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Medicare open enrollment is open until December 7th

(Springfield-jm) -- While federal officials are taking action in response to reports of the COVID-19 omicron variant in other countries, such as limiting travel from some African countries, the state of Illinois has yet to track any such cases. The Illinois Department of Public Health variant tracker has yet to post an omicron line item. 

 

 

(Paxton-jm) -- Medicare open enrollment is open until December 7th for those wanting to look at their current plan. You can visit medicare dot gov to look at your current plan and compare other plan options. The Ford County Public Health Department even has people available that can help…

 

 

Ford County Public Health Department Administrator Lana Sample.

 

(Undated-jm) -- The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 5,714 new Coronavirus cases and 23 additional deaths Tuesday. The seven day positivity rate rose to 5.2 percent. Champaign County reported 216 new cases and 1 additional death. Vermilion County reported 270 new cases and 2 additional deaths. Ford and Iroquois Counties did not have a report.

 

(Iroquois County-tr) -- Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka is partnering with Toys for Tots to bring the joy of Christmas to less fortunate children. Toys for Tots Spokesperson Bill Nutter shares details about the partnership…

 

 

Toys for Tots Spokesperson Bill Nutter. For more information on how to donate, contact Bill Nutter at 815-471-0129 or go to ToysForTots.org. 

 

(Undated-jm) -- Another new area code is being announced for Illinois. The Illinois Commerce Commission said the 861 area code will be added to areas served by the 309 area code sometime late next year or early 2023. That will cover areas in Peoria, McLean, Rock Island, Tazewell, Knox, Henry, Woodford, Fulton and McDonough Counties.

 

(Washington-jm) -- The new USDA price index summary shows most farm prices cooling off in October, but still comfortably higher than a year ago. Gary Crawford reports…

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Illinois is among 40 states that received a failing grade on child and youth sex trafficking, according to the 2021 Report Card on Child and Youth Sex Trafficking from Shared Hope International. The organization looked at six main categories, including criminal provisions, identification of and response to victims, access to justice for trafficking survivors, and prevention and training.

 

 

(Champaign-Vermillion County-tr) -- Christmas bags are being prepared by Faith in Action at OSF Healthcare in Champaign for seniors who may be lonely in Champaign and Vermilion County. Christmas Bag Spokesperson Nicole Dowling gives a list of acceptable donation items…

 

 

Christmas Bag Spokesperson Nicole Dowling. Donations are being accepted until December 3rd.

 

(Gibson City-tr) -- The Gibson City Christmas Parade will remain stationary this year in the city's north park after last year's success. Gibson City Parade Spokesperson Susie Tongate gives a rundown of what to expect this year…

 

 

Gibson City Parade Spokesperson Susie Tongate.

 

(Vermilion County-jm) -- Vermilion County Clerk Cathy Jenkins is announcing nominating petitions for the 2022 general primary election will be available starting January 13th. Filing runs March 7-14. The primary election will take place June 28th.

 

(Washington-jm) -- Small scale local producers now have a crop insurance product designed with them in mind. Gary Crawford reports…

 

 

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