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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Allen for Peoria / Facebook

Andre Allen is making another run for a seat on the Peoria City Council.

Dunlap School District 323 / YouTube

Members of the Dunlap School Board say they need to start looking at 2022 now in hopes of balancing the books after passing a deficit-heavy budget for the 2021 fiscal year.

Courtesy Dan Luthi

Not long after Dan Luthi graduated from nursing school in 2013, he started volunteering with the American Red Cross, and the Washington resident soon wound up assisting in relief after a major catastrophe.

Earlier this summer, Banu Hatfield learned four men experiencing homelessness had been staying in the neighborhood near the Zion Coffee Bar she co-owns with her husband, Mike.

Peoria Public Schools District 150 / YouTube

Three weeks into the new school year and just over a month after deciding in favor of fully virtual instruction amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Peoria Public Schools have started to consider bringing some students back to the classroom.

The Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce and Discover Peoria want to help local businesses and organizations become more inclusive and diverse.

Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center / Facebook

Maintaining the blood supply doesn’t take a break around the Labor Day holiday, and COVID-19 has compounded the challenge.

Tim Shelley / Peoria Public Radio

Bradley University is looking to correct the institution's COVID-19 course with a two-week all-student quarantine period.

City of Peoria / YouTube

Facing escalating obligations to police and fire pensions, Peoria city leaders want residents to give direction on a course of action.

Peter Kobak has decided to take another shot at joining the Peoria City Council.

Tim Shelley / Peoria Public Radio

Major road projects on Sheridan, Allen, Glen, and Western would be paused under a proposal the Peoria City Council will consider at its next meeting.

Tim Shelley / Peoria Public Radio

Issues including housing disparity, the digital divide and training for high-wage jobs are among the topics a new Peoria city-county initiative hopes to address, according to City Council member Rita Ali.

City of Peoria / YouTube

One week after voting down a plan to borrow $10 million and decommission two fire engines to balance Peoria’s budget, a divided City Council has approved the proposal.

Jeff Smudde / WGLT

Rik Edgar believes the Peoria Civic Center holds the key to the city’s economic revival after the COVID-19 pandemic – but only if it can survive the next two months.

Hooker-DeJong, Inc. via Peoria Housing Authority

When construction begins next spring on the Peoria Housing Authority’s redevelopment of the Taft Homes, current residents won’t be relocated to different public housing sites.

Peoria Public Schools District 150 / Facebook

Two years ago, Peoria Public Schools renamed Woodrow Wilson Primary School to Dr. Maude A. Sanders Primary School. Now, District 150 Board of Education Vice President Gregory Wilson has asked his fellow board members to support name changes for facilities currently honoring Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, Theodore Roosevelt, Benjamin Harrison, Calvin Coolidge and Charles Lindbergh.


Central Illinois residents and businesses looking to repair or replace property damaged during last month’s severe storms and flash flooding can seek assistance from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

Clinical trials for a potential COVID-19 vaccine are underway in Peoria.

Peoria Public Schools District 150 / YouTube

The Peoria Public Schools Board of Education will consider a budget for 2020-21 showing a $4.5 million operating loss and a total gap between total revenue and expenditures of $19.75 million.

Former Peoria Republican congressman Ray LaHood confirmed Monday he is endorsing Democratic nominee Joe Biden in November’s presidential election.

Duane Zehr / Courtesy Bradley University

The financial impact on Bradley University’s athletics department from the postponement of the fall sports seasons remains to be seen.

The impact from COVID-19 may lead to a rise in the number of homeless students for the upcoming year in Peoria public schools.

East Peoria High School District 309 / Facebook

Competing online petitions have brought the future of East Peoria Community High School’s “Raiders” mascot into question.

Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce

Joshua Gunn has only been in his new role as Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce president and CEO for seven weeks, relocating from North Carolina with the economy mired in a slump brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic and businesses required to enforce a state-ordered mask mandate.

Gift of Hope Organ and Tissue Donor Network

Peoria resident Shay Weldy was an active 28-year-old working mother and basketball coach in 2008 when she began experiencing excessive fatigue, dizziness, shortness of breath and swelling.

Peoria Public Library

Roberta Koscielski realized her calling at an early age.

Daniel Musisi / WCBU

Officials from the Peoria Public Library and the Rotary Club of Peoria believe a new feature at the library’s Lincoln branch serves as a testament to a shared commitment to literacy.

Bradley University

The conference fall sports seasons for Bradley and Illinois State universities have officially ended before they got a chance to start.

Peoria Public Schools District 150 / YouTube

Public school students in Peoria have two options for remote learning this fall.

Courtesy Natural Fiber Welding, Inc.

Natural Fiber Welding Inc., a Peoria company developing plant-based alternatives to leather and plastics, has raised $13 million in new investments, with Ralph Lauren Corp. leading the latest round of financing.