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Full episodes of WGLT's newsmagazine covering central Illinois. Sound Ideas airs weekdays at 5 p.m.

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  • The pandemic has caused $72 million in losses to Illinois State University. And during her State of the University speech, President Terri Goss Kinzy said even with state and federal aid, ISU is still down $25 million. There's a lot of buzz about an alleged abduction attempt near Illinois State University. It didn't happen, yet safety worry remains. Police say do not take counsel from your fear. The mother of a missing ISU student complains other cases are getting more attention than her son. And the Central Illinois band the Way Down Wanderers talk about fatherhood, addiction, and their new album.
  • Some members of the Bloomington City Council want to offer direct aid to those hit by the June flooding and sewage backups. Hear about the reasons for and against the idea that are separate from from whether it's legal to do that. The town of Normal says it won't rush to have a dialog over true vaccine mandates for staff. But it is testing unvaccinated firefighters for the Coronavirus. And an independent observer says video shows Normal Police Officers coordinated well during a recent shooting incident.
  • Unit 5 school buses have been running late the first few weeks of school. They're doing better but still need to improve. Pandemic relief money will help McLean County move ahead on technology, roads, and other long running projects. A Bloomington mom fought for months to have her son correctly diagnosed with a rare disease. She says doctors need to be more receptive. And Heartland Theater resumes live in person performances with the classic comedy Tartuffe. The 400 year young play is, about a sanctimonious scoundrel and a wealthy pious gullible guy.
  • The Bloomington City Council is close to signing off on a plan to reduce the likelihood of future floods like the June deluge that hurt thousands of homeowners. A 50-minute recording of a wind chime is the center of a new album from a Bloomington Normal musician. Big development projects are always complicated heavy lifts. And a five year effort in Uptown Normal with Bush Construction is now over, for a while. The developer exits saying the time is not right. Normal City Manager Pam Reece says she's optimistic a four or five story mixed use building will eventually happen.
  • Before the first Rivian electric pickup truck made for sale rolled off the line at the plant in Normal, company CEO RJ Scaringe spoke to the workers who made it happen. A Latino artist speaking in Normal lets the bureaucratic limbo of the immigration system come out in his works. Central Illinois' largest brewery has a gold medal performance. Destihl wins in the very competitive category of Hazy IPA at the Great American Beer Festival. Running for public office in Bloomington Normal hasn't always been a civilized affair. Once a state house race included an attempted whipping, stabbing, and shooting. He missed. It's the next episode of our feature McHistory.
  • It's a big day for Rivian. The electric vehicle maker has produced its first truck at the assembly facility in Normal actually made for sale to a customer. And with plant employment climbing, the impact to the economy is rising too. The Unit 5 School District has had a bump in COVID cases and quarantines...in particular at Parkside Junior High. The Superintendent says a lot of those exposures happened outside school. Wet weather and warm nights early in the summer left central Illinois corn farmers fighting fungus this year. Now it's too dry. Hear about the impact on the harvest.
  • Environmental Advocates tout equity provisions of the new energy policy bill that is supposed to help Illinois move to renewable energy. Reverend Tony Pierce of Illinois People's Action is a longtime advocate for fairness in the green-energy economy. The first black principal of Hammitt School in Normal talks about the importance of having an educator who looks like the students. Workforce educators say central Illinois needs more employees in the cannabis economy. And when the nurse giving you a shot tell you relax and this won't hurt a bit, they're not kidding. Fear of needles may be contributing to vaccine hesitancy.
  • The twin towers of the World Trade Center fell twenty years ago. Teachers in classrooms that day managed their own grief and their students'. Some couldn't be there in the moment for their own children. Others say they regret letting it play on tv in classrooms. For some 9-11 is history, for others it is still as raw as if it happened yesterday. Hear Bloomington Normal residents recall where they were that day. Some believe 9-11 had a lasting effect on civil liberties. Young adults who were not yet born during 9-11 say they too feel trauma. Hear an hour long reflection on 9-11 from people in central Illinois.
  • On today’s episode, a reporter turned state Senator explains why he pushed for creation of a task force to study local journalism. Plus, Jon Norton reflects on how music changed in the first hours after the 9/11 attacks. And a preview of the new Backyard Tire Fire album.
  • Former U.S. Senator and two time candidate for Governor Adlai Stevenson II has died at age 90. Listen to archival sound of Stevenson reading the words of his father, another member of the Bloomington founded political dynasty. A half century ago the New School started in Bloomington as an alternative education model. Fifty years on the Mulberry School still teaches children how to learn instead of what they should learn. Emory knows what it means to be an unwanted child. Easton says the book came screaming out of her cortex as an effort to get it out and stop blackening her soul. Hear about the healing power of writing. And the Mayor of Normal drops by.