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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.

Peoria-area shoppers won’t hear bells ringing at the Salvation Army’s traditional Red Kettles for a while.

A north-central Illinois community spent Wednesday afternoon chasing after a wallaroo.

Tri-County Area health officials Wednesday reported seven new COVID-19 related fatalities in the past day as Illinois posted its deadliest 24 hours since the start of the pandemic.

The alternate COVID-19 housing site at the Four Points by Sheraton hotel in downtown Peoria has quietly reopened in time for winter.

A n0-snow November was a welcome change for Peoria Public Works.

East Peoria's property tax levy is expected to remain the same next year.

The $5.5 million levy will see a slight $25,000 bump, but property owners aren't expected to pay more any more in property axes.

The city has held the line on its chunk of the overall property tax bill for the past two decades, but Commissioner Dan Decker said it's the correct move, especially during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

If you ever lose sight of the fact that everything on this planet is connected, just take a walk down to the banks of the Illinois River.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, December 2, 2020. Our top story is about how Pekin's annual Christmas on Court celebration won't be stopped by COVID-19, but it will look quite a bit different this year. You'll also hear how the U.S. Geological Survey recently announced the addition of the Illinois River Basin to a state-of-the-art data collection program for improving national water management sytems. WCBU Correspondent Tory Dahlhoff has the story.


Statistics reported Tuesday by Tri-County area health officials show 75 fewer COVID-19 patients in Peoria-area hospitals and 29 fewer in home isolation from the previous day.

A recent COVID-19 outbreak at the Tazewell County Jail is under control, but the same can't be said for the Federal Correctional Institution in Pekin.

Bradley University graduate and social justice advocate Pierre Paul is leading a team working on a program to help hearing impaired individuals.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, December 1, 2020. Our top story is about how the Illinois Food Pantry Network is encouraging healthy donations this December during its 12 Days of Giving. You'll also hear from a Bradley University graduate who is the founder and CEO of We Hear You, a start-up developing an app that will translate American Sign Language into spoken English.

Nearly 250 patients are now being treated for COVID-19 in Peoria-area hospitals as Tri-County area health officials Monday reported a daily average of almost 380 new cases over the four-day holiday weekend.

In the last month, the Woodford County Health Department hired and trained up to six new contact tracers. Three of them already have quit.

Hersey Hawkins, arguably the best player in Bradley University basketball history, is headed to the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame.

The Northern Tazewell Fire Protection District will contract with the Washington Fire Department for full-time ambulance service, starting Tuesday.

A group of Bradley University students is participating in a challenge that will assist NASA’s goal to put U.S. astronauts back on the moon within three years.

The Heart of Illinois Food Pantry Network is encouraging healthy donations during its 12 Days of Giving campaign in December.

Studies show blood plasma donated by people recently recovered from COVID-19 can provide some real benefits to those currently battling the disease. But in central Illinois, there's not enough to go around.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Monday, Nov. 30, 2020. WCBU's Joe Deacon talks to a group of Bradley University students participating in a NASA challenge aimed at putting astronauts back on the Moon. Plus, Tim Shelley speaks with UnityPoint Health-Methodist Chief Medical Officer Dr. Samer Sader about Central Illinois' desperate need for more convalescent plasma donations to treat COVID-19 patients.

As hospitalizations due to COVID-19 remain at record levels, hospitals that serve small towns and rural areas in Illinois are facing unique challenges.

From the drawing board to the opening day of an attraction, Disney Imagineers are behind every step of building the rides fans love in Disney parks. But what does an Imagineer actually do?

Disney fans can look to Kevin Rafferty’s book “Magic Journey: My Fantastical Walt Disney Imagineering Career” for answers.

Statewide: Learning To Learn Remotely

Nov 26, 2020

The pandemic has forced more students and teachers to go online.  That hasn't been easy.  But it's also a challenge for parents, juggling work and making sure their kids keep up with their studies.  A reporter shares her story.

We also look back at an incident in Springfield involving President John F. Kennedy, one year before his assassination. 

That and more on this week's Statewide.

Illinois will borrow $2 billion more from the Federal Reserve to pay bills associated with COVID-19, Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced Wednesday.

For a second straight day, Tri-County health officials on Wednesday reported 10 more COVID-19 related deaths in the last 24 hours.

The COVID-19 pandemic will bring Thanksgiving holiday travel to its lowest counts in years, but millions of people are still ignoring advice from public health officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

There are 16,000 fewer jobs in the Peoria area than there was this time last year — a sign of just how large the pandemic looms over the local economy.

Hospital beds across the state continue to fill with COVID-19 patients, and an investigation has been announced to look into the deadly breakout in the LaSalle Veterans' Home.  Michael Madigan says he has no intention of stepping down as House Speaker, although he may not have the votes needed to keep that position the next time the Legislature meets.

WBEZ's Dave McKinney joins the panel this week.

Public health recommendations are causing changes to many families’ Thanksgiving plans this year. But the pandemic also has had an impact on how area social service organizations distribute Thanksgiving meals to families struggling to keep food on the table.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020. Our top story takes us to Morton, where Joe Deacon checks in on turkey sales at Yordy Turkey Farm. And WCBU Correspondent Tory Dahlhoff tells us how area social service organizations plan to distribute Thanksgiving meals this year during the COVID-19 pandemic.