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WGLT's Sound Ideas is newsmakers. It's gardening, science, the arts, and a central Illinois music calendar. It's pet care, blues, poetry, and jazz. It's the sounds of your life and your places.

This hourlong radio news magazine is produced Monday through Friday.

Challenger Learning Center
Heartland Community College

A half century after the first lunar mission, a space educator said we have plenty of reason to go back to the moon.

Brandt Industries
Bloomington-Normal EDC

The Bloomington Normal Economic Development Council has picked the economic development manager from the Chicago suburb of Tinley Park to head the EDC. 

Charlie Schlenker

It’s summertime, meaning it’s time to learn about ... snowmobiles?

Illinois Rail play the Bluegrass and Brass Summer Concert tomorrow
Illinois Rail

A steamboat cruise on the Illinois River seems an unlikely first gig for a gospel-tinged bluegrass band.

Woman carrying food at pantry
Seth Perlman / AP

McLean County added nearly 5,000 people to the poverty rolls in one year. That's one of the reasons McLean is on Heartland Alliance's poverty watch list. 

work on display
Inside Out: Accessible Art Cooperative

Art and nature meet up at the Inside Out Arts Fair, coming up Saturday, July 20. This day-long event offers opportunities to acquire art, as well as a chance to become a better artist yourself.

Kinzinger with media
Matt Rourke / AP

Twenty years ago, Adam Kinzinger was a college kid navigating the politics of the McLean County Board, pushing for fiscal discipline, evening meeting times, and merging the Bloomington Election Commission into the county clerk’s office.

Dollar Tree sign
Eric Stock / WGLT

Julie Catey of Broadwell loves shopping at the Dollar Tree store in neighboring Lincoln.

The Shugz Beatz play the Sugar Creek Arts Festival Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
Shuga Beatz

Songwriting is an important component for members of the Shuga Beatz, the Bloomington-Normal rock/blues/R&B sextet. Important enough to mention such on the group's website.

actors in Addams Family
Community Players

In the middle of a sunny summer, one local theater company is embracing its dark side with a musical that's a scream come true for the director.    

wrestlers fly through air
Jeff Smudde / WGLT

There's nothing quite like the crowd at a professional wrestling match.

Stone & Snow
Courtesy

For over seven years, the alternative folk group Stone & Snow has been building a career one step at a time.

Matt Hazzard raising trophy
Matt Hazzard

A Bloomington man has turned his appetite for competition into a side hustle that could one day make him a household name.

Woman standing inside Bone Student Center with international flag in the background
Colleen Reynolds / WGLT

McLean County could soon join thousands of other local governments across the country that have sued drugmakers and distributors for their role in the opioid epidemic.

Andrew Held
Tiffani Jackson / WGLT

Andrew Held decided to devote his life to youth outreach after witnessing two troubling incidents in Bloomington during 2011.

Gas station terminal
Tysto / Flickr via Creative Commons

An economist predicts Illinois' 19-cent-per-gallon gas tax hike will cause many Illinoisans to drive less, even if we haven't changed our habits just yet.

Normal Mayor Chris Koos sits during a town council meeting.
Ralph Weisheit / WGLT

The Town of Normal recently brought in a government strategist to meet privately with the town council and administration.

Kim Bray at a meeting
Ryan Denham / WGLT

With the City of Bloomington’s budget situation much improved, City Council member Kim Bray says it could be time to move ahead with improvements at Bloomington Public Library.

Kendra paitz
Laura Kennedy

Almost everything that comes into University Galleries goes back out again. After being on view for a matter of weeks, the art goes back to the artists or to another gallery for another exhibition. 

Lana Esparza, Natalie Bierbaum, and Kylie Stanton
Courtesy

The whole country will be watching Sunday when the U.S. women face Netherlands in the World Cup final. That includes 11-year-olds Lana Esparza, Natalie Bierbaum, and Kylie Stanton, all teammates on the Illinois Fire Juniors U12 soccer team in Bloomington.

International Documentary on Climate Change Educates B-N

Jul 3, 2019
istart2.blogspot.com

Internationally-known documentary maker and environmentalist Renee Scheltema said "Normal is Over."

Sibley Celebrates Vibrant and Rich History

Jul 3, 2019
Sibley Business and Historical Association

Small towns across Illinois are having a rough go to keep their culture alive. For decades rural populations have been falling. Some subside into tiny crossroads communities. Others keep trying.

David Lowery, front, and Johnny Hickman of Cracker
Bradford Jones

If David Lowery did nothing else but write and record “Teen Angst” for his early 90s debut Cracker album, it would be one heckuva song to be remembered for.

The crackling rocker takes an apparent jab at folk music and conventional wisdom with one of the great lines in a rock song:

Mark Robinson teaches a class
Ryan Denham / WGLT

Four years ago, the big story in the Bloomington-Normal economy was the closure of Mitsubishi’s manufacturing plant and the loss of 1,200 jobs. Some workers got retrained and found new jobs. Others left the area forever.

Woman speaks to Normal council
Breanna Grow / WGLT

Normal Town Council members are continuing to get used to each other. Dynamics have shifted with the addition of two new members, Stan Nord and Karyn Smith.

Peoria skyline
Jeff Smudde / WGLT

Central Illinois is home to some of the most segregated places in the country.

Showing the solar panels
Breanna Grow / WGLT

Standing outside their 1920s-era bungalow in Bloomington’s Founders Grove neighborhood, Chris Kaufman and Mark Austill peered out from their wide-brimmed hats at the men working on their roof.

Mike and Becky Williams
Mary Cullen / WGLT

Gov. JB Pritzker made good on his promise when he signed recreational cannabis into law last month.

Barb Dallinger
Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

Friday marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, and local LGBTQ+ rights advocate Barb Dallinger says there's still a long way to go.

Marriott exterior
Carleigh Gray / WGLT

The Bloomington-Normal hotel industry ended 2018 with the lowest occupancy rate of any metro area in Illinois. And things aren’t much better halfway through 2019.

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