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Stretched Thinner

In spring 2016, GLT news produced a series of interviews called Stretched Thin, reporting on how the state budget impasse was affecting local social service agencies. Nearly a year later, Illinois is still without a budget. In this new series, Stretched Thinner, we check back in with the agencies we talked to last year to ask about the continuing impact of the budget impasse on the vulnerable populations they serve.

Homeless In Bloomington

The problem of homelessness in Bloomington's central business district has emerged after the recent bench-tarring incident, apparently targeting one of the city's homeless population. But the incident is only a symptom of a problem that's been bubbling in Bloomington for a while. This three-part series examines the underlying issues of homelessness in Bloomington.

Stretched Thin

GLT News takes a close look at the effect of the budget impasse in Springfield on social service agencies to put a human face on how the stalemate is affecting the daily lives of Illinois residents.

How's The Water?

With lead poisoning the water in Flint, Michigan, and water  problems elsewhere in the news, water quality is top of mind for many. This five-part investigative news series centers on  the state of water in McLean County and what threats lie ahead.  Learn how Lakes Bloomington and Evergreen shape up as primary water resources and hear about possible solutions for saving water and improving its quality.

Shattering Transgender Stereotypes: Personal Stories Of Transition

More and more transgendered people are speaking out about their experiences. Pop culture is reflecting this trend, with trans individuals gaining major roles in popular or highly-acclaimed TV series. Orange Is The New Black star Laverne Cox is appearing at Illinois State University this month (Feb. 2015), after becoming the first trans individual to be featured on the cover of TIME magazine. And Transparent actor Jeffrey Tambor won a Golden Globe award for his performance. This GLT News Series examines the lives of three transgender citizens in central Illinois.

Police and Race in the Twin Cities

This nationally acclaimed five part GLT News Investigative Series on the relationship between minority communities and police in Bloomington/Normal ran in late 2014. The GLT news team spent four months delving deep into the issues at the  heart of tension between citizens who say they are mistreated by law enforcement and the police who must balance combating crime with balancing individual rights.

"Police and Race in the Twin Cities" has been recognized with national and regional awards for broadcast excellence including two national Edward R Murrow awards, the national Kaliedoscope Award for cultural diversity in reporting, first place regional AP awards. The series was also the subject of a feature article in Current, a magazine for people in public media.