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Public health officials announce 2,587 new cases of coronavirus disease

April 20, 2021

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 2,587 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 9 additional deaths.

Affordable housing tax credit bill advances out of committee

By Tim Kirsininkas
| April 19, 2021

SPRINGFIELD – A bill that would offer state tax credits to owners and developers of affordable housing units passed out of committee last week at the Illinois Capitol.

First lady Jill Biden visits Sauk Valley Community College in Dixon to discuss federal relief and investments in higher education.

First lady Biden discusses higher education investments in Illinois visit

By Grace Barbic
| April 19, 2021

SPRINGFIELD—First lady Jill Biden and U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona visited Sauk Valley Community College in Dixon on Monday to discuss how the American Rescue Plan will support higher education in Illinois.

House bill would free up Medicaid spending for autism treatment

By Megan Valley and Raymon Troncoso
| April 19, 2021

SPRINGFIELD – Braxton Lear is 5 years old and tall for his age. He runs – not walks – from his scooter, to the swing set, to the trampoline in his great-aunt’s backyard in Caseyville, about 12 miles east of St. Louis. 

Public health officials announce 1,959 new cases of coronavirus disease

April 19, 2021

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 1,959 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 22 additional deaths.

Quarter of Illinois' population fully vaccinated

By Sarah Mansur
| April 16, 2021

SPRINGFIELD — Nearly one quarter of the state’s population is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to data released Friday by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

State unemployment falls to 7.1% in March

Peter Hancock
| April 16, 2021

SPRINGFIELD – The statewide unemployment rate in Illinois fell three-tenths of a percentage point in March, to 7.1 percent, as the daily count of new COVID-19 cases and the case positivity rate appeared to be leveling.

Bill would make injuring, killing a police dog while driving under the influence a felony

By Jerry Nowicki
| April 16, 2021

SPRINGFIELD – Lawmakers advanced a bill Thursday to make it a felony offense if a person kills or injures a police animal while driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Public health officials announce 3,866 new cases of coronavirus disease

April 16, 2021

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 3,866 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 21 additional deaths.

Public health officials announce 3,581 new cases of coronavirus disease

April 15, 2021

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 3,581 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 40 additional deaths.

An electric vehicle charging station is pictured outside of the Illinois State Capitol Complex in Springfield.

New report shows Illinois job, economic growth in electric transportation sector

By Grace Barbic
| April 15, 2021

SPRINGFIELD – A national clean energy trade organization has released a report showing growth in electric transportation-related jobs in Illinois could position the state to lead the domestic supply chain.

Illinois State Police Director Brendan Kelly joins a bipartisan group of lawmakers during a news conference outside the Statehouse to promote legislation that would modernize the state’s system for issuing Firearms Owners Identification cards and Concealed Carry Licenses.

Bills call for modernizing FOID, CCL systems

By Peter Hancock
| April 15, 2021

SPRINGFIELD – A bipartisan group of lawmakers are backing legislation that seeks to modernize the way the Illinois State Police processes and issues Firearm Owners Identification cards and Concealed Carry Licenses, a change that supporters say would speed up the process and improve public safety.

Rep. Anthony DeLuca, D-Chicago Heights, introduces House Bill 642 during a Wednesday House Executive Committee Hearing. The bill would implement a 10-year term limit on leadership positions in the General Assembly beginning after 2023.

Bill placing term limits on General Assembly leadership passes committee

By Tim Kirsininkas
| April 15, 2021

SPRINGFIELD – A bill which would implement term limits on leadership roles in the Illinois General Assembly advanced out of committee Wednesday.

Public health officials announce 3,536 new cases of coronavirus disease

April 14, 2021

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 3,536 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 31 additional deaths.

House committee votes to decriminalize HIV transmission

By Raymon Troncoso
| April 14, 2021

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois House Judiciary Criminal Committee advanced two bills Tuesday with unanimous support, one to decriminalize transmission of HIV and another to expand protections for survivors of sexual assault.

State officials urge residents to consider flood insurance

April 14, 2021

SPRINGFIELD — As Illinoisans welcome April showers and May flowers, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), Illinois Department of Insurance (IDOI), Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and local emergency management agencies throughout Illinois are reminding Illinoisans to invest in flood insurance to protect their homes and businesses from flooding emergencies. 

FOID, concealed carry permits extended again

By Peter Hancock
| April 13, 2021

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois State Police has given another 150-day extension to people whose Firearms Owners Identification cards or Concealed Carry Licenses have expired due to a backlog in processing renewal applications.

Public health officials announce 3,193 new cases of coronavirus disease

April 13, 2021

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 3,193 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 17 additional deaths.

State Rep. Mary Flowers speaks during the lame duck legislative session in January in Springfield.

Illinois expands Medicaid coverage for mothers

By Raymon Troncoso
| April 13, 2021

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois will now provide Medicaid benefits to eligible mothers for up to 12 months postpartum, a major extension from the previous 60-day limit.

State pausing use of Johnson & Johnson vaccine per federal recommendations

By Jerry Nowicki
| April 13, 2021

SPRINGFIELD – On advice of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Illinois will pause distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine developed by Johnson & Johnson.


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Law enforcement report: April 14 - April 20

April 20, 2021

The following is a list of arrests and vehicle accidents within Lawrence County for the dates of April 14 - April 20.

The second annual 5k/10k Valerie Stevens Memorial Scholarship run, held in honor of Valerie Stevens, was held on April 17 at Lanterman Park in Bridgeport. Despite the rain, a large number of participants turned out to support the event. All proceeds from the race will be used towards scholarships for Red Hill High School and Lawrenceville High School seniors.

Second annual 5k/10k Valerie Stevens Memorial Scholarship run held in Lanterman Park

April 20, 2021

 The second annual 5k/10k Valerie Stevens Memorial Scholarship run, held in honor of Valerie Stevens, was held on April 17 at Lanterman Park in Bridgeport.

ISAC names 2021-22 Illinois State Scholars

April 19, 2021

The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) has announced the 2021-22 Illinois State Scholars. These top performing students are selected annually based on their ACT or SAT exams and sixth semester class rank and are recognized for their exceptional academic achievement. Illinois State Scholars rank in approximately the top 10% of graduates from Illinois high schools.