Paxton Council Implements Emergency Meeting Order

By Ross D. Brown [email protected] PAXTON — Citing a new state order suspending open meetings rules, Paxton city council members unanimously passed an ordinance allowing city council meetings to be conducted by audio or video conferencing. “We’ve taken a fairly conservative approach so far,” city attorney Marc Miller said. “We were intending to have a meeting (Saturday) night to approve […]

Coronavirus tests meat supply chain as farm groups keep food on shelves

Officials say agriculture necessary as other industries shut down By BEN ORNERCapitol News [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Meat has been among the most in-demand items at supermarkets as people stock up on essentials amid the COVID-19 pandemic. That has people up and down Illinois’ livestock supply chain – especially producers of beef and pork – trying to keep up. Industry leaders […]

Pritzker calls on retired health workers to join coronavirus fight

State reports sixth death, 168 new cases By BEN ORNERCapitol News [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker on Saturday issued a “call to action” to retired health care workers to help fight Illinois’ COVID-19 outbreak as the state enters its first day under a “stay-at-home” order aimed to stifle the spread of the disease. “I’m asking all former physicians, nurses, […]