WGLT's Mary Cullen reports on the newly named Normal Citizen of the Year, Dodie Dunson. Correspondent Steve Fast chats with musician Denise LaGrassa ahead of her weekend show in Uptown Normal. And learn all about Bloomington's connection to the "Wizard of Oz."
Eight man football teams are becoming more common in Illinois, to save the sport in small schools, homecoming rituals, and all that goes with football. Illinois High School Association Executive Director Craig Anderson says 8-man football in Illinois only began two years ago. Plus, ISU basketball great Jaci McCormick shares her post college story and the road that lead her to a tribal court in Washington state. And Normal Town Council member Stan Nord is ruffling feathers. We'll have a report.
Connect Transit is doing better than many other bus systems. Connect Transit Manager Isaac Thorne says gas prices have a lot to do with recent ridership trends. Mary Cullen has an episode of McHistory dealing with Bloomington Normal favorite son Presidential Candidate Adlai Stevenson. And, the Mayor of Normal stops by.
Poverty and child poverty continue to drag at the state of Illinois even in an expanding economy... because the social service support network remains badly eroded. The Heartland Alliance Social Impact Research Center tells Eric Stock what that means in central Illinois. Plus, the Challenger Learning Center celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission. And a look at poverty and child poverty in Bloomington Normal.