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Steve Tarter

Steve Tarter retired from the Peoria Journal Star in 2019 after spending 20 years at the paper as both reporter and business editor.

He joined WCBU in 2020 shortly before the pandemic hit. Tarter, married with four adult children, enjoys old movies, especially film noir. The former president of the Apollo Theater in Peoria loves those old black-and-white crime movies so much he hosts a free annual film noir series at the Peoria Public Library every spring. He also continues to host a weekly podcast, Tarter Source, started at the Journal Star several years ago, with a spotlight on Peoria-area personalities.

“No one will love us if we don’t love ourselves.”

The small-town theater was an endangered species before the pandemic.

But in 2020, the coronavirus and state-ordered shutdowns that followed meant closing theaters completely—for months at a time.

A campaign will soon roll out that urges Peoria-area residents to get vaccinated—even before the coronavirus vaccine is widely available.

Barb Hoffman, a travel agent for Direct Travel in Peoria, said 2020 was a year like no other when it came to her industry.

CityLink, the Peoria-area transit system, faced a variety of challenges due to the coronavirus in 2020, but fared better than systems in many larger cities, said General Manager Doug Roelfs.

The pandemic hit the airline industry hard in 2020.

David Alan Badger says he's made the state of Illinois "the adventure of his life."

The Easley Pioneer Museum in the little town of Ipava closed this week for the season, so if you want to see the museum’s display on Camp Ellis, you’ll have to wait until the place reopens next April.