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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.

After 10 days, the University of Illinois Chicago employee strike is ending.

Catholic Archbishop John J. Myers has died at age 79.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Thursday, September 24, 2020. Our top story is about how Peoria County voters can drop off their ballots at a new dropbox. You'll also hear from former Illinois Governor George Ryan who has written a book about his moratorium on executions and the commutation of capital sentences.

The statue of Christopher Columbus overlooking Peoria’s Uplands neighborhood from its pedestal atop Laura Bradley Park will soon set sail to discover a new home in a park district storage facility.

Springfield faith and community activist groups called for commitments from the mayor and police chief to work with them to strengthen the police oversight commission and reinstate a requirement for police officers to live in the city.

Pritzker, Lightfoot Condemn Breonna Taylor Decision

21 hours ago
Protestors in Louisville
John Minchillo / AP

Gov. JB Pritzker and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot condemned a Jefferson County, Kentucky, grand jury’s decision to not charge Louisville officers in the March shooting death of Breonna Taylor and called for protests of the decision to be peaceful.

State-Regulated Utilities Extend Shutoff Moratorium To Winter 2021

23 hours ago
"Thermostat" by midnightcomm is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Several state-regulated utilities have voluntarily extended a moratorium on disconnections into next year after requests from the Illinois Commerce Commission. 

The Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall arrived in East Peoria with full fanfare on Wednesday morning.

Starting Thursday, Peoria County voters who choose to have their ballot mailed to them can pop it into a new secure dropbox outside the county Election Commission office on Brandywine Drive.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, September 23, 2020. Our top story is about how an initiative to rename six Peoria Public Schools buildings will move forward, but the process won't be rushed. You'll also hear how the Vietnam Memorial Wall will be in East Peoria today.

An attempt to reverse the planned budget-related cuts of two Peoria Fire Department engines fell short Tuesday night, after the City Council unanimously agreed to issue $4 million in working cash bonds to keep the Peoria Civic Center afloat.

Rockford attorney David Black is running as the Illinois Green Party's candidate for U.S. Senate.

Illinois Supreme Court Justice Thomas Kilbride is asking voters to retain him for another 10-year term in November. The results of that race could have an impact on the partisan lean of the state's highest court for years to come.

Nearly seven months of coping with lives upended by the COVID-19 pandemic have left many people on edge.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, September 22, 2020. Our top story is about how Governor J.B. Pritzker and Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike announced that the state of Illinois has surpassed 5 million COVID tests since the beginning of the pandemic. You'll also hear from Cody Maddock, a community-based therapy supervisor for UnityPlace.

The second phase of Peoria Public Schools’ return plan amid the COVID-19 pandemic will bring students in grades 2-4 back to the classrooms starting Oct. 26.

After weekend protests against postponing many fall high school sports, Gov. JB Pritzker again defended the decision.

Illinois House Democrats on Monday accused State Rep. Amy Grant (R-Wheaton) of making racist and homophobic statements during a phone call with a purported GOP donor.

The phone call, which was recorded, included instances of Grant mentioning her opponent Ken Mejia-Beal's race and sexuality. Mejia Beal, of Lisle, is Black and openly gay. 

The Peoria County Sheriff's Office is investigating a rollover crash involving Dunlap Fire Chief James Hanson.

Bradley University is lifting the all-student quarantine on Wednesday, but many COVID-19-related restrictions will remain in place.

Two Stark County men are dead after drowning near Williamsfield over the weekend.

A teacher at Morton High School has resigned following an investigation into an alleged inappropriate relationship with a student.

Morton Unit School District 709 said Erin Kemp resigned Thursday. School representatives have filed a report with the Department of Children and Family Services and local law enforcement agencies.

The Morton Police Department said it is not releasing any additional information at this time.

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After starting the school year with full remote learning amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Peoria Public Schools last week announced plans to start bringing some students back to the classroom.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Monday, September 21, 2020. Our top story is about how local election officials have been reassuring citizens that they are not obligated to vote by mail in November.

Front Row Classics: Road To Morocco

Sep 20, 2020

On this week’s episode of Out and About, Shannon Cox and Kim Sanders of the Peoria Art Guild join host Jenn Gordon to talk about the 58th Annual Peoria Fine Art Fair.

COVID-19’s effects on learning for Illinois students emerged in a state Senate committee this week.

Robin Steans, president of the education advocacy nonprofit Advance Illinois, said COVID-19 has placed a reliance on remote learning that has put students at a disadvantage.

More than three weeks after a region of the state was forced to stop indoor bar and restaurant service, those restrictions are being lifted.   Governor J.B. Pritzker says Region 7 has seen its coronavirus positivity rate drop and will return to Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan.