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The 2020 Tremont Turkey Festival is canceled due to ongoing uncertainty regarding COVID-19.

The Peoria County Board Executive Committee unanimously recommended proceeding Monday with the closure process of the financially-troubled Heddington Oaks nursing home.

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Four Peoria-area nursing homes and assisted living facilities are now considered COVID-19 outbreak sites.

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The COVID-19 crisis is creating financial uncertainty and testing emergency savings plans for many low-and moderate-income earners.

WCBU’s Dana Vollmer talked to Brad Davis of Investment Strategists at Better Banks about some of the personal finance lessons learned from the pandemic.

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COVID-19 is not the first virus to drastically change life in Peoria. A century ago, the Spanish Flu spread across the city and the community reacted surprisingly similar to today.


A 21-year-old Chillicothe man is dead after a single-vehicle rollover crash west of town early Sunday morning.

The Peoria County Sheriff's Office, Chillicothe Fire Department, Chillicothe Police Department, and Advanced Medical Transport responded to the rollover crash at E. Truitt Road and N. Krause Road around 1:15 a.m.

Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood said Dylan Koch was headed eastbound on Truitt when his vehicle left the roadway and rolled several times for an unknown reason. Koch was ejected from the vehicle. He was pronounced dead on scene.

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Despite the coronavirus lockdown, home sales in the Peoria area were up in 2020's first quarter. But it's definitely made some drastic changes to how houses are sold in the past few weeks.

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A Peoria County woman is among the 125 COVID-19 deaths the Illinois Department of Public Health reported on Saturday.

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Unionized Peoria city employees were notified Wednesday of potential layoffs as the city seeks to plug a $31 million hole in this year's budget created by COVID-19's economic fallout.

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Peoria's first expanded COVID-19 testing site opens Tuesday at the Heartland Health Services East Bluff clinic.

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After 172 years, Peoria County is exiting the nursing home business.

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College students in all sorts of programs have had to make big adjustments to their studies due to COVID-19 related campus closures. That includes those studying a trade or technical skill.

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Heartland Health Services will soon be offering expanded COVID-19 testing in Peoria.

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Fears over the novel coronavirus are overlapping with an especially bad allergy season.

Picking Up Garbage in a Pandemic

Apr 16, 2020
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Despite the pandemic, it's business as usual for the workers that pick up Peoria's--and Washington's--trash.

Covering The Pandemic, Local TV Adjusts

Apr 16, 2020

How do television stations handle the coronavirus in central Illinois? The answer is carefully.

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The city of Peoria has plans to create a Small Business Assistance Grant fund - but it's unclear when the money to kickstart it will arrive.

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Peoria NAACP president Marvin Hightower is lobbying for an expanded COVID-19 testing site in the East Bluff, South Side, or central Peoria.

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UnityPlace is rolling out a new telehealth Access Center to assist people with behavioral health or substance abuse struggles through the COVID-19 crisis.

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Peoria Charter Coach has rehired 40 employees that were previously laid off after securing a federal coronavirus stimulus loan.

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As part of the Peoria City Council’s efforts to cut expenses, expect to see grass reach new heights.

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The Peoria Fire Department will start charging a fee when care facilities call for lift assistance. The department has determined that the approximate cost of each lift assist incident is $1,250.

The city of Pekin's Small Business Assistance Grant program is now taking applications.

The Peoria City Council talked at length Tuesday about the grim options available for plugging the $31 million budget hole created by COVID-19 and its accompanying economic turmoil.

Peoria Public Schools is working hard to keep students engaged during distance learning.

The city of Peoria is looking at a grim combination of cuts and short-term borrowing to stay financially afloat during the COVID-19 crisis. Peoria County administrator Scott Sorrel said the situation's different at his level.

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A Pekin medical lab is starting up COVID-19 testing in earnest this week.

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The Peoria International Airport will get just over $6.1 million in aid from the federal CARES Act to make up for declining passenger counts and revenues.


Adjustments to meet the challenge of COVID-19 continued at Monday's Greater Peoria Mass Transit District Meeting.