As Pritzker admin. pushes for nursing home reform, report details weaknesses in oversight

This story has been updated. In the early days, weeks and months of the pandemic, COVID-19 ravaged nursing homes, killing thousands of elderly and frail residents and forcing the isolation of thousands more. Though long-term care facilities statewide locked down, forbidding outside visits from family members, staff from the Illinois Department of Public Health charged […]

Dozens of McLean County Schools Face COVID Exposure

School-aged children make up the largest share of new coronavirus cases in McLean County. The McLean County Health Department (MCHD) on Wednesday announced 84 daily coronavirus cases and 435 cases for the week. About 29% of the weekly cases (127) involve kids age 17 and under. Those under age 12, who are not eligible for […]

Mitigations Put in Place for Upcoming Du Quoin State Fair

Mitigations will be in place to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 Delta variant during the upcoming Du Quoin State Fair. Illinois officials say per CDC and State Department of Public Health guidance, all fair attendees, regardless of vaccination status, will be required to wear masks in public indoor settings and all Grandstand concert […]

IDPH ‘Fully Aligns’ With New Stricter CDC Mask Guidance

SPRINGFIELD – The state will have new COVID-19 guidance on face coverings after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its guidance Tuesday to reflect that even individuals vaccinated against COVID-19 should wear masks while indoors in areas of the country where the virus is surging. CDC officials also recommended all teachers, staff, […]

New Illinois Initiative Aims To Reduce Racial Disparities, Improve Childbirth Outcomes

SPRINGFIELD – As racial disparities in maternal and child health outcomes persist in the U.S., a new statewide initiative aims to promote equity in maternal health and improve outcomes for all women and children. The latest report from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) found that about 75 women in Illinois die from pregnancy-related […]

Mental Health A Leading Cause Of Maternal Death In Illinois, New Report Finds

SPRINGFIELD – Each year, 75 Illinois women die while pregnant or within 12 months of pregnancy, according to a report released Thursday by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH).  The report is based on data from maternal deaths that occurred in 2016 and 2017, and were reviewed by the state’s Maternal Mortality Review Committee. […]

217 Today — March 30, 2021

Tuesday, March 30, 2021 https://will.illinois.edu/nfs/217Today3-30-21.mp3 Today’s headlines: U.S. Senator Dick Durbin says he hopes Democrats and Republicans can come to an accord which avoids the elimination of the filibuster. Public colleges and universities in Illinois are asking the Governor and Illinois Department of Public Health to force college students to get coronavirus vaccines or not attend classes […]

Senators Question Public Health Officials On Vaccine Rollout

SPRINGFIELD – State senators questioned public health officials regarding the state’s COVID-19 vaccination efforts in a Thursday hearing, one day after Gov. JB Pritzker announced that the state would expand vaccine eligibility under Phase 1B by Feb. 25. Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike and Deputy Director Andrew Friend testified before the […]

First Case Of South African Variant Of COVID-19 In Rock Island

SPRINGFIELD — A Rock Island resident is the first in Illinois identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to have contracted a variant of COVID-19 first identified in South Africa. Cases of the variant were first reported in the U.S. at the end of January. Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi […]

Game On: IHSA Sets Sports Calendar For Rest Of School Year

PEORIA – The start of high school basketball in central Illinois is on the horizon, and a timetable has been set for football, volleyball, soccer and other sports. The Illinois High School Association on Wednesday announced its revised calendar for the remainder of the academic year after COVID-19 restrictions put activities on hold for most of […]