Patrick Grogan

Patrick Grogan is an intern at WGLT. He joined the station in 2021.

Patrick is also a student at Illinois State University.

Kelly Stogner of Normal saw a social media post from someone asking for a kidney, and saw herself in April Post: a single mom, about her age, with a young kid, turned out it was a match. Hear that and other organ donor stories. Plus, restaurant owners say the price for a dinner out might go up because of a worker shortage. There is no beer in outer space, but the Challenger Learning Center in Normal has a beer-related science puzzle game on a virtual space station.

Automakers can't sell directly to customers in Illinois because of decades-old rules to protect mom and pop auto dealers from the Big Three in Detroit, but auto dealers aren't so mom and pop any more and the old economics might not apply in the case of Rivian. Plus, the Bloomington based quintet Old Smoke offers new music.

Sean Sherman is a chef who tries to revive Native American Foodways by NOT using colonial ingredients. That includes dairy, beef, pork, chicken, and wheat flour. Sherman says it's gluten free and every other healthy diet you might think of. Plus, the African American community in Bloomington-Normal reflects on revived trauma and skepticism about the coming verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial in Minnesota. Bloomington City Manager Tim Gleason slow rolls a search for a new police chief.

Bloomington City Manager Tim Gleason says he hopes a council member's promise to make lives of new council members a living hell is just a reaction to allies losing. Gleason says you can talk about social agendas, but the nuts and bolts come first. Bloomington's mayor says there's still need for a water shutoff moratorium.

Bloomington-Normal defense attorneys analyze the Derek Chauvin murder trial in Minnesota and how it would be handled if it happened in central Illinois. Plus, Bloomington-Normal landlords say deadbeat tenants aren't accepting available help on water fees and the property owners are getting stuck with the bill. Finally, it's the WGLT fund drive.

ISU still can't do a big spring commencement ceremony, but can you still do a bunch of really teeny-tiny commencement ceremonies? Hear from Jill Benson on ISU's commencement team on the new, out-of-the-box Redbird Stage Crossings program. Plus, District 87 has expanded summer offerings after a year disrupted by COVID. Illinois lawmakers are looking at what some other countries do to prevent overdose deaths; create legal injection sites to shoot up.

On today's episode, a look at what the federal election bill does and doesn't do, and what U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis thinks of it. Plus, the progressive People First Coalition plots its next move after their Election Day losses.

The election results are in for cities and towns after sometimes heated campaigns. The incumbent moderates won in Normal over a conservative bloc. A slate of progressive candidates in Bloomington could not seal the deal and lost in Bloomington. Bloomington will have its first Black Mayor. We'll bring you the winners and losers.

Homebuilder Tom Armstrong says Rivian has made a big difference in business. Rivian hiring hundreds makes it a great realty market for sellers, but not so much for buyers. Plus, a new book edited by central Illinois educators chronicles the teen LGBTQ+ experience. Hear about the central Illinois meeting between the Great Agnostic and one of the foremost abolitionist voices of the 19th Century and what it means for today. Finally, we have poetry.

Vaccines, warm weather, and cabin fever mean more business for the Central Illinois Regional Airport, but it's not business as usual. Airport Director Carl Olson says usually there's an even split between business and leisure travel; now its three quarters leisure. Plus, working OUT from home has become just as much a thing in central Illinois as working FROM home. Central Illinois claims a master storyteller who put a little swash in that buckle.

There are some oddities in this year’s Bloomington and Normal elections, including a whole lot of money. Find out more about expected endorsements that didn’t happen, odd political bedfellows, and a political action committee that avoids those on the wings. Plus, there are two camps of candidates for Normal Town Council and their opinions on creating pandemic relief moving forward. One set blasts enforcement actions.

Heartland Community College is offering help after personal data for up to several thousand people was stolen in a cyberattack last fall. The college says it's beefing up security. Plus, the community says goodbye to another former Mayor of Bloomington. Hear about the long and 'twining' road for hemp growers.

Issues of diversity and equity are top of mind for many candidates, including ones for school board. Hear Unit 5 school board candidates talk about enhancing teacher diversity. Plus, one of Governor J.B. Pritzker's executive orders has put a chill on malpractice lawsuits; Eric Stock has a graphic report. A mentorship program in Bloomington-Normal provides new opportunities.

The review of controversial statues in Chicago includes some of President Abe Lincoln for racism. Lincoln College President David Gerlach says if Chicago doesn't want the statues, he'll come collect them himself. Plus, State Senator Jason Barickman says Democrats should wait for the census data they so dearly wanted ...before redistricting.

Even at the city and town level, politics have become more strident. Hear Bloomington council candidates say how they think they can get along. Plus, the Normal Town Council candidates tell you their top priorities. Illinois State University President Larry Dietz hopes the state will make student vaccination mandatory.

District 87 voters don't have a lot of choice for school board candidates, but there are some recommended qualities for a board member including understanding the needs of a diverse district. District 87 school board candidates introduce themselves. Plus, hear what the McLean County Health Department hasn't been able to do while it deals with the pandemic. The first electric school buses have come to central Illinois. Finally, WGLT Arts Correspondent Laura Kennedy retires... again...