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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 - Wednesday 6/17/20

Jun 17, 2020

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. 

The Leadoff - Tuesday 6/16/20

Jun 16, 2020

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. 

The Leadoff - Monday 6/15/20

Jun 15, 2020

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". 

The Leadoff - Friday 6/12/20

Jun 12, 2020

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". 

The Leadoff - Thursday 6/11/20

Jun 11, 2020

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.

The Leadoff - Wednesday 6/10/20

Jun 10, 2020

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. 

The Leadoff - Tuesday 6/9/20

Jun 9, 2020

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. 

The Leadoff - Monday 6/8/20

Jun 8, 2020

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. 

The Leadoff - Friday 6/5/20

Jun 5, 2020

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. 

The Leadoff - Thursday 6/4/20

Jun 4, 2020

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. 

The Leadoff - Wednesday 6/3/20

Jun 3, 2020

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. 

The Leadoff - Tuesday 6/2/20

Jun 2, 2020

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. 

The Leadoff - Monday 6/1/20

Jun 1, 2020

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. 

The Leadoff - Friday 5/29/20

May 29, 2020

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. 

The Leadoff - Thursday 5/28/20

May 28, 2020

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. 

The Leadoff - Wednesday 5/27/20

May 27, 2020

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. 

The Leadoff - Tuesday 5/26/20

May 26, 2020

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.

The Leadoff - Thursday 5/21/20

May 21, 2020

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. 

The Leadoff - Wednesday 5/20/20

May 20, 2020

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. 

The Leadoff - Tuesday 5/19/20

May 19, 2020

It's what you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, May 19, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about the families impacted by the coronavirus outbreak at a Bloomington nursing home. Plus, another episode of the "Voices From the Pandemic" audio series. 

The Leadoff - Monday 5/18/20

May 18, 2020

It's what you need to know to start your day for Monday, May 18, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about the worsening outbreak of COVID-19 at a Bloomington nursing home. Plus, WGLT's Eric reports on antibody testing and what the early results show. 

The Leadoff - Friday 5/15/20

May 15, 2020

It's what you need to know to start your day for Friday, May 15, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about the proposed Heart of Illinois regional reopening plan. Plus, WGLT's Ryan Denham reports on Bloomington's Grossinger Motors Arena preparing events for when it's safe for people to gather again. 

The Leadoff - Thursday 5/14/20

May 14, 2020

It's what you need to know to start your day for Thursday, May 14, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about Bloomington's drive-through COVID-19 testing site staying open another week. Plus, the first installment of a new audio series called "Voices From The Pandemic". 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, May 13, 2020. Our Leadoff story is the latest on the coronavirus testing site in Bloomington. And WGLT's Charlie Schlenker reports on the reopening of a drive-in movie theater in Central Illinois.

The Leadoff - Tuesday 5/12/20

May 12, 2020

It's what you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, May 12, 2020. Our Leadoff story is the latest on the coronavirus in McLean County. And WGLT's Charlie Schlenker reports on people now being able to legally purchase recreational cannabis in Normal. 

The Leadoff - Monday 5/11/20

May 11, 2020

It's what you need to know to start your day for Monday, May 11, 2020. Our Leadoff story is the latest on the coronavirus as six more confirmed cases were reported yesterday. And with the possibility that more parents will being going back to work in the coming months, WGLT's Ryan Denham reports on what they will have to do with their kids. 

The Leadoff - Friday 5/8/20

May 8, 2020

It's what you need to know to start your day for Friday, May 8, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about how social norms are changing during the pandemic. Plus, WGLT's Ryan Denham reports on the difficult time that young people with housing insecurity or family issues are dealing with as their risk of COVID-19 increased. 

The Leadoff - Thursday 5/7/20

May 7, 2020

It's what you need to know to start your day for Thursday, May 7, 2020. Our Leadoff story is McLean County business and government leaders reaction to Governor J. B. Pritzker's plan to reopen Illinois. Plus, a look at the economic effect the pandemic has had on artists and performers. 

Stick around for Dan Hubbard's "Life is Sweet" at the end of today's podcast! 

The Leadoff - Wednesday 5/6/20

May 5, 2020

It's what you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, May 6, 2020. Our Leadoff story is the latest on the coronavirus in McLean County. Plus, WGLT's Jon Norton speaks with the President of Jay Goldberg Events and Promotions about helping live music venues and and touring artists. 

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