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WGLT's Sound Ideas

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WGLT's Sound Ideas is our flagship news program. Every weekday, WGLT reporters go beyond soundbites for deeper conversations with newsmakers, musicians, artists, and anyone with a story to share.

This 30-minute newsmagazine is produced Monday through Friday.

Emily Bollinger / WGLT

Time after time, WGLT News gets tips when an organization has had an outbreak of COVID-19 and didn't tell its employees. Workers think that's wrong, but employers say it's not that simple.

There are different opinions about who's responsible to alert workers to risk and what information a company, school or other organization can share.

Grossinger Motors Arena box office
Eric Stock / WGLT

Running an entertainment venue is hard when you can't hold live events in-person. The City of Bloomington owns two: Grossinger Motors Arena and the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts.

kids creating art
avilasal / Flickr via Creative Commons

Each autumn, Illinois State University offers kids in the community a chance to participate in a series of art classes, learning visual arts and drama. Naturally, those classes have a twist this year. 

Karen with her students
Facebook / Irving Elementary School

Remote learning presents unique challenges for students from low-income families, though the principal at one such school in west Bloomington says so far they’ve managed quite well.

The McLean County Board seat in District 4 representing central and northwest Normal is an opportunity for new representation. Longtime County Board member and retired Chief Circuit Judge William Caisley chose not to run again.

The new album from V8 Vast Change is titled "Civil Disobedience"
Dominique Stevenson

Dominique Stevenson has been a very public figure in Bloomington-Normal this year. He founded the youth-based Next Gen Initiative. The social-justice group initiated several marches and education forums in the Twin Cities this summer.

A McLean County Board incumbent says he's helped make county government more accessible, but his challengers say the county hasn't done enough.

Ferrero COVID testing site
Eric Stock / WGLT

Candy maker Ferrero USA says the free COVID-19 testing site it set up outside its Bloomington plant is an effort to be proactive in its efforts to help the community contain the coronavirus.

The candidates vying for a McLean County Board seat representing Bloomington’s south end share visions of a cooperative approach to handling and recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as a well-functioning county-run nursing home.

The two differ on their approaches and priorities representing the area.

Attendees at a rally
Cindy Le / WGLT file photo

Those on the front lines of domestic violence in Bloomington-Normal say they’ve seen an alarming increase in not just the number of incidents, but also the severity, during the pandemic.

Shelby Rapp
Emily Bollinger / WGLT

What started out as a normal Saturday morning last month turned scary in Shelby Rapp’s east Bloomington neighborhood. She heard screaming coming from outside as she did laundry.

Erin Ripley-Gataric with kids
Emily Bollinger / WGLT

Passers-by are getting quite a view outside a home on Vernon Avenue in Normal: Instead of flower beds chilling in the front yard, there are 15-foot stalks of corn.

Heritage/Eli Lilly

A health care company based in Bloomington is part of a new clinical trial of a drug to prevent COVID-19.

CDM
WGLT

Each year, Bloomington-Normal doctors put down their stethoscopes and pick up a violin, cello, guitar or other musical instrument for the annual Doctors in Concert fundraiser. 

Mike Regilio / ISU

Switching to online and hybrid learning continues to be an adjustment for students, staff, and faculty at Illinois State University. To help with the adjustment, ISU's College of Arts and Sciences has recruited students to help individuals navigate the technology world.

Lea and Jordan
Courtesy

Two candidates with ties to Bloomington-Normal’s higher education institutions are vying for a chance to represent downtown and the city’s west side on the McLean County Board.

Four-year colleges and universities in Illinois are starting to breathe sighs of relief at their enrollment numbers. Most had grave concerns all through the spring and summer about what the pandemic would do to fall enrollment. Charlie Schlenker reports, with a couple caveats, it's not that bad.

NELK boys screengrab
Instagram

Illinois State University President Larry Dietz said Wednesday he's disappointed in the students who were out at a large outdoor party in the middle of a pandemic, and the university will consider suspending students who attended.

Facebook / Uptown Normal

Community service clubs are in it for the people. Members socialize. They hold events in the community. They give to their neighbors through service projects. All of those thing are hard to pull off in a socially distanced way, but Bloomington-Normal rotary clubs are adapting.

Miltonette Craig
Illinois State University

The Jacob Blake shooting has sparked an outcry across the country. When Illinois State University professor Miltonette Craig heard the news, she felt a sense of hopelessness.

Breanna Grow / WGLT

Last spring students at Illinois State University led a crowd of least 250 in a march through Uptown Normal to demand governments take action to fight climate change.   

AP Photo/Jessica Hill

The work lives of many Americans have shifted dramatically during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some are working from home while also juggling their children’s education and caring for loved ones. Others are seeing their job roles celebrated in an unprecedented way.

happy contagion
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

Don’t let the cute fool you. 

Alex Sing

A documentary film about an organic vegetable farmer in Woodford County is now available to a much wider audience.

Tiritilli with Koos
Cristian Jaramillo / WGLT

Candidate Marc Tiritilli narrowly lost to Normal Mayor Chris Koos in 2017.

Normal IL rapper and visual artist Grill Billyenz
Grill Billyenz

Rapper and visual artist Grill Billyenz of Normal says the darker industrial sound on his latest album "Metamorph" comes from the ghost-town feeling he gets working the third shift at his "day job."

A long-running effort to make the life of Abraham Lincoln more accessible to the public has reached a new milestone.

The political race for McLean County auditor includes debate on why it should be an elected office at all. Rob Fazzini and Kevin Woodard are two of the three candidates in the Auditor's race. They join us for a forum. Incumbent Auditor Michelle Anderson is on medical leave and did not participate. Find all of our coverage of Election 2020 at wglt dot org.

Mya Robinson competing in track event
GoRedbirds.com

Illinois State University athletics director Larry Lyons said Tuesday he is working to better educate himself about the experiences of Black athletes as he looks to repair the damage his “All Redbird Lives Matter” remark has caused.

Tim on his bike
Tim Schill / WGLT

Let’s admit it: Summer 2020 has been awful. (Thanks, COVID-19.) But some in Bloomington-Normal have managed to find bright spots in an otherwise dark summer. These are WGLT’s Best Things Of The Worst Summer.

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