(Springfield-jm) -- The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 250 more cases of Coronavirus and four additional deaths. The new COVID-19 cases bring the total to more than 15 hundred in 32 Illinois counties. State Public Health Director Dr Ngozi Ezike says 16 people have now died from their infection…


Illinois Public Health Director Dr Ngozi Ezike. Ezike says 16 percent of patients in Illinois have had to be hospitalized and four percent have been in the I-C-U. Out of the 16 deaths so far, nearly all were older than 60. Champaign County Public Health officials have confirmed another confirmed case bringing their total to four.



(Springfield-jm) -- Governor J-B Pritzker says the state is increasing testing for the Coronavirus and is working to make sure there are enough hospital beds for patients. About two thousand tests are being run each day in Illinois. Governor Pritzker says they are working to quickly boost that to more than 43 hundred per day by using drive thru testing, mobile labs and more…



Illinois Governor J-B Pritkzer. The Governor says hospitals across the state are meeting the current need but officials are adding more space with triage tents and are considering reopening old hospitals.


(Springfield-jm) -- When will this end? Governor J-B Pritzker says there just isn’t enough data yet to tell. The state’s stay at home order lasts until April 7th, but Governor Pritzker says that could change based on the number of cases of Coronavirus…



Illinois Governor J-B Pritzker. The Governor says since COVID-19 testing has been limited, it will be important to keep an eye on the number of hospitalizations as well.



(Watseka-jm) -- The Watseka Park District along with the Iroquois County Public Health Department will hold a special training. The free community NARCAN training will take place on Saturday, March 25th from 8-3. More information is available by calling the Iroquois County Public Health Department.



(Springfield-dg)-It’s National Ag Week and WPXN would like to salute the American Farmer. The state of Illinois, boasts 72,200 farms that average 358 acres each. These farms work to produce some of Illinois’ top agricultural products, such as corn, soybeans, pork, wheat and cattle. The state’s fertile soil gives farmers room to grow a variety of other crops too, including oats, sorghum, fruits and vegetables, and specialty crops like buckwheat, ginseng, popcorn and mushrooms. Approximately 1,500 different types of soil can be found in the state, making it so fruitful that almost 90 percent of Illinois agricultural land can be used to raise crops.



(Paxton-cf)-- One of the first signs of Spring for most people is a robin sighting, others might see road work ahead signs. Paxton Mayor Bill Ingold tells us that the city has looked at repairing a few streets in Paxton with the Motor Fuel Tax fund… 



Paxton Mayor Bill Ingold. There will also be other roads repaired in the city of Paxton with the general fund. Those Roads will be named at a later date. 



(Champaign County-jm) -- The runner up for the Champaign County judgeship says she wants a recount. Ruth Wyman finished second to Ramona Sullivan. Wyman says when she checked the website Tuesday night, it showed all 118 precincts were counted and Sullivan was ahead by 148 votes. By the next day, Sullivan was ahead by 157 votes. The Champaign County Clerks office says mail in ballots still need to be counted.



(Ludlow-jm) --Ludlow will likely get an interest rate boost for their new water sewer project. The USDA informed the village the rate for the 2nd quarter, which runs April through June, will go from 2.75 percent to 1.375 percent. The village is qualified for a $2.8 million grant to replace the water plant and water mains in the village. The village is responsible for paying back $1.12 million.



(Undated-jm) -- Those who need legal assistance in the state have several options during the COVID-19 outbreak. Illinois legal aid organizations are available to help families, seniors and veterans impacted by the outbreak. Those who need assistance can call Land of Lincoln Legal Services at 1-877-342-7891 or Prairie State Legal Services at 1-800-531-7057. For veterans, they can contact the Illinois Armed Forces Legal Aid Network at 1-855-452-3526.




(Champaign-jm) -- MarketPlace Mall in Champaign is still open despite several store closures and reduced hours due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The mall reduced their hours of operations from noon to 7 pm Monday through Saturday and 11 to 6 on Sunday. Macy’s, JcPenney, The Gap, Old Navy, Dick’s Sporting Goods and Field and Stream have announced temporary closures because of the outbreak.



(Paxton-jm) -- The Paxton Park District is buying a new truck. In a 3 to 1 vote, the park district will purchase the truck from Bob Ridings in Taylorville for $24,933. The new truck will replace a 1999 truck.



(Paxton-cf)-- Hardware stores have been named as an essential business in the stay at home order called by Governor JB Pritzker last week. Paxton Hardware and Rental has been very busy, Store owner  Scott Allen says the store is ready to provide a wide variety of goods and services... 



Paxton Hardware and Rental Owner Scott Allen. 


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