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New Covid rules, including some closures, will go into effect in Illinois starting today

(Bradley-jm) – Both suspects wanted in the shooting of two Bradley police officers, one fatally have been arrested. Darius Sullivan was arrested in Indiana Friday morning. Xandria Harris turned herself into Bradley Police over the weekend.

 

(Springfield-jm) – The Illinois Legislature is scaling back it’s January session dates due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The House and Senate were both scheduled to be in for three days this week but will now only meet on Wednesday. Legislative leaders say the following week may be canceled as well. Session usually begins with several committee hearings, which can be held remotely. Governor J-B Pritzker was asked recently about his goals for lawmakers in 2022…

 

 

Illinois Governor J-B Pritzker. The legislature is scheduled to adjourn in early April, a full month and a half before the usual end of session date of May 31st.

 

(Roberts-jm) – Firefighters from several area departments battled a house fire in Roberts Sunday morning. Crews from Roberts, Melvin, Thawville, Buckley and Loda were called to the fire at 113 W. Green Street just before 7 am. No word on the cause of the fire.

 

(Paxton-jm) – The Ford County Courthouse’s rear door, which is used by people with disabilities to access the building, is expected to be replaced in 2022. The handicapped-accessible door is starting to show its age. The public building commission now wants a long-term solution and is asking the sheriff to obtain bids to replace it. Once bids have been received the commission will review the bids and award a contract.

 

(Washington-jm) – Cattle producers may get a little more money for steers in the new year. Gary Crawford reports…

 

 

(Springfield-jm) – The country is seeing a surge in COVID-19 cases to the highest levels on record. In response, new rules, including some closures, will go into effect in Illinois starting today. Governor J.B. Pritzker is urging Illinois hospitals to delay elective surgeries and non-emergency procedures to keep more beds open, anticipating a wave of COVID-19 patients. Also starting today, all Illinois Secretary of State offices, including driver services, will be closed until at least Jan. 18.  Online transactions will remain open for all departments to conduct office services. All expiring driver’s license and ID card expiration dates have been extended to March 31, 2022. Chicago will require proof of a COVID-19 vaccine for indoor venues. That includes restaurants, bars, gyms and other indoor venues like sport entertainment arenas. The rules apply to everyone age 5 and older, but doesn’t apply to those in the venue less than 10 minutes, like those getting takeout.

 

(Springfield-jm) – A new study out of the University of Illinois looks at the best ways to reduce transmission of COVID-19 on airplanes. Researchers specifically looked at aerosol transmission of the virus, finding it spreads in all directions, says U of I Aviation Risk Expert Sheldon Jacobson…

 

 

U of I Aviation Risk Expert Sheldon Jacobson. Jacobson says choosing a seat in the back where no one is behind you may be preferable over just avoiding the middle seats. He notes it’s also important for airlines to try and seat families together.

 

(St. Joseph-jm) – St. Joseph firefighters were called to a New Year’s Eve house fire. Crews were called to the fire on Marilyn Drive just before 11pm Friday night. The house is a total loss.

 

(Undated-jm) – Winter weather over the weekend brought rain, snow, ice and slick roads. Many slide offs and accidents were reported. Half an inch to just over 2 inches of snow were reported in the WPXN listening area.

 

(Washington-jm) – Hog producers seem to be approaching the new year with a "Wait-and-See" Attitude. Gary Crawford reports…

 

 

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