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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.

The Illinois House has approved legislation that would allow people to use Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as SNAP benefits, online.

East Peoria Mayor John Kahl said the state of the city is "one of confidence and promise."

The Peoria City Council will decide whether or not to regulate Airbnb's and other short-term rentals. 

Illinois police training centers are struggling to stay open after reforms to traffic fines and fees took a major bite out of their only revenue stream. 

Jose Ramirez will spend the rest of his life in prison for the October 2018 murder of his adoptive parents at their Princeville home. 

On this week’s episode of Out and About, Garry Moore joins Jenn Gordon for a conversation about Peoria Players’ production of “A Raisin in the Sun”. The play is the only drama being produced as part of the Theatres 101st Season. The show runs March 6 through March 15 with performances Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Vacant big box stores in Peoria may soon find new life as indoor self-service warehousing. 

You may soon be able to live in East Peoria's Levee District.

About 1,600 people lost their jobs when a major western Illinois employer closed, and moved to Mexico in 2004. 15 years later, students in a class at Monmouth College set out to find out what happened to the former Maytag employees.

Two Peoria men faces burglary charges in federal court in connection with seven incidents over the past three months.

On this episode of Statewide, we hear how one Illinois town has fared since a major employer left.  Galesburg lost more than 1500 jobs in 2004 when a Maytag plant closed.  

We learn about a service broadcasting sports events specifically for the blind.

And the number of people leaving the state has local governments working to find ways to reverse the trend.   That and more on Statewide.

Some students need extra help in the classroom and, much as they try, sometimes teachers can't do it all. The non-profit Peoria Friendship House has begun a mentorship program with the idea that some of the best teachers are parents.

Local election authorities are reminding people that voting by mail is an option as fears about the coronavirus, the flu, and other illnesses dominate the headlines in the lead-up to March 17's primary.

This I Believe 2020 Event

Mar 5, 2020

The NPR Illinois This I Believe 2020 essay contest wrapped up Wednesday March 4 with a special event at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum.  The 10 winning essayists read their submissions before a crowd that included parents and relatives, friends, teachers, administrators, state lawmakers and others. 

Former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Peoria) says he is gay.

UnityPoint Health wants to get local participation in colorectal cancer screenings up to 80 percent this year.

Drive down any U.S. interstate and there's a good chance you will see a pun or a funny reference on the next electronic message board you spot. Such messages have become ubiquitous across the country lately.

But besides getting a snicker, what's behind these roadside bits, and are they making drivers behave differently?

A group of Republican lawmakers is criticizing the state for failing to process FOID card renewals in a timely manner.

Illinois’ population dropped for the sixth year in a row. And Illinois students leave the state for school at higher rates than almost anywhere else. Rockford is trying to leverage its engineering and manufacturing industry to get people to stay.

Illinois officials say the state should be doing more to level the playing field for women and girls. A council working toward that goal released its first annual report today. 

Peoria County, the city of Peoria and the Peoria City/County Health Department are opening a joint Emergency Operations Center in preparation for the future spread of COVID-19.

Illinois lawmakers are considering whether sex education teachers should have to warn students about the consequences of “sexting” — sharing or forwarding sexually explicit videos, pictures, and text messages.

The Department of Children and Family Services released a timeline of the agency's involvement with 4-year-old Tate Thurman's family before his death. This comes after WCBU ran a story about the agency's silence on the East Peoria case. 

A former star Bradley baseball pitcher was the pilot in Tuesday's fatal plane crash near Lincoln.

Local developer Kim Blickenstaff is buying the 34-acre Spring Bay Marina in Woodford County. 

The number of jobs in the Peoria metropolitan area dipped slightly in the last three months of 2019 compared to the same stretch of 2018, but so did the unemployment rate. 

This year's "Peoria Reads" book is "The Hate U Give," a story about a black teenage girl whose friend is shot and killed by a white police officer.

Cook County Public Guardian Charles Golbert said DCFS isn't being transparent about its potential involvement with the family of a 4-year-old East Peoria boy who died last month. 

Peoria Area Convention and Visitors Bureau CEO JD Dalfonso believes the city can not only prevent the IHSA boys basketball tournament from heading to Champaign with a strong bid, but also snag the girls tournament from Normal.

UPDATED 6:45 p.m. | Authorities are investigating after a small plane registered in Bloomington crashed Tuesday along Interstate 55 near Lincoln, killing all three people on board.