Family, Friends Searching for Eldorado Man Missing Since April

Family, Friends Searching for Eldorado Man Missing Since April

ELDORADO – Family and friends are searching for a missing Eldorado man who has been missing for over a month. Chase Mitchell, 32 years old, has not been seen since mid-April and, has not had any activity on social media.  Mitchell is described as a 6’1″ white male weighing 160 pounds with brown hair and…

Justice Overstreet Appears in COVID-19 Video Featuring Judges Throughout Illinois

Justice Overstreet Appears in COVID-19 Video Featuring Judges Throughout Illinois

MT. VERNON – Appellate Court Justice David Overstreet has appeared in a new video featuring judges from across Illinois continuing to handle caseloads despite changes within the courts due to COVID-19. The video includes appearances from judges throughout Illinois utilizing new technology, conducting virtual hearings and proceedings remotely as well as appearing in person for…

IDPH Releases Guidance to Support Developmentally Disabled

IDPH Releases Guidance to Support Developmentally Disabled

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) released new guidance Friday to help families support their loved ones with developmental disabilities. The announcement from IDPH clarifies and strengthens a previously issued bulletin on non-discrimination in health care: Hospitals and health facilities should allow individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) to be accompanied…

Lawsuit Dismissed Seeking to Reinstate Protective Custody Visits

Lawsuit Dismissed Seeking to Reinstate Protective Custody Visits

SPRINGFIELD (AP) – Parents of children in protective custody lost a legal fight Tuesday seeking to compel the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) to reinstate in-person visitation during the coronavirus pandemic. Cook County Circuit Court Judge Caroline Moreland Tuesday dismissed the lawsuit filed by the public defender’s office on behalf of four mothers who…

Sheriff Bullard: Pritzker’s Rules Not Law, Due Process Eliminated

Sheriff Bullard: Pritzker’s Rules Not Law, Due Process Eliminated

MT. VERNON – The Illinois Sheriff’s Association is pushing back against Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s threat to withhold federal funding for areas where local officials refuse to enforce his executive orders. According to the governor’s emergency rules issued Friday, no area of the state is ready to reopen in May and restaurants are banned from offering…

ISP: No Arrests For Violating Rules, But Compliance Urged

ISP: No Arrests For Violating Rules, But Compliance Urged

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois State Police (ISP) responded Tuesday to Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s recent writ that would see business owners charged with a misdemeanor for opening their business before being cleared, ensuring residents no one would be arrested. A release on the ISP Facebook page stated the following: “During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Illinois State…

All of Illinois On Track for Loosened Restrictions, But Diligence Urged

All of Illinois On Track for Loosened Restrictions, But Diligence Urged

SPRINGFIELD (AP) – All parts of Illinois are on track to see coronavirus-related restrictions loosened and more businesses reopen before the end of the month, Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Tuesday, while also warning that residents must remain diligent about stopping the spread of COVID-19. Illinois recorded 1,545 new cases of COVID-19, including 146 additional deaths,…

Illinois Rep. Skillicorn Threatens Recall Resolution in Wake of Unemployment Website Issues

Illinois Rep. Skillicorn Threatens Recall Resolution in Wake of Unemployment Website Issues

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Rep. Allen Skillicorn said Sunday a recall resolution is on the table if Gov. J.B. Pritzker fails to fix the state’s unemployment claims website. Since March, the Illinois Department of Employment Security has had technical issues causing delays and frustration for thousands of residents trying to file unemployment benefits, Skillicorn said in…

Illinois Supreme Court Disbars Blagojevich

Illinois Supreme Court Disbars Blagojevich

SPRINGFIELD (AP) – The Illinois Supreme Court has officially confirmed the disbarment of former governor Rod Blagojevich. In response to a motion by the Administrator of the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission, the high court approved and confirmed the report and recommendation that Blagojevich be disbarred. The move comes just over two months after President…

Miss Illinois Competition Postponed Until 2021 Due to COVID-19

Miss Illinois Competition Postponed Until 2021 Due to COVID-19

MARION – The Miss Illinois Scholarship Organization announced this week the Miss Illinois 2020 Competition, previously scheduled for June in Marion, has been delayed until 2021 due to COVID-19. The action follows the Miss America Organization’s announcement last week that the Miss America 2021 competition, which would have been held in December 2020, would be delayed.…

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