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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.

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

The Ecology Action Center is changing its collection model for the household hazardous waste collection event Sept. 7.

Lil' Ed & the Blues Imperials headline the Front Street Music Festival August 17.
Paul Natkin

Lil' Ed Williams and his band The Blues Imperials emulate the Chicago houserockin’ style of fellow Alligator Records great Hound Dog Taylor and Lil' Ed's uncle, Delmark Records artist J.B. Hutto.

Sunnyside Park
Eric Stock / WGLT

Fifteen months after first coming before the Bloomington City Council, the Boys & Girls Club of Bloomington-Normal may finally be getting its new land on the city’s west side.

Dhruv Rebba
Hari Rebba / WGLT

Amateur radio, or ham radio, can be a fun hobby for some, but it can also open many doors for the future.

youth soccer
Illinois Fire Juniors

Youth soccer organizers in Bloomington-Normal are hoping a new multisport complex will solve their facility needs when they lose their current home, but they aren't counting on it.

American Passion Play
American Passion Play/Facebook

One of the longest-running theater productions in the United States has decided it will be back for a 97th year in Bloomington.

Participants are wearing their protective gear and ready for their smashing session.
Smash Club Bloomington's Facebook

David and Sandy Kagel are bringing something new to the table for stress release in Bloomington-Normal. They brought a bottle, and it’s for you to smash. 

Medicine on a shelf
Mary Cullen / WGLT

McLean County reports lower sexually transmitted disease rates than its most similar Central Illinois neighbors, but the director of the Illinois Department of Public Health said that could point to a problem.

contra dancers hold hands
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

Martha Tyner drew a bow across her fiddle and grimaced at the resulting sound.

Crews building beds
West Bloomington Revitalization Project

Every child deserves a bed to sleep on, according to Robert Bosquez from the West Bloomington Revitalization Project (WBRP).

State Farm listening session
Eric Stock / WGLT

Bloomington residents remain divided over what role the city should play in trying to save State Farm's downtown former headquarters that the company plans to demolish.

That's according to feedback Bloomington City Council member Jenn Carrillo said she has received during two listening sessions and community surveys over the last week.

Charging station at Rivian plant
Eric Stock / WGLT

The future of driving will be a system of systems: Cars talking to other cars talking to road sensors talking to traffic signals talking to nearby businesses.

Rob Dob's artist's rendering
Facebook / Rob Dob's

Bob Dobski was a franchise owner of Bloomington-Normal McDonald’s for 35 years. But instead of retiring, he decided to leap into the world of fine dining.

John Conlee play the Normal Theater tomorrow night
John Conlee

John Conlee is one of those small-town boys that made good. Coming of age in the 1950s on a farm outside Versailles, Kentucky, Conlee’s family sold eggs door to door and raised sheep and even feeder pigs. Their cash crop at that time was tobacco.

Jump ARCHES

One of the leaders of an expanding health care technology partnership in Illinois says their work will lead to better outcomes for patients in rural areas.

Gloria Hursey
Courtesy

After nearly three decades of fulfilling her calling, residential services director Gloria Hursey said her goodbyes to the Bloomington Housing Authority last week as she officially retired.

Volunteer packing up supplies
Staff / WGLT

Midwest Food Bank aims to spend 99 cents of every dollar on feeding hungry families. The remaining 1% is for administrative costs.

Glenn exterior with Hovey's mugshot
Google Maps, McLean County sheriff's department

On Friday police arrested a longtime first-grade teacher at Glenn Elementary School in Unit 5 for allegedly molesting female students. Unit 5 pulled the teacher, Jonathan Hovey, from class back in April when the district learned of a new allegation.

John Milhiser and Adam Ghrist
Eric Stock / WGLT

The top prosecutor in Central Illinois is looking to implement more proactive strategies to reduce violent crime.

James Plath
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

Jay Gatsby made the list. So did Hester Prynne, Huckleberry Finn and Harry Potter. 

Rich Guebert speaks
Illinois Farm Bureau / Facebook

An economist with the American Farm Bureau visiting Normal this week said the trade dispute with China has shown how “dangerous” overreliance on one customer can be.

Haileigh Eichhorn
Bloomington Police Department

Life was hard for Haileigh Eichhorn in the month before she died.

National Park Radio plays the Hallowed Hall in downtown Bloomington Sunday night
National Park Radio

Stefan Szabo came to professional music at the relative late age of his later 30s.

The founder of the folk/Americana band National Park Radio says working full-time in IT after college, then getting married and having two kids at 19 and 21 kept him from pursuing his love of music, at least full time.

beam scale
Patrick Sison / AP

A coalition of health advocates in McLean County has produced a study which said the most pressing health needs in the county are similar to what they were in 2016 when the group produced its first report.

People in line
Ryan Denham / WGLT

Civic engagement comes with a cost, according to McLean County Clerk Kathy Michael.

The Menzingers play The Castle Theatre Friday night
Jess Flynn

The Philadelphia-based pop/punk band The Menzingers has received critical acclaim for their last two albums, much of which fleshes out the angst of moving from 20-somethings into their 30s.

ISU's Office of Sustainability program director, Elisabeth Reed
Office of Sustainability Website / Illinois State University

Starting Thursday, Illinois State University students living in off-campus apartments will have access to recycling as a new Town of Normal ordinance goes into effect.

With that longtime priority off the to-do list, ISU’s new Office of Sustainability program director Elisabeth Reed is planning for the future.

motorist talks on a cell phone
Nam Y. Huh / AP

A new survey from State Farm finds early autonomous technology in cars may inadvertently create more distracted drivers by lulling them into a false sense of security.

picture of a field
Cristian Jaramillo / WGLT

After a year in limbo the idea of a multisport complex in Bloomington-Normal is coming back to the front burner.

WGLT

Set sail this Thursday, Aug. 1, as Prairie Fire Theatre opens Gilbert and Sullivan’s “HMS Pinafore” at Community Players Theatre.

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