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Flu, RSV, and COVID-19 cases on the rise in Central Illinois

PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) — With winter just around the corner, cases of respiratory illnesses are on the rise. Local healthcare systems in Central Illinois are facing a surge of respiratory viruses. “The tripledemic that we keep talking about, we see that. We have RSV, we have flu, we have COVID, we have all kinds of […]
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FDA says there’s a nationwide amoxicillin shortage

PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) — As illnesses spread, there’s a nationwide shortage of a common prescription drug. Amoxicillin is an antibiotic commonly used for bacterial respiratory illnesses. Dr. Brian Curtis, vice president of medical specialties with OSF Healthcare said it’s not used for the flu, RSV, and COVID-19. According to the FDA, an increase in demand […]
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Prep Sports Recap for Dec. 2, 2022

PEORIA, Ill (WMBD/WYZZ) — Manual made sure its new coach won his home opener. The Rams beat Notre Dame, 47-29, in Marvin Jordan’s first home game as head coach. Jordan, a former Rams player and assistant, was named head coach this summer. Normal West, Bloomington, Normal Community, Peoria High also won Big 12 openers on […]
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Local impact of national rail strike being averted

PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) — Thursday, Congress avoided the threat of a national rail shutdown that would have brought halted large portions of the economy. The agreement provides rail workers with a 24 percent raise over five years and additional healthcare benefits, but it does not include adding seven days of paid sick leave. Friday, some […]

Law enforcement warns of porch pirates as holiday shopping picks up

PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) — Many are awaiting packages after record online shopping during Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and local law enforcement says to be on the lookout for porch pirates. Peoria County Sheriff Chris Watkins said there is an increase in stolen packages during the holiday season. Watkins said shoppers should keep a close […]

Prep Sports Recap for Dec. 1, 2022

PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD/WYZZ) — Sophomores Kaitlin Cassidy and Julia Mingus combined to score 32 points to lead visiting Notre Dame past Peoria High in a match-up of unbeaten girls basketball teams on Thursday. Cassidy led the way with 17 points as the Irish (8-0) led by 16 at halftime and stretched the lead to 25 […]

Extra Effort: Senior Jori Dowling Makes Difference in Washington

WASHINGTON, Ill. (WMBD/WYZZ) — Washington senior Jori Dowling has a crazy schedule. But it’s crazier now that her high school volleyball season is over. “I’ll start refereeing (junior high) games in January. My mom’s the coach at the middle school so I’ll help with her practices. I’ll work with my trainer a little more,” Dowling […]

Peoria Police Department plans third gun buyback this year

PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) — The Peoria Police Department is giving the community another chance to get rid of unwanted weapons. The department is preparing to hold its third gun buyback this year. The buyback will take place on Saturday, December 10 from 10 A.M. – 1 P.M. Buyback locations include First Baptist Church and Higher […]

Prep Sports Recap for Nov. 30, 2022

PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD/WYZZ) — Kaitlin Cassidy scored 17 points to lead Notre Dame to a 60-34 win in girls basketball at Canton on Wednesday. The Irish (7-0) travel to Peoria High (6-0) in an early-season showdown Thursday. Also, Dunlap avenged a loss to Brimfield last year with a 48-25 win over the host Indians. Enjoy […]

Bradley Wins MVC Opener over Northern Iowa

PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD/WYZZ) — Bradley held Northern Iowa to 23 points in the second half and won its Missouri Valley Conference opener, 68-53, at Carver Arena on Wednesday. The Braves trailed UNI 30-29 at halftime but took the lead for good on Connor Hickman three-pointer with just over 12 minutes to play. Duke Deen hit […]

Fieldcrest Hoping to Stay ‘Hungry and Humble’ After First State Appearance

MINONK,Ill. (WMBD/WYZZ) — When a team brings back the majority of a squad that made it to state last year, expectations can be high. That’s the case at Fieldcrest, which finished fourth at the class 2A girls basketball state tournament last season. Now the undefeated Knights are trying not to live in the past. “We […]

Prep Sports Recap for Nov. 29, 2022

PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD/WYZZ) — Richwoods went to Notre Dame and beat their city rival in boys basketball, 57-40, on Tuesday night. Pekin, Canton, Pontiac, Brimfield, Peoria Christian, and Prairie Central were among the boys basketball winners Tuesday. Morton and Normal Community won girls basketball games. Enjoy the highlights.

Fans cheer on U.S. for must-win World Cup match against Iran

PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) — The U.S. beat Iran 1-0 in a must-win match at the World Cup on Tuesday. Soccer fans packed The Fox Pub in Peoria to watch the game. Bar owner Matt Rixner said the World Cup is the only game where everyone roots for the same team. “This is the best sporting […]

Peoria County Auditor’s Office to remain funded as legal challenges continue

PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) — A lengthy battle between Peoria County auditor Jessica Thomas and the county goes before a judge. Monday’s hearing was focused on the referendum that was voted on earlier this month, where Peoria County voters approved eliminating the auditor position. The issue at hand was the fact that it does not clearly […]

Childers leases Gateway Building for banquets

PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) — A local eatery and banquet center is expanding into downtown Peoria. Peoria City Council has approved a lease agreement for Childers to use the third floor of the Gateway Building. Childers will use the space as a secondary banquet facility. The lease agreement is for five years and Childers will pay […]

Peoria Riverfront Museum installs city’s largest live Christmas Tree

PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) — The Peoria Riverfront Museum has installed the city’s largest live Christmas tree. On Monday, crews set up a 50-foot Christmas tree in front of Sun Plaza, located along SW Water Street. The tree will be decorated with 30,000 lights and will remain up throughout the month of December. The placing of […]

Prep Basketball Recap for Nov. 26, 2022

PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD/WYZZ) — The Elmwood girls and Princeville boys took home tournament titles from Brimfield on Saturday. Elmwood beat Brimfield, 42-33, to win the Brimfield Girls Thanksgiving Tournament. The Trojans went unbeaten during the week. Princeville handed Tremont its first loss, 71-55, and in the process won the Brimfield Boys Thanksgiving title. U-High and […]

Nazareth Academy Holds On To Beat Peoria High for 5A Football Title, 45-44

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WMBD/WMBD) — Peoria High fell a point short. Nazareth Academy stopped Malachi Washington on a two-point conversion with just over five minutes to play in the fourth quarter game and held to beat the Lions, 45-44, in a thrilling class 5A state championship game at Memorial Stadium in Champaign on Saturday. Washington carried […]