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WGLT's The Leadoff

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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 Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020. Our Leadoff story is the Illinois High School Association's decision to move forward with a winter basketball season — defying orders from the state. Plus, with Election Day less than a week away, a recap of the closely-watch 13th Congressional District race.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about the faith leader and community advocate chosen by the mayor to serve on Bloomington City Council. Plus, hear how the pandemic has impacted constituent services for state Sen. Jason Barickman of Bloomington.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. Our Leadoff story is an update on the coronavirus situation in McLean County. Plus, hear from the second candidate to throw their hat in the ring for Mayor of Bloomington: 29-year-old radio technician Nick McClintock.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Monday, Oct. 26, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about Bloomington Fire Chief Brian Mohr's retirement after three decades with the department. Plus, The War of the Worlds returns to the airwaves — this time brought to you by the Heartland Theatre Company.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Friday, Oct. 23, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about why a national political watcher is now rating Illinois' 13th Congressional District as a toss-up. Plus, hear from the first candidate hoping to become Bloomington's next mayor: entrepreneur and business consultant Michael Straza.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner's decision not to seek a third term. Plus, McLean County Health Department Director Jessica McKnight explains how a third wave of COVID-19 cases in Bloomington-Normal long-term care facilities is tied to broader community spread.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about how McLean County government hopes to help more businesses during the pandemic by moving its loan program to a grant program. Plus, hear about the slew of new eateries coming to Bloomington-Normal from restaurant writer Larry Carius.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about how the state's unemployment system continues to be dogged by issues, as jobless claims are increasing yet again. Plus, a conversation with Illinois State University President Larry Dietz about the financial impact of COVID-19 and how students can return safely from winter break.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Monday, Oct. 19, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about Unit 5 students' return to the classroom at a time when COVID-19 numbers in Illinois are looking bleak. Plus, Bloomington teacher Brandon Thornton, a finalist for the Illinois Teacher of the Year Award, explains his approach to the job.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about the challenges Illinois State's men's basketball team faces in playing a season during a pandemic. Plus, Ameren Illinois looks to take a bigger role in the state's electric vehicle infrastructure.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about District 87's plans to bring students back into the classroom. Plus, hear the challenges McLean County Health Department contact tracers face in building trust with the community.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about Illinois State University's new role in helping Chicago Public Schools develop homegrown teachers. Plus, a recap from last night's debate between incumbent Congressman Rodney Davis and Challenger Betsy Dirksen Londrigan.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020. Our Leadoff story brings an Illinois senator's vantage point on Day 1 of confirmation hearings for U.S. Supreme Court Nominee Amy Coney Barrett. Plus, a down-ballot question voters will weigh in on: whether to retain Illinois Supreme Court Justice Thomas Kilbride.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Monday, Oct. 12, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about recent COVID-19 outbreaks in Bloomington-Normal long-term care facilities. Plus, a conversation with Hannah Beer, the Democrat running to keep her seat on the McLean County Board in District 6.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Friday, Oct. 9, 2020. Our Leadoff story how the pandemic delayed retirement plans for Illinois State University Athletics Director Larry Lyons — and the work that remains once he leaves. Plus, details on a divisive ballot initiative this November: the graduated income tax amendment.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020. Our Leadoff story is the Bloomington Election Commission's plan to correct a ballot mistake — if a judge approves. Plus, hear what the homecoming tradition will look like for Illinois State and Illinois Wesleyan amid the pandemic.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020. Our Leadoff story is an online security breach that shut down Heartland Community College's virtual classes. Plus, a recap of a debate between incumbent Republican Congressman Rodney Davis and challenging Democrat Betsy Dirksen Londrigan.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about the McLean County Health Department's new idea for keeping pace with an onslaught of public questions about COVID. Plus, hear from restaurant and bar owners who are getting creative to keep customers as the weather gets colder.

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