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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.

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The Bloomington Public Library expansion plan has been in the works for nearly two decades. But the most recent proposal has some, including Mayor Tari Renner, concerned about the timeline.

Adam Humphreys and Jessica Wheet of Old Smoke
Adam R. Day, Betania M. Carvalho

The now five member blues-rock outfit Old Smoke has been headlining central Illinois shows and opening for national acts including Samantha Fish and Tommy Castro at the Castle Theatre for roughly three years -- despite no album to sell or promote.

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There are still 244 days until the next Bloomington City Council election, but three candidates have already announced plans to run.

Cody Diekhoff, aka Chicago Farmer
Cody Diekhoff

Cody Diekhoff as his alter ego Chicago Farmer is a riveting live performer who has cultivated a loyal following with folk songs and stories about the American heartland. And especially central Illinois.

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It’s been three years since Grossinger Motors Arena hosted basketball but that could be about to change.

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In the studio to talk more about small farms producing food grown and generally consumed in central Illinois is Bill Davison. As the local food systems and small farms educator with the University of Illinois Extension, Davison works with hundreds of small organic farms in Illinois and the Midwest.

Eric Stock / WGLT

New Bloomington City Manager Tim Gleason is one week into the job, meeting with elected officials and his department heads to get a lay of the land.

Kwame Raoul
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The Democratic candidate for Illinois attorney general said he supports much of the work Lisa Madigan has done in the 16 years in that office, but added there are some areas where he would focus more attention.

A woman smokes a cigarette
Jeff Smudde / WGLT

It's been 10 years since Illinois went smoke-free in all public buildings, including bars and restaurants.

Stefen Robinson and his dog Kodo
Jamie Breeck

What to do when words won’t describe the current political landscape in the United States? At least words that can be aired on the radio?

Staff / WGLT

A year after Bloomington’s Public Safety and Community Relations Board (PSCRB) was created, questions linger about the board's independence.

Joe Walters
Eric Stock / WGLT

The new head football coach at Central Catholic High School is grateful he can now be more open about his faith.

Joe Walters coached football for two seasons at Bloomington High School, after coaching previously at Peoria Notre Dame. Walters told GLT's Sound Ideas he realized after the first season at BHS he had to be careful giving any appearance that he was trying to impose his faith on others, particularly his players.
 

Katie Funk shows off Funks Grove Heritage Fruits and Grains products at the sirup shop.
Ryan Denham / WGLT

On a recent morning Katie and Jonathan Funk and Katie's fiance, Jeff Hake, were showing off through their nine-acre organic farm. There are grapevines, corn stalks, a young orchard.

Jeff Smudde / WGLT

Program supervisors at the Boys and Girls Club of Bloomington-Normal will no longer be responsible for screening their own volunteers.

Josh Barnett Campaign

McLean County Board member Josh Barnett announced Tuesday he will run for Bloomington City Council in Ward 8.

Todd Fuist
Eric Stock / WGLT

A professor who has studied religious activism says progressives are getting more comfortable invoking their faith to push for political causes in much the same way the Christian right has done for decades.

Jeff Smudde / WGLT

Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner said the bulk of the money to build a new sports complex would have to come from the private sector.

Senna Adjabeng
MCCA

An act of domestic violence occurs every 15 seconds in the U.S., translating to over 2.5 million victims a year, according to Mid Central Community Action (MCCA).

GLT Datebook: Brats and Bags Fundraiser Returns To Bloomington

Jul 23, 2018
Facebook / Sunrise Rotary

Nothing feels more Midwestern than playing bags while enjoying a brat and a cold beer on a summer night.

Andy Netzer on a balcony overlooking the Lodge
Ryan Denham / WGLT

Morgan Anderson is a junior nursing major at Illinois State University. One of her dreams for senior year is to live at the Lodge—the massive apartment complex on Willow Street that, from the outside, looks like where multi-millionaires would spend the night after going skiing.

Senator Jason Barickman on the Senate floor.
Seth Perlman / AP

State Sen. Jason Barickman said he thinks President Trump did not acknowledge what a ruthless dictator Vladimir Putin is and where Putin's self-interest lies.

Ken Teegarden / Flickr

A retirement savings program rolling out from the state treasurer's office has an early Bloomington participant.

Dominique Stevenson a.k.a 'V8 Vast Change'
Livid Expression

Bloomington hip-hop artist Dominique Stevenson said positive messages and uplifting vibes in his music are connected to his religion. He doesn't believe people can achieve happiness, or good, alone.

Jake Wegner
Eric Stock / WGLT

Coaches are often defined by wins and losses, but a Bloomington man who became a head coach in the most unlikely of ways at age 21 already has a significant victory to his name.

Large theater with chandelier hanging from curved wooden roof in a proposed dinner theater building.
The Barn III

As many as 150 people recently participated in a ceremonial barn-raising event in Goodfield, but it wasn’t to help an ailing farmer.

Kaarina Dillabough/Via Flickr Creative Commons

How does your garden grow? Thanks to technology you can keep tabs on your yard day and night—from anywhere in the world—on your phone.

On this week’s GLT’s Grow, Mike McCurdy talks to Patrick Murphy about outdoor weather stations and garden cameras.

Armando Baez
Eric Stock / WGLT

A measure awaiting Gov. Bruce Rauner's signature would enable local counties or municipalities to create urban agricultural zones in areas where access to food is limited.

Ryan Denham / WGLT

You know what’s not good for a real estate market? A ton of uncertainty at the market’s biggest employer.

Digital Age Accelerates Cultural Globalization

Jul 17, 2018
Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

The digital age has aided globalization of popular culture, according to Illinois State University professor Lane Crothers

Kids high-five each other on the soccer field
Illinois Fusion Soccer Club

The mayor of Normal said Tuesday there is a second potential developer of a sports complex. He declined to say specifically who.

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