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GLT's Sound Ideas is newsmakers. It's gardening, science, the arts, and a central Illinois music calendar. It's pet care, blues, poetry, and jazz. It's the sounds of your life and your places. And there's room for your opinion when the phone lines are open. This hour-long radio news magazine is produced Monday through Friday.

Unit 5 school board candidates
Mary Cullen / WGLT

With six of seven Unit 5 school board seats up for election this year, there are four current members guaranteed to remain seated.

Candidates at a table
Jeff Smudde / WGLT

Empty buildings. Aging infrastructure. An arena losing money. What can the city do to revitalize Downtown Bloomington?

Candidates for city council took on the question at a GLT and League of Women Voters forum Tuesday night.

potholes
Ralph Weisheit / WGLT

Debate over gasoline tax increases to fund road repairs in Bloomington and Normal is more complex than the question of keeping the amount the same in both cities.

Corey and Karrin
Ryan Denham / WGLT

Corey Ostling and Karrin Hawkins are Unit 5’s first-ever high school college and career counselors.

And after almost one full school year in their new roles, even their job titles are a work in progress.

Workers with dog
McLean County Museum of History

At the tail end of the Civil War, there was another battle stirring in the City of Bloomington: the war on dogs.

White Noise artwork
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

All artists face criticism. And when artist Bethany Collins was confronted with ugly, racially charged critiques of her work, she took control of that criticism and shaped the words into a powerful artistic message. 

McLean County Museum of History

The McLean County Museum of History is looking to raise $16,000 to help fund the first part of a photo digitization project.

Nikola Jokic and Katy Winge
Katy Winge

Illinois State alum and basketball player-turned-broadcaster Katy Winge is getting to live out her dream job.

Kelly Ogden and Luis Cabezas
The Dollyrots

The Dollyrots lead vocalist/bassist Kelly Ogden said moving from Florida to Los Angeles in 2002 and then forming their own record label a decade later have been shrewd life decisions.

District 87 Superintendent Barry Reilly
Carleigh Gray / WGLT

District 87 is forging ahead with its school calendar and plans to implement alternative learning days, despite possible changes from impending state legislation.

Fight for $15 rally
M. Spencer Green / AP

Two big things are on the horizon for Illinois' child care system.

Mary Cullen / WGLT

Illinois schools rely on at least 68 percent of funding from property tax dollars, according to the state board of education. And the lion's share of property taxes feed into local schools.

Scouts BSA
Eric Stock / WGLT

Boy Scouts: It's not just for boys anymore.

Five Bloomington-Normal area girls are among the first in the country to join Scouts BSA as members of the new Troop 9903.

Breanna Grow / WGLT

Bloomington Police Chief Clay Wheeler said major crimes dropped 9 percent from 2017 to 2018, even as the city saw a sharp increase in homicides.

Unit 5 Superintendent Mark Daniel
Staff / WGLT

The Unit 5 school board that will be elected this spring will face some unpleasant policy choices.

Paul Pedersen
OSF Healthcare

The incoming president of the Illinois State Medical Society (ISMS) said he's concerned single-payer health care could further drive up costs for care.

Kathi Franklin
Eric Stock / WGLT

The retiring head of the Normal-based Illinois Heart and Lung Foundation says the organization has done a lot to make defibrillators available throughout the community and educate people on how to use them, but she hopes it's only a start.

Jason Barickman
Jeff Smudde / WGLT

State Sen. Jason Barickman said Friday that Illinois’ ballot access laws are unfair to new political parties and independent candidates and should be changed.

Daniel Watkins
Troy Phillips

Alt-folk and newgrass singer-songwriter Daniel Watkins felt somewhat isolated growing up in Henry, a town today of roughly 2,300 on the west side of the Illinois River about 45 minutes northeast of Peoria.

Brett Cottone, Samuel James WIllis and Emily Ohmart
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

Community Players cordially invites you to attend a musical that unites Hollywood and Broadway, throwing in a heavy dose of nostalgia for good measure and good times.

Candidates at a table
Amy Niebur / WGLT

When it comes to financial incentives for developers, candidates for Normal Town Council say who receives incentives is just as important as how much they receive.

Anthony Gomes
Stephen Jensen

Blues-rocker Anthony Gomes says he's donating a portion of the proceeds of his Friday show at the Castle Theatre to the Twin Cities-based HEAL Foundation, which supports autism acceptance.

Vivian Doctora
Darnysha Mitchell / WGLT

Uptown Normal has several places to get a bite to eat. It’s about to get a dozen more.

Staff / WGLT

ISU President Larry Dietz said campus leaders will meet soon with McLean County Clerk Kathy Michael about improving election service for the April municipal contests.

Way Down Wanderers, left to right, John Merikoski, Travis Kowalsky, John WIlliams, Austin Krause-Thompson, Collin Krause
Keith Cotton

The Peoria-based Way Down Wanderers are giddy their just released second full-length album “Illusions” is currently No. 3 on Billboard Magazine’s Bluegrass chart.

Kathy Sawyer, Sharon Ware, and Tura Dover
Mary Cullen / WGLT

Four Bloomington-Normal women are hoping to bring awareness to a local running club with goals of empowering women.

Ashley Green playing
Eric Stock / WGLT

An amputee has found a new way to play the game she loves. Now, Ashley Green of Mackinaw aspires to help others who have encountered a disability.

Mary Cullen / WGLT-Normal

The Central Illinois hub of Children’s Home & Aid has a new regional site director.

Davis walks toward microphones
Jacquelyn Martin / AP

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis says two background check bills that passed the House are “window dressing” and “distractions” that will burden law-abiding gun owners but won’t really stop gun violence.

Satadru Sengupta
Ryan Denham / WGLT

On paper, it looks like a battle to the death: Legacy insurers like State Farm facing off against a wave of tech startups looking to disrupt their entire business model. It’s Airbnb versus hotels, or Uber versus cabs, all over again.

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