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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.

Law enforcement agencies across Illinois are struggling to pay for state-mandated officer training.

With a fourth case of COVID-19 announced in Illinois Monday, coronavirus continues to dominate headlines. But experts say there’s another, more common disease that ought to be getting more attention.

Bradley University is closely monitoring the spread of coronavirus as it may impact students studying abroad.

Is there another parking deck in Peoria’s future - despite the fact that the city’s existing four Downtown parking decks are all under-utilized?  

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritkzer and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot tried to calm fears over the worldwide COVID-19 outbreak on Friday. They said efforts are already underway to minimize Illinois’ exposure to the disease also known as novel coronavirus.

The Illinois House voted this week to ban red-light cameras in some of the state’s communities, but the legislation leaves out Chicago and some of the biggest suburbs.

Meanwhile, reproductive health activists lined up behind a push to bring comprehensive health and sexual education to all public school kids in Illinois, from grades K-12.

Illinois lawmakers are considering whether parents should be allowed to keep their children from participating in active shooter drills at school.

Some parents and school personnel say the exercises have a negative effect on children. State Sen. Scott Bennett, a Democrat from Champaign, said he’s not against active shooter training, but he said it should be conducted with more sensitivity.

An independent feature film about a German family living in Peoria during World War II is now looking for actors.

An East Peoria woman faces four felony charges in connection with the death of four-year-old Tate Thurman. 

On this Week’s Episode of Out and About, Guest Director Ginna Hoben and Performance Major Emma O’Mahoney join Jenn Gordon in the studio for a conversation about Bradley University Theatre Department’s production of “The Wolves”. The play follows the all-female high school soccer team providing the audience with an inside look during their weekly pre-game warm-ups.

This I Believe: Unconventional Beauty

Feb 28, 2020

Imagine you’re 11 years old and back in middle school. You’re walking down the hallway when a boy says to you “Dang. You’re darker than me.” He says it in a condescending way, but you don’t understand why it’s such a bad thing. You don’t understand why your whole life, people have told you that you were “too dark.”

Tazewell County Sheriff Jeff Lower said a rural Delavan homeowner shot and killed a man in self-defense Thursday night.

Deputies received a disturbance call from a house on Boynton Road just after 8 p.m. The homeowner, Luke P. Taylor, reportedly heard someone yelling outside and went to investigate.

Lower said the man on his property, 41-year-old Daniel Williamson of San Jose, threatened Taylor, charged at him, and bit his face and head before the homeowner shot them.

Taylor is the Tazewell County Public Defender 

Lawmakers are considering whether to make comprehensive sexual education mandatory for grades K-12 in public schools across the state.

The Illinois House on Wednesday approved legislation Wednesday that would ban certain red-light cameras. It would only apply in communities with fewer than 25,000 people that have not been granted a special status known as “home rule.”

On the latest episode of Statewide, a new report examines the past and present of corruption in both Chicago and the State of Illinois.  It also ranks them compared to other governments throughout the country.  Spoiler alert: it's not a pretty picture. 

How are college students viewing this election season and what questions do they have for candidates?

And despite the same pressures faced by the newspaper industry as a whole, some individuals are making an effort to keep student papers keep printing.  

That and more on Statewide.

Authorities say 4-year-old Tate Thurman of East Peoria died from multiple blunt force trauma inflicted by his father's girlfriend. 

Illinois residents have been receiving mailers saying they’re a “2020 Congressional District Census.” But it’s not that census – the once-in-a-decade population count.

The mailer is a survey and fundraising document from the Republican National Committee, and that has the Democratic Party of Illinois crying foul.

Numerous studies link social media use with mental health problems, like depression. But new research conducted by a Bradley University professor shows how a true crime podcast might be bucking that trend.

U.S. businesses are battling wide-ranging problems amid the global spread of the coronavirus.

This I Believe: False Boundaries

Feb 27, 2020

I cross the train tracks on the Stanford Avenue extension, and suddenly, I'm transported. For many in my town, the train tracks symbolize a wholly different world. I've been told the boundary set by these train tracks is going to negatively impact my education and high school experience. When you go to school on this side of the train tracks, everybody on the other side has a preconceived idea of what the future has in store for you. Some think it's wise to file for a transfer to another school on the other side, but I found it wiser to not listen. 

Imagine this: you’re in the 9th grade, and when the bell rings, you’ve got five minutes to get from Language Arts to algebra. That gives you just enough time to visit the ladies room. And surprise! Your menstrual period has arrived a few days early.

Imagine this: you’re in the 9th grade, and when the bell rings, you’ve got five minutes to get from Language Arts to algebra. That gives you just enough time to visit the ladies room. And surprise! Your menstrual period has arrived a few days early.

The Tazewell County Board reconsidered its vote not to censure county clerk John Ackerman last month, and voted almost unanimously to reprimand him over employee pay raises.

An East Peoria woman was arrested for first-degree murder Wednesday afternoon in connection with the death of 4-year-old Tate Thurman.

Illinois lawmakers want to research the rising costs of prescription drugs, especially the price of prescription drugs.

Imagine this: you’re in the 9th grade, and when the bell rings, you’ve got five minutes to get from Language Arts to algebra. That gives you just enough time to visit the ladies room. And surprise! Your menstrual period has arrived a few days early. 

With no supplies in your purse, you panic. But wait. There, on the wall, you see a dispenser. Problem solved, right?

At Lahne Romaker’s school, you’d be out of luck.

It’s been more than two years since two Kroger stores closed in Peoria—one on the South Side, the other on the East Bluff. 

The week of March 9 will provide opportunities for civic engagement and networking in Peoria. 

Plans to start up a craft cannabis growing operation on Peoria's south side are now shelved. 

One person is dead after a weather-related crash near Morton Wednesday morning. 

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