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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.

From old favorites like Boyd’s New Generation to the more recently opened Greathouse Barbecue, seven restaurants are participating in the weekend celebration of food and culture.

Drive-in Movie Ritual Returns in Peoria

Jun 15, 2020

The drive-in era has come and gone in Peoria, but the pandemic is giving new life to the concept of watching a movie in the privacy of one’s car.

Entrepreneur and urban farmer Andres Diaz announced his candidacy for Peoria mayor Saturday at the North Valley Farmers Market he founded.

A group of more than 100 people marched from the Peoria Heights Public Library to Tower Park Saturday morning as part of a peaceful protest against police brutality and racial inequity.

The 2020 Illinois and DuQuoin State Fairs have been canceled.

In a video announcement posted to Facebook, State Fair Manager Kevin Gordon said the decision stems from wanting to protect people from contracting COVID-19.

The conservative Thomas More Society this week filed a lawsuit that in effect charges Illinois’ Reproductive Health Act violates the right to freedom of religion by forcing employers to pay for abortions.

The Peoria County Board will consider a budget amendment aimed at addressing injustice in law enforcement and ensuring all who want to vote get a chance to do so safely. That comes as other county budget items are being scaled back amid COVID-19 related revenue challenges.

The appropriation totaling $853,500 would give additional dollars to the state’s attorney, sheriff, and election commission.

In the midst of nationwide protests and demands for police reforms, Governor J.B. Pritzker and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot expressed their support for possibly requiring police officers to be licensed by the state.  Also, as Illinois continues to see a decrease in COVID-19 metrics in Phase 3 of the Restore Illinois plan, other states are seeing a significant spike in cases and deaths.  Meanwhile, Governor Pritzker signed off on an uncertain state budget.

WBEZ's Tony Arnold joins the panel this week.

State Sen. Kimberly Lightford says she is overwhelmed with emotion these days.  

The majority leader from Maywood was inaugurated more than two decades ago as Illinois’ youngest – and only African American woman – senator. She’s struggled working toward legislation that would help her community, one that’s been hit particularly hard recently.

The Peoria Park District board of trustees could begin the process of exploring the potential removal of the Christopher Columbus statue from Laura Bradley Park at its next meeting.

An Illinois high school sports coach has mixed feelings about the state’s new guidelines on high school athletics.

A federal Judge says the state has been too slow in responding to the needs of inmates with hearing problems. 

The recent marches and rallies for racial justice have taken place in major cities like Chicago and St. Louis. 

But they've also happened in communities notorious for lacking tolerance, including former "sundown towns" that put restrictions on African Americans.

We'll hear how one of those locations - Anna, Illinois - gained that reputation and how recent events have given reasons for optimism. 

City inspectors are staying busy, as code complaints last month nearly doubled what they'd be in a typical May.

Community Development Director Ross Black said the vast majority of the 1,400 complaints were about things like tall grass, weeds, and litter or garbage disposal. 

Black said spring is always a busy time for his department, as lawn growing conditions improve and more people are outside. But they usually only get about 800 complaints for the month of May.

He attributes this year's spike, in part, to more people sheltering in place.

The Peoria City/County Health Department is warning restaurants against flouting the governor's executive order prohibiting indoor dining as the state gradually reopens.

The Peoria Park District is looking at a $2 million dollar deficit this year due to the COVID-19 stay-at-home order.

A Peoria man wanted in connection with a March shooting in Central Peoria is returning from Texas to stand trial.

Adrian Gregory, 29, was wanted in connection with a March 26 shooting in the 1100 block of W. Hanssler. A man was taken to the hospital with serious gunshot injuries.

Gregory was arrested in Arlington, Texas on April 15 by the U.S. Marshals. He was extradited back to the Peoria County Jail Tuesday.

The murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery have renewed conversations about systemic racism and inequality in the United States. This is a time white people can listen and learn from the lived experience of black Americans. A Peoria bookseller is trying to help people do just that.

The shortage of blood donations due to the COVID-19 pandemic is becoming more troublesome, as patient traffic at area hospitals revs back up.

A peaceful protest drew around 100 participants to the Peoria Police headquarters yesterday to bring attention to policing incidents in recent years that resulted in the death of black residents of Peoria.

Dozens of Bradley University student athletes staged a peaceful demonstration Tuesday night, protesting racial injustice and inequality.

As protests against police brutality continue throughout Illinois, Gov. J.B. Pritzker said he’s working on police and criminal justice reform, and investment in communities of color with lawmakers.

Colleges around the state are working on their plans to host classes on campus this fall. A few outlined their plans while discussing them with the Illinois Board of Higher Education Tuesday.

A Peoria man who allegedly hit a police SUV with his car last week has died from blunt force trauma.

Peoria Public Schools is helping students and recent graduates find summer jobs with the help of COVID-19 related grant dollars.

A total of five people have now died due to an outbreak of COVID-19 at a Peoria nursing home.

A project to help address food insecurity and community health on the south end of Peoria is entering its next phase.

State Rep. Jehan Gordon-Booth says major police reform is a task for local government, rather than state and federal leaders.

Smoking In Cars With Kids Is Now Against The Law

Jun 8, 2020

It is now Illegal in Illinois to smoke when you have a kid in the car with you.   

 The law passed last year took effect June 1.  It outlaws smoking in cars if there is a passenger under the age of 18.

The leftovers of former tropical storm Cristobal will bring rain and wind to central Illinois Tuesday. 

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