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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, Dec. 6, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about Connect Transit and ISU being unable to reach a deal on Universal Access for students, faculty, and staff. And you'll hear about a Bloomington elementary school that's using a bit of Harry Potter to build community.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about a new legal opinion on the dispute involving McLean County government's financial and accounting practices. And you'll hear an update on the State Board of Education's emergency rules for restraining or secluding students.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about how police in Bloomington-Normal are combating recent online content depicting children being sexually abused. And WGLT's Charlie Schlenker speaks with Mayor Cris Koos about the recently approved property tax levy. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about the owners of Eastland Mall looking to lower their property tax bill. And WGLT's Eric Stock looks back at the life of longtime Bloomington radio broadcaster Ken Behrens. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Monday, Dec. 2, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about Rivian investor Cox Automotive's motivations for partnering with the EV startup. And WGLT's Eric Stock reports on the future of busing in Unit 5 school district.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about wins and losses in Downtown Bloomington. And WGLT's Eric Stock reports on the age-old tradition of the Thanksgiving table political argument.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about candidate filing season starting for the 2020 elections. And WGLT student reporter Jolie Sherman visits a Gamma Phi Circus practice ahead of their big show at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Monday, Nov. 25, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about Bloomington possibly granting a gaming license for a planned pizzeria. And WGLT's Charlie Schlenker speaks with State Senator Jason Barickman about approved ethics reforms. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Friday, Nov. 22, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about concerns with the USDA's trade aid program for farmers. And WGLT's Jon Music previews the weekend music scene.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about the ongoing investigation into the death of eight year old Rica Rountree. And the Bloomington Public Library gets set for a scaled-down expansion. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about a McLean County Board Candidate being a convicted felon. And WGLT's Charlie Schlenker speaks with members of the People Against Caging Children campaign. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about Normal Town Council members discussing the Uptown underpass project. And WGLT's Eric Stock talks to county leaders about new mental health programs and how they're being funded.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Monday, Nov. 18, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about McLean County's top Republican preparing to fight off Democratic challenges ahead of the 2020 election. And WGLT's Ryan Denham speaks with the Ag In The Classroom's Teacher of the Year. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Friday, Nov. 15, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about Georgia Nugent being selected as president of Illinois Wesleyan University. Also, WGLT's Laura Kennedy reports on the new Nomad Theatre Company, which has its first shows this weekend in downtown Bloomington.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about the Bloomington Planning Commission weighing on-site cannabis consumption and other issues related to the Jan. 1 legalization. Also, IPR's Peter Medlin reports on the rising cost of college in Illinois.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about a progressive group that has been staging vigils in Bloomington for the past three years. And Emmy-award winning filmmaker Almudena Carracedo gets set to speak at Illinois Wesleyn University later this week.  

It's what you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about Congressman Rodney Davis supporting a new bill for gun violence prevention. And WGLT's Darnysha Mitchell talks about a P-E program in schools that would benefit students with autism. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Monday, Nov. 11, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about Bloomington not wanting to raise their property taxes. And the McLean County Disaster Council will be celebrating its 50th anniversary later this week. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Friday, Nov. 8, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about pedestrian safety along Veterans Parkway after another fatal incident. And WGLT's Mary Cullen talks to Town of Normal officials about updating their bike and pedestrian master plan.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about Normal getting a $13 million federal grant for its long-planned Uptown underpass. Also, WGLT's Mary Cullen talks to Children's Home & Aid about its Adopt-a-Family program.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about the continuing delays of the Trail East project in Uptown Normal. And hear from the lead vocalist of the pop-rock quintet, Sherwood Forest. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about McLean County educational institutions teaming up to produce more computer science professionals. And nearly a year after a fatal bus accident on Interstate 74, the Red Cross plans to honor those that were involved. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Monday, Nov. 4, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about Normal Town Council members confronting their poor working relationship. And WGLT's Eric Stock speaks with Emmy-award winning journalist, Soledad O'Brien. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Friday, Nov. 1, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about enrollment challenges at Illinois' community colleges. And we preview Sunday's Local Author Fair in Bloomington.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about the new Illinois School Report Cards for Bloomington-Normal schools. And WGLT's Eric Stock visits a new VA outpatient clinic in Bloomington.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about the challenges that towns and cities in Illinois continue to face. And having a criminal record often makes it difficult to find housing. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about teachers feeling that their profession has an undeserved reputation. And some educators believe points-based grading shouldn't be used in the classroom. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Monday, Oct. 28, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about Bloomington bringing zoning into their marijuana conversation. And WGLT's Eric Stock reports on significant redevelopment projects often needing government help. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Friday, Oct. 25, 2019. Our Leadoff story is housing advocates gathering in Bloomington and learning how to team up more effectively. Plus, a new study looks at student voting trends at Illinois State University.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about what companies disclose about their own impact on climate change. Plus, another installment of "More Of That, Please," focusing on a Bloomington Public Works employee who's giving back while fighting for his life.

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