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GLT'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. And there's room for your opinion when the phone lines are open. This hour-long radio news magazine is produced Monday through Friday.

Brent Simonds

Illinois State University School of Communication Professor Brent Simonds knows his just completed documentary of Nashville singer/songwriter Verlon Thompson tells a compelling story.

“It’s a sweet story about a really sweet man who has monstrous talent, especially when it comes to playing acoustic guitar,” Simonds said of his film "Sweet Dreams Do Come True."

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For many new parents, the most precious commodity on Earth isn't diapers or even a good night's sleep. It's milk from mom.

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Just a month after Bloomington’s aldermen created a new police advisory board, the Normal Town Council heard recommendations Monday for improving how its officers interact with people of color.

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Area car repair shops have been in high gear this summer, in part, because of many of 240 miles of residential streets in Bloomington are in such bad shape. Many rate a three on a 10-scale with 10 as the best.

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The Twin City Theater Company in Champaign-Urbana is staging the award-winning music "Billy Elliot," featuring a young performer who goes to school at Metcalf by day and by night dances the title role in the heart-warming musical.

Beth Bombara Music

Depression is an insidious condition. Unlike, say, a broken arm, where you can point to a single incident such as slipping on a patch of ice, depression has no cast for friends and family to notice, let alone sign. It happened to singer/songwriter Beth Bombara leading up to the release of her latest album “Map And No Direction.”

GLT Sound Ideas 08/18/17

Aug 18, 2017

The City of Bloomington could look at its own asphalt plant. The why or why not in part two of Colleen Reynolds’ interview on the street resurfacing program. Ryan Denham looks at Bruegala and a new entry into the Bloomington Normal Craft Brewing Scene. Plus, Jon Norton talks with Country Bluegrass Legend Sam Bush.

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Bluegrass legend Sam Bush included the original song “Bowling Green” on his latest album titled “Storyman.” It’s an ode to growing up on a farm just outside the southern Kentucky town.

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An ancient invention that was used for spying, rescuing and military communications eventually evolved into a popular toy—the kite. Now that toy is proving it's more that just for fun at an event that allows families to play together while raising money for a good cause.  

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Summer is slowly winding down, and with the approach of autumn it's time to make plans to transplant trees and shrubs in your yard. Host Patrick Murphy has this advice.

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Colleen Reynolds / WGLT

If you think the condition of Bloomington city streets is going to improve any time soon, you would be wrong.

Jerry Jin

Galen Weston was like a lot of college grads: proud of his shiny diploma on the wall, daunted by the immense loans that financed it. Taking a breath, the logical next step, at least in Weston’s mind, was to parlay his jazz degree into an online financial advice business.

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Aug 17, 2017

There are other reasons to like brick streets than historical authenticity or neighborhood environment. Economics are a factor too. A master plan for brick streets in Bloomingtin, revised and reconsidered. Plus. Furor in McLean County over GOP Chairman Chuck Erickson's support of Donald Trump's much criticized comments about the killing and violence in Charlottesville, VA.

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It’s been a tough week for President Donald Trump. But if you’re wondering if this is finally enough for his strongest allies in McLean County to abandon ship, it’s not.

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There will soon be another place to drink local in Bloomington-Normal.

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Now that Republican efforts to scuttle Obamacare have failed, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin said Wednesday he is hopeful a bipartisan reform measure can emerge.

The Illinois Democrat said he trusts GOP Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee to help come up with health care reform.

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Call it the case of the disappearing welcome signs.

A number of Bloomington-Normal residents are reporting that their corrugated plastic lawn signs offering a message of welcome in three languages have gone missing.

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The City of Bloomington's Public Works director and members of the Historic Preservation Commission have reached a compromise on a draft revision of the city's Brick Streets Master Plan.

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The recent budget crisis in Illinois created real problems for college students across the state, some of whom opted to find less uncertainty in colleges in other states.

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Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner conceded Tuesday that his latest online run-ins with conservative critics aren’t helping him politically, even as he defended his threat to sue a local blogger and an aggressive late-night email to another opponent.

It’s time for a serious, data-driven look at hot dogs and chocolate cake shakes.

The new Portillo’s opening Tuesday in Normal is widely considered one of the most—or the most—anticipated restaurants openings in this community’s history. (Sorry, Chick-fil-A.)

Christi Bushby

Is this real what I’m feeling/Is this real or am I dreaming my life away?

Those lines from the song “Pills” open “Phantom Power,” the just released sophomore album from the Robert Brown Band. A life of delusion seems top of mind to band founder Robert Brown. Heck, he even titled the debut album “Love Is a Ghost.” 

Laura Kennedy / WGLT

Those who highlight the work of the artists of central Illinois are now taking their turn in the public eye.

A local historic Rt. 66 landmark has found new life through the efforts of the Town of Normal and a well-known Rt. 66 scholar.  Terri Ryburn hopes the restored Sprague Super Service station will allow her to facilitate tourism on The Mother Road. The opening of the restored landmark is this weekend.  The effort to build on the renaissance of Rt. 66 tourism in central Illinois, plus the city of Peoria faces a discrimination lawsuit over its nuisance ordinance, and a political spat in McLean County politics. That one is, who would have thought it, over e-mails.

GLT Sound Ideas 08/11/17

Aug 11, 2017

A local historic Rt. 66 landmark has found new life through the efforts of the Town of Normal and a well-known Rt. 66 scholar.  Terri Ryburn hopes the restored Sprague Super Service station will allow her to facilitate tourism on The Mother Road. The opening of the restored landmark is this weekend.  The effort to build on the renaissance of Rt. 66 tourism in central Illinois, plus the city of Peoria faces a discrimination lawsuit over its nuisance ordinance, and a political spat in McLean County politics. That one is, who would have thought it, over e-mails.

Cristian Jaramillo / WGLT

What was once a stopping place on the Mother Road has found new life, thanks to a partnership between a local Route 66 scholar and the Town of Normal.

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You can add some serious beauty to your yard and not have to worry about watering or fertilizing.

Ralph Weisheit

When the Normal Town Council meets in closed-door session Friday to discuss the process for hiring its next city manager, they'll be joined by an outside consultant.

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It’s going to be an interesting 15 months.

The next general election isn’t until November 2018, and local Republicans are already sparring with Democrats over allegations of campaigning with taxpayer money, dirty tricks, and inappropriate emails.

Peggy DeRose

The music world has had many romantic couples; the most famous include Sonny & Cher and Ike & Tina Turner. It’s probably not the best comparison to San Francisco based blues artists Cathy Lemons and Phil Berkowitz. Not that they’re not making great music, but the chemistry isn’t, well, tempestuous.

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