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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.

architects rendering of the Trail East five story building
Town of Normal

Construction is scheduled to begin this fall on the $30 million mixed-use building that will rise on the northeast arc of Uptown circle. It is known as Trail East.

Wes Kingdon poses
Ryan Denham / WGLT

This is the first in a four-part series about how the USDA’s trade relief payments are playing out in Central Illinois. It was produced by WGLT and WCBU.

Dan Brady at an event
Carleigh Gray / WGLT

As voters start to consider whether to replace Illinois’ flat income tax with a progressive-rate model, lawmakers are starting their work to overhaul the state’s property tax system too.

actors
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

Boy meets girl. Boy marries girl. Boy, does that ever change everything!

Breanna Grow / WGLT

Humans and dogs have a bond unlike any other in the animal kingdom. Fostering that special connection has been Tina Zimmerman’s life’s work, first as a veterinary technician, then as the owner of Manestream Training in LeRoy.

Vonda Rodgers said a prayer as volunteers pounded nails in syncopation in the parking lot of the VFW as they began the work of constructing the first McLean County Habitat for Humanity Hero Home.

Dortch walks in
Jalen Golden / Courtesy

Thomas Dortch Jr., a community activist and national chairman of the 100 Black Men of America organization, brought his call for unity to Bloomington as he made a guest appearance at the local chapter’s 10th annual excellence gala.

Stephanie Jean and Chris Turpin are Ida Mae. They play the Peoria Blues and Heritage Festival Saturday night.
Dean Chalkley

Chris Turpin and Stephanie Jean seemingly had it made by 2014. The English natives were half of the grunge/blues band Kill It Kid that was signed to Sire Records and had just released its third album.

cricket team
Eric Stock / WGLT

Renewed talk of a multisport complex in Bloomington-Normal has offered hope to organizers of various sports that they would be able to play year-round and bring more tournaments to the Twin Cities. Among them are soccer, softball, and lacrosse.

Dan Donath and Connie his wife pinning his new badge
Eric Stock / WGLT

Dan Donath, a 25-year veteran of the Bloomington Police Department, was named the city's next police chief during an announcement Wednesday at City Hall.

"He was the obvious choice," City Manager Tim Gleason said.

Donath, 50, joined BPD in 1994 and most recently served as assistant chief. He was co-interim chief during the search process for a new chief. Former Chief Clay Wheeler retired in June.

Richard Sims poses with associates in video
YouTube

UPDATED 9:40 a.m. | New details emerged Tuesday about the recent outbreak of gun violence in Bloomington-Normal as authorities pointed to a new rap video that they say shows a deadly dispute between two hybrid street gangs.

Jada Turner, President Samiat Solebo, and Chief of Staff Hannah Woody.
Mary Cullen / WGLT

Illinois State University is seeing a spike in female students applying for student government positions. The student body administration say it’s likely a result of the university’s first all-female leadership team.

Customer at dispensary
Morgan Lee / AP

Mayor Tari Renner said the city has received “a lot” of interest from dozens of potential business owners who are interested in opening a marijuana dispensary in Bloomington.

Michael Shermer at TED Talk
Bret Hartman / michaelshermer.com

A best-selling author will call for critical thinking when he addresses Illinois Wesleyan University students during next week's President's Convocation.

Man stands in front of GLT logo.
Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

Education researcher and Illinois State University professor Charles Bell said that the difference in school discipline given to white and black students can lead to a minority exodus from certain districts.

Russel Francois in downtown Bloomington
Eric Stock / WGLT

State Farm’s recent decision to demolish its former downtown Bloomington headquarters has left local officials scrambling to prevent an iconic community structure from disappearing.

Rod Carew poses
Joe Deacon / WGLT

Nearly four years ago, baseball Hall of Famer Rod Carew suffered a massive heart attack while golfing. He survived, but five months later doctors told him he would require a heart transplant.

painting detail of face
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

The school year is barely underway, but for one young artist, it’s already homecoming. 

Erin Ripley-Gataric
Mary Cullen / WGLT

Even if the conversations are uncomfortable, a community sex educator said it's important for parents to start young when talking about themes of sex and body anatomy with their children.

Grant Milliren plays Nightshop in Bloomington Saturday night
Jeff Smudde / Courtesy of Grant Milliren

Grant Milliren, now 21, was getting serious about music by his mid-teens. But the Illinois State University arts technology student was also a varsity athlete at Neuqua Valley High School in suburban Naperville.

Women on a panel discussion
Mary Cullen / WGLT

Illinois State University's College of Arts and Sciences in partnership with YWCA McLean County and the League of Women Voters hosted an equal pay panel Thursday in response to the ongoing call for gender equality.

Mary Cullen / WGLT

The Bloomington-Normal Economic Development Council’s new CEO says his first plan of action is to work on business retention and expansion.

Josh Ritter plays The Castle Theatre Friday night.
David McClister

Josh Ritter is known worldwide as a talented songwriter. Matter of fact, Paste Magazine named him one of the 100 greatest living songwriters in 2006.

Mary, Erick, and Karen
Tiffani Jackson / WGLT

Erick Howard was only 12 when his mother realized he had an eye for precision.

Crowd of people gathered around a small table questioning a man who aspires to be police chief in Bloomington
Colleen Reynolds / WGLT

Questions from activists dominated Tuesday's meet-and-greet session for the two finalists for Bloomington police chief—one from within the police ranks and the other currently serving as chief at Parkland Community College.

Web picture of Dean of Students web site.
ISU

The college school year is young, yet already three Illinois State University students have applied for emergency aid after coming out to their family as LGBTQ.

holding a lit candle
MDGovpics / Creative Commons

Author Terry Pratchett once wrote, "No one is actually dead until the ripples they cause in the world die away."

EV charging stations
David Zalubowski / AP

The shift from gas-powered to electric vehicles will accelerate in the next five years as the number of available EV models grows rapidly—including more SUVs and crossovers—and a fast-charging infrastructure is built out, according to an EV expert.

A studio picture of Mike Romagnoli
Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

The head of the Community Health Care Clinic said six months into operations of the new dental clinic they are only scratching the surface of filling the need for tooth care for low-income people in the Twin Cities.

Mary Cullen / WGLT

A senior official with the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy visited Bloomington’s Chestnut Health Systems on Monday to gain insight on how addiction treatment is covering rural residents.

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