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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.

A total of 84 new COVID-19 cases are reported in the Tri-County area over the past 24 hours. That brings Peoria, Tazewell, and Woodford counties to 34,826 cases since the first local COVID-19 case was reported a year ago.

Frank Abdnour is requesting a discovery recount in the Peoria Township Supervisor Democratic primary election.

Bradley University commencement ceremonies will be held in-person this spring.

A year ago, church services came to an abrupt halt. The comfortable after-service chats over coffee and pastry stopped. Hymns stopped. Sunday school stopped. It all moved online. And pastors said they have accomplished a lot to help people emotionally and socially.

The pandemic forced the Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum to shut its doors for an entire year. But that all ends this Saturday.

On this week’s episode of Out and About, David Commanday joins Jenn Gordon to talk about the Heartland Festival Orchestra’s upcoming concert, ‘Baroque at Its Best’. The concert will feature HFO musicians Ji-Myung Kim, Alex Malaimare, and Evan Tammen performing works by Marcello, Vivaldi, and Bach. In true Baroque style, the Maestro himself will trade in his baton for a cello bow, to perform as part of the ensemble for an intimate and lively concert.

With COVID-19 leading to an expansion of telehealth services in the past year, Peoria area health care professionals expect those remote treatment options to keep growing even after the pandemic ends.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Friday, March 12, 2021.

After a year of being extra careful to avoid the virus, individuals with other health problems are getting vaccinated.  But for some, it's not a free pass for life to get back to normal.  

Teaching civics can be difficult at any time.  Try it during a pandemic with remote learning amid a highly divisive time in our history.  We'll hear about the challenges.

Thsoe stories and more on this episode of Statewide.

Tri-County health officials on Thursday reported no new fatalities linked to COVID-19, along with 89 new infections in the area, while the area’s fully vaccinated population approached 15%.  

Bradley University says two more basketball players who were suspended for the end of the season are no longer involved in a Missouri criminal investigation, but a spokesperson for the police department said it could not confirm the information.

A man was arrested for domestic battery and had to appear in Cook County domestic violence court. He paid his bond and  was released. Then he was charged and arrested again while out on bond. Those cases were still pending when he was arrested for violating an order of protection and finally taken into custody.

“The guy just bonded out over and over and over again and kept violating,” said Melanie MacBride, who is a managing attorney at the Metropolitan Family Services’ Legal Aid Society. 

The South Side Mission is partnering with Walgreens to administer 400 Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines beginning this weekend.

Following the many protests around the world last year and the continuing fight for equality, Bradley students voiced their opinions on the racial inequality they’ve faced on campus.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Thursday, March 11, 2021. Our top story is about how Tazewell County is honoring its Underground Railroad conductors with new grave markers. You'll also hear from double-lung transplant recipient, Mayra Ramirez.

Classics: High Noon

Mar 10, 2021

Front Row Classics returns to examine one of the most popular and critically acclaimed westerns ever made. High Noon might even be better categorized as a suspense thriller set in the Old West. Allison Means joins Brandon and Eric to examine the themes of loyalty, cowardice and standing up for what is right.

Classics: High Noon

Mar 10, 2021

Front Row Classics returns to examine one of the most popular and critically acclaimed westerns ever made. High Noon might even be better categorized as a suspense thriller set in the Old West. Allison Means joins Brandon and Eric to examine the themes of loyalty, cowardice and standing up for what is right.

The Tri-County area eclipsed two more milestones with COVID-19 vaccinations topping 50,000 residents fully vaccinated and 135,000 doses administered.

Café Santa Rosa is renovating an abandoned three-story building at Knoxville and Archer. It's part of an effort to grow its Junction City-based sustainable coffee business.

Full Disclosure: Raya and the Last Dragon

Mar 10, 2021

The Beyond the Mouse crew takes over Full Disclosure as they share all their thoughts about the new film, Raya and the Last Dragon. Prior to talking spoilers the crew takes on the number one question they were asked, is this worth $30 on Disney+ Premier Access. So, if you’ve been wondering that question, they may have your answer. 

Andre Allen will appear alone on the April 6 general election ballot for voters in the City of Peoria's 4th Council District.

The final tally for the February primary election is in, and it appears the incumbent Peoria Township Supervisor came just two votes short of re-election. But the results aren't set in stone yet.

For a second straight year, Peoria won’t have its traditional St. Patrick’s Day parade. But many of the area’s Irish pubs and other establishments still plan on celebrating next week.

Homeowners in the City of Peoria can now legally market their homes as short term rentals on platforms such as Airbnb but only after obtaining the appropriate license.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, March 10, 2021.

Springfield Mayor Jim Langfelder clarified Tuesday night comments he made about a video showing Ward 2 Ald. Shawn Gregory in a physical altercation with another man.

One of Tazewell County's documented Underground Railroad conductors was recognized Tuesday with a new marker heralding his secret work freeing people from slavery.

A Woodford County woman is the Tri-County area’s lone new fatality linked to COVID-19 in the past day.

OSF HealthCare is acquiring a majority ownership stake in Peoria's Kindred Hospital.

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