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GLT's Sound Ideas: 6/13/18

Jun 13, 2018

Hear five stories about the moon and lunacy from people in Bloomington-Normal. Ron Hardy tells us a story about the time many years ago when he tried LSD at his own New Year's Eve party. Christy Zimmerman shares a trip to Mexico which is about being afraid and overcoming fear. Marc Austal has a story of leading an everyday reasonable life of lunacy. Karla Bailey Smith speaks of losing love and finding new affection under the light of the full moon, and Devon Lovel shares a mystical moonlight experience from a Next to Normal Story Slam held at the McLean County Arts Center.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 6/12/18

Jun 12, 2018

Hear where healthy food and economic development meet. An advocacy group suggests the local food market can grow the local economy.  GLT's Eric Stock talks with Elissa Bassler of the Illinois Public Health Institute on the heels of a healthy food summit in Bloomington. Find out what the City of Bloomington is doing to add diversity to its staff.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 6/11/18

Jun 11, 2018

State Senator Jason Barickman of Bloomington isn't celebrating too much over the on-time delivery of a state budget this year. State lawmakers are still mindful of voter outrage over the last several years of budget standoff. Erick Stock talks with Senator Barickman. The summit with North Korea is underway. You'll find out from an ISU expert on East Asian politics about what to watch for. And during an edition of the GLT Datebook, you'll hear about Relay for Life. Organizers are trying to keep the cancer fundraiser the 2nd largest in the state.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 6/6/18

Jun 6, 2018

Blues Diva Shemekia Copeland says she had a relationship with Queen of the Blues Koko Taylor. Taylor would often call and talk for fifteen minutes or so. and then talk with her mom for an hour and a half to find out how she was really doing. Jon Norton talks with the new Queen of the Blues and GLT Summer Concert Headliner. Plus, GLT's Eric Stock introduces you to the three finalists for Bloomington City Manager.  And a bicycle advocacy group is hoping to improve safety on area roads.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 6/5/18

Jun 5, 2018

ERA Advocate Kay Moss says she wants to apologize to people on the patio at an area restaurant last week as she and friends hunkered down over her phone during legislative debate. She was streaming the debate and erupted into cheering when the General Assembly ratified the amendment. Ryan Denham reports on what's next for ERA advocates in McLean County. Plus, a report on who has guns in McLean County and where they live.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 6/4/18

Jun 4, 2018

It's a conversation with Illinois State University President Larry Dietz, who says he's happy there is a state budget, even if its the second lowest appropriation for ISU in a couple decades.  Dietz says having a plan, any plan, is better for enrollment than no plan. Charlie Schlenker has the interview. The Desert Blues sound of the Saharan peoples of North Africa will be heard in central Illinois tonight. Reverberation Vinyl welcomes back Niger based Mdou Moctar. And you'll hear about playwrights from across the U.S.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 5/31/18

May 31, 2018

Hear about all Laura Kennedy has done central Illinois and GLT in the last 30 years. As she retires you'll hear some of her greatest hits. It's Laura's last day with GLT. Our own Jon Norton has the interview. Illinois is now among the states which have ratified the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. We'll have the IPR report. Also from IPR, a report on a senate approved State budget. And then on to beer. We catch up with the empire being built by Destihl and on the eve of its opening, GLT's Ryan Denham introduces you to the brewers behind Keg Grove.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 5/30/18

May 30, 2018

It's a quirky world of might have been with the Bloomington Cogs and Corsets festival. Organizer Melanie Shellito tells Laura Kennedy that Steampunk and its mix of Victoriana, science fantasy, and role playing can even be multi generational. Plus, learn about another quirky passion, British car collecting and this year’s featured model at the Champaign British Car Show at the David Davis Mansion from Dave Hauman. And Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner talks TIF with Ryan Denham

GLT's Sound Ideas: 5/29/18

May 29, 2018

Find out what an Illinois State University scholar has to say about the influence on Millennials of the of the first Harry Potter book, debuting 20 years ago.  The entire series had great success. Hear how the Cinderella tale of The Boy Who Lived taught a generation of fans to stand up for their beliefs. There are only a few more days until the end of the spring legislative session and it looks as though the General Assembly is edging nearer a budget. Learn more during an edition of the IPR Politics Roundtable.

GLT's Sound Ideas 5/24/18

May 25, 2018

It's a report on a new diversity hiring program in Bloomington. The NAACP's Quincy Cummings says it came about following a Freedom of Information Act request. Hear how the city may hire staff to be more reflective of Bloomington's racial diversity. Ryan Denham reports. A youth soccer league is launching a fundraising campaign for new fields. GLT Correspondent Colleen Reynolds talks with a Illinois Fire Juniors board member about what it could take to move from Community Fields owned by the Central Illinois Regional Airport.

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 Sound Ideas 5/22/18

May 22, 2018

Normal Police Pension Board Member Mark Kotte acknowledges the the pension fund has about half the assets it needs instead of the 90 percent mandated. GLT's Ryan Denham reports on the policy debate for pension fixes: consolidate or deregulate. Hear how medical cannabis can be good for your…pets. Laura Kennedy has more during an edition of Animal House. And Town of Normal Mayor Chris Koos is in the studio to talk about outdoor dining in Uptown and the pilot project approved by the council.

Heartland Alliance researcher Katie Buitrago says the poverty rate in McLean County is misleadingly low because that does not take into account a living wage. GLT's Judy Valente reports children and women have far higher poverty rates. Hear from the State Farm Vice President for Strategic Resouces. Laurette Stiles' examines external cometitive pressures, and trends to provide company leaders guidance of future direction. GLT's Ryan Denham has the interview.

GLT's Sound Ideas 5/18/18

May 18, 2018

Bloomington Parks and Recreation Director Jay Tetzloff has dreams for O'Neil Pool, big dreams. Ryan Denham tours the aging O'Neil pool with Tetzloff and talks about the future of the facility.  Hear from the Women of Distinction Keynote speaker, who was American Airlines Vice President for Diversity during 9/11. Di Ann Sanchez, who continues to provide diversity training, had to diffuse mistrust and hatred toward Mulsims at American Airlines after the attack.  And Charlie Schlenker talks with the state treasurer about the possibility of a state budget

John Stark is in his first year as the Artistic Director of the Illinois Shakespeare Festival and the Chicago Tribune ranks the festival number one in summer must see events. Nothing like pressure! More on the summer season with Laura Kennedy. Plus, Ryan Denham looks at the competitive pressures State Farm Insurance is facing. Plus, the Blues and roots music of Samantha Fish is refreshing and varied. Jon Norton has more.  And it's GLT's Grow.

GLT's Sound Ideas 5/15/18

May 16, 2018

Hear about the drug sometimes called synthetic marijuana or spice. Twenty year-old Alejandro is an addict who says the drug is nothing like marijuana. GLT's Ryan Denham reports on the deadly spike in spice deaths in central Illinois. Charlie Schlenker talks with a longtime central Illinois TV host who gets to sleep in. For years, Garry Moore was the first news staffer on the job and on the air at WEEK-TV. And Mayor Tari Renner is in studio. He'll answer questions about about early council support for a new Boys and Girls club facility on city owned land and a new police chief.   

GLT's Sound Ideas 5/14/18

May 14, 2018

Democratic Congressional Candidate Betsy Dirksen Londrigan says GOP claims of success with the tax bill are misplaced. Ryan Denham talks with Dirksen Londrigan about her campaign against incumbent Congressman Rodney Davis in the 13th district. Get an update from Normal’s top cop on a body cam pilot project. The project is coming to an end and Chief Rick Bleichner talks with CS about what’s next. And you’ll meet singer-songwriter David Berchtold. He talks with GLT’s Jon Norton just before his show at Nightshop tomorrow night.

GLT's Sound Ideas 5/11/18

May 11, 2018

Hotel and Lodging Association head Ray Ceresa says the average room rate in Bloomington Normal is now below 90 bucks a night. Even slight declines make a difference. Ryan Denham talks with Ceresa about the dismal hotel occupancy rate. Can the Illinois General Assembly pass a budget. Former governor Jim Edgar thinks so. Find out what Bloomington State Senator Jason Barickman thinks. Charlie Schlenker has the interview. And there's no shortage of material for the Capital Steps musical, political satire troupe.

GLT's Sound Ideas 5/10/18

May 10, 2018

Retired Town of Normal City Manager Mark Peterson is sounding a warning about the unwillingness of elected officials to compromise. He's concerned big decision will be driven by a crisis. Find out how dysfunction on the state and federal level is affecting local government ability to deliver services. It's graduation weekend. Jon Norton talks with a journalism student, who also just happened to be the first African American Illinois State University homecoming queen. And find out how so-called zombie raccoons could be a threat to your pet during an edition of Animal House. 

GLT Sound Ideas 05/09/18

May 9, 2018

It's an examination of healthcare. Crystal balls all over the nation are remarkably cloudy when it comes to healthcare. Colleen Kannaday is the CEO of Advocate BroMenn Healthcare in Normal. Also hear from Kannaday about the effects of a merger between the Advocate and Aurora health systems in Illinois and Wisconsin. Plus, It's time to say good bye to Laura Kennedy. Jon Norton talks with GLT's retiring Diva. And it's GLT's Grow.

GLT's Sound Ideas 5/8/18

May 8, 2018

It's an examination of the effect of the Welcoming City ordinance in the Town of Normal. Police Chief Rick Bleichner says it's not a ban on communication with federal authorities. Chief Bleichner and Mayor Chris Koos talk with Charlie Schlenker about the Town's new Welcoming City ordinance in Normal. Besides caffeine, find out what it takes to create 48 websites for 48 non profits in 48 hours. Ryan Denham reports on the United Way Hackathon, which helps non profit agencies communicate online. And it's a a conversation with black, queer activist Charlene Carruthers.

GLT's Sound Ideas 5/7/18

May 7, 2018

State Farm's exit from downtown Bloomington is affecting some of the businesses that remain. You'll hear from a County Board member, Bloomington Alderman, city officials and business owners about proposals on the table to revitalize the city's downtown. Judy Valente and Colleen Reynolds report. During the GLT Date Book, Laura Kennedy tells you how a Phantom of the Opera themed event will raise money for the arts. And you'll hear from former Fugazi drummer Brandon Canty.  GLT's Jon Norton talks with him about Messthetics, the new band Canty and former Fugazi bassist Brendan Canty formed.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 5/4/18

May 4, 2018

Hear from democratic activist Susan Cortesi as she discusses why the first flush of democratic party enthusiasm and involvement after the election of President Trump is over.  GLT's Ryan Denham reports on the maturing indivisible movement. And The Psych Geeks are in for another conversation with Laura Kennedy talking about Night of the Living Dead. Plus, Jon Norton talks with some of the central Illinois bands and artists entered in the NPR Tiny Desk Contest. 

GLT's Sound Ideas 5/3/18

May 3, 2018

Find out how the Community Health Care Clinic in Normal is keeping people out of the emergency room. Director Angie McGlaughlin says the clinic is saving a million bucks a year in hospital costs.  GLT's Colleen Reynolds also explores the start of dental services at the clinic. Low income McLean County residents facing foreclosure are losing a key resource that has been keeping many of them in their homes. Judy Valente the interview.  And hear two stories on the gun control debate in Springfield.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 5/2/18

May 2, 2018

Sen. Dick Durbin talks about the dangers of e-cigarettes during a visit to Bloomington-Normal. GLT's Charlie Schlenker talks to state Sen. Jason Barickman about politically engaged young people. Laura Kennedy chats with GLT's Culture Maven about the legacy of the classic film "Rosemary's Baby." And Jon Norton previews this month's Capitol Steps show at the BCPA.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 5/1/18

May 1, 2018

It's an update on the trail east project with Normal City Manager Pam Reece, who says buildings on east Beaufort would require a substantial investment if they are NOT torn down. One of those buildings includes a popular mural.  GLT's Charlie Schlenker talks with Normal City Manager Pam Reece. You'll hear from an Ameren Illinois worker helping to restore infrastructure in Puerto Rico. Ameren's Erik Eskra talks with GLT's Jon Norton about the hurricane devastation and restoration efforts. And Bloomington State Senator Jason Barickman has an update on the spring legislative session.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 4/30/18

Apr 30, 2018

It's a conversation about how to preserve strong public universities in an era of falling enrollment. ISU President Larry Dietz says a lot of things have been tried in other states. Charlie Schlenker talks with President Dietz about what DOES work: expanding financial aid to students who need it to attend college. You'll hear from two ISU graduate students about the importance of early childhood intervention...and on the availability of intervention programs in McLean County.

GLT Sound Ideas 4/27/18

Apr 27, 2018

It's an exploration of how people with autism view the world. Marty Murphy says her life is very different from neuro-standard people. Charlie Schlenker talks with Muprhy and Chuck Hartseil of Autism McLean. GLT's Laura Kennedy profiles a Bloomington-Normal mandolin group. Orpheus Mandolin Orchestra plays at the Normal Theater this weekend. And Jon Norton talks with Bloomington-Normal grown blues musician Mathew Curry about life on the road. He's been touring off and on for the last four years. His next stop is the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts Saturday night.

GLT, Sound Ideas: 4/26/18

Apr 26, 2018

As State Farm makes big changes to its workforce, it's not just the Geicos and Progressives bringing competition to Bloomington's largest employer. State Farm vice president Laurette Stiles talks to GLT's Ryan Denham about emerging "insurtech" startups that are shaking up her industry.  You'll also hear an in-depth report with industry watchers on the changing landscape...and how State Farm is reacting and adapting.  And Laura Kennedy talks with the woman who has led the LIFE Center for Independent Living for 21 years.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 4/25/18

Apr 25, 2018

The Normal Cornbelters are among the many many minor league teams that will have to pay players more under a new federal law. Bryan Bloodworth reports. A treatise on change and justice from a south side Chicago community organizer. Charlene Carruthers talks with Judy Valente about getting the story straight about injustice. Carruthers is the graduation speaker for this year's Multicultural Leadership program in McLean County. And the importance of learning the history of Human Rights. Charlie Schlenker talks with Lynn Hunt, a historian from UCLA and the ISU Bone Lecturer this year.