GLT's Sound Ideas - Full Episodes

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GLT Sound Ideas 04/26/17

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Last year, Heartland Community College had to return $35,000 in state funds back to Springfield because it came retroactively for a program that had been cut. Heartland Vice President Doug Minter says it wasn't so much the loss of funds, but the uncertainty. Hear about Heartland's multiyear strategic budgeting plan, which administrators hope can keep reserve funds in check. Shallow arctic pools are a troubling indicator of the effects of global warming. That's according to a Canadian-based climate change expert speaking at ISU this week. Charlie Schlenker has the interview.

The Trump administration is taking aim at Planned Parenthood and central Illinois Congressmen Davis and LaHood are on board. Planned Parenthood of Illinois' Julie Lynn says defunding the organization could have a devastating impact on women's health in McLean County. Judy Valente reports on the future of Planned Parenthood in McLean County. Get an update on the Zimmerman murder case from the Pantagraph reporter covering the court proceedings. Charlie Schlenker has the interview. And Mayor Tari Renner is in the studio to talk about brick streets, bike lanes and parking lots. 

GLT Sound Ideas 04/24/17

Apr 24, 2017

U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth took some risks during a town hall style meeting at Illinois Wesleyan University. She told a largely progressive crowd they should not immediately work toward a single payer healthcare system and that a public option on insurance exchanges is, perhaps, more achievable. The Illinois Democrat also told the crowd that certain GOP proposals for healthcare reform are red herrings and traps. She said those include: making birth control over the counter instead of by prescription which would allow insurance companies to avoid paying for it, and the Republican definition of pre-existing conditions. She said putting people with medical conditions into high risk pools would price them out of insurance .

GLT's Sound Ideas 4/20/17

Apr 20, 2017

What is Community Policing depends largely on who you ask. Illinois State University criminal justice Professor Cara Rabe Hemp says it starts with a philosophy that citizens will co-produce crime control. You'll hear about the wide variations of how police departments go about community policing. Questions about police intent arose during the debate over whether the Bloomington Police department should operate a sub-station on the city’s west side.

GLT's Sound Ideas 4/19/17

Apr 19, 2017

A law professor speaks at Illinois State University tonight about his advice to anyone encountering police. James Duane's Youtube video "Don't Talk to the Police" has millions of views. He'll talk to GLT's Judy Valente ahead of his appearance. Here's something you don't hear much about at Bloomington's land-locked District 87 schools: expansion. That's what's on tap; Superintendent Barry Reilly lays it all out in an interview with Charlie Schlenker.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 4/18/17

Apr 18, 2017

Hear from an authority on redevelopment, downtown districts, and the importance of distinguishing downtowns as a unique or special place. Ed McMahon is with the Think Tank the Urban Land Institute. He’ll talk about the placemaking dividend and the trouble with shopping malls. Find out why inclusion matters from a racial equality consultant. The former Illinois Wesleyan professor speaks with GLT’s Jon Norton before she addresses the latest Multi-Cultural Leadership graduating class.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 4/17/17

Apr 17, 2017

An Illinois State University communication professor is working with the American Psychological Association to combat the negative effects of sexualized popular music. Megan Hopper and her colleagues study videos by Beyonce, Hillary Duff, and Fergie. Laura Kennedy checks into the group's findings. Hear how people convicted of crimes are the money makers for the state and local government, paying for everything from prosecutors' offices to new police cars. You'll hear the IPR interview.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 4/14/17

Apr 14, 2017

For years, you could only get locally grown, organic food from Community Supported Agriculture outlets. Now, they're even at your supermarket. Many of those veggies aren't either organic or locally grown, but they are hurting the economy of small CSAs. You'll hear from an operator and an educator. Education funding proposals are beginning to take shape in Springfield. You'll hear from State Senator Andy Manar, who has hailed the need for equitable changes for years, and from District 87 Superintendent Barry Reilly, who prefers a model filed this week by Bloomington senator Jason Barickman.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 4/13/17

Apr 13, 2017

Last year it was a stop-gap budget, and this year lawmakers are considering what they call a lifeline budget to help higher education and social services for just a few months. Bloomington State Representative Dan Brady was among the Republicans who voted no on the lifeline budget. He explains his position to GLT's Willis Kern. Laura Kennedy walks you through the new exhibit at the McLean County Museum of History of McLean County's deep agriculture roots. During an edition of "Grow," find out if you should be dumping your yard waste at the curb or reusing it. 

GLT's Sound Ideas: 4/12/17

Apr 12, 2017

Illinois State University President Larry Dietz talks about his upcoming visits to Springfield to testify before House and Senate Higher Education Appropriations Committees. State funding woes are impacting K-12 as well. Unit Five's Mark Daniel says the district is seriously considering school closures. He speaks with Charlie Schlenker. A member of the Twin Cities-based free jazz quartet Disorganizer talks about jazz, race, and the reasons the group decided to play a Black Lives Matter fundraiser this weekend in downtown Bloomington.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 4/11/17

Apr 11, 2017

People with disabilities can get federal help, but only if they have less than $2,000 in assets. State Treasurer Mike Frerichs says some parents worry about that. Hear about a new program to allow those with disabilities to save money in a way that won’t jeopardize federal support. Charlie Schlenker has the interview.  During an edition of "Animal  House," find out how the Normal Public Library’s Pages and Paws program benefits young readers. Laura Kennedy has the story.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 4/7/17

Apr 7, 2017

Sales tax revenue became a big issue in the recent municipal elections in Bloomington Normal, and it will keep on being one as cities across the nation adjust to a new reality. Normal City Manager Mark Peterson says there's not a lot of innovation yet in how cities deal with sales tax declines. Plus, hear from the head of the Illinois Retail Merchants Association, and Illinois State University Professor Gary Hunter on the techie effect on retail trade.

GLT's Sound Ideas 4/6/17

Apr 6, 2017

Hear from an expert on cyber crime and sexual victims about the growing number of sexual assaults posted online. Illinois State University's Shelly Clevenger talks with Judy Valente about sexual assaults and social media. Get an update on the Central Illinois Regional Airport from its director. Charlie Schlenker talks with Carl Olson about passenger numbers and talk of an expanding taxing district. Also, we have a conversation about the fate of circuses with the director behind the very successful acrobats circus at Illinois State University.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 4/5/17

Apr 5, 2017

The votes are counted; well all but a couple dozen or so. Incumbent Normal Mayor Chris Koos hopes to hang on to a 7 vote lead to over challenger Marc Tiritilli. But when the mail in ballots are added in within a few weeks, it may still not be over. We'll examine the municipal election results. Plus a look ahead for both Normal and Bloomington. We'll preview tomorrow's 'BN By The Numbers' event and take a close look at the community's housing and employment trends.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 4/4/17

Apr 4, 2017

On this election day, take a break from politics with theater, film, and music – including a conversation about the life, music, and cultural influence of the late Chuck Berry. Sound Ideas culture commentator and Illinois State University English professor Bill McBride joins to remember the man often credited with creating rock ‘n’ roll. Robots are taking over the Normal Theater. Laura Kennedy will explain. Also, listen for a preview of a new film festival. Jon Norton talks with guitarist of the not-forgotten band Mojo Stew about a Saturday reunion-benefit concert. 

GLT's Sound Ideas 4/3/17

Apr 3, 2017

As the process to fill a US Supreme Court vacancy picks up, one Illinois State University scholar says replacing the late conservative Scalia isn't nearly as important to Democrats as the potential replacement of three LIBERAL-leaning justices. ISU Politics and Government professor Meghan Leonard dives deep into the Senate process that might wrap up this week. Willis Kern has the interview. Are humans hardwired for war or peace? GLT’s Judy Valente talks with the executive director of the Center on Conscience and War in Washington, D.C. about conscientious objectors in the military.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 3/30/17

Mar 30, 2017

Hear how Illinois State Univeristy was able to hold the line on tuition. ISU's President Larry Dietz is thanking record-breaking enrollment numbers. In an era of rising tuition, Illinois State is bucking the trend with no tuition or fee increases for this fall. Hear a profile of the candidates and issues in the race for Normal township supervisor. A Normal town council member and Republican Cheryl Gaines is running against Democrat Sarah Grammer. Also, you'll hear a transgender woman, and and fan of the band Against Me!, interview Laura Jane Grace who is the band's transgender founder.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 3/28/17

Mar 28, 2017

Hear from a Bloomington endurance athlete about what it takes to finish a race across Russia. The longest stage has her on the bike as long as 72 hours. Learn more about the Red Bull Trans-Siberian Extreme. Gervais is already biking 8 to 11 hours per day and the race isn’t until July. Hear from a wheel chair athlete and diversity advocate about how pop culture educates about diversity. Also, discover how a central Illinois library is using the Star Wars film franchise to celebrate National Library Week.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 3/24/17

Mar 24, 2017

Some are calling it the awakening of the 'Sleeping Giantess.' Women who have never been politically active before are waging a wide range of grass roots efforts. Hear how central Illinois women are standing up and speaking out. Plus, who gets the blame for the failure of the grand bargain on the state budget? Ryan Mackey points the finger. Listen to how the budget fiasco is hurting party leaders and why the monarch butterfly population is crashing. It's not as simple as you may have heard. Also, Puddles Pity Party makes a Bloomington Normal premier. 

GLT's Sound Ideas: 3/23/17

Mar 23, 2017

The two candidates for Normal Town Supervisor provide their vision for office. Township governments help take care of some of the community's elderly and needy. Charlie Schlenker talks with Democrat Sarah Grammer and Republican Cheryl Gaines. Your focus may be on the township race or for the two contested races for mayor of Bloomington and Normal; there's also a race for the Unit 5 school board which controls a large portion of your property tax bill. Ryan Denham reports on this subject. Laura Kennedy walks you through the concept of 'Subdivision' on display at University Galleries. 

Overpass vs. underpass, tax rates, fostering a livable community, merging Bloomington and Normal libraries, and City-Town cooperation were among the topics discussed Tuesday at the WGLT-League of Women Voters Candidate Forum featuring four hopefuls for three spots on the council. Willis Kern hosted the forum broadcast live.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 3/21/17

Mar 21, 2017

Central Illinois Congressman Rodney Davis says Illinois and America can no longer afford the Affordable Care Act. GLT's Charlie Schlenker talks with the Taylorville Republican about health care, as well as President Trump’s first 60 days. Willis Kern talks with the B-N EDC’s Mike O’Grady about the next One Voice Trip to Washington D.C. It’s an effort to coordinate requests for federal funds to pay for local projects. You’ll hear from Mayor Chris Koos about his One Voice focus, along with new, relaxed rules for public comment at Town Council Meetings.

The future of cooperation between Bloomington and Normal was among the topics discussed Thursday at the WGLT-League of Women Voters Candidate Forum featuring hopefuls from Wards 3 and 9. Charlie Schlenker hosted the forum broadcast live.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 3/15/17 Candidate Forum

Mar 20, 2017

The closure of Macy's in Eastland Mall is a symbol of retail upheaval nationwide according to Bloomington City Council candidates in wards one, five, and seven. Willis Kern hosted the live broadcasted forum. 

GLT's Sound Ideas: 3/20/17

Mar 20, 2017

Central Illinois Republican Congressman Darin LaHood says claims that the new GOP health care proposal will only give tax breaks to the wealthy are not true. LaHood talks with GLT's Willis Kern about the GOP plan and how he would like to see it shaped. He also hints of a possible town hall meeting next month. A new bike sharing system launches in the community today. You'll hear about Bike Share 309 from Town of Normal Planner Mercy Davison and a representative of Zagster; the company behind the bike share program.

McLean County residents are hesitant to invest in new transportation technology and have made it clear in a recent survey, maintain the current road network before expanding it. Mike McCurdy talks with McLean County Regional Planning Commission Transportation Planner Jennifer Sicks and said less sprawl means less expansion of the transportation network. Find out what happens when a woman has to make a choice between putting food on the table for her family or buying feminine hygiene products. And GLTs' Judy Valente previews West Side Story, on stage at Bloomington Community Players. 

GLT Sound Ideas 03/14/17

Mar 14, 2017

Hear our regular conversation with Mayor Tari Renner. City Manager David Hales may be looking for a job. You'll hear Renner’s reaction. Hales was a finalist for a job in Racine WI. Mayor Renner also talks about fire response times, the city’s audit, and the coliseum. Dr. David Gill is one of the speakers at a Stand Up For Justice Rally on the lawn of the Bloomington Center for the Performing arts Tuesday evening. He’s also running against 13th District Congressman Rodney Davis. Hear what he thinks of the plan GOP’s health care plan. And it’s a conversation with ISU basketball coach.

GLT Sound Ideas 03/13/17

Mar 13, 2017

The district 87 school tax rate is dropping slightly and superintendent Barry Reilly is more optimistic than you might think. The superintendent talks with GLT’s Charlie Schlenker about growth in the Bloomington Normal tax base over the last several years. Hear about an expanded role for the West Bloomington Revitalization Project. The WBRP has purchased new property and will soon open a Bicycle Co-op. Willis Kern has the interview. And Judy Valente talks with actor John O’Hurley – on stage as the male lead in the musical Chicago – playing at Sangamon Auditorium in Springfield.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 3/10/17

Mar 10, 2017

Sexual assault victims and senior citizens that use a program at the YWCA continue to be at the mercy of dwindling state funds. During "Streched Thinner," YWCA's Liz German gives an update on financial problems caused by the state budget impasse. Plus, check in with the head of Children's Home and Aid in the twin cities with Lisa Piper. Rickielee Benecke, the head of Advocacy and Development for Life, and Diane Shultz of the Baby Fold together paint the not-so-pretty picture that will most likely become more grim no matter what lawmakers and the governor do. 

GLT's Sound Ideas 3/9/17

Mar 9, 2017

The GOP proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act would give blot grants to states fro Medacaid dramatically changing that entitlement. An Illinois Wesleyan University political scientist agrees with Democrats that it would be a slow poison to the Medacaid program. Greg Shaw talks with GLT's Charlie Schlenker about the proposals impact to the old, young, and low income. After the MetroZone dispute, can soccer be the issue that brings Bloomington and Normal back together again. Hear what one real estate developer thinks.