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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.

Daniel Sokulski with his wife
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For years, health care providers have treated alcohol and drug addiction like an acute condition: when someone checks into a treatment center, they’re given psychiatric care under close supervision to help them get clean. After treatment, they’re referred to a recovery community like a 12-step program, to help them stay on the right path, and released back into the community.

Dick Durbin at Laborers dinner
Eric Stock / WGLT

UPDATE: U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said the summary judgment Attorney General William Barr released into the Mueller report findings in the Russia investigation creates more questions than it answers. 

Rhett Miller of Old 97's Keeps Moving

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Rhett Miller
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Rhett Miller and his band Old 97’s hail from Texas. Yet, with songs set in Chicago’s Empty Bottle nightclub or others with titles such as “Champaign, Illinois,” and “Bloomington,” there often seems to be an Illinois connection.

Why so many Illinois songs?

March Madness logo on chair
Charlie Neibergall / AP

An Illinois State University marketing professor plans to use her new role with the NCAA to help it root out academic misconduct.

Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

An LGBTQI+ poet and scholar looks to indigenous people in North America for broader gender definitions that can help modern society as the current culture struggles over accepting multiple identities.

gavin and allie hug dameca
Jeff Smudde / WGLT

High school youth activists in the Twin Cities are focusing this year on reducing local gun violence.

Illinois Symphony Orchestra

Growing up in Springfield, African-American violinist Clayton Penrose-Whitmore was one of few people of color around him playing classical music. Penrose-Whitmore has gone on to a career in music, winning prizes in the Sphinx competition and performing with noted groups such as the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.

Performer and educator Paige Hernandez said she created the multi-cultural/multi-generational show Liner Notes to bridge generational gaps while preserving the culture of hip-hop.

Quinnie Clavert at vintage typewriter
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

Years after we thought typewriters had become obsolete, an exhibition reveals they still have considerable charm. 

Miles Nielsen is a homebody. Despite (or perhaps because of) heavy touring with his own band The Rusted Hearts and spending his youth traveling the world with his father's band Cheap Trick, he continues to make Rockford his home.

Joe Sosnowski
joesosnowski.org

When is it safe to leave your kids home alone?

It’s one of the trickiest questions that parents face as their children grow up. The right age depends on the kid and the family. But according to state law, the right age is fairly black and white: It’s 14.

Ford AI car
Keith Srakocic / AP

An auto industry expert says communities like Bloomington-Normal should think of self-driving vehicles as problems-solvers, not just high-tech novelties of the future.

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.

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