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Headlines from around the state, curated by the WGLT 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.

Governor JB Pritzker has named a new Chair of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum Board. Gary Johnson will take over the role effective immediately.

Fruit farmers in Central Illinois are worried a freeze Tuesday night could destroy their crop.

Hospitalizations for COVID-19 in the Tri-County area have reached the highest total in 17 weeks as the region nears 100,000 fully vaccinated residents.

The Peoria area is expecting an unusually late snowfall event heading into Tuesday.

You may not see a lot of them on the road in central Illinois but electric vehicles are coming.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Monday, April 19, 2021. Our top story is about how hospitalizations are peaking at their highest levels since December in the Peoria area as COVID cases surge and it's putting strain on the area's healthcare system.

At the Orr Building at the corner of the Illinois State Fairgrounds, Lisa Scacco — sporting an “I got my COVID-19 vaccine” sticker — spends the observation period after her first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

Peoria police say two teenage girls were shot at a birthday party Friday night.

Rita Ali's lead in the race for mayor of Peoria is a couple votes wider in the latest results from the Peoria County Election Commission.

A Tazewell County man in his 40s is among four new deaths linked to COVID-19 in the Tri-County area over the past day.

This week saw the release of video and other evidence of a Chicago police officer fatally shooting 13 year old Adam Toledo.  Several top Illinois and city officials have weighed in.  Chicago's mayor promised a new policy on how and when officers engage in foot chases.  

Also, is the latest surge in coronavirus cases leveling off?

Our panel includes Rachel Hinton of the Chicago Sun-Times. 

On this week's episode of Out and About, Dan Matisa and Mia Katz join us to talk about Bradley University's upcoming production of "The Importance of Being Earnest."

April is Stress Awareness Month and coping with the effects of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has produced a great deal of stress for many people over the past year.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Friday, April 16, 2021. Our top story is about how a bipartisan group of lawmakers wants to streamline the processes for the application and renewal of Firearms Owner Identification Cards and Concealed Carry licenses. You'll also hear how April is Stress Awareness Month and coping with COVID-19 has produced a great deal of stress for many people over the past year.

The pandemic forced government to take action to prevent foreclosures and evictions.  But that intervention won't last forever.  We talk with researchers who have looked back at the 2008 housing crisis to see what lessons can be learned. 

Illinois remains behind on renewing firearm owner identification cards and concealed carry permits.  We'll hear why there's a backlog and what some are proposing to solve the problem.  

And a car John Dillinger used to make a daring escape has been brought home.  

Those stories and more on this episode of Statewide.

When Democrats in the Illinois House voted in a new Speaker in January, many lawmakers on both sides of the aisle were optimistic a new era would follow.

But three months later, Republicans claim they’re still being treated unfairly by Democrats who hold supermajorities in both the Illinois House and Senate.

Currently, 174 people are hospitalized for confirmed or suspected COVID-19 cases in a Peoria-area hospital, including 46 patients receiving treatment in intensive care units. Those are the highest hospitalization rates since Dec. 23, 2020.

A Marshall County firefighter has died after suffering severe burns in a fire at a family property over the weekend.

A bipartisan group of lawmakers is backing legislation that seeks to modernize the way the Illinois State Police processes and issues Firearm Owners Identification cards and Concealed Carry Licenses, a change that supporters say would speed up the process and improve public safety.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Thursday, April 15, 2021. Our top story is about how health care professionals are telling people not to lose faith in COVID-19 vaccines following this week's pausing of the Johnson & Johnson single dose option.

CLASSICS: Gigi

Apr 14, 2021

It's Oscar season and Front Row Classics is taking a look at the Best Picture winner of 1958: Gigi. The movie was the winner of our Best Picture poll on our Facebook page back in February. This original film musical won 9 Oscars and is famous for its melodic score and gorgeous sets & costumes. Yet, our hosts explore the outdated plot and archaic themes which hold the film back from aging well. Allison Means joins Brandon and Eric for what may be our most polarizing episode yet.

The Tri-County area continues to perform well with COVID-19 vaccinations as cases keep mounting.  

Rita Ali now leads Jim Montelongo by 39 votes in the still-contested race to become Peoria's next mayor.

Pediatricians have noticed a spike in childhood obesity rates over the past year. Doctors think the pandemic could be a contributing factor.

A Peoria man faces 20 years in prison for the 2019 murder of his 6-month-old daughter.

The program director of JOLT Harm Reduction in Peoria thinks the time has come to find creative solutions to the nation’s drug problem.

After several months of discussions, the Peoria City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to approve  development of a new car wash at Glen and University.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, April 14, 2021. Our top story is about how COVID-19 variants are now becoming more commonplace. You'll also hear how pediatricians have noticed a spike in childhood obesity rates over the past year. Doctors think the pandemic could be a contributing factor.

Despite shelving around 2,300 doses of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine Tuesday, the Sangamon County Department of Public Health won’t have trouble supplying planned vaccination clinics in the coming weeks, according to department director Gail O’Neill.

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