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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.

Ed Scharlau
Eric Stock / WGLT

McLean County remains well positioned to overcome recent job losses at State Farm Insurance, according to a banker who's been crunching local economic development numbers for two decades.

Oliva Butts, left and members of BLM BloNo after bailing out Myleria Shane Briggs on Mother's Day
Black Lives Matter BloNo

Black Lives Matter BloNo is continuing an awareness campaign spotlighting how the bail system disproportionately affects the poor, and especially people of color.

Mark Huffington, Robin Casey, and Margaret Stephens mugshots
McLean County Sheriff's Department

For police and prosecutors, it’s never been easy to get witnesses to testify, especially in cases involving violent crime where retribution is a real concern.

Social media has made it even harder.

Ryan Denham / WGLT

The Unity Community Center in Normal will add more teen programs and improve how it serves after-school meals through an upcoming expansion project.

Three people posed in an art gallery
Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

Hear five stories about the moon and lunacy from people in Bloomington-Normal.

Carleigh Gray / WGLT

A Bloomington alderman who owns rental property herself said she thinks the city should set some rules for landlords in hopes of reducing unsightly bulk waste being left on the curb.

Kim Keenan
Eric Stock / WGLT

A health advocacy group suggests healthy food can do more than help us live longer—it can be an economic development engine.

Illinois Public Health Institute CEO Elissa Bassler said the group aims to encourage more businesses to invest in ways to improve access to healthy food, something farmers, restaurateurs and grocers can help.

"We want to look for more of those entrepreneurial initiatives and figure out ways that our economic development systems in communities (will) value that and invest in the development of that," Bassler said.

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Almost any gasoline tool can be replaced by a more environmental friendly battery-powered tool. What are you waiting for? 

Shemekia Copeland
Suzanne Foschino

GLT Summer Concert headliner Shemekia Copeland said she was caught off guard when the City of Chicago and the State of Illinois officially declared her to be “The New Queen Of The Blues” at the 2011 Chicago Blues Festival.

Opera Season Full Of Fun ... And Pirates

Jun 6, 2018
Opera performers
Midwest Institute of Opera

The Midwest Institute of Opera is gearing up for the 2018 season with pirates on the prowl and the love lessons of a poet.

Jeff Smudde / WGLT

Before Bloomington's three city manager finalists met with the public at city hall Tuesday, they met with the media to lay out their visions for the city.

Ralph Weisheit / WGLT

Mayor Chris Koos said State Farm's recent job restructuring will likely have its biggest impact locally on home values.

Carleigh Gray / WGLT

Have you become a first-time gun owner in the past few years? We’d like to speak with you for an upcoming story on GLT. Share your story.

Ryan Denham / WGLT

Two McLean County women who helped lead the successful push for ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment in Illinois say their fight isn’t over yet.

Ani DiFranco
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Independent singer-songwriter Ani DiFranco has been tackling difficult social and cultural issues for three decades. So it’s no surprise songs she wrote years ago are still relevant, and still stir strong emotions.

For example, the title track to her 1999 album “To The Teeth.”

Actresses around a cauldren.
Heartland Theater

Heartland Theater in Normal presents the 10-Minute Play Festival, debuting not only new, short works of theater, but a new listening system for the hearing-impaired.

GLT's Grow: Finding Inspiration On The ISU Campus

Jun 1, 2018
Fell Hall on ISU campus
Illinois State University

The wonderful array of plantings on the Illinois State University campus can provide inspiration for new landscaping ideas in your yard.

Jerm Plue, left, and Dirty Rotten Revenge
Jenny-Lee Plue

The Bloomington-Normal music scene has seen a resurgence over the past five to seven years. As GLT reported last year, many give kudos to the Castle Theatre as the catalyst for that surge. But other venues and players are making their own noise.

When you think of Bloomington-Normal brands with national or even international reputations, it's State Farm and Beer Nuts. Now Destihl is on the list.

Steampunk Event Returns To Downtown Bloomington

May 30, 2018
Steampunkers
taymetayme / Flickr via Creative Commons

Cogs and Corsets: A Central Illinois Steampunk Happening is back for a second year of elaborate costuming, outrageous gadgetry and history—both real and imagined.

Ryan Denham / WGLT

UPDATED 12:25 p.m. | District 87’s superintendent delivered a pointed message to Bloomington aldermen Tuesday night: Think twice before using property taxes to lure economic development.

After 20 Years Harry Potter Still Conjures Magic

May 29, 2018
Child reading Harry Potter.
Seth Wenig / AP

Twenty years ago, a bespeckled young boy captured the imaginations of readers young and old, becoming a cultural force that influenced the idealism of a generation.

The Sammy Miller Congregation
Bryon Gaynor

Sammy Miller said he began formulating the idea that jazz needs to return to its dance and entertainment roots while studying at the renowned Juilliard School in New York.

The Penguine Project of McLean County

This year marks the 10th anniversary of The Pengin Project of McLean County.

Finding the middle on gun control is not easy. Joe Miller of Central Illinois Precision shooting says the media are full of the extremes on the gun issue. GLT's Ryan Denham also talks with young shooters about what they find fulfilling in using guns. Plus, ISU Galleries Director Barry Blinderman is stepping down after decades of helping shape the twin cities arts scene. Laura Kennedy has more. And Jon Norton talks with the Poster Children, out with a new album after more than a decade away for parenting.

GLT's Grow: Using Plants To Create Good Bones

May 25, 2018
Row of palm trees.
David Prasad / Flickr via Creative Commons

Careful landscape architecture uses spatial composition to help create good bones in your yard.

State Treasurer Michael Frerichs
Ryan Denham / WGLT

A test program the state treasurer is promoting could increase the rate at which Illinoisans save for retirement.

Ryan Denham / WGLT

After more than a year of construction, Habitat for Humanity of McLean County is about to welcome customers and donors into its newly expanded ReStore on Bloomington’s west side.

City of Bloomington / Facebook

We’ve seen again and again what can happen when the makeup of a city’s police force doesn’t match the diversity of its residents. Many cities are trying to hire officers of color.

Large group of soccer players and families crowd an area near a food truck at Community Fields along Ireland Grove Road in Bloomington.
Sonya Hefter / Illinois Fire Juniors

A newly merged youth soccer organization in Bloomington, the Illinois Fire Juniors, is announcing a $2.25 million fundraising campaign for new, upgraded soccer fields that will be needed when a three-year lease runs out for Community Fields along Ireland Grove Road.

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