The Drew Rosten Show: Episode 48

In my podcast where I mostly talk about the Chicago Bears’ playoff loss to the New Orleans Saints, I forgot to mention how funny it was that the f-bomb was apparently dropped during the Nickelodeon broadcast. It was funny and inappropriate, but in my opinion, not as inappropriate as a comment made by Nate Burleson mentioned in this podcast. drewrosten.libsyn.com/episode-48

Madigan suspends speaker campaign: ‘This is not a withdrawal’

Challenges opponents to find 60 votes to lead Dems in 102nd General Assembly By JERRY NOWICKICapitol News [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – House Speaker Michael Madigan announced he would suspend his campaign for House Speaker of the 102nd General Assembly on Monday, but his statement made clear he was not withdrawing from the race. “This is not a withdrawal. I have suspended […]

Ford County Public Health Department COVID-19 update (Jan. 11, 2021)

Ford County Public Health Department (FCPHD) is announcing 14 new cases. Ford County has a total of 1,341cases. Of those, 796 are confirmed cases and 545 are probable cases. There has been a total of 39 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. […]

Stock+Field closing all 25 of its stores

WATSEKA — Stock+Field — a retailer of farm, home and outdoor products — announced this week that it is closing all 25 of its stores but said it hopes to reopen them at some point in the future. Stock+Field’s chairman and chief executive officer, Matthew Whebbe, announced the news in a Jan. 10 message on its website. “After more than […]

State veterans affairs director resigns in aftermath of deadly COVID-19 outbreak

Chapa LaVia faced questioning at House committee Monday morning By SARAH MANSURCapitol News [email protected] SPRINGFIELD — Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs Director Linda Chapa LaVia resigned Monday,  more than two months after an outbreak was first reported at the LaSalle Veterans’ Home that has killed more than a quarter of the facility’s residents. Chapa LaVia is the second high-profile departure […]

Some counties entering next phase of vaccine distribution

State prepares for loosened COVID-19 restrictions as rolling positivity remains below 8 percent By GRACE BARBICCapitol News [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Some regions of the state could see loosened COVID-19 restrictions as early as Friday as some counties have already transitioned to the next phase of vaccine distribution, Gov. JB Pritzker announced Monday. Although the state remains in Phase 1A of […]

Bill to end Medicaid managed care advances in House

Proposal is part of Black Caucus’ health care agenda By PETER HANCOCKCapitol News [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – A House committee on Monday advanced a bill that would end the system of hiring private insurance companies to manage the state’s Medicaid program at the end of their current contracts and replace it with a standard fee-for-service payment system. The bill also calls […]

Governor weighs in on criminal justice reform bill

Judiciary Committee hears testimony from detainee rights proponents By RAYMON TRONCOSOCapitol News [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker took questions on a massive criminal justice omnibus bill backed by the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus on Monday, noting he was generally “in favor of the process and the work that the Black Caucus has done overall.” When pressed on specific provisions […]