Group says local governments’ hands tied in COVID-19 economic response

State’s rules for federal funds are burdensome, unnecessary, they claim By REBECCA ANZEL Capitol News Illinois ranzel@capitolnewsillinois.com      SPRINGFIELD — Local government officials in Illinois have their hands “tied behind their back” when responding to COVID-19-related economic struggles, three community and business advocacy groups argued Thursday, July 9.      “Burdensome, unnecessary” state rules dictating how federal CARES…

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Madigan: Remove images of Stephen Douglas from Statehouse

Illinois politician of 1850s owned slaves in Mississippi By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois phancock@capitolnewsillinois.com      SPRINGFIELD – Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan on Thursday, July 9, called for removing statues and portraits of the 19th century U.S. Senator Stephen A. Douglas from the Statehouse along with other known slaveholders.      “While reading Sidney Blumenthal’s book ‘All…

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Record testing pushes daily COVID-19 count past 1,000 for first time since June 2

Hospital bed usage remains low, rolling positivity rate still stable By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois jnowicki@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD — New Illinois COVID-19 cases topped 1,000 Thursday for the first time since June 2, but the high number coincided with the state’s highest recorded single-day testing output. The 36,180 test results reported yielded 1,018 positive results…

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Another 39K file jobless claims in Illinois

Department of Employment Security launches ‘callback only’ program for claimants By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois phancock@capitolnewsillinois.com      SPRINGFIELD – The state of Illinois saw slight decreases in the number of people filing first-time unemployment claims as well as the number of people receiving continuing benefits during the week that ended July 4.      But those gains…

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ILLINOIS STATE POLICE REQUEST THE PUBLIC’S ASSISTANCE IN MISSING PERSON INVESTIGATION

  Springfield, IL – Illinois State Police (ISP) Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) request the public’s assistance in a missing person investigation involving Daniel “Danny” Crosby of Carterville, Illinois. ISP DCI Zone 4 investigators were requested to assist with an investigation into the disappearance of Daniel Crosby.  Crosby’s last known location was near the Tri-County…

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Pritzker lays out federal COVID-19 response wish list to congressional committee

It includes mask mandate, contact tracing, testing support, aid to states By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois jnowicki@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD — Testifying before the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security Wednesday, July 8, Gov. JB Pritzker said he would like to see a coordinated national COVID-19 containment strategy that requires people to wear masks, and he…

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For Your Health: Helping kids stay healthy this summer

By Dr. Graham A. Colditz Siteman Cancer Center The strange times continue. After finally getting back to a semblance of pre-pandemic life in many parts of the country, we’re seeing safety orders extended or put back in place as the coronavirus shows just how formidable it is. Children, thankfully, haven’t been as directly impacted by…

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Safe to Swim During COVID-19?

Play it Smart When Heading to the Pool This Summer One of the best ways to make a splash every summer is by heading to your nearest swimming pool. With the health concerns surrounding COVID-19, some community pools are foregoing opening at all this summer while swimmers are left wondering if it is safe to…

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Nation cannot afford sloppy election count

By JIM NOWLAN and ROBERT D. MICHAELSON      This essay is not about who should be elected president in November, but about something arguably as important: How to avoid a sloppy election count which could throw the nation into chaos.      Election counts have been politicized throughout American history. As we are both native to Illinois, we…

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