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WGLT's Sound Ideas

Weekdays 5-5:30 p.m.

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.

Ferrero COVID testing site
Eric Stock / WGLT

Candy maker Ferrero USA says the free COVID-19 testing site it set up outside its Bloomington plant is an effort to be proactive in its efforts to help the community contain the coronavirus.

The candidates vying for a McLean County Board seat representing Bloomington’s south end share visions of a cooperative approach to handling and recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as a well-functioning county-run nursing home.

The two differ on their approaches and priorities representing the area.

Attendees at a rally
Cindy Le / WGLT file photo

Those on the front lines of domestic violence in Bloomington-Normal say they’ve seen an alarming increase in not just the number of incidents, but also the severity, during the pandemic.

Shelby Rapp
Emily Bollinger / WGLT

What started out as a normal Saturday morning last month turned scary in Shelby Rapp’s east Bloomington neighborhood. She heard screaming coming from outside as she did laundry.

Erin Ripley-Gataric with kids
Emily Bollinger / WGLT

Passers-by are getting quite a view outside a home on Vernon Avenue in Normal: Instead of flower beds chilling in the front yard, there are 15-foot stalks of corn.

Heritage/Eli Lilly

A health care company based in Bloomington is part of a new clinical trial of a drug to prevent COVID-19.

CDM
WGLT

Each year, Bloomington-Normal doctors put down their stethoscopes and pick up a violin, cello, guitar or other musical instrument for the annual Doctors in Concert fundraiser. 

Mike Regilio / ISU

Switching to online and hybrid learning continues to be an adjustment for students, staff, and faculty at Illinois State University. To help with the adjustment, ISU's College of Arts and Sciences has recruited students to help individuals navigate the technology world.

Lea and Jordan
Courtesy

Two candidates with ties to Bloomington-Normal’s higher education institutions are vying for a chance to represent downtown and the city’s west side on the McLean County Board.

Four-year colleges and universities in Illinois are starting to breathe sighs of relief at their enrollment numbers. Most had grave concerns all through the spring and summer about what the pandemic would do to fall enrollment. Charlie Schlenker reports, with a couple caveats, it's not that bad.

NELK boys screengrab
Instagram

Illinois State University President Larry Dietz said Wednesday he's disappointed in the students who were out at a large outdoor party in the middle of a pandemic, and the university will consider suspending students who attended.

Facebook / Uptown Normal

Community service clubs are in it for the people. Members socialize. They hold events in the community. They give to their neighbors through service projects. All of those thing are hard to pull off in a socially distanced way, but Bloomington-Normal rotary clubs are adapting.

Miltonette Craig
Illinois State University

The Jacob Blake shooting has sparked an outcry across the country. When Illinois State University professor Miltonette Craig heard the news, she felt a sense of hopelessness.

Breanna Grow / WGLT

Last spring students at Illinois State University led a crowd of least 250 in a march through Uptown Normal to demand governments take action to fight climate change.   

AP Photo/Jessica Hill

The work lives of many Americans have shifted dramatically during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some are working from home while also juggling their children’s education and caring for loved ones. Others are seeing their job roles celebrated in an unprecedented way.

happy contagion
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

Don’t let the cute fool you. 

Alex Sing

A documentary film about an organic vegetable farmer in Woodford County is now available to a much wider audience.

Tiritilli with Koos
Cristian Jaramillo / WGLT

Candidate Marc Tiritilli narrowly lost to Normal Mayor Chris Koos in 2017.

Normal IL rapper and visual artist Grill Billyenz
Grill Billyenz

Rapper and visual artist Grill Billyenz of Normal says the darker industrial sound on his latest album "Metamorph" comes from the ghost-town feeling he gets working the third shift at his "day job."

A long-running effort to make the life of Abraham Lincoln more accessible to the public has reached a new milestone.

The political race for McLean County auditor includes debate on why it should be an elected office at all. Rob Fazzini and Kevin Woodard are two of the three candidates in the Auditor's race. They join us for a forum. Incumbent Auditor Michelle Anderson is on medical leave and did not participate. Find all of our coverage of Election 2020 at wglt dot org.

Mya Robinson competing in track event
GoRedbirds.com

Illinois State University athletics director Larry Lyons said Tuesday he is working to better educate himself about the experiences of Black athletes as he looks to repair the damage his “All Redbird Lives Matter” remark has caused.

Tim on his bike
Tim Schill / WGLT

Let’s admit it: Summer 2020 has been awful. (Thanks, COVID-19.) But some in Bloomington-Normal have managed to find bright spots in an otherwise dark summer. These are WGLT’s Best Things Of The Worst Summer.

Kevin Woodard and Rob Fazzini
WGLT file photos

The two challengers seeking to become McLean County auditor both say they want politics removed from the office.

Illinois State University is setting up a Coronavirus testing lab that could do 10,000 tests per day. The Shield Illinois facility will cover one of eleven regions around the state. Plus, human resource administrators are having a tough time navigating the many needs employees have during the pandemic. Keeping the 'humane' in human resources. ISU student athletes are not happy with university Athletic Director Larry Lyons' flip remark that all redbird lives matter.

Kimathhi Johnson runs
ISU Athletics

Illinois State University athletics officials published an action plan Monday in response to demands from student-athletes who have staged a boycott.

Jason Barickman speaks
Staff / WGLT

Some political observers think the announcement last week by Exelon that it will close two northern Illinois nuclear reactors is an opening bid for legislative help.

Bloomington-Normal Human Resource Council / WGLT

The Human Resource department is where employees turn to with a plethora of questions. With COVID-19 surging and the unknown muddying answers, HR professionals have had to adjust.

Students walk the Quad
Emily Bollinger / WGLT

The huge gap between the capacity at the University of Illinois and the capacity at Illinois State University to test for the virus that causes COVID-19 may soon disappear.

Artist Venice Keys says black and brown communities find spirituality in the commonplace. Hear about Key's latest exhibit at Illinois State University. Plus, a Bloomington Normal woman tells you about raising a voice against patriarchy and for women's self determination. Another new Normal Town Council candidate shares thoughts on leadership and community service. And outgoing Bloomington Police Chief Dan Donath talks about the impact of de-funding police and transferring the money to human services.

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