Joe Deacon

Reporter

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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Facebook / Bradley University Athletics

Andrea Gorski never got to experience an NCAA Tournament in her playing days with the Bradley University women’s basketball team. Neither did anyone else who suited up for the Braves.

Until now.

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WCBU file photo

A 59-year-old man has been identified as the person who died in a Sunday afternoon house fire in Peoria's North Valley.

Joe Deacon / WCBU

Tri-County health officials on Monday reported one new death linked to COVID-19 in the past three days, while state records show close to 7,700 vaccine doses administered since Friday.

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WCBU file photo

One person is dead after a Sunday afternoon fire at a residence in Peoria's North Valley.

Photo courtesy OSF HealthCare

With COVID-19 leading to an expansion of telehealth services in the past year, Peoria area health care professionals expect those remote treatment options to keep growing even after the pandemic ends.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Tri-County health officials on Thursday reported no new fatalities linked to COVID-19, along with 89 new infections in the area, while the area’s fully vaccinated population approached 15%.  

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WCBU

Bradley University says two more basketball players who were suspended for the end of the season are no longer involved in a Missouri criminal investigation, but a spokesperson for the police department said it could not confirm the information.

Tim Shelley / Peoria Public Radio

The Tri-County area eclipsed two more milestones with COVID-19 vaccinations topping 50,000 residents fully vaccinated and 135,000 doses administered.

Facebook / Kenny's Westside Pub

For a second straight year, Peoria won’t have its traditional St. Patrick’s Day parade. But many of the area’s Irish pubs and other establishments still plan on celebrating next week.

Joe Deacon / WCBU

A Woodford County woman is the Tri-County area’s lone new fatality linked to COVID-19 in the past day.

Kindred Hospital in Peoria.
Google Maps

OSF HealthCare is acquiring a majority ownership stake in Peoria's Kindred Hospital.

Steve Kouri / Facebook

Steve Kouri is dropping out of the race for the District 4 Peoria City Council seat to take an appointment on the Illinois Human Rights Commission.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

A Tazewell County man in his 60s became the Tri-County area’s latest death linked to COVID-19, while the region has topped 130,000 total doses of coronavirus vaccines administered since they became available.

Tim Shelley / Peoria Public Radio

The Tri-County area and the state of Illinois continue to surpass milestones with COVID-19 vaccinations, while daily reports of new infections and deaths keep getting smaller.

Tim Shelley / Peoria Public Radio

UPDATED 4 P.M. | Tri-County health departments will begin COVID-19 vaccinations for the 1B+ population starting Friday.

NPR Illinois

For the next week or so, many student-athletes in central Illinois will take on double duty while coaches work to coordinate schedules so players don’t get spread too thin.

Tim Shelley / Peoria Public Radio

The addition of more than 2,000 second doses of COVID-19 vaccines administered in the past day lifted the Tri-County area past 40,000 fully vaccinated residents.

Daniel Musisi / WCBU

The Peoria Chiefs will allow limited in-person fan attendance at Dozer Park this season.

Joe Deacon / WCBU

Only three current intensive care unit patients at Peoria-area hospitals are being treated for COVID-19, as the Tri-County area approaches 40,000 residents fully vaccinated for the coronavirus.

Peoria City/County Health Department building
Tim Shelley / WCBU

Peoria County’s death toll from COVID-19 saw another significant increase Monday as Tri-County health officials announced a case review from the last two months produced 11 additional fatalities tied to the pandemic.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

A review of cases from the past two months has led to Peoria County adding 16 more COVID-19 fatalities to its total since the start of the pandemic.

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LaTrina Leary and Frank Abdnour will have to wait at least another week before finding out which one of them won the Democratic primary for Peoria Township supervisor.

Tim Shelley / Peoria Public Radio

With the addition of more than 4,000 administered doses of COVID-19 vaccines in the past day, the Tri-County has surged past the 100,000-shot mark.

Joe Deacon / WCBU

Tri-County health officials reported 61 more COVID-19 cases in Wednesday’s daily update, but for the second consecutive day, the region saw no new fatalities added to the death toll.

Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce / YouTube

Heading into the final weeks of his tenure, outgoing Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis said Wednesday the city is showing signs of emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic, but challenges remain.

The incumbents in the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Peoria City Council Districts will move to the April 6 general election.

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UPDATED 10 A.M. WEDNESDAY | With 100% of the vote in, At-Large City Councilwoman Rita Ali and current 4th District Councilman Jim Montelongo are the two Peoria mayoral candidates advancing to appear on the April 6 general election ballot.

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Joe Deacon / WCBU

A state grant of almost $860,000 will allow Peoria Public Schools District 150 to help students and families from communities adversely impacted by the war on drugs.

Gov. JB Pritkzer has signed a criminal justice reform bill spearheaded by the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus. But questions linger among activists, lawmakers and law enforcement officials over the effects of the bill.

Peoria City/County Health Department building
Tim Shelley / WCBU

Two men from Tazewell County became the latest Tri-County deaths linked to COVID-19, while the region moved closer to 34,000 coronavirus infections – and to 100,000 administered doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

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