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WEATHER ALERT: Hurricane Beryl’s to bring heavy rainfall and potential flooding to Illinois

News Around Illinois – June 9, 2020

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Remnants of Cristobal Will Bring Winds And Heavy Rains To Illinois

Tropical Storm Cristobal could soon renew its strength by merging with another storm system to form a large cyclone. After drenching much of the South, forecasters now expect the storm to bring fierce winds and heavy rain to much of the Midwest by Tuesday. Forecasters say significant river flooding is possible in the upper Mississippi River valley. – Associated Press


Illinois Reports 867 New Coronavirus Cases, 43 New Deaths

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 867 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus, bringing the total number of cases in the state to 127,757. The department on Sunday reported 43 additional deaths from the disease in the past 24 hours, raising that total number to 5,904. The Health Department says nearly 21,000 tests for COVID-19 were administered within the past 24 hours, for a total of slightly more than one million. The health department says the preliminary seven-day statewide positivity rate for cases as a percent of total tested from May 31 through June 6 is 5%. – Associated Press

University Of Illinois Releases Draft Plan For Returning To Campus In Fall 2020

URBANA – As the state moves through Phase 3 of the Restore Illinois plan, officials at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign say it’s unlikely that full in-person classes will return in the fall due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, a task force in charge of planning out strategies for a return to campus is laying out plans for a modified reopening of classes. In a report draft released last week, the task force says the goal is to inch toward face-to-face learning as much as possible, since in-person instruction provides students with vital interactions and opportunities, and remote learning is even more difficult for those who lack access to technology, quiet spaces or support networks. But due to public health concerns, the U of I is considering a modified approach, which would involve a mix of in-person and remote learning. – Lecia Bushak, Illinois Newsroom

Small Plane Crashes In Corn Field Near Monee, Pilot Killed

MONEE  — A pilot is dead after a small plane he was flying crashed into a cornfield near a small northern Illinois airport. Will County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Kathy Hoffmeyer says the single-engine plane had just taken off from Bult Field near the community of Monee and was trying to land there when one witness said the aircraft sounded like it was having engine trouble before it spun out of control and crashed. Nobody else was injured an the pilot has not been identified.  Hoffmeyer says investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration are at the scene trying to determine the cause of the crash. – Associated Press

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