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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.

HSHS Medical Group is offering COVID-19 testing in Springfield and Decatur. The medical group is using federal funds from the first coronavirus aid package to set up the drive-through sites.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, September 15, 2020. Our top story is about how emotional support animals have proven time and time again to provide feelings of comfort and stress relief for their owners. And pet adoption agencies across the nation have seen an increase in adoption numbers.

Three weeks into the new school year and just over a month after deciding in favor of fully virtual instruction amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Peoria Public Schools have started to consider bringing some students back to the classroom.

East Peoria entrepreneur Roy Sorce is proposing a recreational cannabis start-up in the city's downtown.

Child Welfare Officials Say They’re Coping During Pandemic

Sep 14, 2020
Department of Children and Family Services building in Springfield
Capitol News Illinois

Child welfare officials in Illinois told a panel of state lawmakers Monday that the COVID-19 pandemic has hindered but not completely prevented their efforts to monitor children at risk of abuse or neglect.

The COVID-19 crisis has placed many school districts and families on the wrong side of the digital divide. State Superintendent Carmen Ayala says creativity is  helping to bridge the gap.

Ayala says the state board has allocated $80 million toward purchase of computer devices and connectivity hotspots to help with remote learning. Forty two percent of schools have both remote and in-person learning and a third are remote only.

Five residents from Peoria and Tazewell counties died this weekend from COVID-19.

The Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce and Discover Peoria want to help local businesses and organizations become more inclusive and diverse.

The Illinois State Police Division of Criminal Investigations is now looking into the 2018 death of a Army National Guardsman in Galesburg.

DCFS Faces A Housing Crisis

Sep 14, 2020

‘A Bed Is Not A Bed Is Not A Bed’: Building Up Child Welfare System To Deal With Looming Crisis Not A Simple Task

A pandemic within a pandemic: that’s how advocates have described a recent surge in domestic violence. Since stay-at-home measures were first issued in March, reports of domestic violence have skyrocketed across the globe.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Monday, September 14, 2020. Our top story is about how Governor J.B. Pritzker says Bradley University did the right thing in ordering a two week quarantine after the campus saw a spike in COVID-19 cases.

This week, a special Illinois House committee began investigating House Speaker Madigan’s alleged role in a decade-long bribery scheme involving Commonwealth Edison.  Meanwhile, Senate President Don Harmon's office was subpoenaed by the U.S. Attorney.  And billionaire Ken Griffin is spending money to fight the proposed graduated income tax amendment.

The Chicago Tribune's Jaime Munks and Professor of State Politics at the University of Illinois at Chicago Chris Mooney join the panel.

Tazewell County is at a COVID-19 warning level again.

Bradley University's one-week COVID-19 positivity rate now stands at 14.4% as the university experiences a spike in new cases.

This year, a festival involving area restaurants that’s raised more than $500,000 for cancer research over the past five years hopes to help the restaurants, themselves.

This week on Out and About, Preston Jackson and William Butler join Jenn Gordon to talk about their joint exhibit, Walking the Line

Maintaining the blood supply doesn’t take a break around the Labor Day holiday, and COVID-19 has compounded the challenge.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Friday, September 11, 2020. Our top story is about how the Peoria Public Library is joining a growing number of public libraries across the country adopting a fine-free policy. You'll also hear from Kirby Winn, public relations manager for the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center, which serves Central Illinois.

City Water, Light and Power is encouraging customers with past due bills to contact its customer service department to get on a payment plan. They can call 217-789-2030 or visit CWLP’s website.

A man suffered a potentially life-threatening gunshot wound on the East Bluff Thursday afternoon.

Suspect Arrested In Weekend Fatal Shooting

Sep 10, 2020

Peoria police have arrested a 19-year-old man in connection with a fatal shooting over the weekend.

You know it's getting close to election season crunch time when candidates start popping up on your local airwaves.

On this episode, we recall Chicago's own Steve Goodman, the songwriter who died 36 years ago this month.  He left behind a catalog of work, but is probably best known for the song played after a Chicago Cubs home victory - "Go Cubs Go."  

Also, we find out how misinformation about the coronavirus can spread so rapidly.  And, a southern Illinois couple tells their account of growing up amid segregation.  

That and more on this week's Statewide.

The Peoria Public Library is joining a growing number of public libraries across the country in adopting a fine-free policy, effectively eliminating barriers to the library’s multimillion-dollar collection of resources and materials.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Thursday, September 10, 2020. Our top story is about how Bradley University is ordering all students to quarantine in place for two weeks to limit COVID-19 exposures. You'll also hear how the Community Health Partnership of Illinois operates migrant clinics at several locations in central and northern Illinois.

Jodi Benson: The Voice of ‘The Little Mermaid’

Sep 9, 2020




Lawmakers, Stakeholders Ask Pritzker To Pause Marijuana Licensing Process

Sep 9, 2020
Toi Hutchinson

Some lawmakers and stakeholders are asking Gov. JB Pritzker to hold off awarding 75 marijuana dispensary licenses amid concerns that just 21 applicants qualified for the first round of licenses.

GOP Investigators Hope To Get Answers From Madigan

Sep 9, 2020
State lawmakers at a podium
Peter Hancock / Capitol News Illinois

Republicans who will serve on a special investigative committee looking into House Speaker Michael Madigan’s role in a bribery scandal involving utility giant Commonwealth Edison said Wednesday they hope the Democratic leader will speak directly to answer questions.

Voters in Sangamon County will be able to submit their mail-in ballots for the November election in two drop boxes instead of sending back through the postal service.