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For many families, this Thanksgiving will look like no other.

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For the second consecutive day, the Tri-County Area added more than 400 new COVID-19 cases, and more than 200 patients are hospitalized in the region as the pandemic’s second wave continues to surge.

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The Par-A-Dice casino will shut down to comply with Gov. JB Pritzker's new Tier 3 COVID-19 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.

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The East Peoria City Council is standing by its non-enforcement of Gov. JB Pritzker's COVID-19 restrictions on businesses.

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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Peoria Public Schools District 150 will phase back to full remote learning after Thanksgiving.

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The Tri-County region is reporting 1,059 new COVID-19 cases over the weekend.

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U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos has tested positive for COVID-19.

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A sharp rise in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in the Tri-County area is threatening to overburden the region’s health care system.

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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. Those are among the recent findings by Eureka College's Alexander Swan and his colleagues.

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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.

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Several central Illinois school districts are temporarily moving all instruction online as COVID-19 cases surge across the region--particularly among teachers and other staff.

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Peoria Public Schools students will learn remotely for the first two weeks of the spring semester.

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The Peoria Public Schools board has voted 5-1 to suspend its basketball program until next spring.

The Tri-County region is reporting more than 10,000 people infected with the coronavirus since the pandemic first struck this spring.

COVID-19 related hospitalizations are reaching new peaks regionally and statewide.


Most of central Illinois is now at a coronavirus warning level.

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Peoria County Sheriff Brian Asbell is asking for compliance with Gov. JB Pritzker's new COVID-19 mitigations on restaurants, bars, and gatherings.

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Peoria County is adding seven more COVID-19 fatalities from weeks or even months ago to its death toll.

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More mayors in central Illinois say they won't enforce Gov. JB Pritzker's new COVID-19 restrictions shutting down indoor service at restaurants and bars, as frustration grows with the economic damage wreaked on small businesses by the pandemic.

The city of Peoria says it will abide by the new restrictions on bars and restaurants announced by Gov. J.B. Pritkzer as a COVID-19 mitigation measure as cases surge to new heights in the region.

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Tazewell County Health Department Administrator Amy Fox is asking the public to take COVID-19 mitigations and public health guidance seriously as coronavirus rates surge throughout the region.

Central Illinois restaurants and bars only have a couple days to adapt to new bans on indoor service as COVID-19 cases surge across the region.

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East Peoria Mayor John Kahl said the city will have no part in the enforcement of additional restrictions announced by Gov. JB Pritzker as COVID-19 cases surge.

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For the first time since the state began slowly reopening, Region 2's seven-day COVID-19 positivity rate is exceeding 8%.

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Bradley University's COVID-19 campus positivity rate has dropped to its lowest-ever level, but the university also failed to reach its 250 tests-per-week goal for the first time in several weeks.

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Peoria City/County Health Department Administrator Monica Hendrickson warns COVID-19 cases are surging to new highs as colder temperatures settle in and drive more people indoors.

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Mason County is now among the Illinois regions under heftier COVID-19 restrictions.

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OSF HealthCare's Pandemic Health Worker Program seems to be fulfilling its goal of keeping most COVID-19 patients needing care out of the strained hospital system.