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WGLT's The Leadoff

Daily Podcast
  • Hosted by Ryan Denham

WGLT's The Leadoff is a daily dose of Bloomington-Normal news, arts and culture, and music. Every day on WGLT's daily podcast, we'll deep-dive into one local story. Then we'll get you ready for the day (or the weekend) with a look ahead with GLT reporters and guests from the community. Available by 7 a.m. every weekday.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about the plans for fixing roads throughout Bloomington-Normal. And more on a juvenile being charged for murder. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about the current reforms happening at DCFS. Plus, a preview of Illinois State University's Homecoming week. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Monday, Oct. 21, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about Illinois State University President Larry Dietz apologizing for inaccuracies in a campus wide email. And WGLT's Tiffani Jackson introduces you to Allen Chambers. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Friday, Oct. 18, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about the 3rd annual McLean County Behavioral Health Community Forum. And WGLT's Eric Stock previews a Route 66 conference happening this weekend in Normal.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago making a rare public appearance in central Illinois. And learn the fascinating history of why we have two separate school districts in Bloomington-Normal.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about the accusations towards Congressman Rodney Davis by a member of the Federal Election Commission. And adding diversity among the Bloomington Police Department has become a top priority. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about a Democrat running for County Auditor. Plus, Illinois State University now offers gender-affirming communication services to those who identify as transgender. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Monday, Oct. 14, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about a Bloomington restaurant facing resistance over adding a beer garden. And the Unit 5 school board continues to focus on improving student transportation. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Friday, Oct. 11, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about Unit 5's financial future. And you'll hear from the support group having its second Queerformative event of the year at Nightshop in Bloomington.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about a dispute over accounting practices in McLean County government. And part 3 of WGLT's series on fines and fees.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about the demand for better treatment of minority-led student organizations at Illinois State University. And part two of WGLT's series on fines and fees. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about Congressman Darin LaHood's take on the impeachment inquiry against President Trump. Plus, the difficulties ahead for the Unit 5 School Board. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Monday, Oct. 7, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about Normal Town Council member Chemberly Cummings' run for Illinois House. And WGLT's Eric Stock speaks with community planners from McLean County about racial and ethnic disparities. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Friday, Oct. 4, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about how gun violence is keeping local police departments busy. And WGLT arts correspondent Laura Kennedy previews a new exhibition at Heartland Community College.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about changes to the state's Child Care Assistance Program. Plus, you'll hear from an Illinois State University genetics professor who's working on a new crop for farmers that will help the environment.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about Congressman Rodney Davis and his Democratic challenger's views on the impeachment inquiry of President Trump. Plus, the birthplace of famed sculptor Lorado Taft continues to cherish his art. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about what parents need to consider before letting their child join a travel sports team. Plus, medical professionals continue to learn about the harmful effects of e-cigarettes. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Monday, Sept. 30, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about the fight against rent control in Illinois. And the latest on the mystery of a hat that could have belonged to Abraham Lincoln. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Friday, Sept. 27, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about District 87 and Unit 5 looking to team up for a new co-op high school lacrosse team. And WGLT's Jon Norton talks to the director of "That's What She Said," a show that's coming to Bloomington's Castle Theatre on Friday.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about U.S. Reps. Darin LaHood and Rodney Davis reacting to the impeachment inquiry against President Trump. And WGLT's Enrollment Exodus series continues with best practices for retaining students already on campus.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about Senator Dick Durbin from Illinois joining other Democrats in calling for an impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump. And a Top 10 finalist for Teacher of the Year speaks about being nominated. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about the possibility of employees at Rivian unionizing. Plus, the Enrollment Exodus series continues with international students from China playing a crucial role in funding for the University of Illinois. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Monday, Sept. 23, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about climate change rallies happening around the country. Plus, WGLT's Tiffani Jackson speaks with a healthcare professional on the impact of the one-day nurses strike.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Friday, Sept. 20, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about Amazon's order of 100,000 electric delivery vans from Rivian. And WGLT's Mary Cullen talks to the keynote speaker at Friday's ISU LGBTQA Cultural Dinner.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about McLean County Board member Carlo Robustelli announcing he won't be seeking another term. Plus, ISU's family nurse practitioner program gears up for a $2.8 million grant to help patients in rural and underserved areas.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about Bloomington looking into expanding their parking downtown. Plus, ISU President Larry Dietz follows up on his annual State of the University speech. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about Illinois Wesleyan University having a smaller incoming freshman class this fall. Plus, the 1860 presidential election could help predict what happens in 2020. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Monday, Sept. 16, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about adding red flag laws after the recent mass shootings in Ohio and Texas. Plus, the vow to ban flavored e-cigarettes may lead to the Illinois Legislature taking preventive action. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Friday, Sept. 13, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about McLean County's response to the vaping issue. Plus, Normal West high school celebrates 25 years.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about Heartland Community College assessing ways to maintain financial sustainability. Plus, Girl Scouts of Central Illinois works to combat national drops in participation. 

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