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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.

A new report is again sounding the alarm on the impacts of staffing cuts at the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.

Illinois 4th District Appellate Court is allowing Illinois' Firearm Owners Identification Act to stand. 

The city of East Peoria is warning citizens to lock up their vehicles after a burglary spree near ICC Friday morning. 

Nursing students will be offered a streamlined path to an advanced degree, under a new agreement between Illinois Central College and Illinois State University.

The Peoria City Council will hear Tuesday how the city is progressing on its diversity hiring goals. 

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot abruptly sacked CPD Chief Eddie Johnson this week, accusing the department veteran of lying to her over the details of an incident in which he was found slumped over the steering wheel of his government vehicle. Johnson denies wrongdoing.

All five juveniles who escaped from Galesburg's Mary Davis Home last month are now in custody.

Likely more than 100,000 Illinoisans will lose food stamps under a rule change finalized by President Donald’s Trump administration this week. 

This week, Bradley faculty soprano Courtney Huffman, joins Jenn Gordon in the studio to talk about her upcoming mixed media event titled No Ordinary Women.

A preview of this weekend’s performance by the Illinois Symphony Chamber Orchestra – “Amazing Alleluias” – featuring soprano Awet Andemicael and the music of Mozart, Vivaldi, Corelli, and Haydn.  UIS’ Yona Stamatis talks with Conductor and Music Director Ken Lam.

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The Peoria Planning and Zoning Commission is recommending approval of recreational cannabis sales at two locations.

On this episode of Statewide, we learn why some colleges say there is too much emphasis on standardized tests in the admissions process.  There is a growing movement to drop the requirement or place less of a priority on scores. 

Is an historic home a good fit for you?  Many are bypassing newly built houses for ones that have more character.  But they can be a lot of work.  We'll find out more. 

And a new proposal threatens to end minor league baseball in some Midwest communities.   These stories and more on Statewide.   

A retired Bradley University professor says the Supreme Court is increasingly intervening in religious exercise. 

America's workforce is multi-generational, which can lead to both conflict and opportunity.

The keynote speaker at this year's Women of Influence Forum says it's important for women to communicate about what they want in their careers. 

Archbishop Fulton Sheen's beatification was placed on hold at the request of the Bishop of Rochester, New York.

Many cities across Illinois are struggling to meet required police and fire pension payments. In Springfield, every dollar homeowners pay in real estate taxes goes right back out to cover that cost. Next year, as payments grow, the city needs to come up with an additional $1.5 million dollars.

A Peoria man wanted in connection with a November shooting in South Peoria was arrested Wednesday by the U.S. Marshals.

Tyshan Gayton, 23, was the suspect in a Nov. 1 shooting in an alley behind a house in the 2400 block of W. Malone. The victim suffered life-threatening injuries, but survived.

Gayton fired shots when members of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force attempted to take him into custody in the 400 block of E. Republic on Nov. 7.

A 75-year-old Peoria woman is dead after a suspected elder abuse incident.

Bringing a university presence to the downtown area has been under discussion for years.  But the latest concept dwarfs what has been on the drawing board previously. 

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said she's asked the inspector general to complete an investigation into former Chicago Police Superintendent's conduct "as expeditiously as possible."

But Lightfoot said it's too soon to comment on whether or not the city's corporation counsel will allow the full release of an IG report into Johnson and other officers who may have been involved in a cover-up of his alleged misconduct.

The Illinois State Board of Education today amended emergency rules that had banned the use of certain physical restraints in schools. Those rules had been enacted two weeks ago in response to an investigation published by the Chicago Tribune and ProPublica documenting thousands of incidents where children with special needs were put into seclusion rooms at school.

 

The board had reacted to that report by banning not only seclusion rooms, but also the use of prone and supine physical restraints, which can make it difficult for children to breathe or communicate normally. 

 

Kevin Rubenstein, president of the Illinois Alliance of Administrators of Special Education, says those new rules had ripple effects.

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said she wants to work with Peoria and other Illinois cities on issues of shared concern.

"There's a lot of things that are happening in Peoria that mirror what is happening in Chicago," Lightfoot said. "Different scale, obviously, but certainly we're facing some of the same kind of challenges, particularly around pensions." 

Agents with the Department of Homeland Security's Immigrations and Customs Enforcement Department raided a Peoria business on Wednesday.

Prospective undergraduate students applying to the University of Illinois’ three campuses won’t be asked about their criminal histories until after they’ve been admitted.

East Peoria's property tax rate will remain the same next year.

Democrat Mark Haasis is challenging Darin LaHood for the right to represent the 18th Congressional District. 

Eureka College is working with a state representative to erect a statue of Ronald Reagan at the state Capitol. 

The beatification of Archbishop Fulton Sheen is on hold at the request of some members of the Bishop's Conference.

OSF HealthCare said it is terminating its contract with Meridian later this month due to "millions of dollars of outstanding claims" unpaid over the past five years.

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