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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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Eighteen colorful pairs of hands reach out from the walls of Illinois State University's Milner Library in a new exhibition that draws visitors in for a closer look.

Welcome Dayton

A change in the way Bloomington-Normal approaches the establishment of a Welcoming City ordinance may be what the Twin Cities need to truly make immigrants feel welcome.

A 30-year-old Bloomington woman was stabbed to death with a butcher knife—allegedly by her husband—earlier this month. She was packing to leave what relatives say was an abusive relationship.

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Spring is on the way, bringing with it a chance to begin afresh in the garden. Now's the time to scope out seeds of flowers you've never tried before.

Gametime Inc. and Harmony Park Project

A new playground planned for Bloomington's east side is designed for kids with disabilities and to bring all children together.

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When things get bad ... really bad ... at least we have each other and our stories.  

State Rep. Keith Sommer said Thursday he’s taking a wait-and-see approach on many of the governor’s budget proposals laid out this week, even as Sommer’s Democratic challenger called them “insincere and disingenuous” and potentially disruptive for Illinois schools.

Redbird Athletics

When Illinois State University women’s basketball coach Kristen Gillespie paces the sideline Sunday afternoon at Redbird Arena, her former college coach will be alongside during the Play4Kay game to benefit the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.

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One in three women worldwide will experience a form of physical abuse, violence experts say.

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The head of the Bloomington-Normal Economic Development Council said Rivian Automotive has earned its property tax abatement for the year.

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Five aldermen who tried to remove the Welcoming City ordinance from the Bloomington council agenda probably did not break the law, according to a noted First Amendment and public access attorney in Illinois.

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If your pet ventures outside, even for a short time each day, then your furry friend is at risk for a zoonotic disease that has the potential to kill you both.

Baylee Steelman / WGLT

Often chilly relations between some Bloomington aldermen and Mayor Tari Renner became even worse at Monday's council meeting.

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The City of Bloomington will continue to pick up garbage itself.

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Yes, McLean County Democrats are energized headed into this year’s elections. But Republicans know how to win.

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Owner James Gaston was sitting at a four-chair circular table in his club on Front Street across from the McLean County Law and Justice Center in downtown Bloomington. It’s been nearly three years since Jazz UpFront opened, and despite the immense pressures of running a live jazz club anywhere in America, jazz is still a staple in his club every Friday and Saturday night.

Special Olympics Illinois

Normally, dashing pell-mell into a lake in the middle of February would be considered simply bonkers. Not so when it's for a good cause.

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Japanese Beetles are the bane of every gardener. These voracious insects are tough to get rid of, but can milky spore come to the rescue?

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In 2016 streaming services became the primary way Americans listened to music. But Bloomington-Normal still has three independent record stores, where physical music, mostly vinyl, makes up the vast majority of their sales. Indeed, record stores in the Twin Cities have bucked the current, rising in popularity from a low point about 15 years ago.

Town of Normal

A major transition is now underway in the Town of Normal, with retiring City Manager Mark Peterson turning the keys over to his top deputy and now successor, Pam Reece.

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GLT is reporting this week on why west Bloomington is a food desert and how different community organizations are working to fill the gap. This is part four in the series.

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Illinois Wesleyan University is hoping to boost the number of students it enrolls from McLean County by significantly raising financial awards for those students.

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GLT is reporting this week on why west Bloomington is a food desert and how different community organizations are working to fill the gap. This is part three in the series.

For many west Bloomington families, putting food on the table isn’t a necessity. Too often it’s a choice.

Carleigh Gray / WGLT

The five Democrats looking to unseat U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis echoed each other Tuesday on nearly every progressive issue—from health care to immigration—while trying to distinguish themselves using their personal and professional backgrounds.

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An exhibition of posters in Bloomington showcases the work of artists who are taking a stand for human rights by challenging gender inequality.

Judith Valente / WGLT

GLT is reporting this week on why west Bloomington is a food desert and how different community organizations are working to fill the gap. This is part two in the series.

Green Top Grocery is lowering prices on produce and other staples and trying a variety of other strategies to reach more lower-income customers from Bloomington's west side.

Baylee Steelman / WGLT

The Normal Town Council will likely consider an ordinance this spring requiring that apartment buildings provide the option to recycle.

Susan Montoya Bryan / AP

This week in central Illinois, we’ve seen three straight days of snow, gloomy skies, and temperatures in the single digits. Doesn’t exactly sound like a perfect spot for a bunch of new solar farms, does it?

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The food service industry is a volatile one. Turnover in establishments can approach 100 percent in just a very few years. 2017 was an active year for restaurant openings and closures.

Judith Valente / WGLT

There’s an acre and a half of land adjacent to Sunnyside Park on the west side of Bloomington that, come summer, will transform into plots of garden-grown vegetables. Colleen Connelly, one of the garden's curators, surveys the scene.

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