Dana Vollmer


Dana Vollmer is a reporter with WCBU. Prior to moving to Peoria, Dana covered the state Capitol for NPR Illinois. She earned her master’s degree in public affairs reporting from the University of Illinois Springfield. She also graduated from Northern Illinois University, where she studied communication and produced Morning Edition for WNIJ. Dana's interests include criminal justice reform, economic equity and the environment. 

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UPDATE 10:40 AM: Judge Katherine Gorman found Jose Ramirez guilty in the deaths of his parents. 

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Access to education can change a lot for prisoners — the majority of which eventually return to the communities they came from.


Illinois lawmakers have officially sent a police and fire pension consolidation plan to Governor J.B. Pritzker's desk.

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A bench trial is underway for 22-year-old Jose Ramirez, who is accused of murdering his parents last year. Both were Bradley University employees.

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The public defenders representing 14-year-old Zaveon Marks are asking the state for $25,000 to provide special mitigation expertise during the sentencing phase of his trial.

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As temperatures plummet and utility bills rise, an affordable housing advocate warns the cost of heating can be unmanageable for some Peoria residents.

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's regional director of environmental justice met with community members at Mount Zion Baptist Church last night, after touring pollution sites through out Peoria.

Peoria’s Jamieson School is home to the newest chapter of the Future Farmers of America, a youth organization meant to build leadership through agricultural education.

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Congresswoman Cheri Bustos met with a roundtable of community leaders today to discuss lowering the price of healthcare.

A jury found 14-year-old Zaveon Marks guilty of one count of first degree murder and one count of unlawful possession of a weapon in the shooting death of 16-year-old Zarious Fair last summer. 

Testimony began Tuesday in the murder trial of 14-year-old Zaveon Marks.

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A new judge will preside over Peoria County’s 10th Judicial Circuit Court.

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Data compiled by a non-profit environmental advocacy organization shows different sources of tap water face different challenges in keeping it clean.

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A group of state lawmakers is calling on Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul to investigate the sale of student data.

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Caterpillar is reporting a drop in sales and revenues, as well as profit per share.

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Several community groups are collaborating to bring a farmers market to Peoria’s South Side.

Illinois Treasurer Michael Frerichs visited the Peoria Public Library today to teach preschoolers how to think about money.

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The Tazewell County Health Department is partnering with UnityPoint to offer free walk-in mammograms Friday.

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A Hanna City farm will soon serve as a model for how to incorporate trees into agriculture.

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Long-acting reversible birth control, like intrauterine devices (IUDs) and arm implants, are considered the most effective contraceptives on the market.

But some patients may have trouble getting access to them.

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More than half of Peoria falls under a program meant to help communities most impacted by the War on Drugs have a fair shot at participating in Illinois’ legal cannabis market. 

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When recreational cannabis becomes legal next year, hundreds of thousands of people are expected to have their criminal records wiped clean without lifting a finger.

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State and federal lawmakers are celebrating the relative success of recent criminal justice reforms. But they admit there’s still a long way to go.

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The emergence of a second whistleblower has not swayed an Illinois Republican’s stance on the impeachment inquiry.

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The Tazewell County Clerk’s office is bolstering voter security with the help of two federal grants.

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Legislation being considered in the Illinois House would allow college athletes to get paid for endorsements.

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The water in the fountain at Peoria Heights’ Tower Park will run purple this October, in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

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Congresswoman Cheri Bustos is joining a chorus of lawmakers condemning President Trump’s demands to talk to the whistleblower who lodged a complaint against him.

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Peoria Public Schools has received a $2.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education.


Tazewell County Board Member Jay Hall is facing criticism over a comment he made on social media regarding Greta Thunberg’s appearance.