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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, Jan. 24, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about a shift in ownership at a well known business in the Bloomington-Normal community. Plus, WGLT's Charlie Schlenker previews this Saturday's Illinois Symphony Orchestra concert. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about McLean County rejecting a legal review of how the county changes polling sites. And Normal Town Council Member Stan Nord has been asked to halt development on his property. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about new guidelines for cannabis businesses to operate in rural McLean County. Also, Dana Vollmer reports on a new law designed to protect places of worship from violence.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about the best approaches to intervene with youths who've been exposed to violence. Also, state Sen. Bill Brady makes his case for a new way to draw legislative maps in Illinois.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about what the Town of Normal's new budget could mean for you. Also, WGLT's Tiffani Jackson speaks with an MLK award winner from Bloomington High School. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about the top Republican in the Illinois Senate being disappointed with the state's property tax relief task force. Plus, WGLT's Ryan Denham covers the one real estate company that will now serve both Bloomington-Normal and Peoria. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about the founder and CEO of BlackRock making climate change a central focus in their investments. Also, WGLT's Charlie Schlenker speaks with the Publisher and Executive Editor of Crain's Chicago Business about the future of journalism. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about minimum wage rising in Illinois. And WGLT's Eric Stock explores the Decatur-to-Bloomington-Normal pipeline. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about the hiring of a new superintendent for Unit 5 schools. Also, a history educator at the McLean County Museum of History talks about Prohibition.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about how the cannabis expungement process will play out in McLean County. Also, WGLT correspondent Colleen Reynolds reports from a crosscultural celebration at Wayman AME Church in Bloomington.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Friday, Jan. 10, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about Urbana-based Carle health system buying Advocate BroMenn and Eureka hospitals. Also, WGLT's Eric Stock talks to the new administrator of the McLean County Health Department.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about tallying up the toll of gun violence in Bloomington-Normal in 2019. And in another installment of "More Of That, Please," you'll meet a remarkable school social worker at Grove Elementary in northeast Normal.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about Eastland Mall's push for a lower property tax bill. And WGLT's Charlie Schlenker talks with the new head of the McLean County Regional Planning Commission.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about Monday night's Normal Town Council meeting. And WGLT's Ryan Denham talks with Bloomington's TerraCycle team about finding a second life for hard-to-recycle items like chip bags and granola bar wrappers.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Monday, Jan. 6, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about a Bloomington-Normal mother looking for changes in the child welfare system after her 8-year-old daughter's death. And WGLT's Eric Stock talks to a United Methodist Church pastor about a big announcement about LGBTQ inclusion in the church.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Friday, Jan. 3, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about McLean County's coroner reporting a drop in overdose deaths in 2019. And WGLT's Jon Norton previews a benefit concert for a Bloomington bluegrass musician who was shot and killed in Ohio in September.

The Leadoff - 1/2/20

Jan 2, 2020

It's what you need to know to start your day for Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020. Our Leadoff story is where Bloomington-Normal users had to buy cannabis on Day 1 of legal sales in Illinois. And Cara Peterson from the Friends of the BCPA has a status check on the $5 million Creativity Center capital campaign.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Friday, Dec. 20, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about Bloomington-Normal officials passing up an opportunity to host another high school sports tournament. And Joe Palma with Sober Bloomington talks about the challenges of being in recovery over the holidays.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about U.S. Reps. Rodney Davis and Darin LaHood voting against the articles of impeachment. And WGLT's Ryan Denham reports on the unique challenges facing caregivers around the holidays.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about local governments, schools, and businesses preparing for when disaster strikes, with help from a familiar face. And Kathleen Lorenz talks about her vote on the property tax levy and being a swing vote on the Normal Town Council.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about the Bloomington City Council deciding to allow cannabis dispensaries, but not on-site cannabis cafes. And student reporter Jolie Sherman reports on the new Youth and Government group at NCHS.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Monday, Dec. 16, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about District 87's concerns with new State Board of Education rules on seclusion and restraining students. And Mary Cullen and Jon Norton investigate the shortage of women on stage in the local music scene.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Friday, Dec. 13, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about Illinois State University and Connect Transit finally reaching an agreement on universal access for students, faculty, and staff. And we mark $5 Friday with an in-depth interview with WGLT's furriest die-hard listener.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Thursday, Dec. 12 , 2019. Our Leadoff story is about Unit 5 facing backlash over the rollout of a new grading system in the high schools. And reporter Dana Vollmer visits a cannabis cultivation facility in central Illinois as it gets ready for Jan. 1.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about the Illinois Farm Bureau reacting to the USMCA trade deal nearing the finish line. And you'll hear the inspiring story of the Caterpillar Foundation head who just wrote a new book about her life.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about the Bloomington City Council gearing up for its big vote on cannabis sales. And you'll hear about the city raising its hand to be part of a new national initiative focused on healthy housing.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Monday, Dec. 9, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about the Bloomington City Council revisiting a west side restaurant's plans for a beer garden. And you'll hear about a Bloomington radio station that's aimed at black listeners.

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. 

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