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As we close the book on 2019, we thought we’d take a few minutes to listen back to what has been a most consequential year in Illinois government and politics. From novice politicians taking power to a flood of major legislation, these are some of the voices that made news in 2019.

WCBU's Top 6 Stories of 2019

Dec 30, 2019

As another year comes to a close, Peoria Public Radio is compiling a list of this year's top 6 local news stories.

Bradley University President Gary Roberts said there will be "noticeably heightened law enforcement visibility" on and around the campus as crime concerns mount. 

A number of incidents, mostly armed robberies involving handguns, have been reported near the campus. The latest incident last week involved a victim unaffiliated with the university robbed at gunpoint on the sidewalk between Westlake Hall and Bradley Hall. 

Three Central Illinois cannabis dispensaries plan to open New Year's Day as the state's new recreational marijuana law goes into effect. But you might not be able to smoke what you buy.

The more than 255 new Illinois laws taking effect on New Year's Day may affect everything from your car to your paycheck.

We took a look at some of the biggest changes coming in 2020.

Higher Wages, Tip Ownership

Starting with the new year, Illinois will expand privacy protections for people who use genetic testing kits. 

Passenger trains last rolled into a Peoria train station in the early 1980s. But there may be a way to link the River City's residents to the rails once again.

Sean Crawford: All this week, Dusty has been sharing a series of stories about special education students placed in private facilities in other states — how many students, who pays for the placements, and why Illinois passed that law banning placements in the state of Utah. She joins me now to discuss the project. 

Q: So Dusty how many of these kids actually leave Illinois for school?

A: Close to 350 for residential placement, another 140 or so are in therapeutic day school, mostly in the St. Louis area.

Q:  So what kind of disabilities to these students have?


A University of Illinois law professor previously accused of sexual misconduct and slated to return to teach in January will instead go on "university-sanctioned leave."

The Bradley University Police Department said someone was robbed at gunpoint on campus Thursday evening.

It would be difficult to overstate how consequential the past year was in Illinois government and politics. This week on State Week, the panel looks back at some of the top stories of 2019.

On our final episode of the year, we remember some of the top reports and conversations from 2019.   

On this show we tried to give an example of the type of journalism we bring you each week: coverage of public affairs, examining problems and solutions, inspirational stories and the voices that make up the state we call home.  

Three people were found murdered in the small Livingston County village of Cullom on Christmas Day.

The more than 255 new Illinois laws taking effect on New Year's Day may affect everything from your car to your paycheck.

We took a look at some of the biggest changes coming in 2020.

UPDATE: The fugitive has been found.

ORIGINAL: The Minier Police Department is asking residents to lock their doors and windows due to a wanted fugitive in the area.

UPDATED:  A missing Deer Creek man whose remains were found Monday in rural Tazewell County died of blunt force trauma, according to autopsy results.

Peoria and Tazewell County hospitals are asking people to limit hospital visits to avoid spreading the flu. 

Illinois U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin says some of his colleagues have gone too far in public comments about President Trump's impeachment.

An Illinois freelance journalist was inspired by his personal experience at CEDU — widely recognized as the flagship enterprise of the "troubled teen boarding school" industry — to undertake an investigation of that facility.

Three people are dead after a suspected drunken driver crashed into their vehicle.

Illinois 18th Congressional District Democratic candidate Mark Haasis is ending his campaign.

Legal marijuana is coming January 1 — what will that look like in Illinois? Will there be enough supply to meet demand? And what will happen to the black market?

In the 2017-18 school year, Illinois taxpayers funded the placement of close to 350 special education students at some 40 facilities in other states. Those facilities were as varied as the students’ needs.

The Peoria Public Library is embracing new forms of digital media as the third decade of the 21st century dawns.

The Dream Center's newly expanded $1.2 million emergency homeless shelter is opening today.

Two people currently detained in Peoria County Jail will be out for the holidays, thanks to a joint effort by the Black Justice Project and Change Peoria.

Tune in as Jenn Gordon talks with Bruce Colligan from Peoria Players Theatre about celebrating the New Year in style. The Musical Review “A Ring-A-Ding-Ding! New Year” features some of the best vocal talent in Peoria singing showstopping numbers inspired or introduced by “Ol’ Blue Eyes”. The performance takes place on December 31 at 7:30pm. For tickets and information visit

Central Illinois congressional representatives are praising the bipartisan House passage of an updated trade agreement among the U.S., Mexico and Canada.

The Illinois attorney general’s office and the owners of the former Pillsbury Mills site agreed that the property has been properly secured after deficiencies were spotted last month in fencing surrounding the North End property.

The two sides reported the agreement to Sangamon County Circuit Judge John Madonia at a court appearance Thursday afternoon.

Yona Stamatis talks with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra’s Conductor and Music Director Ken Lamb and the ISO’s Marketing Director Beth Wakefield about this year’s Holiday Pops in the Heartland Concert, featuring a host of community performing arts organizations.  Several holiday-themed musical pieces are planned, including bass baritone Robert Cantrell performing a work based on the book Polar Express.