Ford County Public Health Department COVID-19 update (Feb. 2, 2021)

US needs to step up its game or face losing the economic ‘Cold War’

By JIM NOWLAN I had lunch this past week with two civic leaders in their handsome small city in central Illinois. Both had moved to their present town for family reasons, after careers in other states. They are both concerned about the averageness of their local high school. One is a successful, retired school man, from a Florida district that […]

Suburban Cook County exits mitigation tier

Only three regions remain under stricter mitigations By SARAH MANSURCapitol News [email protected] SPRINGFIELD — On Tuesday, suburban Cook County moved into more relaxed COVID-19 restrictions, leaving only three of the state’s 11 COVID-19 mitigation regions still under Tier 1 and Tier 2 restrictions. Regions 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 10 and 11 have all entered Phase 4, meaning indoor dining and […]

Planned central Illinois youth center will advance juvenile justice overhaul

‘Illinois Transformation Model’ aims for communal rehabilitation, restoration By Raymon TroncosoCapitol News [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker’s administration announced the planned opening of a new center for incarcerated youth in central Illinois Tuesday, the latest step in a plan to reform the state’s juvenile justice system. The Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice is establishing an Illinois Youth Center in […]

DCFS reports 17% decline in child death cases

Numbers fall despite fears that pandemic would cause increase By PETER HANCOCKCapitol News [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Child welfare officials in Illinois reported a 17 percent decline in the number of child death cases they investigated during the previous fiscal year, an indicator, they say, of progress in addressing previous shortcomings. According to the latest annual report by the Department of Children and […]