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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.

AP Photo/Steven Senne, File

Monuments to Honest Abe could no longer have a home in Chicago, but the president of Lincoln College says they're always welcome in central Illinois.

Women doing strength training
Emily Bollinger / WGLT

Working from home has become a "thing" during the pandemic. So too has "working out" from home.

Rich and Judy Buchanan
Eric Stock / WGLT

Former Bloomington Mayor Rich Buchanan, who spent more than four decades in public service and helped strengthen collaboration between the Twin Cities, died Tuesday. He was 81.

Heartland Community College campus
Heartland.edu

Personal information of thousands of current and former Heartland Community College students and staff has been posted on an unsavory section of the internet, putting them at risk of identity theft.

AP Photo / Jessica Hill

Issues of diversity and equity are top of mind after a year of renewed calls for civil rights and social justice reform. Some of those conversations center on American schools -- what students are taught, how they're treated, and what their teachers look like.

face masks hang from IV pole
Jenny Kane / AP

Changes made during the early stages of the pandemic are having long-lasting effects on the legal system.

Normal City Hall
Staff / WGLT

The job of a Normal Town Council member doesn’t pay much. It comes with a lot of headaches. It takes a lot of work to listen to residents and translate that into policy. Yet nine people are running for election to three positions on April 6.

Many Illinois Republicans are calling for an independent redistricting process. This comes amid uncertainty when data from the U.S. Census Bureau will be available.

McLean County Jail
Eric Stock / WGLT

Only about one-fourth of McLean County jail inmates took the COVID-19 vaccine when the county hosted a clinic at the jail last week.

Renner, Painter and Carrillo
Staff / WGLT

You don’t have to look to Washington, D.C., to find policymakers who just don’t seem to get along politically or personally.

Jule youths pose together
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A former Bloomington Housing Authority resident has created a space to encourage students in the community to achieve goals they might not have been confronted with.

Dietz speaks
ILLINOIS STATE UNIVERSITY

Illinois State University and other public higher education institutions want the Illinois Department of Public Health to require students be vaccinated for COVID-19 if they attend classes in the fall.

Equal Justice Works

A Bloomington attorney is part of a national cohort confronting the "hidden epidemic" of elder abuse.

Black History Essay Contest Winner: Jaeda Thomas

Mar 25, 2021

This spring we're airing the winning entries from the Black History Essay Contest, sponsored by the City of Bloomington and its Human Relations Commission.

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Art Circle of Bloomington-Normal

Artistic inspiration can spring from many things, including very difficult questions. 

The community art show, “What’s So Good About Good Friday?” explores that question for its yearly exhibition. The show is a collaboration between of the Art Circle of Bloomington-Normal and Second Presbyterian Church. Local and regional artists delve into their Christian faith and the events surrounding Good Friday to create works for the show, now in its 12th year. 

Change is on the way for Illinois police departments.

McLean County Health Department sign
Emily Bollinger / WGLT

McLean County Health Department Administrator Jessica McKnight said the agency has had to scale back or delay various health promotion campaigns in the last year because COVID-19 has demanded so much time and energy.

District 87 school board candidates
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UPDATED 8:10 P.M. | Voters in District 87 don't have a lot of choices when they make their school board selections on election day, but the new board will have one of its most important decisions to make soon after it is sworn in this spring.

Dan Hubbard during a live online performance from "The Toy Room" in his basement
Dan Hubbard

Family took center stage on Dan Hubbard's new five-song EP “Fall in Love Again (Quarantine Lullabies)”.

Black History Essay Contest Winner: Adhrut Kulkarni

Mar 23, 2021

This spring we're airing the winning entries from the Black History Essay Contest, sponsored by the City of Bloomington and its Human Relations Commission.

Black History Essay Contest Winner: Aaliyah Trice

Mar 23, 2021

This spring we're airing the winning entries from the Black History Essay Contest, sponsored by the City of Bloomington and its Human Relations Commission.

Here is the essay from second-place elementary school winner Aaliyah Trice from Irving Elementary School. Learn more about the other winners and the Human Relations Commission.

Nearly half of the Unit 5 school board will turn over after the April 6 election. Three seats are up for grabs, with no incumbents running.

Sharon Chung
Staff / WGLT

As the number of COVID-related deaths increased, Asian Americans have felt negative attitudes increasing toward them as well.

Illinois State University

A children's literature expert says a publisher's decision to stop issuing several Dr. Seuss books over concerns about racism is a normal part of societal change.

Black History Essay Contest Winner: Aleeya Hussemann

Mar 22, 2021
Aleeya Hussemann
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This spring we're airing the winning entries from the Black History Essay Contest, sponsored by the City of Bloomington and its Human Relations Commission.

Here is the essay from second-place high school winner Aleeya Hussemann from Bloomington High School. Learn more about the other winners and the Human Relations Commission.

Mortarboards
Illinois State University

A year after the start of the pandemic, a second class of "COVID graduates" is hitting the job market—and they're on better footing than last year's college seniors. The job outlook is on an upswing, and grads say they feel better equipped to navigate the virtual landscape.

Black History Essay Contest Winner: Soren Gjesfjeld

Mar 22, 2021
Soren
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This spring we're airing the winning entries from the Black History Essay Contest, sponsored by the City of Bloomington and its Human Relations Commission.

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Jessica Bingham / University Galleries

The small details of everyday domestic life never escape artist Ashley Jude Jonas.

Her appreciation of delicate objects, fleeting light, and momentary reflections manifest in her latest works that are currently on view at University Galleries in Normal. 

“Not Knowing” is the first comprehensive exhibition of works by Ohio-based artist. Curated by Jessica Bingham, the show features drawings, photographs, found objects, and a variety of installation pieces.  

Christa Platt standing in front of her office
Illinois State University

Diversity advocates on the Illinois State University campus say one annual conference isn't enough to address inequities and racial understanding on campus.

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