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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.

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.

Wide shot of the arena floor
Amy Niebur / WGLT

Over the next month, Bloomington city leaders will decide whether to keep or fire the company that runs Grossinger Motors Arena. It won’t be an easy decision.

Carla Barnes
McLean County

A New York Times report shed new light on overworked and underfunded public defenders. It found public defenders in Louisiana assigned 200, 300, or even 400 felony cases—far more than the recommended workload for someone to mount an effective defense.

Dave Bentlin
Staff / WGLT

GLT's Charlie Schlenker talks to Dave Bentlin from the Prairie Pride Coalition, a Bloomington-Normal LGBTQ advocacy organization, about this week's United Methodist Church decision on same-sex marriage and gay and lesbian clergy. Listen to the full interview below.

Merge
Eric Stock / WGLT

United Methodist ministers in Bloomington-Normal say the global church’s decision to double-down on its policy banning same-sex marriage and gay and lesbian clergy runs counter to their message that the church is welcome to everyone.

Vandoliers
Mike Brooks

Dallas-based Vandoliers' recent deal with respected Chicago indie label Bloodshot Records was a big deal.

Enrico Spada
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

Between romance and hope there’s “The Light in the Piazza.” 

Kavya and Olivia
Mary Cullen / WGLT

Bloomington-Normal students and Not In Our Town leaders will gather next week to honor school employees who work to “Stop Hate Together” and create inclusive environments for the Twin City youth.

Renato Mariotti speaks
Merlin Mather / Courtesy

CNN legal analyst and former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti said those who oppose President Trump should not count on a special prosecutor's report or Congress to get rid of the president.

Rev. Ernest Norquist
McLean County Museum of History

Amidst the civil rights movement, one Bloomington clergyman traveled south of the Mason-Dixon line to register blacks to vote.

Paul Pederson
Sam Dunklau / NPR Illinois 91.9 FM

A Bloomington doctor who will soon head the Illinois State Medical Society said the physicians group has concerns about the state's efforts to legalize recreational marijuana, but the group hasn’t yet taken a formal stance.

Gann family
Cindy Gann / Courtesy

Tax time is here. Bloomington-Normal residents are sitting down to do their taxes or lugging their W-2s and other documents to their accountants, as the April 15 filing deadline looms.

Tari and Joni
Amy Niebur / WGLT

Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner said he’s no fan of video gambling but may still veto the city’s newly extended moratorium on new machines.

Normal West students playing chess
Eric Stock / WGLT

Normal West has become the latest intercity school to put its chess program on the map.

Three of the top chess programs in Bloomington-Normal all have one thing in common: Garrett Scott helped get them there.

Tim Gleason
Amy Niebur / WGLT

Bloomington plans to spend $200,000 less on funding for the Bloomington-Normal Area Convention and Visitors Bureau and BN Advantage next year.

Karen and Dameca
David Proeber / The Pantagraph

In this extended interview, GLT's Ryan Denham and The Pantagraph's Edith Brady-Lunny speak with Dameca Kirkwood about the death of her son, Trevonte Kirkwood. The 27-year-old was one of nine people shot and killed in Bloomington-Normal in 2018.

This interview aired as part of a larger GLT-Pantagraph story about gun violence.

Dameca wipes tears away
David Proeber / The Pantagraph

Before Oct. 30, 2018, Dameca Kirkwood was a mother, proud of her one and only son, a young man she considered awesome, who did not live to see his 28th birthday.

Native American with placcard.
Kenn Little

Kenn Little takes aim at misrepresentation of Native Americans in the new documentary, “More Than a Word.”

Sierra Hull
Sierra Hull

Sierra Hull fell in love with the mandolin almost immediately after her father taught her a few songs on the instrument.

Connect Transit bus
Eric Stock / WGLT

A disability rights advocate said he wants to see more downtown Bloomington businesses improve accessibility for the disabled.

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