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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.

Taylor Steele says a spicy sound may soon mix with the Illinois prairie sound her Effingham-based band is known for.

 Jill Henry
Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

Female soldiers share some of the same battlefields and challenges as their male counterparts but the contributions of women in the military have received faint recognition.

Christian Johnson and Tatiana Walker
Tiffani Jackson / WGLT

Discovering your true identity is one of life's greatest quests. History plays a role in connecting the dots, but for African American students, the lack of information taught on their culture could leave some starving for a sense of self.

Drawing of incubator
Illinois State University

Illinois State University's Community Startup Incubator will be ready to hire staff and recruit companies as soon as construction begins on its Trail East home in Uptown Normal.

installation
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

"There’s a moment every day where we, as artists, have to stand up and do what we can, " said artist David Dow. "And encourage dialog and encourage thinking about everything that’s going on.”

faulty desktop computer
Tony Gutierrez / AP

McLean County is increasing its ransomware protection while facing sharp rises in insurance costs.

McLean County Board
Eric Stock / WGLT

McLean County is exploring bringing partisan caucuses to county government to enable the political parties the formally meet to discuss their legislative priorities.

AutonomouStuff car
Twitter / @BNEDC

As stakeholders consider the thorny public policy issues surrounding autonomous vehicles, State Farm doesn’t just want a seat at the table. It owns the table.

Touring the country with bandmates on the strength of major record label releases can sound glamorous.

Antennae on a rooftop
Tony Weber / Creative Commons

The mayor of Normal says 5G and other smart city technology developments will be the topic for the annual One Voice leadership trip to Washington, D.C.

Eugenia Cheng with Colbert
YouTube

While playing a game of superheroes with her best friend at 7 years old, Eugenia Cheng had one of her first introductions to gender roles.

Eric Johnson plays
Max Crace

During the 30th anniversary year of the release of Eric Johnson's classic album "Ah Via Musicom," the much lauded guitarist said looking back on that album and his other works can be helpful.

Katie Bertsche on the runway
Facebook / Twin City Plastic Surgery

For Katie Bertsche, her own fight with breast cancer has inspired her to raise awareness about metastatic breast cancer.

Dave Griggs standing in apartment
Eric Stock / WGLT

Every community struggles to find adequate housing for aging residents who lose their independence. And not all residential complexes are perfect all the time. There can be problems and poor living conditions.

Dan Donath
Izzy Carroll / WGLT

Six months into his new role as Bloomington police chief, Dan Donath said his department has made progress in some key areas, including recruiting more minority and female officer candidates, and changing and modernizing the department's culture.

Doris Houston
Ryan Denham / WGLT

The president of Illinois State University has created a new high-level position to coordinate diversity and inclusion efforts. President Larry Dietz said Professor Doris Houston is the new interim assistant to the president in that area.

Breanna Grow / WGLT

The McLean County Museum of History has announced the donation of what staff call an “invaluable” Lincoln document by Lincoln collector and scholar Guy Fraker.

Scott Stump
Heartland Community College / Twitter

A federal education official visited Heartland Community College on Friday to see how the school is training students to help fill a national job skills gap.

Rodney Davis speaks
Ryan Denham / WGLT

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis did not stray far from his fellow Republicans during the leadup to impeachment. But he crossed party lines for several recent votes on the Equal Rights Amendment, student loan debt, and emergency aid for Puerto Rico.

Director David Prete
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

The words “I was there” resound through Ike Holter’s play “Hit the Wall.”  

deFrance plays Jazz UpFront Tuesday night
deFrance

Drew deFrance loved the comparison of his namesake band with the sound of classic rockers like Bad Company and Mott the Hoople.

Bloomington PSCRB meeting
Eric Stock / WGLT

Bloomington’s police review board has determined the city’s police department followed protocols when it voided a drunk driving ticket in 2016 but called for the city to strengthen its notification policy.

Lula Washington

Ballet and modern dance are kind of like the Oscars. They can be really, really white. Lula Washington Dance Theatre, performing Saturday at the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, is an exception.

The early 1900s saw an influx of racism and discrimination in the Midwest, from anti-Catholic, anti-immigrant, and anti-African American sentiment, to race riots in Springfield, Chicago, and Tulsa, Oklahoma. The Ku Klux Klan became a force in central Illinois. Segregation grew in Bloomington-Normal and what had been a thriving black middle class was gradually destroyed.

Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner
Staff / WGLT

Mayor Tari Renner said Tuesday he’d like to firm up plans this year for a new fire station that would cut down 911 response times in northeast Bloomington.

Rivian truck
@Rivian / Twitter

A landscape architect from Queens. A marketing professional in Colorado Springs. A systems engineer from Columbus, Ohio. A cancer scientist near San Diego. An electrical engineer from British Columbia.

Cole Hamels pitching
Scott Kane / AP

An Illinois Wesleyan University professor is studying brain waves in baseball players to see if their ability to focus can be measured and improved.

Chicago Farmer plays the Castle Theatre Friday night
Bradley J Scott

Bloomington's Cody Diekhoff, known professionally as Chicago Farmer, digs deeper into America's widening economic divide on his new album "Flyover Country."

Mark searches
Ashley Binkowski / WGLT

At 10 p.m. on a snowy Thursday in late January, Kimberly Maddox and her volunteer team bundled up and wandered the streets of Bloomington-Normal, looking for something that’s often invisible: those experiencing homelessness.

Robin Stevenson
RobinStevenson.com

Award-winning author Robin Stevenson is determined to not let LGBTQ+ activists be erased from history.

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