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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.

artwork
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

Working one meticulous stitch at a time, artist Kathryn Leslie utilizes a time-honored tradition to create unexpected images. 

Man stands in front of a harpsichord.
Ken Lam

The Illinois Symphony Orchestra brings the audience music of a living composer Saturday in Bloomington. Charlie Schlenker talked with Music Director Ken Lam about the work "To The Point" by Jennifer Higdon.

1937 NFL championship at Wrigley Field
AP file photo

A sports historian said a Normal native's nomination to the Pro Football Hall of Fame nearly a century after he helped break the NFL's color barrier shows the league hasn't fully reckoned with the racism that's plagued it for generations.

Hazle Buck Ewing Women's Suffrage Collection
Illinois State University

A Bloomington-Normal woman helped wage the fight for women to get the vote a century ago. Now, a newly digitized archive from Hazle Buck Ewing shows it was a long and bitter struggle.

Bill Brady of Bloomington is the top Republican in the Illinois Senate. When Don Harmon was elected Senate president last weekend, one of the first things Brady did was ask him to support redistricting reform.

Andrew Held
Tiffani Jackson / WGLT

When gunfire erupts in Bloomington-Normal, odds are good that Andrew Held will receive a call to help with the aftermath.

flag sculpture
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

For hundreds of years, artists have made the sky their muse. 

Two Bloomington-Normal teenagers will be awarded for their commitment to making the town a better place at the 44th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Awards Luncheon on Saturday.

Bill Brady
Jeff Smudde / WGLT

The Illinois Senate’s top Republican said he’s disappointed so far in what he’s seen emerge out of the state’s property tax relief task force.

a stack of books.
Dan Terkla

Maps lie.

But the way in which they mislead is extraordinarily revealing, according to Illinois Wesleyan University Emeritus Professor Dan Terkla.

Michael and Tammy
Ryan Denham / WGLT

The leaders of a newly combined real estate company are bullish on the housing markets in Bloomington-Normal and Peoria, despite slowing sales and a dip in prices in 2019.

When the McLean County Regional Planning Commission recently finished its national search for a new director, it found the leader it wanted pretty close to home.

Lifeguard on duty
David Kohl / AP

This month over a million Illinois workers who make the minimum wage got a pay increase, with another raise coming July 1. It was Illinois’ first minimum-wage increase in nearly a decade.

Them Coulee Boys play The Castle Theatre Wednesday night
Scotify

Them Coulee Boys frontman Soren Staff wanted the Eau Claire, Wis.-based band’s third album to hang together thematically. Like many bands, their first album was everything they had written prior to forming; their second was mainly leftovers.

Kristin Kendrick-Weickle smiling and talking
Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

The Unit 5 school board approved Kristen Kendrick-Weickle as the new superintendent Monday evening. It was not unanimous.

Four young girls in dark and light blue dresses dance with outstretched arms
Colleen Reynolds / WGLT

A gathering at Wayman AME Church on West Olive Street in Bloomington was more than a service. It was a Latin American celebration of traditions associated with the feast of the Epiphany.

Cars on Veterans Parkway
Ralph Weisheit / WGLT

The outlook is not good for the nation's cities if current trends continue.

Normal City Hall
Staff / WGLT

The head of the McLean County Chamber of Commerce said he disagrees with Normal Town Council member Stan Nord's view that "business and government should not be doing things together."

Actresses in Little Women
WILSON WEBB/CTMG / COLUMBIA PICTURES

Over the years several directors have attempted to bring the classic mid-19th century novel "Little Women" to life on the big screen.

Melissa Oresky
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

Artist Melissa Oresky spent hours in her childhood shadowing her mother on wildflower walks. Her mother was studying to be a botanist, while Oresky was just plain curious. 

David Whiteis, author of "Blue Legacy"
University of Illinois Press

Author David Whiteis believes blues music and blues artists don't get proper recognition as part of the great African-American migration of the 20th century.

McLean County Health Department
Eric Stock / WGLT

Legal marijuana, teen vaping and rural HIV are just a few of the key issues McLean County's new health department administrator faces as she takes over a department that is seeing staff and funding cuts as more money is being devoted to mental health.

Colleen Kannaday
Staff / WGLT

Thursday's announcement that Carle health system plans to acquire Advocate BroMenn Medical Center and Advocate Eureka Hospital is big news for Central Illinois.

Adrian Barr poses
Ryan Denham

McLean County residents with minor cannabis convictions are expected to soon have their records wiped clean. But it’s unclear just how soon, and how many people will benefit.

Beth and Sarah
Ryan Denham / WGLT

Every so often on WGLT's The Leadoff podcast, we'll bring you the story of an unsung community servant who's making Bloomington-Normal a better place. It's a feature we call More of That, Please. Subscribe to The Leadoff on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. You can also suggest local people we should feature.

Volunteers pose for photos
Ryan Denham / WGLT

When you think of what can be recycled, aluminum cans and newspapers probably come to mind first. But don’t forget about granola bar wrappers, plastic cups, and chip bags.

Sign outside First UMC Normal
Eric Stock / WGLT

A pastor at one of Bloomington-Normal's largest United Methodist churches said he believes a proposed split in the global church's stance on same-sex weddings and gay clergy won't divide his church.

Marcia Weiss, director
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

A classic of American theater opens next week at Community Players in Bloomington.

Dr. Romanie Walter
Staff / WGLT

Being a veterinarian sounds like any animal lover’s dream. You get to work with friendly, furry, tail-wagging clients. But the job is a lot harder than it looks.

Creativity Center exterior
Friends of the BCPA

The first phase of renovations stemming from a $5 million capital campaign is expected to begin in January at Bloomington’s Creativity Center.

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