Dana Vollmer

Reporter

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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Peoria County Animal Protection Services is offering free cat and kitten adoption through Saturday.

A Peoria police officer was arrested yesterday on domestic battery charges.

Peoria At-Large Councilman Zach Oyler is trying to submit polygraph readings as evidence in his domestic battery case.

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The Peoria Fire Department is honoring the 25th anniversary of a life-saving moment by calling for more people to learn CPR.

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The Peoria Public Library will host an expert on Illinois-Missouri French Creole history over the weekend.

Dennis Stroughmatt, a native of southeastern Illinois, is one of only about 20 known people left to speak a specific dialect of French Creole once widely spoken in what is now Illinois. 

Stroughmatt's performance folktales and fiddle tunes are meant to inspire Illinoisans to take an interest in the region's history.

Peoria At-large City Councilman Zach Oyler has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor domestic battery charges.

Oyler’s jury trial is set for Jan. 13. He's next due to court for a status hearing on Oct. 16.

Oyler’s trial was pushed back because his attorney, Robert Hanauer, has a federal trial to attend to this fall.

The councilman was arrested at his home in July. He’s charged with domestic battery and interfering with a report of domestic battery. Both are Class A misdemeanors.

Hanauer and Oyler declined to comment after Wednesday's hearing.

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Tazewell County will be home to one of 40 new dementia care sites in Illinois.

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The Illinois Supreme Court will fully fund the salaries of county probation officers for the first time in over a decade.

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At least one person in the Peoria area has been hospitalized after taking what they thought was Xanax, but turned out to be bath salts.

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A judge denied a request to scale back the sentencing exposure for Zaveon Marks, the 14 year old accused of murdering fellow Peoria teen Zarious Fair in June.

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This is the third in a four-part series about how the USDA’s trade relief payments are playing out in Central Illinois. It was produced by WCBU and WGLT.

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The Trump administration is caught in the middle of growing tension between farmers and the oil industry.

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A group of men incarcerated at the Peoria County Jail completed the Jobs Partnership Re-Entry Program, which aims to help them find work upon release.

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An attorney for Zaveon Marks, the 14-year-old accused of shooting Zarious Fair, argues he can’t be sentenced to more than 40 years in prison.

Governor J.B. Pritzker has appointed Tremont attorney Tom Brewer as Public Administrator and Public Guardian of Tazewell County. 

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As Peoria grapples with gun violence among youth, criminal justice advocates argue the county is resorting to controversial measures.

Twenty-seven-year-old Breon Jones has pleaded not guilty in the murder of 38-year-old Marshawn Tolliver.

Jones, of Peoria, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder, and unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon. He's accused of shooting 38-year-old Tolliver multiple times on August 6. 

Tolliver died from his wounds Monday, marking the city's 17th homicide of the year. 

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Fourteen-year-old Zaveon Marks has pleaded not guilty to the murder of 16-year-old Zarious Fair. 

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Peoria-area community and economic development groups want to redefine their corner of Central Illinois — and they’re asking for input from residents to do so.

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Illinois is joining a chorus of states condemning a Trump administration proposal to rollback protections for transgender people under the Affordable Care Act.

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Attorney Chris McCall announced he’s running against recently appointed Peoria County State’s Attorney Jodi Hoos in the March primary.

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U.S. Senator Dick Durbin wants to spend more money on agricultural research. 

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Military surveillance balloons originally launched in South Dakota are making their way to central Illinois to conduct wide-area surveillance tests.

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

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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.

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Farmers can now apply for federal assistance to offset loss of income due to the trade war.

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Volunteers in the greater Peoria area are needed to help represent kids in the child welfare system during their court hearings and make sure they’re placed in safe homes.

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A resident of Peoria’s North Valley neighborhood and young volunteers have turned a home into a symbol of healing for the community, in an effort to reclaim and redefine a struggling block.

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A self-described unpaid volunteer for Illinois Congressman Rodney Davis’ campaign crashed a news call being held by a Democrat running for Congress in 2020. Betsy Dirksen Londrigan’s campaign called the incident “underhanded.”

A group of teenagers is seeking to make a statement against gun violence in Peoria with art. 

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