DANVILLE — As the number of persons diagnosed with COVID-19 in Illinois continue to rise, and with two confirmed locally, OSF HealthCare officials say they have continued to plan for a potential surge in patients.

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DANVILLE — During a walk through Spring Hill Cemetery last summer, Duncan Auter spotted a name that sounded familiar. Duncan, 12, had heard stories from Larry Weatherford, president of two historical groups, about Pvt. George McKibben, a Civil War veteran.

DANVILLE — The days may be running into each other and the list of possible activities may be running short already for some people bored at home.

A Vermilion County resident in their 20s was tested in Champaign County and is currently hospitalized there after having tested positive for COVID-19, according to the Vermilion County Health Department on Tuesday.

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CATLIN — A dozen or so Salt Fork North Elementary School teachers hopped in their cars Monday morning and drove around Catlin to lift the spirits of their students.

DANVILLE — Danville District 118 school board members will meet via teleconference today to consider how to provide financial support to the district’s school bus drivers while schools statewide are closed due to COVID-19.

Health care dominated political dialogue leading up to the coronavirus crisis this month and if voters in the nation’s heartland are an accurate yardstick, the struggle over the best way to provide it will escalate on the road to November’s election.

HOOPESTON — The Hoopeston City council called an emergency meeting Friday to discuss approving a resolution declaring a state of emergency regarding the Covid-19 virus and to begin implementing Stage III of the Covid-19 City plan.

Good Sunday morning, everyone! We are in the middle of history being made, like it or not. I want to remember all that is happening day by day. I, personally, want to be better prepared should anything like this happen again.

Not to be confused with Veterans Day, which will be celebrated on Nov 11, 2020, today has been designated as National Vietnam War Veterans Day according to a law recently signed by President Trump. More information on this event can be read at http://tinyurl.com/w35mz3r.

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GEORGETOWN — The state fire marshal was on the scene Friday morning of a Thursday evening house explosion.

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DANVILLE — The city’s 528 public housing units will be down to 379 units after Phase 2 of demolitions if U.S Housing and Urban Development officials approve the plan.

DANVILLE — Last week’s Housing Authority of the City of Danville Board of Commissioners' meeting had commissioners and staff participating not in-person, but in their homes.

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DANVILLE — Animal lovers might not be able to enter a shelter at this time — at least not without an appointment — but there still are ways to help the cats and dogs.

DANVILLE – Danville Area Community College graduates and their families should plan to be cool and comfortable during this year’s commencement, even if the ceremony is postponed to later this summer.

SPRINGFIELD — More than 114,000 workers in Illinois filed first-time unemployment claims in the week ending March 21 as the United States saw its biggest one-week spike in recorded history. 3.2 million workers filing for benefits.

SPRINGFIELD — Hundreds of health care facilities in Illinois that largely serve low-income and minority communities are facing financial chaos because they’ve canceled most routine doctor visits in an attempt to stymie the coronavirus pandemic, according to an industry organization’s report.

SPRINGFIELD – A commission that advises the General Assembly on revenue and economic issues is warning that a slowdown of business activity caused by the COVID-19 outbreak is likely to bring about a recession that could cause a 20 percent drop in state revenues, spread out over a number of f…

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DANVILLE — OSF HealthCare Sacred Heart Medical Center officials are giving a big thank you to Vermilion County residents and the community for the support they're showing the hospital in this time of uncertainty with the coronavirus pandemic.

Gov. JB Pritzker announced a number of financial initiatives Wednesday to assist owners of bars, restaurants, hotels and other small businesses during the economic slowdown caused by the novel coronavirus pandemic.

DANVILLE – Balloons Over Vermilion organizers announced Wednesday they had canceled this year’s hot-air balloon festival due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns.

SPRINGFIELD – Lawmaking remains on hold in Illinois amid the COVID-19 pandemic as the state’s Senate and House each canceled next week’s scheduled session Wednesday.

CHICAGO — As the coronavirus causes shut-downs across the U.S., a coalition of youth-led organizations that had planned massive marches for the 50th anniversary of Earth Day next month are now planning a three-day livestream event instead, organizers said Tuesday.

DANVILLE — Eastern Illinois Foodbank plans a drive-through food distribution 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday at True Grit Fitness, 1803 Georgetown Road.

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DANVILLE — Mayor Rickey Williams Jr. took to social media earlier this week to start a couple of initiatives for people to participate together, but apart in their homes due to the coronavirus.

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DANVILLE – A program piloted today in Danville to provide nutritious meals to Danville District 118 students during the COVID-19 restrictions has the potential to go national.


DANVILLE – Danville’s very own Custard Cup opened for the season late last week despite cold temperatures, coronavirus restrictions and even a little snow during the weekend.

SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker said Tuesday the state is stockpiling medical supplies and working to expand its hospital capacity, even by converting some closed hotels into isolation facilities, as it braces for a sharp increase in demand due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus disease…

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois National Guard is assisting the state’s COVID-19 response by setting up testing centers and other civil action, not preparing for military action as has been rumored on social media, its adjutant general said during a news briefing on the virus Monday.

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DANVILLE – More than 40 Danville Area Community College faculty members found themselves back in the classroom last week to learn how to teach the remainder of the spring semester in virtual classrooms online.

SPRINGFIELD — Gov. JB Pritzker detailed the state’s efforts to stock up on personal protective equipment and said President Donald Trump was “responsive” to the state’s needs in a phone call Monday, one day after the pair feuded on Twitter.

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois General Assembly on Monday began its second week of shutdown due to the spread of the novel coronavirus disease, COVID-19, and officials said it is still uncertain when, or under what circumstances, the session will resume.

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Martha Ann Swaney, 96, of Covington, Ind., died at 9:46 a.m. Saturday, March 28, 2020, at the Waters of Covington. She was born Jan. 6, 1924, at Covington, the daughter of Sherman and Ruth (Meharry) Lewsader. Martha was a life resident of Covington and Veedersburg and a 1942 graduate of Veed…