On Deck

Podcast, 5:44 a.m. and 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 Tuesday, January 12, 2021. Our top story concerns deferrals of dental work during the COVID-19 pandemic. Hear from one Peoria dentist who will tell you why that's a bad idea. You'll also hear from CityLink General Manager Doug Roelfs. The Peoria mass transit agency didn't get through 2020 without some struggles, but Roelfs says they're still a lot better off than agencies in other cities.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Monday, January 11, 2021. Our top story is about how many Tri-County area public safety personnel are among the first wave of people getting their COVID-19 vaccinations. You'll also hear from Tazewell County Republican Chairman Jim Rule. The chairs of five different county Republican parties will meet later this month to appoint a replacement for former State Senator Bill Brady. The votes in the process will be weighted based on the amount of votes Bill Brady received in each county in the 2018 election.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Friday, January 8, 2021. Our top story is about how Illinois House Republicans will make another effort to tackle redistricting during the upcoming session of the General Assembly. You'll also hear from Barb Hoffman, a travel agent for Direct Travel in Peoria, who said 2020 was a year like no other when it came to her industry. WCBU correspondent Steve Tarter spoke to Hoffman about how the COVID-19 pandemic impacted travel and what she's expecting in 2021.

  

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, January 6, 2021. Our top story is about how collective trauma healing and Black mental health are among the presentation topics this weekend in a Peoria-based virtual wellness seminar hosted by Soulside Healing Arts. You'll also hear how despite Peoria City Council positions being non-partisan, histical context coupled with nuanced rhetoric can sometimes be a clear giveaway to a candidate's partisan allegiance.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, January 5, 2021. Our top story is about how members of the Illinois House Republican caucus say they're open to discussing remote legislating this year, but bipartisan talks are ongoing. You'll also hear from Manual High School senior Amir Sykes. He is serving his second term on the Illinois State Board of Education's Student Advisory Council. The SAC aims to provide students' perspectives and concerns about the state's education policies.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Monday, January 4, 2021. Our top story is about how the April 6th consolidated election will include one contested race for a seat on the Peoria Public Schools Board of Education. You'll also hear about how an ultraviolet robot under development in Peoria could be an affordable and safe sanitization option for hospitals, offices, and other indoor spaces. Tim Shelley spoke with Suruz Miah - an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at Bradley University - about his concept.

  

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, December 23, 2020. Our top story is about how wetland construction along the Mackinaw River makes a huge difference in restoring local water systems. But the conservation group working to make that happen faces issues with funding and getting landowners on board. You'll also hear from Peoria International Airport director Gene Olson. The pandemic has hit the travel industry hard in 2020.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, December 22, 2020. Our top story is about how one West Bluff resident's generosity through COVID-19 is now coming around full circle. You'll also hear a follow up with Peoria High School senior Imani Abdul. She was one of the members of the Woodruff Career and Technical Center's culinary team. The team had won the ProStart state competition last March, but were denied a chance to attend the national competition due to the pandemic.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Monday, December 21, 2020. Our top story is about how the Illinois eviction moratorium has been extended another month. But eventually, it will end. Tim Shelley spoke with Prairie State Legal Services attorney Katie Pinter about the onslaught of cases they're expecting when that happens. You'll also hear how tonight, Saturn and Jupiter will be close enough to each other that they can be perceived as one bright star.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Friday, December 18, 2020. Our top story is about how Peoria Police Chief Loren Marion will retire next month after 26 years with the department and nearly three years as its leader.  You'll also hear how quarantining from COVID-19 has allowed more time to take up new hobbies like arts and crafts. You'll hear how that's been great for some area businesses.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Thursday, December 17, 2020. Our top story is about how holiday traditions look a bit different this year, but celebrations and traditions like Hanukkah are still continuing to happen in their own ways. You'll also hear from Jukebox Comedy Club owner Dan Conlin. The day the laughter dies could soon be here in Peoria, as Conlin warns this latest temporary closure could become permanent.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, December 16, 2020. Our top story is about how some of the first COVID-19 vaccines were administered to health care workers Tuesday at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.  You'll also hear from Peoria Journal Star sports reporter Dave Reynolds. He recently concluded a 38-year run with the Journal Star, covering Bradley men's basketball since 1990. He has also witnessed high school basketball championships and saw several future star athletes come through the area.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, December 15, 2020. Our top story is about how the Peoria City Council will vote to approve a consent decree with the U.S. EPA after 14 years of negotiations over the city's Combined Sewer Overflow problems.  You'll also hear from Dr. Samuel Sears, OSF HealthCare's director of Behavioral Health Physician Services. He talks about the toll of the pandemic on health workers, and how he's helping to manage the resulting stress and tension.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Monday, December 14, 2020. Our top story is about how the first batch of COVID-19 vaccines is expected to arrive in Central Illinois very soon.  You'll also hear how it's not just high school athletes feeling the scholarship pinch during the pandemic. The culinary team at Woodruff Career and Technical Center took first place in the restaurant management category at the Illinois ProStart Invitational last March, just days before the governor's first stay-at-home order.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Friday, December 11, 2020. Our top story is about how a new cutting-edge treatment aimed at reducing hospital admissions for high-risk COVID-19 patients is now available in central Illinois.  You'll also hear from Congressman Darin LaHood, who says getting a new coronavirus relief package passed remains his top priority this month, even if it means he has to stay in Washington, D.C. until it gets done.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Thursday, December 10, 2020. Our top story is about how the peak of the Geminid meteor shower is fast approaching, so you may want to take some time to look at the night sky on the night of December 13th or the early morning of the 14th.  You'll also hear from mayoral candidate and councilman, Jim Montelongo. After more than a decade on the Peoria City Council, Montelongo believes he is the best choice to follow Jim Ardis as the city's mayor.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, December 9, 2020. Our top story is about how those experiencing homelessness are at a greater risk of contracting and spreading COVID-19. You'll find out who's helping this vulnerable population here in Peoria - and how they're asking you to help. You'll also hear from Bradley University President Stephen Standifird. Bradley University's fall semester during the COVID-19 pandemic was unlike any other in the school's history.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, December 8, 2020. Our top story is about how two of the seven candidates running for Mayor of Peoria are defending the validity of their nominating petitions. You'll also hear how Distillery Labs, the technology and innovation center coming to downtown Peoria, has its first executive director. WCBU reporter Joe Deacon talks with Paul Leamon, who will begin his role as executive director in the first week in January and will take on the task of launching the facility by the end of 2021.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Monday, December 7, 2020. Our top story is about how COVID-19 has drastically changed the way research and education have been conducted. Researchers and educators everywhere have had to become more innovative in their practices to ensure success. You'll also hear how the University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria and OSF HealthCare are finding some early success using virtual reality technology to remotely train medical students during the COVID-19 pandemic.


 

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Friday, December 4, 2020. Our top story is about how the traditional bell ringing for the Peoria Area Salvation Army is quiet for now, as potential COVID-19 exposure has left the Red Kettle collection stations unmanned. You'll also hear how during the first three months of the pandemic, the number of Americans dying - not just from COVID-19 - increased compared to previous years. That’s according to a recent study led by University of Illinois researchers, involving CDC data.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Thursday, December 3, 2020. Our top story is about how the alternative COVID-19 housing site at the Four Points by Sheraton hotel in downtown Peoria, has quietly reopened in time for winter. You'll also hear from Steve Roach, an usher known for his antics at the Peoria Civic Center and Dozer Park. His position has been put on hold due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, December 2, 2020. Our top story is about how Pekin's annual Christmas on Court celebration won't be stopped by COVID-19, but it will look quite a bit different this year. You'll also hear how the U.S. Geological Survey recently announced the addition of the Illinois River Basin to a state-of-the-art data collection program for improving national water management sytems. WCBU Correspondent Tory Dahlhoff has the story.


 

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, December 1, 2020. Our top story is about how the Illinois Food Pantry Network is encouraging healthy donations this December during its 12 Days of Giving. You'll also hear from a Bradley University graduate who is the founder and CEO of We Hear You, a start-up developing an app that will translate American Sign Language into spoken English.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Monday, Nov. 30, 2020. WCBU's Joe Deacon talks to a group of Bradley University students participating in a NASA challenge aimed at putting astronauts back on the Moon. Plus, Tim Shelley speaks with UnityPoint Health-Methodist Chief Medical Officer Dr. Samer Sader about Central Illinois' desperate need for more convalescent plasma donations to treat COVID-19 patients.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020. Our top story takes us to Morton, where Joe Deacon checks in on turkey sales at Yordy Turkey Farm. And WCBU Correspondent Tory Dahlhoff tells us how area social service organizations plan to distribute Thanksgiving meals this year during the COVID-19 pandemic.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020. Our top story tells us of a U.S. Department of Education investigation into reports of anti-Semitism on the University of Illinois campus. Lee Gaines brings us that story. And WCBU's Joe Deacon chats with newly elected Republican State Representative Mark Luft of Pekin about what he hopes to accomplish in Springfield - and why he plans to remain mayor of his hometown.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Friday, November 20, 2020. Our top story tells us of a new free legal resource for Illinoisans to expunge cannabis convictions from their records. We talk to State Representative Jehan Gordon-Booth about the program. Plus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend avoiding travel this Thanksgiving. We hear from local medical experts about the safest ways to enjoy the holiday with loved ones.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Friday, November 20, 2020. Our top story is about how starting today, Governor J.B. Pritzker's Tier-3 mitigations take effect in an effort to control the spread of COVID-19. Accordingly, several entities around Peoria are once again rethinking and adjusting the way they operate. You'll also hear from the leader and frontwoman of the Peoria based rock band Tina Sparkle, Marsha Satterfield.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Thursday, November 19, 2020. Our top story is about how East Peoria Mayor John Kahl says the Tier 3 mitigations going into effect tomorrow will not impact plans for the city's Festival of Lights Parade. You'll also hear how matching donations from former Caterpillar CEO Bob Gilmore's foundation and Reditus Labs CEO Aaron Rossi… will fund large-scale COVID-19 testing for Peoria Public Schools students and staff next spring.



 

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