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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 Friday, Aug. 16, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about what residents want to see develop in a vacant stretch of land north of downtown Bloomington. Plus, an interview with a Central Illinois hog producer who's worried about the African Swine Fever in China.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about a parent's concerns with Unit 5's handling of the allegations against first-grade teacher Jonathan Hovey. Plus, a preview of the Bruegala charity beer, wine, and musical festival that begins Friday in Normal.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about three new restaurants coming to Bloomington. Plus, Mayor Tari Renner has an update on efforts to save the State Farm in downtown Bloomington.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about a community group's efforts to find a new life for the State Farm building downtown. Plus, step inside central Illinois' first "rage room," which recently opened in Bloomington.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Monday, Aug. 12, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about a Bloomington-Normal youth soccer organization planning for the future. Plus, one of the longest-running plays in the U.S. announces it's returning to Bloomington for its 97th year.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Friday, Aug. 9, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about Bloomington City Council member Jenn Carrillo's efforts to gather public feedback on the State Farm downtown building's future. Plus, an interview with the director of the Illinois Department of Public Health about STDs in McLean County.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about Democratic McLean County Board members questioning Republican County Clerk Kathy Michael at a heated Finance Committee meeting. Plus, an interview with Twin City restauranteur Bob Dobski about his newest venture.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about Unit 5's bus drivers getting ready for the first day of school next week. Plus, an interview with the executive director of the Illinois Autonomous Vehicles Association, which counts State Farm and Rivian among its founding members.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about the Illinois State Rifle Association's expectation for legislative reaction to recent mass shootings in Ohio, Texas, and California. Plus, WGLT Student Reporter Tiffani Jackson talks to retiring Bloomington Housing Authority resident services director Gloria Hursey about her 29 years in public housing.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Monday, Aug. 5, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about federal prosecutors looking to work with McLean County on reducing violent crime. Plus, a Bloomington-Normal psychotherapist shares advice for parents who want to talk to their kids about the allegations against a Unit 5 first-grade teacher.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Friday, Aug. 2, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about the rising cost of election administration across the country, including McLean County. Plus, a look at back at two deaths from 2013 that have left Bloomington-Normal families without closure.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about a rise in Hepatitis A cases in McLean County amid a statewide outbreak. Plus, an American Farm Bureau economist briefs Illinois farmers on the outlook for exports.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, July 31, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about how the Town of Normal is preparing for the legalization of marijuana in 2020. Plus, a State Farm research executive talks about their latest survey on distracted driving.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, July 30, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about a second guilty plea in a 2017 murder that happened near the Sugar Grove Nature Center. Plus, Illinois State University's new sustainability chief talks about the multifamily recycling ordinance and more.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Monday, July 29, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about Bloomington City Manager Tim Gleason assessing his first year on the job. Plus, Illinois State University child welfare expert Doris Houston unpacks reform efforts at Illinois DCFS.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Friday, July 26, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about how the state of Illinois is looking to address problems at DCFS. Plus, Ryan Denham examines Normal's new multifamily recycling ordinance.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Thursday, July 25, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about more bad news for one of Bloomington-Normal's most famous business exports. Plus, WGLT's Ryan Denham talks to an Illinois Corn Growers Association expert about a new data initiative supported by NASA.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, July 24, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about the City of Bloomington pursuing alternatives to demolition for the downtown State Farm building. Plus, Normal Theater manager Adam Fox joins the show to discuss the 1979 sci-fi film "Alien" ahead of this weekend's screenings.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, July 23, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about the Bloomington City Council rejecting a request for a liquor license at a new store near Miller Park. Plus, Dana Vollmer reports on central Illinois' newest U.S. citizens.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Monday, July 22, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about Democrat Betsy Dirksen Londrigan talking health care and reacting to the president's racist rhetoric about four House members. Plus, WGLT's Willis Kern reports on a historic bike show in Bloomington.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Friday, July 19, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about State Farm's plans to demolish its former Downtown Bloomington headquarters building. Plus, WGLT's Jon Norton previews this weekend's music scene.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Thursday, July 18, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about Democratic congressional candidate Betsy Dirksen Londrigan's pledge not to take corporate PAC money in her race against incumbent Rep. Rodney Davis. Plus, WGLT's Mary Cullen brings you another installment of "More Of That, Please."

It's what you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, July 17, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about Normal Mayor Chris Koos claiming one of the Town Council members has gone rogue. Plus, WGLT's Eric Stock catches up with a former ISU basketball star about her latest accomplishments in Washington state.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, July 16, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about the Bloomington City Council considering the future of video gambling in the city. Plus, WGLT's Charlie Schlenker talks with the GM at Connect Transit about ridership trends.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Monday, July 15, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about efforts to target hard-to-count populations in Bloomington-Normal during the 2020 Census. Plus, WGLT's Charlie Schlenker talks with the new head of the Bloomington-Normal Economic Development Council.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Friday, July 12, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin condemning the planned immigration raids this weekend. Plus, WGLT's Charlie Schlenker visits an antique snowmobile collector in Hopedale.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Thursday, July 11, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about Unit 5 teaming up with Chestnut Health Systems to add a mental health counselor at Normal West. Plus, WGLT correspondent Steve Fast previews the new album (and release party) from Stone & Snow.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, July 10, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about the City of Bloomington getting feedback on a plan to add bike lanes to Illinois Route 9. Plus, WGLT talks to McLean County State's Attorney Don Knapp about his plans to sue drugmakers and distributors over the opioid crisis.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, July 9, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about Unit 5's strategy session for fixing its growing structural budget deficit. Plus, WGLT's Tiffani Jackson talks with City Life Bloomington's Andrew Held about his youth outreach efforts.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Monday, July 8, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about a Bloomington City Council member weighing in on the city's newfound budget stability, and whether it's time to revisit library expansion. Plus, local youth soccer players react to the U.S. women's World Cup win.

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