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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.

Denise Jackson defeated 1st District incumbent Denise Moore by a decisive 70% to 30% margin on Tuesday night.

The Peoria mayoral race is still too close to call. Jim Montelongo leads Rita Ali by just 73 votes in the race to become Peoria's next mayor, with 100% of precincts reporting.

The Tri-County area opened up universal COVID-19 vaccine eligibility for people ages 16 and older on Monday. While officials say most people should take whichever vaccine is offered to them, 16 and 17-year-olds must be a little choosier.

With Peoria County on the verge of topping 100,000 vaccinations, Tri-County health officials Tuesday reported 172 new COVID-19 cases in the past day.

Lawmakers want to change how people get insurance company approval before medical treatment. Advocates say the current process harms patients.

The day has finally arrived. Peorians are about to select the city's next mayor.

Convince Me with Larry Smith: Jesse David Fox

Apr 6, 2021

Jesse David Fox, Senior Editor of Vulture and host of Good One podcast was kind enough to take some time to talk to Larry about the curse of needing to be correct, comedy “booms,” and the phenomenon that is people’s relationship with Saturday Night Live.

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For decades, Dr. Harold Kasimow kept his Holocaust survival story largely to himself. He didn't feel he had the right to tell it. 

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, April 6, 2021. Our top story is about how the Housing Authority of Champaign County's newest affordable housing complex is in Henry, a river town about an hour due north of Peoria. You'll also hear how Dr. Harold Kasimow was just 3 years old when the Germans took control of his Polish village.

Pritzker Urges Schools To Target COVID Relief Funds

Apr 5, 2021

Gov. JB Pritzker took to the road Monday to urge local school districts in Illinois to carefully target the roughly $7 billion in federal funds they will soon receive in order to help students overcome the learning loss they may have suffered during the pandemic.

Ray LaHood is no longer the chairman of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum Board of Trustees.

With the Peoria mayor’s office and five city council seats at stake in Tuesday's municipal election, Thomas Bride expects turnout to be above average in the city – but that may not hold as true throughout the county.

Four Bradley University seniors have launched the “Bring the Beat” program to add music to an after-school program at the Proctor Recreation Center.

The Peoria area is struggling with its latest wave of COVID-19.

A proposal advancing through the Illinois General Assembly would allow candidates for public office to use political committee funds to cover caregiving costs. 

The Housing Authority of Champaign County's newest affordable housing complex is 115 miles away from the next-nearest property it manages. Here's why the agency is setting up camp in Marshall County.

Small towns across the country looking to brand their community have learned the importance of recalling hometown heroes.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Monday, April 5, 2021. Our top story is about how four Bradley seniors have launched the "Bring the Beat" program to add music to an after-school program at the Proctor Center. You'll also hear how small towns across the country looking to brand their community have learned the importance of recalling hometown heroes.

While the state announced a Bridge Phase for reopening Illinois, not so fast.  A rising number of COVID-19 hospitalizations has stalled the step toward a return to normalcy.  We provide a status update on the pandemic in Illinois.  

We also discuss redistricting.  No surprise that Republicans and Democrats are at odds over how to determine new legislative boundaries.   And Chicago Teacher's Union members are closely watching a bill on the governor's desk.  And they're not the only ones.

Heather Cherone of WTTW's Chicago Tonight joins the panel. 

A rural Peoria County health care provider hopes to soon offer a COVID-19 vaccination clinic for the surrounding community.

Peoria residents and organizations are making their voices heard as the Illinois House Redistricting Committee begins to determine how to redraw the state's legislative maps. 

On this week’s episode of Out and About, John Heintzman and Hattie Lee join host Jenn Gordon to talk about “Bound Together: Cultural Patterns”. The show features a collection of Hattie Lee’s mixed-media work influenced by her own ancestry. As a registered member of the Cherokee Nation she is influenced by her great grandmother’s heritage and stories, and desires to continue that legacy in her family.

On Tuesday, voters in Washington will make city history in choosing their mayor for the next four years.

A number of universities in Illinois didn’t require standardized test scores when students applied for the upcoming fall semester given the disruption COVID-19 had on high schools.

One state lawmaker is looking to extend this policy indefinitely for all public universities throughout the state.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Friday, April 2, 2021. Our top story is about how a network of volunteers keep watchful eyes on water quality in streams and rivers across Illinois, and you'll soon have a chance to join them. You'll also hear how on Tuesday, voters in Washington will make city history in choosing their mayor for the next four years. 

Refugees fleeing war-torn countries have lived with stress and anxiety before.  For many, the pandemic has brought those feelings of uncertainty flooding back.  We'll hear from refugees, now living in Illinois.

We learn how an executive order signed by the governor to limit legal action against health care providers during the pandemic is having some unintended consequences.   And, how a man doing yard work discovered a civil war-era artifact that has proved to be a lucky find for a new museum.

Those stories and more on Statewide.

One out of every five adults in all three counties in the Tri-County area is now fully vaccinated for COVID-19, while hospitalizations for coronavirus infections continue to rise.

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