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A Peoria County man in his 50s and a woman in her 90s from Sharon Healthcare Elms are the Tri-County area’s latest COVID-19 victims.

The five candidates on the primary ballot to succeed outgoing Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis say they want to lead the city through its current challenges and into the future.

By the end of this week, the first few thousand residents of Peoria, Tazewell, and Woodford Counties in the 1B group will have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

The heartbreaking story of Yingying Zhang is told in an award winning documentary.  It gives an intimate look at the University of Illinois student who was kidnapped and murdered in 2017.   

The film introduces viewers to Yingying through personal writings and shows the toll her death has taken on her family and friends.  We talk with the director.    

Research shows family doctors in rural parts of Illinois are often more trusted by their patients than public health officials.  That makes them even more important in dealing with one of the most vaccine-hesitant groups.   

Those stories and more on this episode of Statewide.

Vivian Reed wants the Federal Bureau of Prisons to be more forthcoming about conditions at the Federal Correctional Institution in Pekin amid a second COVID-19 outbreak.

State Representative Jehan Gordon-Booth is the new Speaker Pro Tempore of the Illinois House.

Overall demand for COVID-19 vaccinations is strong in the Peoria area and statewide. But that high demand can mask a hesitancy among some groups to roll up their sleeves and get the shot. This is especially true among Black and Latinx communities.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Thursday, January 21, 2021. Our top story is about how as the Federal Correctional Institute in Pekin endures its second COVID-19 outbreak, the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois is monitoring conditions at all prisons and jails.

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CLASSICS: City Lights

Jan 20, 2021

Front Row Classics is celebrating the 90th anniversary of Charlie Chaplin's 1931 masterwork, City Lights. Join Brandon and Eric as they pay tribute to Chaplin's genius in a film that's still funny and heartwarming nearly a century later. Topics include: the precision of some of Chaplin's greatest comedic set pieces and the world events surrounding the film. The hosts also discuss the importance of going back and watching silent movies

U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos says she's confident President Joe Biden will fulfill his promise of unifying the country in the days and weeks ahead.

With nine new fatalities announced Wednesday, the Tri-County area has moved to the brink of reaching 500 deaths linked to COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, January 20, 2021. Our top story is about how with our region's move back to Tier 1 COVID mitigations, some Peoria restaurants are preparing to offer indoor dining for the first time in months.

The write-in option was left off some copies of the February Peoria mayoral primary ballot.

Tri-County health officials Tuesday reported 13 more Peoria County deaths linked to COVID-19 over the three-day weekend, along with the passing of a Tazewell County man in his 70s.

With the region's move back to Tier 1 COVID mitigations, some Peoria restaurants are offering indoor dining as an option for the first time in weeks.

Bradford is that central Illinois community often defined as the third-largest town in Stark County, behind Wyoming and Toulon. But the town, located some 35 miles north of Peoria, has another claim to fame.

I will resist saying it’s been a year like any other – that goes without saying.  But there was a tremendous outpouring of stellar music – pandemic-centric or not:

Kathleen Edwards  -  Total Freedom

About damn time, quitter.

The former critics darling, then abandoner of the music business (she started her own shop called ‘Quitters Coffee’ in Stittsville, Ontario) returns after a near decade absence.

A new option for affordable fresh produce is coming to Peoria's South Side on Sunday.

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

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, January 19, 2021. Our top story is about how the Peoria area will roll out the next phase of coronavirus vaccines to frontline essential workers and people age 65 and older starting this week. You'll also hear how about ten thousand workers across more than a dozen Illinois hospitals run by OSF HealthCare have received the firest dose of the coronavirus vaccine.

Central Illinois can officially permit limited indoor dining and bar service again, as the region moves back to Tier 1 mitigations.

A Canton woman was found dead in a South Peoria garage following a fire Friday morning.

McLean County Improves Into Tier 2 COVID Mitigations

Jan 15, 2021

Gov. JB Pritzker announced revisions to his COVID-19 mitigation tiers Friday that would allow earlier indoor dining, but no regions have thus far met the requirements.

With Gov. JB Pritzker officially allowing Region 2 to move back to lighter COVID-19 restrictions, some businesses are now able to reopen their doors to customers--again.

Tri-County health officials on Friday reported eight new COVID-19-related deaths, including six victims from Tazewell County.

Sangamon County seniors over 65 and essential workers eager to get their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine should keep an eye on the county health department’s website and Facebook page.

The Sangamon County Department of Public Health will announce new availability of appointments for the shots on those channels in the coming days and weeks, as well as inform local news outlets, according to county spokesperson Jeff Wilhite.

This week, Illinois lawmakers wrapped up the work of the 101st General Assembly.  And there is  a new House Speaker - Chris Welch - after Michael Madigan lost the support of his caucus after nearly four decades in power.

Rich Miller of Capitol Fax joins the panel.

Knox County will begin vaccinating frontline essential workers and people aged 65 and older next week.