Regarding basketball, ‘PBL will follow the guidance of IDPH and only allow basketball activities to occur with level 1 mitigations’

PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School boys and girls basketball teams will not participate in competitions this winter — at least for the start of the IHSA’s winter basketball season for 2020-21. In a statement, PBL High School Athletic Director Brock Niebuhr said the school “will continue to follow the guidance” of the Illinois Department of Public Health and the […]

Illinois State Representative Tom Bennett: Fall veto session cancelled

I am disappointed to report that the fall session of the General Assembly has been cancelled. We were scheduled to meet next week and the week after Thanksgiving, but Speaker Madigan has decided to cancel the session. This is a serious disappointment as we have many critical issues which need to be acted upon. Instead, it appears we will be waiting […]

Downstate communities get $112 million, part of Rebuild Illinois investment in transit

Grants to improve transportation options, enhance quality of life SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation announced today that $112 million is being awarded to 31 downstate transit providers as part of Gov. JB Pritzker’s historic and bipartisan Rebuild Illinois capital program. The grants will help to expand and improve service, providing more transportation options and promoting an enhanced quality of […]

CAPITOL RECAP: Legislative leaders cancel fall session as pandemic worsens

By Capitol News Illinois SPRINGFIELD – The fall veto session of the Illinois General Assembly that was scheduled to begin next week has been canceled amid a worsening COVID-19 pandemic, Democratic leaders announced this week, prompting Republicans to question the motives behind that decision. House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President Don Harmon, both Democrats, said in a joint statement […]

Ford County Circuit Court cases (Nov. 13, 2020)

Following is a list of cases filed recently in Ford County Circuit Court: DUI • Antonia L. Bolden, 38, of Chicago, for driving under the influence of alcohol/intoxicating compound/drug. TRAFFIC TICKETS • Shriram Bagrodia, 68, of Gibson City, for improper passing. • Casey J. McCartney, 33, of St. Joseph, for driving 15-20 mph above the speed limit. • Samuel P. […]

Ford County Public Health Department COVID-19 update (Nov. 13, 2020)

Ford County Public Health Department (FCPHD) is announcing 15 new cases. Ford County has a total of 455cases. Of those, 306 are confirmed cases and 149 are probable cases. There have been 19 COVID-19 related deaths.Please be aware our office is still unable to provide certain statistics due to an issue we are experiencing with statereporting systems. No additional data […]

Sangamon Co. judge dismisses restraining order sought by cannabis license winners

Decision will allow state to move forward with revamped licensing process By RAYMON TRONCOSOCapitol News Illinois | Report For [email protected] SPRINGFIELD — A Sangamon County court on Thursday denied a restraining order requested by cannabis dispensary license finalists in an attempt to stop the state from rescoring the applications of losing applicants.  In early September, Gov. JB Pritzker’s administration revealed […]

Pritzker extends eviction moratorium, secretary of state to close driver facilities

State once again hits hospitalization, one-day case count highs By JERRY NOWICKICapitol News [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – As the state once again reported a one-day high for COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, Gov. JB Pritzker announced he would extend a temporary ban on evictions and Secretary of State Jesse White announced he would be closing driver services facilities. At his COVID-19 briefing […]