Area Breaking News

Pritzker lifts ban on worship services starting Friday

  Move comes amid lawsuits and possible U.S. Supreme Court review   By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected]   SPRINGFIELD – People in Illinois will be allowed to attend worship services starting this weekend without fear of prosecution as the state enters Phase 3 of Gov. JB Pritzker’s “Restore Illinois” reopening plan. Pritzker made…

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Need help? Complete your Census online at the Independent or the library

By Heather Rash Hardin County Independent Hardin County residents can fill out their Census online at the Hardin County Independent in Elizabethtown on Mondays through Thursdays during regular office hours now and throughout the summer. The office may be open some Fridays, but call 618-287-2361 first to make sure. A laptop computer is set up…

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IDES confirms data breach in online unemployment system

‘Glitch’ allowed access to personal data in Pandemic Unemployment Assistance system   By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected]   SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Employment Security has confirmed that a new online portal that processes claims for federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance briefly allowed public access to applicants’ personal information including Social Security numbers.…

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5/18/20 – S7HD COVID-19 Update for the Southern Seven Region

5/18/20 – S7HD COVID-19 Update for the Southern Seven Region   Southern Seven Health Department reports 12 new recovered cases of COVID-19 in the Southern Seven region.  One individual is from Alexander County.  The remaining 11 are from Union County.   Currently, there are 63 individuals from the Southern Seven region who have recovered since the…

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Pritzker says session needed, would consider withholding funds from counties reopening early

Another 144 COVID-19-related deaths reported Monday By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD — Gov. JB Pritzker said Tuesday he would consider withholding federal pass-through funds to counties ignoring his stay-at-home order and said it “would be best” for the General Assembly to meet before the end of May to take up key state…

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Gov. Pritzker Releases Updated Statewide Model, Regional Metrics for Restore Illinois Health Regions

  Chicago – As top researchers from Illinois’ higher education institutions continue to build out and improve the state’s coronavirus model with real-time data, Governor JB Pritzker released an updated statewide model and regional metrics tracking progress in the Restore Illinois reopening plan.   STATEWIDE MODEL   Compared to the previous model forecasts which predicted…

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Southern Seven Reports First COVID-19 Case in Pope County

5/7/20 – 2:00 PM – COVID-19 Update for the Southern Seven Region   Southern Seven Health Department confirms 11 new cases of COVID-19 in the Southern Seven region, including the first case in Pope County.  The individual is a male in his 40’s.  All persons are being isolated. The newly confirmed cases are as follows:…

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Governor Pritzker announces Restore Illinois: A Public Health Approach To Safely Reopen Our State

Restore Illinois is a Five-Phase, Regional Plan for Saving Lives, Livelihoods, and Safely Reopening Illinois Chicago – Building on data, science, and guidance from public health experts and after consulting with stakeholders across the state, Governor JB Pritzker announced Restore Illinois, a five-phase plan focused on saving lives, livelihood, and safely reopening Illinois. “”We have…

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