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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.

Twenty-seven residents of the LaSalle Veterans’ Home have died in the last few weeks since the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs reported a COVID-19 outbreak at the facility in early November.

Pritzker Warns Of Looming Crisis If Jobless Programs Aren't Extended

Nov 23, 2020
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Gov. JB Pritzker warned Monday of another looming economic crisis for the state and nation if Congress does not act soon to reauthorize extended unemployment benefits for people displaced from their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

UPDATED 2;45 P.M. TUESDAY | The South Side Mission will close its shelter for women experiencing housing insecurity in the coming days.

Ending cash bail doesn't lead to an increase in crime, according to a new report from researchers at Loyola University Chicago. 

With more than 250,000 people dead as a result of this year's COVID-19 pandemic, more families may struggle with an empty seat around the Thanksgiving dinner table this year.

The Tri-County region reports 1,043  new COVID-19 cases over the weekend, and eight more deaths.

The Greater Peoria Mass Transit District is entering into a partnership with Chicago-based Transdev to manage and operate its CityLift paratransit and CountyLink rural transportation services.

For many families, this Thanksgiving will look like no other.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Friday, November 20, 2020. Our top story tells us of a new free legal resource for Illinoisans to expunge cannabis convictions from their records. We talk to State Representative Jehan Gordon-Booth about the program. Plus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend avoiding travel this Thanksgiving. We hear from local medical experts about the safest ways to enjoy the holiday with loved ones.

Front Row Classics is celebrating Noirvember this month with a very special guest. The "Czar of Noir", Eddie Muller joins Brandon and Eric to celebrate the Film Noir genre. Eddie is a celebrated author, film historian and is the host of Turner Classic Movies' Noir Alley. The interview covers the history of noir as well as discussion of modern and classic examples of the genre. We encourage our listeners to also visit The Film Noir Foundation's website to see how you can get involved in preserving film history.

www.filmnoirfoundation.org/

Longtime Illinois Speaker Mike Madigan (D-Chicago) says has no intention of stepping down — even after a federal indictment this week nabbed four people alleged to have orchestrated a bribery scheme for Madigan’s benefit.

The firm grip of a second COVID-19 wave produced more than 2,500 cases and 30 deaths in the Tri-County area over the past seven days, with health officials reporting 11 new fatalities in previous 24 hours on Friday.

U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos says she has recovered from COVID-19.

The Missouri Valley Conference is altering its conference basketball schedules in response to the escalating COVID-19 pandemic.  

This week, a Michael Madigan confidant and three others were indicted in an alleged bribery scheme that prosecutors say also involved the powerful House Speaker, known as Public Official A in federal documents. 

Madigan again denied he's done anything wrong and he's not been charged.  But more House Democrats have publicly pulled their support for him, making it seem less likely he can win another term in the leadership post in January.  There have also been calls for him to resign as the state's Democratic Party Chairman. 

Our panel discusses Madigan's future and whether his long tenure in politics is about to end.  

Local restaurants and bars are taking a step back to reevaluate how--or if--they are going to continue operating under Gov. JB Pritzker's newest Tier 3 mitigations.

Most of the new COVID-19 cases in Sangamon County are from what public health experts call community spread, at house parties, work, restaurants or other places within the community. But that wasn’t the case at the beginning of the pandemic, when most cases were in congregate settings, such as nursing homes.

On this week’s episode, host Jenn Gordon is joined by Wendy Thomasson and Jorge Laico of the Peoria Ballet to talk about how students have taken to wearing masks while they dance, how the organization converted their rehearsal space into a production studio, and how you can enjoy viewing this year’s digital performance of "The Nutcracker."

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Friday, November 20, 2020. Our top story is about how starting today, Governor J.B. Pritzker's Tier-3 mitigations take effect in an effort to control the spread of COVID-19. Accordingly, several entities around Peoria are once again rethinking and adjusting the way they operate. You'll also hear from the leader and frontwoman of the Peoria based rock band Tina Sparkle, Marsha Satterfield.

In a divided country, it's easy to point fingers and throw around blame.  Those who work in government are often targets.  But a new award will recognize those who do the public good.  Former Illinois Governor Jim Edgar joins us to talk about the award named after him and the late U.S. Senator Paul Simon.

And we'll learn about two middle-aged white women, who refer to themselves as vandals, for taking it upon themselves to change the name of a park that honored a former slaveholder.  

Those stories and more on this episode of Statewide.

In a divided country, it's easy to point fingers and throw around blame.  Those who work in government are often targets.  But a new award will recognize those who do the public good.  Former Illinois Governor Jim Edgar joins us to talk about the award named after him and the late U.S. Senator Paul Simon.

And we'll learn about two middle-aged white women, who refer to themselves as vandals, for taking it upon themselves to change the name of a park that honored a former slaveholder.  

Those stories and more on this episode of Statewide.

Illinois residents with marijuana convictions have a new starting point toward getting their records wiped clean, and State Rep. Jehan Gordon-Booth is helping make sure downstate residents are aware of the opportunity.

For the second consecutive day, the Tri-County Area added more than 400 new COVID-19 cases, and more than 200 patients are hospitalized in the region as the pandemic’s second wave continues to surge.

The Par-A-Dice casino will shut down to comply with Gov. JB Pritzker's new Tier 3 COVID-19 mitigations.

Gov. JB Pritzker on Thursday called on longtime House Speaker Mike Madigan (D-Chicago) to resign from his speakership if he could not explain his knowledge of or role in a years-long bribery scheme allegedly orchestrated by lobbyists and officials of electric giant Commonwealth Edison in an attempt to curry favor with Madigan.

Dunlap students and community members came prepared to fight for programs rumored to be on the chopping block at a virtual board meeting Wednesday evening.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Thursday, November 19, 2020. Our top story is about how East Peoria Mayor John Kahl says the Tier 3 mitigations going into effect tomorrow will not impact plans for the city's Festival of Lights Parade. You'll also hear how matching donations from former Caterpillar CEO Bob Gilmore's foundation and Reditus Labs CEO Aaron Rossi… will fund large-scale COVID-19 testing for Peoria Public Schools students and staff next spring.

 

A longtime confidante of House Speaker Mike Madigan (D-Chicago) was charged along with two other former Commonwealth Edison lobbyists and the CEO of ComEd’s parent company in a nine-count indictment Wednesday, alleging the four conspired on a wide-ranging bribery scheme all designed to influence the powerful House Speaker.

A Peoria County woman in her 40s is one of six deaths attributed to COVID-19 in the Tri-County area since Tuesday, as the region continues to pass milestones and set daily records for new cases.

With COVID-19 spread's now exponentially increasing in every region of the state, all 11 regions will move into Tier 3 restrictions on Friday. With the new mitigations in place, certain businesses and entities are going to have to again rethink the way they operate.

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