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LPD arrests one on aggravated battery charge
LAWRENCEVILLE - A Lawrenceville man was jailed on a charge of aggravated assault on April 3, according to a Lawrence County Jail report.
Saturday, April 4, 2020

Illinois 'scouring the globe' for protective equipment, Pritzker says
SPRINGFIELD - Gov. JB Pritzker said Monday that state officials are "scouring the globe" for personal protective equipment, or PPE, as it prepares for the COVID-19 outbreak to peak in Illinois over the next two weeks.
Libertarian, Green parties sue over Illinois election rules
SPRINGFIELD - Social distancing and stay-at-home orders, instituted to combat the novel coronavirus pandemic, are in direct conflict with Illinois' ballot eligibility requirements, the Libertarian and Green parties of Illinois allege in a lawsuit filed Thursday.
Two in Lawrence County test positive for COVID-19
LAWRENCEVILLE - The Lawrence County Health Department on Monday confirmed the first two coronavirus cases within the county borders.
Illinois borrows to infuse hospitals with cash in March
SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois comptroller's office borrowed $105 million from various funds in March, in large part so it could make bigger-than-normal payments to hospitals as they brace for the peak of the COVID-19 outbreak later this month.
Garage transformed into unbelievable VU classroom
VINCENNES, Ind. - A love for teaching, a dash of creativity and a garage, this is the recipe for an amazing virtual classroom.
Pritzker: 'I've given up' on adequate federal COVID-19 response
SPRINGFIELD - Gov. JB Pritzker said Sunday he is "given up" on an adequate coronavirus response from the federal government and announced an expansion of emergency child care during his daily COVID-19 briefing Sunday in Chicago.
State lawmakers adapt to new reality during COVID-19 pandemic
SPRINGFIELD - State Rep. Martin Moylan and his staff thought they were ahead of COVID-19.
COVID-19 cases top 10,000 in Illinois after highest single'day surge
SPRINGFIELD - The number of novel coronavirus cases confirmed in Illinois surpassed 10,000 Saturday as the state reported 1,453 new cases and 33 more deaths.
Gov. Pritzker, Mayor Lightfoot and public health officials announce the first completed phase of McCormick Place Alternate Care Facility
Chicago - Governor JB Pritzker today joined Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, the US Army Corps of Engineers, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Illinois National Guard, and the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority (MPA) to announce the completion of the first phase of work to transform the McCormick Place Campus into a new Alternate Care Facility (ACF) for COVID-19 patients.
Pritzker asks residents to be 'All In' in helping state's coronavirus fight
SPRINGFIELD - Gov. JB Pritzker on Thursday announced a public service initiative to mobilize the state's "strongest weapon" against the spread of novel coronavirus - Illinoisans.
When will the impact of coronavirus hit state budgets like Illinois'?
State officials nationwide fear that a substantial decline in tax collections as a result of the coronavirus pandemic will throw their budgets into turmoil. But they will have to wait for the first hard data on how big the decline might be.
Unemployment continues to soar amid COVID-19 outbreak
SPRINGFIELD - First-time unemployment claims skyrocketed again in Illinois and throughout the nation in the last week of March as businesses closed their doors or scaled back operations in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Unit 20 to implement Remote Learning Plan
LAWRENCEVILLE - The Community Unit School District No. 20 Board of Education met on Wednesday after the regularly scheduled monthly meeting set for March 18 was postponed.
PSA videos from Illinois celebrities remind everyone we are "All in This Together"
Chicago - Governor JB Pritzker launched a new statewide effort today called 'All in Illinois' to reinforce the state's core message, backed by scientists and public health experts: stay at home and stay safe. As Illinoisans continue to practice social distancing to stay healthy, 'All in Illinois' is a way to unite residents across the state and remind them we are all in this together.
Illinois legislators should continue to make us proud by ending partisan gerrymandering
As a lifelong Illinoisan, I have never felt prouder or safer to be a resident of this state. Gov. JB Pritzker and his administration are setting a precedent for pandemic response in a time of fear and uncertainty.

Adult-use marijuana sales remain high at $35.9 million in March
SPRINGFIELD - More than $109 million of marijuana products were purchased in Illinois in the first three months of legalization, and the third month of sales was on par with the first two despite a stay-at-home order being in place for 11 days in March.
Pritzker administration announces third month sales totals for adult use cannabis
CHICAGO - The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation has announced preliminary numbers show statewide adult-use cannabis sales in March totaled $35,902,543.22.
Coronavirus puts courts on hold
LAWRENCEVILLE - Those who commit crimes in Lawrence County will still pay for it, but justice will likely be delayed.
Local hospital prepares itself for influx of patients
LAWRENCEVILLE - Lawrence County Memorial Hospital is ready to handle an influx of coronavirus patients, while continuing to prepare for the worst-case scenario.
Hospital collecting homemade masks
LAWRENCEVILLE - Lawrence Countians who want to pitch in to fight the coronavirus pandemic can do so by making facemasks, which are being collected at Lawrence County Memorial Hospital.
Pritzker, Lightfoot announce new fund to support artists during COVID-19 shutdown
SPRINGFIELD - Gov. JB Pritzker and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced Wednesday the formation of a new relief fund to support artists and performers who have been temporarily put out of work by the COVID-19 pandemic.
State reports 42 more deaths from COVID-19, 986 new cases
SPRINGFIELD - State officials announced 42 more deaths from novel coronavirus disease, or COVID-19, Wednesday, along with 986 new cases.
Thursday, April 2, 2020
Summer and fall registration underway at OCC, campus closed
OLNEY - Summer and fall registration is underway at Olney Central College. In response to Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker's extension of the Stay at Home order, all OCC buildings will be closed to the public until Thursday, April 30.
City of Lawrenceville is '100 percent operational'
LAWRENCEVILLE - Lawrenceville City Hall is locked down as the coronavirus runs its course, but city business is otherwise running as usual.
Pritzker to extend stay-at-home order, school closures
SPRINGFIELD - K-12 schools will remain closed and a stay-at-home order for Illinoisans will remain in place through April 30, as Gov. JB Pritzker announced during his daily COVID-19 briefing Tuesday that he plans on extending those orders on Wednesday.
Farmers cautious about corn, soybean season despite projected rise in plantings
SPRINGFIELD - Despite projected increases in corn and soybean plantings this year after a disastrous 2019 planting season, farmers are gripped by uncertainty surrounding spring weather and the economic downturn from the COVID-19 pandemic.
No cases here, but coronavirus is closing in
LAWRENCEVILLE - As of Tuesday morning there were still no confirmed coronavirus cases in Lawrence County, but it has been found right next door.
Meals for seniors will continue to go out
LAWRENCEVILLE - The cooks are still busy at the Lawrence County Senior Citizens Center, and the delivery drivers are, too.
COVID-19 impacts: Employment security department utilizes new alphabetized benefit schedule
SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois department tasked with overseeing unemployment benefits is employing an alphabetized schedule to handle "an unprecedented volume" of claims.
Salvation Army of Indiana receives $5 million from Lilly Endowment Inc. for coronavirus response
INDIANAPOLIS - The Salvation Army's Indiana Division has received a $5 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. to support The Salvation Army's immediate COVID-19 response and to sustain long-term service to the Indiana community.
Farmers cautious about corn, soybean season despite projected rise in plantings
SPRINGFIELD - Despite projected increases in corn and soybean plantings this year after a disastrous 2019 planting season, farmers are gripped by uncertainty surrounding spring weather and the economic downturn from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Wednesday, April 1, 2020
So your school is practicing remote learning. What does it mean?
SPRINGFIELD - Public K-12 schools statewide were instructed to begin remote learning days Tuesday until in-person instruction can resume, and standardized testing in the state is canceled for the year as well.
Pritzker to extend stay-home order, school closures through April 30
Ministerial Association cancels Community Good Friday service
LAWRENCEVILLE - The Lawrenceville Area Ministerial Association has made the decision to cancel the Community Good Friday service which was set for Friday, April 10.
Gov. Pritzker announces extension of stay at home order, suspension of on-site learning in schools through April
Chicago - Building on the state's efforts to flatten the curve of new COVID-19 cases in Illinois and following careful consultation with experts in Illinois and across the nation, Governor JB Pritzker announced that he will sign a 30-day extension of the state's disaster proclamation on April 1.
Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Bridgeport City Council to hold teleconference meeting on April 14
BRIDGEPORT - The Bridgeport City Council will hold its regularly scheduled monthly meeting on Tuesday, April 14, however, instead of meeting in person at Bridgeport City Hall, the council will hold its meeting by teleconference.
Pietrzak appointed Senior Director of Institutional Effectiveness and Research at Vincennes University
VINCENNES, Ind. - Vincennes University President Chuck Johnson has announced the appointment of Dr. Dale Pietrzak as Senior Director of Institutional Effectiveness and Research.
Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Summer and fall registration underway at OCC
OLNEY - Summer and fall registration is underway at Olney Central College.
Stateville inmate among eight more dead as state reports 461 new COVID-19 cases
SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 461 new cases of COVID-19 and eight new deaths in the state Monday as an outbreak worsened at Stateville Correctional Center in Crest Hill.
Pritzker says feds sent wrong health equipment in latest PPE order
SPRINGFIELD - As state leaders try to gather as much personal protective equipment (PPE) as possible to distribute to health care workers treating COVID-19 patients, Gov. JB Pritzker says the federal government sent Illinois 300,000 of the wrong type of mask.
CAPITOL RECAP: State, national unemployment spikes amid COVID-19 outbreak
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.
Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Pritzker says feds sent wrong health equipment in latest PPE order
SPRINGFIELD - As state leaders try to gather as much personal protective equipment (PPE) as possible to distribute to health care workers treating COVID-19 patients, Gov. JB Pritzker says the federal government sent Illinois 300,000 of the wrong type of mask.
Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Illinois reports surge in new COVID-19 cases, deaths
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.
Gov. Pritzker announces efforts to expand and expedite Medicaid coverage for uninsured and insured Illinois residents
Chicago - As the state continues to build on its robust response to the COVID-19 pandemic and prepare for increased demand across the state's health care system, Governor JB Pritzker announced the "Care Comes First" action plan, a series of efforts led by the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services to expand medical coverage for residents across the state.
County fairs hurt financially by COVID-19 shutdowns
SPRINGFIELD - The social distancing guidelines that led Illinois county fairs to cancel off-season events on their grounds through the end of April is one part of a financial impact double-whammy, a trade official said.
Gov. Pritzker announces 11 appointments to state boards
Building on a strong team of diverse experts in their fields, Governor JB Pritzker announced the following appointments in his administration:
Gov. Pritzker announces measures to continue supporting working families, people experiencing homelessness and child care providers
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 to essential workers during this crisis.
IDHS expanding services by phone and online; 14 offices will remain open
SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) is announcing that 14 Family Community Resource Centers (FCRC) will remain open with reduced staff to balance the need to provide essential services while meeting Center for Disease Control (CDC) social distancing guidelines during the coronavirus situation. FCRCs are the public facing benefits offices that bring nutrition and medical supports to individuals and families across the state.
One good thing: Spreading birthday card love in the time of coronavirus
NEW YORK (AP) - Mona Helgeland was sad for her children. Their birthdays were coming up but they were self-quarantined because of the coronavirus and going to miss celebrating with friends and family.


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