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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.

Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul is teaming up with the FBI to investigate a spate of fraudulent unemployment claims during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Illinois House lawmakers were back in the capital city Friday for the first time since May, kicking off a five-day “lame duck” legislative session.

House Kicks Off Lame Duck Session; Governor Announces Tax Code Change Priority

Jan 8, 2021
House members at a session
Jerry Nowicki / Capitol News Illinois

Illinois House lawmakers were back in the capital city Friday for the first time since May, kicking off a five-day “lame duck” legislative session.

The Tri-County area is considering temporarily pausing or slowing down its requests for more COVID-19 vaccines because most of the region's top-priority clients have received a shot, or even gotten their second dose.

Police and rioters clash
JOHN MINCHILLO / AP

U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood on Friday said President Donald Trump does bear responsibility for Wednesday's insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, while Rep. Cheri Bustos said she supports efforts to remove Trump from office before Inauguration Day.

U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood on Friday said President Donald Trump does bear responsibility for Wednesday's insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, while Rep. Cheri Bustos said she supports efforts to remove Trump from office before Inauguration Day. 

CityLink, the Peoria-area transit system, faced a variety of challenges due to the coronavirus in 2020, but fared better than systems in many larger cities, said General Manager Doug Roelfs.

The Fulton County Health Department is busy distributing its first 200 doses of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine after a shipment arrived earlier this week.

Thirteen more Tri-County residents have died from COVID-19, while health officials on Friday reported 319 new coronavirus cases in the region.

Amidst the turmoil in Washington DC, the Illinois Legislature meets this week for a lame duck session, with questions about who will be House Speaker and which direction the Illinois Republican Party will go.

Chris Mooney, Professor of State Politics in the Political Science Department at the University of Illinois at Chicago, joins the panel.

After a year that saw nationwide protests condemning police brutality, the Peoria Advisory Committee on Police-Community Relations is hoping to use 2021 to continue building trust in local law enforcement.

On this week’s episode of Out and About, Hannah Ramlo of Soulside Healing Arts joins Jenn Gordon to talk about wellness, mindfulness, and how the WellFest virtual festival can help you start the New Year with a holistic approach to your health.

  

A Peoria woman is dead after she fell into the Illinois River while kayaking Thursday.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Friday, January 8, 2021. Our top story is about how Illinois House Republicans will make another effort to tackle redistricting during the upcoming session of the General Assembly. You'll also hear from Barb Hoffman, a travel agent for Direct Travel in Peoria, who said 2020 was a year like no other when it came to her industry.

Black Caucus Introduces Sweeping Police Legislation, Faces Opposition From Law Enforcement

Jan 7, 2021

The Illinois Legislative Black Caucus has introduced a sweeping criminal justice omnibus bill that aims to heavily alter the state of policing in Illinois.

Black Caucus Introduces Sweeping Police Legislation, Faces Opposition From Law Enforcement

Jan 7, 2021
Elgie Sims
BlueRoomStream.com

The Illinois Legislative Black Caucus has introduced a sweeping criminal justice omnibus bill that aims to heavily alter the state of policing in Illinois.

The Bradley University men’s basketball team has make-up dates for its originally scheduled first four Missouri Valley Conference games, which were postponed after COVID-19 outbreaks.

Reporting on gun violence in Chicago primarily focuses only on those killed.  But shooting survivors often struggle to come to terms with what happened.  In some cases, it takes years to overcome the trauma.  Others never get past it.  A shooting survivor shares his story. 

Illinois was struggling to attract and keep teachers prior to last year.  The pandemic has made things worse.  We'll hear some possible solutions. 

And a journalist who covered the 1970 Illinois Constitutional Convention shares his thoughts on the work done more than 50 years ago and how it has held up through the years.  

That and more on this episode of Statewide.

A Peoria County woman in her 60s with underlying health conditions is the Tri-County area's only new death linked to COVID-19 reported Thursday.

The parent company of WEEK-TV and Heart of Illinois ABC is up for sale.

Just when we thought we were out, they pull us back in! Brandon and Lou are back to talk about The Godfather saga one last time as we discuss Mario Puzo’s The Godfather, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone. After 30 years, Francis Ford Coppola offers up a new version of The Godfather: Part III. We get into all the changes and which version we prefer.

Featuring Lou Hare & Brandon Davis

Netflix's Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is one of the most celebrated films of the year and The Front Row is breaking it all down. We are thrilled to have August Wilson scholar Dr. Joan Herrington along with Davenport Junior Theatre’s Creative Director Ben Gougeon joining Lou to review the film and how it honors the legacy of August Wilson.

Non-Spoiler review to start, Full Disclosure (spoilers) discussion at 8:20.

Panel – Lou Hare, Dr. Joan Herrington, Ben Gougeon

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It's unclear how many of his party peers will join him, but outspoken Trump critic and 16th District Republican Congressman Adam Kinzinger of Illinois is calling for the president's removal from office. He said in a video statement posted to his Twitter account, "The president has become unmoored not just from his duty, or even his oath, but from reality itself."

Eureka College history professor Erika Quinn is one of 17 scholars and educators chosen last month by Gov. JB Pritzker to serve on the Illinois Holocaust and Genocide Commission, giving a panel originally formed in 2010 an entirely new membership.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Thursday, January 7, 2021. Our top story is about how Illinois' congressional delegation took shelter, as pro-Trump extremists breached the Capitol building.

  

GOP lawmakers are again demanding answers from Gov. JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Employment Securities over the state’s processing of unemployment benefits. 

U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood voted late Wednesday to certify President-elect Joe Biden’s victory, though he says he still has “concerns about irregularities in the presidential election.”

Illinois lawmakers of both parties are condemning insurrection after pro-Trump extremists stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday.

Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker said Congress should immediately impeach and remove President Donald Trump from office.

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