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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.

WGLT's The Leadoff is everything you need to know to start your day for Friday, Dec. 4, 2020.

WGLT's The Leadoff is everything you need to know to start your day for Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020.

WGLT's The Leadoff is everything you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020.

WGLT's The Leadoff is everything you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020.

WGLT's The Leadoff is everything you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020.

WGLT's The Leadoff is everything you need to know to start your day for Monday, Nov. 30, 2020.

WGLT's The Leadoff is everything you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about how already understaffed hospitals are planning for a possible post-holiday COVID-19 surge. Plus, smaller Thanksgiving meals haven't hindered sales for a central Illinois turkey farmer.

WGLT's The Leadoff is everything you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about why hospital capacity is about more than beds and how McLean County nursing homes are faring with COVID outbreaks. Plus, the Prairie Pride Coalition turns 25.

WGLT's The Leadoff is everything you need to know to start your day for Monday, Nov. 23, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about two strains the McLean County Health Department is dealing with: lack of available hospital beds and contact tracers. Plus, hear how students are adapting their Thanksgiving plans during the the coronavirus-ridden holiday season.

WGLT's The Leadoff is everything you need to know to start your day for Friday, Nov. 20, 2020.

WGLT's The Leadoff is everything you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020.

WGLT's The Leadoff is everything you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020.

WGLT's The Leadoff is everything you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020.

WGLT's The Leadoff is everything you need to know to start your day for Monday, Nov. 16, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about the strain on hospital capacity in McLean County — and what that could mean if coronavirus cases continue to surge. Plus, hear about the limitations in enforcing the state's COVID rules, including the closure of bars and restaurants.

WGLT's The Leadoff is everything you need to know to start your day for Friday, Nov. 13, 2020.

WGLT's The Leadoff is everything you need to know to start your day for Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020.

WGLT's The Leadoff is everything you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020.

WGLT's The Leadoff is everything you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020.

WGLT's The Leadoff is everything you need to know for Monday, Nov. 9, 2020. That includes the latest on the coronavirus in McLean County, including hearing from the family of a recent 30-year-old victim.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Friday, Nov. 6, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about two McLean County Board races where mail-in ballots could be a dealbreaker. Plus, a look at how harvest season is going for central Illinois farmers.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about the mutiny of McLean County restaurant owners refusing to abide by COVID mitigations. Plus, a look at how Republican U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis beat Democrat Betsy Dirksen Londrigan by an unexpected margin.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020. Election night is over, but a crazy election week lies ahead. Our Leadoff story is about what we know so far — and what we don't. Plus, Bloomington-Normal restaurants brace for renewed COVID-19 mitigations that start today.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about McLean County restaurant owners scrambling to adapt to a second round of indoor dining shutdowns. Plus, a LeRoy family dealing with the long-term effects of COVID-19 makes a plea to take the pandemic seriously.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Monday, Nov. 2, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about the COVID-19 mitigation measures set to hit Bloomington-Normal this week. Plus, McLean County Democrats set their sights on something that once seemed unimaginable: gaining majority power on the County Board.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Friday, Oct. 30, 2020. Our Leadoff story checks in with McLean County high school athletic directors to gauge their comfort hosting a basketball season during the pandemic. Plus, the best spooky stories told in two sentences. 

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.

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