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John Murray


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

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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. 

The pandemic has created some unanticipated consequences for political campaigns and they're not all bad....Hear more on pandemic politics from ISU Professor Kerri Milita. Plus, Plagues, Pandemics, and People - it's a new course offered at Illinois State University. It's a mystery how much the Governor's new order on masks will be enforced. Eric Stock reports. And Heartland Community College enrollment is down, and down more for African Americans and other minorities.

The Leadoff - 8/19/20

Aug 19, 2020

Everything you need to know for Wednesday, August 19th, 2020. 


Critics of online school plans like to talk about the bad effects of screen time on kids.  An ISU scholar says it's not the time it's the quality that matters.  Hear about remote learning from Illinois State University education expert Anna Smith.  Bloomington considers ditching the Columbus Day holiday for Indigenous People's Day.  Changes ahead for the Illinois Arts Station.  And Normal Mayor Pro Tem Kevin McCarthy stops by.  

As WGLT's series "Living Black In Bloomington-Normal" concludes, hear some of the series' most significant interviews. 

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Many businesses who have been struggling since the pandemic began in March hope Illinois’ transition to Phase 4 will allow them to recover after three cash-strapped months.

Jeremy and Kim

The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged those working in the medical field.

"The show must go on" is one of the most repeated phrases in theatre, whether you're directing on Broadway or a children's production.

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Illinios State University Athletics

Illinois State women’s basketball coach Kristen Gillespie said Kobe Bryant was a childhood hero for many of her players, and his death is a reminder to make every day count.

The theme of ethics reform continues to percolate through Springfield, for instance whether lawmaker e-mails should be considered public. More on ethics from Governor JB Pritzker. Plus, the Publisher and Executive Editor of Crain's Chicago Business talks about the future of journalism. There's a talent pipeline from Decatur to Bloomington-Normal. Find out why. And baseball has the hot stove league in the winter. Gardeners have seed and plant's WGLT's gardening podcast Grow. 

Artist Melissa Oreksy combines plants and art, but not in landscape painting. Laura Kennedy has more about Oreski's exibit Growing Time. As marijuana becomes legal we look back at Prohibition as it began a century ago and the attitudes people held about alcohol. Some of the same feelings society has held about cannabis more recently. Plus, meet the new Unit 5 superintendent. And Jon Norton dives into the storytelling sensibilities of the band Them Coulee Boys.

WGLT correspondent Edith Brady-Lunny joins Charlie Schlenker to discuss a lawsuit filed against ISU over admissions at its lab schools. Colleen Reynolds reports from a crosscultural celebration at Wayman AME church in Bloomington. And learn about historical peak of mapmaking.