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(Springfield-jm) -- Illinois now has more than one thousand cases of Coronavirus, including nine deaths. The totals rise by the hundred every day, and range in age from infant to 99. State Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike says they are still learning about the virus…

 

 

Illinois Public Health Director Dr Ngozi Ezike. So far, more than 83 hundred people have been tested for COVID-19 and Ezike says they are hoping to expand testing availability over the next few weeks. Three of the confirmed cases are from McLean County and another case was from Livingston County. Two of the confirmed cases from Saturday were University of Illinois employees.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Governor J-B Pritkzer is issuing a stay at home order for Illinois. Governor Pritkzer says he didn’t come to the decision lightly, but that it’s necessary to save lives. He explains what a stay at home order means…

 

 

Illinois Governor J-B Pritkzer. Pritzker says if you aren’t working from home yet, you should if you can. Many Illinoisans will still report to work in jobs deemed essential. For now, the stay at home order lasts until April 7th.

 

 

SPRINGFIELD – Meat has been among the most in-demand items at supermarkets as people stock up on essentials amid the COVID-19 pandemic. That has people up and down Illinois’ livestock supply chain – especially producers of beef and pork – trying to keep up. Industry leaders say the Illinois factories processing beef and pork are running at normal capacity with multiple shifts a day to keep shelves and meat cases stocked.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Governor J-B Pritzker wants retired health care workers to join the fight against COVID-19. The Governor says we’re in the middle of a battle and need reinforcements…

 

 

Illinois Governor J-B Pritzker. Governor Pritzker says they are waiving fees and expediting licensing for those interested. The license reinstatement form will be available online at: coronavirus dot illinois dot gov starting today.

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White is extending the closure of drivers services facilities through April 7th. Expiration dates for drivers licenses, ID cards, vehicle registrations and other transactions and document filing will be ex tended. 

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- As the Coronavirus spreads across the state, the Illinois Department of Public Health says medical supplies are being used up rapidly. State Public Health Director Dr Ngozi Ezike says the outbreak has led to a shortage of personal protective equipment, or P-P-E like gloves and masks for doctors, nurses and more…

 

 

Illinois Public Health Director Dr Ngozi Ezike. Ezike says they are encouraging surgery centers, veterinarians and others to donate these supplies if they are not immediately needed.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Governor J-B Pritzker says his office is looking into extending the tax filing deadline in Illinois. State taxes are due April 15th but given the current situation with the Coronavirus, that could be pushed to a later date. Governor Pritkzer says they do have some concerns to work out…

 

 

Illinois Governor J-B Pritzker. The IRS has extended the deadline to July 15th for federal taxes.

 

 

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that a defunct Champaign bus company won’t have to pay a $20,000 fine to the Illinois attorney general because of a technicality. The fine would have been in addition to the $100,000 that Suburban Express owner Dennis Toeppen paid as part of a court-enforced agreement the two sides reached in April 2019 after then-Attorney General Lisa Madigan sued it, alleging discrimination and harassment. Eight days after the consent decree was reached last year, the attorney general’s office alleged that Toeppen immediately violated the agreement by re-uploading a webpage that attacked a customer who made negative comments online about Suburban Express. But U.S. District Court Judge Andrea R. Wood wrote in a ruling last week that Toeppen won’t have to pay the $20,000 additional fine because the attorney general’s office should have given him 30 days to remove those webpages, as the language in the agreement allows for.

 

(Paxton-cf)-- The Paxton City Council held an emergency meeting on Wednesday night to due to the COVID-19 outbreak to discuss giving the Mayor, and the controller city council special powers, meaning  that they will be able to pay the city’s bills without holding a regular meeting says Mayor Bill Ingold...

 

 

Paxton Mayor Bill Ingold

 

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Human Services is closing many of its offices around the state and will reduce staff at other offices at least through early April due to the outbreak of COVID-19. All offices of the Division of Rehabilitation Services, which serves people with disabilities, are closed until early April. Family and Community Resource Centers, where people go to apply for services such as child care assistance, emergency food, cash assistance and a wide range of other services, will remain open but will operate with significantly reduced staff of 30 to 50 percent.

 

 

 

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