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(Springfield-jm) -- COVID-19 cases in Illinois now top one million. With the most recent addition of more than 87 hundred new cases, Illinois now has one million 8 thousand 45 cases of COVID infection since the pandemic began nearly a year ago. State Public Health Director Dr Ngozi Ezike says it’s important that everyone continues to wear a mask, wash hands frequently and avoid large gatherings…

 

 

Illinois Public Health Director Dr Ngozi Ezike. Although most COVID patients have recovered, the state has lost more than 17 thousand people to the virus. Looking at numbers locally from Thursday, McLean County reported 50 new cases bringing their total to 12,139. Champaign County reported 122 new cases and 2 additional deaths bringing their total number of cases to 14,349 and deaths to 92. Livingston County reported 30 new cases and 1 additional death bringing their total number of cases to 3,302 and deaths to 59. Ford County reported 12 new cases bringing their total to 1,321. Iroquois County reported 22 new cases and 1 additional death bringing their total number of cases to 2,465 and deaths to 53. Kankakee County reported 56 new cases bringing their total to 11,109. Vermilion County reported 79 new cases bringing their total to 6,393.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- When House lawmakers return to Springfield today for a lame duck session of the General Assembly, one topic that will be brought up is selecting the next speaker of the house. State Representative Dan Brady of Bloomington discusses the election of the speaker…

 

 

State Representative Dan Brady. Stay with WPXN News for the latest on the lame duck session.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- More than 47,000 Illinoisans filed for initial unemployment benefits last week, nearly 63,000 fewer than filed the week before. But, despite the decline in initial filers from the week before, the U.S. Department of Labor reports there are nearly 16,000 more insured unemployed from the week before for a total of 343,500.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- The Pritzker administration couldn’t say how much of the $19 billion of unemployment benefits paid out are the result of fraud. When asked, the administration said it has stopped 350,000 fraudulent claims since March 2020. The administration also said it could take weeks to implement the overpayment waiver the federal government approved last month.

 

 

(Paxton-cf)-- The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted all of our lives in some aspect. However, coronavirus infections could soon lessen with the new vaccine that has been developed with operation warp speed. Andy Hudson, Owner  of Hudson Drug and Hallmark shop in Paxton details when the vaccine could become available to the general public…. 

 

 

Andy Hudson, Owner  of Hudson Drug and Hallmark shop in Paxton

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- House GOP lawmakers are calling for public hearings over the Illinois Department of Employment Security’s handling of the unemployment and unemployment fraud crisis. Thousands of Illinoisans have filed for unemployment benefits because of the Coronavirus pandemic while an unknown number of people in the state have been victims of fraud. 104th District State Representative Mike Marron of Fithian says it’s beyond time to fix the issue…

 

 

104th District State Representative Mike Marron of Fithian.

 

 

(Ashkum-jm) -- District 21 Illinois State Police have released December 2020 stats. During the final month of 2020, troopers issued 471 citations and 662 written warnings including 26 DUIs, 27 safety belt citations and 20 criminal arrests. Troopers also responded to 83 traffic accidents.

(Springfield-jm) -- House Republicans return to Springfield today for the lame duck session. Although the agenda for the session hasn’t been announced, one of the things House members will have to do is select a speaker of the House says 106th District State Representative Tom Bennett of Gibson City…

 

 

106th District State Representative Tom Bennett of Gibson City. Stay with WPXN News for the latest from Springfield.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Illinois dispensaries sold nearly $670 million in cannabis products in 2020. Despite ongoing pandemic restrictions on other businesses, the 79 licensed pot stores in Illinois finished the year in December with $86.9 million in sales. That was more than $10 million more than was sold in November.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Members of the Illinois House who are going to be sworn in next week won’t have family members with them. That’s part of the COVID-19 protocol laid out by House Speaker Michael Madigan’s office for the alternate location in Springfield. The House will meet beginning today in the Bank of Springfield Center as they did in May. That’s also where the new House will be sworn in next Wednesday, but members have been told no guests will be allowed.

 

 

(Ford County-jm) -- In an effort to promote healthy living, the Ford County Public Health Department is launching a social media challenge. Megan Reutter (Righter), Community Educator at the Ford County Public Health Department, says it will help promote self care…

 

 

Ford County Public Health Department Community Educator Megan Reutter. This month’s challenge is Dry January, where they will share non-alcoholic drink recipes.

 

 

(Roberts-jm) -- Roberts has a new water superintendent. The village board hired Tyler Martin. Martin also manages water for Rantoul and Elliott. He replaces Paul Theesfield who was fired following an incident in Gibson City last month.

 

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