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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.

Illinois is now the third state to require graduating high school seniors fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, otherwise known as the FAFSA form.

Illinois is now the third state to require graduating high school seniors fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, otherwise known as the FAFSA form.

Above-normal temperatures and spotty rainfall are contributing to abnormally dry conditions in portions of central and western Illinois. 

Peoria's Harrison Homes residents have a new place to seek assistance.

Located within a former apartment, the Harrison Homes Resource Center will evaluate resident needs and provide appropriate solutions. 

Peoria Police Chief Loren Marion III said a civilian city employee assigned to his department will staff the office a few times a week. The goal is to connect residents with a wide range of needed resources, such as transportation.

The future of local newspapers looks bleak, but one local journalist says the advent of the Internet isn’t the only factor to blame.

Peoria Journal Star columnist Phil Luciano was featured in a Sunday special section of the New York Times focused on the future of print journalism.

The nation's two largest newspaper companies are seeking to join forces. 

Peoria County officials have named a new state’s attorney.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker has signed a law intended to prevent discrimination against living organ donors. It will apply to employers and insurance companies.

Megan Craig said she made the best decision of her life at age 25. That’s when she donated a kidney to 20-month-old Evan Simms. Eight years later, Simms is alive and well and resides in South Wilmington. And Craig works at the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois.

A 16-year-old Pekin girl was cited for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident after a fatal crash on Willow Street late Saturday.

Concerns have been raised about election hacking in the wake of the 2016 elections. As the next presidential race approaches, Tazewell County Clerk John Ackerman said there’s no need to worry about somebody changing your actual vote.

An inmate’s complaint about an Illinois prison’s refusal to let her breastfeed has led to a system-wide policy change at the Illinois Department of Corrections

Emily French said she tried to breastfeed her newborn son Elijah but guards at Logan Correctional Center in Lincoln ordered her to stop, citing Department of Corrections’ rules.

“We offered to use a blanket to cover and they said no. So, it was, it was uncomfortable. I felt guilty that I couldn't do anything about it.”

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A 55-year-old Pekin woman is dead after her motorized scooter was struck by a vehicle on Saturday night. 

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At least three young people in Illinois have been sent to the hospital in recent months after having used e-cigarettes, also known as “vapes.” That’s according to an investigation by the state’s Department of Public Health.

The Peoria Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously approved allowing a Peoria church move forward with redeveloping the old Tyng School on the South Side. 

Artists of all kinds often struggle to find inspiration for their work, but sometimes it strikes in unexpected ways. For singer/songwriter and columnist Tom Irwin, inspiration came from a diary he found. It was written more than 125 years ago by a young man who lived in the same Pleasant Plains farmhouse that’s been in his family for generations.

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Ahead of the start of the Illinois State Fair next week, organizers say they’re optimistic about attendance and attractions. But the fair’s success is an open question.

Illinois state government is getting a slightly better assessment from one of the major credit rating agencies.

This week, we learn how thousands are kept in Illinois jails awaiting trial simply because they can't afford bail.  The Illinois Supreme Court is expected to make recommendations to improve the situation later this year.

Also, singer-songwriter Tom Irwin used an 1890's diary of a man who lived in central Illinois to develop his "Sangamon Songs" album.  Now, there's a play based on the man's life.  

That and more on this episode of Statewide.

The Tazewell County Board voted Wednesday to cut down on the number of election precincts after a lengthy debate over whether they had the authority to do so under Illinois statute. 

August 1st is International Childfree Day, in recognition of adults who decide not to have children.

Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show the U.S. fertility rate has been declining for a decade. It hit an all-time low lost year at 59 births per 1,000 women.

When people do have children, they’re waiting longer and having fewer.

An emergency order of protection petition filed Wednesday by the wife of Peoria At-Large City Councilman Zach Oyler alleges a history of sexual abuse. 

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Unlike other rural towns in central Illinois, officials in Beardstown say their population is growing. And they want to make sure everyone is counted in the 2020 census. 

For this week’s Illinois Issues, we look at the challenges to an accurate count and what’s at risk if not everyone participates.

People with criminal records could soon have better luck getting jobs in health care.

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An environmental advocate says the new Illinois coal ash pollution law comes at a good time.