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Olivia Streeter

Olivia Streeter is the WCBU Summer Intern.

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Have you ever wondered what the person on the other side of the screen thinks of your home during a Zoom meeting? Until now, a lot of us haven't.

2020 is forcing all of us to spend more time at home. Some are using those extra hours stuck indoors to pick up a new skill or practice. Making art of any kind -- whether it be painting, sewing, or crafting -- has proven to be a creative outlet for many.

Trisha Yocum is owner of Art at the Bodega in Washington. She says hands-on artistic activities help alleviate some of the stresses and worries this year has brought.

The peak of the Geminid meteor shower is fast approaching.

Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood said he's considering mobile refrigerated trailers to hold more bodies as morgues fill to capacity.

Excess food and items left by generous individuals for Peoria's population experiencing homelessness at sites where they gather is actually creating a new issue--things are going to waste.

The Greater Peoria Mass Transit District is entering into a partnership with Chicago-based Transdev to manage and operate its CityLift paratransit and CountyLink rural transportation services.

Local restaurants and bars are taking a step back to reevaluate how--or if--they are going to continue operating under Gov. JB Pritzker's newest Tier 3 mitigations.

With COVID-19 spread's now exponentially increasing in every region of the state, all 11 regions will move into Tier 3 restrictions on Friday. With the new mitigations in place, certain businesses and entities are going to have to again rethink the way they operate.

The Tazewell County Health Department and Illinois Department of Public Health are opening a temporary mobile COVID-19 test site this weekend  in Washington.

Local blood collection workers at the American Red Cross say the organization needs to beef up safety and worker protections during the COVID-19 pandemic.

East Peoria is inviting people to watch its annual Festival of Lights Parade in person later this month, despite surging COVID-19 cases regionally.

Central Illinois restaurants and bars only have a couple days to adapt to new bans on indoor service as COVID-19 cases surge across the region.

Many young people are casting their first-ever ballots this November in what's shaping up to potentially be one of the highest-turnout elections in recent memory.

You may have noticed several new carved limestone pieces adorning the Peoria Heights Sculpture Walk along Prospect Avenue and the Rock Island Trail.

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Stress is abundant during the COVID-19 pandemic. Job loss, health fears, time spent away from loved ones — it piles up. And that stress takes a toll on the body. For some, the effects are more visible. Some are even losing hair over it.

The Annual Santa Claus Parade in downtown Peoria won't be stopped by the pandemic, but it probably will look very different than the previous 132 celebrations.

More people are looking for a distraction from life's troubles right now. Bradley University assistant professor of interactive media Tim Hutchings knows that firsthand — and he's created his own solution.

The Peoria Public Library is joining a growing number of public libraries across the country in adopting a fine-free policy, effectively eliminating barriers to the library’s multimillion-dollar collection of resources and materials.

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Health experts flagged homeless shelters, jails, and other places with people living closely together as high risk for coronavirus spread early on in the pandemic. They're called congregant living settings. While most central Illinois homeless shelters have kept the virus out, jails have more of a mixed picture.

COVID-19 is drastically changing the day-to-day lives of people around the globe and right here in central Illinois. That includes individuals experiencing homelessness, who have had the services they rely on for survival altered greatly.