Friday, August 27, 2021
Legislature called back to Springfield; Federal disaster aid on the way

Legislature called back for one-day session next week The House and Senate will be back in session for what is scheduled to be a one-day session next Tuesday, August 31….

Tuesday, August 24, 2021
Small Business Administration disaster assistance information

On Monday the federal Small Business Administration approved Ford County and all neighboring counties for disaster assistance following the destructive flooding which struck on August 12. Three different types of…

Friday, August 20, 2021
Census confirms population loss; Flood response continues

Census results confirm Illinois’ population decline The U.S. Census Bureau has released the results of the 2020 Census, and the news is not good for Illinois. The official figures confirm…

Friday, August 13, 2021
Budget already in distress; Local control resolution

Early report indicates state revenue is not keeping up with spending This spring the legislature passed an unbalanced budget, which Governor Pritzker then signed into law. The warnings about state…

Friday, August 6, 2021
School Mask Mandates, New FOID requirements, Energy Bill Impasse

Statewide Mask Mandate for Schools Governor JB Pritzker has issued a statewide mask mandate for K-12 students in all Illinois public and private schools. The Governor’s new order, announced Wednesday,…

Thursday, August 5, 2021
Rep. Bennett: Governor’s School Mask Mandate Usurps Parental/Local Control

Governor Pritzker’s new executive order imposing a statewide mandatory mask mandate for all Illinois schoolchildren usurps the rights of parents, and local school officials, state Representative Tom Bennett said today….

Friday, July 30, 2021
New mask recommendations; Unemployment fraud numbers

New recommendations call for wearing masks again As coronavirus has started spreading once again in some parts of the state, the Illinois Department of Public Health has announced that it…

Friday, July 23, 2021
Unemployment up slightly; Ethics reforms still needed

Unemployment increases by small amount in June Illinois’ unemployment rate went up by 0.1% in June, now standing at 7.2%. Gains continued to be made in the Leisure and Hospitality…

Friday, July 16, 2021
Calling for local control of re-openings; Ethics watchdog quits

CDC, ISBE issue re-opening guidance for schools; resolution calls for local control Last Friday the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued long-awaited guidance for schools nationwide which…

Friday, July 9, 2021
Looking for answers on masks; First day with no COVID deaths

Residents asking if students must wear masks in school this fall One question which is on the minds of many people in our area and throughout the state is whether…