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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 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.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Friday, July 5, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about the state's new capital bill and its effects on higher education. Plus, a University of Illinois professor and Census expert explains her opposition to the citizenship question.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, July 3 , 2019. Our Leadoff story is about new dynamics on the Normal Town Council after the spring election shakeup. Plus, the staff at Career Link provide a new view of the Bloomington-Normal economy, including sluggish wage growth.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, July 2 , 2019. Our Leadoff story is about the Normal Town Council's decision to change Mitsubishi Motorway's name to Rivian Motorway. Plus, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin talks about his support for legislation to make it easier for prison inmates to take college courses.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Monday, July 1, 2019. Our Leadoff story is U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood's reaction to two major Supreme Court rulings on gerrymandering and the Census. Plus, WGLT Correspondent Breanna Grow reports on the latest efforts to encourage solar-powered homes in Bloomington-Normal.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Friday, June 28, 2019. Our Leadoff story is state Sen. Bill Brady's reaction to the Supreme Court ruling on gerrymandering, and what it means for Illinois "fair maps" efforts. Plus, WGLT Correspondent Joe Deacon talks to esports gamer DrLupo during his visit to State Farm corporate headquarters.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Thursday, June 27, 2019. Our Leadoff story is a checkin on the Bloomington-Normal housing market. Plus, WGLT's Mary Cullen visits Mother Murphy's in Uptown Normal to discuss marijuana legalization.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, June 26, 2019. Our Leadoff story features central Illinois reaction to recreational marijuana being signed into law. Plus, Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner discusses the unusual political coalition that's lobbying for changes at Connect Transit.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, June 25, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about the Bloomington City Council approving a wait-and-see resolution on changes at Connect Transit. Plus, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin joins NPR's All Things Considered to discuss the president's threats of immigration raids.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Monday, June 24, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about the Bloomington City Council potentially putting up more money to stop some of the controversial changes at Connect Transit. Plus, the new chair of the Juvenile Justice Council talks about their new gun violence working group.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Friday, June 21, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about local police and prosecutors deciding not to participate in an episode of "Dateline" about the Kirk Zimmerman case. Plus, GLT's Jon Norton previews Make Music Normal and other music events this weekend.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Thursday, June 20, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about sluggish wage growth in McLean County and what it says about the local economy. Plus, GLT's Eric Stock has an update on the new McLean County veterans court.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, June 19, 2019. Our Leadoff story is a McLean County farmer who says other producers should consider planting hemp to help cope with a wet spring. Plus, GLT's Charlie Schlenker talks with Ecology Action Center Executive Director Michael Brown about his next household hazardous waste collection event.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, June 18, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about how downstate communities can work better together to attract businesses. Plus, GLT's Eric Stock chats with Illinois State alum and St. Louis Cardinals player Paul DeJong.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Monday, June 17, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about a new mental health outpatient services program for youth coming to McLean County. Plus, another installment of GLT's More Of That, Please series, featuring YMCA staffer Sarah Tunall.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Friday, June 14, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood, R-Peoria, reacting to President Trump's comments about accepting campaign help from a foreign government. Plus, an exit interview with longtime Pantagraph courts reporter Edith Brady-Lunny.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Thursday, June 13, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about the public's first opportunity to provide feedback on Bloomington's search for a new police chief. Plus, GLT's Eric Stock talks to the Miller Park Zoo director about how they navigated the death of a flamingo.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, June 12, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner rejecting calls for Connect Transit's budget to be rejected. Plus, GLT's Charlie Schlenker talks to U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, about the Russia investigation.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, June 11, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about Bloomington City Council member Jeff Crabill calling for Connect Transit's budget to be rejected, in hopes of preventing service cuts and fare increases. Plus, GLT's Mary Cullen reports on how marijuana legalization will affect local police dogs.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Monday, June 10, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about state Rep. Keith Sommer's reaction to the spring legislative session in Springfield. Plus, another installment of "More of That, Please," featuring Illinois JusticeCorps advocate Tameka Newman.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Friday, June 7, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about U.S. rep. Rodney Davis' opposition to tariffs on Mexico. Plus, you'll meet some of the performers at Saturday's GLT Summer Concert presented by CEFCU.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Thursday, June 6, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about how an increase in funding for the arts could help Bloomington arts organizations. Plus, you'll hear why things are looking up in Downtown Bloomington.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, June 5, 2019. Our Leadoff story is Normal Mayor Chris Koos' reaction to the state's new $45 billion capital bill and the legalization of marijuana. Plus, a preview of GLT's story about Steak n Shake's uncertain future.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, June 4, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about what the new state budget and capital bill mean for Illinois State University building projects. Plus, a preview of GLT's exit interview with retiring Marcfirst CEO Laura Furlong.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Monday, June 3, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about Illinois Wesleyan University's search for a new president. Plus, the latest installment of "More Of That, Please," about a local hockey legend, Joe Olson of Bloomington, who passed away Friday.

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