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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 11/02/17

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.

GLT Sound Ideas 10/06/17

Oct 6, 2017

An account of racial prejudice in Bloomington Normal. Find out how the Black middle class is under threat in a broadcast of a recent panel discussion on the topic. Educator Camille Taylor, NAACP Member Quincy Cummings, and Kai Ajayi of Black Lives Matter reflect on the documentary film 'Against All Odds' and share their experiences of discrimination. This is a broadcast from an event held at First United Methodist Church in Normal.h


GLT Sound Ideas 10/05/17

Oct 5, 2017

When then Bloomington Alderman Mike Matejka voted on the coliseum contract more than a decade ago he says the city manager gave him assurances receipts would be transparent. Three months later, that changed.  Ryan Denham explores missed opportunities to know more as an alleged coliseum theft scandal continues to unfold. Find out if Donald Trump has what it takes to be a good executive manager. GLT’s Judy Valente asks around.  Hear how to get your solar power questions answered. There’s a tour of solar powered homes this weekend. And discover what it takes to be Miss Gay Illinois.

GLT Sound Ideas 10/04/17

Oct 4, 2017

The Illinois Department of Public Health is doing something that is foreign to a lot of people, urging them to waste water, in some cases.     For instance, Justin Dewitt of the Illinois Department of Public Health says slightly elevated lead levels in school water qualify. Ryan Denham has more on the risks and fears of lead in school water. Plus, some Evangelicals are experiencing voter remorse about the Trump Presidency. Judy Valente talks with area pastors about the duty to speak out, and how to do it in a non-political way.

GLT Sound Ideas 10/03/17

Oct 3, 2017

After another mass shooting at a concert, what can venues like Grossinger Motors Arena do to keep people safe? Bloomington's arena executive director Lynn Cannon talks to GLT's Ryan Denham about thinking beyond metal detectors. You'll also hear from the General Manager of the Bloomington Edge football team. He's traveling to Vegas for league meetings. His plane was landing as gunfire erupted. Then, get the ins and outs of sex offender and violent offender registration rules. And Tommy Castro is headed to The Castle Theater.

GLT Sound Ideas 09/29/17

Sep 29, 2017

To watch and hear a finely calibrated marching band on the field is a thing of beauty. But, there are a lot of finicky details to address in getting to that level. And there's a paradox as well. Polly Middleton talks with GLT's Ryan Denham about her new role as the marching band's director. Plus, the Evergreen Cemetery Walk by the McLean County Museum of History kicks off this weekend. And an author gives us the sounds of trees growing. Judy Valente has that interview.


GLT Sound Ideas 09/28/17

Sep 28, 2017

Hurricane Maria devastated the island of Puerto Rico and some central Illinois Puerto Rican natives with relatives there say the U.S. response so far to the unprecedented crisis has been far from adequate. GLT's Judy Valente talks with Illinois State Professor Maura Toro-Morn, and Illinois Wesleyan Professor Daynali Flores Rodriguez about what they're hearing from stranded family members.  The community’s bike share program is at the six month point. Find out from Town of Normal officials if the program is working out as planned and where it might be headed.

GLT Sound Ideas 09/27/17

Sep 27, 2017

Low wages for agricultural products in developing countries are not always dstiny. Sometimes market forces help the little guy. Take for example cacau growers in Africa. They're switching to rubber trees because those pay better. Kelsey Timmerman is the author of Where am I Eating and Where am I Wearing...books on global networks and impacts. Hear his stories. Plus, Judy Valente has an interview with one of the world's leading experts on sanitation, Inga Winkler. And we get a look at the Bloomington Normal Economy.


GLT Sound Ideas 09/26/17

Sep 26, 2017

A grand jury has issued a mammoth 100 plus count indictment of former coliseum operators. Close to a million dollars was stolen from the city over seven years. Hear from attorneys and others involved in the case as GLT’s Ryan Denham unpacks the alleged scheme. You’ll also get reaction from Mayor Pro Tem and Ward 6 Alderman Karen Schmidt. She’s in the studio to also talk about sewer rates and the search for the city’s next city manager.  And the next Six Week Film School showing at the Normal Theater. It focuses on the work of director Martin Scorsese.

GLT Sound Ideas 09/25/17

Sep 25, 2017

With all three Bloomington-Normal movie theaters under new ownership, find out how they plan to survive in the age of Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon. GLT's Ryan Denham finds new ownership means new competition -- and new options -- on the local movie scene.  The end of summer marks the end of the worst summer box office for Hollywood in over a decade, thanks to an especially floppy parade of sequels. The race for Illinois Attorney General is gaining attention quickly now that current A.G. Lisa Madigan has announced she’s not seeking another term.

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.