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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.

Ruth Handler with a barbie
Andrew Harnik / AP

You never forget your favorite toy or board game from when you were a kid. But those who invent those toys and games are often forgotten to time. Especially the women.

Mark Jontry
Ryan Denham / WGLT

Parents should be prepared for their child’s school to close for at least a week if a student or staff member there becomes potentially infected or confirmed to have the coronavirus, the regional superintendent for Central Illinois said Monday.

Connie Beard
Courtesy

The chair of the McLean County Republican Party is urging her members to lobby against a bill that would require incoming sixth-graders to get the HPV vaccine that protects against certain cancers.

Steven Weisbart
Insurance Information Institute

Exposure to increased regulation and choosy customers not interested in one-stop shopping for insurance and banking are likely among the reasons why State Farm is exiting the banking business, according to industry economist.

Ana Popovic plays The Castle Theatre Thursday night
Marco Van Rooijen

Blues guitarist and singer/songwriter Ana Popovic said she mentally worked to overcome doubt when she crashed the male-dominated blues scene two decades ago.

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Laura Kennedy / WGLT

For painter and sculptor Aaron Yount, answering the call of the wild in his artwork could well be down to his DNA. 

The Democratic McLean County Board candidates for downtown and the west side of Bloomington have similar positions on issues but different biographies.

Lara Driscoll plays Jazz UpFront Friday night
Maplewood Photography

Chicago jazz pianist and educator Lara Driscoll credits University of Illinois piano professor Chip Stephens for inspiring the title to her debut album "Woven Dreams."

Cindy Hernandez

Ryan Abbott's dream of creating a mobile museum for children with autism and special needs has become a reality.

Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

Longtime McLean County Board member George Gordon said he remains interested and engaged with public policy. He said he is running for another term to see certain projects through, such as the county's creation of several behavioral health initiatives.

Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

McLean County Republican auditor candidate Trisha Malott said she wants to build relationships between the auditor's office and other county office holders and department heads.

Jamie Mathy
Staff / WGLT

Jamie Mathy said he’s happy to see Bloomington city government close the book on what he calls a self-inflicted “fiasco” — the sick leave buyback program for retiring employees — and he’s hopeful additional changes can produce more savings.

Uniform wearing sheriff stands with one hand on podium and the right hand gesturing
Colleen Reynolds / WGLT Radio

McLean County Sheriff Jon Sandage is joining the chorus of law enforcement officials in Illinois who are urging the state not to end cash bail.

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Laura Kennedy / WGLT

The saying goes: Those who can, do. Those who can’t, teach.  

Jared Grabb plays Nightshop in Bloomington Thursday night
Rodger Hanlon

Peoria native Jared Grabb knew art would be a major part of his life from a young age. But once he arrived in college to study comic book art, he discovered his love of music trumped visual art.

Kyle Brestan
David Proeber / The Pantagraph (Pool)

The crime often starts with an innocent chat on the computer, or at least it seems innocent to the child.

Rachel and Warren
YouTube

Sen. Elizabeth Warren has picked up a key endorsement: Rachel Lapp Whitt and Thomas Whitt of Bloomington.

Bob Siron standing in empty classroom.
Eric Stock / WGLT

Law enforcement officials say a recent state law to make court fines and fees fair has unfairly punished police departments.

JP's Wheel and Ale House
Eric Stock / WGLT

Video gambling has created a substantial cash windfall for thousands of businesses in Illinois since the state legalized the machines in 2009.

JImmy Chrismon
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

If you didn't get enough romance on Valnetine's Day, try the new production of "Guys and Dolls," opening this weekend at the Illinois State University Center for the Performing Arts Theater. 

Pills poured into bottle
Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

This is a companion story to a WGLT article published Friday about the barriers to care facing HIV-positive patients in rural Illinois.

HIV stickers
Darron Cummings / AP

Central Illinois Friends began 30 years ago in the height of the AIDS epidemic as a hospice center for patients dying of the disease.

Amelia and Sarah
Courtesy / BRE Law

It’s hard for rural communities in Illinois to attract or keep the doctors, teachers, or even grocery stores which together make everyday life possible in a small town.

CIRA signage
Staff / WGLT

Passenger traffic jumped over 15% at Central Illinois Regional Airport in 2019, buoyed by a strong mix of business and leisure travelers.

Emily Riehl
Johns Hopkins University

Bloomington-Normal native Emily Riehl found her passion early on. Before graduating University High School, her teachers recognized her gift in mathematics.

Veggie Oasis
Eric Stock / WGLT

McLean County's new community health improvement plan (CHIP) aims to get to the underlying causes of mental health and substance abuse problems.

U.S. capitol building
Bloomington-Normal EDC

McLean County government and business leaders are headed to Washington on a fact-finding mission to explore the in-and-outs of smart cities planning.

Oak Park native and organ aficionado Neal Francis infuses his original music with the classic soul vibe of the 1960s and 70s. His debut album “Changes” is accompanied by lyrics that document his work to overcome addictions and other demons. A year later, his new single continues that effort.

Betsy
Carleigh Gray / WGLT

Democrat Betsy Dirksen Londrigan said there are a lot of things Congress can do to improve the U.S. health care system that stop well short of implementing a single-payer Medicare For All model.

Tari Renner
Staff / WGLT

The Bloomington City Council is nearing the finish line on next year's budget.

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