State Announces New COVID Restrictions For Region 6 In East-Central Illinois

URBANA – East-central Illinois restaurants and bars will have to operate under increased limitations, starting Monday, Nov. 2. That’s the starting date for COVID-19 resurgence mitigations announced for Region 6 by Governor J.B. Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health. The 21-county region includes Champaign, Macon and Vermilion Counties. Other counties in Region 6 […]

Illinois Authorities Extradite Kyle Rittenhouse To Wisconsin

WAUKEGAN — Illinois authorities have extradited a 17-year-old accused of killing two demonstrators in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Christopher Covelli, a spokesman for Illinois’ Lake County Sheriff’s Office, on Friday told The Associated Press that deputies picked up Kyle Rittenhouse immediately after Judge Paul Novak issued the ruling at the courthouse in Waukegan. The deputies then drove […]

COVID-19 Impacts Illinois School Data Collection, Including Attendance Rates

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) published its annual school report card data Friday, but state officials urged caution when interpreting that data due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on data collection for the 2019-20 school year.  State Superintendent Carmen Ayala said during a call with reporters this week that […]

Some Health Officials Find Their Hands Tied On COVID-19 Restrictions

ROCKFORD – Sandra Martell is in a tough spot. As public health administrator in northern Illinois’ Winnebago County, Martell was threatened with lawsuits from several area bar owners after she included them on a list of businesses allegedly defying the governor’s orders to halt indoor dining.  The county is part of a region that faced […]