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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'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.

GLT's Sound Ideas 3/8/17

Mar 8, 2017

Illinois State University is not technically a "sanctuary campus," but professors have formed an organization to offer support for undocumented students and their families. You'll hear Judy Valente's conversation with Professor Beth Hatt and Maura Toro-Morn. Illinois State University's President Larry Dietz gives a budget update including the latest push by state Democrats to force a compromise. Also, the unlikely mash-up of hip hop, R&B, bluegrass, and rock with the violin has been a huge success for the duo that makes up Black Violin.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 3/7/17

Mar 7, 2017

Hear how the town and the city might move past the "he said she said" phase of the Metro Zone dispute. The town council discussed it at their Monday meeting. Hear what  Major Chris Koos said about where the community goes from here and about the new town budget. Discover how nature and found materials meet in the art of Bill Conger. Laura Kennedy walks through the latest exhibit with the artist. We remember BPCA Director Tina Salamone; she passed away unexpectedly Monday. Judy Valente has the report. 

GLT's Sound Ideas: 3/6/17

Mar 6, 2017

The Catholic church is receiving renewed criticism over its handling of sexual abuse allegations after a member of an international commission resigned in protest. Hear from Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke who served on a similar United States commission. GLT's Judy Valente has the interview with Justice Burke. The McLean County Behavioral Health Coordinating  Council is now about a year old. Get an update from the McLean County Board Chair on steps to address mental health needs in the community.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 3/2/17

Mar 2, 2017

President Trump wants local law enforcement agencies to take on a greater immigration policy role. McLean County Sheriff John Sandage says he's not expecting changes. Sandage thinks border cities will manifest most of President Trump's deportation efforts. The sheriff updates the situation. Hear about efforts to bring greater diversity to labor unions. Judy Valente talks with Alvis Martin, who is the chief lobbyist for the Chicago Laborer's Union. He spoke this week at Illinois State University.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 3/1/17

Mar 1, 2017

The thrash of shootings in Bloomington last year is being blamed on so-called "hybrid" gang members." Police Chief Brendon Heffner says those younger gang members are not just a problem for police. GLT's Charlie Schlenker talks with the police chief about the semi-beneficial role of Orthodox gangs in suppressing street violence. Plus, hear about the Body Cam Pilot Program and possible immigration enforcement. There are steps to get your pets in harmony with your landscape.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 2/28/17

Feb 28, 2017

It's been five years since Unit 5 schools saw re-districting. Hear about the school district redistricting process. Superintendent Mark Daniel says it's time to start the process again. Daniel goes in-depth on redistricting during an interview with GLT's Charlie Schlenker.  Willis Kern talks with an Illinois State University graduate who helped build a modest Illinois company into a world-wide leader in the household product dispenser industry. Steve Hagge was the keynote speaker during Illinois State University's Business Week.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 2/27/17

Feb 27, 2017

Hear from an undocumented immigrant in McLean County who came here as a child. He shares his fears for the future under the Trump administration's new deportation policy. Judy Valente talks with a local "Dreamer" about how the policy changes are affecting his daily life. Valente also speaks with an immigration attorney who works with the undocumented. Tomorrow is election day in Bloomington. People will vote for candidates set on the ballet after a record number of ballet challenges.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 2/24/17

Feb 24, 2017

Hear about the Indivisible Movement in central Illinois. Organizers including Dante Lotzen, with Indivisible 13, say the era of politics is over. Efforts in the 13th and 18th congressional districts have simply been requested dialogue with constituents. Congressman Darin LaHood and Rodney Davis have not responded. Plus, what happens when the rallies are over and the banners come down on immigration reform? What is daily life like for immigrants try to establish home places?

GLT's Sound Ideas: 2/23/17

Feb 23, 2017

Political speeches at award shows are nothing new, and this season has been especially spicy. Are they appropriate? GLT's Culture Maven, Shari Zeck, talks with Laura Kennedy about political speeches at the Oscars and readies you for some "Trump Talk" from the stage on Sunday. Get a peek at a new exhibit documenting the long rivalry between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Chicago Cubs. Also, discover how a bike ride across Death Valley can fight climate change. We'll hear from a couple of cyclists planning to pedal across the desert. 

GLT's Sound Ideas: 2/22/17

Feb 22, 2017

Bloomington wants to end its 30 year west-side tax zone deal with Normal. Charlie Schlenker has an in-depth report with representatives of both sides. The community's chief economic developer is in the studio to weigh in. You'll hear from Kyle Ham, CEO of the Bloomington-Normal Economic Development Council. Also, Illinois State University President Larry Dietz talks about higher education funding and the search for a new vice president as well as new university trustees.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 2/21/17

Feb 21, 2017

Find out how to reduce Illinois' burgeoning prison population and help those released successfully reenter society. Former McLean County Chief Judge Elizabeth Robb talks with GLT's Judy Valente about her work on the governor's commission on criminal justice and sentencing reform. Willis Kern talks with the first of two Democratic challengers to announce a campaign against Governor Bruce Rauner. Chicago Alderman Ameya Pawar spoke in Normal. Also, Jon Norton catches up with the band Old Shoe that will play at Six Strings this Thursday. 

GLT's Sound Ideas: 2/20/17

Feb 20, 2017

As the clock ticks toward the loss of 21 soccer fields on airport land, the debate about what to do intensifies. GLT Correspondent Colleen Reynolds talks with the players in this community discussion. Some are for and some against a multi-million dollar, multi-sports complex. Unit Five Superintendent Mark Daniel is accepting praise from the governor for dual credit programs, but says the district would have been offering them anyway. Charlie Schlenker has our regular interview with the school superintendent. Also, discover why you should never play dodge ball with a softball player.

Downtown revitalization figured strongly in answers during the GLT Bloomington Mayoral candidates forum. Willis Kern hosted the forum, broadcast live. 

GLT's Sound Ideas: 2/16/17

Feb 16, 2017

While you overdose on leftover Valentine's Day chocolate, keep in mind chocolate actually goes back centuries. It was even a form of currency. Charlie Schlenker talks with an Illinois State University anthropologist about the evolution of chocolate. It's the 50th anniversary of a play based on Shakespeare's Hamlet. Hear from the director of Illinois State University's production of Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead. Also, get caught up on dining out in Bloomington Normal. You'll hear from the man that runs the Facebook page "Bloomington Normal Restaurant Scene."

GLT's Sound Ideas: 2/14/17

Feb 14, 2017

Famed actor and Illinois State University alumni Jane Lynch made her mark in the Christopher Guest movie parodies of the folk music and dog show worlds: “A Mighty Wind” and “Best in Show.”  Charlie Schlenker has the interview with Lynch who may be best known for the TV show Glee.  Lynch will get an honorary degree on Thursday. Hear from the granddaughter of the founder of the Catholic Worker Movement. Judy Valente talks with Kate Hennessy who has written a new memoir about her mother and her grandmother.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 2/13/17

Feb 13, 2017

Hear from the woman that uncovered the lead contamination in Flint, Michigan's water. Pediatrician Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha speaks with Judy Valente ahead of her address at Illinois Wesleyan University. U.S. Senator Dick Durbin was in Bloomington over the weekend. He tells Charlie Schlenker that Democrats still have the ability to help shape health care policy in an interview. Also hear from Bloomington-Normal native, and now New York City saxophonist, Ryan Weisheit. 

GLT's Sound Ideas: 2/10/17

Feb 10, 2017

About 14% of the waste that goes to the McLean County landfill is organic, and that's worth trying to reduce. Ecology action center director Michael Brown talks about planning the next 20 years of solid waste disposal and recycling, as well as getting ready for a landfill closure. Plus a street car man reflects on his life in Bloomington. Mourning Abraham Lincoln is not a sad thing for some people after the assassination. And how do you tell a rogue tweet from a fake one?

GLT's Sound Ideas: 2/9/17

Feb 9, 2017

A nondescript West Bloomington chain linked fence is no longer separating people from a vacant lot, but bringing them together. Hear from the creator of The Giving Fence, which is a place to leave and and get free winter gear. Get a preview of a planned parenthood rally in downtown Bloomington on Saturday that could draw 1200 people; Charlie Schlenker talks with an organizer. Willis Kern talks with the host of The Jerry Springer Show about civic engagement. Jerry Springer is on the Illinois State University campus.

GLT's Sound Ideas 2/8/17

Feb 8, 2017

 Illinois Senator Dick Durbin is continuing to oppose many of President Trump's cabinet nominees. He was among the 50 senators voting against Betsy DeVos as Education Secretary. Durbin sounds off on other nominees and Trump's Supreme Court pick, Neil Gorsuch, in an IPR interview. Illinois State University and the McLean County Museum of History are teaming up on a community reading program. You'll hear more about anthropologist Sujey Vega's book Latino Heartland: Of Borders and Belonging in the Midwest. And the Parklands Foundation is celebrating its 50th year.