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COVID-19 hospitalizations far higher in most Illinois regions than in first wave

‘Additional statewide action is possible,’ governor says By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – With no signs of slowing, key metrics measuring the spread of COVID-19 – including hospitalizations – continue to push numbers not seen since April and May. The 4,742 people hospitalized in Illinois due to COVID-19 as of Monday night…

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Contegra Construction completes medical facility in Edwardsville

HSHS Medical Group is expanding it multispecialty care in a new medical office facility in Edwardsville, Ill. developed by Romano Company.  Contegra Construction Co. completed the 17,000-square-foot building designed for multiple healthcare providers, including physical therapy services. Located at 1188 South State Route 157 near Edwardsville High School, lead tenant HSHS Medical Group is leasing…

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East Alton woman lifts way to senior hall of fame recognition

Shirley Webb shows she has the power to inspire. The Illinois Department on Aging announced East Alton resident  as a 2020 Senior Hall of Fame inductee for her dedication to physical fitness, and the Land of Lincoln Legal Aid as its 2020 Governor’s Engaging Aging awardee for their commitment to providing services for our older…

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MetroBikeLink trails getting use, survey results show

St. Clair County Transit District has announced the results of a survey it recently conducted to help quantify the impact of the MetroBikeLink System, which consists of 14 miles of trails and bike paths that run adjacent to the MetroLink alignment in Southwestern Illinois. Results from surveyed MetroBikeLink users were favorable and reinforced the system’s…

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Illinois AFL-CIO dedicates Labor History Plaza to former president

SPRINGFIELD – A longtime champion for workers and leader of one of the state’s pre-eminent labor organizations now has his place in history cemented prominently across from the Illinois State Capitol this week. The Illinois AFL-CIO, representing nearly 900,000 workers in 1,500 affiliated unions across the state, dedicated a new statue and sign boards in…

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Application period open for $5 million in grants for livestock farmers

Federal CARES Act provides funding for COVID-19 livestock disruptions By RAYMON TRONCOSO Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Department of Agriculture announced Thursday that $5 million in business recovery grants is available for the state’s livestock industry. Livestock producers and small meat and poultry plants impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic are eligible…

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Cone Huggys owner Jeff Hughart has worked with the Illinois Small Business Development Center for the Metro East at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and Business Specialist Marti Wieland since September 2018 to successfully create and launch Ice Cream Caddie, being touted as the world’s first ice cream cone to-go container. Each Ice Cream Caddie contains any…

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State halts indoor dining, bar service in Metro East starting Wednesday

METRO EAST – Governor Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health today announced additional COVID-19 mitigation efforts will be implemented in the Metro East effective Wednesday, Sept. 2. The area, known as Region 4, has increased its positivity rate following initial mitigations and is now reporting a current 7-day rolling test positivity average of 9.6 percent.…

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Metro East numbers dip but might not be enough to stave off more restrictions

Virus deaths, positivity rate spike amid low reported testing output By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD — The number of COVID-19-related deaths and the single-day test positivity rate spiked Tuesday as the Illinois Department of Public Health announced an abnormally small number of tests results over the previous 24 hours. The health department…

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