News Around Illinois – July 2, 2020

From Tight Hallways To Packed Elevators, Urban Campuses Are Grappling With Social Distancing Colleges and universities in downtown Chicago often use their urban location as a selling point when attracting students. Now, those campuses — located in the densest part of the city — are turning into a potential liability as schools plan to reopen […]

Lincoln Museum, Presidential Library To Reopen Wednesday

SPRINGFIELD — The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield plans to reopen for visitors Wednesday after shutting down as part of statewide efforts to limit spread of the coronavirus. Museum officials said the property has been cleaned and protective barriers also have been installed in some places. Tickets must be purchased in advance […]

Coroner: 3rd Springfield Shooting Victim Dies, 2 Identified

Updated Saturday 10:00 p.m.  SPRINGFIELD — Authorities say a third person died Saturday afternoon who was critically wounded in a shooting at a warehouse in central Illinois where the suspect had fatally shot two coworkers before apparently killing himself. Police believe Michael L. Collins opened fire on three of his coworkers Friday, killing two at […]

News Around Illinois – June 24, 2020

Champaign Firefighter Tests Positive For COVID-19 A firefighter for the City of Champaign tested positive for the coronavirus, according to a press release released by the city. The name of the firefighter that tested positive is not being released, however, the city was in contact with the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District for protocol instruction. As […]

News Around Illinois – June 22, 2020

Illinois Reports 658 Additional COVID-19 Cases, 23 Deaths CHICAGO — Illinois is reporting 658 new cases of COVID-19 and 23 more deaths. The Illinois Department of Public Health released updated numbers Sunday, saying there have now been 136,762 cases since the start of the pandemic and 6,647 deaths in Illinois. However, the state’s rate of […]

News Around Illinois – June 15, 2020

Illinois Health Official Announce 19 New Coronavirus Deaths CHICAGO — Public health officials in Illinois are reporting 19 more deaths linked to COVID-19 and 672 new coronavirus cases. The Illinois Department of Public Health said Sunday that overall there have been 6,308 deaths and 132,543 cases in the state since the pandemic began. The state […]

2020 Illinois State Fair Canceled Due To COVID-19

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SPRINGFIELD – The state announced Friday that the 2020 Illinois and Du Quoin State Fairs will be cancelled this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Illinois joins Indiana, Iowa, Wisconsin and other states in canceling the annual gathering of livestock displays, entertainment and food. The Department of Agriculture is arranging a virtual Junior Livestock Show […]

News Around Illinois – June 8, 2020

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Illinois Reports 867 New Coronavirus Cases, 43 New Deaths SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 867 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus, bringing the total number of cases in the state to 127,757. The department on Sunday reported 43 additional deaths from the disease in the past 24 hours, raising that […]

News Around Illinois – June 2, 2020

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Charges: Galesburg Man Went To Minneapolis To Riot MINNEAPOLIS  — An Illinois man who allegedly said he was traveling to Minneapolis to “riot” after the death of George Floyd has been charged with federal counts. Twenty-eight-year-old Matthew Lee Rupert of Galesville is charged with civil disorder, rioting and possession of unregistered destructive devices. An FBI […]

News Around Illinois – June 1, 2020

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Public Officials Announce 60 New COVID-19 Deaths in Illinois CHICAGO — Public health officials say there have been 1,343 new cases of COVID-19 and 60 additional deaths in Illinois. The state’s Department of Public Health announced the latest details on the coronavirus pandemic Sunday. Overall, there have been 120,260 cases, including 5,390 deaths. More than […]

News Around Illinois – May 25, 2020

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State COVID-19 Cases Top 110,000 SPRINGFIELD – On Sunday, the state reported 2,508 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total to 110,304. Illinois Department of Public Health also reported an additional 67 deaths, making the statewide total 4,856. The Coles County health department says two more residents of Charleston Rehab and Healthcare died of COVID-19. The […]

Latest From Springfield: Vote-By-Mail Expansion, Budget Proposal & More

Vote-By-Mail Expansion Approved In Senate SPRINGFIELD — A plan to expand mail-in voting because of the COVID-19 pandemic is close to approval by the governor after the Senate OK’d it Friday. The idea is to make it easier for voters to cast ballots and limit the number who have to go to physical locations and […]

News Around Illinois – May 22, 2020

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Pritzker Says No Decision Yet On Holding State Fairs This Summer SPRINGFIELD – Governor J.B. Pritzker says no decision has been made yet on whether Illinois’ two state fairs can be held safely this summer. Illinois’ two fairs are scheduled for later in the summer: August 13-23 for the Illinois State Fair in Springfield and […]

News Around Illinois – May 21, 2020

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Illinois On Track To Loosen Restrictions Later This Month CHICAGO — Gov. J.B. Pritzker says all parts of Illinois are on track to see coronavirus-related restrictions loosened and more businesses reopen before the end of the month. The Illinois Department of Health reported 2,388 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday, with the total cases surpassing 100,000 An […]

News Around Illinois – May 20, 2020

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State Lawmakers To Convene In Springfield On Wednesday SPRINGFIELD – Illinois state legislators will meet for session in Springfield Wednesday for the first time in more than two months. It’s all subject to change, of course, but a few key items are scheduled to come up according to House documents: the state budget, a measure […]