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News Around Illinois – April 22, 2020

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Pritzker: COVID-19 Case Peak Hasn’t Happened Yet CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced 1,551 new cases of COVID-19 in the state Tuesday. That brings the statewide total to more than 33,000. 119 new fatalities brings the death toll to more than 1,400. IDPH noted that of the people who had confirmed […]

‘Little Free Libraries’ Provide Books To Kids While Schools And Libraries Are Closed

With schools and public libraries closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, communities are finding creative ways to provide children access to books and reading materials. Alexa Valadez, a seventh grader at Urbana Middle School, helps manage a “little free library” in her neighborhood in northeast Urbana.  It’s a collection of books for children of all […]

Ask The Newsroom: Restaurant Safety, Stimulus Checks And More

Due to the suddenness of the coronavirus outbreak, there is a slew of uncertainty surrounding the disease and its effects on society.  We’ve received questions from listeners about everything from how the restaurant service should operate to prevent the spread of the virus to COVID-19 recovery efforts to the status of unemployment and stimulus checks. […]

Illinois School Nurses Fear For Their Students Safety During The COVID-19 Pandemic

Lisa Marlow is worried about her students. Marlow is a school nurse and educator with the Murphysboro Community Unit School District 186.  The district serves primarily low-income students in a rural part of southern Illinois.  When school is in session, Marlow says having eyes on students, especially those with chronic conditions like Type 1 diabetes […]

In Champaign, Keeping Construction Sites Safe From Coronavirus Requires A Plan

Construction work is considered a critical trade under Governor Pritzker’s Stay-At-Home order, so it’s been continuing while other activities have been curtailed. But preventing the spread of the coronavirus remains important. So in Champaign, city officials are asking construction companies to have COVID-19 safety plans in place. The COVID-19 jobsite safety plans are required for […]