No further changes to ballot access for third-party candidates, federal court rules

State elections board wanted revisions on petitions, signatures to be waived By REBECCA ANZEL Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD — A federal court has denied the Illinois State Board of Elections’ request to suspend enforcement of looser ballot access requirements for third-party candidates in the November election. The court ruled Sunday that the elections board failed to show a petition […]

GCMS school district waiting on reopening guidance from Illinois State Board of Education

GIBSON CITY — Like all other school districts statewide, Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley is waiting on the Illinois State Board of Education’s issuance of guidance for the reopening of schools for the start of the 2020-21 school year. The Illinois State Board of Education is going to issue guidance for what the rules are for returning to school, so the GCMS school […]

Obituary: Mandy Renee Abbe

PAXTON — Mandy Renee Abbe, 43, of Paxton, passed away at 8:31 p.m. Sunday, June 21, 2020, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria. A visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, June 25, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, located at 206 E. Main Street in Buckley. Due to COVID-19 regulations, all family and friends who plan to […]

Perspectives on Progress: Robinson says Illinoisans must address systemic racism together

Ending inequitable distribution of state contracts among reforms sought By REBECCA ANZELCapitol News [email protected] SPRINGFIELD — The social movement sparked by George Floyd’s death is one Illinoisans must harness together, Chicago Rep. Lamont Robinson Jr., said. On May 25, a white Minneapolis police officer killed Floyd, an unarmed Black man, by kneeling on his neck for nearly nine minutes. That […]

Illinois State Representative Tom Bennett: Data suggests all four regions moving toward next step in re-opening

According to data from the Illinois Department of Public Health, all four regions of the state are still on track to move to Phase 4 in the re-opening of the state at the end of this week. Under Phase 4, “additional measures can be carefully lifted allowing for schools and child care programs to reopen with social distancing policies in place. Restaurants can open […]

UPDATED: New guidelines released for return to in-person education

Schools told to prepare for return to remote learning in case of surge By JERRY NOWICKICapitol News [email protected] SPRINGFIELD — Illinois released new guidelines for schools, colleges and universities to return to in-person learning in the fall, but leaders warned those plans could change if health metrics related to the COVID-19 pandemic stop improving. “This fall will not be business […]

Iroquois County Public Health Department confirms two new cases of COVID-19

WATSEKA — As of Tuesday, June 22, Iroquois County has 145 individuals with laboratory confirmed cases of COVID-19. As of Tuesday, the ICPHD has received 2,246 test results for COVID-19. Of the 2,246 results, 2,101 have been negative and 145 have been positive. Here is the information shared by the ICPHD about its cases confirmed on Friday:– Case 144: Male […]