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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 11/20/17

Nov 20, 2017

Hear from the man who has his eye on becoming Bloomington’s next City Manager. Steve Rasmussen is the Interim City Manager dealing with a council and mayor not getting along. Rasmussen talks with Mike McCurdy about council interaction, politics and the projected $3 million dollar budget deficit. Congressman Darin LaHood is optimistic the GOP tax plan will move to the President’s desk. Charlie Schlenker caught up with LaHood at a McLean County Republican Party breakfast.

GLT Sound Ideas 11/17/17

Nov 17, 2017

True crime podcaster Aphrodite Jones sounds off on the McNeil murder case.  She thinks the real culprit in the 1998 Bloomington murder of three year old Christina, might be the ex-girlfriend of the man convicted for the crime. Hear Aphrodite Jones and Bob Ruff of the Truth and Justice podcast on Suspect Convictions during a special edition of Sound Ideas.

GLT Sound Ideas 11/16/17

Nov 16, 2017

A little bit of exercise and nutrition goes a long way. The McLean County Health Department is targeting a new population – those with developmental disabilities – with those wellness tactics. The Health Department’s Laura Beavers lays out the details of a three year pilot program for wellness.  We all have an unforgettable teacher. Ryan Denham profiles a legendary science teacher at Glenn Elementary School in Normal who recently passed away. And Bloomington musician John Till grew up a child of the Chicago Suburbs, but his new album is all about tractors, trucks, and farms.

GLT Sound Ideas 11/15/17

Nov 15, 2017

Unit Five School Superintendent Mark Daniel talks about being in the room for negotiations to bring Brandt Industries and 300 jobs to a plant between Hudson and Normal. Listen to Charlie Schlenker ask why Daniel urged his board to vote against the immediate pocketbook.  Plus, Ryan Denham talks with State Representative Dan Brady about the fall veto session.

GLT Sound Ideas 11/14/17

Nov 14, 2017

Hear about a resurgent Bloomington Normal Music Scene. It’s a comeback after a vibrant scene collapsed about 2001. Jon Norton reports on live music in the Twin Cities. The Unit Five School Board approved property-tax breaks for a Canadian farm implement manufacturer that wants to bring hundreds of new jobs to McLean County. Ryan Denham has the story. And Mayor Tari Renner talks about a tax increase for the library and reluctance for the arena manager to also manage the BCPA.


GLT Sound Ideas 11/13/17

Nov 13, 2017

The Republican tax plan includes a new tax on college endowments. IWU President Eric Jensen calls that unfair saying higher-ed does not just sit on its money.Jensen tells GLT's Charlie Schlenker such a tax would drive up the cost of college for students and their families. You’ll hear from NPR National Political Correspondent Don Gonyea about covering flyover country during the Trump administration. And it’s a one on one with 13th district Democratic Congressional candidate Betsy Dirksen Londrigan. IPR’s Brian Moline has the interview with the former Durbin fundraiser.

The podcast Suspect Convictions looks at the physical evidence in the mysterious death of Christina McNeil. GLT correspondent Colleen Reynolds visits with retiring State Farm Military Affinity Group leader Sharon McCauley. And GLT's Jon Norton chats with the founder of the Canadian band Simply Saucer ahead of their Bloomington show on Nov. 11.

GLT Sound Ideas 11/09/17

Nov 9, 2017

A lot of world war one music hung around for generations in piano benches in central Illinois. And Bloomington-Normal's Dale Evans collects it. GLT's Laura Kennedy talks with Evans and brings you “Goodbye Broadway - Hello France” and other songs of the Great War. It’s been a year since President Trump won election. ISU scholars Eric Rankin and Tom McClure assess that time and compare and contrast Trump with past presidents And find out how local authors make a living. Ryan Denham has that story.

GLT Sound Ideas 11/08/17

Nov 8, 2017

David Hales is done as Bloomington City Manager. Find out his thoughts going out the door. GLT Student Reporter Baylee Steelman interviews David Hales at a reception in his honor. Plus Turkeys stalk Bloomington Normal...truth not a low budget horror movie. A story of immigrant detention...and the ACLU is chronicling quieter ways they say the Trump administration is eroding civil liberties.

GLT Sound Ideas 11/07/17

Nov 7, 2017

It's unusual for reporters to get involved in the stories they cover. But, former statehouse reporter Kerry Lester signed a letter calling out sexual harassment in Springfield. Over the weekend the Legislative Ethics Commission appointed a new legislative inspector general, a position that has been vacant. Hear the interview. A wave of pet illnesses is working through the Twin Cities. During an edition of Animal House, find out how you can prevent parvovirus.

GLT Sound Ideas 11/06/17

Nov 6, 2017

Hear from an expert exploring the relationship between people with autism and the IT field. It's an unfair stereotype, yet there is an correlation. ISU professor Ronnie Jia explores the links with GLT's Ryan Denham. Discover why a Bloomington woman entered the world of power lifting  and hear about her weekend competition in Las Vegas. Correspondent Bryan Bloodworth talks with Lynnette Ritchie. And Alderman Scott Black is live in the GLT Studios. You'll hear about a weekend retreat about budget priorities. 

GLT Sound Ideas 11/03/17

Nov 3, 2017

Convicted murderer Barton McNeil claims his girlfriend at the time killed McNeil's three year old daughter after climbing in his bedroom window where the girl was sleeping. Prosecutor Mary Cole isn't buying it. Much about windows, spider webs, and the Innocence Project during Episode two of the podcast 'Suspect Convictions'. Plus, Jon Norton brings you the rap music of history and sociology teacher Stefan Robinson, and Bloomington Alderman Diana Hauman wants more than just council input on how to solve the sizeable city budget deficit.

GLT Sound Ideas 11/02/17

Nov 2, 2017

The reaction to immigrants in many communities is particularly mixed now. The founder of Not In Our Town says hate is preventable. Patrice O'Neil returns to Bloomington Normal for a Not In Our School event. Hear the report. The plays for the next Illinois Shakespeare Festival Season have been announced. You’ll hear from the festival director. And what if there was an app that would answer your questions about recycling, specific to Bloomington Normal? And what if it sent reminders to set out your recycling for pick up? You’re in luck.

GLT Sound Ideas 10/31/17

Oct 31, 2017

A preview of McLean County’s first-ever opioid addiction summit, focusing on an issue that the president recently declared a public health emergency. GLT’s Ryan Denham talks with the keynote speaker at next week’s drones conference at Heartland Community College. And on Halloween, we visit a Bloomington-Normal ghost hunter who tries to record the voices of ghosts.

GLT Sound Ideas 10/30/17

Oct 30, 2017

After 18 months on the job, GLT looks at the highs and lows of VenuWorks’ management of the downtown Bloomington arena. GLT’s Mike McCurdy digs into the Town of Normal’s comprehensive plan. And GLT’s Laura Kennedy previews at play at Illinois State University that uses imaginary monsters as metaphors for those which we battle in real life.

GLT Sound Ideas 10/27/17

Oct 27, 2017

Nearly 20 years ago a three year old girl was killed in Bloomington and her father Barton McNeil was convicted of the murder. Investigative journalist Scott Reeder takes another look at the case in the first episode of the podcast Suspect Convictions. Plus Laura Kennedy talks with the Psych geeks about why you get scared at horror movies and other things related to this Halloween time of year.

GLT Sound Ideas 10/26/17

Oct 26, 2017

Hear about the 1998 Barton McNeil murder case, that left a 3 year old Bloomington girl dead. Investigative journalist Scott Reeder is taking another look. Get a preview of the podcast Suspect Convictions. Jon Norton has the interview. It’s that’s time of year to begin signing up for new coverage under the affordable care act, or Obama Care. Judy Valente reports on why that may be a bigger challenge this year for some. And hear from a leading expert on Title IX why it’s not evened out men and women’s college athletics. 

GLT Sound Ideas 10/25/17

Oct 25, 2017

Downtown Bloomington task force chair Amelia Buragas talks about her group’s final report and its recommendations. GLT’s Laura Kennedy interviews the author of a fascinating new history of Illinois State University. And GLT Correspondent Bryan Bloodworth interviews a brother and sister who’ve emerged as stars for the Redbird Athletics program.

GLT Sound Ideas 10/24/17

Oct 24, 2017

Astronaut Joseph Acaba aboard the International Space Station chats with kids in Normal at Chiddix Junior High, via ham radio. Plus, community players latest musical comedy offering, Sweet Megg and the Wayfarers play in Bloomington, and the Mayor of Bloomington pays a visit after a city council rebuke.

GLT Sound Ideas 10/23/17

Oct 23, 2017

There’s affordable housing in Bloomington-Normal. But not everyone can afford it and the quality of the affordable housing is sometimes poor. GLT’s Judy Valente talks with Executive Director of the McLean County Regional Planning commission and others as we follow up on our Landlord V Tenant series. You’ll also find out what happened to one tenant who was having problems with her housing and landlord. It’s been a turbulent few weeks for Moesha Tyner and her family as they had to find a new home.

GLT Sound Ideas 10/20/17

Oct 20, 2017

A special rebroadcast of GLT’s entire Landlord v. Tenant 4-part investigative series. GLT’s Judy Valente explores low-income housing issues in Bloomington-Normal.

GLT Sound Ideas 10/19/17

Oct 19, 2017

How we get our news is changing. Some consumers say they want unfiltered news. So what happens when they get it? GLT's Ryan Denham talks with Mark Embry, the creator of a popular local Facebook group where news and controversy go hand in hand. Democratic candidate for governor JB Pritzker is in the studio. Hear what he thinks of his opponents, Illinois' economy-and how to boost it, and how downstate communities and McLean County factor into his campaign strategy. And Jon Norton catches up with saxophonist Adam Larson.

GLT Sound Ideas 10/18/17

Oct 18, 2017

Ceramic faces are on display in three local nature centers, telling a visual history of the Illinois prairie. GLT correspondent Bryan Bloodworth reports on the future of the Normal CornBelters baseball team. GLT’s Judy Valente talks to an Illinois State University professor about a new Center for a Sustainable Water Future. And we preview two exhibits at the McLean County Arts Center.

GLT Sound Ideas 10/17/2017

Oct 17, 2017

It’s a conversation with Bloomington Police Chief Brendan Heffner about guns and kids. Many downstate cities say they are dealing with more minors with guns committing crimes. Heffner talks with GLT's Ryan Denham about striking the right balance for punishment. Town of Normal City Manager Mark Peterson is in the studio and talks about a sales tax rebate deal approved by council for a shopping center, how those deals come together, and why he thinks they’re good for the town. And find out if the game of horseshoe has a future.

GLT Sound Ideas 10/16/17

Oct 16, 2017

Governor Bruce Rauner has criticized the number of taxing bodies in the state. But, a McLean County League of Women Voters study shows they are at least working well. The League's Sally Rudolph also says there are challenges ahead for small governments in the area. Charlie Schlenker has the interview. Hear about the challenges in hiring more minority teachers. You’ll hear from District 87 Schools Superintendent Barry Reilly. And ISU’s Homecoming is getting underway. Laura Kennedy gets up you to speed during an edition of GLT’s Datebook.

GLT Sound Ideas 10/13/17

Oct 13, 2017

Singer Wayne Messmer joins GLT’s Jon Norton for an interview as he visits his alma mater, Illinois Wesleyan University. McLean County Chamber of Commerce CEO Charlie Moore talks about a field trip to Arkansas to investigate a possible multi-sport complex in Bloomington-Normal. A local university hires a new coach for its emerging competitive video gaming team. And District 87 Barry Reilly talks about lower-than-expected costs for a Bloomington High School renovation project.

GLT Sound Ideas 10/12/17

Oct 12, 2017

The basics cost a lot, especially when you don’t have money.  Robert Bosquez and Ryan Heeren with the WBRP's Tool Library talk the Bed Blitz program, providing beds to children who don’t have one.  Hear about a big effort to makes sure every bed gets a quilt. You’ll hear the music of Magpie Salute, birds of a feather, led by a founding member of the Black Crowes, making music together at the Castle Theater. And during an edition of grow, discover just the right amount of garden decorations to make sure you have all finishing touches.

GLT Sound Ideas 10/11/17

Oct 11, 2017

It isn't easy getting on the ballot if you are a member of a third party. There's a big difference in petition signature requirements for Democrats and Republicans...and for say Libertarians like Illinois House candidate Christopher Howick. Ballot access issues with GLT's Ryan Denham. Plus an international darts player lives in the Town of Normal. Bryan Bloodworth has the interview with Julie Weger. And a thirteen-year-old eighth grader at Chiddix Junior High in Normal is one of the youngest licensed ham radio operators in the country.

GLT Sound Ideas 10/10/17

Oct 10, 2017

Talk about VenuWorks and the BCPA, the Coliseum Indictments in Bloomington, Mayor Tari Renner's return from a health related leave of absence, a downtown catalyst project, and a new city manager search. The Mayor joins us as well to talk about a theme he highlighted at the council meeting, one of acrimony towards public officials, acrimony and physical threats. Reviving Civil discourse in and toward municipal government with Mayor Tari Renner of Bloomington.

GLT Sound Ideas 10/09/17

Oct 9, 2017

Don't accounting firms who audit the books of entities such as the Coliseum in Bloomington have responsibility for picking up theft and fraud like that alleged against Central Illinois Arena Management? The Attorney for the famously defrauded city of Dixon Illinois talks with GLT's Ryan Denham, as does an accounting professor at ISU. An international death with dignity advocate comes to the twin cities. Laura Kennedy tells us more.