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WGLT's The Leadoff is a daily dose of Bloomington-Normal news, arts and culture, and music. Every day on WGLT's daily podcast, we'll deep-dive into one local story. Then we'll get you ready for the day (or the weekend) with a look ahead with WGLT reporters and guests from the community. Available by 7 a.m. every weekday.

Latest Episodes

The Leadoff - Friday 2/28/20

It's what you need to know to start your day for Friday, Feb. 28, 2020. Our Leadoff story is an update on the former State Farm building in downtown Bloomington. And WGLT's Ryan Denham reports on the viral "Big Lebowski" promotion at Green Top Grocery.

9 MIN18 h ago
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The Leadoff - Friday 2/28/20

The Leadoff - Thursday 2/27/20

It's what you need to know to start your day for Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about the head of the Illinois Farm Bureau believing the China trade agreement is good for the country. Plus, WGLT's Ryan Denham reports on the year-end traffic numbers from the Central Illinois Regional Airport.

9 MIN1 d ago
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The Leadoff - Thursday 2/27/20

The Leadoff - Wednesday 2/26/20

It's what you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about the race for the Democratic nomination in the 13th Congressional District. Plus, WGLT's Ryan Denham speaks with Mayor Tari Renner about next years budget plans in the city of Bloomington.

9 MIN2 d ago
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The Leadoff - Wednesday 2/26/20

The Leadoff - Tuesday 2/25/20

It's what you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about what's included in the next Bloomington city budget. Plus, a report on the shortage of attorneys in rural central Illinois.

7 MIN3 d ago
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The Leadoff - Tuesday 2/25/20

The Leadoff - Monday 2/24/20

It's what you need to know to start your day for Monday, Feb. 24, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about McLean County dealing with ransom-ware attacks and higher insurance costs across the board. Plus, WGLT's Ryan Denham reports on Illinois State University's two contributions to the Illinois Innovation Network.

8 MIN4 d ago
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The Leadoff - Monday 2/24/20

The Leadoff - Friday 2/21/20

It's what you need to know to start your day for Friday, Feb. 21, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about the Normal-based Baby Fold's reaction to the governor's proposed $147 million budget increase for the Department of Children and Family Services. Plus, WGLT's Tiffani Jackson asks two history majors of color at Illinois State University what they learned as kids about black history.

8 MIN1 w ago
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The Leadoff - Friday 2/21/20

The Leadoff - Thursday 2/20/20

It's what you need to know to start your day for Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about the reaction to Governor J.B. Pritzker's budget address yesterday in Springfield. And WGLT's Ryan Denham speaks with a State Farm lawyer about autonomous driving.

8 MIN1 w ago
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The Leadoff - Thursday 2/20/20

The Leadoff - Wednesday 2/19/20

It's what you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about reaction to former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's sentence being commuted by President Trump. Plus, Normal Mayor Chris Koos talks about the Town Council's decision on a student apartment building on Locust Street.

9 MIN1 w ago
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The Leadoff - Wednesday 2/19/20

The Leadoff - Tuesday 2/18/20

It's what you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about trends in DUI arrests in McLean County. Plus, a leading education official in the Trump administration visits Heartland Community College to talk about worker training.

7 MIN1 w ago
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The Leadoff - Tuesday 2/18/20

The Leadoff - Monday 2/17/20

It's what you need to know to start your day for Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about the struggles aging residents face in Bloomington while trying to find adequate housing. Plus, Congressman Rodney Davis speaks about the path ahead for the Equal Rights Amendment.

8 MIN1 w ago
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The Leadoff - Monday 2/17/20

Latest Episodes

The Leadoff - Friday 2/28/20

It's what you need to know to start your day for Friday, Feb. 28, 2020. Our Leadoff story is an update on the former State Farm building in downtown Bloomington. And WGLT's Ryan Denham reports on the viral "Big Lebowski" promotion at Green Top Grocery.

9 MIN18 h ago
Comments
The Leadoff - Friday 2/28/20

The Leadoff - Thursday 2/27/20

It's what you need to know to start your day for Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about the head of the Illinois Farm Bureau believing the China trade agreement is good for the country. Plus, WGLT's Ryan Denham reports on the year-end traffic numbers from the Central Illinois Regional Airport.

9 MIN1 d ago
Comments
The Leadoff - Thursday 2/27/20

The Leadoff - Wednesday 2/26/20

It's what you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about the race for the Democratic nomination in the 13th Congressional District. Plus, WGLT's Ryan Denham speaks with Mayor Tari Renner about next years budget plans in the city of Bloomington.

9 MIN2 d ago
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The Leadoff - Wednesday 2/26/20

The Leadoff - Tuesday 2/25/20

It's what you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about what's included in the next Bloomington city budget. Plus, a report on the shortage of attorneys in rural central Illinois.

7 MIN3 d ago
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The Leadoff - Tuesday 2/25/20

The Leadoff - Monday 2/24/20

It's what you need to know to start your day for Monday, Feb. 24, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about McLean County dealing with ransom-ware attacks and higher insurance costs across the board. Plus, WGLT's Ryan Denham reports on Illinois State University's two contributions to the Illinois Innovation Network.

8 MIN4 d ago
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The Leadoff - Monday 2/24/20

The Leadoff - Friday 2/21/20

It's what you need to know to start your day for Friday, Feb. 21, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about the Normal-based Baby Fold's reaction to the governor's proposed $147 million budget increase for the Department of Children and Family Services. Plus, WGLT's Tiffani Jackson asks two history majors of color at Illinois State University what they learned as kids about black history.

8 MIN1 w ago
Comments
The Leadoff - Friday 2/21/20

The Leadoff - Thursday 2/20/20

It's what you need to know to start your day for Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about the reaction to Governor J.B. Pritzker's budget address yesterday in Springfield. And WGLT's Ryan Denham speaks with a State Farm lawyer about autonomous driving.

8 MIN1 w ago
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The Leadoff - Thursday 2/20/20

The Leadoff - Wednesday 2/19/20

It's what you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about reaction to former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's sentence being commuted by President Trump. Plus, Normal Mayor Chris Koos talks about the Town Council's decision on a student apartment building on Locust Street.

9 MIN1 w ago
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The Leadoff - Wednesday 2/19/20

The Leadoff - Tuesday 2/18/20

It's what you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about trends in DUI arrests in McLean County. Plus, a leading education official in the Trump administration visits Heartland Community College to talk about worker training.

7 MIN1 w ago
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The Leadoff - Tuesday 2/18/20

The Leadoff - Monday 2/17/20

It's what you need to know to start your day for Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. Our Leadoff story is about the struggles aging residents face in Bloomington while trying to find adequate housing. Plus, Congressman Rodney Davis speaks about the path ahead for the Equal Rights Amendment.

8 MIN1 w ago
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The Leadoff - Monday 2/17/20
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