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What to know as Illinois receives first COVID-19 vaccines

Amid optimism, Pritzker warns, ‘the road ahead will be long’ By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois jnowicki@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – The first doses of a COVID-19 vaccine approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration arrived in Illinois Monday, but officials said there’s still a need for social distancing, face coverings and other mitigations as a…

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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 jnowicki@capitolnewsillinois.com 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 rtroncoso@capitolnewsillinois.com 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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Secretary of state extends driver’s license, ID expiration dates

Online license plate sticker renewals increase by 84 percent By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois jnowicki@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – Expiration dates on Illinois driver’s licenses and state ID cards will be extended another three months, Secretary of State Jesse White announce Wednesday. White announced expirations for licenses and IDs will be extended until Feb. 1, 2021,…

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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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