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Olivia Streeter

Olivia Streeter is the WCBU Summer Intern.

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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.