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Dana Vollmer

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Dana Vollmer is a reporter with WGLT. Dana previously covered the state Capitol for NPR Illinois and Peoria for WCBU. She earned her master’s degree in public affairs reporting from the University of Illinois Springfield. She also graduated from Northern Illinois University, where she studied communication and produced Morning Edition for WNIJ. Dana's interests include criminal justice reform, economic equity and the environment.

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The McLean County Health Department is reporting 52 new COVID-19 cases and an additional hospitalization.

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McLean County added 212 new COVID-19 cases over the weekend—the highest weekend case count reported since mid-January.

Peoria police say two teenage girls were shot at a birthday party Friday night.

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McLean County’s COVID-19 hospitalizations and death toll continue to climb.

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District 87 is using its free summer programming to help kids reset ahead of a return to in-person learning this fall.

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McLean County health officials report a record 51 residents hospitalized with COVID-19. That comes as Bloomington-Normal hospital bed capacity constricted to just 1% of all beds available.

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Three more McLean County residents have died from COVID-19 complications.

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Some Bloomington landlords are getting stuck with huge water utility bills their tenants aren't paying during the pandemic.

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McLean County health officials on Monday reported 164 more COVID-19 cases confirmed over the weekend, as the county’s testing positivity rate dipped slightly to 5.3%.

It marks the highest weekend case count since Jan. 19. The new cases were found in a batch of about 3,100 test results returned since Friday. McLean County’s total caseload since the start of the pandemic totals 16,324.

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Two more McLean County residents have died from COVID-19 complications, as the county climbs past 16,000 confirmed cases since the start of the pandemic.

The latest fatalities are two men—one in his 40s and the other in his 60s. Neither was associated with a long-term care facility. The death toll from the pandemic is now up to 210.

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Republicans and Democrats are at odds over a sweeping election bill that seeks to reform voting, campaign finance, and ethics laws.

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McLean County has set a new record for COVID-19 hospitalizations. There are currently 42 county residents being treated for coronavirus complications. The previous high was 40 hospitalizations on Jan. 7.

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The Central Illinois Regional Airport is seeing a strong start to 2021 after COVID ravaged business in 2020.

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McLean County health officials are reporting 138 more COVID-19 cases confirmed over the weekend. That comes as the county’s testing positivity rate dropped more than half a percentage point, down to 4.9%.

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McLean County health officials report 77 more confirmed or probable COVID-19 cases, as the county’s testing positivity rate decreased for the first time in two weeks.

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Monuments to Honest Abe could no longer have a home in Chicago, but the president of Lincoln College says they're always welcome in central Illinois.

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Issues of diversity and equity are top of mind after a year of renewed calls for civil rights and social justice reform. Some of those conversations center on American schools -- what students are taught, how they're treated, and what their teachers look like.

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McLean County health officials added 106 new confirmed or probable COVID-19 cases, as the county’s testing positivity rate rose half a percentage point to 5.4%.

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U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis sees a light at the end of the tunnel when it comes to COVID-19 vaccine distribution.

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McLean County health officials added 142 new confirmed or probable COVID-19 cases over the weekend, as the county’s testing positivity rate held at 4.9%.

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A Bloomington attorney is part of a national cohort confronting the "hidden epidemic" of elder abuse.

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Illinois State University is getting help from the National Guard to vaccinate eligible campus community members.

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McLean County health officials report 38 new confirmed or probable COVID-19 cases, as the county’s testing positivity rate broke 4% for the first time since early February.

Nearly half of the Unit 5 school board will turn over after the April 6 election. Three seats are up for grabs, with no incumbents running.

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A year after the start of the pandemic, a second class of "COVID graduates" is hitting the job market—and they're on better footing than last year's college seniors. The job outlook is on an upswing, and grads say they feel better equipped to navigate the virtual landscape.

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This story is part of a special episode of Sound Ideas airing March 12, marking the one-year anniversary of COVID's arrival in McLean County. Find more stories in the series.

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McLean County government leaders present a confident budget outlook for 2021, but say it’s uncertain how COVID-19 could impact financial health in the coming years.

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Social service agencies have had to integrate more technology into their outreach amid COVID. Some of those changes could stick, even after the pandemic ends.

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The McLean County Health Department reports 44 more confirmed or probable COVID-19 cases, as the county’s testing positivity rate fell nearly half a percentage point to 1.9%.

Two more COVID-19 patients were hospitalized over the weekend, bringing the total to 24 patients, the department said Monday. There are fewer intensive care beds open than at the end of last week—88% of ICU beds are in use, up from 73% on Friday. Overall bed capacity nearly doubled to 11%.

Another 183 McLean County residents are isolating at home, while an additional 23 are now considered recovered.

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A new community project aims to take a snapshot of life in McLean County during the coronavirus pandemic.

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