GLT's Sound Ideas

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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.

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The indie-rock band Dawes plays the Castle Theater in Bloomington July 31st. Occasional GLT Music Critic Taylor Bauer considers the California born and bred quartet to be one of the most exciting bands of the past five years. 

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Another evaluation of City Manager David Hales' status is likely this fall, Bloomington's mayor said Tuesday.

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The public’s increased awareness of food safety has lead to perception problems for some Illinois farmers.

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As the new Radisson in north Normal opens its doors this month to guests, the hotel will face increasing competition in a Twin City market that may already have more rooms than it needs.

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Too much prison time, or not enough?

Former Bloomington High School teacher Sarah Mellor was sentenced to eight years in prison last week for murdering her husband, Mark. That sentence has lead to second-guessing from all sides, with some arguing that a history of verbal and physical abuse warranted a lesser sentence for Mellor. 

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A pair of Bloomington-Normal entrepreneurs with an eye to the future and a strong sense of humor have launched a Kickstarter campaign for an intriguing new product.

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Budget pressures faced by the Town of Normal could result in the leanest budget in a decade.

GLT Sound Ideas 07/21/17

Jul 21, 2017

Dividing downtown Bloomington into three separate zoning districts might improve walkability and the amount of time spent in downtown. Currently downtown is just one large zone. GLT's Mike McCurdy talks with Bloomington Community Development Director Tom Dabareiner about the city core and progress on a city wide zoning overhaul. Plus, Laura Kennedy looks at the future of nursing with the Dean of ISU's Mennonite College of Nursing, and Unit Five's concerns about keeping schools open in the absence of state funding.

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A pair of grants will allow Illinois State University's Mennonite College of Nursing to address the diversity of the nursing workforce and help nurses find a place where they are most needed.

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Unit 5 in Bloomington-Normal has enough money to stay open around 70 days this coming school year—maybe less—if lawmakers and Gov. Bruce Rauner can’t reach an agreement on school funding.

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Stress is not only bad for humans. It can have a negative impact on your trees as well.

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Downers Grove native Scott Marek is an aspiring country singer/songwriter/bandleader ready to up his game.

"It's so much fun to get up on stage and sing," said Marek. "Hopefully everyone is listening, and as long as that continues to climb as it has been, I don't see why I should turn back."

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Dividing Downtown Bloomington into three zoning areas—instead of only one—could increase the area's walkability, leading people to spend more time and maybe money there, according to Bloomington's community development director.

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Nine months ago an exciting event took place that made thousands of people wildly exuberant and happily exhausted. Oh, and the Chicago Cubs won the World Series too. And now, it's a Cubs baby boomlet.

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The new Destihl Brewery in northeast Normal has put Bloomington-Normal on the craft beer map. But another smaller but growing brewery is taking off across town—inspired in part by Destihl’s success.

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The latest exhibition in the Joe McCauley Gallery at Heartland Community College features works by an artists whose brand is Romance, and who believes that art and beauty have the power to evoke change.

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Jul 19, 2017

The Sarah Mellor murder case in Woodford and McLean Counties attracted a lot of public attention. GLT's Ryan Denham was in the courtroom for the sentencing. Plus, the latest from the Bloomington Normal Restaurant Scene, Summer Theater in the Twin Cities, and GLT's Grow.

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This is the first time in several years arts advocate Tina Salamone won’t be involved in the Miller Park Summer Musical. But the former director of the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, who passed away earlier this year, won’t be forgotten. This year’s production of “Once Upon a Mattress” is being staged in her honor.

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Spaying or neutering your pets can result in great health benefits and longer lives for your animals. But the timing of that operation is crucial.

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A pizza place, one American/Chinese/Filipino place, and a barbecue place. Those are among the establishments changing on the Bloomington-Normal restaurant scene.

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A former Bloomington High School teacher was sentenced Tuesday to eight years in prison for stabbing her husband to death during a fight at a Woodford County campsite.

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Like many couples who decide to buy their first house, Shelby Dietz and her boyfriend, Drew Ison, were sick of throwing away their money on rent.

Now in their mid-20s, secure in their jobs at ISU, and ready to build some equity in a starter home, Dietz and Ison were eager to buy in Bloomington-Normal. But they ran into an unexpected problem: There weren’t a lot of options.

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The last municipal election in Bloomington-Normal was notable for the diversity of candidates. They included several women, African-Americans, a Muslim American, and an Illinois State University student. Among those elected were two openly gay women, married with children.

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Online grocery deliveries are a booming industry in the U.S. and now in central Illinois.

Grocery stores have offered online shopping and delivery services for years now. But recently separate companies have begun offering the same service using the stores.

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Unit 5 officials say they will not re-district Bloomington-Normal school boundaries this fall as planned. 

Unit 5 Superintendent Mark Daniel said a new demographic study shows only hot spots of enrollment growth and otherwise a slow decline in the number of students in the next decade.

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Listening to Jesse W. Johnson's latest album certainly begs a comparison to Bob Mould's Husker Du and Sugar incarnations of the 1980s and 90s. But a hint of the early to mid 70s sounds of Love, Fleetwood Mac, and John Stewart can also be discerned. 

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The Community Cancer Center in Normal is hosting a release of scores of butterflies as a celebration of hope and peace.

The event is Saturday, July 22. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the ceremony begins at 10 a.m.

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Joel Da Silva came to blues in the Chicago bars he worked in as a teenage bar-back. That’s where he bumped into legends including Junior Wells, Magic Slim, A.C. Reed and Rod Piazza. Well, he didn’t just “bump” into the them; he would pick them up at the airport and deliver them to their hotel.

“Or I would get them barbeque or whatever they wanted,” said Da Silva.

GLT Sound Ideas 07/14/17

Jul 14, 2017

The YWCA of McLean County is cutting another program because of the state fiscal mess, home care services this time. Operations Vice President Liz German says not only are a couple hundred people losing service, the Y is losing 50 staff. More on how the YWCA is trying to stabilize. Plus District 87 Superintendent Barry Reilly says not everything is great for his institution either after passage of the state budget.

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When the heat is on and the rains are not, lawns can shut down. But does dormancy mean death for your grass?

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