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All Things Peoria

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All Things Peoria is WCBU’s daily newsmagazine, airing weekdays at 5 p.m. This half-hour program shines a light into all corners of Greater Peoria. You’ll see the challenges we face from a new angle. And you’ll hear from the neighbors you never knew you had.


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All Things Peoria is WCBU’s daily newsmagazine, airing weekdays at 5 p.m. This half-hour program shines a light into all corners of Greater Peoria. You’ll see the challenges we face from a new angle. And you’ll hear from the neighbors you never knew you had.








State Rep. Ryan Spain disappointed with aspects of state’s 2024 budget

Republican State Rep. Ryan Spain of Peoria believes the fiscal year 2024 budget recently approved by the Illinois General Assembly gives Gov. JB Pritzker too much authority over state spending.


State Sen. Dave Koehler praises education funding in new state budget

Democratic state Sen. Dave Koehler says he was pleased to see more higher education funding in this year's budget.


Here's a look at all things Peoria County road work this summer construction season, and beyond

Peoria County Highway Department Engineer Amy McLaren says there's two seasons in Illinois: snow season and road construction season. Now is definitely the latter of those two.


All Things Peoria - Thursday, June 1, 2023

In today's episode, you'll hear about conversations surrounding a potential new statue coming to Laura Bradley Park. And a Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan for Pekin could bring some changes to the city. Plus, a deep dive into the problems facing hospitals in Central Illinois.


Peoria's new home visiting program hopes to empower parents and boost preschool and kindergarten readiness

The Peoria County Regional Office of Education has added another branch to its Early Learning for All (ELFA) initiative that now includes home visits. ELFA is currently known for their Preschool for All program, which is funded through the Illinois State Board of Education's Early Childhood Block Grant.


All Things Peoria - Wednesday, May 31, 2023

In today's episode, Peoria County Highway Department Engineer Amy McLaren provides an update on some of her department's projects, including safety improvements. And you'll hear a recap on what happened in Springfield after Illinois lawmakers passed a $50 billion annual budget. Plus, a new program from the Peoria County Regional Office of Education hopes to boost preschool and kindergarten readiness and create confident parents...all from the comfort of their own home.


Illinois Broadband Lab collects data to close the digital divide

The lab serves as a “one-stop shop” for data on broadband and digital equity initiatives.


Q&A: Pekin Mayor Mary Burress discusses work environment at City Hall, division on city council

The city manager position is one of three key leadership roles Pekin still needs to fill, and clear factions have developed among city council members.


All Things Peoria - Tuesday, May 30, 2023

In today's episode, you'll hear a conversation with new Pekin Mayor Mary Burress about the current turmoil surrounding city hall and her efforts to guide councilmembers and the public on a path forward. And hear about a Peoria man who was wrongly convicted of murder in 1992 after a false witness testimony. Plus, learn how a listening tour will inform how $65 billion in funding will be spent on broadband and digital equity projects across the country.


All Things Peoria - Friday, May 26, 2023

In today's episode, a fuel market analyst explains why a Memorial Day spike in gas prices might be less noticeable this year. And as the Supreme Court considers banning consideration of race in college admissions, it raises questions about legacy policies on U.S. campuses. Plus, Out and About gets all the details on Corn Stock Theatre's upcoming production of Sister Act.


The first cat cafe in Central Illinois: River Kitty Cafe is on the way

Though popular internationally, there aren't many cat cafes in the U.S. One of the businesses is just around the corner for Peoria.


Peoria's struggles with rising gun violence in recent years are far from unique among similarly-sized U.S. cities

High murder rates in big cities can be a convenient bogeyman for politicians looking to rack up some easy talking points. But sometimes, the problem is proportionally worse in your own backyard.


With GM Regan taking double duty as coach, Peoria City Soccer looks to build on solid inaugural season

Peoria City Soccer general manager Tim Regan has added the coaching role to his duties as the semi-professional club looks to build on a playoff appearance in year one.


All Things Peoria - Thursday, May 26, 2023

In today's episode, hear about what's new for Peoria's semi-professional soccer franchise. And WCBU gives you the full scoop on a cat café coming soon to the River City. Plus, learn how Peoria ranks up compared to other cities on gun violence rates and why smaller cities across the country are seeing huge upswings in recent years.


All Things Peoria - Wednesday, May 24, 2023

In today's episode, you'll hear about how to prioritize self care and the art of saying "no". And what a descendant wants you to know about a small Illinois town founded by formerly enslaved people. Plus, an Illinois Central College professor explains the role cover crops can play in preventing dust storms like those seen near Springfield earlier this month.


All Things Peoria - Tuesday, May 23, 2023

In today's episode, you'll learn about a new program to increase diversity among realtors and how it could play in Peoria. And the Washington Historical Society has launched a unique fundraiser that offers a chance to own a piece of the city's history. Plus, on Postmark Peoria, hear more of Steve Tarter's recent conversation about famed 19th century orator Robert Green Ingersoll.


Indiana historian cites Ingersoll’s accomplishments in Peoria speech

One of Peoria’s foremost historical figures was the topic of a presentation by a member of the Indiana Historical Bureau, speaking at the GAR Hall in Downtown Peoria earlier this year.


For sale: Pallets of 150-year-old Barr paving bricks

The Washington Historical Society is selling pieces of Washington's history ... 275 bricks at a time.


The real estate industry is overwhelmingly white; the Spire program hopes to change that

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) is rolling out a new program aimed at diversifying the real estate industry. According to the 2020 NAR Member Profile report, Black individuals made up just 6% of NAR membership, with Hispanics not far ahead at 10%; 80% of NAR’s membership in 2020 was white.


All Things Peoria - Monday, May 22, 2023

ATP episode description: In today's episode, Peoria City Councilmember Denise Jackson weighs in on the proposed carbon capture pipeline in South Peoria. And learn how the Pekin high school volleyball team is contributing to the fight against breast cancer in a record breaking way. Plus, hear about the friendship between Peoria's famous 19th century orator Robert Ingersoll and socialist Eugene V. Debs.