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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While 2020 was tough for many businesses amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Peoria's real estate market enjoyed one of its best years on record.

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The start of high school basketball in central Illinois is on the horizon, and a timetable has been set for football, volleyball, soccer and other sports.

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Two more Tazewell County residents have succumbed to COVID-19, while active cases in the Tri-County area ticked up slightly in the past day.

Peoria County has discontinued use of a mobile morgue brought in amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Peoria City/County Health Department building
Tim Shelley / WCBU

Active COVID-19 cases in the Tri-County area have fallen sharply, with nearly 600 fewer residents either hospitalized or isolating at home since Friday.

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With central Illinois moving into Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan on Monday, high school basketball and other high-risk sports are cleared to compete. But a timeline for getting back in action remains undetermined for now.

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While Tri-County health officials on Monday reported an increase of 404 total COVID-19 infections over the weekend, active cases declined by 285, to 2,574.

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With most of central Illinois now in Tier 1 of the Restore Illinois COVID-19 mitigation plan, the Illinois High School Association is getting back to competition. Practices resumed this week and two Peoria-area athletic directors say players and coaches are excited and eager to return to action.

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Tim Shelley / WCBU

Tri-County health officials on Friday announced three new deaths linked to COVID-19 and 185 additional coronavirus infections in the past day.

Peoria Police

UPDATED 4:50 p.m. | Peoria Police say a man has been arrested in connection with the death of a Peoria woman whose body was found Thursday in East Peoria.

Authorities say Christopher J. Sanders, 42, was arrested in connection with the death of Mona Ellison on Thursday evening in the village of New Baden, Ill., 30 miles east of St. Louis.

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The five candidates on the primary ballot to succeed outgoing Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis say they want to lead the city through its current challenges and into the future.

Peoria City/County Health Department building
Tim Shelley / WCBU

A Peoria County man in his 50s and a woman in her 90s from Sharon Healthcare Elms are the Tri-County area’s latest COVID-19 victims.

Missing Person Awareness Network

Peoria and East Peoria police are investigating the death of a 50-year-old woman as a homicide.

The Federal Correctional Institution in Pekin
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Vivian Reed wants the Federal Bureau of Prisons to be more forthcoming about conditions at the Federal Correctional Institution in Pekin amid a second COVID-19 outbreak.

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With nine new fatalities announced Wednesday, the Tri-County area has moved to the brink of reaching 500 deaths linked to COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic.

Peoria City/County Health Department building
Tim Shelley / WCBU

Tri-County health officials Tuesday reported 13 more Peoria County deaths linked to COVID-19 over the three-day weekend, along with the passing of a Tazewell County man in his 70s.

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Tri-County health officials on Friday reported eight new COVID-19-related deaths, including six victims from Tazewell County.

Two men who have made history in leadership positions with prominent Peoria institutions will be the featured speakers for Monday’s 35th annual Martin Luther King Freedom March and Commemorative Service.

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Early voting for next month’s consolidated primary elections began Thursday, and Peoria County Election Commission Executive Director Tom Bride believes turnout may be higher than usual this year.

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Tim Shelley / WCBU

Hospitalizations for COVID-19 in the Peoria area dipped below 100 in the latest figures released Thursday by Tri-County health department officials.

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The death of a Peoria County woman in her 80s with underlying health issues is the only new fatality attributed to COVID-19 in the Tri-County area.

Tim Shelley / WCBU

People who have been putting off dental procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic should not keep waiting.

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With Chillicothe no longer enforcing Gov. JB Pritzker’s Tier 3 COVID-19 restriction prohibiting indoor dining, Track Inn Restaurant co-owner Linda Callahan feels a degree of stress has been lifted for her 18 employees.

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One day after reporting 15 deaths linked to COVID-19 from the past weekend, Tri-County health officials have added two more victims to the growing list, both Woodford County women in their 90s.

The sheriffs of Peoria and Tazewell counties say they are open to addressing concerns regarding law enforcement, but a criminal justice reform bill before the General Assembly is problematic.

Peoria City/County Health Department building
Tim Shelley / WCBU

A Tazewell County man in his 40s is among 15 new Tri-County area deaths attributed to COVID-19 since Friday, as local health officials on Monday reported an increase in hospitalizations, but a drop in active cases.

Associated Press

Many Tri-County area public safety personnel are among the first wave of people getting their COVID-19 vaccinations.

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U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood on Friday said President Donald Trump does bear responsibility for Wednesday's insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, while Rep. Cheri Bustos said she supports efforts to remove Trump from office before Inauguration Day. 

Peoria City/County Health Department building
Tim Shelley / WCBU

Thirteen more Tri-County residents have died from COVID-19, while health officials on Friday reported 319 new coronavirus cases in the region.

L.G. Patterson / AP

The Bradley University men’s basketball team has make-up dates for its originally scheduled first four Missouri Valley Conference games, which were postponed after COVID-19 outbreaks.

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