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Past articles by Mike:

Watch the Pritzker-Bailey Illinois governor debate at 7pm

NORMAL, Ill. (NEXSTAR) — On Thursday, Democratic Gov. JB Pritzker and Republican challenger Darren Bailey will meet at the Braden Auditorium on the campus of Illinois State University for a televised debate, hosted by Nexstar Media Group. The debate is ahead of the November election, where voters will decide who will represent them as the state’s chief executive […] → Read More

Saturday night Peoria shooting sends woman to hospital

PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) — A woman was sent to a local hospital with apparent gunshot wounds in Peoria Saturday evening. Just before 9:30 p.m. Saturday, police responded to back-to-back shot spotter alerts of 15 rounds each near the 500 block of W. Columbia Terrace. As they were on the way, officers were notified of an […] → Read More

8-year-old, woman killed in West Peoria double homicide

WEST PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) — Peoria County Sheriff Chris Watkins confirmed an eight-year-old boy and a 32-year-old woman were shot to death at a home on Cedar Avenue in West Peoria Thursday morning. Deputies received the call of a shooting at about 8:20 a.m. When they arrived at the home, they found the bodies of the […] → Read More

STUDY: This is when Illinois workers experienced peak burnout

The survey showed the average employee in America experiences burnout 191 days in the year, a little more than halfway through the year. → Read More

LIVE: Illinois Supreme Court swears in its 1st Black female justice

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WMBD) — Thursday, Lisa Holder-White will be sworn in as the first Black woman on the Illinois Supreme Court. The swearing-in ceremony is set to take place at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield. → Read More

Will Illinois’ power last throughout the heat?

CENTRAL ILLINOIS (WMBD) — As the heat turns up in Illinois, folks may be concerned about whether Illinois’ power supply last throughout the extreme weather. As of Thursday at noon, the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) said it was producing just over 107,000 megawatts of energy, while demand was nearly 113,000 megawatts. In response to […] → Read More

Illinois lawmakers respond to Texas school shooting

After 14 children were killed by a gunman at a Texas elementary school Tuesday, Illinois lawmakers went to social media to voice their responses. → Read More

Illinois parents accused of murdering malnourished 8-year-old son

WARNING: Viewer discretion is advised due to the graphic nature of the story. PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) — Bond has been set at $1 million each for the Peoria parents accused of murdering their 8-year-old son. Stephanie Jones, 35, and Brandon Walker, 40, appeared in court Thursday as grim details emerged on the death of their son, […] → Read More

FBI reposts $10,000 reward for info on Jelani Day death

CHICAGO (WMBD) — Six months after the disappearance and death of Illinois State University (ISU) graduate student Jelani Day, the FBI is still looking for new information that might explain what happened. The reward was initially posted in December 2021, and was part of a nationwide, coordinated, multi-platform social media campaign from the Jelani Day […] → Read More

Illinois’ indoor mask mandate ends Monday

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WMBD) — Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker confirmed the statewide indoor mask requirement will end Monday, Feb. 28, at 12:01 a.m. The announcement came as statewide hospitalizations fell by 50% and ICU capacity increased by 24%. Illinois’ weekly COVID-19 case rate also saw a 70% decrease. Pritzker previously announced his plan to lift the […] → Read More

14-year prison sentence for ‘one of the most prolific’ meth dealers in central Illinois

A Peoria woman has earned a 168-month federal prison sentence, followed by five years of supervised release, for possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute. → Read More

Snow Leopard central Illinois Zoo dies from COVID-19

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (WMBD) — Rilu, the 11-year-old Snow Leopard housed at Bloomington’s Miller Park Zoo, has died after suffering from COVID-19-induced pneumonia. Zoo officials made the announcement Thursday afternoon on Facebook. Rilu began suffering from symptoms of the virus in early December 2021. The Snow Leopard came to Miller Park Zoo in 2011 from the […] → Read More

Illinois Department of Public Health adopts CDC guidance on quarantining, isolation

Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) leaders are loosening guidance for quarantining and isolation after COVID-19 exposure. → Read More

Kalamazoo man dies after crash in Illinois

A man from Kalamazoo died after a crash between a vehicle and a semitruck in Illinois Tuesday. → Read More

Illinois State University to start Spring semester remotely

NORMAL, Ill. (WMBD) — All Illinois State University (ISU) courses will be held online between Jan. 10-21, officials announced Tuesday afternoon. The change comes as the Omicron variant of COVID-19 continues to spread across the state, which has led to increasing cases of infection. In an email sent to students, faculty, and staff, ISU President […] → Read More

FOID kiosks now available at 3 Illinois State Police facilities

There is a new way for those without online access to apply for and update Firearm Owner Identification (FOID) cards. → Read More

FBI offers award up to $10,000 for information regarding death of Jelani Day

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for any information regarding the death of Illinois State University (ISU) graduate student Jelani Day. → Read More

Attorney Ben Crump demands FBI intervention in Jelani Day death investigation

National Civil Rights Attorney Ben Crump was one of many gathered in Chicago Friday to demand Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) intervention in the death investigation of Illinois State University graduate student Jelani Day. → Read More

Dan Brady announces campaign for Secretary of State

CHICAGO (WMBD) — State Representative Dan Brady (R-Normal) has announced his Campaign for Illinois Secretary of State. “I am running for Secretary of State to build the long-needed foundation our state needs to thrive. I will focus on partnering with the brightest innovators and technology experts this state has to offer, addressing not only service […] → Read More

WATCH LIVE: Gov. Pritzker to launch public safety initiative preventing gun violence Monday

CHICAGO (WMBD) — Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker is expected to discuss a public safety initiative providing community-based solutions to help prevent gun violence Monday afternoon. The press conference is taking place at the Breakthrough Urban Ministries FamilyPlex Gymnasium in Chicago. → Read More