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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.

Authorities are investigating after a woman was found dead in a vehicle in a Central Peoria driveway early Sunday morning.

One person is dead after a single-vehicle crash on Interstate 74 in Peoria County late Saturday night.

Expanded voting-by-mail is coming to Illinois. Governor J.B. Pritzker said Friday he will sign the expanded voting measure into law.

A group of Chicago-based evangelical leaders plans to seek a virtual meeting with Gov. J.B. Pritzker because of “growing angst” about the rules he has set for religious gatherings.

The city of Peoria will likely temporarily allow restaurants and bars to set up outdoor seating on private property, sidewalks, or even the street.

Americans are turning to books, at-home movies, and puzzles for entertainment during the novel coronavirus pandemic. It begs the question – what’s popular in central Illinois now that curbside pick-up options are available? An unscientific check with a few library systems reveals requests span genres and generations.

The Illinois legislature gathered in Springfield for the first time in weeks for a short special session.  Among the issues facing lawmakers are further responses to the pandemic, rules for voting this November, and the state budget.

For the second consecutive year, towns along the Illinois River are battling major flooding.

A Peoria man is facing felony charges in Woodford County after he attempted to flee from a traffic stop into the flooded Illinois River.

Woodford County Chief Deputy Dennis Tipsword said Anthony Huynh, 23, was pulled over on Route 23 near Roanoke Concrete around 10 p.m. Thursday on a traffic violation.

Huynh fled the scene in his vehicle as a deputy approached on foot. A car chase continued until Huynh drove his vehicle onto Collins Lane, which is currently closed off to traffic due to river flooding. Tipsword said Huynh drove his vehicle into the river.

This week on Out and About, Hannah Ramlo, founder and director of Soulside Healing Arts Studio, joins host Jenn Gordon to talk about the nonprofit’s mission to mitigate the barriers that exist between people and holistic wellness.

The Politics Of A Virus

May 22, 2020

The following commentary was written by Dr. Robert Smith, Dean of the College of Public Affairs and Administration at the University of Illinois Springfield.  

The city of Peoria has negotiated a tentative $1.5 million settlement to end a lawsuit filed by the family of murder victim Kayla Fannon.

Bradley University is offering buyouts to all full-time employees in an effort to trim costs as the institution faces a grim upcoming year in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Illinois River is expected to hit major flood stage in Peoria by Friday morning. Cities aren't waiting until then to start preparing.

Peoria's new state-run COVID-19 testing site opens this Saturday. One perk - less intimitating nasal swabs.

U of I Bans ‘Intimate’ Faculty-Undergraduate Student Relationships

May 21, 2020

The University of Illinois Board of Trustees approved changes to its policies on hiring as well as faculty and staff relationships with students and subordinates. 

On this episode of Statewide, a task force has been created to figure out the best way to get students back to college this fall.  We talk with a higher education leader about what's at stake and the challenges ahead.

And, high school seniors missed out on traditional graduation ceremonies.  For valedictorians, that meant not being able to stand in front of their classmates and deliver an address.  But they still have things to say and we'll listen to a few of them.  

Those stories and more on this week's Statewide.

The Dunlap School District's new offices should be completed by this fall.

Restaurants and bars are busily preparing to open back up for business outside next Friday.

Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood has identified the young boy killed yesterday in a shooting police deemed accidental.

WTVP is partnering with the Peoria County Regional Office of Education to launch a new channel dedicated to remote learning.

A lawmaker who portrays himself as an outsider found himself on the outside Tuesday. A group of protestors, meanwhile, made their voices heard as state lawmakers convened for the first day of a special legislative session.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker Wednesday announced bars and restaurants can serve customers outside once the state takes the next step in his Restore Illinois plan.

They will still have to follow certain guidelines aimed at protecting patrons and staff.  

A child has died after a shooting deemed accidental in Peoria's East Bluff neighborhood Wednesday afternoon.

Springfield’s Ward 2 Ald. Shawn Gregory has been teaming up with restaurants and other businesses to pass out free dinners during the coronavirus pandemic. He said the goal goes beyond giving out free food. 

Handwashing is front of mind for many during the pandemic. But washing often and thoroughly is always a goal in healthcare.

The East Peoria City Council gave an initial nod towards allowing businessman Roy Sorce's special use permit to process Asian carp caught in the Illinois River into bait.

A new 4-story, $45 million mixed use development appears to be officially on the way to East Peoria's Levee District.

Illinois health officials suspect a handful of children in the Chicago region have a syndrome connected to COVID-19, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health and a physician on a task force looking into the syndrome.

Peoria is moving quickly to shore up its riverfront as floodwaters rise on the Illinois River.