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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.

This post is for news on local response to the virus in Springfield and Central Illinois.

A local doctor returning from a recent deployment with the 182nd Airlift Wing in Peoria helped assess alternative care sites across the state.

A 91-year-old man is the Tri-County area's first COVID-19 linked death.

Governor J.B. Pritzker focused Sunday on changes to make sure those who need child care can get it.    

Illinois’ COVID-19 caseload surpassed 10,000 this weekend. Governor J.B. Pritzker said residents must continue to do their part to slow its spread.

The Peoria City/County Health Department is reporting the area's first COVID-19 related death.

More positive COVID-19 tests are coming back in Central Illinois - including the first confirmed cases in Stark and Mason counties.

Peoria activist and community organizer Chama St. Louis says she's running for Peoria mayor next year.

If you’re thinking about buying a pet rabbit for Easter – think about a chocolate one instead. That’s the message from a Pekin-based rabbit rescue group.

The city of Pekin is closing off access to the riverfront after people continued to gather there in violation of the governor's stay-at-home order.

With concerns that the new coronavirus is being spread by asymptomatic people, Gov. J.B. Pritzker is advising Illinois residents to wear masks while out in public.

Local medical students are gathering personal protective equipment for healthcare workers on the frontlines.

Peoria Police Chief Loren Marion said more people are going outside in groups as the weather warms up. But he's asking people to adhere the governor's stay-at-home-order.

With the number of COVID-19 cases increasing every day, Governor J.B. Pritzker’s statewide “Stay at Home” order has been extended until April 30th.  Hospital capacity is being increased, many businesses are struggling, and an unprecedented number of people have filed for unemployment in the past week.

On this episode, we hear from a man who has turned his fight with the coronavirus disease into an essay from his hospital room.  

We'll also hear how the state's manufacturers are switching gears to help with the COVID-19 response.  And when tipped workers lose their source of income, some turn to sex work, both in-person and digital.  

Those stories and more on this week's Statewide.

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker announced a fourth field hospital location for treating COVID-19 patients. Public health experts are expecting a surge in cases this month.

The nutrition program for women with infants, and young children, commonly referred to as WIC, is operating through the COVID-19 pandemic. However, some recipients say they are having a hard time finding food that is WIC-approved at grocery stores.

Last year, more than 182,00 Illinois residents participated in the program. 

The federal government is gearing up to send the first round of direct payments to help individuals through the COVID-19 pandemic.

The city of Peoria is preparing for what happens if it doesn't receive state revenues for its firefighters' pension fund on time due to the COVID-19 money flow crunch.

Central Illinois Hotels Suffer in Silence

Apr 2, 2020

With the coronavirus sweeping across the country, the hospitality industry in central Illinois faces its biggest challenge since 9/11.

University of Illinois Springfield has transitioned to all-remote learning as the state stays at home.

Families who rely on the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children — or WIC — had trouble finding eligible items on store shelves last month.

The Community Foundation of Central Illinois is reactivating the Disaster Relief Fund originally created after the Washington tornado to help with the COVID-19 crisis.

Peoria City/County Health Department medical director Dr. Gregg Stoner said the local COVID-19 infection and death projections he's seen give a real sense why social distancing measures like the stay-at-home order are necessary.

Illinois Governor J-B Pritzker Wednesday continued to point out how the state has too few health care workers as the system becomes stretched due to COVID-19.  

The governor indicated Illinois has received over 11-hundred applications from both former workers looking to “rejoin the fight” and from out-of-state professionals who want to help here. 

An Illinois nonprofit is offering two months' of mortgage or rent payments to help people out during the COVID-19 crisis.

Updated April 2 at 5:36 p.m.: The city of East Peoria has issued a burn ban effective April 6 due to concerns over the novel coronavirus. The open burning of dry yard waste is still permitted through dusk of April 5. Failure to comply with the ban will lead to a verbal warning and potential fines on subsequent offenses.

Original story: Open burning is underway in East Peoria through the month of April and residents are urged to take extra precaution.

Central Illinois Art Scene Upended By Virus

Apr 1, 2020

Central Illinois artists are also among the many casualties in the battle against the spread of the coronavirus.

In the third week since Illinois’ governor banned going out to bars and dining out, restaurants are in limbo as they scramble to get by on takeout and curbside delivery orders, while they wait for relief from the government. 

A four-hour long standoff with the suspect in a pair of incidents over the weekend died Tuesday with his apparent suicide by gunshot in a North Valley home.

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