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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.

City Water, Light and Power is encouraging customers with past due bills to contact its customer service department to get on a payment plan. They can call 217-789-2030 or visit CWLP’s website.

A man suffered a potentially life-threatening gunshot wound on the East Bluff Thursday afternoon.

Suspect Arrested In Weekend Fatal Shooting

Sep 10, 2020

Peoria police have arrested a 19-year-old man in connection with a fatal shooting over the weekend.

You know it's getting close to election season crunch time when candidates start popping up on your local airwaves.

On this episode, we recall Chicago's own Steve Goodman, the songwriter who died 36 years ago this month.  He left behind a catalog of work, but is probably best known for the song played after a Chicago Cubs home victory - "Go Cubs Go."  

Also, we find out how misinformation about the coronavirus can spread so rapidly.  And, a southern Illinois couple tells their account of growing up amid segregation.  

That and more on this week's Statewide.

The Peoria Public Library is joining a growing number of public libraries across the country in adopting a fine-free policy, effectively eliminating barriers to the library’s multimillion-dollar collection of resources and materials.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Thursday, September 10, 2020. Our top story is about how Bradley University is ordering all students to quarantine in place for two weeks to limit COVID-19 exposures. You'll also hear how the Community Health Partnership of Illinois operates migrant clinics at several locations in central and northern Illinois.

Jodi Benson: The Voice of ‘The Little Mermaid’

Sep 9, 2020




Lawmakers, Stakeholders Ask Pritzker To Pause Marijuana Licensing Process

Sep 9, 2020
Toi Hutchinson

Some lawmakers and stakeholders are asking Gov. JB Pritzker to hold off awarding 75 marijuana dispensary licenses amid concerns that just 21 applicants qualified for the first round of licenses.

GOP Investigators Hope To Get Answers From Madigan

Sep 9, 2020
State lawmakers at a podium
Peter Hancock / Capitol News Illinois

Republicans who will serve on a special investigative committee looking into House Speaker Michael Madigan’s role in a bribery scandal involving utility giant Commonwealth Edison said Wednesday they hope the Democratic leader will speak directly to answer questions.

Voters in Sangamon County will be able to submit their mail-in ballots for the November election in two drop boxes instead of sending back through the postal service.

Bradley University is looking to correct the institution's COVID-19 course with a two-week all-student quarantine period.

Despite a global health threat and concerns of students taking a gap year, enrollment on the University of Illinois Springfield campus saw only a slight decline.  That gives hope the school might be able to weather the disruption brought on by the pandemic.

Illinois Supreme Court Justice Thomas Kilbride wants to serve on the state's high court for another 10 years.

Gloria Clark-Jackson is telling her brother's story, 50 years after the civil rights activist from Peoria was killed in a Chicago police raid.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, September 9, 2020. Our top story is about how despite recent sorting machine removals, U.S. Congresswoman Cheri Bustos says she's confident the Post Office can handle large numbers of mail-in ballots this November. You'll also hear from Gloria Clark-Jackson, sister of the late Mark Clark, founder of the Peoria Black Panthers.

Facing escalating obligations to police and fire pensions, Peoria city leaders want residents to give direction on a course of action.

Eighteen young people tested positive for COVID-19 in Sangamon County during the week of August 23.

The weekly number of new cases among those less than 20 years old in each county is one of four metrics the Illinois Department of Public Health began publishing late last month to assist local schools and health departments in making decisions about in-person learning.

Bradley University is ordering all students to quarantine and learn remotely for the next two weeks.

Peter Kobak has decided to take another shot at joining the Peoria City Council.

Despite recent sorting machine removals in Peoria and elsewhere, U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Moline, said she's confident the Post Office can handle large numbers of mail-in ballots in November.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, September 8, 2020.

A man is dead after an apparent shooting incident at a Peoria apartment complex on Saturday evening.

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State's Wealthiest Person Gives $20 Million To Anti-Graduated Tax Committee

Sep 4, 2020
Cash in a jar
Mark Lennihan / AP

Illinois’ wealthiest man and frequent Republican political donor Ken Griffin has pledged $20 million to a group dedicated to defeating a graduated tax constitutional amendment.

Members of a West Bluff neighborhood group say they're "shocked" and "heartbroken" by the removal of a community garden near the corner of W. Main and Sheridan.

Friday is the last day SIU Medicine offered COVID-19 testing in the parking lot of the Sangamon County Department of Public Health.

This week, confirmed cases of the new coronavirus have spiked on university campuses throughout the state.  Meanwhile, many kids are beginning the new school year with virtual, remote learning only.  And the Illinois House has created a committee to look into possible wrongdoing by House Speaker Michael Madigan.

Illinois Newsroom's Lee Gaines, WNIJ's Peter Medlin, and WGLT's Dana Vollmer join the panel.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported a new peak in new COVID-19 cases at 5,368. But department officials say the spike is due to a backlog of data.

Stark is now one of 29 counties at a state COVID-19 warning level.