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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.

After Hours
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Central Illinois can lay claim to three of the best barbershop quartets in the world, including this year's international champion.

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Becky Slightom is the person you see at the start of a roadwork zone—the one directing traffic and keeping workers and drivers safe.

She's a flagger, but there's another informal job title she's bestowed upon herself.

Clay Wheeler has served with the Bloomington Police Department since 1991.
Clay Wheeler has served with the Bloomington Police Department since 1991.

Bloomington Police Chief Clay Wheeler said Monday he plans to draft an immigration policy for his department that’s similar to the Welcoming ordinance Normal adopted last month.

Megg Farrell & Friends including Ryan Weisheit, left and Megg Farrell, right.
Natalie Allante

The woman who fronts the Hot Jazz band Sweet Megg & the Wayfarers with Normal native and saxophonist Ryan Weisheit said a desire to tap into her folk and country roots was the impetus to morph into a different lineup with a new name.

Man raising sign over his head next to woman clutching sign to her chest.
Colleen Reynolds / WGLT

Facing a lack of council support and opposition from local Welcoming City activists, Mayor Tari Renner canceled Monday's planned vote on Bloomington’s immigration ordinance.

A bluegrass band performs on ISU's quad
Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

Concerts on the Quad have been filling pleasant summer Mondays since the 1980s at Illinois State University.

A studio picture of storyteller Brenda Huber
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The Fourth of July holiday is all about mom and apple pie, as well as the nation's founding. Here is a different story of motherhood.

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The mayor of Normal said Tuesday he thinks a variety of initiatives can happen to address the impact of recent gun violence on Bloomington-Normal.

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There will be an excess of talent on stage at this summer’s Illinois Shakespeare Festival. World-class actors performing some of the most eloquent language ever put to paper, supported by a talented army of set, costume, and lighting designers.

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A semipro baseball team. A band performing at the Castle Theatre. A mom visiting to watch her son play college football. A family reunion. An author writing a book about historic Route 66.

Mary Cullen / WGLT

The Normal Town Council passed an ordinance Monday requiring apartments and other multifamily residences to provide recycling options starting in August 2019.

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The head of the United Way of McLean County said distributions to social service programs this year will be down about down about $260,000. This is also the end of a three-year funding cycle under which agencies were supposed to receive a set amount, said United Way CEO David Taylor.

beam scale
Patrick Sison / AP

A local group working to stem obesity rates said it will take many years to see progress, but they are encouraged by what they've seen so far.

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Outdoor furniture isn’t what it used to be. The trend is no longer towards an outdoor dinette set but more of a living room type of space, and it can get elaborate.

GLT Sound Ideas 06/28/18

Jun 28, 2018

A community conversation about gun violence. Seven people have been shot and killed in Bloomington-Normal in the past two months. There have also been numerous lesser shooting incidents. Federal prosecutors announced arrests and indictments of fifteen members of the gang the Bomb Squad for a variety of serious crimes including several murders, one of them, in April, a Bradley University student who was a bystander. With us to talk about the issues surrounding the gun violence are the Rev. William Bennett, City of Refuge Ministries and member of the Bloomington Public Safety and Community Relations Board (PSCRB); Normal Police Chief Rick Bleichner; Karen Irvin of Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense in America; and community leader Allen Chambers.

restaurant compost
Charles Krupa / AP

McLean County is well behind the goal it has set for composting commercial food waste.

Band Of Heathens
Greg Giannukos

Musicians not prone to wade into politics are showing their hand more often in the current political climate.

Brandy Hansen
Eric Stock / WGLT

As an environmentally conscious owner of three farm-to-table restaurants in McLean County, chef Ken Myszka hates to throw out any food.

Facebook / Val Walker

The Normal West head soccer coach says his teams’ recent trip to Jamaica will prepare his players not just for next season—but for the rest of their lives.

Ryan Denham / WGLT

For judges, every assignment has its challenges. The sheer volume of traffic court. The complexity of a murder or financial crimes case. The trailblazing nature of a specialty drug court.

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A recent study co-authored by an Illinois State University professor of economics shows how utility rate changes have a bigger impact on lower income households than wealthier ones.

Deadly Force: When Powerful Guns And Young Men Collide

Jun 24, 2018
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Jody Gardner and Reggie Hart Jr. went to visit 17-year-old Chris Harrison on a Wednesday night.

For Doctors, Bigger Guns Mean More Trauma

Jun 24, 2018
Lisa Marie Pane / AP

When emergency room Dr. Shayla Garrett-Hauser visits schools to talk about her job, kids always ask her to tell them about the grossest thing she’s ever seen.

Ryan Denham / WGLT

Six months into the job, the new director of the McLean County Health Department is staring at a lengthy to-do list. It’s filled with complex problems with no easy solutions—opioid abuse, obesity, and even dental health, to name a few.

Bloomington singer-songwriter Kyle Yap said his father raised him on a steady diet of his classic rock LPs. You can hear the influences during a live Yap show.

immigration detention facility
Eric Gay / AP Photo

A Bloomington-Normal child trauma expert says the mental and emotional scars that thousands of young children are facing as they are being separated from their families at the southern U.S. border will take time and effort to heal.

Rivian Automotive

The electric vehicle startup Rivian continued to emerge from its “extreme stealth” mode Tuesday, revealing its “skateboard” chassis and a timeline for when its first truck will be available for pre-order. 

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The National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine recently released a report on sexual harassment of women in academia.

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All great looking landscaping has one thing in common: accurate and adequate water. During this edition of GLT's gardening program Grow, Mike McCurdy talks with ISU's Patrick Murphy about how to automate watering.

Harmonius Wail at Stoughton WI Opera House
Nick Berard

The husband-wife team behind the Madison, Wisconsin-based Harmonious Wail says their resolve to play uplifting music was tested when their son died three years ago.

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