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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, 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. 

Newly digitized documents of Abraham Lincoln show the world view of the young man who would become President of the U.S. Hear about the latest chapter in the decades long Lincoln Papers Project from Director Dan Worthington. Plus, Illinois State University Athletics Director Larry Lyons tells you about his really bad joke that all redbird lives matter ... a joke that has prompted athlete boycotts and protest marches. The latest on disaster recovery loans from recent central Illinois flooding and storms.

Everything you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020.

The political race for McLean County auditor includes debate on why it should be an elected office at all. Rob Fazzini and Kevin Woodard are two of the three candidates in the Auditor's race. They join us for a forum. Incumbent Auditor Michelle Anderson is on medical leave and did not participate. Find all of our coverage of Election 2020 at wglt dot org.

Illinois State University is setting up a Coronavirus testing lab that could do 10,000 tests per day. The Shield Illinois facility will cover one of eleven regions around the state. Plus, human resource administrators are having a tough time navigating the many needs employees have during the pandemic. Keeping the 'humane' in human resources. ISU student athletes are not happy with university Athletic Director Larry Lyons' flip remark that all redbird lives matter.

Everything you need to know to start your day for Friday, Aug. 28, 2020.

Artist Venice Keys says black and brown communities find spirituality in the commonplace. Hear about Key's latest exhibit at Illinois State University. Plus, a Bloomington Normal woman tells you about raising a voice against patriarchy and for women's self determination. Another new Normal Town Council candidate shares thoughts on leadership and community service. And outgoing Bloomington Police Chief Dan Donath talks about the impact of de-funding police and transferring the money to human services.

The Leadoff - 8/27/20

Aug 27, 2020

Everything you need to know to start your day for Thursday, August 27th, 2020. 

Some candidates are already looking past the November election and to the city and town council contests next year. AJ Zimmerman is early out of the gate for Normal Town Council. Plus, the Mayor of Normal is on four and a half terms and wants one more. A family affected by COVID-19 talks about the emotional toll of the disease. A chat with the new host of NPR's 1A about the national discourse.  And ISU Athletic Director Larry Lyons says budget cuts yes...job and sports cuts no because of the pandemic.

The Vice President of the Bloomington Normal NAACP says hospitals in particular need diversity and inclusion departments because minorities are often disenfranchised. Carla Campbell Jackson says this would help minimize biases. Plus, the City of Bloomington will get a lot of money back from former Coliseum operator John Butler and Butler has pled guilty to theft. And Mayor Tari Renner of Bloomington drops by.

Everything you need to know for Wednesday, August 26th, 2020. 

Everything you need to know to start your day - Tuesday, August 25th, 2020. 

Find out how a black dwarf star can explode even without a fuel source. ISU Astrophysicist Matt Caplan says maybe what happens once all the stars have burned out quadrillions of years from now won't be cold dead and silent. Plus, 273 ISU students have tested positive for the Coronavirus after a little more than a week of classes. ISU President Larry Dietz tells you how he'll decide whether to close the campus. Some students remain in Normal even though all their classes are online. Hear why.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Thursday, August 20th, 2020. 

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