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IDPH Director Notes the Importance of Handwashing

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health announced 2,268 additional cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours. This brings the state total to 102,686 confirmed cases. Additionally, there have been 87 additional deaths in the past 24 hours. Dr. Ezike reminded residents of the ...Read more

Hennepin cancels 4th celebration

HENNEPIN- The Village of Hennepin Fourth of July Committee and local Health officials voted to cancel the event and the fireworks display for 2020.  In a press release they said because of the large crowds that they felt it would not be safe to have the event during the pandemic.  There were ...Read more

State Parks slated to re-open despite flooding

UTICA – State Parks throughout the area will open on May 29th according to the revised rules announced by Governor J.B. Pritzker Wednesday, but not all of Starved Rock will likely be accessible. The flooding along the Illinois River plus the potential for additional rains means the lower ...Read more

Governor Withdraws Misdemeanor Rule for Business

SPRINGFIELD – A local state senator says Illinois businesses won a “small victory” when Governor J.B. Pritzker withdrew an emergency rule that would have allowed small businesses to be charged with misdemeanors if they reopened prematurely.  In Springfield Wednesday, lawmakers ...Read more