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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.

The Tazewell County Health Department will begin COVID-19 vaccinations for the 1B+ population starting Friday.

For the next week or so, many student-athletes in central Illinois will take on double duty while coaches work to coordinate schedules so players don’t get spread too thin.

Melodi Green is a Peoria native who worked hard to make her dreams of becoming an attorney come true. She's now the first Black woman to head the Juvenile Division of the Peoria County State's Attorney's Office.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Thursday, March 4, 2021.

Congresswoman Robin Kelly (D-Ill.) has replaced former Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan as chair of the state’s Democratic Party, marking a shift away from Madigan’s two-decade control of the party.

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The addition of more than 2,000 second doses of COVID-19 vaccines administered in the past day lifted the Tri-County area past 40,000 fully vaccinated residents.

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At this point in the pandemic, OSF HealthCare says it will not turn away the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine "if it's the only option" available for patients.

Middle America is the new series premiering this Friday on WCBU. It features protagonist Wendell Bauer, who guides you through unique Central Illinois and personal stories, all interwoven with local music. Daniel Musisi spoke with show creator and producer Jared Grabb to learn more.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, March 3, 2021. Our top story is about how Illinois is still struggling with a teacher shortage. And some superintendents say it could be years before the crisis is over.

The Springfield City Council rejected the mayor’s nominee to fill the Ward 3 vacancy on the council, despite support from faith and community leaders.

Illinois has long held the record for the most units of local government in any state — 8,923 local taxing bodies to be exact, according to a recent report by the Chicago-based Civic Federation.

The Peoria Chiefs will allow limited in-person fan attendance this season.

Only three current intensive care unit patients at Peoria-area hospitals are being treated for COVID-19, as the Tri-County area approaches 40,000 residents fully vaccinated for the coronavirus.

A state appellate court says a Tazewell County man's constitutional rights were violated when he agreed to a de facto life sentence as a teenager a quarter-century ago.

The February gas bill for the village of Morton is coming due later this week - and it's expected to be a big one.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, March 2, 2021. Our top story is about how after weeks of brutal cold in central Illinois, spring weather started arriving over the last few days.

Peoria County’s death toll from COVID-19 saw another significant increase Monday as Tri-County health officials announced a case review from the last two months produced 11 additional fatalities tied to the pandemic.

Norm Walzer moderated a program on rural policy at the 32nd annual Rural Affairs Conference last Thursday by the Illinois Institute of Rural Affairs at Western Illinois University.

The Chillicothe Public Library's NEA Big Read starts Tuesday.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Monday, March 1, 2021. Our top story is about how the Chillicothe Library's NEA Big Read starts tomorrow. WCBU's Tim Shelley talks with librarian Catherine Barnett about what they hope people take away from the book "Lab Girl."  You'll also hear how former U.S. Attorney John Milhiser left his job last week as part of the Biden transition.

A suspect is in custody after a man was found in a car with a life-threatening gunshot wound on Saturday evening in Peoria's East Bluff neighborhood.

Three Michigan men were arrested Friday after a business burglary at Northwoods Mall.

PMP Fermentation Products is a company with some 50 employees operating on the Peoria riverfront, overlooking a public housing project and the RiverPlex Recreation Center.

Springfield’s mayor has nominated a community organizer to fill the vacancy on the city council. Roy Williams, Jr., was selected to take over for State Sen. Doris Turner, who has left the Ward 3 seat after being appointed to the Illinois legislature earlier this month. 

Former Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan's legislative district seat saw not just one, but two replacements within a week.  And Governor J.B. Pritzker signed into law a large reform package dealing with crime and policing.

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A review of cases from the past two months has led to Peoria County adding 16 more COVID-19 fatalities to its total since the start of the pandemic.

In this WCBU Black History Special, you'll hear some of our best reporting about the people who brought us to where we are—and what we can learn to better decide where we go next.

LaTrina Leary and Frank Abdnour will have to wait at least another week before finding out which one of them won the Democratic primary for Peoria Township supervisor.

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