Dana Vollmer | WGLT

Dana Vollmer

Dana Vollmer is a reporter with WCBU. Prior to moving to Peoria, Dana covered the state Capitol for NPR Illinois. 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. 

Peoria police dispatch lines were a bit quieter at the start of the stay at home order. But those phones are ringing more often the longer COVID-19 precautions go on.

With children away from the public eye during the shelter in place period, it’s more important than ever to be on the lookout for signs of neglect or abuse.

There are just a couple days left for Peoria area businesses to apply for grants to help them get through the COVID-19 crisis.

The Heart of Illinois United Way is partnering with Peoria hotels to relocate some people experiencing homelessness during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The federal government is gearing up to send the first round of direct payments to help individuals through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Families who rely on the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children — or WIC — had trouble finding eligible items on store shelves last month.

Updated April 2 at 5:36 p.m.: The city of East Peoria has issued a burn ban effective April 6 due to concerns over the novel coronavirus. The open burning of dry yard waste is still permitted through dusk of April 5. Failure to comply with the ban will lead to a verbal warning and potential fines on subsequent offenses.

Original story: Open burning is underway in East Peoria through the month of April and residents are urged to take extra precaution.

Illinois landlords are not allowed to kick out tenants during the government-mandated shelter in place period. But that's not stopping some from trying.

Bradley University students have returned from spring break. But for the rest of the semester their classes will take place online.

Peoria food pantries are feeling the strain of more people in need, as COVID-19 closures take away jobs and access to food.

Updated at 9:28: The National Weather Service says the tornado threat has ended in Peoria and areas west of the Illinois River. Tornado warnings are also canceled in Tazewell and Woodford counties.

Around 9 p.m., the NWS reported power flashes in Peoria, indicating a likely tornado on the ground. Spotter also visually saw a tornado. Ameren power maps show outages reported off Smithville Road near the Peoria International Airport.

The National Weather Service is forecasting hazardous conditions for Saturday afternoon and evening, with damaging winds, large hail, and tornadoes all possible.

The Peoria Civic Center is reporting revenue numbers deep in the red, after the novel coronavirus canceled virtually all concerts and sporting events.

As COVID-19 makes accessing groceries a challenge, more seniors and people with disabilities could get food delivered to their home.

As bars and clubs shut down amid COVID-19, some displaced employees are looking to sex work to supplement their income.

Peoria's homeless shelters are staying open amid COVID-19 related closures, but they face some challenges in finding the space and resources to accommodate the need.

People suffering from substance use disorder may be unable to find supply or a safe way to use during the COVID-19 outbreak.

The Peoria-based child welfare organization Crittenton Centers is offering free curbside pick up of formula and diapers for parents in need.

Peoria’s economy, while vulnerable amid COVID-19 related closures, can be resilient, if businesses and consumers work together. That’s the message from Chris Setti, CEO of the Greater Peoria Economic Development Council.

As stressful as the COVID-19 pandemic is for adults, it’s likely worse for children.

Tri-county governments are issuing a disaster declaration closing all city and county buildings to the public.

Central Illinois residents in need of resources amid the coronavirus pandemic can use the Heart of Illinois United Way's information and referral service.

Flights out of the Peoria International Airport will continue as scheduled, despite travel concerns amid the spread of COVID-19.

Tazewell County election authorities are taking extra steps to ensure all voters can cast a ballot, despite challenges posed by the coronavirus.

When Illinois voters cast their primary ballot on March 17, their first — and even second — choice for president may no longer be in the race.

Some students need extra help in the classroom and, much as they try, sometimes teachers can't do it all. The non-profit Peoria Friendship House has begun a mentorship program with the idea that some of the best teachers are parents.

Peoria County, the city of Peoria and the Peoria City/County Health Department are opening a joint Emergency Operations Center in preparation for the future spread of COVID-19.

Numerous studies link social media use with mental health problems, like depression. But new research conducted by a Bradley University professor shows how a true crime podcast might be bucking that trend.

U.S. businesses are battling wide-ranging problems amid the global spread of the coronavirus.

Cuts to the city of Peoria's salt budget make it difficult sometimes to deal with snow and ice removal. That's according to Sie Maroon, the city's superintendent of operations. 

Gov. J.B. Pritzker believes the future of healthcare is digital — but reliable internet is needed to make that a reality.

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