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GLT's Sound Ideas 4/2/18

Apr 2, 2018

Hear how a Trump administration roll back of consumer financial protections could harm people in central Illinois. GLT's Judy Valente talks with consumers and advocates like Don Carlson of Illinois People's Action. During an edition of GLT’s Datebook, get a preview of the Central Illinois Figure Skating Club’s spring show this coming weekend. And hear the story of how the lead singer of a Chicago area cover-band became the new lead singer of the band rock band Kansas. Jon Norton has the story. Kansas plays Bloomington’s arena on Thursday. 

GLT's Sound Ideas: 3/30/18

Mar 30, 2018

On average, a college student has died every year for the past 30 years in a hazing related incident. Last year there were 4 high profile deaths.  Illinois Wesleyan University Greek Life Coordinator Alanna Hill says anti-hazing polices are important, as long as people follow the rules. Hear how IWU and Illinois State University work to educate sorority and fraternity members to prevent hazing.  Today marks Town of Normal City Manager Mark Peterson’s last day on the job.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 3/29/18

Mar 29, 2018

Illinois State University Athletic Director Larry Lyons talks about the final four success of Loyola and how that’s helping ISU and all the institutions in the Missouri Valley. Learn more about sharing the money from big time college basketball. Discover how a trade war with China could affect the market for Illinois grown pork and soybeans. Ryan Denham talks with a farmer who’s the vice president of the Illinois Farm Bureau board. And it’s a one on one with Bloomington-Normal’s top exporter of funk.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 3/28/18

Mar 28, 2018

When Dorothy Kennett flew into Cape Town South Africa she saw a beautiful city and something else, the largest shack village she had ever encountered. Kennett built a library there and is creating more in Africa. Laura Kennedy has the interview. Plus, how we make and recall memories is not a fixed process. ISU Scholar Dawn McBride talks about false memories with Charlie Schlenker. And we have GLT’s Grow.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 3/27/18

Mar 27, 2018

Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner is in studio to recap Monday’s city council meeting, including votes on future library expansion and closing the budget gap. GLT’s Charlie Schlenker interviews Rep. Rodney Davis about school safety and his new graduate student legislation. And GLT’s Jon Norton visits Waiting Room Records to learn about a post-punk band from LA called Moaning.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 3/26/18

Mar 26, 2018

Find out what recently obtained documents say about Bloomington Coliseum Business practices. It confirms what former Alderman Judy Stearns had been saying. GLT's Ryan Denham also found out there were a lot of verbal agreements between Coliseum management and former City Manager Tom Hamilton. Find out why a scholar of graphic novels thinks she’s bringing new readers to the genre. And find out why out of state kids might be welcomed to the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy in Aurora.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 3/22/18

Mar 22, 2018

The head of the McLean County Board tells GLT's Charlie Schlenker that a Blue Ribbon panel studying the county nursing home may have eliminated its closure. County Board Chair John McIntyre also answers questions about wind farms and reflects on the election results. Get an update on the three men from eastern Illinois accused of setting off a pipe bomb at a mosque outside Minneapolis last August. You'll hear from a reporter in the courtroom. And it's an edition of Ask an Expert.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 3/21/18

Mar 21, 2018

IPR’s Tony Arnold recaps Tuesday’s gubernatorial primary election results. GLT’s Charlie Schlenker rounds up the results of all major local races, including Dan Brady’s win and Paul Segobiano’s loss, before talking to GLT’s Ryan Denham for analysis about what it all means going into November. And GLT’s Judy Valente speaks with Illinois Wesleyan University speaker Valarie Kaur, an attorney, filmmaker, activist and founder of The Revolutionary Love Project at the University of Southern California.


GLT Sound Ideas 3/20/18

Mar 20, 2018

Find out what Illinois State University graduate students hope to gain by getting union representation. Eric Zdansky is a Sociology student working on his master’s thesis. He says grad student working conditions affect the learning conditions for undergraduate students. GLT’s Jon Norton talks with the man behind the new nightspot called Night Shop. It’s offering a full menu and cutting edge, underground music in Downtown Bloomington. And Mayor Chris Koos is in the studio.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 3/19/18

Mar 19, 2018

Hear from the social conservative warrior who was inspired to run for governor because of abortion. She says what she really wants to talk about are wonky economic issues. State Representative Jeanne Ives talks is in studio talking with GLT's Ryan Denham about her run against Governor Bruce Rauner in Tuesday's primary election.  In our continuing coverage of the opioid crisis, you'll also hear the story of one man's struggle to overcome addiction. And get a preview of a multi-arts event coming up at ISU's University Galleries called At-Salon.

GLT Sound Ideas 3/14/18

Mar 14, 2018

Airline consolidation continues to put pressure on Bloomington's Central Illinois Regional Airport. Executive Director Carl Olson unpacks the latest trends at CIRA -- including why more freight is moving in and out of Bloomington-Normal.  GLT's Ryan Denham previews next week's hotly contested Democratic primary in the 13th Congressional District. And you'll hear from LOCAL students participating in today's national walkout demonstrations to stop school violence.  

GLT Sound Ideas 3/13/18

Mar 13, 2018

Get a peek of a new exhibit at the McLean County Museum of History showing off one of the largest collections of mini vintage vehicles in the country. Kevin Callis talks about his father Bruce's collection of pedal cars with GLT Correspondent Colleen Reynolds. Laura Kennedy walks you through a new exhibit at University Galleries. It’s a blinged-out objection to violence and injustice. And Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner is in the studio, talking about funding for road repairs, a search for a new city manager, and a clearing the way a key position at the BCPA.

GLT Sound Ideas 3/12/18

Mar 12, 2018

Hear about Illinois pension system issues, including the proposal to have universities and school districts pay the price. Charlie Schlenker talks with with the head of the State Annuitants Association, Larry Alferink. Find out what he thinks of a proposal for the state to borrow 109 Billion dollars to help fund the pension system. Discover how you can help fund Big Brothers-Big Sisters, one frame at a time. Laura Kennedy has more in an edition of the GLT Datebook.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 3/9/18

Mar 9, 2018

Bloomington Normal students want to have the same pointed conversations about guns with lawmakers as Florida teens did. Maddie Bierne is one. Plans for a school walkout mount. Ryan Denham reports. Plus, ISU Theater student Francoise Battiste never needed his backup plan. Laura Kennedy talks about the art of acting with the acclaimed performer. And World War One destroyed much, but also gave central Illinois the Caterpillar Tractor Company. Ryan Denham talks with a historian a hundred years on.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 3/8/18

Mar 8, 2018

Hear from Illinois State University scholar who says even ranking police officers say there is more progress to make for women cops. Cara Rabe-Hemp talks with GLT's Jon Norton about her new book, "Thriving in an all boys club, female police and their fight For equality". Hear part 2 on the report of the 3 minute thesis contest, Illinois State University grad students make their work exciting and accessible. Also, its a profile of a west side county board race. Ryan Denham reports on the race between Paul Segobiana and Shayna Watchinski. 


GLT Sound Ideas 3/7/18

Mar 7, 2018

Take “A Wonderful Trip to the Mushroom Planet.” Laura Kennedy talks with Paul Allen who has written a book about Eleanor Cameron, the author of that Sci Fi kids book. Allen wants to keep Cameron’s memory alive. Plus, Judy Valente takes us Into the Woods. Jon Norton visits with Sarah Quah. And We hear energetic presentations of new scholarship in the Three Minute Thesis Competition at Illinois State University.



GLT's Sound Ideas: 3/5/18

Mar 5, 2018

Hear from the CEO of Rivian Automotive who says their first vehicle will be more like a Patagonia jacket than a Hugo Boss suit. RJ Scaringe talks about the company's first two self-driving electric adventure vehicles -- a 5 passenger pickup and a 7 passenger SUV. And it's a conversation with the film maker behind the documentary The Colorado. The unconventional film is a marriage of stunning visuals and music commissioned especially for the film. Murat Eyuboglu tells the story of the river basin and the ecological legacy of man’s intervention.

GLT Sound Ideas 3/2/18

Mar 2, 2018

An ISU researcher is looking for possible clues to longevity. And it starts in B cells. Scientist Laura Vogel tells Judy Valente why turtles and B cells matter. Get an update on the rapidly growing brewery and tap room scene special WGLT beer correspondent Ryan Denham. He checks in with the brewers behind Keg Grove Brewery, right off the Constitution Trail. And Laura Kennedy brings you an Oscars preview from GLT Culture Maven Shari Zeck.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 3/01/18

Mar 1, 2018

The future of the McLean County Democratic Party is up for grabs heading into one of the most exciting local election seasons in years. Jill Blair and other local Democrats talk about bringing together the old guard and new faces -- hoping to create a permanent shift in McLean County politics. GLT's Ryan Denham has the story. Hear an IPR report about gun measures being debated in Springfield. The call for more gun control following the parkland high school shooting is being heard in Illinois.

GLT Sound Ideas 2/28/18

Feb 28, 2018

The people running for the Democratic nomination for Illinois Governor are barnstorming the state. Some promise to oppose president Trump. Some want to work with him for Illinois. Some want to end politics as a game for billionaires. One is a billionaire. One even wants to split Illinois up into three different states. Listen to a debate among the Democratic candidates for Governor.

GLT Sound Ideas 2/27/18

Feb 27, 2018

It’s an interview on the flaws in teaching history, like a thorough examination of interracial conflict. Judy Valente talks with U of I scholar and Illinois State University Black History Month speaker Adrienne Dixson. While Illinois entered the Union as a non-slavery state, it had embraced slavery from the beginning. John Norton talks with the author of “Creating the Land of Lincoln: The History and Constitutions of Illinois, 1778-1870.” And Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner answers questions changes about solid waste policy and about the budget deficit.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 2/26/18

Feb 26, 2018

It's a report on possible mandatory recycling at apartment buildings in the Town of Normal. For ISU student tenants, discover why recycling is about more than just cans and bottles. You’ll hear from Jason Hale from ISU's Student Government Association along with landlords and recycling companies. GLT's Ryan Denham reports. Find out what Whiteside county is doing to fight opioid addiction. Find out why the outpatient drug rehab center could be a model for other parts of the state.

GLT Sound Ideas 2/23/18

Feb 23, 2018

GLT’s Ryan Denham talks with Tricia Griffith, the CEO of Progressive Insurance, during a return trip to her alma mater, Illinois State University. Then GLT’s Charlie Schlenker talks to Kyle Ham from the Economic Development Council about the upcoming One Voice trip, as well as David Taylor about fundraising changes at the United Way of McLean County. And GLT correspondent Bryan Bloodworth re-introduces you to Trevor Tucci, a special swimmer who’s headed to college on a scholarship.


GLT Sound Ideas 2/22/18

Feb 22, 2018

The head of the YWCA says he believes a majority of Bloomington Aldermen have no interest in a Welcoming City ordinance. Dontae Latson shares his take on Twin City immigration politics with GLT's Ryan Denham. Learn more about Allerton Park in Piatt County. This historic, sprawling park and grand buildings are planning for a future without state funding. Laura Kennedy has that interview. And Jon Norton talks with Spider Saloff. The internationally renowned cabaret performer is headed to Bloomington-Normal for a fundraising performance. She says jazz artists should aim to entertain.

The Bloomington City Council has not shown a lot of appetite for a video gambling terminal license fee. Mayor Tari Renner thinks that's a mistake because terminal owners in Bloomington have a million dollars in pure profit each year. Renner thinks such a tax is progressive and useful to balance the budget. Plus, Mayor Chris Koos of Normal talks about a multi sport complex study. And Judy Valente reports on lead levels in homes in the twin cities. 25 children had elevated blood levels of the poisonous metal last year.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 2/19/18

Feb 19, 2018

An Illinois State University scholar says fighting over the future of the country won't go away soon -- it's built in to American cultural individualism. Judy Valente talks about threats to Democracy with ISU Professor Lane Crothers. Rivian Automotive is in the process to get re-certified for ongoing tax breaks. You'll get an update on the progress on the auto manufacturer occupying the former Mitsubishi plant from the head of the Economic Development Council. And you'll hear about new sculpture exhibit at Illinois State University that captures humanity, hands down.  

GLT's Sound Ideas: 2/16/18

Feb 16, 2018

GLT’s Judy Valente speaks with a local domestic violence expert about how abused women can prepare to exit a relationship. Mike McCurdy talks to two women who are looking to create Bloomington’s first inclusive playground for children with disabilities. And Jon Norton talks to Illinois State University’s women’s basketball coach about this weekend’s Play4Kay game at Redbird Arena.


GLT's Sound Ideas: 2/15/18

Feb 15, 2018

Governor Bruce Rauner's proposed budget transfers pension costs to school districts and universities over the next four years. GLT’s Ryan Denham examines how that plays with central Illinois lawmaker Keith Sommer and his opponent for the fall election, Jill Blair. An Illinois State University professor says there's more at play in school shootings than inadequate gun control. You'll hear from Julie Webber, who's written two books on school violence. And Laura Kennedy previews a play on stage at ISU.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 2/14/18

Feb 14, 2018

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner makes his annual budget address to lawmakers and the public. Governor Rauner says a $1 billion tax cut should be the top priority for this year's legislative session. The Republican said Wednesday it could be achieved by changing the way pensions are doled out to state employees. But the pension changes are contentious and experts question whether a court would find it constitutional.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 2/13/18

Feb 13, 2018

Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner discusses how and when a Welcoming City ordinance will be decided. Renner talks with GLT's Ryan Denham about the e-mail sent by five Aldermen asking that a draft ordinance be pulled from consideration and about the politics surrounding that issue. He'll also discuss a move away from privatizing solid waste services. Find out how the community of Dayton Ohio is handling a Welcoming City ordinance. It's called Welcoming America and it's broader than the one called for by a coalition in Bloomington. And Mardis Gras is here.