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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.

Remediation of a contaminated brownfield site will start soon in South Peoria.

Peoria, Housing Center Settle Lawsuit

Aug 27, 2020

The City of Peoria and Hope Fair Housing Center have agreed to settle a lawsuit over the chronic nuisance property ordinance.

For this week's Statewide,  we interviewed Elizabeth Powers, an economist with the Institute of Government and Public Policy at the University of Illinois and Heidi Shierholz, an economist and policy director at the Washington, D.C,-based Economic Policy Institute. Powers  was a member of former President George H.W. administration, while Shierholz served in former President Barack Obama's administration. They discussed the impact of COVID-19 on women in the workforce.

Nearly 200 cities told the Illinois Municipal League that they expect to bring in less money from taxes on shopping, gaming, gas and other sources due to the coronavirus pandemic. The responses come from a survey conducted between June and July.

Central Illinois residents and businesses looking to repair or replace property damaged during last month’s severe storms and flash flooding can seek assistance from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Thursday, August 27, 2020.

A Peoria County sheriff's deputy faces felony charges following a retail theft incident.

Appellate Court: Pritzker Has Authority To Set Inmate Transfer Protocols

Aug 26, 2020
Kankakee County Sheriff Mike Downey
Capitol News Illinois file photo

A state appellate court has temporarily halted a Logan County court order that required state prisons to accept inmates from county jails.

Clinical trials for a potential COVID-19 vaccine are underway in Peoria.

A Peoria Police Officer says he's running to become the next city clerk.

The new host of NPR’s 1A, heard weekdays at 9 a.m. on WCBU and WGLT, has been in the host chair for nearly two months now. Jenn White is the show’s second host, succeeding Joshua Johnson. WCBU’s Daniel Musisi chatted with his friend and former colleague, and she told him about being introduced to public radio by way of a quirky funny show called Car Talk. She talked about the many hats she’s worn in her two decades in public radio, and about her approach as a Black woman and host of a national public radio program.

Unlike many other higher education institutions, first-year University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria students are starting off their year entirely remotely.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, August 26, 2020.

After more than two hours of discussion, the Peoria City Council narrowly voted down borrowing $10 million and decommissioning two fire engines to balance a city budget decimated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Beginning Wednesday, restaurant and bar patrons must wear a mask when interacting with servers and bartenders in an effort to stem the recent spread of COVID-19.

The Peoria Journal Star's new executive editor, Romando Dixson, started just about a month ago, but he's already setting some expansive goals. In a front page article Monday, Dixson said he's making bolstering the paper's diversity and inclusion two major priorities in both staffing and editorial decisions.

The Pekin Police Department might potentially purchase body cameras for its officers as part of a larger technology upgrade.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, August 25, 2020.

The Peoria Public Schools Board of Education will consider a budget for 2020-21 showing a $4.5 million operating loss and a total gap between total revenue and expenditures of $19.75 million.

Kindergarten Readiness Improves For Second Straight Year

Aug 24, 2020
Illinois State Board of Education

The number of Illinois children entering kindergarten who are fully prepared to start school grew for the second consecutive year in 2019, a possible indication that the state’s increased spending on early childhood education is paying off.

U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth said she's working to get more financial relief for Illinois municipalities struggling to keep services going after COVID-19 took a big bite out of tax revenues.

Four Republican Legislators Demand Ethics, Lobbying Reform Commission Hold Meetings

Aug 24, 2020
Grant Wehrli
Zoom

Four Republican lawmakers implored the co-leaders of a bipartisan, bicameral and multi-branch panel designed to present ethics and lobbying reform proposals to restart meetings that have stalled since the novel coronavirus outbreak.

A group of transgender women has asked for an independent monitor of the Illinois Department of Corrections because the agency has not improved those inmates’ care as ordered by a judge last year.

Illinois was among the states helping re-nominate President Trump Monday as the Republican National Convention began in Charlotte, N.C.    

Former Peoria Republican congressman Ray LaHood confirmed Monday he is endorsing Democratic nominee Joe Biden in November’s presidential election.

The financial impact on Bradley University’s athletics department from the postponement of the fall sports seasons remains to be seen.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Monday, August 24, 2020.

A Pekin man reported missing was found dead in the Illinois River.

Bicycling can be listed as one of the beneficiaries of the pandemic.

Senate GOP Demands Governor Open IDES Offices

Aug 21, 2020
Chapin Rose speaking at podium
Seth Perlman / AP

Ten “frustrated” Republican senators demanded Gov. JB Pritzker allow state offices tasked with processing unemployment claims to reopen in a letter sent exactly five months after Illinois’ first stay-at-home order was issued.

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