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Executive Order Gives Health Care Providers Immunity from Civil Liability

Executive Order Gives Health Care Providers Immunity from Civil Liability

SPRINGFIELD (AP) – Gov. J.B. Pritzker issued a sweeping executive order (2020-19) granting many health care providers immunity from civil liability during the COVID-19 crisis. Medical facilities, community-integrated living facilities, community mental health centers and others are providing COVID-19 health care services cannot be sued until after the governor’s disaster declaration finally expires. The same…read more »

With Lower Area COVID-19 Cases, Local Expert Encourages Diligence

With Lower Area COVID-19 Cases, Local Expert Encourages Diligence

ANNA – Confirmed cases of COVID-19 in deep southern Illinois are still relatively low compared to the rest of the state, but according to experts, the numbers don’t mean the area is clear of an outbreak of the novel coronavirus. Shawnna Rhine, Community Outreach Coordinator with the Southern Seven Health Department, said with testing numbers…read more »

One Injured in Pickup Truck-Motorcycle Crash in Makanda

One Injured in Pickup Truck-Motorcycle Crash in Makanda

MAKANDA – One person was injured in a crash involving a pickup truck and a motorcycle at the intersection of Cedar Creek Rd. and Old U.S. 51 in Makanda around 4:45 Monday afternoon. According to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, 65-year-old Sally Ellis of Carbondale was driving her pickup east on Cedar Creek Rd. when she entered…read more »

Illinois Coronavirus by the Numbers: Monday, April 6 Update

Illinois Coronavirus by the Numbers: Monday, April 6 Update

SPRINGFIELD – During Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s daily press briefing Monday, 1,006 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 across the Illinois were announced, as well as an additional 33 deaths, raising the state’s totals to 12,262 and 307 respectively. Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike urged residents to “please stay at home” during the conference,…read more »

McDonald’s Donates One Million N95 Masks Across Illinois

McDonald’s Donates One Million N95 Masks Across Illinois

CHICAGO (AP) – McDonald’s will donate one million N95 masks across Illinois as the state battles a growing number of coronavirus cases, the fast food chain announced Monday. The masks will first go to first responders and healthcare professionals in McDonald’s home city and state where critical protective gear is in short supply, according to a…read more »

Illinois Ethics Deadline Missed Due to COVID-19

Illinois Ethics Deadline Missed Due to COVID-19

SPRINGFIELD (AP) – The Democratic lawmakers leading a committee to study stricter ethics guidelines for the Illinois General Assembly acknowledged they missed a key deadline because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Commission on Ethics and Lobbying Reform was formed last fall after several federal indictments for bribery and more hit sitting legislators. The deadline set…read more »

Marion Officer on Paid Leave During Off-Duty Incident Investigation

Marion Officer on Paid Leave During Off-Duty Incident Investigation

MARION – A Marion Police Department employee is being investigated for an off-duty incident that happened Sunday in Johnson County. This incident is being investigated by the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department and the Illinois State Police. At this time, the officer and victims’ names are being withheld. The officer in question is currently on paid administrative leave.read more »

Summer/Fall Registration Underway for SIC, Online Tutorial Available

Summer/Fall Registration Underway for SIC, Online Tutorial Available

SALINE CO. – Registration for summer and fall classes is underway at Southeastern Illinois College (SIC), and the college has introduced a step-by-step process of registering online. An interactive YouTube tutorial has been developed to walk current students through registering online through their MySIC accounts. Students continuing their education with SIC can register for summer…read more »

Essential Workers in Illinois Quality for State’s Child Care Assistance Program

Essential Workers in Illinois Quality for State’s Child Care Assistance Program

SPRINGFIELD (AP) – Effective April 1, all essential workers in health care, human services, essential government services, and essential infrastructure now qualify for the state’s Child Care Assistance Program. The state will cover most of the cost of care provided by emergency child care centers and homes. This expansion of eligibility includes those working as nurses…read more »

COVID-19 Cases Over 11K in Illinois, Several Reported in So. Ill.

COVID-19 Cases Over 11K in Illinois, Several Reported in So. Ill.

SPRINGFIELD (AP) – The Illinois Department of Public Health Sunday announced the state has a total of 11,256 cases and 274 deaths, up from 7,695 cases on Friday and 210 deaths. Several new cases were reported from area health departments this weekend. Here are the latest: Jackson County (12 total) Male in his twenties, likely exposed through travel…read more »

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