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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 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.

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.

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