2020-07-22 E-Edition

Ford County Circuit Court Cases (July 21, 2020)

Following is a list of cases filed recently in Ford County Circuit Court: FELONIES• Timmy M. Fayard, 41, of Paxton, for possession of methamphetamine (less than 5 grams).• Travis M. Elkins, 46, of Paxton, for aggravated driving under the influence. MISDEMEANORS• Roger W. Clem, 74, of Paxton, for confinement of an animal in a motor vehicle. TRAFFIC TICKETS• Jonathan D. […]

Obituary: Robert E. Gray

GILMAN — Robert E. Gray, 88, of Gilman passed away on Monday, July 20, 2020, at his home. He was born April 5, 1932, in Cullom, the son of Francis and Rose (Weber) Gray. He married Stella Kruder in 1986 in Cook County and she preceded him in death on Jan. 5, 2016. He is also preceded in death by […]

Voting by mail available in Ford County

The following is a press release from the Ford County Clerk’s Office: With Coronavirus (COVID-19) a continuing concern as the Nov. 3, 2020, General Election approaches, voters are encouraged to consider voting by mail as a safe, secure and convenient option to inperson voting. The Illinois General Assembly this year passed an election bill that provides many safeguards against thespread […]

State COVID-19 positivity rate increases for third straight day

Case count is highest since June 2 as Pritzker warns numbers ‘gradually rising’ By JERRY NOWICKICapitol News [email protected] SPRINGFIELD — The state’s rolling COVID-19 positivity rate ticked upward Wednesday for the third straight day as the Illinois Department of Public Health announced its largest one-day confirmed case count since June 2. The 1,598 new cases reported were among 39,633 test […]

State employment agency hit in nationwide fraud scheme

IDES says federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program is ripe for abuse By PETER HANCOCKCapitol News [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Employment Security said Wednesday it has been affected by a nationwide fraud scheme involving the federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program. That program, enacted as part of the federal CARES Act, provides 100 percent federally funded jobless benefits to […]

State officials offer measured approval of Chicago federal agent surge

Barr says local ‘Operation Legend’ efforts will be different than those in Portland By Raymon TroncosoCapitol News [email protected] SPRINGFIELD — State leaders on Wednesday gave tentative support to a Trump administration plan to send more than 200 federal agents to Chicago, although officials said they would also be on guard for any violations of civil liberties. In a news conference […]