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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.

Jeanna talks about the pantry
Jeff Smudde / WGLT

Illinois State University students started their second week of classes Monday. By now they’ve got a place to stay, a bag full of books, and a jam-packed schedule of classes, work, and extracurriculars.

Allison Seys and Michael Collins
Allison Seys

A new campaign to get drunk drivers off the road hits close to home for a former Illinois State University student.

Voter at a precinct
Carleigh Gray / WGLT

Republicans and Libertarians are trying to kill the Bloomington Election Commission (BEC).

It’s not the first time someone’s wanted to do that. After all, it’s a little odd that Bloomington has its own election authority when everyone else in the county votes through the county clerk’s office.

McLean County Board
Eric Stock / WGLT

UPDATED 11:10 a.m. | McLean County has paved the way for three new solar farms to be built.

Chad at the bar
Ryan Denham / WGLT

A few years ago, Brandon Leach and Zack Poleto were ready to open their pop-up restaurant in Bloomington, inspired by their favorite dishes from all over the world.

Gov. Bruce Rauner with, left, Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti and attorney general candidate Erika Harold on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018, in Springfield.
@BruceRauner / Twitter

Republican candidate for attorney general Erika Harold says her recent comments at a coal energy conference in southern Illinois are not a signal she wants to ease up on environmental law enforcement.

Jeff sitting in studio
Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

A second candidate has announced a run for Bloomington's Ward 8 on the southeast side.

Jason Barickman
Seth Perlman / AP

After a divisive primary, Republicans worried they would not be able to come together in time to make the governor's race competitive.

Defining a griot’s role in West African society can be a challenge, as the title doesn’t translate easily to European-based culture.

Billy Branch
Melodie Strowbridge

Billy Branch is a Chicago bluesman through and through. But he says many bands we now call classic rock had as much an influence on his sound as did the blues legends that became his mentors.

Children getting onto a school bus
Staff / WGLT

Editor's note: This is Part 4 of GLT’s Skipping School, a special series about the teacher shortage facing Illinois schools. You can also read Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.

Reverberation Vinly's John Anderson holding Aretha Franklin's 'Young, Gifted and Black" LP
Jon Norton / WGLT

The contemporary music world lost perhaps its greatest voice Thursday morning when Aretha Franklin passed away at age 76.

DJJOHN / FLICKR VIA CREATIVE COMMONS

Editor's note: This is Part 3 of GLT’s Skipping School, a special series about the teacher shortage facing Illinois schools. You can also read Part 1 and Part 2.

Staff / WGLT

A recent study co-authored by an Illinois State University professor finds that college-aged adults who were helicopter parented are less likely to get involved in politics than their non-helicopter parented counterparts.

Illinois Wesleyan University jazz studies director Glenn Wilson says rare concert footage is a major reason the Thelonious Monk documentary is "a must watch."

Brandan Oates
Brandan Oates

Editor’s note: This is Part 2 of GLT’s Skipping School, a special series about the teacher shortage facing Illinois schools. Part 1 was about teachers who left the profession.

McLean County State's Attorney candidates
Eric Stock / Eric Stock

Four candidates seeking to become McLean County's top prosecutor made their closing arguments Tuesday before the County Board Executive Committee.

GLT Sound Ideas 08/14/18

Aug 14, 2018

Illinois is trying to stop a teacher shortage, and teachers leaving the state is only part of the problem. Derek Sieg and other former teachers talk about why they left the profession -- and what school districts and policymakers can do to stop it. It's the first of a 4-part series this week on Sound Ideas about the teacher shortage. Plus, Planned Parenthood of Illinois decides it might as well be hung for being a sheep as a lamb. Mary Cullen interviews a Planned Parenthood leader ahead of the Democrats Baldini Dinner. And Mayor Tari Renner drops by.

Staff / WGLT

A Planned Parenthood Illinois leader said her organization is embracing the liberal image opponents try to use against them.

Mary Cullen / WGLT

Illinois election officials are still trying to determine how best to safeguard the election process and voter data. That’s after Russians hacked the Illinois voter log in the 2016 election, exposing 76,000 voter registrations.

Some voter information, though, is not under state control.

Herb Eaton with his sculpture 'Mommy's Broom'
Pamela Eaton

Bloomington's Herb Eaton says his "Mommy's Broom" bronze sculpture chosen for this year’s Peoria Sculpture Walk is actually a vision from 30 years ago.

Miski Dee Rodriguez, center,and City Mouse
Faith Cardelli

Miski Dee Rodriguez said she left corporate America 15 years ago to follow her true love: Music.

Combine harvests corn in a field
Seth Perlman / AP

In many ways, the history of farming is about its future—how we went from hand tools and horses to self-driving tractors and $10,000-an-acre farmland.

Don and Luella Mahannah on a couch
Mary Cullen / WGLT

A counseling center providing service for the poor and uninsured in Bloomington has a new location with room for additional counseling opportunities.

INtegRIty counseling moved only slightly from its original location. Co-Founder Don Mahannah said the move gives them more space to make a difference in the community.

"We're calling this moving two doors down to double our space and double our impact," Don Mahannah said.

The New Space

Construction worker at a home project
Charles Krupa / AP

Ten years after the Great Recession, a new housing crisis has developed in America. You’ve been hearing reports all week on Morning Edition and All Things Considered, about those who’ve been shut out of the housing market. Here's a look at how the homebuilding slowdown is playing out in Bloomington-Normal.

Staff / WGLT

Town of Normal Mayor Chris Koos addressed two Bloomington-Normal construction projects in the works while speaking on GLT’s Sound Ideas.

Trail Side East

Plans for the new trail side east project in uptown normal are taking longer than expected. But, Koos said staff are now reviewing plans for the multi use commercial building in Uptown.

Jen and Laura pose
Ryan Denham / WGLT

Parents and kids across Bloomington-Normal are about to snap back into their school routines as classes resume in Unit 5 and District 87 after summer break.

The BCPA and its front lawn.
Ralph Weisheit / WGLT

New fine arts acts and more children's programming are part of the lineup of the new season at the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts.

A Secret Garden Offers Healing To The Wounded

Aug 3, 2018
three people standing by a wall
Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

Prairie Fire Theatre goes gothic this year with an erie production of "The Secret Garden," based on the 1911 novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett.

McLean County 4-H Show
Eric Stock / WGLT

If you haven't been to the McLean County Fair's 4-H Show in a few years, you might be surprised.

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