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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.

A Peoria woman is dead after a driver charged with driving under the influence reportedly struck her vehicle late Sunday night.

Over the weekend, Springfield celebrated Juneteenth with a parade, rally and its first 217 Black Restaurant Weekend.

The annual celebration is usually held at Comer Cox Park, but due to restrictions on large gatherings because of COVID-19, organizers planned a parade instead.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Monday, June 22, 2020. Our top story is about an Illinois small bussiness survey. You'll also hear Adolescent Psychologist Dr. Tiffany Abrego talk about increased teen depression and anxiety rates during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Disney Legend Bob Gurr: The Man Behind the Motion

Jun 21, 2020

Disneyland, “The happiest place on Earth,” is known for its attractions, which transport people of all ages into a world of imagination. Park guests can voyage under the sea or even slide down a snow-covered mountain. One man to thank for this is Bob Gurr.

Gurr often quips, “If it moves on wheels at Disneyland, I probably designed it.” He is responsible for more than 200 motion projects throughout his career with 100 of those projects created for the Disney Company.

Sangamon County is seeing fewer new COVID-19 cases than it did a month ago, according to data shared in an online roundtable discussion Friday.

But concerns about the disparate impact the coronavirus has on communities of color in the area, and how the pandemic is changing healthcare persist.

Earlier this year efforts to contain the pandemic forced central Illinois restaurants to change the way they do business.

The Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce is announcing its next president and CEO.

Joshua Gunn starts the job July 1. He currently serves as vice president of the Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce in Durham, N.C.

He comes to Peoria with four years of experience in that role, and more than 10 years of professional experience with a focus on entrepreneurship, minority business development, direct business-to-business sales, and community engagement.

Gunn will also lead the CEO Council.

Juneteenth is the oldest nationally-recognized celebration of the end of slavery in the United States. But the unofficial holiday feels different this year, given the COVID-19 pandemic and a rash of high-profile police murders.

This week on Out and About Jenn Gordon talks with Mike Schulte from Five Points Washington about their outdoor summer concert series, Five Points Fridays. The series runs through October 16th and will include acoustic performances by Pocket Mouse, Neal Bowling, Kick-in & Pickin, Top 4D and Chase Sieting. Tonight's show features Black Velvet. Gates open at 5:30pm and the performance will start at 6pm.

Last week, the Thomas More Society filed a lawsuit that says the year-old Reproductive Health Act requires employers to pay for coverage of abortion against their will.  The suit says unless the act is declared unlawful and enforcement of it is forbidden, plaintiffs will continue to “suffer irreparable injury."

Nearly 150 students, faculty, and staff at Southern Illinois University’s School of Medicine in Springfield participated in a demonstration Wednesday night calling for an end to systemic racism in their field.

The school’s chapter of White Coats For Black Lives - a nationwide medical-student-led movement - planned the event.

Police departments across Illinois may be able to keep officer disciplinary files longer than union agreements allow.

The Illinois Supreme Court ruled Thursday in favor of the City of Chicago’s right to keep records, even though the union contract calls for them to be destroyed after five years.

The University of Illinois plans to reopen campuses for students this fall.  With some caveats.

Peoria Proud is creating a registry of LGBTQ-friendly healthcare providers in central Illinois.

The Village of Morton says Police Chief Craig Hilliard is retiring after 37 years of service.

Authorities identified the man found dead behind Washington Plaza Wednesday morning.

As the economy continues to reopen, there remains concerns over another wave of COVID-19. But what metrics will be used to make that determination?  We discuss what health officials will be watching in the weeks ahead.

Juneteenth is gaining more acceptance as a paid holiday.  In the past, it has mostly been recognized among African Americans.  The recent focus on racial justice has brought it widespread attention. 

And the pandemic that has kept so many of us apart may be putting some children at risk. Those stories and more on Statewide.

Hispanic and Latinx people now account for more COVID-19 cases in Peoria County than Blacks.

Authorities are investigating after a man was found dead behind Washington Plaza on Wednesday morning.

The Peoria Public Library is slowly revving back up services, after COVID-19 guidance forced buildings to close to the public.

A list of health and safety guidelines for getting students back in classrooms is scheduled to be released before the end of the month. It will provide rules and recommendations for more than 850 school districts resuming classes this fall.

On Deck is a new daily podcast produced by the WCBU newsroom and hosted by Daniel Musisi. New episodes will be available every weekday morning by 7 a.m. They will also air on WCBU 89.9 FM at 7:45 a.m. each day.

The podcast will launch July 6. Here's a preview.


  URBANA – Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have created a saliva-based  COVID-19 test. 

During a webinar hosted Tuesday by U of I Chancellor Robert Jones and other university staff, Martin Burke, a U of I chemistry professor, announced that they had the capacity to test up to 10,000 people per day. 

The Peoria County Board added $853,000 back to its 2020 budget a month after cutting more than $12 million just a month ago due to COVID-19.

Republicans Sue Governor Over Limits On Gatherings

Jun 16, 2020

The Illinois Republican Party is suing Governor J.B. Pritzker over the crowd limitations he imposed during the COVID-19 outbreak.  

After months of speculation, the Illinois High School Association's board announced its decision to move the boys basketball tournament back to Champaign after a quarter-century in Peoria.

Utility customers in Springfield are shielded from disconnections through late July to help out those who’ve been hurt financially by the coronavirus pandemic.

City Water, Light and Power Chief Engineer Doug Brown said the extended grace period gives customers more time to seek assistance in paying overdue bills.

A federal judge sentenced one of 13 Bomb Squad gang members charged with racketeering to life in prison plus 10 years.

The Peoria Park District, in conjunction with the respective local organizations, canceled several of this year's Riverfront events as restrictions on crowd sizes and other social distancing guidlines continue to stay in place.

UPDATED 5:55 P.M. | After 25 years in Peoria, the Illinois High School Association boys basketball tournament will once again call Champaign home.

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