Eric Stock

Eric Stock is a reporter at GLT.

Eric worked at WJBC (Radio Bloomington) from 2004-2018 as a reporter, anchor, assignment editor, and sports director. Stock follows in the footsteps of News Director Charlie Schlenker and retired News Director Willis Kern in moving from Radio Bloomington’s WJBC to GLT.

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Have you ever wondered what the person on the other side of the screen thinks of your home during a Zoom meeting? Until now, a lot of us haven't.

Peoria City/County Health Department building
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Tri-County health officials report 15 more people have died of COVID-19 complications, pushing the region’s deal toll since the start of the pandemic to 400.

Bradley's mascot entertaining fans
Bradley University

Bradley’s men’s basketball team will get an extended holiday break as the program’s first COVID-19 positive tests of the season have prompted the Braves to postpone their first conference games of the new year.

Notes posted onto board about mental health
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Suicide rates didn't change much in Peoria and McLean counties this year, despite a pandemic that caused hardship for many.

Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood said he still sees a disturbing trend, noting more Black people took their own lives in Peoria County this year. He said there was a greater concentration of suicides in low-income neighborhoods in Peoria.

The state has issued the first grant winners through a new community revitalization effort that includes Bloomington, Peoria and dozens of communities across Illinois.

State employees could see furlough days as a way to help the state of Illinois balance its budget. That's according to a plan Gov. JB Pritzker has laid out to cut $700 million from the budget.

The Illinois High School Association has halted winter sports, at least for now.

Raging California wildfires on one coast and the most active Atlantic hurricane season in history on the other are just two examples of how our climate is changing. It's also changing how the insurance industry prepares for increased risk of property damage and in some cases, in trying to prevent it.

A sports science professor at Illinois State University says studies aren't yet clear on whether masks limit performance during aerobic exercise.

During a visit to Illinois State University on Wednesday, Gov. JB Pritzker commended the Town of Normal for putting in needed restrictions, but said it will take personal responsibility to control the coronavirus.

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Illinois State Police say a motorcyclist was killed in a crash Saturday night north of Peoria.

The Pekin company that manages COVID-19 testing in Bloomington, Peoria and five other locations in Illinois has seen a sharp increase in demand, but the head of the company said it has taken steps to manage that demand.

The Illinois High School Association announced a new sports schedule following new public health guidelines issued by the state.

Rivian has submitted plans to the Town of Normal for two building additions that would add nearly 500,000 square feet to its facility as the electric vehicle company prepares to begin production.

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More people are caring for a loved one at home as the COVID-19 pandemic leaves them unemployed or apprehensive about care facilities. 

A Supreme Court scholar at Illinois State University said the two rulings this week in support of LGBTQ rights and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) may show how justices can sometimes be swayed by popular opinion.

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UPDATED 5:55 P.M. | After 25 years in Peoria, the Illinois High School Association boys basketball tournament will once again call Champaign home.

UPDATED 2:50 a.m. | Looters rushed into the Target and Walmart stores in Normal early Monday, capping an evening that began with a peaceful protest but soon turned dark.

Many health experts say coronavirus antibody testing is key to reopening the economy, since the test is intended to show if you've already contracted the virus and developed immunity. But so far, antibody tests have been limited and hard to find.

McLean County residents will have another week to prove they want a convenient drive-thru COVID-19 testing site in their backyard.

The head of high school sports in Illinois said he's optimistic student athletes will be able to compete again in the fall, but he concedes it may look different.

UPDATED 4:30 p.m. | The underutilized COVID-19 testing site at the Interstate Center in Bloomington could be gone after this week unless the state takes it over.

Today is Census Day, when many local governments, schools and civic organizations were planning to ramp up efforts to ensure everyone gets counted. This is to ensure their communities get their share of government funding and representation.

The Catholic Diocese of Peoria will be closing its schools next week, including Central Catholic High School and Corpus Christi grade school in Bloomington and Epiphany school in Normal due to concerns about COVID-19.

Amtrak is notifying passengers and employees who may have been on a train carrying a passenger who may have the coronavirus. That train traveling from Chicago to St. Louis last Wednesday stopped at Uptown Station in Normal.

The head of Illinois Senate Republicans called it “irresponsible” to build a state budget based on revenue from a graduated income tax that voters haven't considered yet.

An Illinois Wesleyan University professor is studying brain waves in baseball players to see if their ability to focus can be measured and improved.

The Illinois High School Association has scrapped a controversial plan to shift its playoff and scheduling format for football starting in 2021.

Illinois Farm Bureau President Richard Guebert said Tuesday the new U.S. trade agreement with Canada and Mexico will make two of the state's top export markets even stronger.

The Salvation Army’s bell ringer campaign is well under way, and you may notice a new addition to the red kettles.

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