Prairie Council On Aging Continues To Provide Meals & Services To Seniors

By Benjamin Cox on March 31, 2020 at 9:05am

The Prairie Council on Aging announced last week that the Door Bell dinners and Bread of Love programs were in search of volunteers to deliver meals. Council Executive Director Nancy Thorsen says that the volunteers would go through a mandatory health screening and be placed on a substitute teacher style list and be called into […]

LLCC Offering In-District Tuition Rates to MacMurray Transfers

By Benjamin Cox on March 31, 2020 at 5:35am

Lincoln Land Community College announced yesterday it would also be joining in to help displaced MacMurray College students find a new school. The school will be offering special assistance to students who have a sophomore standing or below complete their first two years of school or to assist any MacMurray College student who may want […]

Village of South Jacksonville Opens Up High Use Sewer Rate Sign Ups

By Benjamin Cox on March 31, 2020 at 5:28am

The Village of South Jacksonville has announced the sign up for their summer sewer rates. Applications can be picked up in the foyer of Village Hall on Dewey Drive. The completed applications can be dropped off in the night deposit boxes outside of Village Hall. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the sign up for the […]

Hoax: Illinois Not Suspending Liquor Sales Due to COVID-19

By Benjamin Cox on March 30, 2020 at 6:46pm

Several links to stories have circulated social media about the State of Illinois suspending the sales of alcohol on April 3rd. The Illinois Liquor Commission, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, as well as numerous media outlets around the state have said the information is false and is a hoax. Lightfoot said in a tweet this evening: […]

Pritzker Says Fed Broke Promise, Ezike Says Prisons Are High Risk For COVID-19 Spread

By Benjamin Cox on March 30, 2020 at 6:30pm

Governor J.B. Pritzker said he got a disappointing PPE shipment from the federal government yesterday. Pritzker said that President Donald Trump personally promised him 300,000 N95 masks for first responders in Illinois but that didn’t come in the third shipment of supplies from the federal government. “Our third federal shipment arrived yesterday. Our team at […]

Morgan County Health Officials Remind Public of HIPAA Law During COVID-19

By Benjamin Cox on March 30, 2020 at 6:15pm

The Morgan County Health Department has urged everyone to assume that everyone is infected with the virus and to stop calling to request the identity of those who are infected. While there have been some emergency provisions applied to HIPAA (the law that protects personal health information) by the Office of Civil Rights, they have […]

Coroner’s Office Announces First Death from COVID-19 In Morgan County

By Benjamin Cox on March 30, 2020 at 2:20pm

The first death in Morgan County from the coronavirus has been announced. Marcy Patterson, the Morgan County Coroner, announced in conjunction with the Morgan County Office of Emergency Management and the Morgan County Department of Public Health that the individual, an 84-year-old male who tested positive on March 25th, died today at 12:42 p.m. at […]

Millikin Offering “MacMurray Match” For Displaced Students

By Benjamin Cox on March 30, 2020 at 1:29pm

Millikin University in Decatur announced today the new “MacMurray Match” program for students who will be displaced after MacMurray College’s closure at the end of May. Under this program, students transferring to Millikin will pay the same amount of tuition to Millikin that they were paying to MacMurray. In order to be considered for the […]

Local Self-Care Industry Takes Huge Hit With Shutdown

By Benjamin Cox on March 30, 2020 at 1:17pm

Self-care services have been ruled non-essential during this time of the COVID-19 pandemic. Salons, barber shops, nail salons, and beauty parlors have all been closed due to the ability to spread the virus. Amanda Huseman of A Touch of Class Hair Salon says that the whole situation is bad all the way around for the […]

ICRF Funds Are Available To West Central Illinois

By Benjamin Cox on March 30, 2020 at 1:09pm

Governor J.B. Pritzker announced a relief fund established for Illinois’ non-profit community this past Thursday. Pritzker joined the United Way of Illinois and the Alliance of Illinois Community Foundations to announce the launch of the Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund or ICRF. The ICRF is being chaired by Pritzker’s sister and former U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny […]