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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.

People suffering from substance use disorder may be unable to find supply or a safe way to use during the COVID-19 outbreak.

The Pekin City Council voted unanimously Monday to extend the emergency powers of the mayor and city manager for another two weeks.

The Red Cross says blood donations are badly needed as COVID-19 forces the cancellation of blood drives across the country.

Marshall County is now reporting its first COVID-19 case.

A nascent Peoria whiskey distillery is now switching to hand sanitizer production.

There are three new COVID-19 cases in the Tri-County area confirmed since Sunday.

After days of blasting President Donald Trump over his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker said the two spoke by phone Monday.

Pritzker has been especially critical regarding the lack of supplies going to states.  But he said in their conversation, the president was “very responsive.”

The Peoria-based child welfare organization Crittenton Centers is offering free curbside pick up of formula and diapers for parents in need.

The Sangamon County Department of Public Health is asking residents to call its hotline if they think they’ve been exposed to COVID-19. But because testing is still limited by lack of supply, calling the line is no guarantee of finding out whether you actually have the disease.

Through the COVID-19 pandemic, some Illinois centers that treat people with substance use disorders will continue with outpatient and residential services. However, there are other options for those who choose to stay home.

Addiction recovery meetings are still taking place with small groups at some treatment centers, and centers are now offering virtual and over-the-phone options for patients.

Kerry Henry, executive director of Gateway Foundation in Springfield, said precautionary measures to stem the spread of COVID-19 are enforced for those still attending sessions.

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Those wishing to donate medical supplies to local health facilities will be able to do so starting this week. 

Staff of Dunlap Grade School found a way to connect with students Monday.

Peoria County Sheriff Brian Asbell said he's working to reduce the number of inmates in close quarters at the jail in the wake of the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Peoria County Sheriff Brian Asbell says he's seen an increase in domestic violence cases as people are forced to spend more time cooped up with each other in close quarters.

Health officials in LaSalle County say COVID-19 is spreading through community contact.

For the first time, an infant was among the newly discovered cases of COVID-19 announced daily by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Officials on Sunday said they’d confirmed 296 new cases of coronavirus disease, though official tallies are thought to significantly understate the actual number of infections.

The Federal Aviation Administration said personnel at the Peoria International Airport air traffic control tower tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday.

Thousands of Caterpillar employees will continue heading to work under Gov. J.B. Prtizker's executive stay-at-home order meant to control the COVID-19 virus.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker called on former physicians and medical professionals, including those who are retired, to “join the fight” against COVID-19. 

Peoria’s economy, while vulnerable amid COVID-19 related closures, can be resilient, if businesses and consumers work together. That’s the message from Chris Setti, CEO of the Greater Peoria Economic Development Council.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker ordered Illinois residents to "shelter in place" starting 5 p.m. Saturday through April 7 in an effort to control the spread of COVID-19.

Illinoisans voted in the primary election as COVID-19 continued its spread across the state.

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker issued a statewide stay-at-home order starting Saturday at 5 p.m. through April 7 to slow the spread of COVID-19. State public health officials reported Illinois’ fifth death from the virus Friday.

As stressful as the COVID-19 pandemic is for adults, it’s likely worse for children.

Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker has issued a statewide stay at home order starting tomorrow at 5 p.m. through April 7.

The cancellation of the IHSA Boys Basketball Tournament in downtown Peoria took a toll on the city's hotels.

This week's program focuses on the changes we're seeing as a result of the coronavirus.  From how schools operate to customers panic buying at grocery stores.   

We're all feeling stressed during this time and we'll hear some ideas on how to cope with anxiety.  

That and more on this week's Statewide.

The Illinois Health and Hospital Association is asking for donations of face masks, respirators, and other personal protective equipment to stockpile now for healthcare workers tackling COVID-19 cases.

A high school student in the LaSalle County village of Seneca tested positive for the novel coronavirus.