ER Staff Among The First To Get The Coronavirus Vaccine In Champaign County

URBANA – The process of vaccinating the first few hundred hospital workers in Champaign County began Thursday.  In the first shipment, Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana received 400 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine for its staff. OSF Heart of Mary Medical Center in Urbana received 50 doses. Since doses are limited, hospitals are prioritizing […]

Pritzker’s Daily COVID-19 Briefing Full Transcript And Audio — Dec. 17, 2020

Gov. J.B. Pritzker and Dr. Ngozi Ezike are holding daily COVID-19 press briefings as cases and hospitalizations in Illinois reach record highs. Read and listen to the latest update from the governor’s office on new cases, phased re-opening and closings of different regions and the state’s ongoing pandemic response. You can watch the most recent […]

Towns Offer Aid To Businesses For COVID-Related Supplies

CHAMPAIGN – Small businesses have had to deal with an added expense this year, paying for supplies and equipment to prevent the coronavirus from spreading at their stores, offices and factories. Champaign, Urbana and Rantoul are offering state-funded grants to help with those new expenses. The grants can be used by small businesses in the […]

Statehouse Reporter Expects ‘Gridlock’ On Budget Cuts

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois Governor JB Pritzker announced more than $700 million in budget cuts this week for the current fiscal year. Pritzker says these cuts are just the beginning, and that he’ll need to work with the General Assembly on additional cuts of more than $1 billion. Illinois Newsroom’s Brian Moline spoke with Illinois Public […]

Greenville Officials Say U Of I’s COVID-19 Test Made Campus A ‘Safe Haven’

GREENVILLE – About 10% of undergraduates at Greenville University in southern Illinois contracted COVID-19 this semester, according to data from the campus. The small private Christian college located about 50 miles east of St. Louis used the University of Illinois COVID-19 Shield program during the fall semester.  President of Greenville University, Suzanne Davis, says thanks […]

State’s Expected Vaccine Shipments Halved For Next Two Weeks, Pritzker Says

SPRINGFIELD – The state has been advised it will receive roughly half of the shipment of COVID-19 vaccinations that it originally expected from the federal government for the next two weeks, Gov. JB Pritzker announced Wednesday. Next week’s national shipment was originally slated to include approximately 8 million vaccine doses but is now expected to […]