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Governor J-B Pritzker is issuing another warning in light of rising COVID-19 numbers in Illinois

(Springfield-jm) -- Representative Darren Bailey is continuing his fight with Governor JB Pritzker and his COVID-19 Executive Orders. Bailey says he now wants Governor Pritzker held in civil contempt because he "continually ignored a valid court ruling that his COVID-19 Executive Orders after April 8, 2020 are null and void." Specifically, Bailey says Pritzker violated the court ruling by imposing three new Executive Orders. That's why Bailey filed a petition for Pritzker to be held in contempt and have the last three executive orders rescinded or have him held in the Clay County Jail.



(Springfield-jm) -- The Illinois State Police continue to chip away at the state's DNA forensic backlog. A cooperative effort helped cut the fiscal year 2020 biology/DNA forensic backlog by 30% from fiscal year 2019. Submissions for biology/DNA analysis were also up by 9% over the last fiscal year. The Biology Section completed 47% more assignments in FY2020 than in FY2019.



(Springfield-jm) -- Governor J-B Pritzker is issuing another warning in light of rising COVID-19 numbers in Illinois. The good news is that the state is averaging about 41 thousand tests a day. But the Governor says the bad news is that the virus rages on. He urges local officials to keep an eye on their numbers and take appropriate action…



Illinois Governor J-B Pritzker. Governor Pritzker says just four of the state’s 11 “Restore Illinois” regions have a test positivity rate below five percent. Region 6 which includes Ford, Iroquois, Champaign and Vermilion Counties are at 3 percent. Region 7 which includes Kankakee County is at 6.3 percent. Region 2 which includes McLean and Livingston Counties are at 5.3 percent.



(Undated-jm) -- Locally, McLean County reported 13 new cases yesterday bringing their total number to 583. Livingston County reported 1 new case bringing their total to 101. Vermilion County reported 9 new cases bringing their total to 212. Iroquois County reported 4 new cases bringing their total to 265. Ford County reported 8 new cases bringing their total to 62. Kankakee County reported 14 new cases bringing their total to 1,783. Champaign County reported 35 new cases bringing their total to 1,558.



(Undated-jm) -- The Ford County Public Health Department reported 8 of the 13 new cases this week have been in Long Term Care Facilities. According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, 4 of the counties 62 cases have been at the Gibson Hospital Annex while 9 have been at the Accolade facilities in Paxton. Looking at other area long term care facilities...Country Health and Rehab in Gifford had 6 of Champaign Counties cases while the Villas of Hollybrook in Rantoul contributed 3. In Iroquois County, Gilman Healthcare has 61 of the counties cases and 2 deaths while Prairieview Lutheran Home in Danforth has 3.



(Springfield-jm) -- The state has found more than 120 thousand cases of the unemployment benefit fraud that is plaguing the nation. The scheme is likely tied to a prior data breach, where your personal information was stolen says Governor J-B Pritzker…



Illinois Governor J-B Pritzker. If this happens to you, the Governor says you should not activate the card, but do report it to the Illinois Department of Employment Security online at: ides dot illinois dot gov.



(Roberts-jm) -- The village of Roberts will be feeling the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic and village leaders say residents may feel it too. The village says they have been told to anticipate adjusting their budget by as much as 30 percent. Village leaders say that may result in an increase in taxes to a reduction in services.



(Washington-jm) --  USDA's new monthly food price forecast for 2020 reflects a moderating level of price inflation for the rest of this year. Gary Crawford reports…




(Springfield-jm) -- The Illinois Department of Public Health said the state turned over the vacant Vibra Hospital in Springfield in mid-June and the courts are going to decide how much is owed. The state leased the hospital at the height of the pandemic for overflow capacity, but it was never used. In Chicago, the alternative healthcare facility at the McCormick Place convention center is set to be completely dismantled later this month. 


(Springfield-jm) -- The Illinois Housing Development Authority will receive $7 million in federal funding. This funding will support the creation of 81 rental units for low-income Illinois residents with disabilities. The money comes from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Section 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities program.



(Washington-jm) -- U-S Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth are calling on the Trump Administration to deliver the remaining economic impact payments to Illinoisans. According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, as many as 392,000 adults and children in Illinois will not receive their EIP automatically, amounting to $401 million in unclaimed aid. The letter was sent Wednesday to Treasury Secretary Steve Munchin and Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Charles Rettig and called for the delivery of payments as soon as possible.



(Springfield-jm) -- Contact tracing efforts are providing a little insight into how the public is reacting to the Coronavirus. By talking to those who test positive and others who may have been exposed, State Public Health Director Dr Ngozi Ezike says workers are reporting back what they’ve learned…



Illinois Public Health Director Dr Ngozi Ezike. Ezike says they’ve also discovered a pattern of outbreaks after large family gatherings. She says even though you are with extended family, if you haven’t been around them all this time, everyone should be wearing a mask.



(Undated-jm) -- The Illinois Department of Public Health announced 1,759 new cases of Coronavirus and 30 additional deaths Wednesday bringing the state’s total number of cases to 186,471 and deaths to 7,573. As for local active and recovered cases, McLean County is reporting 466 have been released from isolation, 101 remain in isolation and 1 person is hospitalized. Livingston County is reporting 84 have been removed from isolation with 15 cases still active. Vermilion County is reporting 177 have recovered, 31 remain in isolation with 2 hospitalized. Iroquois County is reporting 198 have been released from isolation, 50 remain in isolation and 9 are hospitalized.  Ford County is reporting 48 have been released from isolation, 10 remain in isolation with 3 hospitalized. Kankakee County is reporting 1,237 have recovered, 481 cases remain active with 7 hospitalized. Champaign County is reporting 1,558 have recovered, 195 cases remain active with 13 hospitalized.



(Undated-jm) -- As for case numbers in local communities provided by the Department of Public Health...253 have been in Rantoul, 85 in Mahomet, 60 in Gilman, 56 in Clifton, 31 in Watseka, 30 in Fisher, 26 in St. Joseph, 25 in Chebanse, 21 in Hoopeston, 18 in Onarga, 16 in Paxton, 14 in Ashkum, 11 in Gibson City, 9 in Crescent City, 8 in Danforth, 7 each in Foosland and Ludlow, 6 each in Milford, Saybrook and Bellflower, 5 each in Dewey and Thomasboro, 3 in Gifford and 1 each in Penfield and Ogden.



(Springfield-jm) -- Illinois Treasurer Mike Frerichs says his office has returned a record breaking one billion dollars in unclaimed property. Treasurer Frerichs says this is the highest amount ever returned over a five year time period. So what is unclaimed property?...



Illinois Treasurer Mike Frerichs. Frerichs credits increased efforts and technology improvements for the success. Check if you are due any money or property by going online to: illinois treasurer dot gov and click on “I-cash.”



(Gibson City-jm) -- Gibson City passed a trio of motions at their recent meeting. Council members approved a sidewalk cafe permit and license for the American Legion, approved an O liquor license for Los Caminos Mexican Restaurant and approved an ordinance allowing Casey’s to sell beer curbside.



(St. Joseph-cf)-- Bus transportation is an important factor in this year’s upcoming school year due to having to socially distance, or wear a face covering. St. Joseph-Ogden Superintendent Brian Brooks details the transportation aspect of the return to school plan… 



St. Joseph-Ogden Superintendent Brian Brooks 



(Washington-jm) -- Taylorville U.S. Representative Rodney Davis on Wednesday doubled down on his call for federal funds already released to states to be given to local governments. A federal report indicates only 15.3 percent of $4.9 billion in funds Illinois received in COVID-19 relief had been dispersed as of the end of June. Gov. J.B. Pritzker said such funds will be spent through the rest of the year. Davis said the funds should be released immediately.

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