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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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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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"The Little Mermaid," with its charismatic singing sea creatures, ushered in a new era in Disney animation. The 1989 film was the precursor of all those blockbuster film and stage musicals that followed, including "Beauty and the Beast," "Aladdin" and "The Lion King."

Now Bloomington-Normal audiences will have a chance to see if the stage version of "The Little Mermaid" contains everything they loved about the animated film with Community Players' new production of the musical.

GLT Sound Ideas 07/13/17

Jul 13, 2017

State lawmakers slipped a surprise into the budget for home rule cities and municipalities, an unpleasand and costly one. It's a two percent collection fee on sales tax receipts. GLT's Ryan Denham gets the irate reaction from Bloomington and Normal leaders.

A tragic event in the life of ISU Volleyball Coach Melissa Myers rocked her world and caused her to quit last month. Gaining hard won perspective and doing things for the right reason, hear more in Bryan Bloodworth's interview with Melissa Myers.

Plus Laura Kennedy's walk through of a long dormant hotel in the twin cities now restored to life after a troubled history of redevelopment. And making a movie in McLean County; Colleen Reynolds has a report.

GLT Sound Ideas 07/12/13

Jul 13, 2017

The police Chief of Heyworth recently had a Facebook post of his go viral. But, Mike Garretts says even lost dogs are worth doing. How small town law enforcement is leveraging technology; a report from GLT's Ryan Denham. Plus, a Chicago playwright offers a workshop in Bloomington Normal, and a new book on the wonders of nature in Illinois.

Why ISU Coach Stepped Away After Another Family Tragedy

Jul 13, 2017
Melissa Myers on the court
Courtesy / Redbird Athletics

Melissa Myers was all set to return for her 10th season as Illinois State’s volleyball coach this season.

Things were shaping up for a highly successful season with a number of returnees from last year’s squad that advanced to the championship match of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament.

Guy with camera and people sitting on bar stools at Six Strings local nightclub.
Jennifer Feaman

A one-time pastor from a church in Towanda felt called to a new mission a decade ago. Kevin Mounce left the flickering lights of liturgical candles for the bright lights of Hollywood to pursue his dream of making movies.

Green Top Grocery owners look at their new store
Ryan Denham / WGLT

Last week when lawmakers finally passed a state budget, their counterparts in local government cheered.

A day or two later, mayors and city managers across the state got the bad news—that the hard-fought budget package included a sales tax surprise that will further strain municipalities.

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After almost a decade of dormancy, there's new life on the north Normal hotel landscape.

Holiday Inn failed. So did Sheraton Inn. And Staywood Inn, as well. Now the new Radisson Hotel hopes to rise from their ashes on the north side of Normal to turn the location into a success story.

Courtesy / Michael Jeffords

Baby stink bugs. Jealous giraffes. Opportunistic baboons. Seamstress crab spiders. Slipper-shaped orchids. Cypress-studded swamps.

In more than 30 years of observing, recording and photographing insect, plant and animal life across the globe, Michael Jeffords and Susan Post have seen it all—or nearly.

Nicole Radja

"I somehow chose the only profession in the world that has fewer chances of employment than professional wrestler."

Total eclipse
Hiroko Ono / Flickr

Day will look dark as night. Stars will shine at midday. Birds that are normally vocal during the day will suddenly grow silent. The daytime spectacle will rouse insects and other wildlife that usually come out only at night.

Hockey player on skates
Courtesy / Bloomington Thunder

The city-owned arena in downtown Bloomington has new managers and a new name. Does it deserve a new chance to win over its critics?

Family walks inside Hancock Stadium
Courtesy / Easter Seals Central Illinois

At an upcoming Easter Seals event, you not only get a chance to walk to raise money to help kids with disabilities, you get a chance to walk with a champion.

Betsy Dirksen Londrigan
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There is another entry into the Democratic race for Congress in the 13th District.

GLT Sound Ideas 07/07/17

Jul 7, 2017

Another Democrat tosses a hat in the ring in the 13th Congressional District. Meet Betsy Dirksen Londrigan of Springfield. Plus ISU President Larry Dietz said the state budget is a relief, though it offers the university $7 million less than the budget of two years ago and the lowest amount since the early 1990s. And, I Heart Juliet, the costumes, the rap, the experience of Shakespeare's classic writ modern.

Laura Kennedy / WGLT

With energy, humor and hip hop verse, Shakespeare's timeless masterpiece Romeo and Juliet moves to a new rhythm created by the Q Brothers Collective for the Illinois Shakespeare Festival.

Children smiling in a classroom
Courtesy / YWCA of McLean County

For the first time in a long time, Bloomington-Normal’s social service agencies have a reason to applaud state lawmakers. 

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Matthew Curry is in a groove. Oh he was in a groove three years ago opening for legendary names including The Doobie Brothers, Steve Miller, and Peter Frampton. It's just that that sort of exposure isn't supposed to happen right out of high school.

"It almost happened a bit backwards," said Curry, referring to his career path. "I think most people start with the club circuit and build and build and then hope to be on some of the tours we had the honor to be on."

impatiens flowers
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Impatiens downy mildew is a growing problem in gardens across America. Defoliation and flower dropping are two signs your plants are infected.

Larry Dietz speaks to crowd
Lyndsie Schlink / Illinois State University

The president of Illinois State University said Thursday's passage of a state budget is a welcome relief. Larry Dietz said more work remains to be done, but at least there is a way forward.

"It makes life a lot easier in terms of the planning. Frankly we have felt that nobody cares much about education because there has been no scheme and no plan to fund it," said Dietz.

Train in Uptown Normal
WGLT

The biggest threat to Amtrak passenger rail service is probably a proposal in Congress to eliminate long-distance routes, according to Normal’s mayor.

Ron Blemler standing on bridge
Courtesy / Town of Normal

The mayor of Normal is praising a former Parks and Recreation director for his deep impact on the town.

Illinois Shakespeare Festival

When Shakespeare first wrote Cymbeline in 1623, it was well received. But by the 18th century, the play had fallen out of favor.

Audiences found it difficult to pin down and classify, plus it was darkly comedic and just had a whole lot going on from curtain up to curtain down. But there's a new adaptation afoot at the Illinois Shakespeare Festival that puts the problems of the play in their place and sets the action under the big top.  

Bruce Rauner speaks at event
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The speaker of the Illinois House has scheduled a vote for Thursday to override the governor's veto of the budget package.

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If you've ever wondered what it would be like to helm a bulldozer, your chance has arrived!

Pat Peterson / WGLT

Democrats plan to mount a challenge next year to Republican McLean County Clerk Kathy Michael. Nikita Richards has announced she is running as a progressive.

Illinois Shakespeare Festival

The Illinois Shakespeare Festival presents a music-filled version of A Midsummer Night's Dream this season that turns out to be a bit of a family affair.

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John Freml grew up in a Catholic family and attended parochial schools. He is an active member at his parish in Springfield and says he loves the Catholic Mass.

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A woman in her early 30's embracing honky-tonk? A music genre that peaked decades ago? Sarah Shook has answered the query many times.

"I had a very strange upbringing as far a music goes," explained Shook via phone from her North Carolina home. "I was certainly not exposed to a lot of the pop music that was popular in my age group, then and now."

Laura Kennedy / WGLT

Artist Cynthia Kukla has not put her feet up since retiring from teaching in the Illinois State University College of Fine Arts.  Instead, she's put on her traveling shoes and found inspiration on a far shore.

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