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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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There are 9,000 fewer workers in Bloomington-Normal than there were seven years ago, according to Mike Doherty, an economist for the Economic Development Council.

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Two local experts say Bloomington-Normal Internet users shouldn’t panic—at least for now—about this week’s planned FCC vote to loosen regulations of cable and telecom companies. 

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Bloomington resident Matt Erickson has planted seeds in a food desert and hopes to grow interest from the public with a special offer.

Matt Barber

Peoria-born Matt Barber was in high school in 2003 when hits from hip-hop star 50 Cent and others by R. Kelly, Beyoncé and rocker Three Doors Down topped the popular music charts. Barber wasn’t oblivious to those sounds, but his passion attending Rock Island high school gravitated to the chart-topping songs of many generations prior.

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When mice and rats set up shop on our property, they can pose a problem or two.

Ewing Cultural Center

The halls of three historic homes are decked with holiday cheer for the annual Christmas at the Mansions Tour.

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A top recycling request in Bloomington-Normal is to provide services at multifamily residences, such as apartment complexes.

“Ever since I was a young boy, I've played the silver ball …”

The opening line from "Pinball Wizard" isn't the primary reason Bloomington-Normal cover band Wildermore decided to cover songs by The Who for the Silver Ball fundraiser “after party” Dec. 9 at Diggers in Bloomington. But it is a nice tie-in.

Courtesy of Don Munson

Popular Bloomington-Normal broadcaster Don Munson signed off for the last time from his morning show on WJBC in January 2000, telling his thousands of loyal listeners, “I’ve become such a part of so many people’s lives, generations of people in some households, and I only got it through my thick skull in recent years how much all of you have become a part of my life.”

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Seniors and pets make a potent combination. Just because we're older doesn't mean we can't care for a pet any longer, said Dr. Matt Fraker of the Prairie Oak Veterinary Center.

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The issue of legalizing recreational use of marijuana is rising in profile this year. There are two bills in the General Assembly. Several Democratic candidates for governor have embraced the proposal, saying it would bring badly needed revenue to the state and reduce black market and gang control of an existing industry.

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McLean County’s top Republican has a warning for local GOP candidates running in 2018: Get ready to campaign hard, or get ready to be walloped.

Morgan Shulte

Growing up in Lincoln, Joe Borbely and Michael Klug had a mutual friend in elementary school who was a huge fan of The Beatles. But the 1976 born Borbely said the Fab-4 grew on him when he grew older and could appreciate the depth of the band’s music and lyrics.

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About 10 residents expressed opposition Monday as the Normal Town Council voted to increase property taxes next year.

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An Illinois State University political science professor says a Bloomington alderman's proposal to reduce the mayor's agenda-setting power is a disservice to the city.

Ryan Denham / WGLT

UPDATED 1:50 p.m. | The CEO of a Bloomington retirement community says a provision in the GOP tax bill would make it harder for not-for-profits like hers to finance major construction projects.

Laura Kennedy / WGLT

The Sound of Illinois Chorus—80 men strong—not only have a new Christmas CD that's just been released, but they're holding a free Christmas concert for the community, as well.

One man and four women standing against a wall posing for a photo.
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Raegan Rinchiuso never thought of herself as someone who was particularly privileged, but she has been surprised by what she has learned about herself from reflective exercises, including a poverty simulation, that have been part of her experience as a member of the Multicultural Leadership Program's 2018 class.

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Before you settle in for the winter, there's a few more chores that need your attention that will make gardening again in the spring more of a breeze.

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GLT is partnering with the true crime podcast Suspect Convictions to explore the 1998 murder of 3-year-old Bloomington girl Christina McNeil.

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Kevin Spacey. Harvey Weinstein. And now, Matt Lauer and Garrison Keillor.

Courtesy of St. John's University

The St. John's Bible is the first hand-painted, hand-written Bible created since the invention of the printing press more than 500 years ago.

Cindy Le / WGLT

It’s not just new businesses like Brandt Industries that are looking to cut their property tax bill.

Cindy Le / WGLT

The head of the ACLU of Illinois says racially imbalanced police enforcement is a problem statewide.

Maryelle St. Clare

Away from stage lights and adoring fans, life as a touring musician can be challenging. The stress of being away from family for weeks or months at a time and dealing with long rides between gigs can fray the nerves of the closest of friends.

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Farewell, Autumn Purple Ash Tree. Hello, bald cypress. Maybe!

Carlo Zappa / Qatar Foundation

An associate dean of Illinois State University's Milner Library said his recent trip to the Gulf state of Qatar to help create that country's national library was an exciting adventure.

Illinois Wesleyan University

Bloomington aldermen say they’d rather evenly split the cost of supporting a new small-business development center at Illinois Wesleyan University rather than picking up most of the tab.

Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

Incoming Chestnut Health Systems CEO Dave Sharar said his organization faces new challenges.

Bryan Bloodworth / WGLT

For a guy who claims he’s not a politician, Rich Buchanan sure made his mark in the political arena over the years in McLean County.

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