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GLT Sound Ideas 09/22/17

Sep 22, 2017

Heartland Community College President Rob Widmer talks about his decision to retire in June 2018. GLT’s Psych Geeks recap their contribution to a new book about the psychology behind “Star Trek.” And “Hurricane” Ruth LeMaster talks to GLT’s Jon Norton ahead of her weekend shows in Central Illinois.

GLT Sound Ideas 09/21/17

Sep 21, 2017

Hear about a community wide effort to put kids in beds. Many simply sleep on the floor. Mike McCurdy talks with Ryan Heeren. He and Robert Bosquez are organizing the second annual West Bloomington Revitalization Project-Tool Library Bed Blitz. Teams will build 80 beds this year. At the end of next month, a long time hobby store will close in Downtown Bloomington. GLT’s Ryan Denham stops by Hobbyland. And, after a 50 percent drop in donations last year, The United Way of McLean County is changing its fundraising model. Charlie Schlenker talks with CEO David Taylor.

GLT Sound Ideas 09/20/17

Sep 20, 2017

A Central Illinois Congressman says right on to President Trump's speech threatening to destroy North Korea. Hear from Congressman Rodney Davis, a Republican from Taylorville. Plus, a look at the proposed McLean County budget and the future of the McLean County Nursing Home. And ISU starts a new program for community engagement and service learning.

GLT Sound Ideas 09/19/17

Sep 19, 2017

Normal Mayor Chris Koos talks about an early retirement program being offered to town employees to close a budget shortfall. GLT’s Judy Valente talks to departing Illinois Poet Laureate Kevin Stein. Jon Norton previews a film about discrimination coming to the Normal Theater. And GLT’s Ryan Denham reports on a triple fatal house fire in northeast Bloomington.

GLT Sound Ideas 09/15/17

Sep 15, 2017

Overdose deaths are rising in McLean County. And Coroner Kathy Davis says its because of synthetic drugs. Hear Colleen Reynolds' interview. Plus, the head of the League of Women Voters of Illinois talks about water quality issues, a nighttime walk through Fugate Woods, and an artist displays her vision of a vulnerable earth.

GLT Sound Ideas 09/14/17

Sep 14, 2017

President Trump's Muslim ban heads to the Supreme Court next month and ISU political scientists are generally saying under some frameworks the President is on firm legal ground. Wisdom is another matter. Hear a panel discussion involving professors Lane Crothers Meghan Leonard, and Tom McClure as they talk about the development of executive power, presidential immunity, immigration policy, and more.

GLT Sound Ideas 09/13/17

Sep 13, 2017

Former McLean County Board Chairman Matt Sorensen will be behind bars and away from his family for a year and a day for fraud. GLT's Ryan Denham was in the Federal courtroom in Chicago. Plus, the inspirational power of Batman sparks a movie at the Normal Theater. Laura Kennedy urges you to just say it…”I’m Batman.” And hear about the Pages and Paws program at the Normal Public Library.

WGLT Sound Ideas 09/12/17

Sep 12, 2017

Former Bloomington Mayor Steve Stockton stayed in Florida through hurricane Irma. Riding the storm. Colleen Reynolds has the interview. Plus, Bloomington Mayor Pro Tem Karen Schmidt stops by to talk about sewer rate hikes and a library project. And Jon Norton talks with Ronnie Baker Brooks about his music.

A Facebook post goes viral. A Normal mother ends up in jail. And a local business is left scarred by false accusations. Jyl Waller from A Shining Star Learning Center talks to GLT's Ryan Denham about the power of social media in the age of outrage. Plus, the end of summer is a magical time to remember the music of the lazy days just gone by. And playfulness, protest, and puppets in a new art exhibit at ISU.

GLT Sound Ideas 09/08/17

Sep 8, 2017

In part 4 of Landlord V. Tenant, hear from Bloomington landlord Cynthia Shepard who rents almost exclusively to low income tenants. She’s been cited numerous times for code violations. And hear about the difficulties tenants face in taking their landlord to court. Plus ISU reacts to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos's announcement that Title IX has not been sufficiently careful of the rights of the accused in campus rape cases. And Ecology Action Center Director Michael Brown previews the community household hazardous waste collection event at the Rivian Auto plant.

GLT Sound Ideas 09/07/17

Sep 7, 2017

It’s Part 3 of Landlord V Tenant. Go on a rental inspection and hear from Bloomington Community Development Director Tom Dabareiner. Find out whether Bloomington and Normal rental housing inspectors are doing enough to crack down on landlords who are chronic violators. Charlie Schlenker talks about race with a staff writer for the New Yorker and a journalism professor at Columbia. Jelani Cobb is this year’s convocation speaker at Illinois Wesleyan University. And you’ll hear from Town Mayor Chris Koos on the Town’s tight budget projections and cross walk culture.

GLT Sound Ideas 09/06/17

Sep 6, 2017

Bloomington tenant Brad May waited 13 days for a property manager to fix a broken sewage pipe. Find out why the city couldn't help in Part Two of the series, Landlord V. Tenant, with GLT's Judy Valente. Plus, the Illinois Immigration Project, based in Bloomington, reacts to President Trump's decision to do away with deferred action against child immigrants or DACA, and members of Bloomington's Downtown Commission talk about a catalyst project.

GLT Sound Ideas 09/05/17

Sep 5, 2017

An aging stock of affordable rental housing in Bloomington-Normal is causing on-going tensions between tenants and their landlords. GLT's Judy Valente begins an investigative series, Landlord v.Tenant and chronicles one mother's struggle to find decent rental housing for her family. Plus, Chasing John Coltrane, John Norton has more on a movie coming to the Normal Theater... and what is bocce ball exactly? Bryam Bloodworth tells us.



GLT Sound Ideas 09/01/17

Sep 1, 2017

Customers of a landmark downtown Bloomington grocery are much different than they were in the 1970s. Common Ground owner Lua Travis says they want to know where their food comes from. The Common Ground celebrates its fortieth anniversary. Plus, As the holiday weekend approaches, we take a look at the state of Labor. And a kind of reverse ATM has come to Bloomington Normal, you feed IT money and what do you get?

GLT Sound Ideas 08/31/17

Aug 31, 2017

The pastor of one of Bloomington-Normal's largest congregations has ignited controversy with a sermon that criticizes non-traditional families and suggests homosexuality is a choice. The pushback to Pastor Mike Baker of Eastview Christian Church. Plus, the Bloomington Normal Community makes a start at dealing with the Opioid crisis in the area. And Democratic Candidate for Governor J.B. Pritzker visits the twin cities.



GLT Sound Ideas 08/30/17

Aug 30, 2017

Hurricanes as strong and wet as Harvey might become more frequent as global climate change progresses. Hear from Climatologist and Professor of Geography Dagmar Budikova. Plus, a twin cities author and photographer has a new book out on New Deal Utopias. Jason Reblando  talks about Greenbelt communities. And the music of Indie Rock Band Sherwood Forest.

GLT Sound Ideas 08/29/17

Aug 29, 2017

A man who grew up in Downs is stuck in the Houston area amid the hurricane floodwater.  Hear the story of how John McManus and his wife Renee made it to safety and find out how you can help. Get an update on the Kirk Zimmerman murder case, which is set for more court  proceedings later this week. Charlie Schlenker talks with the Pantagraph Reporter covering the trial. And you’ll hear from the City of Bloomington’s de facto mayor, now that Tari Renner has announced a leave of absence. 

GLT Sound Ideas 08/28/17

Aug 28, 2017

Running for Congress as a Democrat in the 13th district seems a popular thing to do just now. Hear from Jonathan Ebel, the fifth Democratic candidate seeking to run against Republican Rodney Davis next year. GLT's Ryan Denham has the interview. College students are back in town. And that means more business for Uber and Lyft drivers. Find out what it’s like to give rides to strangers. And it’s a conversation with Samantha Fish. She’s known for her fierce blues guitar playing but shows off a different side on her new album.  She’s playing the Castle Theater tomorrow.


GLT Sound Ideas 08/25/17

Aug 25, 2017

The state of Illinois has a budget, but it is not balanced. The unfunded pension obligation is now at $130 billion and rising. There are challenges ahead for everyone and many social and human service agencies are already stretched to the breaking point after the last decade of underfunding and the last two years of fiscal uncertainty from the budget standoff. Listen to a GLT Forum with leaders of local government, education, and human service organizations talking about the permanent damage done and how the Bloomington Normal community will find a road forward.

GLT Sound Ideas 08/24/17

Aug 24, 2017

A Bloomington-Normal based bicyclist recently tried the longest and most difficult bike ride in the world. Thursday Gervais quit after only a few stages in the race across Russia, but will stay on the bike. Hear how she thinks the race must change to continue and have credibility. Discover how new imaging can lead to an earlier Alzheimer’s diagnosis. GLT correspondent Colleen Reynolds reports on the study underway at Fort Jesse Imaging.  And a blues band is reuniting. The Blue Aces performed across central Illinois from 1998 to 2003.

GLT Sound Ideas 08/23/17

Aug 23, 2017

The Sister Cities program has been a political football in Bloomington of late. But, Committee Chair Darren Sampson says it still has real value for twin cities culture.From post war citizen diplomacy to today, Ryan Denham has more on the sister cities effort. There’s a new scan available in the twin cities to help diagnose Alzheimer’s disease. Colleen Reynolds has that story. And there's a teacher shortage in Illinois and across the nation. GLT's Charlie Schlenker talks with the people trying to fill it.

GLT's Sound Ideas 08/22/17

Aug 22, 2017

There's a lot of interest in donating human milk in McLean County. Tammy Brooks from the McLean County Health Department oversees the milk bank program that has thousands of ounces in storage. GLT's Ryan Denham talks with donors about the milk bank. You'd recognize the music of Verlon Thomson. His songs have been recorded by the biggest in the music industry. Find out why an ISU professor is KickStarter Fundraising Mode to raise money for a documentary about the singer-songwriter and American troubadour.

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.