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WGLT's The Leadoff

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  • 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.

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It's what you need to know to start your day for Thursday, April 16, 2020. Our Leadoff story is the latest on the coronavirus in McLean County. And WGLT's John Murray reports on how musicians in the ISU community are adjusting during the quarantine. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, April 15, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about what Central Illinois congressmen expect from the fourth coronavirus disaster recovery bill. Plus, a remembrance of former State Representative Gordon Ropp who passed away at the age of 87. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, April 14, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about over half of McLean County's confirmed COVID-19 cases already recovering. Plus, WGLT's Eric Stock reports on how gardeners are changing their focus due to the coronavirus. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Monday, April 13, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about Illinois manufacturers transforming operations to join the fight against COVID-19. Plus, WGLT's Darnysha Mitchell reports on Illinois State University athletes being disappointed that their spring season is over. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Friday, April 10, 2020. Our Leadoff story is the latest on the coronavirus in McLean County. Plus, WGLT's Charlie Schlenker reports on the significant changes to come at Illinois Wesleyan University.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Thursday, April 9, 2020. Our Leadoff story is the latest on the coronavirus in McLean County. And WGLT's Jon Norton reports on how truck drivers are coping with the shutdown. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, April 8, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about auto insurance companies refunding money to their customers who have been driving less due to COVID-19. Plus, a look at how religiously observant people are trying to find extra meaning in the messages of their faith as they continue to face the coronavirus. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, April 7, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about the slower increase of COVID-19 cases in McLean County and why it may not be rising faster. Plus, WGLT's Laura Kennedy speaks with McLean County Arts Center director Doug Johnson about how he is making the best of the current situation. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Monday, April 6, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about Illinois State University graduates having to adapt after COVID-19 halted their Peace Corps trips. Plus, WGLT's Charlie Schlenker reports on the effects of a divided political narrative on healthcare issues. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Friday, April 3, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about McLean County seeing its largest surge in COVID-19 cases to date. Plus, a look at how public works crews in Bloomington-Normal are trying to reduce their risk for the coronavirus.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Thursday, April 2, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about McLean County now having twenty confirmed cases of the coronavirus. And WGLT's Eric Stock reports on an independent physician in Le Roy wanting to start a drive-thru COVID-19 testing clinic. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, April 1, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about a second person from McLean County dying after contracting COVID-19. Today is Census Day and WGLT's Eric Stock reports on the difficulties of counting the census on college campuses due to the coronavirus. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, March 31, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about McLean County having four more confirmed cases of COVID-19. Plus, WGLT's Eric Stock reports on the connection between an economic recovery and coronavirus concerns. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Monday, March 30, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about McLean County seeing a surge in gun sales. And WGLT's Ryan Denham reports on one of the first possible people to have contracted COVID-19 in Bloomington-Normal. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Friday, March 27, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about the lack of COVID-19 testing available in McLean County. Plus, WGLT's Charlie Schlenker reports on OSF Saint Joseph Medical Center planning for a potential surge in coronavirus cases. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Thursday, March 26, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about McLean County having no new cases of the coronavirus being reported. Plus, WGLT's Eric Stock reports on Miller Park Zoo still giving their animals all the attention, care, and food they need while the zoo remains shut down due to COVID-19. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, March 25, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about chief medical officer at OSF Saint Joseph Medical Center saying that supplies for COVID-19 are running low. Plus, WGLT's Eric Stock reports on the number of police calls being down in Bloomington-Normal. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, March 24, 2020. Our Leadoff story is an update on the coronavirus in McLean County. And as Illinois State University resumes online-only classes, WGLT's Ryan Denham reports on why it doesn't necessarily mean it'll be a lesser experience. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Monday, March 23, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about city councils in Bloomington and Normal considering emergency ordinances tonight in response to COVID-19. Plus, Illinois State University President Larry Dietz speaks about the spring semester as students resume classes online today. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Friday, March 20, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about the first confirmed case of the coronavirus in McLean County. Plus WGLT's Ryan Denham reports on Illinois State University's graduating seniors having their semesters cut short and what it means going forward.  

It's what you need to know to start your day for Thursday, March 19, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about the slow growth of COVID-19 tests being done in McLean County. Plus, WGLT's Eric Stock reports on a one-stop resource meant for businesses, workers, and their families who want to know how the community is responding to COVID-19. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, March 18, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about the results of the Illinois primary election, including a few surprises. And WGLT's Charlie Schlenker talks with McLean County Democratic Party chair Erik Rankin about what the results mean for November.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, March 17, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about local restaurant owners reactions to being shut down by the state. And WGLT's Ryan Denham reports on Unit 5 and District 87 teachers preparing for closures. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Monday, March 16, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about Gov. JB Pritzker closing restaurants and bars to the public to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Plus, hear an audio podcast of how Bloomington-Normal churches are reaching congregants online.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Friday, March 13, 2020. Our Leadoff story is a roundup about how the coronavirus is impacting State Farm, Illinois State University, and other parts of daily life in Bloomington-Normal. Plus, hear about Bloomington's new Community Preservation Plan.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Thursday, March 12, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about how Illinois State University is shifting to online classes and extended spring break because of the coronavirus. Plus, a Bloomington-Normal native returns for a stand-up set at Nightshop.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, March 11, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about how schools could turn to e-learning days if the coronavirus prompts closures here. Plus, retiring Pantagraph sports editor Randy Kindred looks back on his 42 years in the business.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, March 10, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about the McLean County Republican Party chair's comments about the safety of vaccines. Plus, we'll preview an event at the McLean County Museum of History that highlights the contributions of toy and game inventors.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Monday, March 9, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about a shortage of hand sanitizer as the coronavirus spreads across the U.S. Plus, two Democratic women from Bloomington-Normal talk about Sen. Elizabeth Warren's exit from the presidential race.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Friday, March 6, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about the Democratic primary for the 13th Congressional District. Plus, WGLT's Jon Norton gives a look ahead at what is happening in the local music scene over the next few weeks. 

Stick around for "She Was a Doorman" by Ana Popovic at the end of today's episode! 

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