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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.

One man is dead and another was critically injured after a shooting Monday afternoon in Peoria.

Tri-County public health officials on Monday reported 185 new COVID-19 cases over the weekend, with Peoria County adding 140 more infections since Friday. Meanwhile, the area has exceeded 162,000 administered doses of COVID-19 vaccines and almost 18% of residents fully vaccinated.

Under a program recently approved by the Springfield City Council, minority-owned businesses and residents on the city’s east side will have access to grants funded by city taxes on recreational cannabis.

Democrats want to repeal Ilinois' Parental Notification of Abortion Act, seven years after its enforcement began.  Abortion opponents are out in force, aiming to protect the law.

Arguments about keeping or repealing Illinois’ Parental Notification of Abortion law in some ways sound similar. Both sides say it protects rights. But whose?’ Those of teens or parents?

A recently formed nonprofit organization wants to bring youth baseball back to Peoria's neighborhoods.

Democratic state lawmakers are pushing to make permanent many of the voting options Illinois piloted for the 2020 General Election last fall due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Illinois House last week approved extending the use of ballot drop boxes and curbside voting indefinitely. However, critics said the proposal could lead to election security issues.

New McClugage Bridge Span Work Continues

Mar 22, 2021

With work complete on the Interstate 74 Murray Baker Bridge, the Illinois Department of Transportation is focusing its attention to a new span three miles northeast.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Monday, March 22, 2021. Our top story is about how a recently formed non-profit organization wants to bring youth baseball to Peoria's neighborhoods. You'll also hear how with work on the Interstate 74 Murray Baker Bridge complete, the Illinois Department of Transportation is focusing its attention on a new span three miles northeast. 

The body of a Peoria woman reported missing in November has been found about 100 miles southwest of the city.

Incumbent Peoria Township Supervisor Frank Abdnour has conceded defeat in last month’s Democratic primary to LaTrina Leary.

Illinois To Expand Vaccine Eligibility Ahead Of April 12 Universal Rollout

Mar 19, 2021
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The Illinois Department of Public Health announced Friday that more groups of people will be eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccinations ahead of April 12 when everyone over age 16 will become eligible.

Tri-County health officials on Friday reported 149 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, with the region on track to surpass 160,000 administered vaccine doses before the end of the weekend.

This week, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker said he was optimistic that vaccine supply will allow the state to allow those 16 and older, outside of Chicago, to get their shots starting April 12.  The governor also laid out a new "bridge" phase as part of the Restore Illinois plan.  It's a step toward getting the state back to some sort of normalcy.  

March 19

Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital will host a COVID-19 vaccination clinic March 24. Pre-registration is required.

This vaccination clinic is part of a COVID-19 vaccine direct allocation pilot program offered by the State of Illinois for critical access hospitals. The purpose of the program is to increase vaccinations in rural areas where access to the COVID-19 vaccine is limited. The single dose Janssen (Johnson and Johnson) COVID-19 vaccine will be administered at this clinic and participants must be at least 18 years old.

On this week’s episode of Out and About, Scott Kanoff and Grace Sergott join host Jenn Gordon to talk about Bradley University’s theatrical production of “Good Kids”. The searing and timely play by Naomi Iizuka is based on a highly publicized sexual assault involving Steubenville, Ohio high school students in 2012. Bradley University Senior Grace Sergott directs the production with performances being live streamed from March 24 – 27, with on demand viewing options available from March 31 to April 4.

*This production includes strong language and involves intense adult themes.*

A year ago this week, Illinois announced its first COVID-19 death.  Since then, more than 21-thousand  have died in the state.  Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker talks with us about his view of the past year and where we are now with the pandemic.

As vaccine rates rise, many people are considering plans for a vacation.  We'll find out what the travel industry sees in the second half of 2021.  

And, we hear about the products in the running for the coolest thing made in Illinois.  Those stories and more on this episode of Statewide.

Business owner and three-term Peoria City Council member Jim Montelongo is hoping to follow Jim Ardis as the city's as next mayor.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Friday, March 19, 2021. Our top story is about how the Bradley women's basketball team is just a few days away from making school history when they take the court in an NCAA Tournament game for the first time ever.

Peoria City/County Health Department Administrator Monica Hendrickson says the Tri-County area is prepared to meet the state's goal of offering COVID vaccines to all people ages 16 and older come April 12.

A Peoria County Jail corrections officer is hospitalized with severe injuries after reportedly being attacked by a detainee Thursday morning.

A Peoria man faces federal charges after allegedly threatening violence against former President Donald Trump, a federal judge, and the former U.S. attorney for the Central District of Illinois.

The Sangamon County Department of Public Health announced Tuesday it is expanding eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine to anyone 16 or older for its vaccination clinics at the Illinois State Fairgrounds and at the county health department. The expanded eligibility is only for the county sites.

The Tri-County death toll from COVID-19 increased by two Thursday after case reviews identified additional December fatalities from Woodford County.

All Outside Chicago Will Be Vaccine Eligible April 12; Reopening Changes Announced

Mar 18, 2021

All Illinoisans 16 years of age and older outside of Chicago will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations beginning April 12, and the state announced a “metric-based” phase-in to greater reopening Thursday.

Everyone Will Be Vaccine Eligible April 12; Reopening Changes Announced

Mar 18, 2021

All Illinoisans 16 years of age and older outside of Chicago will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations beginning April 12, and the state announced a “metric-based” phase-in to greater reopening Thursday.

At-large City Council member Rita Ali is looking to become Peoria's first woman and first person of color to serve as mayor.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Thursday, March 18, 2021. Our top story is about how Bradley University is returning to a more traditional, in-person education this fall as COVID-19 vaccines become more widely available. WCBU's Tim Shelley spoke with University President Stephen Standifird about the Hilltop's transition back to normalcy.

Full Disclosure: Nomadland

Mar 17, 2021

Join us on our Oscar Spotlight- Full Disclosure breakdown of the critically acclaimed Nomadland. This movie has been on a tear during the movie award season, winning loads of awards with its minimalist approach. While this movie has been a critical darling, it has been divisive amongst the Front Row Network hosts. Give this episode a listen and see what side of the experience you fall.

Featuring: Brandon Davis, Ryan Lootens, Steve Sykes, and Jay Hoffman

The Front Row Network: https://linktr.ee/frontrownetwork

Elmhurst resident Nicole Virgil got into home gardening after researching the industrial food process and watching documentaries like “Food Inc.”

But after she and her husband set up a homemade hoop house in her backyard to protect her vegetable garden during the winter, she received multiple citations from the city for violating local building codes.

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