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(Springfield-jm) -- It’s another record setting day for new COVID-19 cases in Illinois. The state Department of Public Health is reporting 12,657 new infections and 145 additional deaths. That’s the highest daily death toll since the end of May. Governor J-B Pritzker says the situation is very serious and that more restrictions may come…

 

 

Illinois Governor J-B Pritzker. Public health officials recommend working from home if possible and only participating in essential activities for the next three weeks, as well as limiting travel and gatherings. No local case numbers were reported Wednesday because of the Veterans Day holiday.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) --  It's no secret that the COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically impacted education. The Illinois Education Association now says COVID-19 has a third of Illinois teachers looking to leave the profession. The group says this comes as safety concerns and stress are on the rise while many schools are already dealing with teacher shortages. More than 1,300 members were polled on several issues including their experiences with the start of the school year, how the pandemic has affected their plans to be a teacher and if their workload increased. 

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- The pandemic left hundreds of thousands of people unemployed, so, of course, there is going to be a lot of calls into the Illinois Department of Employment Security. However, this year, the number of inbound calls is more than 15 times higher than last year. From Jan. 1, 2019, to Oct. 13, 2019, IDES took 5,583,184 inbound calls. In the same time frame in 2020, the number skyrocketed to 86,207,724.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Governor J-B Pritzker says he’s disappointed the fall legislative veto session has been cancelled. The House and Senate nixed the session due to concerns over COVID-19. Lawmakers don’t have any actual vetoes to consider, but the Governor says he would have liked them to meet…

 

 

Illinois Governor J-B Pritzker. Governor Pritzker says he will soon be convening the leaders to discuss the budget. The next time lawmakers are scheduled to be back at the capitol is in January for a short lame duck session before a new General Assembly is sworn in.

 

 

(Hoopeston-jm) -- Hoopeston police are investigating a burglary at a business. Police were called to Ross-Leemon Construction after an unknown person forced their way into a secured section of the property. Anyone with information is asked to call Hoopeston police.

 

 

(Rantoul-jm) -- Those looking to help a good cause can do so in Rantoul Saturday morning. The Rantoul American Legion Post 287 Auxiliary is accepting donations of toiletries such as toothpaste, shampoo, body wash as well as snacks and hoodies to be donated to the Danville VA. The Auxiliary will be collecting the donations at their parking lot off of Route 45 on the villages north side from 8 am to noon.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- The COVID pandemic has brought Paxton’s streetscape project to a halt. Mayor Bill Ingold provides an update on the project…

 

 

Paxton Mayor Bill Ingold.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- Will the Panthers of Paxton-Buckley-Loda be on the hardwood this winter? That is a question PBL school board members will decide at tonight’s school board meeting. In addition, the district will discuss their e-learning plan with a public hearing prior to the start of the regular meeting, hear the districts report card from the state and consider approving their FY 21 budget. The PBL School Board meeting gets underway at 6pm.

 

 

(Pesotum-jm) -- District 10 Illinois State Police in Pesotum is increasing their patrols leading up to Thanksgiving. WPXN’s Jason Madden has those details…

 

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- The Illinois Supreme Court is announcing a vacancy in the 11th Judicial Circuit, which covers part of the WPXN area. The vacancy comes with the retirement of Judge Scott Prazewski at the end of the year. The 11th Judicial Circuit covers Ford, Livingston, McLean, Logan and Woodford Counties.

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- November is Adoption Awareness Month in Illinois. The theme for this year is What’s Your Connection? The Department of Children and Family Services is encouraging those who have been in the system or helped through adoption to share their stories. Over 18,000 youth are in the system in Illinois.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- After events that have taken place this year involving police, the process to become a law enforcement professional has come under fire in Illinois and across the nation. In Illinois, officials are discussing a switch from certification to licensing officers. The Senate Criminal Law and Special Committee on Public Safety held a hearing this week regarding the idea. However, there is some hesitation among law enforcement to make this change.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- The long awaited new, state of the art Chicago Veterans Home is opening. The project has been years in the making and will eventually house 200 Illinois veterans says Governor J-B Pritzker…

 

 

Illinois Governor J-B Pritzker. The five story facility is 187 thousand square feet, and includes sections specifically focusing on dementia care. Officials say it will be opening gradually, starting with about 25 residents.

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- 52nd District State Senator Scott Bennett is teaming up with Walgreens to provide flu clinics in the area. The next one will take place today at the Hap Parker Aquatic Center in Rantoul. The flu clinic runs from 3-6 pm.

 

 

(Mahomet-jm) -- The Mahomet Seymour FFA Chapter is holding a Thanksgiving canned food drive Saturday. The chapter is accepting donations of canned yams, instant potatoes, canned green beans, cream of mushroom soup, canned corn, jarred turkey gravy, dinner rolls and pies. Those wanting to donate can drop them off in the north parking lot from 10 to 11 am Saturday. The chapter donations will go towards Mom’s Pantry Holiday Basket food drive.

 

 

(Rantoul-cf)-- If you would like to donate toys or make a monetary donation to the Community Service Center of Northern Champaign Counties Holiday Bureau, director Andy Kulyzcki has the details… 

 

 

Director of the Community Service Center of Northern Champaign County Andy Kulyzcki.

 

 

(Fisher-jm) -- Fisher village board members will consider several projects at tonights village board meeting. Trustees will be asked to approve an engineering and design agreement for the N. First St. project, consider a pedestrian bridge on Sangamon St and consider a softball field project. The Fisher village board meeting gets underway at 6.

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- Will there be a change in Speaker of the House in the Illinois General Assembly? That is a question lawmakers will face before the new session begins in January. Current Speaker Mike Madigan was implicated in a bribery scheme and that has caused some Democrats to back away from the powerful speaker. 53rd District State Senator Jason Barickman of Bloomington says he thinks Madigan will have a harder time getting re-elected to the top spot this time…

 

 

53rd District State Senator Jason Barickman of Bloomington.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- Paxton police have released their recent enforcement activity. On November 8th, Devin Holt of Paxton was arrested following a domestic issue. On November 7th, a stop sign at Patton and Market was struck by an unknown vehicle. On November 6th, a hit and run was reported at Accolade on Pells in Paxton.

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