saw the need for practical advice that leads to lasting positive change for actors.

Customers and staff outside Green Top with produce
Jeff Smudde / WGLT

Green Top Grocery must raise at least $300,000 this fall or risk closing its doors.

Jason Barickman speaks
Staff / WGLT

A day after Gov. Bruce Rauner’s “unorthodox” speech in Chicago, state Sen. Jason Barickman said he thinks the Republican incumbent needed a campaign reset and could still win in November.

Photo of woman in hall
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

"I just wanted to spend time with family and friends, trying to figure out what kind of relationship could happen if I put a camera between us."

Jeni B. with performing partner Andrew Brucker
Kevin Schertz

Bloomington native Jenny Bratcher-Crafton, a.k.a. "Jeni-B.," has an opera and musical theater background. But debilitating health issues sidelined the music career of this talented vocalist and songwriter just over a decade ago.

ISU students walk through plaza
Cindy Le / WGLT

Illinois’ public universities have finished tallying up their student bodies for the new school year, and once again it’s a mix of winners and losers.

ohn Butler, Jay Laesch, Kelly Klein, Bart Rogers, and Paul Grazar in court
David Proeber / The Pantagraph (Pool)

It’s been a year since five former U.S. Cellular Coliseum officials were charged with 111 criminal counts—accused of a running a brazen multiyear fraud scheme that stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from Bloomington taxpayers.

Imagine Air rendering
Children's Discovery Museum

Kids will learn about the power of wind through a new exhibit at the Children’s Discovery Museum.

The Robber Barons, left to right: Andrew Moody, Eric Fisher, Rob WIlls, Matt Garrison, Kevin Loeske
Lisa Schneider

Matt Garrison says bandmates in Bloomington-Normal cajoled him out of a seven-year music hiatus that began with the birth of his son nine years ago.

WGLT/Ryan Denham

Weeks after another anchor-store closure at Eastland Mall, Bloomington-Normal business leaders are grappling with the future of retail.

Sandra Zielinski
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

Kindred spirits gather in a neighborhood bar in Philly and get something stronger than a shot of whiskey. It's a place where everybody knows your name. But do they know your heart?

Ben Luginbuhl poses in his classroom
Mary Cullen / WGLT

A music and choir teacher from Unit 5 is one of 10 nominated to be the 2019 Illinois Teacher of the Year.

Rauner and Janus in D.C.
Andrew Harnik / AP

If you’re wondering how teachers unions will survive after the Supreme Court’s Janus decision, consider Bloomington’s District 87 as a test case.

Bees exiting a hive
Jeff Smudde / WGLT

Jeff Henry of Bloomington is an urban beekeeper, hoping to reverse an alarming decline in pollinators like honeybees that threatens our global food supply.

Erik Nelson at Eclipse Studios
Jeff Smudde / WGLT

Music industry experts have predicted the demise of the traditional recording studio for nearly two decades.

Jewel Upshaw and Zeke
Jewel Upshaw

Two basketball mothers who endured the shock of their sons collapsing on the court have very different stories to tell.

Jennifer Cheryl and Avani on the Quad
Cindy Le / WGLT

Kids these days catch a lot of flak—screen-obsessed, selfie-taking, everyone-gets-a-trophy young punks, as the stereotype goes.

In reality, kids these days are kind of awesome.

Ann Ellis Nutt
Jason Reblando / Illinois Wesleyan University

A Pulitzer Prize-winning author who chronicled what she called an "eye-opening story" of a transgender child addressed Illinois Wesleyan University students on Wednesday at the president's convocation.

ISU students on a sidewalk
Cindy Le / WGLT

Illinois State University’s freshman class grew by 10 percent this fall as recruiters fought off out-of-state competition and uncertainty about the state budget.

IWU President Eric Jensen sits in a GLT studio in front of a microphone.
Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

Illinois Wesleyan University has its largest freshmen class in at least five years.

GLT Sound Ideas 9/3/18

Sep 1, 2018

In this Labor Day edition of Sound Ideas we bring you the autobiographical stories of people who stood up in the most recent Next to normal Story Slam. The theme of the evening organized by Devon Lovell and held at the McLean County Arts Center was Re, as in remember, rewrite, rethink, and any other RE word you'd care to think.John Poling from Clinton gives us aremembrance of a career past. Chris Kauffman remembers a story about her first day of marriage to Mark Austill and the comedy and tragedy it entailed. Devon Lovell realized she was really lucky to recover something over and over again. Sometimes mistakes make the best stories. Rhys Lovell recounts a couple of times he should have, or did rethink something. And the most painful incidents in our lives can offer us an opportunity to reconsider the relationships we thought we knew all about. Connie Blick's story is about reawakening and reflection.

Patti and Rick Penn
Eric Stock / WGLT

McLean County health officials and law enforcement marked International Overdose Awareness Day on Friday with the planting of 40 memorials outside the Law and Justice Center.

McLean County Museum of History
Cindy Le / WGLT

From the railroad, to the farm. From insurance, to information technology. McLean County's workforce has changed many times over two centuries.

fentanyl
Rick Bowmer / AP

Medical professionals in Illinois now have to undergo training on how to safely prescribe opioids.

Judy and Jeff pose outside GLT
Ryan Denham / WGLT

If you're looking for the federal government to fix the American health care system, Jeff Bauer says you're looking in the wrong place.

Josh Kaufmann
Josh Kaufmann

A group that trains teachers to be policy advocates is pushing Springfield for ways to encourage more minorities to enter the profession.

Mark Daniel
Staff / WGLT

Unit 5 Superintendent Mark Daniel said the district has about a year and a half until a referendum becomes necessary to maintain the current quality of education.

Dan Brady at an event
Carleigh Gray / WGLT

One of Springfield’s top Republican negotiators on higher education said freeing up more money for financial aid might look easy compared to the coming debate over a new funding formula for state universities.

Donna Boelen
Ryan Denham / WGLT

The Bloomington City Council will be losing one of its most fiscally conservative aldermen next spring when David Sage steps down after three terms.

Mary Cullen / WGLT

The grand opening of Bakery & PickleEpiphany Farms Hospitality Group’s newest venture, is right around the corner. The private dinner club is unlike any other in Bloomington-Normal, transforming into a speakeasy-style bar after hours.

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