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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 WGLT 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 Wednesday, July 1, 20​20. Our Leadoff story is about minimum wage increasing today in Illinois. And Illinois State University's draft reopening plan has many students and employees arguing that it doesn't do enough to protect campus or the community, WGLT's Ryan Denham reports. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, June 30, 20​20. Our Leadoff story is about Central Illinois funeral homes rescheduling memorial services. Plus, hear from Normal Community High School English Teacher Christopher Belt in the WGLT series "Living Black in Bloomington-Normal". 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Monday, June 29, 20​20. Our Leadoff story is about Rivian submitting plans to the Town of Normal for two building additions. Plus, WGLT's Eric Stock speaks with an economist from Illinois Wesleyan University about when to phase out the extra payments for unemployment. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Friday, June 26, 20​20. Our Leadoff story is about how people are feeling about the coronavirus as Illinois moves to phase 4 of reopening. Plus, WGLT's Eric Stock reports that several Bloomington City Council members want to move forward with defunding the police. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Thursday, June 25, 20​20. Our Leadoff story is about the plans for a new sports complex coming to Normal. And with school reopening's being announced for the fall, one challenge ahead is how they will get kids to wear masks all day during class. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, June 24, 20​20. Our Leadoff story is about whether Congress will extend COVID-19 jobless benefits as businesses reopen. Plus, records show that the Bloomington Rehabilitation and Health Care Center have struggled to provide quality care and adequate staffing, WGLT's Ryan Denham reports. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, June 23, 20​20. Our Leadoff story is about a Bloomington city council member criticizing Black Lives Matter of Bloomington-Normal. Plus, WGLT's Eric Stock reports on the Ecology Action Center's plans for bringing a permanent collection site for hazardous waste to the county. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Monday, June 22, 20​20. Our Leadoff story is about the platform of policy demands announced by the Black Lives Matter BloNo group. Plus, WGLT's Eric Stock speaks with a Supreme Court scholar at Illinois State University about the recent ruling to uphold LGBTQ and immigrant rights. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Friday, June 19, 20​20. Our Leadoff story is about the McLean County Fair Board cancelling this years fair due to the pandemic. Plus, WGLT's Eric Stock reports on the legal liability that comes with businesses and schools reopening.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Thursday, June 18, 20​20. Our Leadoff story is about the McLean County Museum of History replacing their roof after excessive leaking caused interior damage. Plus, WGLT's Ryan Denham speaks with Normal Police detective Kendra DeRosa about bringing change to police unions. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, June 17, 20​20. Our Leadoff story is the latest on the coronavirus in McLean County. Plus, Bloomington-Normal police leaders say many of the reforms being proposed nationally after George Floyd's death have already happened in their departments. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, June 16, 20​20. Our Leadoff story is about the charges that Christopher Harrison of Normal is facing after the killing of two men. And WGLT's Ryan Denham speaks with a member of the Prairie Pride Coalition about the U.S. Supreme Courts ruling with the 1964 Civil Rights Act. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Monday, June 15, 20​20. Our Leadoff story is about all the big buildings in Bloomington-Normal that have sat idle during the pandemic. And listen to another installment of "Voices From The Pandemic". 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Friday, June 12, 20​20. Our Leadoff story is about a recent fatal crash that shows highways are still not safe enough for those who make a living in road construction. Plus, hear from Bloomington City Council member Jenn Carrillo on her vision for "defund police". 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Thursday, June 11, 2020. Our Leadoff story is from the McLean County Health Department who is wanting protesters to take precaution against the coronavirus. Plus, WGLT's Darnysha Mitchell reports on how visually impaired people deal with the time of the pandemic.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, June 10, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about how McLean County is exceeding state and national averages in self-reporting to the census. Plus, WGLT's Ryan Denham reports on the first day of testimony in the Christopher Harrison murder trial. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, June 9, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about the Bloomington-Normal NAACP joining hands with law enforcement in the wake of the George Floyd killing. Plus, parents have to shift their focus to handling their children who will be stuck at home this summer due to the pandemic, WGLT's Eric Stock reports. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Monday, June 8, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about Black Lives Matter BloNo trying to turn anger and grief over the death of George Floyd into change. Plus, WGLT's Eric Stock reports on Illinois Wesleyan University's uneven record of racial equity. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Friday, June 5, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about churches in McLean County preparing to reopen. Plus, hear from members of "Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense in America" about how they are spreading their message during the pandemic. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Thursday, June 4, 2020. Our Leadoff story is the details on how law enforcement controlled looters in Bloomington-Normal earlier this week. Plus, one ISU police officer who has been doing Ph.D. research says that better physical training could give officers more confidence, thus decreasing excessive force in the field. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, June 3, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about Bloomington-Normal continuing to determine the line between peaceful demonstration and illegal looting. Plus, another installment from the "Voices From the Pandemic" audio series. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, June 2, 2020. Our Leadoff story is the community reaction to the unrest that has built up and now spilled over in Bloomington-Normal. And hear one of the speakers from Sunday's rally downtown that is with the Normal West high school Black Student Union. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Monday, June 1, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about the outrage over police treatment of black Americans coming to Bloomington. And Governor J.B. Pritzker ordered long-term care facilities to test all residents and staff for COVID-19, WGLT's Eric Stock reports. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Friday, May 29, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about airports still struggling from the pandemic shutdown. And WGLT's Ryan Denham speaks with Congressman Rodney Davis about out of work Americans possibly losing their health insurance, and what steps are being taken towards countering that. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Thursday, May 28, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about another insurance company coming to Bloomington-Normal. Plus, WGLT's Charlie Schlenker reports on the historical parallels between the influenza pandemic in 1918 to the 2020 coronavirus pandemic. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, May 27, 2020. Our Leadoff story is the latest on the coronavirus in McLean County. Plus, Normal Mayor Chris Koos created a task force to prepare for reopening during the pandemic. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, May 26, 2020. Our Leadoff story is a recap of the session in Springfield that happened over the Memorial Day weekend. Plus, WGLT's Eric Stock reports on how bar and restaurant owners are preparing for outdoor seating. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Friday, May 22, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about the McLean County Board of Health considering the best way to approach reopening. And WGLT's newsroom looks at the track record of the Bloomington nursing home where six residents have died after contracting COVID-19.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Thursday, May 21, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about McLean County health officials preparing for when businesses start to reopen during the pandemic. And Illinois State men's basketball coach Dan Muller says life as a coach has never been boring...until now, WGLT's Eric Stock reports. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, May 20, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about the latest steps McLean County government is taking in response to the pandemic. Plus, an Illinois State University researcher says his estimates point to an even higher death toll for the coronavirus than most widely cited national models. 

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