2020-12-30 E-Edition

Obituary: Marvin Hofer

Marvin Hofer, 86, of Rankin passed away on Monday, December 28, 2020 at Accolade Healthcare of Paxton on Pells. He was born on February 24, 1934 in Godwin, IL the son of Eli and Fern (Boyce) Hofer. Marvin married Margaret Joan Teresa Cleary on September 5, 1953 in Danville, IL. She preceded him in death on October 7, 2009.  Marvin […]

Pandemic, social unrest, statehouse scandals top 2020 stories

Budget, leadership changes, Black Caucus agenda on tap for 2021  By JERRY NOWICKI, PETER HANCOCK, SARAH MANSUR and RAYMON TRONCOSOCapitol News [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – It was a year like no other, and one most Americans would just as soon forget, but 2020 is sure to last in the history books as one of the most tumultuous in modern history. It […]

Whither the GOP in Illinois?

By JIM NOWLAN Written in quill pen (not literally; it was 1965), my master’s thesis was about “Leaderless Politics: The Illinois Republican Party.” Not much has changed. That was an era when party organization mattered. My thesis was that when Republicans lost control of the governorship, the party became leaderless. Not much has changed. Back then, political patronage provided party […]

Illinois delivers more than 269,000 vaccines; 126,111 vaccinated thus far

Average COVID-19 case positivity rate stays below 8 percent for 11 days By SARAH MANSUR Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINFIELD — As Illinois’ COVID-19 hospitalization and case numbers have stabilized since the second-wave highs last month, the governor’s office announced 126,211 vaccinations were administered throughout the state, including Chicago, as of Tuesday evening. The state has delivered 108,225 vaccine doses […]

Ford County Public Health Department COVID-19 update (Dec. 30, 2020)

Ford County Public Health Department (FCPHD) is announcing 14 new cases. Ford County has a total of 1,230cases. Of those, 738 are confirmed cases and 492 are probable cases. Sadly, there has been two COVID-related deaths—onemale in his 70s that is associated with an outbreak at Heritage Health in Gibson City and another male in his 80s that is notassociated […]