The coronavirus story is developing quickly in Illinois. Here are updates from WGLT's newsroom and our partners at Illinois Public Radio, NPR, and The Associated Press.
BLOOMINGTON ADDS BRUSH COLLECTION WORKER TO CATCH UP
4:44 p.m. Wednesday, April 22
The City of Bloomington said Wednesday it will add a worker to brush collection duties after crews fell behind a week or two.
City Manager Tim Gleason asked for public patience Monday. Two things, he said, created the backlog: a smaller workforce called for under the shelter-in-place order, and greater production of brush this spring because people are home more increased demand for collection.
The city said the worker will operate a knuckle-boom truck to speed up brush collection. The worker comes from the streets and sewers division.
— Charlie Schlenker | WGLT
MIDWEST FOOD BANK BENEFITS FROM RELIEF FUND
3:20 p.m. Wednesday, April 22
The Midwest Food Bank, headquartered in Normal, will receive $300,000 in the second round of money from the state's COVID-19 Relief Fund.
This round will send $4.9 million to 18 nonprofits. This round went mostly to large statewide or regional direct service providers who are addressing basic needs around the state.
“This grant will support Midwest Food Bank’s ongoing efforts to distribute food to our nonprofit partners across the state," Monica Scheuer, executive director for Midwest Food Bank's Peoria Division, said in a statement. “Our primary concern is ensuring local food pantries have full shelves as they face the additional strain of serving newly unemployed workers amid quarantine.”
— Ryan Denham | WGLT
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