On Deck

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.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Friday, September 18, 2020. Our top story is about how small private institutions like Bradley University and Knox College have revamped their usual procedures to stop the spread of COVID-19 on campus. You'll also hear about the Peoria Southside Farmers Market and you'll learn how this food access and business development project came about, and where it's headed.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Thursday, September 17, 2020. Our top story is about how Peoria City/County Health Department Administrator Monica Hendrickson says they're keeping a close eye on Bradley University, to see if the two-week all-student quarantine is getting the COVID-19 spread under control. You'll also hear from Dan Luthi - a nurse from Washington whose service with the American Red Cross has earned him recognition as one of this year's Governor's Volunteer Service Award winners.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, September 16, 2020. Our top story is about how Zion Coffee Bar is working with the Dream Center and Jolt Harm Reduction to provide a basic service for individuals in the city experiencing homelessness. You'll also hear from Eureka College President Jamel Wright, who talks about how Eureka College is navigating the COVID-19 pandemic. 

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, September 15, 2020. Our top story is about how emotional support animals have proven time and time again to provide feelings of comfort and stress relief for their owners. And pet adoption agencies across the nation have seen an increase in adoption numbers. You'll also hear how the Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce and Discover Peoria say they want to help local businesses and organizations become more inclusive and diverse.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Monday, September 14, 2020. Our top story is about how Governor J.B. Pritzker says Bradley University did the right thing in ordering a two week quarantine after the campus saw a spike in COVID-19 cases. You'll also hear from Carol Merna, executive director of the Center for Prevention of Abuse in Peoria, who discusses the area's surge in domestic violence amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Friday, September 11, 2020. Our top story is about how the Peoria Public Library is joining a growing number of public libraries across the country adopting a fine-free policy. You'll also hear from Kirby Winn, public relations manager for the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center, which serves Central Illinois. He discusses their approach to blood donor outreach as the COVID-19 pandemic has reduced the number of collection events.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Thursday, September 10, 2020. Our top story is about how Bradley University is ordering all students to quarantine in place for two weeks to limit COVID-19 exposures. You'll also hear how the Community Health Partnership of Illinois operates migrant clinics at several locations in central and northern Illinois. CEO Eleace Sawyers talks about how testing efforts are going.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, September 9, 2020. Our top story is about how despite recent sorting machine removals, U.S. Congresswoman Cheri Bustos says she's confident the Post Office can handle large numbers of mail-in ballots this November. You'll also hear from Gloria Clark-Jackson, sister of the late Mark Clark, founder of the Peoria Black Panthers. She's written a book about her brother entitled, "Soul of a Black Panther."

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, September 8, 2020. Our top story is about how the president of the Peoria Firefighters Union said the multiple rounds of cuts to the fire department in recent years are putting the city at risk. You'll also about how the Papers of Abraham Lincoln Project has added over 500 more documents to Lincoln's online record, to make it complete through his one term in Congress.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Friday, September 4, 2020. Our top story is about how the class of 2020 has had a lot taken from them during this pandemic. They did not get to finish their senior year, and now some of them are  college freshmen, gaining their independence during these strange and unpredictable times. You'll also hear from OSF psychotherapist Bernice Gordon-Young, who discusses "toxic positivity" during the COVID-19 pandemic and says, "it's okay to not be okay."

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Thursday, September 3, 2020. Our top story is about how the Greater Peoria Essential Abilities and Knowledge (GPEAK) program seeks to get prospective employees ready to enter the workplace. You'll also hear from Peoria City Council member Rita Ali. She is now the head of the new joint commission on racial justice and equity being formed by the City of Peoria and Peoria County. She discusses how the commission will address structural racism in government and throughout the community.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, September 2, 2020. Our top story is about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the fashion world. You'll also hear from Bradley University President Stephen Standifird, whose first full year leading Bradley looks unlike any other in its 123 year history. He discusses the university's COVID-19 response, one week into the semester.

 

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, September 1, 2020. Our top story is about how entrepreneur and philanthropist Kim Blickenstaff recently addressed the Rotary Club of Peoria and shared the progress that's been made on development projects in Peoria, Peoria Heights, and Spring Bay. You'll also hear from Dr. Tom Luft of Pekin. He was treating patients through the COVID-19 pandemic, and then in June he contracted the virus. You'll hear him talk about his battle, his recovery, and you'll hear what he wants people to learn from his experience. 

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Monday, August 31, 2020. Our top story is about how successful remediation of one brownfield on Peoria's South Side, may open the door to the removal of another blight on the neighborhood: the deteriorating old Harrison School. You'll also hear how Peoria Public Schools District 150 is examining name changes for facilities honoring Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, Theodore Roosevelt, Calvin Coolidge, Charles Lindbergh, and Benjamin Harrison. 

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Friday, August 28, 2020. Our top story is about how U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth says biofuels need reinforcement, after years of small refinery waivers forced corn and ethanol distillers to take a big economic hit. You'll also hear how the U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest disaster loans to people in Woodford, Peoria, Tazewell, and other Central Illinois counties whose properties sustained damage from severe storms and flash flooding on July 15, 2020.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Thursday, August 27, 2020. Our top story is about how Exposition Gardens is looking to repurpose underutilized acreage, as an agricultural education space. You'll also hear from OSF's vice president of Clinical Speciality Services, Dr. Brian Curtis. He says during the COVID-19 pandemic, people haven't been keeping up to date with routine vaccinations, but he says it's important to get your shots, especially as flu season approaches.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, August 26, 2020. Our top story is about how first year students at University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria are starting off their year remotely. You'll also hear from the new host of NPR's 1A Jenn White. She has been in the 1A host chair for nearly two months now. Jenn White is the show's second host, replacing Joshua Johnson. She discusses her transition from a city show to a national program, her approach to choosing topics, and much more. 

 

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, August 25, 2020. Our top story is about how Esther Joy King's Congressional campaign manager is settling into his new role. You'll also hear from Romando Dixson, the new executive editor of the Peoria Journal Star. He wants to increase the diversity of the newspaper's mainly white male staff, over the next five years.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Monday, August 24, 2020. Our top story is about how the Big Picture Initiative received a charitable donation from the Gilmore Foundation, which provided an avenue to launch a new online magazine written by students called Giving Voice. You'll also hear from Bradley University Vice President of Intercollegiate Athletics Chris Reynolds. He talks about the Missouri Valley Conference decision to postpone fall sports over concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Friday, August 21, 2020. Our top story is about how Illinois American Postal Workers Union President Bob Gunter says he's temporarily relieved Postmaster General Louis DeJoy suspended several cost-cutting initiatives until next year. You'll also hear from Bradley University spokesperson Renee Charles. She says Bradley students' return to school will look a lot different this fall due to COVID-19.

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Thursday, August 20, 2020. Our top story is about how 93 year old Hettie Beers is Tazewell County's newest election judge. You'll also hear from Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO, Joshua Gunn. He and his family relocated from North Carolina and he stepped into his new role on July 1st, 2020.

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