SPRINGFIELD — Illinois officials on Sunday announced the largest one-day jump in confirmed novel coronavirus cases and deaths in the state yet. But public and private labs’ per-day testing ability is also higher than it has ever been.
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is extending the voluntary national shutdown for a month as sickness and death from the coronavirus pandemic rise in the U.S.
NEW YORK — The coronavirus outbreak could kill 100,000 to 200,000 Americans, the U.S. government’s top infectious-disease expert warned on Sunday as smoldering hot spots in nursing homes and a growing list of stricken cities heightened the sense of dread across the country.
CHICAGO — Illinois has set new guidelines for schools during the COVID-19 pandemic, as it seems more likely remote learning and other changes will continue further into the academic year.
EFFINGHAM — Sun broke through the clouds Sunday morning as vehicles started to arrive for the barbecue giveaway for Effingham-area children and immediate family members of deployed military.
SANTA FE, N.M. — As the coronavirus rages across the United States, mainly in large urban areas, more than a third of U.S. counties have yet to report a single positive test result for COVID-19 infections, an analysis by The Associated Press shows.
BELMAR, N.J. — This is a story about bosses and their workers, in the dark days of COVID-19. It’s also a story about how one good turn deserves another and yet another.
The Illinois Department of Public Health announced Saturday it has confirmed 13 new deaths from the novel coronavirus disease, COVID-19, including an infant in Cook County who had tested positive.
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) on Saturday reported the death of an infant younger than one year in Chicago who tested positive for coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
A Vandalia business started giving back to the community this week, converting its still from making whiskey to hand sanitizer for local law enforcement agencies, Fayette County Hospital, a local ambulance service and health professionals.
We have been kind of quarantined for over three years now. Ever since Annaka strolled out of Pittsburgh with her brand new liver back in April of 2017, our family has had to take precautions to keep her exposure to germs seriously limited. At first that meant just about what it means now – s…
SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker continued to pressure the federal government on Friday for further, centralized action in response to COVID-19.
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump signed an unprecedented $2.2 trillion economic rescue package into law Friday, after swift and near-unanimous action by Congress to support businesses, rush resources to overburdened health care providers and help struggling families during the deepening c…
University of Chicago economics professor Dan Black talks about the economic impact that the COVID-19 pandemic could have after more than 114,000 Illinoisans filed first-time unemployment claims.
EFFINGHAM — In a time when basic necessities like toilet paper and canned goods are flying off shelves because of COVID-19, grocery store employees have become even more vital. They’re keepin those shelves stocked and serving people who come through the checkout lanes.
Chicago – Building on measures to address challenges facing Illinois working families during the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Pritzker announced increases in SNAP benefits, funding to support people experiencing homelessness, and a stipend to child care providers who have provided child care …
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) on Friday announced 488 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including eight deaths. Approximately 86% of fatalities are among patients 60 years of age and older.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Acting swiftly in an extraordinary time, the House rushed President Donald Trump a $2.2 trillion rescue package Friday, tossing a life preserver to a U.S. economy and health care system left flailing by the coronavirus pandemic.
STOCKPILING EASE: Walmart, the nation’s largest retailer, says that it’s seeing that the frenzied stockpiling of staples like canned food has eased this week.
SPRINGFIELD – New federal and charitable funding will soon be available to Illinoisans affected by the COVID-19 pandemic as the state on Thursday saw its largest one-day spike of new cases and deaths during the pandemic.
SPRINGFIELD — Hundreds of health care facilities in Illinois that largely serve low-income and minority communities are facing financial chaos because they’ve canceled most routine doctor visits in an attempt to stymie the coronavirus pandemic, according to an industry organization’s report.
SPRINGFIELD — More than 114,000 workers in Illinois filed first-time unemployment claims in the week ending March 21 as the United States saw its biggest one-week spike in recorded history. 3.2 million workers filing for benefits.
WASHINGTON — Congress is poised to approve an unprecedented $2.2 trillion economic rescue package that will provide one-time checks for most Americans and significant enhancements to unemployment benefits. Both will provide much-needed help to those recently laid-off and to financially stres…
FLORA — Some Flora locals have been spending their free time during the COVID-19 pandemic to give back to their community and beyond.
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) on Thursday announced 673 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including seven deaths; a man in his 50s, two men and two women in their 60s, a man in his 70s, and a woman in her 90s. Approximately 87% of fatali…
LOUISVILLE — Nestled along the banks of the Little Wabash River in Clay County sits tiny Louisville. Its population of just more than 1,100 seems light-years removed from the increasing alarms sounding in the great metropolises of Chicago, New York and New Orleans.
WASHINGTON — Nearly 3.3 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week — almost five times the previous record set in 1982 — amid a widespread economic shutdown caused by the coronavirus.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 3.3 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week — more than quadruple the previous record set in 1982 — amid a widespread economic shutdown caused by the coronavirus.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate passed an unparalleled $2.2 trillion economic rescue package steering aid to businesses, workers and health care systems engulfed by the coronavirus pandemic.
CHICAGO — Hours before his first shift cooking for people with mild cases of COVID-19 who are being quarantined in a downtown Chicago hotel, Jose Gonzalez made a plan to protect his family from the coronavirus.
WASHINGTON — Senate leaders raced to unravel last-minute snags Wednesday and win passage of an unparalleled $2 trillion economic rescue package steering aid to businesses, workers and health care systems engulfed by the coronavirus pandemic.
SPRINGFIELD – A commission that advises the General Assembly on revenue and economic issues is warning that a slowdown of business activity caused by the COVID-19 outbreak is likely to bring about a recession that could cause a 20 percent drop in state revenues, spread out over a number of f…
Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced a number of financial initiatives Wednesday to assist owners of bars, restaurants, hotels and other small businesses during the economic slowdown caused by the novel coronavirus pandemic.
SPRINGFIELD – Lawmaking remains on hold in Illinois amid the COVID-19 pandemic as the state’s Senate and House each canceled next week’s scheduled session Wednesday.
An Altamont pharmacist on Friday filled a prescription for a local doctor for 90 days worth of two drugs that are flying off the shelves nationwide since President Donald Trump touted their potential on Twitter as possible treatments for COVID-19.
NEW YORK — Just days after New York leaders ordered people to stay home, authorities mobilized to head off a potential public health disaster Wednesday, with the city’s emergence as the nation’s biggest coronavirus hot spot a warning flare — and perhaps a cautionary tale — for the rest of th…
The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed as it continues to spread across the world. Here is a look at some of the latest developments Wednesday related to the global economy, particular economic sectors, and the workplace:
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate leaders raced to unravel last-minute snags Wednesday and win passage of an unparalleled $2 trillion economic rescue package steering aid to businesses, workers and health care systems engulfed by the coronavirus pandemic.
To avoid costly plumbing repairs and wider problems affecting public sanitary sewer systems and the environment, the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) on Wednesday reminded residents to toss away trash, not flush it down the toilet. Blocked drains and sewers can lead to severe consequences …
Chicago — Building on measures designed to address the unprecedented economic challenges facing Illinois families during the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor JB Pritzker announced a three-month extension of the income tax filing deadline and several new programs to provide more than $90 million i…
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Wednesday announced 330 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including three deaths; a Kane County man in his 90s, a Cook County man in his 60s, and a Will County woman in her 50s.
A nationwide shortage of two drugs touted as possible treatments for the coronavirus is being driven in part by doctors inappropriately prescribing the medicines for family, friends and themselves, according to pharmacists and state regulators.
This Week's Circulars
Madonna Mae Rogers, age 89, peacefully passed away to her Heavenly Home on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 while at Heartland Senior Living in Neoga. A Private Family Graveside Service will be held at the Ashmore Cemetery in Ashmore, Illinois with Richard Vail officiating. Memorials in her honor may…
- Lickin' My Chicken & Pullin' My Pork BBQ to give out free sandwiches to children Sunday
- Louisville: Pandemic draws tiny town together
- 2 Effingham day cares get emergency licenses
- Sorrow comes to Mason in 1924
- Pedestrian struck by vehicle
- 03-28-20 update: First death of infant to COVID-19 in Illinois; Fayette County case confirmed
- Lewis reassigned from EJHS principal position
- Local shortage of drugs touted for COVID-19; Altamont pharmacist: 'It's totally unavailable'
- Pritzker expands SNAP benefits; anounces other steps to support families, homeless, child care providers
- 03-25-2020 Police Blotter