On Deck

Podcast, 7:44 a.m. Weekdays

On Deck is a daily news podcast produced by the WCBU Peoria Public Radio newsroom and hosted by Daniel Musisi. New episodes are available every weekday by 7 a.m.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Friday, October 30, 2020. Our top story is about how economic concerns related to the ongoing pandemic, apparently have not scared off Peoria area home buyers. You'll also hear how work on the Murray Baker Bridge is finally wrapping up after seven months of closure. Tim Shelley recently spoke with I-DOT traffic engineer Ben Tellefson about the changes motorists should expect.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Thursday, October 29, 2020. Our top story is about how the Illinois High School Association is defying Governor J.B. Pritzker's order to put all winter sports on hold. The IHSA decided basketball will go on as scheduled starting in late November. You'll also hear how in compliance with a state law requiring inclusive history lesson plans, Peoria Public Schools will begin using the Legacy Project curriculum for high schools next spring.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, October 28, 2020. Our top story is about how plans to bring a new attraction to Peoria's Donovan Park have taken a crucial step forward. You'll also hear how the University of Illinois recently announced a new Regenerative Agriculture Initiative to increase collaboration toward shared goals for improving soil health and the financial sustainability of Illinois farms.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, October 27, 2020. Our top story is about how after seven months of work, the Murray Baker Bridge is finally reopening. Governor J.B. Pritzker says the project not only wrapped up on time, but also stayed within its 42.2 million dollar budget. You'll also hear how the nonpartisan Cook Political Report recently flashed warning signs by downgrading the re-election chances for two central Illinois incumbents.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Monday, October 26, 2020. Our top story is about how Illinois is trending in the wrong direction on COVID-19 case counts, and the Peoria area is no exception. You'll also hear how the Central Illinois Ballet is putting on its first show since the COVID-19 pandemic began, but it'll be a little different. 

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Friday, October 23, 2020. Our top story is about how both candidates for the 92nd House District support the expungements enacted last year through marijuana legalization, but both see more room for changes. You'll also hear about how Illinois residents are deciding whether to amend the state constitution and replace the current flat tax with a graduated system, similar to our federal income taxes.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Thursday, October 22, 2020. Our top story is about how the upcoming season for high school basketball and other winter sports remains uncertain. You'll also hear about how Democratic State Senator Dave Koehler faces Republican Mary Burress in a heated race for the 46th District Senate seat this November. Tim Shelley recently talked to Koehler about why he deserves another four years in office.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, October 21, 2020. Our top story is about how the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission and CityLink are hosting a virtual community workshop as part of the planning process to develop a plan to expand Central Illinois public transit. You'll also hear about how the race for the 46th Senate is shaping up to be the most heated local race of this election cycle. Democratic Senator Dave Koehler faces Republican Tazewell County Treasurer Mary Burress for the seat.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, October 20, 2020. Our top story is about how as Halloween approaches, Central Illinois pumpkin farmers say the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has not hindered business this fall. You'll also hear how Younger Than Yesterday, a record shop on North University St in Peoria, was forced to close its doors for a couple months this past spring, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. WCBU's Steve Tarter caught up with owner Craig Moore to see how things have been since reopening.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Monday, October 19, 2020. Our top story is about how in this season of isolation, all of us have noticed a change in our emotional wellbeing. This is even more noticeable in the elderly population. You'll also hear from Illinois Supreme Court Justice Thomas Kilbride, who is making his case to voters for another 10-year term, even as Republicans launch a multimillion-dollar ad blitz against him.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Friday, October 16, 2020. Our top story is about how District 150 high schoolers will learn about noteworthy LGBTQ figures in U.S. history starting next spring. You'll also hear how Peoria's Celeste Saul is Central Illinois' first female candidate for Eagle Scout. She completed her final service project last weekend in north Peoria. Saul is one of many young women who have joined the Boy Scouts of America - newly named Scouts BSA - since first allowing female members nearly two years ago.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Thursday, October 15, 2020. Our top story is about how Jim Ardis will not run for a fifth term as Peoria's mayor. You'll also hear how in an unusually uncompetitive race for the U.S. Senate in Illinois there is unusually harsh rhetoric coming from a major party candidate.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, October 14, 2020. Our top story is about how the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett kicked off this week. Hear what Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois has to say about it. You'll also hear how as COVID-19 restrictions have eased, consumer spending in the Peoria area has started to increase, but the hospitality industry continues to struggle.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, October 13, 2020. Our top story is about how a potent synthetic opioid laced into heroin and cocaine is circulating in Central Illinois. You'll hear from Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood who says brorphine has killed 20 people nationwide and three of those deaths were in Peoria County. You'll also hear how a $75,000 federal grant will expand anti-trafficking efforts in 46 Central Illinois counties.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Monday, October 12, 2020. Our top story is about how the Peoria Art Guild is displaying the work of the newly-formed Peoria Guild of Black Artists this month. The exhibition is called "A New Renaissance" and is on display now through October 30th. You'll also hear how the stress of the COVID-19 pandemic can take its toll on the body, and can even lead to hair loss.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Friday, October 9, 2020. Our top story is about how since a large segment of the population is choosing to mail in their ballots, as opposed to voting in person, we look at how local election authorities are handling the influx. You'll also hear how this week, the Peoria Rivermen announced they will not participate in the upcoming Southern Professional Hockey League season.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Thursday, October 8, 2020. Our top story is about how the East Peoria Community Foundation says it needs to raise another half million dollars to make Levee Park a reality. You'll also hear from Illinois Democratic Senator Dick Durbin who weighs in on prospects for another COVID relief package moving through Congress.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, October 7, 2020. Our top story is about how recent budget cuts are not preventing the Peoria Fire Department from spreading the word about fire safety during Fire Prevention Week. You'll also hear how artist Preston Jackson is raising funds for his campaign to create three busts of the late civil rights leader C.T. Vivian for Peoria, Macomb, and Atlanta Georgia.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, October 6, 2020. Our top story is about how a new whiskey distillery has moved into the former Biehl's commercial dry cleaners on Industrial Road. You'll also hear from Marricea Page, a fourth-grade teacher at Peoria's Maude Sanders Primary School. She is the Teacher of the Year for the West Central Region and a finalist for the statewide award.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Monday, October 5, 2020. Our top story is about how a new Peoria-based start-up will offer a line of all-natural desk accessories made from a leather substitute manufactured by another Peoria-based start-up. You'll also hear from Bradley University professor Cory Barker who discusses how the pandemic has drastically changed how we watch movies, and how it's having an impact not only on movie studios, but also on local movie theaters.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Friday, October 2, 2020. Our top story is about how teachers and parents have struggled, trying to get kids to wear their masks. You'll also hear how a gigantic, world-record, playable guitar serves as the centerpiece of the Peoria Riverfront Museum's new exhibit on the musical instrument that "rocked the world." And you'll hear from H.P. Newquist, the founder and executive director of the National Guitar Museum in New York City. He helped bring the exhibit to Illinois for the first time.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Thursday, October 1, 2020. Our top story is about how the ability to offer outdoor seating, has helped many dining esablishments stay open, while observing health and safety guidelines, but they are likely to face a new challenge with the change in weather. You'll also hear a recap from a forum with the candidates of the 88th Illinois House District.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, September 30, 2020. Our top story is about how as kindergarten and first grade students start returning to Peoria Public Schools next week, District 150 continues to monitor the spread of COVID-19. You'll also hear how nine employees of the Peoria City/County Health Department play a vital role in the community's COVID-19 battle. They're contact tracers, tasked with figuring out how the virus is spreading in Peoria County, and working to contain it.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, September 29, 2020. Our top story is about how Methodist College is expanding on its mission to educate healthcare professionals and will be rolling out a new Bachelor of Science in Medical and Life Sciences degree in the spring semester of 2021. You'll also hear from Peoria resident and retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Hal Fritz, who is one of forty-nine living Medal of Honor recipients who served in the Vietnam War. 

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Monday, September 28, 2020. Our top story is about how a new survey from MADD - or Mothers Against Drunk Driving, with funding from State Farm - shows some troubling misconceptions about cannabis and its influence on traffic safety. You'll also hear how lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic may help healthcare workers boost breast cancer screening among minority and low-income patients.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Friday, September 25, 2020. Our top story is about Bradley University assistant professor Tim Hutchings' new game book, Thousand-Year-Old Vampire. It recently sold out upon release. You'll also hear from 18th Congressional District Democratic candidate George Petrilli who says the way that the 18th Congressional District is carved up makes it too safe for a Republican win and means that there's never an opportunity to really talk about the issues, but he's trying anyway.

 

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Thursday, September 24, 2020. Our top story is about how Peoria County voters can drop off their ballots at a new dropbox. You'll also hear from former Illinois Governor George Ryan who has written a book about his moratorium on executions and the commutation of capital sentences.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, September 23, 2020. Our top story is about how an initiative to rename six Peoria Public Schools buildings will move forward, but the process won't be rushed. You'll also hear how the Vietnam Memorial Wall will be in East Peoria today. East Peoria Commissioner Dan Decker, who worked nearly two years to bring the wall to Central Illinois, will tell you about what the city has planned and how you can pay your respects.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, September 22, 2020. Our top story is about how Governor J.B. Pritzker and Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike announced that the state of Illinois has surpassed 5 million COVID tests since the beginning of the pandemic. You'll also hear from Cody Maddock, a community-based therapy supervisor for UnityPlace. We're all under more stress after months of dealing with COVID-19 and other troubles. He says while that's to be expected, there are also ways to alleviate those tensions.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Monday, September 21, 2020. Our top story is about how local election officials have been reassuring citizens that they are not obligated to vote by mail in November. You'll also hear about how after starting the school year with full remote learning amid the COVID-19 pandemic, last week Peoria Public Schools announced plans to bring kindergarten, first grade, and some special education students back to the classroom by mid-October.

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