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(Undated-jm) -- Cases of Coronavirus rose Tuesday around the area. McLean County is reporting 2 new cases bringing their total to 189. Vermilion County is reporting 1 new case bringing their total to 34. Kankakee County is reporting 10 new cases bringing their total to 967. Champaign County is reporting 37 new cases bringing their total to 449. Iroquois County is reporting 2 new cases bringing their total to 121. Ford and Livingston Counties both reported no new cases.

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- The Illinois Department of Public Health along with some area health departments are reporting cases in some communities. In Champaign County, 118 cases are in Rantoul, 4 are in Ludlow, 2 in Thomasboro, 12 in Mahomet, 4 in St. Joseph and 1 each in Gifford and Penfield. In Ford County 7 cases are in Paxton. In Iroquois County, 43 cases are in Clifton, Chebanse, Watseka and Onarga have 11 each, Ashkum has 9, Crescent City has 7, Beaverville and Danforth have 6 each.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- All four regions of the state are still on track to move into phase three of Governor J-B Pritzker’s Restore Illinois Plan. If the numbers hold, the Governor says more of Illinois will be able to open up at the end of the month…

 

 

Illinois Governor J-B Pritzker. Governor Pritzker says it’s because of everyone staying home, social distancing and wearing masks that this is possible and that the public needs to stay the course.


 

(Springfield-jm) -- Record unemployment insurance claims have thrown state unemployment insurance systems into financial distress. Three million American workers filed for unemployment insurance in the week ending May 9, according to the Department of Labor, bringing the total number of initial claims up to 36 million American workers over 8 weeks. Real-time unemployment estimates range from 12.5 percent to 42.9 percent across the states. There are nine state unemployment trust funds that have already applied to borrow money from the United States Treasury to backfill their unemployment funds, indicating that the funds are on the brink of insolvency. Illinois’ unemployment rate sits at 20.8 percent. 14 percent are on unemployment insurance.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- House Speaker Michael Madigan is hoping the House will adopt new rules for members, staff, and the public when session begins today. Madigan wants all members to follow CDC and Department of Public Health guidelines including wearing masks, submitting to temperature checks daily and adhere to social distancing. If any member doesn’t adhere to the rules they could face disciplinary action including removal from the chamber. 

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Illinois House Republicans are hoping to get rid of a rule penalizing businesses that violate the state’s stay at home order. The emergency rule lets authorities charge a business defying the order with a misdemeanor. Representative Keith Wheeler of Oswego says that’s an overreach that residents in his district are not happy about…

 

 

State Representative Keith Wheeler of Oswego. Wheeler is hoping to get the rule tossed out during a meeting of the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules this week.

 

 

(Rantoul-jm) -- Rantoul police have arrested two people following a string of break ins over the weekend. Police were called to the 600 block of Garver Place just before midnight Sunday night. They arrested 21 year old Matthew Lee of Rantoul and 25 year old Jacob Peters of Mahomet. Lee is charged with aggravated battery for allegedly attacking an arresting officer, burglary of a motor vehicle, criminal damage to property, intimidation and possession of drug equipment. Peters was charged with criminal trespass to a motor vehicle and unlawful use of weapons. Both were taken to the Champaign County jail.

 

 

(Champaign-jm) -- The state of Illinois opened a drive thru Coronavirus testing site in Champaign today. Julie Pryde, administrator at the Champaign Urbana Public Health Department talks about the site…

 

 

Champaign Urbana Public Health Administrator Julie Pryde.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- Paxton police are reminding drivers its illegal to make a j-turn on Market Street in downtown Paxton. Police have received multiple complaints of people almost getting hit, especially from restaurants providing curbside service. Paxton police say since there is a double yellow line, if caught you could be charged with improper lane usage. That charge comes with a $164 state fine as well as a $25 city fine.

 

 

(Washington-jm) -- At a special presentation at the White House President Trump announced details of a program to help farmers hurt by the COVID-19 pandemic. Gary Crawford reports…

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- As the number of new cases of Coronavirus rose Tuesday so did the number of active and recovered cases. In McLean County, 111 have recovered, 63 are in isolation and 9 are hospitalized. In Vermilion County, 17 have been released from isolation and 16 remain in isolation. In Ford County, 13 have been released from isolation and 4 are in isolation. In Kankakee County, 265 have recovered while 659 are active including 19 hospitalized. In Champaign County, 223 have recovered while 219 are active with 5 hospitalized. In Iroquois County, 61 have recovered, 50 are in isolation and 6 are hospitalized.

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- Kankakee County reported 3 additional deaths Tuesday bringing their total number to 43. No other counties in the area reported new deaths; however, McLean County has 6, Champaign County has 7, Iroquois County has 4 and Ford, Vermilion and Livingston Counties each have 1.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- The state is hitting an important milestone for COVID-19 testing. Testing has been on the rise, with more than 621 thousand samples run so far. Governor J-B Pritzker says that makes Illinois a leader…

 

 

Illinois Governor J-B Pritzker. The state is reporting more than 15 hundred new cases and 146 additional deaths.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- As lawmakers return to Springfield to handle matters on hold because of the COVID-19 pandemic, nuclear power provider Exelon is pressing for state assistance. Power provider Exelon is hoping lawmakers also pass legislation giving the company a new forum to sell subsidized power. 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Most Illinois hospitals scored well in a new report on patient safety. The grades were released by a nonprofit watchdog organization, The Leapfrog Group, which seeks to educate the public about the safety and quality of health care facilities. 43 percent of hospitals achieved an ‘A’ grade, that’s significantly better than the national average and puts Illinois in the top ten nationwide. Twenty-two other facilities were awarded a “B” grade, while 31 got a “C.” OSF Heart of Mary Medical Center in Urbana Riverside Medical Center Kankakee each awarded As. Carle Hospital in Urbana and OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington  each awarded Bs. OSF Sacred Heart Medical Center in Danville was awarded a C. Iroquois Memorial Watseka and Gibson Area Hospital not graded by the organization.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- The Illinois General Assembly returns to Springfield today for a short 3 day spring session. The shortened session will have a set agenda that includes the budget. 53rd District State Senator Jason Barickman of Bloomington fears the legislative leaders will not pass a balanced budget and instead give Governor J-B Pritzker a lump sum budget that would allow him to allocate money however he sees fit. Senator Barickman says he feels it's the job and responsibility of the general assembly and not the Governor…

 

 

Senator Barickman elaborates more…

 

 

53rd District State Senator Jason Barickman of Bloomington. 

 

 

(Rantoul-jm) -- Two people were taken to the hospital for precaution following a rollover accident in Rantoul Sunday evening. Rantoul police say the vehicle was traveling westbound on U-S 136 when they swerved to miss two vehicles that had stopped at the viaduct due to high water. The vehicle struck the curb and rolled on its side trapping the two occupants. They had to be extricated from the vehicle and were taken to the hospital as a precaution.

 

 

(Washington-jm) -- The pace of both corn and soybean planting is ahead of schedule. Stephanie Ho reports…

 

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- Paxton police have released their recent activity report. On May 18th, police arrested 26 year old Christopher Muffitt of Rantoul and 20 year old Skylar Baldwin of Loda for possession of a stolen vehicle after police conducted a traffic stop at Vermilion and Center for a vehicle reported stolen out of Champaign. On May 16th, police cited 26 year old Juan Jose of Champaign for driving with no valid drivers license and operating an uninsured motor vehicle. On May 11th, police responded to a hit and run at Accolade on Fulton.

 

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