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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.

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.

This Friday marked Illinois moving to Phase 4 of Governor J.B. Pritzker's Restore Illinois plan, along with guidelines for in-person school attendance in the Fall.  However, the governor says that the threat of COVID-19 remains and that restrictions could be tightened again if there is a resurgence of the disease.

Greg Hinz of Crain's Chicago Business joins the panel.

A woman wounded in a workplace shooting in Springfield Friday died of her injuries, according to the Sangamon County Coroner.  Marsha Strumpher of Springfield, 54, had been hospitalized since the incident and died Saturday.  

For the first time in months, residents of Illinois long-term care facilities can once again visit with loved ones in person as Illinois moves into phase 4 of reopening.

The Illinois Attorney General’s office is reviewing whether the Peoria County Board of Election Commissioners violated the state’s Open Meetings Act

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Friday, June 26, 2020. Our top story is about how Central Illinois could experience the remnants of a North African dust storm this weekend. You'll also hear some of Out & About host, Jenn Gordon's conversation with Leigh Ann Brown of the Morton Chamber of Commerce. They discuss tonight's Fourth Friday event in Morton. 

Over the past three years, Springfield’s Police Community Review Commission has considered a single case. But there are differing thoughts on why the board has such a light caseload and if change is needed.

A number of Greater Peoria businesses are planning to open their doors or expand services starting Friday, as the state moves into Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan.

As the state lifts more restrictions, moving to Phase Four of the Restore Illinois plan, there are worries about a spike in coronavirus cases.  Hear what some experts are saying.

A Bloomington nursing home was the site of a COVID-19 outbreak.  We learn more about what happened there.

And while Illinois lays claim to the Great Emancipator, its past also includes slavery. We'll get a history lesson.  That and more on Statewide.

A coalition of Peoria community groups requesting the disciplinary records of several police officers involved in fatal incidents, say they're not satisfied with the statement released Wednesday night by Chief Loren Marion III and the police union.

More people are caring for a loved one at home as the COVID-19 pandemic leaves them unemployed or apprehensive about care facilities. 

The Peoria Park District Board of Trustees unanimously voted Wednesday to begin the process of exploring the potential removal of the Christopher Columbus statue from Bradley Park.

This story was produced in partnership with the Pulitzer Center. For more stories about the effect of COVID-19 on museums, please visit the Prairie State Museums Project at PrairieStateMuseumsProject.org.

It’s a Monday afternoon with nothing to do. Your other plans have been rained out, so you decide to pay a visit to the Peoria Riverfront Museum.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Thursday, June 25, 2020. Our top story is about how the Peoria Park District Board of Trustees approved temporary closures at three facilities as a cost saving measure. You'll also hear about how more people are caring for a loved one at home, as the COVID-19 pandemic leaves them unemployed or apprehensive about care facilities.

  

The Trump administration is moving to end federal funding for the COVID-19 testing site in Peoria on June 30.

A black bear has been spotted several times this month in western Illinois.   And authorities are telling  the public to avoid getting too close or agitating the animal.  

Central Illinois skies could look different this weekend thanks to Sahara Desert dust. 

More than 150 participants gathered during a Zoom call Tuesday as part of a frank discussion about race, equity, and justice in Peoria.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, June 24, 2020. Our top story is about how the Peoria City Council approved an early retirement incentive, aimed at reducing the need for layoffs from the city workforce. You'll also hear about how one small business adapted to COVID-19 restrictions. 


PNC Financial Services has reversed its decision to close one of its Springfield branches. The facility in the 800 block of South 11th Street is one of the few remaining banks serving the city’s east side.

Ward 2 Alderman Shawn Gregory said the closure would’ve been another economic blow for that part of Springfield. 

Governor Releases Fall Plans for Schools And Colleges

Jun 23, 2020

Governor J.B. Pritzker wants to see kids in the classroom this fall.  He released guidance Tuesday for students returning to school and college.

The city of Pekin is announcing the retirement of Fire Chief Kurt Nelson.

Washington police are investigating the death of a man whose body was found behind a shopping center as a homicide.

Kyle McMurtrey, 34, of Washington, was found dead behind Washington Plaza last Wednesday. Washington Police Chief Mike McCoy said its the first violent murder reported in the city in years.

"Obviously, we're concerned. We want to solve this. But we've got some persons of interest that we're dealing with, and we're already talking to them, and we're following up on all the leads we've got," he said.

Sangamon County is looking to expand its COVID-19 testing and contact tracing efforts, and prevent outbreaks at long-term care facilities. The local health department is asking the Illinois Department of Public Health for $2.86 million to fight the new coronavirus over the next year.

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