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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.

Peoria Public Schools will return to in-person instruction for some students starting next month.

Members of the Dunlap School Board say they need to start looking at 2022 now in hopes of balancing the books after passing a deficit-heavy budget for the 2021 fiscal year.

Not long after Dan Luthi graduated from nursing school in 2013, he started volunteering with the American Red Cross, and the Washington resident soon wound up assisting in relief after a major catastrophe.

Bradley University is making good on its promise to step up disciplinary enforcement to control the spread of COVID-19 on campus.

At Eureka College, the fall semester is going "so far, so good" despite the new challenges presented by COVID-19.

East Peoria City Council members spent most of their meeting Tuesday night explaining the additional fees on water and sewer bills to concerned residents.

Peoria City/County Health Department Administrator Monica Hendrickson said they're keeping a close eye on Bradley University to see if the two-week all-student quarantine is getting the COVID-19 spread on campus under control.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, September 16, 2020. Our top story is about how Zion Coffee Bar is working with the Dream Center and Jolt Harm Reduction to provide a basic service for individuals in the city experiencing homelessness. You'll also hear from Eureka College President Jamel Wright, who talks about how Eureka College is navigating the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Amid growing calls to allow contact sports to resume this fall, Illinois’ governor Tuesday appeared to double down on postponement of the seasons.

Earlier this summer, Banu Hatfield learned four men experiencing homelessness had been staying in the neighborhood near the Zion Coffee Bar she co-owns with her husband, Mike.

Peoria 4th District Councilman Jim Montelongo said he's not running for another term next year, but he is eyeing a potential mayoral run.

Montelongo was elected to his current seat in 2013. Before that, he served four years as an at-large councilman.

"Two, four-year terms in one position should be plenty for anyone in public office to get things done. Now is the time to move up or move out of the way. So, it is time to pass the baton on to someone new to keep all the great things moving forward," Montelongo said.

HSHS Medical Group is offering COVID-19 testing in Springfield and Decatur. The medical group is using federal funds from the first coronavirus aid package to set up the drive-through sites.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, September 15, 2020. Our top story is about how emotional support animals have proven time and time again to provide feelings of comfort and stress relief for their owners. And pet adoption agencies across the nation have seen an increase in adoption numbers.

Three weeks into the new school year and just over a month after deciding in favor of fully virtual instruction amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Peoria Public Schools have started to consider bringing some students back to the classroom.

East Peoria entrepreneur Roy Sorce is proposing a recreational cannabis start-up in the city's downtown.

Child Welfare Officials Say They’re Coping During Pandemic

Sep 14, 2020
Department of Children and Family Services building in Springfield
Capitol News Illinois

Child welfare officials in Illinois told a panel of state lawmakers Monday that the COVID-19 pandemic has hindered but not completely prevented their efforts to monitor children at risk of abuse or neglect.

The COVID-19 crisis has placed many school districts and families on the wrong side of the digital divide. State Superintendent Carmen Ayala says creativity is  helping to bridge the gap.

Ayala says the state board has allocated $80 million toward purchase of computer devices and connectivity hotspots to help with remote learning. Forty two percent of schools have both remote and in-person learning and a third are remote only.

Five residents from Peoria and Tazewell counties died this weekend from COVID-19.

The Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce and Discover Peoria want to help local businesses and organizations become more inclusive and diverse.

The Illinois State Police Division of Criminal Investigations is now looking into the 2018 death of a Army National Guardsman in Galesburg.

DCFS Faces A Housing Crisis

Sep 14, 2020

‘A Bed Is Not A Bed Is Not A Bed’: Building Up Child Welfare System To Deal With Looming Crisis Not A Simple Task

A pandemic within a pandemic: that’s how advocates have described a recent surge in domestic violence. Since stay-at-home measures were first issued in March, reports of domestic violence have skyrocketed across the globe.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Monday, September 14, 2020. Our top story is about how Governor J.B. Pritzker says Bradley University did the right thing in ordering a two week quarantine after the campus saw a spike in COVID-19 cases.

This week, a special Illinois House committee began investigating House Speaker Madigan’s alleged role in a decade-long bribery scheme involving Commonwealth Edison.  Meanwhile, Senate President Don Harmon's office was subpoenaed by the U.S. Attorney.  And billionaire Ken Griffin is spending money to fight the proposed graduated income tax amendment.

The Chicago Tribune's Jaime Munks and Professor of State Politics at the University of Illinois at Chicago Chris Mooney join the panel.

Tazewell County is at a COVID-19 warning level again.

Bradley University's one-week COVID-19 positivity rate now stands at 14.4% as the university experiences a spike in new cases.

This year, a festival involving area restaurants that’s raised more than $500,000 for cancer research over the past five years hopes to help the restaurants, themselves.

This week on Out and About, Preston Jackson and William Butler join Jenn Gordon to talk about their joint exhibit, Walking the Line

Maintaining the blood supply doesn’t take a break around the Labor Day holiday, and COVID-19 has compounded the challenge.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Friday, September 11, 2020. Our top story is about how the Peoria Public Library is joining a growing number of public libraries across the country adopting a fine-free policy. You'll also hear from Kirby Winn, public relations manager for the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center, which serves Central Illinois.