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Headlines from around the state, curated by the GLT 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.

Republican Congressman Darin LaHood says he won't vote to impeach President Donald Trump.

First District Councilwoman Denise Moore's press conference calling for "aggressive action" on state site selection laws for clubs following an early morning homicide was interrupted when the club's owner showed up. 

Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx personally filed paperwork that led to vacating and expunging the marijuana convictions of more than 1,000 people.

Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood says the November death of a local woman is a homicide. 

The city of Peoria wants to see more usage of the Gateway Building. 

A man from the Springfield area was charged Thursday with threatening to shoot central Illinois Rep. Rodney Davis.

Dr. Joseph Henry and guest artist Megan Koch join Jenn Gordon to talk about the Chorale’s unique sound and family culture, as well as how to innovate a time honored tradition through new artistic partnerships and repertoire. An American Family Christmas happens December 13 and 14 at 7:30pm at 5 Points Washington. 

Three people are in custody after a man was shot dead outside the Dream Nightclub in South Peoria early this morning.

Illinois’ Attorney General is suing e-cigarette maker JUUL Labs, alleging the company intentionally hooked teens on vaping.

This episode looks ahead to the new recreational marijuana law that will take effect the first of the year.  You might have questions and we will try to provide answers.  We'll also hear how marijuana growers are working to meet the expected demand.

A new biography tells the story of Lane Evans, the late Illinois congressman from the Quad Cities.  Evans died in 2014 from complications related to Parkinson's Disease.

And racism in a suburban school district has led to a concerted effort to rebuild trust.

That and more on the latest Statewide.

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker is giving $5 million to a campaign supporting a graduated income tax. It’s the first reported contribution in what’s expected to be an expensive fight over the state’s tax policy.

There are just weeks left until adult-use recreational cannabis becomes legal in Illinois. While many consumers have been looking forward to that day since lawmakers passed the legislation in May, cultivators have been scrambling to prepare for the demand.

WCBU’s Dana Vollmer visited one central Illinois producer to see how preparation efforts are going.

Six children were removed from a Lexington Hills apartment Wednesday after they were found alone.

Buying and using marijuana will be legal in Illinois as of January 1. We asked top state experts what that does and doesn’t mean, and compiled their answers in this Q&A.

Months after a report advising the City of Springfield to shutter three of its four coal-fired generators, utility officials urged city leaders to make a decision about the future of the plant by January.

More than a thousand Illinoisans with low-level marijuana convictions had their records wiped clean Wednesday. It’s part of the new marijuana legalization coming in January.

Can an anonymous person bump a candidate off the ballot? The Illinois State Board of Elections will decide next week.

Nursing parents visiting courthouses across Illinois could still have trouble accessing a private clean place to feed their babies.

The sale of recreational marijuana in the City of Peoria moved a step closer to reality last night. 

A 20-year-old Pekin woman is dead after a two-vehicle accident on Springfield Road Tuesday.

The Tazewell County Sheriff's Office said they arrived to the scene, about a quarter mile north of Broadway, around 2:30 p.m. 

Kaitlyn Guard was pronounced dead on the scene. The occupants of the second vehicle were taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. 

The accident is under investigation. 

A pair of credit rating agencies on Tuesday issued warnings on the finances of both the state of Illinois and its largest city.

Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-Moline) said introducing articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump isn't a task she relished.

"This is a bad day for our country. This is a bad day for our democracy. And I sure wish we weren't at this point," she said. 

Bustos says neither Democrats nor Republicans came to Washington to impeach the president. She encouraged Americans to read the articles and decide for themselves. 

Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-Moline) said the revised USMCA trade agreement with Mexico and Canada protects the interests of farmers, organized labor, and environmental organizations.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Tuesday that House Democrats had reached a deal to move the treaty forward after years of negotiations. 

She said one important key change hashed out was the compliance enforcement mechanisms in the treaty.

Peoria Public Schools will participate in a program built to improve graduation rates for black, Latinx, and low-income students. 

The only Central Illinois dispensary so far approved to sell recreational marijuana on January 1 said they'll have plenty of product on Day 1...but you might not be able to smoke it. 

The Peoria Armory will be restored to its former glory.

There’s some new lighting and patched fencing around the abandoned Pillsbury Mills plant on the north end of Springfield. But residents say more work needs to be done to make the area safe. 

NPR Illinois went on a perimeter walk with them over the weekend and has this report.

The Pekin City Council is putting off a vote on requiring motorized bike owners to register their vehicles with the police until next year.

The Illinois Republican Party will again host their convention at the Peoria Civic Center next year. 

The convention was last hosted in Peoria in 2016. Illinois Republican Party Chairman Tim Schneider said that experience is what spurred the party to choose the city again. 

Illinois is in a precarious position when it comes to the 2020 census. The count determines congressional representation, and the state is at risk for losing up to two seats.

Central and southern Illinois appear most vulnerable to losing a congressional seat, which is why it’s especially important to make sure everyone participates, according to Anita Banerji, director of the Democracy Initiative with Forefront Illinois. The Chicago-based civic engagement nonprofit has been working to ensure an accurate count.