Tower Work Will Interrupt WCBU Broadcast Signal

Feb 7, 2020
Courtesy WTVP

You may notice interruptions in WCBU's over-the-air signal for the next few weeks. 

U.S. Air Force

NASA is naming a spacecraft after a Bradley University graduate who was the first African American chosen to be an astronaut.

Tim Shelley / WCBU

The man behind the Mona Lisa replica at the center of the Peoria Riverfront Museum's da Vinci exhibit is visiting Peoria from Paris. 

Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP, File

The Oscars ceremony has faced heavy criticism in recent years for its lack of diverse nominees.

Stories Of The Enslaved In Illinois

Feb 7, 2020
Gillam Bernhard / Library of Congres

One was sold away from her children. Another was freed and became a businessman. Others were freed only to be kidnapped and sold back into slavery. These are just a few stories of people who were enslaved in Illinois.

The former Stanley Steemer building
Peoria County Property Tax Records

The Peoria Planning and Zoning Commission gave its OK Thursday to a craft cannabis grower to start up business in South Peoria. But that vote on the Grow Trust's application didn't come without some scrutiny.

Dana Vollmer / Peoria Public Radio

The Peoria chapter of the International Union of Operating Engineers is expanding its apprenticeship program as the state rolls out its $45 billion capital plan.

Dana Vollmer / Peoria Public Radio

A Peoria non-profit is trying to address food insecurity and community health through education.

Hooker-DeJong, Inc. via Peoria Housing Authority

The Peoria Housing Authority got some good news last week when the state approved its preliminary plans for the new Taft Homes. More details about those plans are becoming public.


Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis said he's confident Bradley University will emerge from its financial struggles stronger than before. 

City of Galesburg

Galesburg wants to see if expanding Lake Storey beyond its current shores makes sense.

Tim Shelley / WCBU

Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis presented an optimistic outlook for the River City in his 2020 State of the City Address.

Creative Commons

Two teenagers face charges after police said they stole a car at gunpoint in South Peoria Monday night. 

Police said the victim agreed to give three males a ride from the 200 block of N. MacArthur. When they arrived, one of the men pulled a gun and forced the victim and his passenger out. 

While police were responding to the initial call, they received a report of the stolen vehicle speeding down Union Hill. The vehicle eventually stopped in the area of Millman and Webster. Three occupants then ran from police on foot. 

Tim Shelley / WCBU

The Peoria Housing Authority got some good news in its ongoing Taft Homes redevelopment project.

Kristin McHugh/WCBU

WCBU's news operation is growing, finances are stabilizing and the future is bright. That's the message general manager RC McBride is delivering since daily operations transferred to WGLT-- Bloomington-Normal's public radio station last June. Kristin McHugh sits down with McBride for an update on the partnership with Bradley University. 

An Illinois appellate court is siding with the operators of a Peoria County gravel pit in a long-running zoning dispute.

Tim Shelley / WCBU

Bradley University students are organizing to save the theater major after it was floated for potential elimination.

Barry Cloyd Facebook

Barry joins Jenn Gordon in the studio to reflect on 20 years of singing, “song-walking”, and performing. You’ll hear the story behind his well known song, “Spirit Dance”, an impromptu performance, and Barry’s drive to invest in the next generation of local singer-songwriters. 

Local Mother Meets Paramedics Who Saved Son's Life

Feb 3, 2020
WCBU, Peoria Public Radio

A year ago, Angie Britch's son Bailey attempted suicide and lost function in the lower half of his body.

(AP Photo/Mel Evans)

Archbishop Emeritus John Myers has returned home after suffering "a serious decline" in his physical and mental health.


Caterpillar ended the year with a drop in sales and revenue and an uncertain 2020 outlook.

Dana Vollmer / Peoria Public Radio

State election officials contend Illinois' automatic voter registration system is mostly a success, despite some hiccups.


Documents illustrate what happens when a student is put in an isolation room.

Peoria City Soccer

Peoria's new pre-professional soccer team, Peoria City, takes the field at Shea Stadium for the first time this spring.

Dana Vollmer / Peoria Public Radio

Illinois election officials are working to defend against foreign cyberattacks in this year's elections.

(AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

Health officials are reporting the first U.S. case of person-to-person spread of the new virus from China.

Peoria County Jail

A Creve Coeur man will serve 35 years in prison after pleading guilty to luring young girls into sexual acts.

Tim Shelley / WCBU

Tazewell County Clerk John Ackerman narrowly dodged a formal county board censure last night.


Bradley University will consider eliminating majors and merging departments as part of a broader program prioritization effort. 

Tim Shelley / WCBU

It's been a rough few years for Delavan.