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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.

Sports reporter Dave Reynolds recently concluded a 38-year run with the Peoria Journal-Star, covering the Bradley men's basketball beat since 1990.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, December 16, 2020. Our top story is about how some of the first COVID-19 vaccines were administered to health care workers Tuesday at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.  You'll also hear from Peoria Journal Star sports reporter Dave Reynolds. He recently concluded a 38-year run with the Journal Star, covering Bradley men's basketball since 1990. He has also witnessed high school basketball championships and saw several future star athletes come through the area.

We are thrilled to welcome Chris DeMakes of Less Than Jake to the show! Chris is the lead vocalist and guitarist for the band. Their new album Silver Linings was just released last week. Craig and Scott have been fans of Less Than Jake for over twenty years, and had a lot of questions for Chris. The interview covers the new album, Chris' favorites from the bands 28 year career, his new podcast and much more. Thanks for listening and be sure to subscribe to The Front Row Network!

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Measures of child well-being have declined during the last 10 months as the COVID-19 pandemic has raged. But those economic, health and educational effects have taken the greatest toll on children from Black and Brown families.

A new 50-state report published this week by the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Kids Count program quantified the damage. Kids Count analyzes surveys of families compiled by the U.S. Census Bureau.

The quiet excitement in the room was palpable as five OSF Saint Francis Medical Center health workers sat down in a cushy blue chair one by one, rolled up their sleeves, and received their first dose of Pfizer's newly authorized COVID-19 vaccine.

The City of Peoria officially has a plan to address its combined sewer overflow problem.

For months, health workers have been the front line of defense in the ongoing fight against COVID-19. But after several months, some have pushed themselves beyond their limits.

Peoria Public Schools is considering changes to the calendar to adjust for educational deficiencies resulting from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, December 15, 2020. Our top story is about how the Peoria City Council will vote to approve a consent decree with the U.S. EPA after 14 years of negotiations over the city's Combined Sewer Overflow problems.  You'll also hear from Dr. Samuel Sears, OSF HealthCare's director of Behavioral Health Physician Services. He talks about the toll of the pandemic on health workers, and how he's helping to manage the resulting stress and tension.

Democratic allies of House Speaker Mike Madigan on Monday ended an inquiry into whether the speaker did anything that should disqualify him from serving in the legislature.

Members of a “Special Investigative Committee” formed at the behest of Republicans deadlocked on whether to bring charges against Madigan related to a federal probe into a bribery scheme orchestrated by lobbyists for utility Commonwealth Edison to curry favor with the Speaker.

The Pekin City Council approved the creation of a new Business Development District along the Court Street Corridor.

Council members didn't mince words Monday night, saying the city's previous reluctance to offer such incentives led to major retail developments heading instead to Peoria and East Peoria.

When Gov. JB Pritzker observes COVID-19 vaccines administered at a Peoria hospital on Tuesday morning, he’ll be witnessing among the first COVID-19 inoculations in Illinois after the state received its first shipment of the COVID-19 vaccine made by Pfizer-BioNTech.

Peoria Police Chief Loren Marion III is retiring next month.

For the second time in less than a week, a Peoria County resident in their 20s has died from COVID-19 complications.

It's not just high school athletes feeling the scholarship pinch during the pandemic.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Monday, December 14, 2020. Our top story is about how the first batch of COVID-19 vaccines is expected to arrive in Central Illinois very soon.  You'll also hear how it's not just high school athletes feeling the scholarship pinch during the pandemic. The culinary team at Woodruff Career and Technical Center took first place in the restaurant management category at the Illinois ProStart Invitational last March, just days before the governor's first stay-at-home order.

Beyond the Mouse: Disney Investor Day Recap

Dec 13, 2020

There was an incredible amount of news coming out of the Disney Investor Day presentation last Thursday. The whole crew is here to breakdown the biggest announcements from Lucasfilm, Disney Theatrical, Disney Animation, Pixar and Marvel!

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The long-vacant property at a busy Peoria intersection might have a combination of retail and residential buildings in the not-too-distant future.

The Tazewell County State’s Attorney said Gov. JB Pritzker’s threat to take action against businesses violating his COVID-19 executive orders raises “serious concerns.”

The following is a commentary from Dr. Robert Smith, Dean of the College of Public Affairs and Administration at the University of Illinois Springfield.

For Illinois restaurateurs, when they say help is needed to stay in business, they don't mean sometime next month. They mean immediately.

The Tri-County Area moved past 300 deaths tied to COVID-19 with five new fatalities reported Friday.

A Bradley University online doctoral nursing student has died after contracting COVID-19.

Peoria voters likely will have the opportunity to write in a candidate when voting in February’s mayoral primary--but not just any name they choose.

This week, Governor JB Prittzker ordered Illinois National Guard medical personnel to the state's four veterans' homes following a deadly outbreak in the LaSalle facility amid criticism from Republican lawmakers.  Also, Michael Madigan continued to resist calls for him to step down as Speaker of the House.

Capitol News Illinois' Jerry Nowicki joins the panel.

The peak of the Geminid meteor shower is fast approaching.

A new cutting edge treatment aimed at reducing hospital admissions for high-risk COVID-19 patients is now available in central Illinois from OSF HealthCare.

On this week’s episode of Out & About, Jenn Gordon talks with Scott Kanoff and Dan Matisa from the Bradley University Theatre Department. Daniel adapted Charles Dickens’ classic holiday novella into a radio play production, which is now available to listen to on-demand as part of the WCBU Presents performance series. Listen to A Christmas Carol A Radio Play

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Friday, December 11, 2020. Our top story is about how a new cutting-edge treatment aimed at reducing hospital admissions for high-risk COVID-19 patients is now available in central Illinois.  You'll also hear from Congressman Darin LaHood, who says getting a new coronavirus relief package passed remains his top priority this month, even if it means he has to stay in Washington, D.C. until it gets done.

Beyond the Mouse: Disney Gift Extravaganza!

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