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 Wednesday, November 18, 2020. You'll hear about how voters in once reliably blue rural counties like Fulton are shifting to the right. That's leading to tighter races for Democrats in places like the 17th Congressional District. You'll also hear from Peoria Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Sharon Desmoulin-Kherat. She talks about why the district isn't practicing for the winter basketball season.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, November 17, 2020. Our top story is about how a Central Illinois immigration advocate says she hopes the incoming Biden administration will be less hostile toward the immigrant community. You'll also hear from Matt Williams. He's a senior at Notre Dame and a forward on the high school's basketball team. Two weeks ago the Illinois Department of Public Health moved the sport to its high risk category for spreading the virus. Williams describes how he feels about losing his final season.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Monday, November 16, 2020. Our top story is about how Peoria and East Peoria students can now visit the Peoria Riverfront Museum for free. You'll also hear from the executive director of Quest Charter Academy, Taunya Jenkins. Many Central Illinois schools are grappling with the choice of keeping kids in the classroom or going back to remote instruction, but at Quest that decision has already been made. They've been online-only since the pandemic began. Jenkins shares the successes and challenges of their approach.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Friday, November 13, 2020. Our top story is about how Governor J.B. Pritzker is warning of a possible stay-at-home order if the spread of coronavirus in Illinois doesn't begin slowing soon. You'll also hear from Alexander Swan, a Eureka College professor whose research reveals that when it comes to assessing scientific evidence, conservatives place more value on personal anecdotes, while liberals put more stock into what the experts are saying.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Thursday, November 12, 2020. Our top story is about how with this holiday season looking a lot different due to COVID-19, catering companies have had to re-think how they operate to best serve their communities. You'll also hear from Illinois Wesleyan University psychology professor and dog psychologist Ellen Furlong. Her new audiobook available on Audible is called "Decoding Dogs: Inside the Canine Mind".

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, November 11, 2020. Our top story is about how the Peoria Public Schools Board voted 5-1 to suspend its basketball program until next spring. You'll also hear from U.S. Army veteran and bakery owner Miranda Troyer. She spent more than a year in Iraq after joining the U.S. Army in 2006. She met her husband there and now operates a bakery out of her garage in Morton called Miranda's Cakes and Confections. Troyer speaks with reporter Joe Deacon and reflects on her time in the military.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, November 10, 2020. Our top story is about how the unemployment rate has increased substantially during the pandemic and so has unemployment fraud. More people are unknowingly giving away their personal information to scammers. WCBU's Olivia Streeter speaks with Jessica Tharp, president and CEO of the Central Illinois Better Business Bureau to discuss the risks and how to protect yourself.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Monday, November 9, 2020. Our top story is about how in defiance of Illinois Department of Public Health guidlines, the Illinois High School Association has decided to let the basketball seasons begin as planned later this month. You'll hear from Peoria County Regional Superintendent Beth Crider, who says that puts school districts in a difficult position.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Friday, November 6, 2020. Our top story is about how the drama is intensifying in the battle between Cheri Bustos and Esther Joy King for the 17th Congressional District seat. You'll also hear how though many traditional contact sports teams are benched during the COVID-19 pandemic, it's created a new growth opportunity for e-sports, where competitions take place within video games.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Thursday, November 5, 2020. Our top story is about how Peoria City/County Health Department Administrator Monica Hendrickson says while indoor bar and restaurant closures may impact local COVID-19 case counts, it will ultimately take a concerted effort from the community to reduce positivity rates. You'll also hear Bradley University political science professor Megan Remmel break down what happened in some of the biggest races in Central Illinois.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, November 4, 2020. Election Day is finally behind us. For our top story, WCBU's Kristin McHugh gives us an overview of the local races and what we know so far. You'll also hear how Governor J.B. Pritzker is ordering Central Illinois restaurants and bars to cease indoor service as COVID-19 positivity rates surge to record levels. But more area mayors are saying they don't intend to enforce that new order.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, November 3, 2020. Our top story is about how Central Illinois restaurants and bars have only a couple days to adapt to a new ban on indoor service. Governor J.B. Pritzker announced the restrictions as COVID-19 cases surge in the region. WCBU student reporter Olivia Streeter will bring you some reactions. You'll also hear how Peoria-area election officials believe record vote-by-mail and early voting participation may translate to fewer people filling out ballots in person today.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Monday, November 2, 2020. Our top story is about how as you may have noticed, the Peoria Heights Sculpture Walk is adorned with several carved limestone pieces along Prospect Avenue and the Kellar Branch recreation trail. You'll hear about their origins. You'll also hear how 81-year-old Marion Cornelius knew Camp Ellis in Southern Fulton Conty as a boy. His father was in the Illinois National Guard that used the site until 1949.

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.

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