Joe Deacon | WGLT

Joe Deacon


Joe Deacon is a reporter at WCBU. He started working for WCBU in 2020.

He previously was a correspondent for WGLT, starting in 2019.

Earlier in his career, Deacon worked at The Pantagraph in Bloomington.

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An attempt to reverse the planned budget-related cuts of two Peoria Fire Department engines fell short Tuesday night, after the City Council unanimously agreed to issue $4 million in working cash bonds to keep the Peoria Civic Center afloat.

The second phase of Peoria Public Schools’ return plan amid the COVID-19 pandemic will bring students in grades 2-4 back to the classrooms starting Oct. 26.

After starting the school year with full remote learning amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Peoria Public Schools last week announced plans to start bringing some students back to the classroom.

A letter sent by the Illinois Secretary of State’s Office is forcing local election officials to reassure citizens that they are not required to vote by mail for the November election.

Andre Allen is making another run for a seat on the Peoria City Council.

Members of the Dunlap School Board say they need to start looking at 2022 now in hopes of balancing the books after passing a deficit-heavy budget for the 2021 fiscal year.

Not long after Dan Luthi graduated from nursing school in 2013, he started volunteering with the American Red Cross, and the Washington resident soon wound up assisting in relief after a major catastrophe.

Earlier this summer, Banu Hatfield learned four men experiencing homelessness had been staying in the neighborhood near the Zion Coffee Bar she co-owns with her husband, Mike.

Three weeks into the new school year and just over a month after deciding in favor of fully virtual instruction amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Peoria Public Schools have started to consider bringing some students back to the classroom.

The Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce and Discover Peoria want to help local businesses and organizations become more inclusive and diverse.

Maintaining the blood supply doesn’t take a break around the Labor Day holiday, and COVID-19 has compounded the challenge.

Bradley University is looking to correct the institution's COVID-19 course with a two-week all-student quarantine period.

Peter Kobak has decided to take another shot at joining the Peoria City Council.

Issues including housing disparity, the digital divide and training for high-wage jobs are among the topics a new Peoria city-county initiative hopes to address, according to City Council member Rita Ali.

One week after voting down a plan to borrow $10 million and decommission two fire engines to balance Peoria’s budget, a divided City Council has approved the proposal.

Rik Edgar believes the Peoria Civic Center holds the key to the city’s economic revival after the COVID-19 pandemic – but only if it can survive the next two months.

When construction begins next spring on the Peoria Housing Authority’s redevelopment of the Taft Homes, current residents won’t be relocated to different public housing sites.

Two years ago, Peoria Public Schools renamed Woodrow Wilson Primary School to Dr. Maude A. Sanders Primary School. Now, District 150 Board of Education Vice President Gregory Wilson has asked his fellow board members to support name changes for facilities currently honoring Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, Theodore Roosevelt, Benjamin Harrison, Calvin Coolidge and Charles Lindbergh.

Central Illinois residents and businesses looking to repair or replace property damaged during last month’s severe storms and flash flooding can seek assistance from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

Clinical trials for a potential COVID-19 vaccine are underway in Peoria.

The Peoria Public Schools Board of Education will consider a budget for 2020-21 showing a $4.5 million operating loss and a total gap between total revenue and expenditures of $19.75 million.

Former Peoria Republican congressman Ray LaHood confirmed Monday he is endorsing Democratic nominee Joe Biden in November’s presidential election.

The impact from COVID-19 may lead to a rise in the number of homeless students for the upcoming year in Peoria public schools.

Competing online petitions have brought the future of East Peoria Community High School’s “Raiders” mascot into question.

Joshua Gunn has only been in his new role as Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce president and CEO for seven weeks, relocating from North Carolina with the economy mired in a slump brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic and businesses required to enforce a state-ordered mask mandate.

Roberta Koscielski realized her calling at an early age.

Officials from the Peoria Public Library and the Rotary Club of Peoria believe a new feature at the library’s Lincoln branch serves as a testament to a shared commitment to literacy.

The conference fall sports seasons for Bradley and Illinois State universities have officially ended before they got a chance to start.

Public school students in Peoria have two options for remote learning this fall.

Natural Fiber Welding Inc., a Peoria company developing plant-based alternatives to leather and plastics, has raised $13 million in new investments, with Ralph Lauren Corp. leading the latest round of financing.