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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.

This week on Out and About, Dr. Elsburgh Clarke joins Jenn Gordon to talk about his photography exhibit on display at the Peoria Art Guild. Dr. Clarke is an Emergency Medical Professional, as well as a skilled photographer. His photography captures the dangerous and intense work that local firefighters experience when responding to a fire.

Beyond the Mouse: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

Sep 4, 2020

Brandon dives into the world of the Mouse, on this Beyond the Mouse/Classics crossover. The crew discusses the 1954 Disney live-action film, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. This movie has been beautifully restored on Disney Plus. We speak to the production design, the history, the influence on the Disney parks and more (maybe even a great James Mason impression) much lies in store for you loyal listener!

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Bradley University is reporting 18 new cases of COVID-19 among the campus community this week.

From Aug. 28-Sept. 3, a total of 216 tests were administered by Bradley University Health Services. That's fewer than the 250 to 300 tests the university said it would conduct weekly. Results on seven tests are pending.

The class of 2020 had a lot taken from them by this pandemic. Not being able to finish their senior year was hard enough, but those students who are now college freshmen are struggling with gaining independence during these strange and unpredictable times.

The president of the Peoria Firefighter's Union said the multiple rounds of cuts to the fire department in recent years are putting the city at risk.

Internationally renowned wildlife photographer Tom Mangelsen gave a retrospective of his work and life experiences Thursday night as part of a virtual lecture presented by the Peoria Riverfront Museum and Wildlife Prairie Park.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Friday, September 4, 2020. Our top story is about how the class of 2020 has had a lot taken from them during this pandemic.

The University of Illinois’ COVID-19 testing program – SHIELD – plans to put a lab on the Springfield campus, an official with the program confirmed Thursday.

Illinois Among Last States To Apply, Be Approved For Added $300 Unemployment Benefit

Sep 3, 2020
Pritzker speaks
Jeff Smudde / WGLT

Illinois is one of the last states to apply and be approved for a federal program providing an additional $300 in unemployment assistance per week to qualifying residents.

A researcher at the University of Illinois recently showed how child care providers have been hurt financially by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Elizabeth Powers is an economist at the Institute of Government and Public Affairs. She says measures put in place to slow COVID-19 reduced revenues for childcare centers and  restricted the number of slots that were available to families.

More people are dealing with negative emotions during the COVID-19 pandemic, but OSF psychotherapist Bernice Gordon-Young says it's not only OK to feel that way, but you should give yourself permission to do so.

A couple hundred students, staff and faculty at the University of Illinois Springfield waited more than 48 hours for results from their saliva-based COVID-19 tests taken last week. Initial university instructions said results should be sent within a day or two.

The coronavirus disease can lead to physical problems. But emotional ones as well. On this episode, we hear from those who have contracted COVID-19 and what they've experienced.

Learning more about Emmett Till, from his cousin who grew up around him.

And beer that tastes like southern Illinois.  That and more on this week's Statewide.

URBANA – About a thousand students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have tested positive for COVID-19 since twice-a-week coronavirus testing became mandatory for all students on Aug. 16.

Major road projects on Sheridan, Allen, Glen, and Western would be paused under a proposal the Peoria City Council will consider at its next meeting.

Issues including housing disparity, the digital divide and training for high-wage jobs are among the topics a new Peoria city-county initiative hopes to address, according to City Council member Rita Ali.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Thursday, September 3, 2020.

Illinois had about 4,000 unfilled school jobs open last fall, and that shortage is expected to be greater this year because of the pandemic. 

The information comes from a survey of school superintendents conducted in 2019. School staff in that count include teachers and paraprofessionals, such as aides,  and administrators. Data for a new survey will be collected in September said Mark Klaisner, the President of the Illinois Association of Regional School Superintendents.

Illinois unemployment offices have been closed to public access since the stay at home order was put in effect earlier this year. 

But Governor J.B. Pritzker said Wednesday there was another safety reason for keeping the doors locked.

A Texas man is dead after a stabbing early Wednesday morning at a Galesburg hotel parking lot. 

Galesburg police said the man was stabbed overnight at the Baymont by Wyndham Galesburg, 2285 Washington St.

Gregory Acosta, 28, of Lindale, Texas, was transported to Galesburg Cottage Hospital, and later was taken to OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria, where he was pronounced dead.

Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood said Acosta died after suffering severe hemmoraging due to a stabbing injury to the chest just before 5 a.m.

Members of the Illinois General Assembly’s Black Caucus Tuesday released a four-pronged agenda that they say will dominate this fall’s legislative session. 

The group of lawmakers wants several areas addressed: criminal justice reform, which includes violence prevention and  police accountability; education and workforce development; economic opportunity and equal access; and health care and human services.

Senate Majority Leader Kimberly Lightford, a Maywood Democrat,  said the time to address racism at the federal level, and in Illinois, with legislation is now.

Could Bradley University adopt the University of Illinois' COVID-19 saliva test? Probably not right away, said Bradley University President Stephen Standifird.

After Republican Petition, Special Committee Will Investigate Madigan's ComEd Ties

Sep 2, 2020
Madigan at a podium
Brian Mackey / NPR Illinois

A special House committee will look into House Speaker Michael Madigan’s ties to Commonwealth Edison and determine whether discipline is needed after House Republican leadership filed a petition to initiate the process.

Peoria County Sheriff Brian Asbell said investigators believe a house just north of Peoria was intentionally set ablaze.

The first week of Bradley University's fall 2020 semester is done, but there's still a long way to go yet.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, September 2, 2020.

Legislative Black Caucus Unveils Anti-Racism Agenda

Sep 1, 2020
Elgie Sims sentencing

The Illinois Legislative Black Caucus released its agenda of “sweeping reforms” meant to address systemic racism in the state at a news conference Tuesday.

One week after voting down a plan to borrow $10 million and decommission two fire engines to balance Peoria’s budget, a divided City Council has approved the proposal.

At-Large Peoria City Councilwoman Rita Ali is running for mayor.

A new regional essential skills pilot program seeks to get prospective employees ready to enter the workplace.