Champaign County July 4th Fireworks Celebration Canceled

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URBANA – Champaign-Urbana’s annual Fourth of July festival will not be held this year. The organizers of the Champaign County Freedom Celebration posted the announcement on their website Tuesday. The Freedom Celebration events, including a parade and fireworks, take place on the University of Illinois campus. But the U of I has announced the cancellation […]

News Around Illinois – April 8, 2020

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Illinois Confirms 1,287 New COVID-19 Cases, Including Member Of Governor’s Staff CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 1,287 new cases of COVID-19 in the state, including 73 additional deaths. Those deaths include a Champaign County man in his 80s, and a Ford County man in his 80s. The total number of COVID-19 […]

News Around Illinois – April 7, 2020

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1,006 New COVID-19 Cases, 33 New Deaths Reported In Illinois CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Public Health announced 1,006 new cases of COVID-19 in Illinois on Monday, including 33 deaths. Monday’s state report did not include the death of a COVID-19 patient in Champaign County, reported Monday by the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District. A […]

Local Restaurants Keep Serving During Coronavirus Shutdown

CHAMPAIGN – Shutdown orders related to the coronavirus pandemic have been hard on restaurants, but especially on local restaurants without drive-through windows or backing from national chains.  In Champaign-Urbana, some restaurants have closed during the shutdown period, but others are staying open, even though their dining rooms are closed. The Fiesta Café has been serving […]

News Around Illinois – April 6, 2020

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Cases of COVID-19 in Illinois Top 11,000 CHICAGO – On Sunday, the Illinois Dept. of Public Health reported the statewide total of COVID-19 cases has grown to 11,256. The death toll now stands at 274. The state also says more than 58,000 people have been tested at IDPH, commercial or hospital laboratories. IDPH director Dr. […]

Champaign Police Officer Tests Positive For COVID-19

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CHAMPAIGN – The city of Champaign announced late Thursday night that a police officer has tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. In a press release, the city said the officer is at home in isolation and does not need hospitalization.  The city did not release any other information about the officer’s […]

Illinois Considers Temporary Roles For Student Nurses To Help With COVID-19 Fight

NORMAL – The dean of Illinois State University’s nursing college says she supports a plan being considered to temporarily allow graduating seniors to enter the workforce early to help during the coronavirus pandemic. Gov. JB Pritzker said Tuesday the state was looking seriously at giving “temporary licenses” to nursing students who are mostly trained and nearly […]

News Around Illinois – April 3, 2020

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Suit Seeks Illinois Inmates’ Release Due To Coronavirus CHICAGO — A new federal lawsuit seeks an court order directing state officials “to drastically reduce Illinois’s prison population” on grounds that hundreds of inmates are particularly vulnerable to catching and dying from the coronavirus. The lawsuit filed Thursday in Chicago names ten inmates but seeks class-action […]

LeRoy Doctor’s COVID-19 Testing Clinic On Hold; Health Officials Seek Answers

CHAMPAIGN – An independent physician in LeRoy says he’s trying to address a public health crisis he believes some in the medical community are trying to downplay and increasing public safety risk as a result. But health officials say Tom Pliura’s planned drive-thru COVID-19 testing clinic raises unanswered questions. Pliura said he bought 8,000 testing kits from […]

News Around Illinois – April 2, 2020

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Health Chief: ‘Be Strong And Courageous’ In Facing COVID-19 SPRINGFIELD — The state public health director has issued a somber warning that Illinois residents can expect mounting numbers of illness and death in the new month from the vicious spread of the coronavirus. The 6,980 cases of COVID-19 reported Wednesday by Dr. Ngoze Ezike are […]

News Around Illinois – March 31, 2020

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Illinois Confirmed COVID-19 Cases Top 5,000 CHAMPAIGN – On Monday, the Illinois Department of Public Health reported 461 new cases of the coronavirus disease, COVID-19, bringing the state’s total so far to 5,057. In addition, the death toll in Illinois stands at 75. For health questions about COVID-19, call the hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email […]

News Around Illinois – March 30, 2020

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Governor Vows To Increase Testing As COVID-19 Cases Surge CHICAGO — Gov. J.B. Pritzker says Illinois will soon more than double the number of COVID-19 tests it can administer each day as the number of cases in the state surged. Public health officials announced 1,105 new cases, including 18 deaths on Sunday. Overall, Illinois has […]

News Around Illinois – March 28/29, 2020

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Updated: Sunday 3:20 p.m. Tornado Damages Homes, Uproots Trees In Northern Illinois OREGON — Weather officials have confirmed a tornado touched down in northern Illinois damaging homes and uprooting trees. The tornado touched down in Ogle County just outside Oregon around 9 p.m. on Saturday. National Weather Service meteorologist Gino Izzi says it was on […]

Illinois Infant With COVID-19 Dies, Cause Of Death Unknown

CHICAGO — Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker says an infant with COVID-19 has died and an investigation is underway to determine the cause of death. Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike said Saturday there hasn’t been a death associated with the new coronavirus in an infant. She urged people to do all they […]

News Around Illinois – March 27, 2020

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Illinois Coronavirus Cases Tops 2,500; Death Toll Now 26 CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Public Health says there are now 2,538 cases of COVID-19, a growth of 673 cases from Wednesday.  The death toll is now stands at 26. The newest deaths include a man in his 50’s, two men and two women in […]