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(Springfield-jm) -- The 102nd General Assembly will be sworn in today in Springfield. Members of the House will be sworn in at the Springfield convention center while the Senate will be sworn in at the capital. 

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Ahead of the 59th Presidential Inauguration, Governor J-B Pritzker is activating members of the Illinois National Guard. Pritzker has ordered the activation of approximately 200 Illinois National Guard members. 

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- The Illinois Department of Public Health is now reporting the latest COVID-19 vaccine information on the agency’s website. Recent vaccine data is posted on the dph dot illinois dot gov webpage, showing how many doses Illinois has received and how many have been administered. It’s a good resource says Governor J-B Pritzker…

 

 

Illinois Governor J-B Pritzker. To date, nearly 354 thousand doses have been administered in Illinois, with about 24 thousand shots given per day.

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 6,642 new cases and 117 additional deaths Tuesday bringing the states total number of cases to 1 million 40 thousand 168 and deaths to 17,743. Locally, Livingston County reported 37 new cases bringing their total to 3,454. McLean County reported 72 new cases bringing their total to 12,711. Iroquois County reported 5 new cases bringing their total to 2,529. Ford County reported 15 new cases and 1 additional death bringing their total number of cases to 1,356 and deaths to 40. Champaign County reported 66 new cases bringing their total to 14,919. Kankakee County reported 37 new cases and 1 additional death bringing their total number of cases to 11,314 and deaths to 157.

 

 

(Champaign County-jm) -- Some area health departments are beginning to move to Phase 1B of the COVID vaccination plan. One of those is the Champaign Urbana Public Health Department which held the first of several vaccination clinics this week. Champaign Urbana Public Health Epidemiologist Awais Vaid talks about reaching herd immunity…

 

 

Champaign Urbana Public Health Epidemiologist Awais Vaid.

 

 

(Urbana-jm) -- A former Ludlow village trustee remains free on bond after a Champaign County judge declined to increase his bail amount. Ross Radke is facing three felony cases in Champaign County including criminal damage to state supported property for allegedly trying to ram a vehicle through a security gate at Willard Airport, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and aggravated battery to a police officer for an incident in Rantoul as well as an incident at the Champaign County Jail. Radke is facing charges in Indiana for a pair of incidents including speeding through a construction site and causing nearly $100,000 in damage as well as a disturbance at an Indianapolis laundromat. He is due back in Champaign County court March 9th.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Nearly a year into the Coronavirus pandemic and the state is still struggling with the backlog of unemployment claims. The pandemic caused a shutdown of businesses while others had to reduce staff to try to make ends meet. 106th District State Representative Tom Bennett of Gibson City says the state was not prepared for the influx of claims…

 

 

106th District State Representative Tom Bennett of Gibson City.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- The City of Paxton has a new alderman. Kendall Cox was sworn in last night for Ward 3.

 

 

(Washington-jm) -- USDA has issued its "final" production estimates for the 2020/2021 crops of corn and soybeans. Gary Crawford reports…

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- An emergency rule for businesses to enforce masks and social distancing in Illinois stands after a 12 member panel of lawmakers failed to block an emergency mask rule. The Joint Committee on Administrative Rules took up the issue yesterday. The order is in effect until June or unless the Governor repeals the rule.

 

 

(Washington-jm) -- Local Congressional members are split on whether or not to impeach President Donald Trump following last week's deadly attack at the nation's capitol. 16th Congressional District Congressman Adam Kinzinger announced he supports efforts to impeach the President saying the President encouraged the group to storm the U-S capitol to stop the counting of the electoral vote. Meanwhile 15th Congressional District Congresswoman Mary Miller denounced the violent attack and called it a sad day in our nation’s history but said impeaching the President would further divide the country. 

 

 

(Undated-jm) -- Illinois now has 1 million 40 thousand 168 coronavirus cases and 17,743 deaths after the state reported an additional 66 hundred cases and 117 deaths Tuesday. As for local active and recovered cases, Livingston County reported 3,182 have been removed from isolation and 210 cases are active. McLean County reported 11,654 have recovered, 892 are in isolation and 34 are hospitalized. Iroquois County reported 2,373 have been released from isolation, 97 remain in isolation and 6 are hospitalized. Champaign County reported 14,031 have recovered, 796 are in isolation and 27 are hospitalized. Kankakee County reported 9,763 have recovered and 1,384 cases are active.

 

 

(Ford County-jm) -- The Ford County Public Health Department is updating the public on the county’s vaccination process and answering questions people may have. One of those questions is whether you can get the vaccine in a different county says Ford County Public Health Department Community Educator Megan Reutter…

 

 

Reutter adds that some counties may differ on the phases depending on the number of doses they receive…

 

 

Ford County Public Health Department Community Educator Megan Reutter.

 

 

(Champaign County-jm) -- The Champaign County State’s Attorney is reviewing the county’s animal control policies after a dog was improperly euthanized last month. Both the county board chairman and county executive have asked for an investigation into the matter. A dog was turned into animal control on December 18th, two days before Christmas the owner contacted animal control and made arrangements to pick up the dog the Monday after Christmas however, the dog was euthanized before that could happen.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- One of the issues facing state lawmakers is the state’s economy. Illinois lags most of the country when it comes to its economics according to 53rd District State Senator Jason Barickman of Bloomington…

 

 

53rd District State Senator Jason Barickman of Bloomington.

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- The Paxton Buckley Loda School Board will meet tonight where members will consider amending the FY21 budget as well as hear a report on the 2020-2021 extended school year and K-12 summer school and consider approving the 2021-2022 school calendar. The PBL School board meeting gets underway at 6.

 

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