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In the midst of a global pandemic that has shut down much of society, concerns remain about getting enough people tested.

In the midst of a global pandemic that has shut down much of society, concerns remain about getting enough people tested. 

Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Sunday said Illinois is testing about 4-thousand people per day.  He expects that number will be at 10-thousand in the next ten days. 

The Peoria Police Department is asking for the public's help to find a suspect considered armed and dangerous.

The National Weather Service in Lincoln said the tornado that briefly touched down about a mile east of the Peoria International Airport on Saturday night caused only minor damage.

The Illinois Department of Transportation has closed the Interstate 74 bridge in Peoria until the end of October.

Three More Test Positive For COVID-19 In Sangamon County

Mar 28, 2020

There are 12 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Sangamon County, according to Saturday's daily tally from the Sangamon County Department of Public Health and the four major healthcare organizations in Springfield. This includes one death. Two of the newest cases are from residents outside the county,

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker says an infant with COVID-19 has died and an investigation is underway to determine the cause of death.

Peoria food pantries are feeling the strain of more people in need, as COVID-19 closures take away jobs and access to food.

Thirteen more people with COVID-19 have died in Illinois, including an infant in Cook County.

At his daily press briefing Saturday, Gov. J.B. Pritzker grew emotional announcing the deaths, which also included an Illinois Department of Human Services employee.

Updated at 9:28: The National Weather Service says the tornado threat has ended in Peoria and areas west of the Illinois River. Tornado warnings are also canceled in Tazewell and Woodford counties.

Around 9 p.m., the NWS reported power flashes in Peoria, indicating a likely tornado on the ground. Spotter also visually saw a tornado. Ameren power maps show outages reported off Smithville Road near the Peoria International Airport.

The National Weather Service is forecasting hazardous conditions for Saturday afternoon and evening, with damaging winds, large hail, and tornadoes all possible.

Nonprofit organizations are being stretched thin during the coronavirus pandemic.  The Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln and the United Way of Central Illinois are overseeing the COVID-19 Response Fund for the Greater Capital Region of Illinois.    

There are nine confirmed COVID-19 cases in Sangamon County, according to a daily tally from the Sangamon County Department of Public Health and the four major healthcare organizations in Springfield. This includes one death, and two cases of residents from outside of the county.

Illinois leaders are calling for more retired healthcare workers to return to the profession to help the state combat the new coronavirus pandemic. Meanwhile, millions more dollars are being pumped into social service programs designed to help those in need.

A Bradley University student enrolled in the Semester Abroad program has tested positive for COVID-19.

A 174 year old educational institution in the area will soon close its doors permanently. 

The board of MacMurray College in Jacksonville voted unanimously Friday to shut down at the end of the spring semester in May.

The Peoria Civic Center is reporting revenue numbers deep in the red, after the novel coronavirus canceled virtually all concerts and sporting events.

Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-Moline) is applauding the passage of the CARES Act - the single largest relief package in American history.

As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads and the number of confirmed cases and deaths in Illinois increases, the state faces a growing medical, social, and economic crisis.  Governor J.B. Pritzker is urging people to abide by his "Stay at Home" order and calling on the federal government for more help.

As COVID-19 makes accessing groceries a challenge, more seniors and people with disabilities could get food delivered to their home.

Illinoisans owe a combined $58 billion on their federal student loans, and with Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker’s stay-at-home order leaving some residents unable to work, making payments on those loans can be an impossible task.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker in his daily COVID-19 briefing had harsh words for people who

gathered on Chicago’s beaches and in parks during this week’s warmer


“Right now, hosting a party, crowding down 

by the lake, playing a pickup basketball game in a public park.  If you are doing these things you are spitting

in the face of the doctors and nurses and first responders who are risking

everything so you can survive. “

Meanwhile, Illinois saw the highest growth in reported cases in a single day since COVID-19

A crisis can sometimes bring out the best in people.  And it can also lead them to rise above and find ways to keep going.

On this week's Statewide, we hear about volunteers working to help those on the front lines of health care, teachers working through obstacles to comntinue educating students and artists getting even more creative.  Those stories and more on this show.

The annual Summer Camp Music Festival in Chillicothe is postponed to late August.

Artists throughout Illinois have been hit particularly hard by the social distancing effects of the coronavirus pandemic. For many, their primary source of income has dried up as gigs and events have been canceled.

For this week’s Illinois Issues report, I gathered stories of their struggles and their solutions for keeping creativity alive during a global pandemic.  

Caterpillar said COVID-19 is beginning to negatively impact the earthmoving giant's supply chain - and warned more facility closures may be on the horizon.

Illinois Governor J-B Pritzker announced new measures to help businesses stay afloat during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Sarah Albracht got an early warning about the spread of the coronavirus.  The Springfield woman is the wife of a doctor at Springfield Clinic.

“As we were watching other countries, you start crunching numbers and realize we’re going to have some shortages and a crisis here as well,” she said.

There are six confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Sangamon County, including one new case reported Wednesday, according to a news release from the Sangamon County Department of Public Health and Springfield’s four major healthcare organizations. 

Commentary: The Coronavirus And The Citizen

Mar 25, 2020

COMMENTARY: The COVID 19 pandemic continues to unfold here in Illinois and the United States. There will likely be more cases, more fatalities, efforts of all kinds to contain and address this terrible life threatening virus that is wreaking havoc in and around the globe.  

From the vantage point of the average citizen the questions are what happens next, what will life be like in the days, and months ahead? 

Because I sit alone in my apartment trying to practice social distancing, I have some time to contemplate what’s next, what happened, and where is the average citizen in all this?  

Heartland Health Services is rolling out a mobile clinic this week to provide medical screening and care to local shelters.