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WGLT's Sound Ideas

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WGLT's Sound Ideas is our flagship news program. Every weekday, WGLT reporters go beyond soundbites for deeper conversations with newsmakers, musicians, artists, and anyone with a story to share.This 30-minute newsmagazine is produced Monday through Friday.You can also subscribe to the Sound Ideas - Full Episodes podcast.
 
McHistory goes back in time to explore big moments and small stories from McLean County history. McHistory episodes can be heard periodically on WGLT's Sound Ideas. The series is produced in partnership with the McLean County Museum of History.
 
Reporting from in and around Illinois.Listen to Statewide across Illinois in:Bloomington/Normal – WGLT 89.1 (Fridays 11 a.m. - Noon)Carbondale – WSIU 91.9 (Fridays 2-3 p.m. and Sundays 6-7 a.m.)Mount Vernon - WVSI 88.9 (Fridays 2-3 p.m. and Sundays 6-7 a.m.)Olney - WUSI 90.3 (Fridays 2-3 p.m. and Sundays 6-7 a.m.)Quad Cities - WVIK 105.7 HD-2 (Fridays 11 a.m. - noon)Rockford/DeKalb – WNIJ 89.5 (Saturdays 6-7 a.m., Sundays 2-3 p.m.)Springfield/Decatur - WUIS 91.9 (Fridays 11 a.m. - Noon, 11 p ...
 
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Instructors at Heartland Community College's new Electric Vehicle Energy Storage training program say they're thrilled to be doing cutting edge work preparing techs for the future. They also say it's nice to see auto training programs come back after high schools and colleges phased them out when they were younger. Suspensions don't help minority s…
 
Illinois is considered one of the most progressive states in the nation when it comes to abortion laws. But it still requires a parent or guardian to be informed before a minor can can have the procedure. That could soon change. The issue is expected to be debated this month. And it was 150 years ago this month the Great Chicago Fire erupted in the…
 
Housing advocates say the pace of rental aid distribution has picked up, but they are still not sure enough people are applying. That's true in the immigrant community as well as you hear from the Immigration Project. The Democratic Party controlled remap is designed to make sure GOP Representatives Mary Miller and Darin LaHood will have to run aga…
 
The new Midwestern Regional Rail Plan for the future includes hourly passenger trains through Bloomington Normal and 200 mile per hour service. One advocate for high speed rail says he's pleased the four decade investment blueprint treats the region like a transportation network instead of discrete routes. Bloomington Mayor Mboka Mwilambwe says the…
 
On today’s episode, you’ll hear from the McLean County Health Department’s administrator about the ebbs and flows of public health messaging. Plus, the President of Heartland Community College talks about partnering with Ferrero apprenticeships. And a new installment of Beyond Sports introduces you to a remarkable Illinois Wesleyan softball player.…
 
A twisty thin ribbon of rural ground connecting cities is what a lot of the Illinois Congressional districts look like in the Democratic draft map released today. Republicans are howling. Political scientists say it not very good for democracy. The Mayor of Normal wants a second census count next year because he's not sure the current one is right.…
 
You can see the effects of the nationwide workforce shortage in the operations of Unit 5 schools. Bus drivers, cafeteria workers, subs, and custodians, even food itself can be scarce. Plus, the head of the Bloomington Normal Economic Development Council says the economic recovery is slowing. A blues band coming to Bloomington has a new album honori…
 
A $75 million expansion at a candy plant in southwest Bloomington will create 50 new jobs. The Ferrero facility will make chocolate for various products, including Butterfinger, 100-Grand, Crunch and Raisinets. There's more on that very sweet prospect. A criminal justice sciences expert says the Lasalle County Sheriff's Department is guilty of bad …
 
A Normal Town Council member says she would like to use some of the town's share of federal pandemic relief money to lower fares for people with disabilities who use Connect Transit. And Karyn Smith says relief for those behind on water and sewer payments might also make her priority list. A Bloomington Normal cybersecurity expert says the pandemic…
 
David Lane studies tattoos. And the ISU professor has a new book on how this apprentice-based art form builds consistency and tradition in its practices. The very popular industry has some interesting quirks. Hear about the sociology of tattooists and their values. Bloomington and Normal Police Departments have significant vacancies in the ranks an…
 
WGLT begins a new series about life work balance. 'Life's Work' today is about the restaurant industry, a business in which balance is a little like being on a tight rope. A call comes in central Illinois for retired attorneys and judges to help those who need it pro bono. The Chief Medical Officer at Carle BoMenn says doctors get really frustrated…
 
Bloomington Mayor Mboka Mwilambwe has a pick to fill a vacant council seat. He has a majority of council members in favor. But that's apparently not enough to move forward. The clock is ticking though and Ward six still doesn't have a voice on the council. Some of the people facing eviction hearings in Bloomington Normal say they hope landlords wil…
 
Supporters of school dress codes say they help promote discipline and can actually improve safety of students. But many find them discriminatory and sexist. We'll hear how some students have pushed back on the policy. And Sears is closing its final store in Illinois. We recap the rise and fall of what was once the nation's largest retailer. These s…
 
A top advisor to then president Barack Obama is in Bloomington Normal. David Axelrod says President Biden faces a challenge on immigration and thinks in spite of Pandemic fatigue among voters, Governor JB Pritzker will do okay in the next election cycle. Other Democrats? Well, that's tougher. The singer songwriter group Stone and Snow can't always …
 
Wish fulfillment can be a very rewarding thing. Hear from a Bloomington Normal man who makes dreams come true. And there's a move to reconsider statewide economic development incentives used to bring Rivian to Normal and other businesses to Illinois, the EDGE tax credits. The University of Illinois saw enrollment growth this fall in most categories…
 
Find out what the Sonoran desert toad has to do with an ambient musician from Bloomington Normal. It's Bufo Alvarius from Stephen Holliger and his group Swim Ignorant Fire. And hear a preview of the upcoming Sugar Creek Arts Festival. The Salvation Army Homeless Shelter in Bloomington is getting ready for the winter season and this year that may in…
 
COVID-19 vaccine mandates have been implemented as a way to increase the number of people getting the shots. However, both the federal and state orders allow those with religious objections to skip the vaccinations. Governments have protected that choice for years. But during a pandemic, there are concerns some are exploiting a loophole. We examine…
 
Workplace culture grows over time. But it's a real challenge to create such an environment when everyone is new, leaders and rank and file alike. The task for Rivian, which looms larger because of Rivian's lofty ambitions. Plus, the NAACP weighs in on Jelani Day. The City of Bloomington has a new detailed roadmap for historic preservation. Hear how…
 
Go inside the Rivian plant, where HOW they're building vehicles is just as interesting as what they're building. Rivian's manufacturing chief Erik Fields says it's like Google and Toyota had a baby. Hear how Rivian is balancing three vehicles, thousands of employees, and millions of battery cells. Plus, WGLT's Ryan Denham takes a test drive of the …
 
A state lawmaker is concerned about the future of local journalism in Illinois. And the big flood in June prompted increased demand for replacement furniture from a Bloomington charity. Bloomington Normal is the only metro area in the state to have fewer people employed than at this time last year, in spite of a low unemployment rate. If not for ma…
 
This week, the story of women who worked at the Radium Dial Company factory in Ottawa, using radium-laced paint on glow-in-the-dark clocks and watches. Unaware of the health risks, many died from radium poisoning. Their case became a landmark moment in the workers' rights movement. Also, we'll hear about the stress on health care facilities in sout…
 
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