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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.

The Penguine Project of McLean County

This year marks the 10th anniversary of The Pengin Project of McLean County.

Finding the middle on gun control is not easy. Joe Miller of Central Illinois Precision shooting says the media are full of the extremes on the gun issue. GLT's Ryan Denham also talks with young shooters about what they find fulfilling in using guns. Plus, ISU Galleries Director Barry Blinderman is stepping down after decades of helping shape the twin cities arts scene. Laura Kennedy has more. And Jon Norton talks with the Poster Children, out with a new album after more than a decade away for parenting.

GLT's Grow: Using Plants To Create Good Bones

May 25, 2018
Row of palm trees.
David Prasad / Flickr via Creative Commons

Careful landscape architecture uses spatial composition to help create good bones in your yard.

State Treasurer Michael Frerichs
Ryan Denham / WGLT

A test program the state treasurer is promoting could increase the rate at which Illinoisans save for retirement.

Ryan Denham / WGLT

After more than a year of construction, Habitat for Humanity of McLean County is about to welcome customers and donors into its newly expanded ReStore on Bloomington’s west side.

City of Bloomington / Facebook

We’ve seen again and again what can happen when the makeup of a city’s police force doesn’t match the diversity of its residents. Many cities are trying to hire officers of color.

Large group of soccer players and families crowd an area near a food truck at Community Fields along Ireland Grove Road in Bloomington.
Sonya Hefter / Illinois Fire Juniors

A newly merged youth soccer organization in Bloomington, the Illinois Fire Juniors, is announcing a $2.25 million fundraising campaign for new, upgraded soccer fields that will be needed when a three-year lease runs out for Community Fields along Ireland Grove Road.

University Galleries Director Barry Blinderman
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

After 31 years guiding the University Galleries, the director is heading into retirement.

Rose Marshack and Rick Valentin of Poster Children
Chris Schneberger

It’s been 14 years since the now Bloomington-based punk-rock quartet Poster Children has recorded a full-length album.

Ryan Denham / WGLT

It sounds impossible: Pick up a rifle, aim it at a target 33 feet away, and try to hit a bullseye the size of a period on a 12-point Times New Roman font.

Animal House: Medical Marijuana Could Help Pets

May 22, 2018
Dog on couch.
jqpubliq / Flickr via Creative Commons

As medical marijuana becomes more accepted across the country, some are finding the substance can help not only humans, but their companion animals.

Ryan Denham / WGLT

Two local pension board presidents are raising concerns about a proposal to consolidate hundreds of police and fire pension funds.

Retiring City Engineer Gene Brown (center left) receives the congratulations of the Normal Council for his decades of service.
Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

The Town of Normal will test a program to turn a parking place or two into cafe tables and chairs for businesses.

Charles Rex Arbogast / AP/File

The poverty rate has inched slightly lower in Illinois but still remains well above the rate that existed before the Great Recession began in 2008.

GLT's Grow: Watering ... And Not Watering

May 19, 2018
Sprinkler on lawn.
Robert Couse-Baker / Flickr via Creative Commons

Water, water, everywhere. But are you getting the most out of it for your plants?

GLT Datebook: Wilds Of Woodford Beckon

May 19, 2018
Trees and prairie grasses.
ParkLand Foundation

The ParkLands Foundation is hosting an open house event to highlight the delights of Letcher Basin.

Di Ann Sanchez

For many Americans, Sept. 11, 2001, remains an indelible date. It is an especially traumatic memory for Di Ann Sanchez.

City of Bloomington

Summertime is just around the corner, and that means busy parks, golf courses, and community swimming pools.

Laura Kennedy / WGLT

This season of the Illinois Shakespeare Festival deftly combines the thrill of both a battle and a heart won, familiar faces revisiting cherished roles, and a chance to imagine "what if" about The Bard.

Samantha Fish returns to the Castle Theatre in Bloomington on Thursday, May 17.
BackstageFlash.net

Kansas City native Samantha Fish said her hometown was a great playground for learning her craft.

“There’s such a steep tradition there. It’s a great jazz and blues town, and a jam scene,” said Fish. “You could go out every night and play with some incredible, top-notch blues players.”

John Stark is in his first year as the Artistic Director of the Illinois Shakespeare Festival and the Chicago Tribune ranks the festival number one in summer must see events. Nothing like pressure! More on the summer season with Laura Kennedy. Plus, Ryan Denham looks at the competitive pressures State Farm Insurance is facing. Plus, the Blues and roots music of Samantha Fish is refreshing and varied. Jon Norton has more.  And it's GLT's Grow.

Man raising sign over his head next to woman clutching sign to her chest.
Colleen Reynolds / WGLT

Following passage in Normal, Mayor Tari Renner said Tuesday that a Welcoming City immigration ordinance could return to a Bloomington City Council agenda in June.

Bloomington Police

K2. Spice. Black Mamba. Research chemicals. Potpourri. New psychoactive substances.

David Berchtold
Jerry Druhan

Piedmont Blues radiated from David Berchtold’s guitar before he even knew that style existed.

GLT Datebook: Children's Opera With A Message

May 12, 2018
Nancy Steele Brokaw
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

Prairie Fire Theater teams up with theater students from Illinois Wesleyan University to stage an original children's opera that aims to be fun as well as thought-provoking.

GLT's Grow: Seed Banks Invest In The Future

May 11, 2018
seed pod
Annelieke B / Flickr via Creative Commons

A great way to preserve genetic diversity of plants is with a seed bank.

Staff / WGLT

Normal's former city manager has retired, but he's still speaking out. And he has a warning.

Ashley Shannon with Jalon Jones at ISU's 2016 homecoming
courtesy of Illinois State University

Ashley Shannon said she didn't choose to attend Illinois State University. The school chose her.

Cute puppy
cvatrok77 / Flickr via Creative Commons

Reports of raccoons behaving strangely in Illinois and Ohio this spring revealed a problems that can kill both wildlife and domestic pets.

Carleigh Gray / WGLT

Before there can be a blue wave, before it’s really the Year of the Woman, Democrats like Betsy Dirksen Londrigan have to win.

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