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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.

Matt Anderson, Edward David Anderson and Tim Kramp of Backyard Tire Fire
Edward David Anderson

Black Dirt Music Festival founder Edward David Anderson says the outdoor July event next to the Castle Theatre is intended to celebrate the best features of Bloomington-Normal.

McLean County Veterans Court
Eric Stock / WGLT

McLean County's new veterans court is looking to grow after having its first two success stories.

Heartland Community College
Staff / WGLT

The Heartland Community College board on Tuesday approved a tentative $32 million operating budget for fiscal year 2020, which begins July 1.

Chris Koos at a meeting
Staff / WGLT

The mayor of Normal said regional efforts to pull together on economic development have never really happened.

A view of the 2017 HHW collection event
Michael Brown / Ecology Action Center

The executive director of the Ecology Action Center in Normal said there are signs the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) is emerging from years of financial constraints and government deadlock.

Bulk waste collection
Staff / WGLT

Bloomington's garbage trucks are getting smarter.

Paul DeJong celebrates
Jeff Roberson / AP

Paul DeJong didn't put away his curiosity for science when he graduated from Illinois State University.

lines of cars at the old Mitsubishi plant.
Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

The Ecology Action Center is optimistic a household hazardous waste collection event can happen this fall in Bloomington-Normal. The center is asking for private donations to help offset expenses.

Keita and Kai Bates-Diop leading basketball clinic
Jeff Smudde / WGLT

An NBA basketball player brought his skills back to Bloomington-Normal to help bring more defibrillators to schools.

That device saved his brother's life two years ago.

Unit 5 district offices
Staff / WGLT

Unit 5 schools are still in a deep financial hole, even with some increased state budget stability.

Amy Louise Wood poses with her book
Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

Jim Crow at first glance seems like the past, but Illinois State University history professor Amy Louise Wood's new book reminds us how it lives on today in our legal system.

Katie Bell and artwork
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

Artist Katie Bell stood smiling among the collection of materials she’d gathered around town for her exhibition at University Galleries. It looks like a construction site, but the materials are on the verge of being formed into the visual landscape of a deconstructed painting.  

CIRA sign under blue sky
Staff / WGLT

The Central Illinois Regional Airport annual report noted a significant increase in passenger traffic in 2018.

Eric Stock / WGLT

A new McLean County initiative hopes to assist in young adults’ transition from psychiatric hospitalization back into the community.

Katrin Paehler
Illinois State University

Nazi Germany was a complicated militaristic machine with many gears.

Edith
Ryan Denham / WGLT

The McLean County Law and Justice Center is an important place. It’s where our community hashes out the way we treat each other, and how the system treats all of us.

#MeToo McDonald's sign at a protest
Richard Vogel / AP

U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth said Wednesday that new sexual harassment policies at McDonald’s don’t go far enough because franchise locations are not required to follow them.

Colleen speaks to a crowd
Jeff Smudde / WGLT

In the 90 days since Gov. JB Pritzker appointed her head of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Colleen Callahan said she’s gained an understanding of just how big an impact the state’s two-year budget impasse had on the agency.

Zoo entrance
Staff / WGLT

The head of Miller Park Zoo said the zoo has received plenty of hate mail over the recent death of a flamingo at the hands of a child who hit it with a rock.

Signing the paperwork
West Market Street Council / Facebook

Ending the food desert that stretches from the west Bloomington Walmart to the Main Street Kroger is a priority for the West Market Street Council.

Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner and City Councilmember Jenn Carillo.
Breanna Grow / WGLT

An online dustup that later spilled over into the Bloomington City Council chambers was a learning experience for everyone, according to a downtown business owner who took exception to a council member's threatened business boycott.

Normal Police Department Facebook

It turns out you can teach an old dog new tricks. Under legalized cannabis, one Normal police officer suspects police K9s will not be imprinted with the scent.

Normal K9 Officer Shane Bachman said it’s a lot easier to introduce a new scent later on than to try and extinct it from a dog.

“Also, I believe that would open us up in court as far as any type of court proceedings, anything like that, as to where we would have to testify if the dog had ever been trained on the odor of cannabis,” Bachman said.

Cristen Monson and Sandra Zielinski
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

Everything’s coming up roses at Prairie Fire Theatre with the staging of “Gypsy,” the classic musical which is based on the memoirs of famous strip tease artist Gypsy Rose Lee.

Tari Renner at podium
Jeff Smudde / WGLT

Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner said Tuesday he opposes a plan to reject Connect Transit’s budget, calling it the “nuclear option that might blow up in our face.”

Bruce Boeck
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

It was a dark and stormy night. The rain dripped into my glass of gin, dampening my spirits. Then suddenly, out of the shadows, he was there – Bruce Boeck. Well, of course he was there. After all, I had asked him to do an interview about his play, “Library Noir.”

Keith at debate
Cindy Le / WGLT

All this talk of bipartisanship in the Illinois legislature is a bit overblown, according to a veteran state lawmaker who opposed much of the legislation that Gov. J.B Pritzker and Democratic leaders pushed through in what some political observers have called an historic legislative session.

WGLT

At the close of the spring session, one lawmaker reflects on the season he said did not start in the bipartisan nature Gov. JB Pritzker promised.

Rodney Davis speaks
Jeff Roberson / AP

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis said Thursday he’s opposed to President Trump’s plan to impose new tariffs on Mexican goods as a way to reduce illegal immigration.

Harry Potter fans
Steve Luciano / AP

 Fandom has truly come into its own.

That's according to a couple of guys who should know: GLT's Psych Geeks. Where it was once supremely geeky and social unacceptable to be a Trekki, now it's accepted and even considered cool. Fandom has moved centerstage.

Karen Irvin

Fix the FOID was among the bills left on the Illinois Senate floor at the close of session last weekend. But the McLean County chapter of Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense In America said it's not giving up.

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