John Murray | WGLT

John Murray

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John Murray is an intern at WGLT. John is a student at Illinois State University's School of Communication.

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Everything you need to know to start your day for Friday, October 2nd 2020. 

Hear from one of the candidates for McLean County Coroner, Abby Sorrels. Incumbent Kathy Yoder didn't respond to requests for an interview. The economic recovery picture in Bloomington Normal has some bright colors and some dingy ones. Economic Development Council head Patrick Hoban paints the picture. And take a long strange trip inside your dog's mind. Hint: it's mainly the nose that counts.

Everything you need to know to start your day for Thursday, October 1st, 2020. 

Learn about a new ethics reform proposal from Illinois Senate Republicans that allows states attorneys not just judges to have wiretap authority. State Senator Jason Barickman tells you why the idea won't get into constitutional trouble. Plus, a fight over masks and bars de-escalates. Bloomington Liquor Commissioner and Mayor Tari Renner tells why. The pandemic and stressed out irritation go hand in hand...hear how to resist flaring. And Illinois Wesleyan University explains a new mental health initiative for student athletes. 

Everything you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, September 30th, 2020. 

MADD National President Helen Witty says we don't know enough about marijuana and driving. Yet, a survey by State Farm Insurance shows one in eight adults admits to driving under the influence of marijuana. Plus, hear from the Democratic candidate in the very red 18th congressional district. Attorney George Petrilli talks healthcare and safe seats. And hear about hanging loose and staying resilient amid the stress of the pandemic. It's not that easy.  

Lead paint contamination is a tricky thing that can hurt people. Hear about a couple million dollar grant to remove lead from Bloomington houses. Plus, men have traditionally held most of the power in politics. That's changing, including in Bloomington Normal. Twin cities women talk about it. And WGLT Program Director Mike McCurdy has spent close to four decades in broadcasting and three at WGLT. He's turning off the Microphone this week.

Everything you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, September 29th, 2020. 

Everything you need to know to start your day for Friday, September 25th, 2020. 

There is still a little bit of in-person entertainment in Central Illinois - hear about the southern rock music of Blackberry Smoke

Illinois State University and the University of Illinois had different approaches to the fall semester, but both have faculty unhappy with what went on. A tale of two schools. Plus hear a candidate for McLean County Board in District 2 make the pitch for votes. And game design and interdisciplinary elements are part of the new Creative Technology major at Illinois State University.

Everything you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020. 

Hear what Irving school in Bloomington tries to do during a pandemic to attach to students who move in and out of schools more often than average. Principal Messina Lambert says students who move frequently have more learning challenges. 80% of Irving School students in Bloomington come from low income families. Plus, we'll review the take from a big data dump of several hundred complaints about pandemic safety enforcement in McLean County, or the lack thereof. Normal Town Council member Stan Nord advocates working against town safety enforcement measures - and the clap back from that.

Everything you need to know to start your day for Friday, September 18th, 2020. 

There are three candidates for Mclean County Board District 5 in Normal. Libertarian Jo Litwiller says she has a unique point of view that sees both sides of the spectrum. Republican incumbent and County Board Chair John McIntyre says he has always thought himself fortunate to be able to work with so many good people both Republicans and Democrats. And Rachael Lund says it is time to elect a new generation of leadership. Election 2020 coverage continues with a joint interview of the candidates.

Everything you need to know to start your day for Thursday, September 17th, 2020. 

The McLean County Nursing home factors into all eight of the competitive races for McLean County Board Seats. Hear two of the candidates for District 7 as part of WGLT coverage of Election 2020.

Everything you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, September 16th, 2020.

Domestic violence cases are up. Way up possibly because the pandemic makes everyone feel a little lost. And family violence incidents are getting more serious in McLean County. Plus, an epidemiologist says schools like Illinois State University that don't have clear guidelines on when to shut down or interim steps are running a risk. A Bloomington candy maker takes steps to prevent or limit COVID-19. And Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner talks about buying marijuana on Veterans Parkway.

Everything you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020. 

McLean County Board candidates sometimes tout how they fight for principles. Others avoid righteous stands and talk about peacemaking. Hear the candidates in District 9. Plus, the pandemic has made child welfare agency problems worse.

Everything you need to know to start your day for Friday, Sept. 11, 2020. 

Hear the candidates for McLean County Board District 8 talk about their solutions to the issues facing the county.

Everything you need to know to start your day for Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020. 

Governor JB Pritzker says college campuses like Bradley University that require self isolation and campuswide quarantines are doing a good thing to limit the pandemic  Hear more about the Governor's visit to Bloomington Normal. Plus, it takes a lot to keep faculty and student tech up and running during on line learning. Hear from one of the squad members who does that at Illinois State University. Against some odds Colleges and universities in Bloomington Normal now feel pretty good about their fall enrollment numbers.

Everything you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020.

Until recently not many bodies in McLean County have had an appetite to enforce pandemic safety measures. Health department environmental health director Tom Anderson says it only takes a little enforcement to send a message. Plus, the pandemic has brought what Mclean County Chief Circuit Judge Mark Fellheimer thinks will be permanent changes to the courts. Minnesota, Georgia, now Wisconsin - police violence against Blacks is enough to create a sense of hopelessness in African Americans. And what do service clubs do during a pandemic when they can't get together to serve the community?

Bloomington Normal Rapper Grill Billyenz says his new album stems from the darkness of an overnight shift and the lightness of a childhood experience. Hear about the album metamorph. Plus Town of Normal Mayoral candidate Marc Tiritilli drops by. And --a nice thing during an awful year. Sometimes you just have to get out and ride a bike.

The Leadoff - 9/4/20

Sep 4, 2020

Everything you need to know to start your day for Friday, September 4th, 2020. 

The Leadoff - 9/3/20

Sep 3, 2020

Everything you need to know to start your day for Thursday, September 3rd, 2020. 

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