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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.

If Normal wants Restore Illinois restrictions enforced, it’s going to require a local ordinance, according to Normal Mayor Chris Koos. 

Phillip Taylor (ptmoney.com) / Flickr / CC-by 2.0

Retirements have accelerated in the last year, as the pandemic closes businesses, cuts hours and puts workers at risk of contracting the novel coronavirus.

Davis and Trump
Jeff Roberson / AP

Hundreds of Republicans in Congress have declined to acknowledge that President-elect Joe Biden is indeed the president-elect. President Trump himself continues to falsely claim he won the election, even as he seriously considers launching a bid for 2024.

County Board oath of office
Emily Bollinger

McLean County swore in three new County Board members and reelected John McIntyre as chairman during a special meeting on Monday.

Rivian sign and plant photo
WGLT file photo

Rivian has leased the Phoenix Investors warehouse in north Normal as part of its ramp-up to production.

Misty Metroz
Misty Metroz

An educator with no political experience says she would bring servant leadership to Bloomington if she's elected mayor next year.

Jim Lathrop watching football practice

Jim Lathrop has been helping student-athletes build their bodies for decades. Now, his body is breaking down.

Drive-through virus testing
Lynne Sladky / AP

Illinois State University plans up to 20,000 rapid coronavirus tests per week with the help of a new lab.

Child seated
Wilfredo Lee / AP

Remote learning has shaken up the way educators teach—and how teachers measure student growth.

Some worry students may fall behind without in-person instruction. The fear is greater for students already struggling in school. Educators say just because learning looks different during the COVID-19 pandemic, it doesn't mean students do worse. Some argue now is the time to reconsider how to assess students.

Jackie Gunderson via Knight Light Photography / Facebook

Bloomington mayoral candidate Jackie Gunderson hopes her vision of a welcoming and inclusive Bloomington wins over voters.

Gunderson is campaigning on fostering community and giving everyone a seat at the table. That platform was unsuccessful in earning her a spot on the McLean County Board in November, when she ran against incumbent Republican Susan Schafer in District 9.

Staff serving meals at Salvation Army
Daniel Robinson/Salvation Army

Bloomington-Normal homeless shelters have kept the coronavirus out of their living quarters, but the safety precautions come at a cost at a time of year when demand for services is greater than ever.

Naudia Williams closeup
Illinois State University

An Illinois State University student with a gift for words and a heart for equality has been nationally recognized for her poetry skills.

English education major Naudia Williams brought her best content to the stage as she battled it out with students across the country for a cash prize and bragging rights at this year’s America’s Best College Poet competition.

zoom rehearsal
Heartland Theatre

A gold watch chain and a woman’s crowning glory are at the center of a classic tale being told anew by Heartland Theatre Company.

Singer-songwriter Leah Marlene's first full-length album is quite a curveball for those that came to her through her 2018 up-tempo, hook-laden debut EP “Arrows.”

Prairie Pride Coalition / Facebook

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, there was the AIDS crisis—one of the great public health challenges in the country's history. It changed the way we view science, medicine and the role of government during a national emergency.

OSF St Joseph Medical Center
Eric Stock / WGLT

OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington is adding a $10 million cancer center. The move follows the August exit of OSF from the Community Cancer Center in Normal that used to be a joint venture with Carle BroMenn. " class="wysiwyg-break drupal-content" src="/sites/all/modules/contrib/wysiwyg/plugins/break/images/spacer.gif" title="<--break-->">

Ames Library at Illinois Wesleyan University
Staff / WGLT

The head of Illinois Wesleyan University’s coronavirus response said COVID-19 compliance on campus was generally good during the fall semester, but it was a learning process for both students and staff." class="wysiwyg-break drupal-content" src="/sites/all/modules/contrib/wysiwyg/plugins/break/images/spacer.gif" title="<--break-->">

Advocate Bromenn Hospital
Emma Shores / WGLT

COVID-19 has created a health care logjam as new cases rise, but hospitals aren't the only ones strained for space and staffing." class="wysiwyg-break drupal-content" src="/sites/all/modules/contrib/wysiwyg/plugins/break/images/spacer.gif" title="<--break-->">

Senator Jason Barickman on the Senate floor.
Seth Perlman / AP

Now that voters have rejected the income tax amendment to the State Constitution to create a progressive tax structure, Illinois faces hard choices to balance the budget during the spring session of the General Assembly." class="wysiwyg-break drupal-content" src="/sites/all/modules/contrib/wysiwyg/plugins/break/images/spacer.gif" title="<--break-->">

Rica and Ann
Family Photo

When Ann Simmons last saw her daughter Rica Rountree alive on April 20, 2018, with obvious signs of abuse, she knew she had to change her life for the better if she was going to save her daughter’s life." class="wysiwyg-break drupal-content" src="/sites/all/modules/contrib/wysiwyg/plugins/break/images/spacer.gif" title="<--break-->">

Mboka Mwilambwe
Staff / WGLT

Bloomington City Council member Mboka Mwilambwe says his experience and temperament make him the best choice to lead the city, starting next year.

Dana Vollmer / WGLT

'Tis the season of giving and all around McLean County, nonprofits hope generosity is living.

Organizations that rely on community dollars say they've been fortunate throughout the pandemic—and hope that continues into the busiest time of year for fundraising: the holidays.

Doug Johnson
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

Art meets the retail experience at a venerable holiday event hosted by the McLean County Arts Center in Bloomington. 

A Hudson family is counting its blessings this year even though its Thanksgiving plans are still up in the air.

The Hoefler Family

In late October, Adam and Nia Hoefler of Normal and their two children got the news that we’ve all come to dread: the entire family had tested positive for COVID-19. But despite having the same virus, the Hoeflers each displayed very different symptoms.

Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Normal
Staff / WGLT

Hospital officials in Bloomington-Normal are plotting what do once their beds are full as coronavirus cases and hospitalizations rise. 

A revamped series of behavioral health learning sessions kicks off Wednesday with a discussion about racial trauma.

New library entrance
Bloomington Public Library

Bloomington Public Library patrons would see more parking, meeting space, new rooms for teens and sensory-friendly visitors, and a pharmacy-style curbside pickup window if a scaled-down $20 million expansion plan comes to fruition." class="wysiwyg-break drupal-content" src="/sites/all/modules/contrib/wysiwyg/plugins/break/images/spacer.gif" title="<--break-->">

Library leaders recently made their pitch to the Bloomington City Council. If the council signs off, construction would begin in April 2022 and take about 18 months.

Biden Tesla
Damian Dovarganes / AP

All sorts of industries are bracing for change, as we move from the Trump administration to the Biden administration.

Woman practicing yoga
Carmen Champion

If your business is stress management, then 2020 is your year.