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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

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.
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.
Lawrenceville man arrested on charge of domestic battery
Lawrenceville police arrested a Lawrenceville man on a charge of domestic battery on March 29.
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.
Monday, March 30, 2020
Pritzker keeps pressure on feds, asks all medical professionals to join COVID-19 fight
SPRINGFIELD - Gov. JB Pritzker announced new measures benefitting the homeless and people on supplemental nutrition programs Friday and continued to pressure the federal government for further, centralized action in response to COVID-19
Saturday, March 28, 2020
Gov. Pritzker Orders Illinois Prisons Closed to New Prisoners Due to COVID-19
SPRINGFIELD - As Illinois faces 2,538 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 26 deaths, Governor Pritzker on Friday issued an order to close Illinois prisons to new prisoners in response to the pandemic.
Capitol Recap: Residents ordered to stay home, with exceptions, amid outbreak
SPRINGFIELD - Gov. JB Pritzker on Friday, March 20, issued a "Stay at Home" order throughout Illinois, directing all residents to stay home except to conduct essential business, and all non-essential businesses to stop operations.
Creating community during the coronavirus crisis: VU students and faculty staying connected virtually
VINCENNES, Ind. - Humans are social creatures. Relationships and being surrounded by familiar faces are key to our well-being.
New money announced for COVID-19 fight as number of confirmed cases soar
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.
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.
Attorney General taking price gouging action, warns of COVID-19 scams
SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Attorney General's office has been working with a reduced and mostly remote staff the last 10 days, but it continues to warn against COVID-19-related price gouging, scams and utility shut-offs.
Gov. Pritzker partners with United Way of Illinois, Alliance of Illinois community foundations to launch Illinois COVID-19 response fund
Chicago - Governor JB Pritzker joined the United Way of Illinois and the Alliance of Illinois Community Foundations today to announce the launch of the Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund (ICRF), a new statewide fundraising effort to support nonprofit organizations serving those whose lives have been upended by this pandemic.
County firemen respond to Lawrenceville blaze
LAWRENCEVILLE - Six units from Lawrence County fire departments responded to a structure fire in Lawrenceville on the evening of March 25.

According to a press release form the Lawrence-Allison Fire Protection District, firemen were called at 8:25 p.m. to the home of Ron Gehlken, 1411 Fifth Street.

Friday, March 27, 2020
Sewing hope: Vincennes University community making and donating face masks
State officials warn of possible looming recession
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 fiscal years.
Pritzker delays Illinois' tax deadline to July 15
SPRINGFIELD - Gov. JB 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.
Senate, House cancel next week's session once again
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.
COVID-19 outbreak sparks flood of executive orders
SPRINGFIELD - Democratic Gov. JB Pritzker is on a pace to set a modern-day record for issuing the most executive orders by an Illinois governor.
Good Samaritan coronavirus response update
VINCENNES - Good Samaritan is continuing its fight against COVID-19. One of the latest efforts includes opening a Suspected Respiratory Illness Drive-Thru Triage Clinic at the Convenient Care Clinic building at 1813 Willow Street.
Gov. Pritzker announces income tax filing extension, more than $90 million in small business aid
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 in financial relief to small businesses across the state.
Sewing hope: Vincennes University community making and donating face masks
VINCENNES, Ind. - The whirring sound of sewing machines can be heard inside the homes of many Vincennes University employees. Fingers of all ages and experience levels rush to 'sew hope' by making homemade masks for community members. All in an effort to help curb the spread of COVID-19.
Thursday, March 26, 2020
Public Health Officials Announce 330 New Cases of Coronavirus Disease
SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today 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.
City of Lawrenceville targets five properties to be cleaned up
LAWRENCEVILLE - The city of Lawrenceville has a list of 21 properties it would like to see condemned. That includes a group of five that the city will focus on this year.
Keeping jail safe is sheriff's goal
LAWRENCEVILLE - Law enforcement throughout Lawrence County is as busy as ever, but fewer arrests are being made.
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Hospital preparing for the worst
LAWRENCEVILLE - Although there had been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Lawrence County as of Monday afternoon, Lawrence County Memorial Hospital is taking necessary precautions.
Wednesday, March 25, 2020


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