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(Springfield-jm) -- Governor J-B Pritzker is lowering the age limit for the next round of COVID vaccinations to 65. The state is currently working in Phase 1-A, where healthcare workers and residents and staff of long term care facilities are getting the shot. For round 1-B, front line workers and seniors 65 and older will be vaccinated, instead of the recommended age 75 and older says the Governor…

 

 

Illinois Governor J-B Pritzker. Phase 1-B will vaccinate more than three million people in Illinois. Over 207 thousand doses have already been administered.

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 7,569 new Coronavirus cases Wednesday and 139 additional deaths bringing the state’s total number of cases to 999,288 and deaths to 17,096. Locally, McLean County reported 72 new cases and 3 additional deaths bringing their total number of cases to 12,089 and deaths to 116. Ford County reported 19 new cases bringing their total to 1,309. Livingston County reported 25 new cases and 1 additional death bringing their total number of cases to 3,272 and deaths to 58. Iroquois County reported 26 new cases bringing their total to 2,443. Vermilion County reported 93 new cases and 1 additional death bringing their total number of cases to 6,314 and deaths to 80. Kankakee County reported 83 new cases bringing their total number of cases to 11,053. The state is expected to hit 1 million cases today becoming the 4th state to reach such milestone.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- As members of the Illinois House prepare to return to Springfield tomorrow for a lame duck session ahead of the start of the spring session next week, one of the biggest questions is will House Speaker Mike Madigan retain his powerful position or will there be a shakeup. The questions surround alleged corruption within Madigan’s inner circle says 53rd District State Senator Jason Barickman of Bloomington…

 

 

53rd District State Senator Jason Barickman of Bloomington.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- House GOP lawmakers are calling for hearings into the Illinois Department of Employment Security’s handling of the unemployment crisis and fraud crisis. One of those is 104th District State Representative Mike Marron of Fithian…

 

 

104th District State Representative Mike Marron of Fithian.

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- The Illinois House will return to Springfield Friday for a lame duck session. Local 106th District State Representative Tom Bennett of Gibson City says he too has heard talks of a possible tax increase…

 

 

Local 106th District State Representative Tom Bennett of Gibson City. Representative Bennett says the election of the next speaker of the house will also be key to watch. Stay with WPXN News for the latest from Springfield during the lame duck session. 

 

 

(Gibson City-jm) -- Drive thru COVID-19 testing will be coming back to Ford County this month. The testing will take place on January 17th from 8 to 4 at the intersection of Sangamon and Church in Gibson City.

 

(Springfield-jm) -- If COVID-19 numbers don’t spike, Governor J-B Pritzker says regions of Illinois may be able to lift some mitigations come January 15th. The state didn’t see a big increase in cases after Thanksgiving, and the Governor says they are hopeful that trend will hold now that Christmas and New Year’s have passed…

 

 

Illinois Governor J-B Pritzker. Those metrics include a test positivity rate of 12 percent or less for at least three days in a row. The Governor urges everyone to continue to be careful. The state’s mask mandate has been extended another 150 days.

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- Illinois topped 17,000 COVID deaths Wednesday and will likely top one million cases today. The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 7,569 new cases and 139 additional deaths bringing the state’s total number of cases to 999,288 and deaths to 17,096. As for local active and recovered cases, McLean County reported 10,960 have recovered, 974 are in isolation and 39 are hospitalized. Champaign County reported 13,422 have recovered, 715 are in isolation and 19 are hospitalized. Livingston County reported 3,077 have been removed from isolation and 138 cases are active. Iroquois County reported 2,260 have been released from isolation, 124 are in isolation and 7 are hospitalized. Vermilion County reported 607 active cases and 41 hospitalized. Kankakee County reported 8,821 have recovered and 2,077 cases are active.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Attorney General Kwame Raoul is warning the public about COVID-19 vaccine scams. COVID scams aren’t new, but the approval of a vaccination is now giving con artists more opportunities to fleece consumers says Attorney General Raoul. He says you should ignore emails, texts and calls offering to put you on a list to get the vaccine or asking for your personal information to sign you up for a shot…

 

 

Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul. Raoul also notes that Medicaid and Medicare will not call people to proactively offer the vaccine and that no one should be asking for your bank account or social security information in relation to the vaccine.

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- The consolidated election will take place April 6th but several area races are taking shape. WPXN’s Jason Madden takes a look at who is on the ballot…

 

 

 

(Champaign County-jm) -- A newly elected member of the Champaign County Board is announcing he is resigning. DeShawn Williams was elected in November but announced Wednesday he is resigning to become chief deputy treasurer under new county treasurer Cassandra Johnson. His term runs through November 30, 2022.

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