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Tri-County health officials on Wednesday reported 369 new COVID-19 cases, as the test positivity rate spikes in Peoria County.

Barring anything unexpected, East Peoria will bring back recycling this year.

A prison watchdog group in Illinois is calling on the state to take a bigger role in scrutinizing Illinois’ 16 pre-trial juvenile detention centers.  

UPDATED 3:42 p.m. | As voters in Washington elect Gary Manier to a sixth term as mayor, his opponent said she's leaving the door open to another run in the future.

A recap of the April 6 election from the WCBU newsroom. Tim Shelley reports.


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WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, April 7, 2021. Our top story is about how the Peoria mayoral race is still too close to call. Tim Shelley tells us where we're at in the process, and what needs to happen to determine the winner. You'll also hear how lawmakers want to change how people get insurance company approval before medical treatment. 

Washington Mayor Gary Manier will keep that title for the next four years after narrowly fending off a challenge from Ward 1 Alderman Lilija Stevens.

Denise Jackson defeated 1st District incumbent Denise Moore by a decisive 70% to 30% margin on Tuesday night.

The Peoria mayoral race is still too close to call. Jim Montelongo leads Rita Ali by just 73 votes in the race to become Peoria's next mayor, with 100% of precincts reporting.

The Tri-County area opened up universal COVID-19 vaccine eligibility for people ages 16 and older on Monday. While officials say most people should take whichever vaccine is offered to them, 16 and 17-year-olds must be a little choosier.

With Peoria County on the verge of topping 100,000 vaccinations, Tri-County health officials Tuesday reported 172 new COVID-19 cases in the past day.

Lawmakers want to change how people get insurance company approval before medical treatment. Advocates say the current process harms patients.

The day has finally arrived. Peorians are about to select the city's next mayor.

Convince Me with Larry Smith: Jesse David Fox

Apr 6, 2021

Jesse David Fox, Senior Editor of Vulture and host of Good One podcast was kind enough to take some time to talk to Larry about the curse of needing to be correct, comedy “booms,” and the phenomenon that is people’s relationship with Saturday Night Live.

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For decades, Dr. Harold Kasimow kept his Holocaust survival story largely to himself. He didn't feel he had the right to tell it. 

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, April 6, 2021. Our top story is about how the Housing Authority of Champaign County's newest affordable housing complex is in Henry, a river town about an hour due north of Peoria. You'll also hear how Dr. Harold Kasimow was just 3 years old when the Germans took control of his Polish village.

Pritzker Urges Schools To Target COVID Relief Funds

Apr 5, 2021

Gov. JB Pritzker took to the road Monday to urge local school districts in Illinois to carefully target the roughly $7 billion in federal funds they will soon receive in order to help students overcome the learning loss they may have suffered during the pandemic.

Ray LaHood is no longer the chairman of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum Board of Trustees.

With the Peoria mayor’s office and five city council seats at stake in Tuesday's municipal election, Thomas Bride expects turnout to be above average in the city – but that may not hold as true throughout the county.

Four Bradley University seniors have launched the “Bring the Beat” program to add music to an after-school program at the Proctor Recreation Center.

The Peoria area is struggling with its latest wave of COVID-19.

A proposal advancing through the Illinois General Assembly would allow candidates for public office to use political committee funds to cover caregiving costs. 

The Housing Authority of Champaign County's newest affordable housing complex is 115 miles away from the next-nearest property it manages. Here's why the agency is setting up camp in Marshall County.

Small towns across the country looking to brand their community have learned the importance of recalling hometown heroes.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Monday, April 5, 2021. Our top story is about how four Bradley seniors have launched the "Bring the Beat" program to add music to an after-school program at the Proctor Center. You'll also hear how small towns across the country looking to brand their community have learned the importance of recalling hometown heroes.

While the state announced a Bridge Phase for reopening Illinois, not so fast.  A rising number of COVID-19 hospitalizations has stalled the step toward a return to normalcy.  We provide a status update on the pandemic in Illinois.  

We also discuss redistricting.  No surprise that Republicans and Democrats are at odds over how to determine new legislative boundaries.   And Chicago Teacher's Union members are closely watching a bill on the governor's desk.  And they're not the only ones.

Heather Cherone of WTTW's Chicago Tonight joins the panel. 

A rural Peoria County health care provider hopes to soon offer a COVID-19 vaccination clinic for the surrounding community.

Peoria residents and organizations are making their voices heard as the Illinois House Redistricting Committee begins to determine how to redraw the state's legislative maps. 

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