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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.

The closing of the Murray Baker Bridge isn’t the only transportation issue facing central Illinois this summer.

Aaron Chess is announcing his candidacy for Peoria's 1st District council seat.

This week, a Clay County judge ruled that Governor J.B. Pritzker did not have the authority to issue executive orders to combat the spread of the new coronavirus after his initial order expired.   Meanwhile, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot warned the city that there would be conseqences for those who flout precautionary measures.  Also, it's the start of a new fiscal year and several new laws went into effect July 1st.

WTTW Chicago Tonight's Amanda Vinicky joins the panel.

The Peoria Fire Department is investigating a major fire Thursday evening at the OSF Cardiovascular Institute.

On this week’s episode of Out and About, Lisa Nelson Raabe joins Jenn Gordon to talk about the influences and techniques which inspired “Still Point”, a collection of her work now on display through July 31 at the Peoria Art Guild. Large in scale, yet fine and fragile, the work follows her ideas into visible constructions that are translucent, elegant and contemplative.

We are so excited that Hamilton has arrived on Disney+! To celebrate the occasion we interview a man who has played Alexander Hamilton for the past year. Julius Thomas III speaks about his Broadway career, his words of wisdom to upcoming performers and of course we dive deep into his role in Hamilton. 

Featuring: Craig McFarland, Brett Rutherford, Vanessa Ferguson

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The Abraham Lincoln Association has launched a $400,000 campaign to acquire vacant land to construct an accurate replica of Lincoln’s original cottage - before the home was expanded.

The Seizure Smart School Act, is a new law in Illinois that requires schools to train employees and care aides on how to handle students with epilepsy, and how to administer their medications.

Epilepsy is a neurological disorder in which the brain activity becomes abnormal, causing seizures or periods of unusual behavior, sensations, and sometimes loss of awareness. It is the fourth most common neurological disorder in the country.

On last week's program, we discussed the often unknown history of slavery in Illinois.  Even more obscure are the personal stories of those enslaved in the state.  This week, we shed some light on who they were and what they went through.  

Also, the invasive Asian Carp has infiltrated and thrived in several midwest waterways.  A new plan to control and harvest the fish is getting underway.  

Those stories and more on this episdoe of Statewide.

The Libertarian Party of Greater Peoria is running a slate of at least eight candidates for state and county offices in November.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Thursday, July 2, 2020. Our top story is about the cancellation of the 2020 Minor League Baseball season. You'll hear from Jason Mott, General Manager of the Peoria Chiefs. You'll also hear about a new initiative to address the issues of Asian carp in the Illinois river. 

Springfield Police Chief Kenny Winslow said Wednesday authorities have yet to determine why an employee shot and killed three co-workers last week at a Springfield manufacturer.

Prairie Farms is laying off 62 employees as it converts its Peoria milk production facility to a distribution center.

Some nonprofits have had to re-envision staffing, as Illinois adds another 75 cents to the minimum wage in a ramp-up to $15 an hour. That comes as many are still grappling with the financial blow of COVID-19.

Some Illinoisans were eager to grab a bite indoors or return to their gym over the weekend, as the state moved into the next phase of the governor's reopening plan. Others chose to stay home.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, July 1, 2020. Our top story is about the City of Peoria Firework Ordinance. You'll hear from Division Chief of Fire Prevention for the Peoria Fire Department, Stanley Taylor. You'll also hear Pekin Outreach Initiative founder, Lynne Johnson. She talks about the opening of a new day shelter for the population experiencing homelessness in Pekin.

Higher Minimum Wage, Gas Tax Increase Among New Laws

Jun 30, 2020

July 1 marks the start of a new fiscal year in Illinois.  It also means several new laws take effect.  Here is a rundown of some of those:

Minimum Wage

The minimum wage is going up in the state.  Workers across most of Illinois will see a boost in their pay to $10 per hour. That is up .75 cents from the bump they received the first of the year.  Those making minimum wage will continue to see annual hikes of a buck per hour each January until the hourly minimum hits $15.

The following commentary was written by Dr. Robert Smith, Dean of the College of Public Affairs and Administration at the University of Illinois Springfield.  

The East Peoria Police Department said its investigation into a Sunnyland woman who claimed she was attacked by two men on bicycles is closed after no evidence was found to substantiate the claim.

The Kidzeum of Health and Science in Springfield - a children’s museum promoting science education through exhibits -- will temporarily close, just two years after opening. 

Washington police say they've made an arrest in the city's second reported homicide this month.

A man is dead after a shooting late Monday night on Peoria's South Side.

College athletes are returning to campuses across the country.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, June 30, 2020. Our top story is about how amidst the COVD-19 pandemic, area police officers working within the community are encouraged to wear masks, but they're not mandatory.

The Washington Police Department is investigating the city's second homicide this month.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Monday, June 29, 2020. Our top story is about how the Illinois Attorney General's office is reviewing whether the Peoria County Board of Election Commissioners' June 16 meeting notice violated the state's Open Meetings Act.

Seven people were shot in four different shooting incidents overnight in Peoria.

Bradley University's "Return to Campus" plan will include a weekly round of COVID-19 surveillance testing among a sampling of students, faculty, and staff.

This week on Out and About, Leigh Ann Brown of the Morton Chamber of Commerce joins Jenn Gordon to talk about the importance of supporting local businesses and artists.

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