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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.

The Leadoff - Thursday 7/30/20

Jul 30, 2020

It's what you need to know to start your day for Thursday, July 30, 20​20. Our Leadoff story is about election authorities in McLean County mailing out tens of thousands of vote-by-mail applications to registered voters. Plus, WGLT's Ryan Denham speaks with a pediatrician from OSF HealthCare in Bloomington about how parents can prepare their kids for the major changes they will see in school this fall. 

The Leadoff - Wednesday 7/29/20

Jul 29, 2020

It's what you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, July 29, 20​20. Our Leadoff story is about Bloomington-Normal parents feeling very uncertain as they are faced with either having to send their kids back to school or keep them home this fall. Plus, WGLT's Charlie Schlenker reports on the statues that have become problematic in America. 

The Leadoff - Tuesday 7/29/20

Jul 28, 2020

It's what you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, July 28, 20​20. Our Leadoff story is latest on the coronavirus in McLean County. Plus, Republican State Senator Jason Barickman says he would like to see more ethics reforms in wake of Mike Madigan's bribery investigation, WGLT's Charlie Schlenker reports. 

The Leadoff - Monday 7/27/20

Jul 27, 2020

It's what you need to know to start your day for Monday, July 27, 20​20. Our Leadoff story is about how Illinois State University surpassed the target for its biggest fundraising campaign ever by $30 million. Plus, a new report from Fitch Ratings projects that State Farm won't be the only company atop of the auto insurance business, WGLT's Ryan Denham reports.  

The Leadoff - 7/23/20

Jul 24, 2020

It's what you need to know to start your day for Friday, July 24, 20​20.

The Leadoff - Thursday 7/23/20

Jul 23, 2020

It's what you need to know to start your day for Thursday, July 23, 20​20. Our Leadoff story is about a COVID-19 outbreak happening at Normal Fire Department. Plus, the Unit 5 teachers union is calling on the district to revise the recently released pandemic reopening plan for this fall.

The Leadoff - Wednesday 7/22/20

Jul 22, 2020

It's what you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, July 22, 20​20. Our Leadoff story is about two new affordable housing developments coming to McLean County. Plus, WCBU's Dana Vollmer speaks with Unit 5's new Superintendent about parents having the choice for their children to go back to school in person or continue remote learning for the fall semester. 

The Leadoff - Tuesday 7/21/20

Jul 21, 2020

It's what you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, July 21, 20​20. Our Leadoff story is an update on a recent shooting from this past Sunday in Peoria. Plus, WGLT's Eric Stock reports on District 87's back-to-school plan for this fall. 

The Leadoff - Monday 7/20/20

Jul 20, 2020

It's what you need to know to start your day for Monday, July 20, 20​20. Our Leadoff story is about the changes made to an annual back-to-school party for thousands of children in Bloomington-Normal. Plus, WGLT's Ryan Denham features a unique farm that is near Heyworth.

 

The Leadoff - Friday 7/17/20

Jul 17, 2020

It's what you need to know to start your day for Friday, July 17, 20​20. Our Leadoff story is about Illinois Wesleyan University discontinuing three academic programs. Plus, the Community Health Care Clinic in Normal announced its plans for an eighteen month review as part of the Pursuing Equity Initiative, WGLT's Ryan Denham reports. 

The Leadoff - Thursday 7/16/20

Jul 16, 2020

It's what you need to know to start your day for Thursday, July 16, 20​20. Our Leadoff story is about Governor J.B. Pritzker introducing a plan to combat any resurgence of COVID-19 cases in Illinois. Plus, over 250 student athletes at Illinois State University held a discussion about race and discrimination, WGLT's Ryan Denham reports. 

The Leadoff - Wednesday 7/15/20

Jul 15, 2020

It's what you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, July 15, 20​20. Our Leadoff story is about the murder trial for 20 year old Egerton Dover. Plus, WGLT's Ryan Denham speaks with Mayor Tari Renner about the high use of force Bloomington Police have used in the past three years against people of color. 

The Leadoff - Tuesday 7/14/20

Jul 14, 2020

It's what you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, July 14, 20​20. Our Leadoff story is about Illinois high schools scaling back practices as it is still unclear if sports will resume. Plus, WGLT's Ryan Denham reports that hotels in Bloomington-Normal have launched new cleaning programs as leisure and business traveling resumes. 

The Leadoff - Monday 7/13/20

Jul 13, 2020

It's what you need to know to start your day for Monday, July 13, 20​20. Our Leadoff story is about how McLean County plans to revitalize its nursing homes. Plus, WGLT's Ryan Denham reports on the United Way of McLean County preparing for the next challenges in the pandemic while currently focusing on providing housing assistance. 

The Leadoff - Friday 7/10/20

Jul 10, 2020

It's what you need to know to start your day for Friday, July 10, 20​20. Our Leadoff story is the latest on Illinois State University's reopening plan for this fall. Plus, one professor at the University of Illinois says that college towns are poised to become the next COVID-19 epicenters. 

The Leadoff - Thursday 7/9/20

Jul 9, 2020

It's what you need to know to start your day for Thursday, July 9, 20​20. Our Leadoff story is the latest on the coronavirus as McLean County had its most amount of reported cases in a day since May. And although the pandemic has taken its toll on Bloomington-Normal's economy, the housing market has actually seen improvement. 

The Leadoff - Wednesday 7/8/20

Jul 8, 2020

It's what you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, July 8, 20​20. Our Leadoff story is the latest on the coronavirus in McLean County. Plus, WGLT's Eric Stock speaks with Bloomington City Manager Tim Gleason about what he believes is the right approach to "defunding police". 

The Leadoff - Tuesday 7/7/20

Jul 7, 2020

It's what you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, July 7, 20​20. Our Leadoff story is about how Normal Town Council members are reacting to the list of demands from Black Lives Matter BloNo. Plus, WGLT's Charlie Schlenker speaks with the new Executive Director for the McLean County Museum of History about what her plans are for the future. 

The Leadoff - Monday 7/6/20

Jul 6, 2020

It's what you need to know to start your day for Monday, July 6, 20​20. Our Leadoff story is about how the pandemic has impacted finances at Bloomington City Hall. Plus, two college professors created a model to simulate how COVID-19 might spread at a school of about 20,000 students. 

The Leadoff - Thursday 7/2/20

Jul 2, 2020

It's what you need to know to start your day for Thursday, July 2, 20​20. Our Leadoff story is about one of Bloomington-Normal's largest employers getting a new name. Plus, another part in the WGLT Series "Living Black in Bloomington-Normal". 

The Leadoff - Wednesday 7/1/20

Jul 1, 2020

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. 

The Leadoff - Tuesday 6/30/20

Jun 30, 2020

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". 

The Leadoff - Monday 6/29/20

Jun 29, 2020

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. 

The Leadoff - Friday 6/26/20

Jun 26, 2020

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. 

The Leadoff - Thursday 6/25/20

Jun 25, 2020

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. 

The Leadoff - Wednesday 6/24/20

Jun 24, 2020

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. 

The Leadoff - Tuesday 6/23/20

Jun 23, 2020

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. 

The Leadoff - Monday 6/22/20

Jun 22, 2020

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. 

The Leadoff - Friday 6/19/20

Jun 19, 2020

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.

The Leadoff - Thursday 6/18/20

Jun 18, 2020

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. 

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