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GLT’s local news magazine airs weekdays at noon and 6 PM. Subscribe to the Sound Ideas podcast in feature-story format or listen to complete episodes using the links on the right.

GLT Sound Ideas 08/18/17

Aug 18, 2017

The City of Bloomington could look at its own asphalt plant. The why or why not in part two of Colleen Reynolds’ interview on the street resurfacing program. Ryan Denham looks at Bruegala and a new entry into the Bloomington Normal Craft Brewing Scene. Plus, Jon Norton talks with Country Bluegrass Legend Sam Bush.

GLT Sound Ideas 08/17/17

Aug 17, 2017

Catch up with Senators Duckworth and Durbin. During the August Congressional Recess, Illinois elected representatives are buzzing around the state. Charlie Schlenker has the interviews with reaction to the latest Trump administration controversy, plus questions about health care and agriculture.  GLT’s Ryan Denham catches up with McLean County Trump supporters we first heard from during the election season. Find out if their support is decreasing. And get an update on Bloomington’s roads and streets and efforts to repair and maintain them. 

GLT Sound Ideas 08/16/17

Aug 17, 2017

There are other reasons to like brick streets than historical authenticity or neighborhood environment. Economics are a factor too. A master plan for brick streets in Bloomingtin, revised and reconsidered. Plus. Furor in McLean County over GOP Chairman Chuck Erickson's support of Donald Trump's much criticized comments about the killing and violence in Charlottesville, VA.

Find out if the opening of the new Portillos is a big deal. It is online and in social media. Ryan Denham talks with Nate Carpenter from ISU's Social Media Analytics Command Center. Portillos opens today. Find out if a 10th century German emperor has any resonance today. Charlie Schlenker talks with ISU history professor and author of a new biography of Fredrick Barbarossa. And Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner is in the studio to talk about a trip to Japan, the Downtown Bloomington Association, and proposed assistant.

GLT Sound Ideas 08/14/17

Aug 14, 2017

Get tips on preventing West Nile Virus. It’s rare, but for some people it’s worth the trouble to avoid the mosquito bite. Contracting the virus can be deadly according Angie Crawford with the McLean County Health Department. You’ll also hear how to deal with preventing carriers of the Zika virus during an edition of Grow. Hear a discussion about the latest on the school funding bill from the Illinois Public Radio politics roundtable. And there’s a preview of the Front Street Music Fest.

GLT Sound Ideas 08/11/17

Aug 11, 2017

A local historic Rt. 66 landmark has found new life through the efforts of the Town of Normal and a well-known Rt. 66 scholar.  Terri Ryburn hopes the restored Sprague Super Service station will allow her to facilitate tourism on The Mother Road. The opening of the restored landmark is this weekend.  The effort to build on the renaissance of Rt. 66 tourism in central Illinois, plus the city of Peoria faces a discrimination lawsuit over its nuisance ordinance, and a political spat in McLean County politics. That one is, who would have thought it, over e-mails.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 8/10/17

Aug 10, 2017

Hear a report on MetroNet’s twin city expansion. Company representative  Kathy Scheller says they are affecting the marketplace. MetroNet now has more than a thousand customers for its high speed internet service in Bloomington Normal. GLT's Ryan Denham reports.  There's a conversation with ISU President Larry Deitz. There’s a state budget, but other budget problems are looming – including unfunded pensions. Charlie Schlenker has the interview. And hear how a central Illinois barbershop quartet placed in a national competition.

GLT Sound Ideas 08/09/17

Aug 9, 2017

School Districts are still struggling to understand what the Governor's amendatory veto of the school funding formula bill last week means for them. But, Unit Five Superintendent Mark Daniel says it's not great. And schools still have no idea when they'll be getting state payments, however much those might be. Plus an update on the readiness of Unit Five's bus company as the school year begins, the status of the opioid addiction in McLean County, and the music of the Supersuckers.

GLT Sound Ideas 08/08/17

Aug 8, 2017

Hear about changing leadership in the town of normal as City Manager Mark Peterson announces his retirement. A talk with Peterson about his career and the town. Hear from Council member Jeff Fritzen about the process to replace Peterson and a sewer rate hike. Plus, President Trump's Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue visits Chenoa. GLT's Ryan Denham was there.

GLT Sound Ideas 08/07/17

Aug 7, 2017

Hear from young people about organized religion. They appear to be going in opposite directions. Teenager Kate Lorenz and church leaders talk about the disconnect. Judy Valente reports. During an edition of Animal House, hear how two artists who are now sharing studio space may now share a new creative spark. Since the budget veto override, nearly two dozen staffers with Governor Rauner’s office have quit or been fired. Hear where he’s looking for staff and what that could mean. And it’s a conversation with ISU’s new women’s head basketball coach.

GLT Sound Ideas 08/04/17

Aug 4, 2017

Does media coverage of the Trump administration mark a turning point for American journalism? GLT’s Judy Valente talks with IWU Journalism Professor James Plath on ethical struggles for journalists. Plus, the groundbreaking nature of the movie Dunkirk as told by GLT culture maven Shari Zeck, and a preview of George Thorogood and the Destroyers' trip to Bloomington, courtesy of Jon Norton.

GLT Sound Ideas 08/03/17

Aug 3, 2017

Three new species of frog have been discovered high on a mountain in the Andes. And it's not the first time Illinois Wesleyan University scientist Edgar Lehr (lair) has done that. Charlie Schlenker has the interview. The Ecology Action Center’s Michael Brown is in the studio with an announcement about what would be the next McLean County Household Hazardous Waste collection event this year. We’ll talk about fundraising for the event and what people can drop off at these kinds of events.  And during edition of grow, find out how deal with an adorable, but pesky garden visitor. 

GLT Sound Ideas 08/02/17

Aug 2, 2017

A recent study on the brains of football players showed all but one in the study showed signs of the disease CTE. But, ISU Coach Brock Spack says that makes no difference to him. The changing landscape as Football copes with its concussion problem.  Jon Norton talks with the coach about that and about this year's team. Congressman Rodney Davis stumps for tax reform. And Eureka College History Professor Junius Rodriguez runs again for Congress against Republican incumbent Darin LaHood.

GLT Sound Ideas 08/01/17

Aug 1, 2017

Retail sales are down nationwide. Ground zero: the shopping mall.  After a series of closures at Eastland Mall in Bloomington, Mole Hole owner Ron Porth says there is a lot of uncertainty about the place.  Hear Ryan Denham's report on Mall redevelopment. And…GLT’s Culture Maven, Shari Zeck muses about the mall’s cultural significance.  When your dog communicates it can be loud, interpreted as aggressive, and bothersome to other people. Learn more about barking dogs during an edition Animal House. And get caught up with the Robert Brown Band.

Get the reaction of a transgender Army reservist from Bloomington to President Trump's effort to rid military of transgender people. GLT's Judy Valente talks with Army reservist Jordan Becker, who says he won’t go. Charlie Schlenker talks with retired ISU provost and former Western Illinois University President Al Goldfarb, who still writing. His new book is about theater throughout civilization. And we remember former GLT Corporate Support Manager and friend, Liz Larson, who died after boating mishap on Sunday.

GLT Sound Ideas 07/27/17

Jul 27, 2017

A candidate answers the question: do Democrats need a billionaire of their own to beat Governor Bruce Rauner in next year's election? Democratic candidate for governor Daniel Biss talks to GLT's Ryan Denham about where he stands -- and his middle-class credentials. School starts soon. Some parents are already buying school supplies. Others are trying to figure out how to afford those supplies Charlie Schlenker talks with the Chair of the Back To School Alliance.  And Laura Kennedy and our own Culture Maven talk about a female Dr. Who.  

GLT Sound Ideas 07/26/17

Jul 26, 2017

In the 1970s, Illinois played a pivotal role in the defeat of an equal rights amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Now the nation's eyes are on Illinois once again as a key state in the fight to revive the ERA. ERA activist Sally Pancrazio talks with GLT’s Judy Valente about local organizing efforts for the ERA. That's later today at noon/six on GLT's Sound Ideas. Hear about a craft distillery in DeKalb, IL. The CEO of whiskey acres is a keynote speaker at todays Illinois Farm Bureau Conference.

GLT Sound Ideas 07/25/17

Jul 25, 2017

Flat demand and new openings are increasing competition in the Bloomington-Normal hotel scene. Ray Ceresa from the Bloomington-Normal Hotel and Lodging Association tells GLT's Ryan Denham that there may be too many hotel rooms in town. Mayor Tari Renner’s reacts to a soft hotel market. He’s been working on attracting a hotel to Downtown Bloomington for several years. You’ll also hear about council action to establish a citizen led police advisory board. And hear about the battle farmers are fighting over the perception of how food is produced.

GLT Sound Ideas 07/24/17

Jul 24, 2017

Domestic violence caseworkers see patterns.. They say they see the things reported in the Sarah Mellor murder case all the time. For instance,  Mellor did not leave her husband in spite of abuse. GLT's Charlie Schlenker talks with Senna Adjabeng of Countering Domestic Violence about the patterns of response to abuse. The effort to establish a police citizen review board has created a community debate. You’ll hear some of those comments from the last Bloomington council meeting as the council could vote to establish the board tonight. And Dawes is headed to the Castle Theater.

GLT Sound Ideas 07/21/17

Jul 21, 2017

Dividing downtown Bloomington into three separate zoning districts might improve walkability and the amount of time spent in downtown. Currently downtown is just one large zone. GLT's Mike McCurdy talks with Bloomington Community Development Director Tom Dabareiner about the city core and progress on a city wide zoning overhaul. Plus, Laura Kennedy looks at the future of nursing with the Dean of ISU's Mennonite College of Nursing, and Unit Five's concerns about keeping schools open in the absence of state funding.

GLT Sound Ideas 07/20/17

Jul 20, 2017

Hear about a craft beer maker in Normal making a name for itself. White Oak Brewery and its new taproom is a big hit with beer lovers. GLT's Ryan Denham reports on how a nascent beer tourism industry may be brewing in Bloomington-Normal.  Get to know Downers Grove native Scott Marek. The aspiring country singer-songwriter with a just-released first original single and plays Six Strings in Downtown Bloomington on Saturday. And hear how a momentous event for The Cubs and Cubs fans nine months ago is leading to some momentous events for families nine months later.

GLT Sound Ideas 07/19/17

Jul 19, 2017

The Sarah Mellor murder case in Woodford and McLean Counties attracted a lot of public attention. GLT's Ryan Denham was in the courtroom for the sentencing. Plus, the latest from the Bloomington Normal Restaurant Scene, Summer Theater in the Twin Cities, and GLT's Grow.

GLT Sound Ideas 07/18/17

Jul 18, 2017

Hear from a couple of the first openly gay women to win local positions in the last municipal election. GLT’s Judy Valente talks with Normal Township Trustee Samantha Quigle and District 87 Board member Elizabeth Fox Anvick. Home sales are rebounding in Bloomington-Normal. Ryan Denham reports why low inventory is leading to some quick decisions. And today is day one of the Red Bull Trans- Siberian Extreme – 57-hundred miles in 24 days across Russia. You’ll hear from a Twin City athlete who hopes to be the first woman to finish the race.

GLT Sound Ideas 07/17/17

Jul 17, 2017

Parents in Unit Five, Bloomington-Normal Schools will be happy with this news: Superintendent Mark Daniel says the district is cancelling plans to redraw school boundaries. Daniel also gives Charlie Schlenker a picture of growth including Towanda Elementary and NCHS. Get a preview of a new grocery delivery service available in Bloomington-Normal. Instacart will deliver more than groceries, too. And hear how a Community Cancer Center butterfly garden and butterfly release is helping more than pollinators and plants, bringing beauty to those who need it. 

GLT Sound Ideas 07/14/17

Jul 14, 2017

The YWCA of McLean County is cutting another program because of the state fiscal mess, home care services this time. Operations Vice President Liz German says not only are a couple hundred people losing service, the Y is losing 50 staff. More on how the YWCA is trying to stabilize. Plus District 87 Superintendent Barry Reilly says not everything is great for his institution either after passage of the state budget.

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.

GLT Sound Ideas 07/11/17

Jul 11, 2017

A new State Supreme Court ruling puts the kibosh on county prosecutors having investigators that start their own cases. McLean County State's Attorney Jason Chambers talks about the implications for drug asset forfeitures elsewhere in the state. Chambers tells GLT's Charlie Schlenker he would rather spend money on lawyers to clear cases than on investigators. Plus, Mayor Tari Renner and Alderman Amelia Buragas of Bloomington stop by. And hog farms continue to make a big news stink in the state.

Hear about the Bloomington’s green spaces and the department that manages them.  The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts is developing a new blueprint for the next 15 years and examining trends, like "no-mow." Director Jay Tetzloff talks about the process for developing a new parks master plan and how you can provide input. The state has a budget. But how did it come together and what happened behind the scenes. The IPR Politics Roundtable dissects the budget agreement. And Delbert McClinton plays Decatur this weekend.

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.