Joe Deacon


Joe Deacon is a reporter at WCBU, joining in 2020 after one year as a correspondent for Bloomington-Normal sister station WGLT.

An Illinois State University graduate, Joe previously spent 18 years with The Pantagraph in Bloomington in various roles ranging from copy editor to sports reporter and assistant sports editor. He transitioned to radio with eight months as a reporter for WSOY in Decatur.

Joe was born and raised in the southwest suburbs of Chicago and is an avid White Sox fan. He also enjoys movies and video games (still, even at his age).

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Statistics reported Tuesday by Tri-County area health officials show 75 fewer COVID-19 patients in Peoria-area hospitals and 29 fewer in home isolation from the previous day.

The Federal Correctional Institution in Pekin
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A recent COVID-19 outbreak at the Tazewell County Jail is under control, but the same can't be said for the Federal Correctional Institution in Pekin.

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Bradley University graduate and social justice advocate Pierre Paul is leading a team working on a program to help hearing impaired individuals.

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Nearly 250 patients are now being treated for COVID-19 in Peoria-area hospitals as Tri-County area health officials Monday reported a daily average of almost 380 new cases over the four-day holiday weekend.

Hersey Hawkins, arguably the best player in Bradley University basketball history, is headed to the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame.

A group of Bradley University students is participating in a challenge that will assist NASA’s goal to put U.S. astronauts back on the moon within three years.

Tim Shelley / WCBU

For a second straight day, Tri-County health officials on Wednesday reported 10 more COVID-19 related deaths in the last 24 hours.

Emily Bollinger / WCBU

The COVID-19 pandemic will bring Thanksgiving holiday travel to its lowest counts in years, but millions of people are still ignoring advice from public health officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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While the COVID-19 pandemic is prompting many people to change the way they celebrate Thanksgiving, business remains brisk this season at one large central Illinois turkey farm.

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Ten more Tri-County residents have died from COVID-19 complications in the past day, and health officials reported Tuesday a total of 209 coronavirus patients being treated at the Peoria-area’s four hospitals.

Pekin Mayor Mark Luft will join the Illinois House in January, filling the seat held by retiring 91st District state Rep. Mike Unes, R-East Peoria, and following in the footsteps of his father, Dick Luft, who served in both General Assembly chambers from 1975-93 as a Democrat.

UPDATED 2;45 P.M. TUESDAY | The South Side Mission will close its shelter for women experiencing housing insecurity in the coming days.

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The firm grip of a second COVID-19 wave produced more than 2,500 cases and 30 deaths in the Tri-County area over the past seven days, with health officials reporting 11 new fatalities in previous 24 hours on Friday.

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The Missouri Valley Conference is altering its conference basketball schedules in response to the escalating COVID-19 pandemic.  

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Illinois residents with marijuana convictions have a new starting point toward getting their records wiped clean, and State Rep. Jehan Gordon-Booth is helping make sure downstate residents are aware of the opportunity.

Tim Shelley / Peoria Public Radio

For the second consecutive day, the Tri-County Area added more than 400 new COVID-19 cases, and more than 200 patients are hospitalized in the region as the pandemic’s second wave continues to surge.

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A Peoria County woman in her 40s is one of six deaths attributed to COVID-19 in the Tri-County area since Tuesday, as the region continues to pass milestones and set daily records for new cases.

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With COVID-19 spread's now exponentially increasing in every region of the state, all 11 regions will move into Tier 3 restrictions on Friday. With the new mitigations in place, certain businesses and entities are going to have to again rethink the way they operate.

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Touting support for local businesses and defending his votes on budget cuts, Peoria City Councilman Denis Cyr officially launched his re-election bid for the 5th District seat on Tuesday.

Sid Ruckriegel believes his experience and relationship skills give him the qualifications he needs to become the next mayor of Peoria.

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The Greater Peoria area's escalating COVID-19 figures continue to mirror the statewide surge in Illinois, with a single-day record for new cases.

Tim Shelley / WCBU

The Tazewell County Jail is locked down after more than 40 people associated with the Pekin facility have tested positive for COVID-19.

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A sharp rise in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in the Tri-County area is threatening to overburden the region’s health care system.

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Several central Illinois school districts are temporarily moving all instruction online as COVID-19 cases surge across the region--particularly among teachers and other staff.

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As the country celebrates Veterans Day, Miranda Troyer admits the time she spent in the U.S. Army shaped her life in many ways, personally and professionally.

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A balanced budget and a decrease in the annual property tax levy for 2021 gained unanimous approval from the Peoria City Council on Tuesday night, but continued discussion about placing an advisory referendum on the April ballot to address rising police and fire pension costs remains divisive.

Kristin McHugh / WCBU

A South Peoria fire station shuttered by budgetary cuts will reopen, but at the expense of another station that serves the Uplands, the Moss Avenue area and Bradley University.

Discover Peoria

Discover Peoria and ArtsPartners of Central Illinois have come up with a different way to conduct this year’s popular Santa Cause Run in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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In defiance of Illinois Department of Public Health guidelines, the Illinois High School Association decided to let the basketball seasons begin as planned later this month.

But Peoria County Regional Superintendent of Schools Beth Crider says that puts school districts in a difficult position.

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UPDATED 7:15 P.M. | U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-Moline) has been declared the winner in the race for the 17th District seat, but Republican challenger Esther Joy King is not yet acknowledging defeat.