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Prison inmate dies of COVID-19

   MORRIS -The Grundy County Coroner John Callahan in a release Sunday morning has said that an inmate from the Stateville Correctional Institute has died due to COVID-19.   They say 66-year-old Ronald Rice was a patient at Morris Hospital.  Rice was serving an 80 year sentence for the murder ...Read more

7th LaSalle County COVID-19 case announced

OTTAWA – The 7th COVID-19 case in LaSalle County was announced Saturday.  The man in his 40’s is in isolation at an area hospital.   Federal privacy laws prevent the release of any other details about his condition.  The LaSalle County Health Department stresses that they do not know ...Read more

Utica Fire Protection District issues burn ban

UTICA – The Utica Fire Chief has issued a burning ban for the Utica Community Fire Protection District territory, effective until further notice. Burning includes but is not limited to burning of landscape waste, agricultural waste, household trash and garbage, burning barrels and open fire ...Read more

OSF St. Paul Medical Center prepped for surge

MENDOTA – OSF St. Paul Medical Center officials say the hospital is prepared in the event of a surge of COVID-19 in the community. Chief Medical Officer Dr. Leonardo Lopez says the hospital has adequate personal protective equipment, space, beds, and ventilators available. In the event ...Read more

Third confirmed COVID-19 case in Bureau County

PRINCETON – A third resident of Bureau County has tested positive for coronavirus disease. The individual was screened and tested by an area hospital.   The individual is a 77-year-old male who is currently being hospitalized. Public health officials say they are in the beginning stages ...Read more