Dana Vollmer

Dana Vollmer is a reporter with WCBU. Prior to moving to Peoria, Dana covered the state Capitol for NPR Illinois. She earned her master’s degree in public affairs reporting from the University of Illinois Springfield. She also graduated from Northern Illinois University, where she studied communication and produced Morning Edition for WNIJ. Dana's interests include criminal justice reform, economic equity and the environment. 

Illinois election officials are working to defend against foreign cyberattacks in this year's elections.

Illinois lawmakers last year moved to crack down on acts of violence committed in a place of worship. The legislation, signed by Governor JB Pritzker, asks judges to increase the penalty for murder and assault in a church or against someone engaged in religious practice.

As Bradley University Political Science Professor Craig Curtis explains to WCBU, the measure comes at a time when lawmakers are moving away from mandating harsher criminal punishments — and does little to  protect congregations.


There are just weeks left until adult-use recreational cannabis becomes legal in Illinois. While many consumers have been looking forward to that day since lawmakers passed the legislation in May, cultivators have been scrambling to prepare for the demand.

WCBU’s Dana Vollmer visited one central Illinois producer to see how preparation efforts are going.

Legislation being considered in the Illinois House would allow college athletes to get paid for endorsements.

Congresswoman Cheri Bustos is joining a chorus of lawmakers condemning President Trump’s demands to talk to the whistleblower who lodged a complaint against him.

Illinois is joining a chorus of states condemning a Trump administration proposal to rollback protections for transgender people under the Affordable Care Act.

Health care insurers and doctors could deny service to transgender patients, under a new rule proposed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

It would remove gender identity as a basis for sex discrimination. The rule would also remove protections for women who have had an abortion.

Military surveillance balloons originally launched in South Dakota are making their way to central Illinois to conduct wide-area surveillance tests.

Farmers can now apply for federal assistance to offset loss of income due to the trade war.