Dental Care in Illinois: Safe and Essential for Our Public Health During the Pandemic

By ERIC LARSON The patients calling into our dental offices are understandably nervous. They ask important questions: What will my visit be like during COVID-19? Will I be safe? Fortunately, we have been ready for these challenging times for many years. All across Illinois, dental offices are welcoming patients back for care they put off this spring when coronavirus forced […]

Paxton Police Blotter (Dec. 7, 2020)

PAXTON — A woman suspected of stealing credit cards from a vehicle in Paxton and using them to buy hundreds of dollars in lottery tickets and cigarettes was arrested Friday after she was seen driving a stolen vehicle in Rantoul. Paxton Police Chief Coy Cornett said his agency identified Samantha L. Pollock, 29, of Rantoul, as a suspect in the […]

House civil judiciary committee opens inquiry into LaSalle Veterans’ Home deaths

A COVID-19 outbreak at the facility has led to at least 32 resident deaths By SARAH MANSURCapitol News [email protected] SPRINGFIELD — A coronavirus outbreak at the veterans home in LaSalle that has killed a quarter of the residents over the span of a few weeks has prompted the chairman of a state House committee to open an investigation into the […]

Pritzker says state ‘long way’ from exiting COVID-19 ‘danger zone’

No Thanksgiving surge seen yet, but gov. says it could take 2 more weeks By PETER HANCOCKCapitol News [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – As infection rates and hospitalizations from COVID-19 continued to level off during the first week of December, death tolls continued to rise, prompting Gov. JB Pritzker to warn Monday that Illinois is not yet out of the danger zone […]

Ford County Public Health Department COVID-19 update (Dec. 7, 2020)

Ford County Public Health Department (FCPHD) is announcing 32 new cases. These new cases are beingreported for the period of December 2 through December 7, 2020. Sadly, FCPHD is also announcing three additional COVID-19related deaths – a male in his 60s, a male in his 80’s, and a female in her 80’s. The deceased male in his 80’s and deceasedfemale […]

LaSalle Veterans’ Home administrator fired, nursing director placed on leave

Marine Corps veteran named interim administrator By Sarah MansurCapitol News [email protected] SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs announced Monday that LaSalle Veterans’ Home Administrator Angela Mehlbrech has been fired after a deadly COVID-19 outbreak at the LaSalle facility has resulted in at least 32 resident deaths.  IDVA also announced that the director of nursing at the LaSalle facility, […]