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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.

Tri-County health officials on Wednesday reported 99 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, but no new deaths linked to the pandemic for a second straight day.

Jeff Jackson has been chosen to follow Doug Elgin as commissioner of the Missouri Valley Conference that includes Bradley and Illinois State universities.

Despite challenges posed by the pandemic, Downtown Peoria will see residential growth in 2021.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, March 17, 2021. Our top story is about how Bradley University President Stephen Standifird has fulfilled one of his promises made to the Bradley community - to improve diversity and inclusion in the wake of the George Floyd protests.

Springfield’s Ward 3 has a new representative to the city council. Ald. Roy Williams, Jr., was sworn in Tuesday night after the council approved his appointment with no dissenting votes.

Six aldermen changed their votes after the council rejected his initial appointment a few weeks ago.

Williams will serve out the remainder of State Sen. Doris Turner’s term, who resigned the seat last month after her appointment to the Illinois Senate.

State lawmakers this week will kick off the once-in-a-decade process to reshape how Illinois’ legislative and congressional maps are drawn.

The University of Illinois Springfield could return to a more normal atmosphere in the fall if the pandemic trends continue in the right direction.  The university system has announced it plans to offer more in-person classes starting in August, citing the rising number of people getting vaccinated as a main reason. 

Illinois Senate To Begin Redistricting Process

Mar 16, 2021
Don Harmon
Capitol News Illinois file photo

An Illinois Senate committee will hold its first hearing Wednesday to begin the process of redrawing congressional and state legislative districts in line with the 2020 census, despite the fact that detailed census data will likely be unavailable until September.

The Tri-County area reported 70 new COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours on Tuesday.

Peoria Grown sells fresh produce at cost at Market 309, set up at Logan Recreation Center in Peoria's South Side. Now, that mission is expanding to include a new Wellness and Nutrition Hub.

Back in April 2020, we spoke with 13-year-old David Simmons, who was busy using his 3D printer to create face shields for his community. Less than a year later, David's been chosen as one of three US Cellular Future of Good winners for all his hard work.

Andrea Gorski never got to experience an NCAA Tournament in her playing days with the Bradley University women’s basketball team. Neither did anyone else who suited up for the Braves.

Until now.

Tuesday marks the one-year anniversary of Illinois’ first reported death from COVID-19. In the next 12 months, Illinois would go on to report nearly 21,000 more confirmed COVID-19 deaths, while more than 1.2 million Illinoisans have been infected so far.

On her small family farm outside Princeton, Ill., Rachel Berry, founder and CEO of the Illinois Hemp Growers Association, stands in front of a giant bale of hemp stalks that resembles an oversized bird’s nest. She pulls a small hardcover book from a basket full of various goods made from the fiber and woody pulp of hemp stems.

FLASHBACKS: Highlander

Mar 16, 2021

Front Row Flashbacks is travelling around the world covering centuries of battles between immortals who must decapitate one another to become the final immortal! Will it be Connor McCloud, the titular Highlander, or will it be the barbarian bred for battle, The Kurgan? Join us as we talk about one of the definitive cult cinema classics, which spawned five sequels, an anime movie, two television shows, a kids cartoon, and a card game. Join us on this frolicking urban fantasy and remember, “There can be only one!”

 

FLASHBACKS: Highlander

Mar 16, 2021

Front Row Flashbacks is travelling around the world covering centuries of battles between immortals who must decapitate one another to become the final immortal! Will it be Connor McCloud, the titular Highlander, or will it be the barbarian bred for battle, The Kurgan? Join us as we talk about one of the definitive cult cinema classics, which spawned five sequels, an anime movie, two television shows, a kids cartoon, and a card game. Join us on this frolicking urban fantasy and remember, “There can be only one!”

 

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, March 16, 2021. Our top story is about how Tri-County local governments will receive 140 million dollars in aid from the American Rescue Plan signed into law by the president last week. Tim Shelley breaks down how some of that money may be used.

When Tanner Fry’s youngest son was born two years ago, Fry appreciated the time he got to spend with the baby, so much that the middle-of-the-night diaper changes didn’t bother him.

The $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan passed through Congress along party lines and signed into law by President Joe Biden last week is welcome assistance for many in Peoria-area local government.

A 59-year-old man has been identified as the person who died in a Sunday afternoon house fire in Peoria's North Valley.

Tri-County health officials on Monday reported one new death linked to COVID-19 in the past three days, while state records show close to 7,700 vaccine doses administered since Friday.

Hopedale Medical Complex is among nine rural critical access hospitals statewide receiving direct COVID-19 vaccine allocations under a new safety net program.

For millions of students in Illinois, attending school a year into the COVID-19 pandemic still means logging onto a computer or completing assignment packets. Though some students have adjusted well, many others have not had an easy time learning over the past year.

But while the federal government granted Illinois’ request to waive standardized tests last spring, President Joe Biden’s administration rejected the state’s bid this year.

Some state lawmakers are pushing back on the mandate and petitioning the federal government to reconsider.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Monday, March 15, 2021. Our top story is about how a young teen from Monmouth recently won one of three U.S. Cellular Future of Good awards given to teens doing extraordinary things this year.

The Reverend C.T. Vivian died before finishing his memoir "It's in the Action." That left co-author Steve Fiffer with the job of telling the rest of the civil rights icon's life story.

One person is dead after a Sunday afternoon fire at a residence in Peoria's North Valley.

The Illinois Department of Public Health on Friday afternoon launched a COVID-19 vaccine hotline — something advocates have been asking Gov. JB Pritzker’s administration to do for months.

The COVID-19 pandemic has spurred a renewed focus on mental health issues, particularly among students. Some Illinois lawmakers say schools must bolster suicide prevention procedures to better identify warning signs.

In a week that marked the one year anniversary of the pandemic, Gov. J.B. Pritzker said he's cautiously optimistic as more vaccines arrive.  His administration even mentioned a return to holding conventions and trade shows this summer.   

Pritzker is also pleased that a windfall will be coming to the state as part of a federal coronavirus stimulus package.   How might the state use that money?

Our panel discusses where things stand in Illinois -- on the public health front and with the state budget.  

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