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The Heart of Illinois United Way is partnering with Peoria hotels to relocate some people experiencing homelessness during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The COVID-19 outbreak is forcing businesses to close their doors -- some temporarily and others for good. But one Peoria business owner recently decided to brave the uncertainty and opened his doors for the first time.

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A local doctor returning from a recent deployment with the 182nd Airlift Wing in Peoria helped assess alternative care sites across the state.

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A 91-year-old man is the Tri-County area's first COVID-19 linked death.

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The Peoria City/County Health Department is reporting the area's first COVID-19 related death.

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More positive COVID-19 tests are coming back in Central Illinois - including the first confirmed cases in Stark and Mason counties.

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Peoria activist and community organizer Chama St. Louis says she's running for Peoria mayor next year.

Virus Brings Online Classes Into Focus

Apr 4, 2020

In an effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus, colleges across the country including Bradley University and Illinois Central College have moved to online classes allowing students to continue their education from home.

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Playgrounds are closed under Illinois' shelter in place order, but some parents aren't enforcing that rule with their children.

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If you’re thinking about buying a pet rabbit for Easter – think about a chocolate one instead. That’s the message from a Pekin-based rabbit rescue group.

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The city of Pekin is closing off access to the riverfront after people continued to gather there in violation of the governor's stay-at-home order.

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Local medical students are gathering personal protective equipment for healthcare workers on the frontlines.

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Peoria Police Chief Loren Marion said more people are going outside in groups as the weather warms up. But he's asking people to adhere the governor's stay-at-home-order.

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OSF Saint Francis Chief Nursing Officer Jen Hopwood said the hospital has boosted its bed counts to prepare for an influx of COVID-19 patients.

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The federal government is gearing up to send the first round of direct payments to help individuals through the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The city of Peoria is preparing for what happens if it doesn't receive state revenues for its firefighters' pension fund on time due to the COVID-19 money flow crunch.

Central Illinois Hotels Suffer in Silence

Apr 2, 2020
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With the coronavirus sweeping across the country, the hospitality industry in central Illinois faces its biggest challenge since 9/11.

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Families who rely on the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children — or WIC — had trouble finding eligible items on store shelves last month.

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The Community Foundation of Central Illinois is reactivating the Disaster Relief Fund originally created after the Washington tornado to help with the COVID-19 crisis.

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Peoria City/County Health Department medical director Dr. Gregg Stoner said the local COVID-19 infection and death projections he's seen give a real sense why social distancing measures like the stay-at-home order are necessary.

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An Illinois nonprofit is offering two months' of mortgage or rent payments to help people out during the COVID-19 crisis.

Central Illinois Art Scene Upended By Virus

Apr 1, 2020
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Central Illinois artists are also among the many casualties in the battle against the spread of the coronavirus.

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Updated April 2 at 5:36 p.m.: The city of East Peoria has issued a burn ban effective April 6 due to concerns over the novel coronavirus. The open burning of dry yard waste is still permitted through dusk of April 5. Failure to comply with the ban will lead to a verbal warning and potential fines on subsequent offenses.

Original story: Open burning is underway in East Peoria through the month of April and residents are urged to take extra precaution.

A four-hour long standoff with the suspect in a pair of incidents over the weekend died Tuesday with his apparent suicide by gunshot in a North Valley home.

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Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis is asking residents to call the non-emergency police number if they spot large gatherings defying the governor's extended stay-at-home order.

The USDA approved a waiver allowing families on the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) food program to substitute other milk products when coupon-eligible milk isn't available.

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Illinois landlords are not allowed to kick out tenants during the government-mandated shelter in place period. But that's not stopping some from trying.

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Drive-thru COVID-19 testing similar to what rolled out in McLean County this past weekend isn't here in Peoria - yet.

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By Saturday, officials expect 500 hospital beds to be in place at a converted McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago to deal with the overflow of COVID-19 patients.

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The Tri-County hospitals are now reporting the number of COVID-19 related cases in their intensive care units.