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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.

Travis Thacker (sax) and Ryan Nolan (bass)
Robert Clark / RobotFresh

The Bloomington-Normal instrumental powerhouse Disorganizer unveils its first full-length album Friday night when the quartet performs at Nightshop in downtown Bloomington.

Janet at the counter
Jeff Smudde / WGLT

Janet Mariani needed a home for her first business—an ice cream shop. She chose Downtown Bloomington.

Laura Furlong
Eric Stock / WGLT

The state of Illinois is increasing funding for agencies that serve those with intellectual and developmental disabilities in its new budget, but the head of Marcfirst in Normal said it remains to be seen how much impact that will have.

Woman with microphnoe and kids holding signs behind her
Colleen Reynolds / WGLT

Isaac Hollis strutted his way up the steps of the McLean County Museum of History on Saturday in 4-inch, patent leather, thigh-high boots.

“So before I get started, can I get everybody to give me their best yazzzzz?"

Poster Children vocalist and lyricist Rick Valentin said his one-man project Thoughts Detecting Machines allows him to flesh out ideas not necessarily a fit for Poster Children.

Original Steak n Shake location
McLean County Museum of History

Greg Snodgrass started at Steak ’n Shake as a bus boy in 1979 in Bloomington-Normal.

Woman with cat
Jeff Smudde / WGLT

Vicky Edwards travelled over 800 miles from Arlington, Texas, to show her 14-month-old Maine Coon, Brutus, at the Cat Fanciers’ Association All Breed Cat Show at the Interstate Center in Bloomington this weekend.

Students look at a cadaver
Kristy McLemore

On any given Saturday morning, the average teen might be getting ready for work, heading to practice or a game, or maybe even sleeping in.

John Stark
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

The play’s the thing at the Illinois Shakespeare Festival. And this season, the plays we know so well have a new look and a fresh perspective to thrill audiences. 

Bill Wasson
Eric Stock / WGLT

Friday is the last day Bill Wasson reports to work after a nearly 34-year run in McLean County government, where he spent the last eight as its top administrator.

People dressed in bustles and goggles, carrying jetpacks made with what appear to be ceiling fan blades. Yes, it's Steampunk.

From the Industrial Revolution to the Wild West, Steampunk is a creative way to picture what history could’ve been. It’s a re-imagining of history with art, science, and modern technology.

Mary Cullen / WGLT

Bloomington-Normal is home to one of the largest and most diverse addiction archives in the U.S.

Alice Moss poses
Ryan Denham / WGLT

Four years ago, Alice Moss came home from work and walked into a nightmare.

Her partner had shot himself. He later died about a long hospitalization.

Recycling shorting
Eric Stock / WGLT

Recycling advocates in McLean County are pushing back against claims that materials set out at the curb for recycling are going to the landfill or being burned.

Tari Renner gestures
Staff / WGLT

Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner said Wednesday that his comment about Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas not behaving “like someone who is African-American” was a poor choice of words.

The Musical 'Rock of Ages' plays the BCPA Wednesday night
Jeremy Daniel

The Broadway musical “Rock of Ages” is a send-up to the outrageous hair and costumes especially favored by 1980s hair-metal acts.

Worker welding
Jeff Smudde / WGLT

A new report makes the case that manufacturing is still a vital cog in Illinois’ economic engine—especially downstate.

Video Gambling Tax Hike Will Be Decided By Lawmakers With Financial Ties To Industry

May 28, 2019
Bill Brady
Jeff Smudde / WGLT

With the Illinois General Assembly poised to consider a tax hike on video gambling, some key lawmakers and their family members have developed previously undisclosed financial connections to the industry, meaning the fate of any proposal could lie in part on votes of legislators with a stake in the outcome.

Blood donor squeezing stress ball
Jose F. Moreno / AP

The American Red Cross is reporting a critical shortage of type O blood. The agency said it has less than a two-day supply for emergency rooms.

rusted car
Justin Hamm

Sagging barns and rusted out cars in the rural landscape offer inspiration to artist Justin Hamm, who needs more than just words—and more than just images—to express his feelings about what he encounters out and about in the Midwest.

Patrick Sweany
Joshua Black Wilkins

When bluesman Patrick Sweany plays Jazz UpFront on Saturday night, he'll be sporting a new release, and a new recording he says gave him goosebumps during the recording process.

Taylor Harper and Campbell Albaugh
Eric Stock / WGLT

If it seems like graduation is coming early this year, you are right.

Women and members of underrepresented groups are at a disadvantage in STEM fields across the globe.

Sue Keam
Eric Stock / WGLT

Vaccination rates remain high in McLean County despite what the medical community says are efforts by skeptics to sow confusion over settled science, and they claim it’s putting our health at greater risk.

Jessica Chambes poses with mudpuppy
Ryan Denham / WGLT

If you had to rank the most interesting living creatures that can be found in Central Illinois, the mudpuppy would be near the top of the list.

Adia Victoria headlines the GLT Summer Concert June 8
Red Light Management

South Carolina native Adia Victoria is often described as a blues woman with elements of punk, gospel, and goth. Not unlike Flannery O’Connor, one of her favorite authors.

Bloomington Public Works Department sign
Eric Stock / WGLT

An environmental advocacy group lists Bloomington among more than 600 locations across the United States whose water may be contaminated with a highly toxic compound, while city officials maintain the city’s water is safe.

McLean County Jail
Eric Stock / WGLT

McLean County Sheriff Jon Sandage said the jail expansion became fully operational earlier this month as staff and inmates have been moving into the new space.

Kate Smith statue
Matt Slocum / AP

There's no more Kate Smith singing "God Bless America" at Yankee games. Her statue outside of the Philadelphia Flyers stadium is gone, too.

Mary Cullen / WGLT

Bloomington’s Coalescence Theatre Project has a curtain call on the national stage in June.