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Thousands receiving assistance in new program, Ameren says

Ameren Illinois has allocated $8 million in bill payment assistance to help qualified residential customers reduce or eliminate a past-due account balance. Under the “Fresh Start” program, up to $700 is available for customers struggling to pay energy bills as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Since the program opened on July 9, nearly 5,000…

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Heartland Women’s Healthcare promotes mask use with fundraiser

Heartland Women’s Healthcare, an Advantia Health practice, is raising funds for The Women’s Center, Inc. through the sale of bandana masks. Masks can be purchased online and at select Heartland Women’s offices in Illinois and Missouri. Proceeds will be donated to The Women’s Center Inc., a non-profit organization that provides domestic violence and sexual assault…

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Lincoln Land Community College offering solar energy training

Lincoln Land Community College in partnership with Wind Solar USA is offering two, four-week solar energy classes this summer at a reduced price. The trainings will be offered in a hybrid format, each using online learning with one, hands-on lab held in the Workforce Careers Center on the LLCC-Springfield campus, 5250 Shepherd Road. “If you…

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Illinois Trial Lawyers to install new president

Larry R. Rogers Jr., equity partner at Power Rogers in Chicago, will be installed as the 67th president of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association on Friday, June 5, during its virtual board meeting. Rogers, 52, received his bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Davis in 1990.  He continued his studies at ITT-Chicago-Kent College of…

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Illinois unemployment rate climbs to record 16.4% in April

New jobless claims in May appear to level out By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The unemployment rate in Illinois reached a staggering 16.4 percent in April, the highest rate recorded since the modern system of tracking joblessness began in 1976, the Illinois Department of Employment Security said Thursday. The previous record…

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Illinois tops single-day COVID-19 test record with 20K

Continues to increase testing as another 130 deaths reported By BEN ORNER Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Illinois continues to increase its COVID-19 testing capacity, setting a one-day record on Friday with more than 20,000 tests completed in state during the previous 24 hours. The Illinois Department of Public Health reported on Friday that…

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Another test collection site opens in Metro East

In cooperation with state and local elected officials, and Touchette Regional Hospital, SIHF Healthcare are opening their fourth COVID-19 test collection site, this one in Wood River. Screening phone lines are open Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at (618) 646-2596. The screening by a SIHF provider will involve questions about symptoms, possible…

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Libertarian, Green parties sue over Illinois election rules

Petitioning ‘practically impossible’ during COVID-19 stay-at-home orders, they claim By REBECCA ANZEL, Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD — Social distancing and stay-at-home orders, instituted to combat the novel coronavirus pandemic, are in direct conflict with Illinois’ ballot eligibility requirements, the Libertarian and Green parties of Illinois allege in a lawsuit filed Thursday. Both are considered…

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