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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.

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.

The Chicago Sun-Times' Rachel Hinton joins the panel.

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.

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity is awarding a $950,000 grant to the City of Peoria through its Illinois Rebuild: Shovel Ready program to help fund rehabilitation of the former Tabor property on the city's South Side.



On this episode, when it comes to getting the COVID-19 vaccine, Black residents are less likely to get the shots than whites. We'll look at some of the reasons why and some possible solutions.

And Congressman Adam Kinzinger has become a regular on national talk shows for speaking out against his own party.  Kinzinger grew up in central Illinois and we'll hear what those who've known him the longest have to say about the Republican.      

On this week’s episode of Out and About, Bill Conger joins Jenn Gordon to talk about the reopening of the Peoria Riverfront Museum.

This I Believe: I Believe in Car Stereos

Feb 26, 2021

I believe in car stereos. The stereo may be seen as a flashy accessory for an otherwise necessary means of transportation. But I believe a car stereo is the most important feature of the car. It is the heart of all socialization. Whether a touch-screen or good old-fashioned buttons, this modern music box is something of a magic trick. 

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Friday, February 26, 2021. Our top story is about how Peoria Public Schools adopted a new, more inclusive history curriculum called Black History 365. WCBU student reporter Olivia Streeter talks to one high schooler about what this means to her.  You'll also hear how a few photos snapped six decades ago in a downtown Peoria office were quietly tucked away - until now.

Gov. JB Pritzker on Thursday announced $11 million in new infrastructure funding aimed at spurring economic development in underserved areas.

An Interview with Tamzin Merchant

Feb 25, 2021

Tamzin Merchant is known by many for her roles in Pride and Prejudice, The Tudors and Carnival Row. She's a wonderful actress, and now she is a published author! We were delighted to read Tamzin's first book, The Hatmakers."Full of magic, surprise, and adventure, Tamzin Merchant’s sparkling debut introduces a captivating heroine and her extraordinary world." We can't recommend enough that you go out and pick up this book. We speak to Tamzin about The Hatmakers and her acting career.

Richwoods High School freshman MiKayla Young was thrilled to participate in a Black History 365 International Virtual Student Forum earlier this week to discuss the importance of teaching Black history in schools.

If you're looking for an example of why every vote counts, look no further than the Peoria Township Supervisor Democratic primary election, where challenger LaTrina Leary currently leads incumbent Frank Abdnour by just one vote.

With the addition of more than 4,000 administered doses of COVID-19 vaccines in the past day, the Tri-County has surged past the 100,000-shot mark.

As part of Black History Month, this UIS ECCE panel discussion encourages learning about the societal issues that inform and led to the formation and evolution of the Black Lives Matter Movement. 

Former Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan’s vacated 22nd District House seat has a new occupant — the second replacement in four days — after Madigan asked his first choice to step down this week in an embarrassment to the normally fastidious Democratic boss.

This I Believe: I Believe the Cookie Monster Had it Right

Feb 25, 2021

Chocolate chip. Pizzelle. Oatmeal raisin. Jan hagel. Shortbread. Camachile. Gingerbread. Stroopwafel. Coconut. Peanut butter. Nearly everyone likes a cookie, regardless of background, identity, or politics; thus, cookies can help bridge the gaps we’ve created in our communities. I believe cookies can bring us together.

Illinois has given more than two million vaccinations. But Black residents are less likely to get the shots than their white peers, according to Illinois Department of Public Health data. As of Feb. 22, 4% of Sangamon County’s vaccine doses have gone to Black residents, who make up 13% of the county’s population, according to census numbers.

U of I Sued Over Handling Of Sexual Misconduct Claims

Feb 25, 2021

Two former University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign students are suing the University of Illinois for failing to protect them from a professor they say was violent and exploitative. The lawsuit, filed last month in the Illinois Court of Claims, alleges the university focused on generating income from Chinese students at the cost of protecting students.

The expansion of the 1B phase of COVID-19 vaccinations includes pregnant women. While the Tri-County area isn't yet expanding eligibility, other areas of the state may choose to begin that expansion starting Thursday.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Thursday, February 25, 2021. Our top story is about how heading into the final weeks of his tenure, outgoing Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis says the city is recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic, but still has challenges ahead. You'll also hear how Governor JB Pritzker's expansion of 1-B eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine takes effect today.