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Headlines from around the state, curated by the GLT newsroom. If you want more state news, listen to Illinois Public Radio's The 21st on Mondays-Thursdays at 11 a.m., and Statewide at 11 a.m. Fridays.

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services was involved in the well-being of a 9-year-old Goodfield boy's livelihood 14 times since his birth.

An anti-abortion law firm is asking the federal government to block a portion of Illinois’ reproductive health law. They say it improperly says forces people to pay for health insurance that covers abortions.


The Murray Baker Bridge will shine again. 

The Peoria Police Department is looking for a key witness to a fatal hit-and-run accident over the weekend.

The Pinecrest Drive overpass above Interstate 74 in East Peoria is set for replacement next year. 

U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Channahon) is calling on President Donald Trump to pull down a tweet comparing the House impeachment inquiry to a "lynching." 

Several community groups are collaborating to bring a farmers market to Peoria’s South Side.

A Central Illinois lawmaker said he’s encouraged by first steps taken by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) and the its director’s pledge to “re-focus on safety.”

Farmers across Illinois are still feeling the effects of historic spring rains that caused severe delays in planting.

The Illinois Department of Transportation on Monday released details for how it plans to spend billions of dollars on road construction in the coming years.


Central Illinois will receive $1.52 billion under the five-year capital improvement plan released Monday by the Illinois Department of Transportation. 

The work funded by the Rebuild Illinois plan passed by the General Assembly earlier this year includes next year’s deck replacement on the Murray Baker Bridge, construction on U.S. Route 24 from Banner to Kingston Mines, a new bridge over the Illinois River at Henry, and work on Knoxville Avenue and Pioneer Parkway. 

The Peoria Fire Department is asking residents to keep an eye out for suspicious activity after several arson incidents this month.

Flu season has begun once again in Illinois, and public health officials are urging residents to practice good hygiene and vaccinate against the virus.


Structures like sand traps and bunkers may soon be replaced by sculptures at the former Donovan Golf Course. 

Wild Ones of the Rock River Valley and Natural Land Institute (NLI) have partnered to help people create yards that are environmentally friendly. Zach Grycan is the director of stewardship with the NLI. He spoke to a packed classroom at Rock Valley College in Rockford about establishing natural areas at home, work, school or church. He said the first step is to get inspired:

B’nai Sholom temple has stood on a quiet, tree-lined street in Quincy, Illinois, for almost 150 years.

Four swastikas were found on the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus in the last two weeks. The hate symbols were found drawn or carved in two different residence halls, a library and a bathroom stall in the campus’ foreign languages building.

A female pedestrian is dead after a hit-and-run accident late Saturday in South Peoria.

The Peoria Police Department is reminding residents that their lobby can be used as a safe spot to complete online transactions after three armed robberies on Saturday.

Chicago teachers on are on strike as freshman Mayor Lori Lightfoot makes some big requests of lawmakers in Springfield. Billionaire Gov. J.B. Pritzker releases summaries of his annual tax returs, and uses them to promote a graduated income tax for Illinois. And we take a closer look at the proposed asset consolidation for the hundreds of troubled downstate and surburban local police and fire pension funds.

Illinois’ September unemployment rate fell to 3.9 percent, according to preliminary data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s down by a tenth of a percent from August, and state officials are calling that a record low.


A new report from a University of Illinois panel on faculty misconduct seeks a broader definition of sexual harassment and more transparency. But a university spokesperson couldn’t say when the reforms would be adopted or how much they would cost.

The two men charged with the brutal slaying of a Princeville couple last year appeared in court Friday. 

Illinois Treasurer Michael Frerichs visited the Peoria Public Library today to teach preschoolers how to think about money.

Long-shot GOP presidential candidate Mark Sanford made a stop in Peoria today on the first leg of his campaign kickoff tour. 

Slightly warmer going in, perhaps, but a lot more snowy.

That’s the forecast for this winter from the NOAA Climate Prediction Center’s Winter Outlook

"It's showing a pretty strong signal of above normal precipitation all the way across the Northern Plains and across Illinois and the Great Lakes area," said Ed Shimon, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Lincoln. 

U.S. Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-Schaumburg) said acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney’s press conference yesterday is just the latest sign of wrongdoing with the Trump administration’s interactions with Ukraine. 

He said the mere request for foreign assistance to investigate Joe Biden’s son and the debunked theory of Ukrainian hacking of DNC servers was illegal. 

Corn Stock Theatre’s Winter Playhouse provides valuable training for actors and directors alike. Chip Joyce joins Jenn Gordon in the studio to give a preview of the unique productions being staged this winter season, beginning with “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime”. 

Amid a federal corruption probe, a suburban Chicago lawmaker wants to effectively ban red-light cameras.

Republican presidential candidate Mark Sanford will make a campaign stop in Peoria on Friday morning.

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