Olivia Streeter


Olivia Streeter is an intern at WCBU. The Illinois State University student joined WCBU in 2020.

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Something many have missed during the COVID-19 pandemic is live theater and musical performances. The good news is, live event spaces are beginning to reopen their doors as restrictions are easing and more people are getting vaccinated.

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Central Illinois wineries are hoping to bounce back from the pandemic after a difficult year.

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Four Bradley University seniors have launched the “Bring the Beat” program to add music to an after-school program at the Proctor Recreation Center.

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The Memphis Dives will be the first band in over a year to take the stage live for an in-person audience at Galesburg's Orpheum Theater when they perform Friday night.

The $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan passed through Congress along party lines and signed into law by President Joe Biden last week is welcome assistance for many in Peoria-area local government.

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Hopedale Medical Complex is among nine rural critical access hospitals statewide receiving direct COVID-19 vaccine allocations under a new safety net program.

It's college application season, and COVID-19 is having an impact for the second year running. Student reporter Olivia Streeter checked into enrollment processes with three local higher learning institutions.

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A Peoria native is chasing his dreams on this season of NBC's "The Voice."

In this WCBU Black History Special, you'll hear some of our best reporting about the people who brought us to where we are—and what we can learn to better decide where we go next.

Tim Shelley / Peoria Public Radio

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity is awarding a $950,000 grant to the City of Peoria through its Illinois Rebuild: Shovel Ready program to help fund rehabilitation of the former Tabor property on the city's South Side.

Peoria Public Schools

Richwoods High School freshman MiKayla Young was thrilled to participate in a Black History 365 International Virtual Student Forum earlier this week to discuss the importance of teaching Black history in schools.

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Peggy and Brian McFeeters are starting the Reward Resilience Dyslexia Scholarship fund that, along with their daughter and her husband, was created to financially support a Morton High School graduate who struggles with dyslexia.

Even amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Greater Peoria area turned out to donate to the Heart of Illinois United Way's annual campaign.

Illinois Department of Transportation

For the past several days, temperatures in central Illinois have rarely reached double digits, and snow is piling up. This weather brings hazardous road conditions, and even poor air quality.

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Few people know rural Elmwood was once a stop on the Underground Railroad.

Libraries in the Peoria area are beginning to reopen their doors and services to the public again with altered guidelines still in place to reinforce safety for patrons and employees alike.

Tim Shelley / Peoria Public Radio

A rural county just north of Peoria is reporting early success getting its teachers vaccinated against the coronavirus.

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It's been nearly a year since many musicians have performed live. The loss of live energy and fan enthusiasm has been a big struggle.

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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.

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Tonight, Saturn and Jupiter will appear close enough to each other that they may look like a single bright star in the sky. This is the first time in hundreds of years this has happened -- and it won’t happen again in many of our lifetimes.

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2020 is forcing all of us to spend more time at home. Some are using those extra hours stuck indoors to pick up a new skill or practice. Making art of any kind -- whether it be painting, sewing, or crafting -- has proven to be a creative outlet for many.

Trisha Yocum is owner of Art at the Bodega in Washington. She says hands-on artistic activities help alleviate some of the stresses and worries this year has brought.

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The peak of the Geminid meteor shower is fast approaching.

Tim Shelley / Peoria Public Radio

Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood said he's considering mobile refrigerated trailers to hold more bodies as morgues fill to capacity.

LULA Peoria

Excess food and items left by generous individuals for Peoria's population experiencing homelessness at sites where they gather is actually creating a new issue--things are going to waste.

The Greater Peoria Mass Transit District is entering into a partnership with Chicago-based Transdev to manage and operate its CityLift paratransit and CountyLink rural transportation services.

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Local restaurants and bars are taking a step back to reevaluate how--or if--they are going to continue operating under Gov. JB Pritzker's newest Tier 3 mitigations.

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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.

The Tazewell County Health Department and Illinois Department of Public Health are opening a temporary mobile COVID-19 test site this weekend  in Washington.

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Local blood collection workers at the American Red Cross say the organization needs to beef up safety and worker protections during the COVID-19 pandemic.

East Peoria Festival of Lights via Facebook

East Peoria is inviting people to watch its annual Festival of Lights Parade in person later this month, despite surging COVID-19 cases regionally.