Protecting Workers, Maintaining Quality of Life Goals of Ameren

Protecting Workers, Maintaining Quality of Life Goals of Ameren

COLLINSVILLE – During uncertain times like today, utilities are essential to keep some kind of normalcy. Like most other businesses, Ameren Illinois is taking steps to protect workers and strengthening the power grid during the COVID-19 outbreak. Richard Mark, President and Chairman of Ameren Illinois, said they understand the utility’s responsibility to maintaining quality of life…

Pritzker Reveals ‘Care Comes First’ Plan to Expand COVID-19 Medical Coverage

Pritzker Reveals ‘Care Comes First’ Plan to Expand COVID-19 Medical Coverage

CHICAGO – Governor J.B. Pritzker Sunday announced the “Care Comes First” action plan – a series of efforts led by the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services to expand medical coverage for residents across the state. The state has submitted two federal waivers requesting increased flexibilities around Medicaid coverage. If approved, individuals, whether uninsured…

Carbondale, St. Louis Area Foodbank Hosting Virtual Food Drive

Carbondale, St. Louis Area Foodbank Hosting Virtual Food Drive

CARBONDALE – The City of Carbondale has teamed up with the St. Louis Area Foodbank to host a Virtual Food Drive in response to COVID-19. The online food drive allows participants to shop for food pantries’ most needed items such as canned goods, beef stew, and macaroni and cheese, plus allows for cash donations. The…

Illinois Calls on Licensed Medical Professionals to Assist in Fight Against COVID-19

Illinois Calls on Licensed Medical Professionals to Assist in Fight Against COVID-19

SPRINGFIELD (AP) – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and Illinois Emergency Management Agency are calling on all licensed medical professionals to join the State’s fight against COVID-19. Illinois Helps is an online volunteer management system that tracks healthcare workers that are available to respond, when activated, to a significant disaster or public health…

Illinois Reports Over 1,000 New Cases Sunday, Testing to Double Soon

Illinois Reports Over 1,000 New Cases Sunday, Testing to Double Soon

CHICAGO (AP) – Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Sunday Illinois will soon more than double the number of COVID-19 tests it can administer each day as the number of cases in the state surged. Public health officials announced Sunday 1,105 new cases, including 18 deaths. Overall, Illinois has reported more than 4,500 cases, including 65 deaths.…

First COVID-19 Case Confirmed in Saline County Man

First COVID-19 Case Confirmed in Saline County Man

EGYPTIAN – The Egyptian Health Department was notified Sunday about a 49-year-old Saline County man who has tested positive for coronavirus. According to a press release from the Egyptian Health Department, the man is at home and doing well. He had already been self-quarantined and followed appropriate guidelines prior to notification of the confirmed results. This is…

Second COVID-19 Case Confirmed in Jackson Co., First in Jefferson Co.

Second COVID-19 Case Confirmed in Jackson Co., First in Jefferson Co.

SOUTHERN IL – The Jackson and Jefferson County Heath Departments each released announcements Thursday of confirmed individual COVID-19 cases within their respective counties. According to a release from the former, Jackson County’s now second confirmed case is a male in his late teens. He is “fair” and at home in isolation until well and cleared…

Community Health Centers in Illinois Facing Huge Losses and Layoffs

Community Health Centers in Illinois Facing Huge Losses and Layoffs

SPRINGFIELD (AP) – Hundreds of health care facilities in Illinois are facing financial chaos brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. Without assistance, the state’s federally established community health centers face losses of $181 million and 4,350 layoffs during the next three months, according to an internal financial review completed Wednesday for the Illinois Primary Health Care Association…

E-Learning Continues for Harrisburg Schools Amid Continued Closures Through the State

E-Learning Continues for Harrisburg Schools Amid Continued Closures Through the State

HARRISBURG – The Harrisburg School District will continue e-learning as the state-wide school closures continue. In an update from the district, officials said the e-learning program is continuing with materials sent out at the beginning of the closure. They’re asking students to continue to look for updates from their teachers on their coursework. Those without…

IL Income Tax Filing, Payment Deadline Extended

IL Income Tax Filing, Payment Deadline Extended

SPRINGFIELD – Gov. Pritzker announced Wednesday that the state is extending the income tax filing and payment deadline by three months, from April 15 to July 15. The Department of Revenue (IDOR) will continue to process tax refunds for those filing ahead of the new deadline. Wednesday’s announcement builds on earlier measures to assist Illinoisans, including expanding unemployment…

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