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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 WGLT 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, Aug. 12, 20​20. Our Leadoff story is about where tenants can turn for help if they're having trouble paying their rent due to the pandemic. Also, hear about the Western Avenue Community Center in Bloomington being a distribution hub for over 11,000 grab-and-go meals. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, Aug. 11, 20​20. Our Leadoff story is about how business owners are trying to make sense of the governor's mask order. Also, you'll hear another installment in our series, The Best Things Of The Worst Summer.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Monday, August 10, 20​20. Our Leadoff story is about how Governor J. B. Pritkzer is trying to get more people to wear a mask to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Plus, Bloomington Police Chief Dan Donath says some personal matters influenced his decision for early retirement, WGLT's Eric Stock reports. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Friday, August 7, 20​20. Our Leadoff story is about Bloomington Police Chief Dan Donath announcing his retirement. Plus, Unit 5 and District 87 announced that they are going remote until at least October due to the recent rise in COVID-19 cases, WGLT's Eric Stock reports. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Thursday, August 6, 20​20. Our Leadoff story is about how Bloomington could have an additional place where any registered voter from McLean County could vote on Election Day. Plus, hear from our latest series, "WGLT's Best Things of the Worst Summer". 

[Music: "Inspire" from www.bensound.com]

It's what you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, August 5, 20​20. Our Leadoff story is about the added reasoning for why Illinois State University will have classes mostly online this fall. Plus, the nonprofit Project Oz noticed a troubling trend when the pandemic began and now the problem has worsened, WGLT's Ryan Denham reports. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, August 4, 20​20. Our Leadoff story is about Bloomington's COVID-19 testing site have a sharp increase in turnout recently. Plus, WCBU's Dana Vollmer reports on renters and homeowners being behind on their bills. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Monday, August 3, 20​20. Our Leadoff story is about how Illinois Wesleyan University is trying to spread out it's student population to combat a COVID-19 outbreak this fall. Plus, WCBU's Dana Vollmer reports on how the coronavirus has affected homeless shelters and jails in Central Illinois. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Friday, July 31, 20​20. Our Leadoff story is about West Central Illinois preparing to implement new COVID-19 restrictions. Plus, Illinois State University removed multiple names of historical figures from floors in Watterson Towers as apart of the response to George Floyd's death. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Thursday, July 30, 20​20. Our Leadoff story is about election authorities in McLean County mailing out tens of thousands of vote-by-mail applications to registered voters. Plus, WGLT's Ryan Denham speaks with a pediatrician from OSF HealthCare in Bloomington about how parents can prepare their kids for the major changes they will see in school this fall. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, July 29, 20​20. Our Leadoff story is about Bloomington-Normal parents feeling very uncertain as they are faced with either having to send their kids back to school or keep them home this fall. Plus, WGLT's Charlie Schlenker reports on the statues that have become problematic in America. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, July 28, 20​20. Our Leadoff story is latest on the coronavirus in McLean County. Plus, Republican State Senator Jason Barickman says he would like to see more ethics reforms in wake of Mike Madigan's bribery investigation, WGLT's Charlie Schlenker reports. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Monday, July 27, 20​20. Our Leadoff story is about how Illinois State University surpassed the target for its biggest fundraising campaign ever by $30 million. Plus, a new report from Fitch Ratings projects that State Farm won't be the only company atop of the auto insurance business, WGLT's Ryan Denham reports.  

The Leadoff - 7/23/20

Jul 24, 2020

It's what you need to know to start your day for Friday, July 24, 20​20.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Thursday, July 23, 20​20. Our Leadoff story is about a COVID-19 outbreak happening at Normal Fire Department. Plus, the Unit 5 teachers union is calling on the district to revise the recently released pandemic reopening plan for this fall.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, July 22, 20​20. Our Leadoff story is about two new affordable housing developments coming to McLean County. Plus, WCBU's Dana Vollmer speaks with Unit 5's new Superintendent about parents having the choice for their children to go back to school in person or continue remote learning for the fall semester. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, July 21, 20​20. Our Leadoff story is an update on a recent shooting from this past Sunday in Peoria. Plus, WGLT's Eric Stock reports on District 87's back-to-school plan for this fall. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Monday, July 20, 20​20. Our Leadoff story is about the changes made to an annual back-to-school party for thousands of children in Bloomington-Normal. Plus, WGLT's Ryan Denham features a unique farm that is near Heyworth.

 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Friday, July 17, 20​20. Our Leadoff story is about Illinois Wesleyan University discontinuing three academic programs. Plus, the Community Health Care Clinic in Normal announced its plans for an eighteen month review as part of the Pursuing Equity Initiative, WGLT's Ryan Denham reports. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Thursday, July 16, 20​20. Our Leadoff story is about Governor J.B. Pritzker introducing a plan to combat any resurgence of COVID-19 cases in Illinois. Plus, over 250 student athletes at Illinois State University held a discussion about race and discrimination, WGLT's Ryan Denham reports. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, July 15, 20​20. Our Leadoff story is about the murder trial for 20 year old Egerton Dover. Plus, WGLT's Ryan Denham speaks with Mayor Tari Renner about the high use of force Bloomington Police have used in the past three years against people of color. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, July 14, 20​20. Our Leadoff story is about Illinois high schools scaling back practices as it is still unclear if sports will resume. Plus, WGLT's Ryan Denham reports that hotels in Bloomington-Normal have launched new cleaning programs as leisure and business traveling resumes. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Monday, July 13, 20​20. Our Leadoff story is about how McLean County plans to revitalize its nursing homes. Plus, WGLT's Ryan Denham reports on the United Way of McLean County preparing for the next challenges in the pandemic while currently focusing on providing housing assistance. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Friday, July 10, 20​20. Our Leadoff story is the latest on Illinois State University's reopening plan for this fall. Plus, one professor at the University of Illinois says that college towns are poised to become the next COVID-19 epicenters. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Thursday, July 9, 20​20. Our Leadoff story is the latest on the coronavirus as McLean County had its most amount of reported cases in a day since May. And although the pandemic has taken its toll on Bloomington-Normal's economy, the housing market has actually seen improvement. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, July 8, 20​20. Our Leadoff story is the latest on the coronavirus in McLean County. Plus, WGLT's Eric Stock speaks with Bloomington City Manager Tim Gleason about what he believes is the right approach to "defunding police". 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, July 7, 20​20. Our Leadoff story is about how Normal Town Council members are reacting to the list of demands from Black Lives Matter BloNo. Plus, WGLT's Charlie Schlenker speaks with the new Executive Director for the McLean County Museum of History about what her plans are for the future. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Monday, July 6, 20​20. Our Leadoff story is about how the pandemic has impacted finances at Bloomington City Hall. Plus, two college professors created a model to simulate how COVID-19 might spread at a school of about 20,000 students. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Thursday, July 2, 20​20. Our Leadoff story is about one of Bloomington-Normal's largest employers getting a new name. Plus, another part in the WGLT Series "Living Black in Bloomington-Normal". 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, July 1, 20​20. Our Leadoff story is about minimum wage increasing today in Illinois. And Illinois State University's draft reopening plan has many students and employees arguing that it doesn't do enough to protect campus or the community, WGLT's Ryan Denham reports. 

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