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Ep. 16: Jeremy Kelley (Illinois Fire Juniors Soccer Club)

Ep. 16: Jeremy Kelley (Illinois Fire Juniors Soccer Club)

September 9, 2019

Jeremy Kelley is the secretary of the Illinois Fire Juniors Soccer Club and the co-chair of the capital campaign for new field space. Jeremy fills us in on the local soccer scene, what’s needed in a new field space, and how this need relates to the related discussion of a multi-sport complex.

To learn more, you can visit:

  • illinoisfirejuniors.com
  • Facebook: Illinois Fire Juniors
  • Articles on local news sources, such as WGLT and the Pantagraph

 

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Music: “Extremes” by The Lemming Shepherds, public domain

Ep. 15: Erik Rankin (McLean County Democrats)

Ep. 15: Erik Rankin (McLean County Democrats)

August 27, 2019

On this episode of Pod BN we speak to McLean County Democratic Chair Erik Rankin. Listen to Erik as he explains the reason for the party's growth and the plans for the next few years

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Ep. 14: Connie Beard (McLean County Republican Party)

Ep. 14: Connie Beard (McLean County Republican Party)

August 12, 2019

Connie Beard stops by to talk about her experiences as Chair of the local Republican Party, the 2018 election, and the outlook for 2020.

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Local Topics, July 2019: Route 9

Local Topics, July 2019: Route 9

July 15, 2019

Bike lanes and parking and sidewalks, oh my! 

Since the last episode, Tyson has been digging into the details of the proposed road revisions on Route 9, including new bike lanes and less parking. He discusses the issue with his friend Jeremy, who holds some differing opinions on the approach. They go from least to most controversial to see if they can bridge the divide on this polarizing topic. 

It would be particularly handy to have the route map for reference, if possible. You can find it on the PodBN Facebook Page

The city is collecting feedback through July. You can send it to your council member at ward#@cityblm.org (where # is your ward number) and publicworks@cityblm.org.

Local Topics, July 2019: Parking

Local Topics, July 2019: Parking

July 8, 2019

Justin helps Tyson get up to speed on some local political topics he missed while he’s been distracted by his job up the last couple months. We touch on a few points of controversy covered fairly well in the media. Then we dive into parking, with a focus on downtown Bloomington and proposed Route 9 bike lanes. We wrap up with some advice on how to stay informed and involved.

 

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Music: “Extremes” by The Lemming Shepherds, public domain

 

Ep.13: Steve Suess (McLean County Libertarian Party)

Ep.13: Steve Suess (McLean County Libertarian Party)

June 24, 2019

Steve Suess is the Chair of the McLean County Libertarian Party. We talk about the recent growth of the local party,  learn about their future plans, and try out best to keep the conversation local instead of national – you can judge if we were successful.

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Music: “Extremes” by The Lemming Shepherds, public domain

Ep.12: Chuck Marohn (Strong Towns)

Ep.12: Chuck Marohn (Strong Towns)

June 5, 2019

Chuck Marohn is the Founder and President of Strong Towns, an international movement that’s dedicated to making communities across the United States and Canada financially strong and resilient. He Skyped in from Minnesota to talk about hot topics in Bloomington-Normal.

We start with a brief orientation to Strong Towns (2:20), then we chat about approaches for connectivity and infill (8:45), downtown/uptown revitalization (20:15), Connect Transit (35:20), and next steps for the Arena and Eastland Mall (53:20).

Find out more at StrongTowns.com and the Strong Towns Podcast. At the website you can preorder “Strong Towns: The Book” and see what events are scheduled, including the upcoming book tour.

On the topic of transit, Chuck recommends “Human Transit” by Jarrett Walker.

 

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Ep.11: Charlie Johnson (CBD, Marijuana Legalization, & Hard Determinism)

Ep.11: Charlie Johnson (CBD, Marijuana Legalization, & Hard Determinism)

May 26, 2019

Charlie Johnsonis the owner of Potsitivities, a CBD lotion producer. We discuss CBD, a cannabis-based (legal) supplement which has been shown to have remarkable health benefits. He also offers his take on marijuana legalization, a topic he follows closely. We wrap up with some philosophizing on the Fermi Paradox and the free will/determinism debate.

 

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Music: “Extremes” by The Lemming Shepherds, public domain

Ep. 10: Zach Dietmeier (Economic Development Council)

Ep. 10: Zach Dietmeier (Economic Development Council)

April 22, 2019

Zach Dietmeier is the Vice President of Marketing & Communication for the EDC. He explains the history the EDC, its goals, and its practices. We then dig into the details of Rivian and Brandt: two recent notable examples of EDC action. We wrap up with a discussion of how the council interacts with the other private and public organizations in the county.

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Music: “Extremes” by The Lemming Shepherds, public domain

Ep. 9: Lauri Meins (Haven Studios)

Ep. 9: Lauri Meins (Haven Studios)

April 15, 2019

Lauri Meins is a fitness enthusiast and serial entrepreneur. She has a streak of running at least a mile every day for 4 years, is an IronMan triathlete, and teaches yoga. Her hair styling businesses have helped her live her best life through her work, and she’s recently purchased on online boutique as well. We discuss what motivates her to pursue all these endeavors (it’s not Hot Pockets).

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Music: “Extremes” by The Lemming Shepherds, public domain