News Around Illinois – May 5, 2020

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Gov. Pritzker Warns Illinois Cities That Re-Open Could Put Communities At Risk CHICAGO – Illinois reported 2,341 new cases of COVID-19 Monday, bringing the state total to 63,840. 46 additional deaths in the last day brings the total state fatalities to 2,662. Gov. J.B. Pritzker also responded to news that the mayor of East Peoria says […]

Covid-19 Outbreak Hits Rantoul Meat Processing Plant

This story has been updated on Tuesday May 5 at 12:00 p.m. to reflect updated case numbers. One of the largest meat processing plants in central Illinois is battling an outbreak of coronavirus in which 21 cases of  Covid-19 have been already been counted, a company official confirmed Monday. By late afternoon, that number stood […]

COVID-19 Leaves Blind Students Even Further Behind

Amber McKeag says her son Darrin received little braille instruction before the COVID-19 pandemic hit Illinois. Now, she says, he doesn’t receive any.  McKeag and her family live in a rural part of Mercer County, on the Iowa-Illinois border. Her son, Darrin, who is about to turn 10, suffers from Bardet-Biedl syndrome. As a result, […]

Sen. Brady: Return To Springfield Could De-Escalate Stay-At-Home Order Tensions

One of Illinois’ top Republicans says that bringing lawmakers back to Springfield could help de-escalate mounting tensions over the governor’s stay-at-home order. State Sen. Bill Brady, the Senate minority leader from Bloomington, said he wants to see lawmakers return to Springfield to address a “minimal” list of emergent issues, including some appropriations work related to […]