Mattoon Mayor Tim Gover Dies

Timothy D. Gover, the longtime mayor of the eastern Illinois town of Mattoon, has died. A statement issued by the city says Gover died Thursday morning, from “lingering health issues”. He was believed to be in his early 80s. Gover, a Mattoon native, loved his home town and his home county, Coles County, according to […]

Central Illinois Schools Adopt Different Reopening Plans Amid Ongoing Pandemic

The Illinois State Board of Education is leaving it up to districts to decide how to reopen schools this fall. Some have chosen to continue remote learning, while others are bringing students back into classrooms amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.  ISBE has strongly recommended that schools provide as much in-person instruction as possible. But state […]

News Around Illinois – March 19, 2020

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Ill. Virus Cases Top 200, Include 42 Tied To Nursing Home CHICAGO — Illinois officials say an additional 128 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in the state, including 20 more individuals living or working at a nursing home in a southwestern suburb of Chicago. The additional results announced Wednesday by the Illinois Department […]

Coronavirus Disease Confirmed In Central Illinois

In this image from a scanning electron microscope, the new coronavirus is in orange.

COLES COUNTY – A patient has tested positive for COVID-19 in central Illinois, with at least one other case reported but not yet confirmed by state officials. Sarah Bush Lincoln Health System in Mattoon is confirming a positive test of an individual who came to the emergency room. “We knew in advance this person was […]