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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.

Members of Peoria's congressional delegation have mixed reactions to President Trump's $4.8 trillion budget request for next fiscal year.

Another Lending Option Beyond Banks or Payday Loans

Feb 12, 2020

The Peoria City Council on Tuesday adopted an ordinance to fund a microloan and financial services organization.

The second season of legal hemp growing is coming in Illinois. State experts are sharing what they know — and don’t — as more people express interest in growing it.

Expect bridge construction to be a constant in the Peoria area over the next few years.

The historic Victorian mansion at the foot of Knoxville Avenue is set for demolition next month.

The long-vacant Sud Building in downtown Pekin is set to have tenants again by year's end.

The Pekin City Council cleared the way for PAL Health Technologies to kickstart a recreational cannabis dispensary and craft growing operation on the city's industrial southern edge.

A new University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign survey finds most students who experience sexual misconduct don’t tell anyone. 

Campus officials say the findings of the Spring 2019 Climate Survey on Sexual Misconduct are a signal that they need to do more to encourage victims to come forward.

Illinois Supreme Court Justice Robert Thomas is retiring from the bench after nearly 20 years. The judge, who has led careers in both law and athletics, plans to practice privately at a personal injury firm in Chicago.

Chillicothe is highlighting Mexican culture as one of 78 communities nationwide participating in the National Endowment of the Arts Big Read program.

Peoria medical students will soon head off to one of two radically different locales with the same goals in mind: improving healthcare access in rural communities.

The city of Peoria acted sincerely, if imperfectly, to avoid layoffs to address budget concerns in 2018.

One person is dead and another critically injured after a wrong-way driver struck another vehicle head on Friday evening.

A driver was headed north in the southbound lanes of Interstate 155 at the Broadway exit south of Morton around 6:40 p.m. when they struck the other vehicle.

Tazewell County Coroner Charles Hanley pronounced the driver of the wrong-way vehicle dead on the scene. The driver in the second vehicle was transported to a Peoria hospital with life-threatening injuries.

State Police said Friday evening a wrong-way driver apparently caused a head-on fatal accident on Interstate 155 in Tazewell County. Troopers said the collision happened about 6:40 p.m. in the southbound lanes at Broadway Road between Morton and Tremont.

The Tazewell County Coroner has pronounced dead the driver of the vehicle that headed north in the southbound lanes. The driver of the other vehicle is at a Peoria hospital with life-threatening injuries, said troopers.

State police rerouted traffic away from 1-55 and onto Broadway Rd. for some hours.

You may notice interruptions in WCBU's over-the-air signal for the next few weeks. 

NASA is naming a spacecraft after a Bradley University graduate who was the first African American chosen to be an astronaut.

A former legislative ethics watchdog calls out the Ethics Commission, former state Rep. Luis Arroyo pleads not guilty (but is thought to be cooperating with the feds), and Gov. J.B. Pritzker wants Illinois to supplant Iowa and New Hampshire at the front of the presidential primaries.

The man behind the Mona Lisa replica at the center of the Peoria Riverfront Museum's da Vinci exhibit is visiting Peoria from Paris. 

Susan Koch, who took over the top role at the University of Illinois Springfield in 2011, announced Friday she will retire effective June 30.  She said she wants to spend more time with family. 

“It is a bittersweet decision.  I love the chancellor role and it’s been an absolute delight to work with students and faculty, staff, donors and members of the community,” Koch said.  “But you come to a point in your life where you start thinking about some other things.”

As Illinois lawmakers consider whether to change ethics laws after recent scandals, former legislative inspector general Julie Porter is urging them to start with themselves.

The Oscars ceremony has faced heavy criticism in recent years for its lack of diverse nominees.

Stories Of The Enslaved In Illinois

Feb 7, 2020

One was sold away from her children. Another was freed and became a businessman. Others were freed only to be kidnapped and sold back into slavery. These are just a few stories of people who were enslaved in Illinois.

The Peoria Planning and Zoning Commission gave its OK Thursday to a craft cannabis grower to start up business in South Peoria. But that vote on the Grow Trust's application didn't come without some scrutiny.

High schools promote a four year college degree to students, often placing less priority on other options like vocational training, two year degrees and more.  We learn about a program in one community that is working to explain the different choices.  

More colleges and universities are making standardized test scores from the ACT and SAT scores optional when it comes to admissions.  

And we get a lesson on coyotes and why more are showing up in urban areas.  That and more on this episode of Statewide.

The Peoria chapter of the International Union of Operating Engineers is expanding its apprenticeship program as the state rolls out its $45 billion capital plan.

A Peoria non-profit is trying to address food insecurity and community health through education.

One was sold away from her children. Another was freed and became a businessman. Others were freed only to be kidnapped and sold back into slavery. These are just a few stories of people who were enslaved in Illinois.

The Peoria Housing Authority got some good news last week when the state approved its preliminary plans for the new Taft Homes. More details about those plans are becoming public.

A panel of lawmakers on Wednesday grilled Secretary of State Jesse White and officials from the Illinois State Board of Elections over problems with the state’s automatic voter registration system.