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WIQI News Archives for 2021-01

Kane Brown Added to the 2021 Illinois Lottery Grandstand Lineup

SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois State Fair will welcome Kane Brown to the Illinois Lottery Grandstand Stage Friday, August 13. Fairgoers who purchase grandstand tickets will receive a full refund if COVID-19 prevents the Illinois State Fair from being held.

 

Global entertainer Kane Brown has been called “the future of country” (Billboard), one of the “31 People Changing the South” (Time) and “Breakthrough Artist of the Year” in 2018(Associated Press). Mixtape Vol. 1, the 5X AMA winner’s first multi-song project achieved the best country EP debut of 2020.

 

Brown made history as the first artist ever to lead all five of Billboard’s main country charts simultaneously with his 13-week-No. 1 debut album, Kane Brown, which included the huge hits “Heaven” and “What Ifs”.

 

“Heaven” and “What Ifs” both have exceeded 1 billion streams worldwide. With his 6X Platinum album, Brown joined Taylor Swift and Luke Bryan as the only artists with multiple 6X Platinum or more country songs certified by the RIAA. 

 

With the chart-topping Billboard 200 release Experiment in November 2018, Brown became the only male country artist in more than 24 years to have his sophomore album debut at the top of this chart. The Platinum-certified album has yielded consecutive No. 1 singles: the 2X Platinum “Homesick” and Platinum-certified tracks “Good As You” and “Lose It.” Brown’s Mixtape Vol. 1 EP features his newest country single, “Worship You,” and two Gold-certified hits, his latest country smash, “Cool Again,” and No. 13-and-climbing Top 40 single, “Be Like That,” a collaboration with Swae Lee and Khalid. The EP also includes the unifying and powerful “Worldwide Beautiful” and John Legend collaboration, “Last Time I Say Sorry.” Other collaborations in Brown’s career, include his 2X Platinum hit “One Thing Right”.

 

Tickets for Kane Brown will go on sale tomorrow, January 30 at 10am on www.ticketmaster.com.

 

Tickets for all other previously announced shows are currently on sale via Ticketmaster.

 

Thursday, August 12: Staind with TBD
Tier 3 - $30 / Tier 2 - $35 / Tier 1 - $40 / SRO Track - $50 / Blue Ribbon Zone - $75

Friday, August 13: Kane Brown with Restless Road
Tier 3 - $48 / Tier 2 - $43 / Tier 1 - $38 / SRO - $58 / Blue Ribbon Zone - $83

Saturday, August 14: Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias
Tier 3 - $26 / Tier 2 - $31 / Tier 1 - $36 / Track Seats 1200 Avail. - $46 / Blue Ribbon Zone - $71

Sunday, August 15: Toby Keith with Craig Morgan
Tier 3 - $39 / Tier 2 - $44 / Tier 1 - $49 / SRO Track - $59 / Blue Ribbon Zone - $84

Monday, August 16: The Traveling Salvation Show – A Tribute to Neil Diamond
FREE Concert

Tuesday, August 17: Chris Young with Ingrid Andress and Payton Smith
Tier 3 - $27 / Tier 2 - $32 / Tier 1 - $37 / SRO Track - $47 / Blue Ribbon Zone - $72

Wednesday, August 18: I Love the 90’s Tour
Tier 3- $14 / Tier 2- $19 / Tier 1 - $24 / SRO Track - $34 / Blue Ribbon Zone -  $59   

Thursday, August 19: Bad Flower with TBD
General Admission Seating - $15 / SRO Track - $15/ Blue Ribbon Zone - $50
* At time of purchase, customer will choose whether they are buying Blue Ribbon Zone seats, a general admission seat, or a standing room only track ticket.

Friday, August 20: Kelsea Ballerini with Kylie Morgan and Chapel Hart
Tier 3 - $25 / Tier 2 - $30 / Tier 1 - $35 / SRO Track - $45 / Blue Ribbon Zone - $70

Saturday, August 21: TBD

Sunday, August 22: George Thorogood with 38 Special
Tier 3 - $14 / Tier 2 - $19 / Tier 1 - $24 / SRO Track - $34 / Blue Ribbon Zone - $59

Mark your calendars for the 2021 Illinois State Fair, August 12 through 22, in Springfield. Stay up to date with all the latest news and announcements from the Illinois State Fair by connecting with us via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Iroquois County Covid vaccine Update 1/29/21

The Iroquois County Public Health Department (ICPHD), in partnership with Iroquois Memorial Hospital, will be hosting community-based COVID-19 vaccination clinics for qualifying Iroquois County residents. At this time, all appointments for the COVID-19 vaccination clinic on February 1st, 2021 have been filled. We will notify the public when more vaccine is available. For those who have an appointment, the vaccination clinic will be held at Iroquois Memorial Hospital. Clients will be asked to enter through the main entrance located on the north side of the building and are required to bring a valid form of photo ID. Individuals who are wheelchair bound or in need of additional assistance may enter through the Emergency Room entrance on the south side of the building. If you do not feel well the day of your appointment or are in isolation or quarantine, please call ICPHD to reschedule. Patients will need to wear a face covering, practice social distancing, and plan to allow at least 15 minutes for observation after the vaccination. Please wear clothing to allow easy access to the upper portion of the arm for the injection. ICPHD is expecting to receive weekly or bi-weekly allocations of the COVID-19 vaccine from the State of Illinois. If you were unable to schedule an appointment for this community-based clinic, please watch for future notification of upcoming clinics as more vaccine becomes available. As more vaccine is allocated ICPHD will communicate availability, along with when, where, and how to receive the vaccine, via traditional and social media outlets as well as on the ICPHD website: http://www.co.iroquois.il.us/health-department/covid-19-corona-virus/. The Illinois Department of Public Health has compiled a comprehensive list of frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccination. Information can be found at: http://dph.illinois.gov/covid19/vaccine-faq. For individual concerns regarding allergies or other medical conditions please consult your own medial provider.  

Iroquois County Covid 19 Update 1/29/21

As of 01/28/21 there have been 2,283 confirmed cases and 390 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County.  There has been a total of 5 new cases since our last update.

 

Due to the current surge in COVID-19 cases, ICPHD will not be reporting case age and gender until further notice. We apologize for the inconvenience, but we need to focus all our time on contact tracing and mitigating the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

 

Please find the attached Iroquois County COVID-19 update for 01/28/21. Please reference the following explanation of probable cases:

“The probable cases that we will be reporting on the daily press release are individuals who have been tested and are found to have a positive test result by a local clinic using "rapid" tests that are not, at this time, IDPH approved tests. These are antigen tests, not molecular tests, and are not laboratory confirmed. Therefore, those individuals who test positive using rapid testing from this source, will be reported as a probable case. Please note that there are different rapid tests available from different sources. Some rapid tests are IDPH approved while some are not. If individuals chose to be tested at a clinic or physician’s office that is using a test that is not IDPH approved and the results are positive, that individual will be listed as a probable case and will be required to isolate per health department protocol. Their direct, known and identified contacts will be quarantined. We realize that there are numerous definitions of Probable Cases but ICPHD will use the Probable Cases category to identify the individuals who have tested positive using a rapid test, not yet approved by IDPH, as these positive results are not laboratory confirmed.”

Iroquois County Covid vaccine Update

The staff of the Iroquois County Public Health Department and Iroquois Memorial Hospital have been working diligently to schedule and distribute COVID-19 vaccine allotted from the State of Illinois to eligible Iroquois County residents. ICPHD is provided a limited number of vaccines in each allocation received. When vaccine is received our staff works quickly to arrange a clinic and notify the public of availability. Unfortunately, with a limited supply, we cannot vaccinate every resident qualifying in Phase 1b immediately. An estimated 3.2 million Illinois residents are in Phase 1b of the Illinois Mass Vaccination Plan. In Iroquois County alone, there are an estimated 7,000 people over the age of 65 and numerous additional individuals who are eligible for vaccine in Phase 1b. With an average of only 250 - 300 doses available per clinic, many people will be disappointed that they have to wait for vaccine. Until the vaccine supply increases, vaccination appointments will be filled quickly. We ask that people be patient. It will take many weeks, possibly months, before everyone in Phase 1b will be able to get an appointment for the vaccine. Our staff would love nothing more than to provide vaccine to every Iroquois County resident that wanted it immediately but that is simply not possible at this time. Please reference the chart at the bottom of the linked webpage for eligible populations in each phase of the Illinois Mass Vaccination Plan: https://www.dph.illinois.gov/covid19/vaccination-plan. Individuals have inquired about a wait list or online scheduling for available COVID-19 vaccine. With thousands of Iroquois County residents wishing to receive the vaccine, our staff cannot call every individual waiting. There are many factors that flaw a wait list system for vaccine distribution. Residents on a call list may miss the initial call and become angry that all appointment were filled by the time they return the call. After receiving a call, individuals would likely notify their friends and family of availability, who would likely call us to schedule an appointment. This would prevent ICPHD staff from being able to access outgoing phone lines to notify those on the list. ICPHD does not want to mislead our community with a waitlist for appointments that may not be obtainable for weeks or even months. A wait list may initially pacify individuals but could lead to disappointment as people would continually call to inquire where they are at on a waitlist. When vaccine is available, ICPHD will notify the public with a press release issued to all area news outlets, including local radio stations and newspapers. We are aware that many newspapers are not published before appointment times will be filled. We will also notify the public on our Facebook page and website: http://www.co.iroquois.il.us/health-department/. Please note that press releases will occur after vaccine is received and will be issued at approximately 11:00 AM on days that we will be scheduling appointments. This will provide those who work, and are unable to access radio or their phones during working hours, an opportunity to call during their lunch breaks. After a press release has been issued our staff will immediately be scheduling appointments by phone. Individuals who call or send messages to us through Facebook prior to the press release will not receive advance notice of vaccine availability. ICPHD has added 10 new phone lines in Date: January 27, 2021 FOR RELEASE THE WEEK OF: Immediate Release Contact: Taylor Eades, PIO (815)432-2483 teades@co.iroquois.il.us PRESS RELEASE Page 2 of 2 the past 2 months and have increased the number of staff answering phones in an attempt to address increased call volume. If you are unable to reach a staff member please call at a later time. To avoid miscommunication, you will not be able to leave a message asking for a return call. When all appointments for available vaccine have been filled, ICPHD will issue a second press release notifying the public. We understand that this a frustrating time for many of you wishing to receive the vaccine either for yourself or a loved one. Our team is working tirelessly to provide vaccine to our community as quickly and efficiently as possible. Again, we thank you for your patience as we await enough vaccine for everyone who wants to be vaccinated.

Iroquois County Covid 19 Update 1/28/21

As of 01/27/21 there have been 2,281 confirmed cases and 387 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County.  There has been a total of 14 new cases since our last update.

 

Due to the current surge in COVID-19 cases, ICPHD will not be reporting case age and gender until further notice. We apologize for the inconvenience, but we need to focus all our time on contact tracing and mitigating the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

 

Please find the attached Iroquois County COVID-19 update for 01/27/21. Please reference the following explanation of probable cases:

“The probable cases that we will be reporting on the daily press release are individuals who have been tested and are found to have a positive test result by a local clinic using "rapid" tests that are not, at this time, IDPH approved tests. These are antigen tests, not molecular tests, and are not laboratory confirmed. Therefore, those individuals who test positive using rapid testing from this source, will be reported as a probable case. Please note that there are different rapid tests available from different sources. Some rapid tests are IDPH approved while some are not. If individuals chose to be tested at a clinic or physician’s office that is using a test that is not IDPH approved and the results are positive, that individual will be listed as a probable case and will be required to isolate per health department protocol. Their direct, known and identified contacts will be quarantined. We realize that there are numerous definitions of Probable Cases but ICPHD will use the Probable Cases category to identify the individuals who have tested positive using a rapid test, not yet approved by IDPH, as these positive results are not laboratory confirmed.”

Public Health Officials Announce 3,751 New Cases of Coronavirus Disease

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 3,751 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 81 additional deaths.

 

- Adams County: 1 female 80s, 1 male 80s, 1 male 90s
- Cass County: 1 male 80s
- Clark County: 1 male 80s
- Cook County: 1 male 30s, 1 female 40s, 1 male 40s, 1 male 50s, 1 female 60s, 3 males 60s, 2 females 70s, 4 males 70s, 1 female 80s, 3 males 80s, 3 females 90s, 1 male 90s
- DeKalb County: 1 female 80s, 1 male 80s, 1 male 100+
- DuPage County: 1 female 80s, 1 female 90s, 1 male 90s
- Grundy County: 1 male 70s
- Hancock County: 1 female 90s
- Hardin County: 1 male 90s
- Henry County: 1 female 70s
- Jefferson County: 2 males 70s
- Kane County: 1 female 40s, 1 female 90s
- Kendall County: 1 male 70s
- Knox County: 1 male 50s
- Lake County: 2 female 90s
- LaSalle County: 2 males 70s
- Livingston County: 1 male 80s
- Logan County: 1 female 80s
- Madison County: 1 male 60s, 1 male 70s, 1 female 80s, 1 male 90s
- McHenry County: 1 female 50s, 1 male 60s
- McLean County: 1 female 90s, 1 male 90s
- Montgomery County: 1 female 50s, 1 female 80s
- Ogle County: 1 male 80s
- Saline County: 1 female 90s
- Sangamon County: 1 male 70s, 1 male 80s, 1 female 90s
- St. Clair County: 3 females 70s, 1 female 80s, 1 male 80s
- Stark County: 1 female 80s
- Stephenson County: 1 female 90s
- Tazewell County: 1 female 80s
- Vermilion County: 1 female 90s
- Wayne County: 1 male 60s
- Will County: 2 males 70s, 2 males 80s
- Williamson County: 1 female 80s
- Winnebago County: 1 male 70s, 1 male 90s

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 1,112,181 cases, including 18,964 deaths, in 102 counties in Illinois. The age of cases ranges from younger than one to older than 100 years. Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 80,124 specimens for a total 15,633,443.  As of last night, 2,931 in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 591 patients were in the ICU and 300 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.

 

The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from January 20–26, 2021 is 4.5%.  The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity from January 20–26, 2021 is 5.6%.

 

A total of 1,253,300 doses of vaccine have been delivered to providers in Illinois, including Chicago.  In addition, approximately 537,050 doses total have been allocated to the federal government’s Pharmacy Partnership Program for long-term care facilities.  This brings the total Illinois doses to 1,790,350.  IDPH is currently reporting a total of 773,623 vaccines administered, including 117,983 for long-term care facilities.  Yesterday, a total of 53,628 doses were administered.  The 7-day rolling average of vaccines administered daily is 33,698 doses.

 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is adjusting the number of doses per vial of Pfizer vaccine.  Initially, each vial of Pfizer vaccine was counted as having five doses.  However, it has since been found that the vials contain six doses.  Therefore, the CDC is adjusting the number of doses of vaccine that have been made available.  Each box of Pfizer vaccine containing 195 vials and was considered to contain 975 doses.  Now, each box of 195 vial will be counted as containing 1,170 doses.
 
*All data are provisional and will change. In order to rapidly report COVID-19 information to the public, data are being reported in real-time. Information is constantly being entered into an electronic system and the number of cases and deaths can change as additional information is gathered.  Information for deaths previously reported has changed, therefore, today’s numbers have been adjusted.  For health questions about COVID-19, call the hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email dph.sick@illinois.gov.

Governor Pritzker Announces State Will Buy West Loop Building that Will Save $20 Million a Year

State of Illinois acquires 555 West Monroe, a 17-story building in Chicago’s West Loop as part of effort to optimize real estate portfolio. Acquisition will result in the elimination of $20m in leasing expenses.

 

CHICAGO - Governor JB Pritzker today announced the State of Illinois has acquired 555 West Monroe in Chicago’s West Loop for a purchase price of $73.25 million, with annual savings that will more than pay for the building. Eventually, the State will relocate over 1,000 employees to 555, including employees who work in nearby leased facilities as well as those who are currently at the James R. Thompson Center but don’t need to be downtown.

 

“The acquisition of 555 West Monroe is an important step in our effort to optimize the State’s real estate portfolio, reduce operating expenses, and enhance workforce and workplace performance,” Governor JB Pritzker said. “Since I took office, I’ve been focused on making sure that we manage our assets efficiently and maximize taxpayer savings. This building pays for itself because we’re terminating a patchwork of expensive downtown leases.”

 

The State leases office space in seven properties in the loop, at a cost of $21.3 million in base rent and operating costs and will continue to seek consolidation opportunities into State-owned real estate.

 

The acquisition of the building represents the next phase of the State’ review and restructuring of its real estate portfolio. In Phase 1, Illinois Department of Central Management Services (CMS) met with all of the agencies located in downtown Chicago to understand their physical space and geographic location requirements. This was done through the lens of our new space standards, effective as of September 1st, 2020, which more closely reflect current best practices. Through this lens, CMS found that our real estate footprint could be reduced by approximately 30 percent.

As part of this analysis, CMS determined that of the state employees located in downtown Chicago, approximately 2,200 employees at the Thompson Center and 1,300 employees in leased facilities, only about 900 employees require a Loop location. The remainder of the employees can be located elsewhere.
 
In Phase 2, CMS developed relocation scenarios, performed a financial analysis for the commercial real estate market, identified properties with large, contiguous space, and ultimately acquired 555 West Monroe. The final Phase will include the sale of the Thompson Center.
 
Due to prolonged deferred maintenance and delayed capital projects, it is estimated that the cost to bring the Thompson Center into a state of good repair exceeds $325M and is projected to increase to over $525M by 2026. The facility is costly to operate with annual operating expenses exceeding $17 million and is the subject of employee dissatisfaction as a result of its design flaws. By selling the oversized, outdated and expensive facility, the State can relocate its core services to more appropriate and efficient replacement spaces. This strategic relocation effort will reduce operating costs, increase productivity, and better serve constituents.

 

555 was constructed in 2002 and designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. It previously served as a regional office for a Fortune 100 company. In 2008, it achieved LEED Silver for Existing Building certification. LEED or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, was created by the U.S. Green Building Council and is an internationally recognized green building certification system to ensure it was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving energy usage, indoor air quality, water efficiency, and selecting building materials that protect our natural resources. By comparison, 555’s annual operating expenses are approximately $10.80 per square foot.

CMS has been reviewing its downtown Chicago real estate portfolio to identify opportunities for efficiency improvements, space consolidation, and other strategies that produce real savings while maintaining a productive workforce. 

 

“This purchase will provide significant operational savings while providing a state-of-the-art location that meets the specific needs of our operations”, said Director of CMS Janel L. Forde.

The State also saved approximately $2.6 million on the purchase by making the acquisition without a broker.

 

555 is a 429,316 rentable square foot building that includes many attributes that are suitable for State operations. The building is situated in a transit-oriented location, proximate to Union Station and Oglivie Transportation Center and walking distance to Chicago Transit Authority train stations.  Unlike many older commercial office buildings, 555 West Monroe is well designed with efficient floor layouts and modern building systems. The existing layouts, as constructed and furnished, are well suited to immediately re-use by the State. Offices are positioned as adjacent to the building center and workstations flank the perimeter affording all occupants daylighting and views. The building has been designed to incorporate modern security protocols including entry lobby turnstile access controls as well as programmable proximity reader access controls on each floor. Operational enhancements, including existing data center, mailroom, and loading dock, are well maintained. Workstations, furniture, select equipment are all included in the acquisition cost.

Iroquois County Covid 19 Update 1/27/21

As of 01/26/21 there have been 2,268 confirmed cases and 386 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County.  There has been a total of 10 new cases since our last update. 1 additional individual has passed away with COVID-19.

 

We extend our prayers and deepest condolences to the family, friends, and community members affected by this loss.

 

Due to the current surge in COVID-19 cases, ICPHD will not be reporting case age and gender until further notice. We apologize for the inconvenience, but we need to focus all our time on contact tracing and mitigating the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

 

Please find the attached Iroquois County COVID-19 update for 01/26/21. Please reference the following explanation of probable cases:

“The probable cases that we will be reporting on the daily press release are individuals who have been tested and are found to have a positive test result by a local clinic using "rapid" tests that are not, at this time, IDPH approved tests. These are antigen tests, not molecular tests, and are not laboratory confirmed. Therefore, those individuals who test positive using rapid testing from this source, will be reported as a probable case. Please note that there are different rapid tests available from different sources. Some rapid tests are IDPH approved while some are not. If individuals chose to be tested at a clinic or physician’s office that is using a test that is not IDPH approved and the results are positive, that individual will be listed as a probable case and will be required to isolate per health department protocol. Their direct, known and identified contacts will be quarantined. We realize that there are numerous definitions of Probable Cases but ICPHD will use the Probable Cases category to identify the individuals who have tested positive using a rapid test, not yet approved by IDPH, as these positive results are not laboratory confirmed.”

Iroquois County police news 1/26/21

On January 21 st 2021, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested Ricky L Blaylock, age 36, of Watseka, According to police reports,

Blaylock was wanted on an outstanding Governor's warrant as fugitive from justice. Blaylock was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he remaine In custody.

 

On January 22nd, 2021, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested Kelly J. WIIgon, age 47, of Watseka. According to police reports, Wilson was wanted on an outstanding Iroquois County warrant for failure to appear on a driving while license suspended charge, Wilson was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he posted the required bond,

 

On January 22nd, 2021, Carey F. Roberts, age 41, of Watseka turned himself in to the Iroquois County Jail to serve a sentence for driving while license revoked.


On January 23rd, 2021 Iroquois County Sheriffs Police investigated a single vehicle accident on County Rd 700 E just south of St. Rt. According to police reports, a vehicle driven by Tyler M. Smiley, age 24, of University Park was traveling south on 700 E Rd. The vehicle proceeded through the St, Rt. 116 intersection and entered the east dltch, striking it and causing over $1500 in damage. The passenger refused EMS and the driver was transported by Riverside EMS for minor injuries. A citation was issued for failure to reduce speed to avoid and accident and for operating an uninsured motor vehicle.

 

On January 24tl 2021 , Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested Dustin M, Behrendg, age 24, of Cabery, According to police reports, Behrends was charged with criminal damage to property over $500. Behrends was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he posted the required bond.

 

On January 24th , 2021, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested Maurice A, Boyd, age 20, of Kankakee. According to police reports, Boyd was wanted on an outstanding Iroquois County warrant for failure to appear on en aggravated fleeing/eluding charge. Boyd was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he remains in custody.

 

On January 24th, 2021, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested Katelynn M, Frye, age 27 of Watseka. Accordlng to police reports, Frye was wanted on an outstanding Iroquois County warrant for failure to appear on a DUI charge. Frye was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where she posted the required bond.

 

On January 24th, 2021 , Jerome Walker, age 46, of Chicago turned himself in to the Iroquois County Jail on an outstanding Iroquois County warrant for failure to appear on a driving while license suspended charge- Walker posted the required bond and was released.

Iroquois County Covid 19 Update 1/26/21

As of 01/25/21 there have been 2,258 confirmed cases and 386 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County.  There has been a total of 21 new cases since our last update.

 

Due to the current surge in COVID-19 cases, ICPHD will not be reporting case age and gender until further notice. We apologize for the inconvenience, but we need to focus all our time on contact tracing and mitigating the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

 

Please find the attached Iroquois County COVID-19 update for 01/25/21. Please reference the following explanation of probable cases:

“The probable cases that we will be reporting on the daily press release are individuals who have been tested and are found to have a positive test result by a local clinic using "rapid" tests that are not, at this time, IDPH approved tests. These are antigen tests, not molecular tests, and are not laboratory confirmed. Therefore, those individuals who test positive using rapid testing from this source, will be reported as a probable case. Please note that there are different rapid tests available from different sources. Some rapid tests are IDPH approved while some are not. If individuals chose to be tested at a clinic or physician’s office that is using a test that is not IDPH approved and the results are positive, that individual will be listed as a probable case and will be required to isolate per health department protocol. Their direct, known and identified contacts will be quarantined. We realize that there are numerous definitions of Probable Cases but ICPHD will use the Probable Cases category to identify the individuals who have tested positive using a rapid test, not yet approved by IDPH, as these positive results are not laboratory confirmed.”

ILLINOIS STATE POLICE ANNOUNCE RESULTS OF NIGHTTIME ENFORCEMENT PATROLS

– Illinois State Police (ISP) District 21 Commander, Captain Don Aaron Harsy, announces the results of Nighttime Enforcement (NITE) patrols in Kankakee County on January 23, 2021. These NITE patrols allowed the ISP to focus on preventing, detecting, and taking enforcement action in response to impaired driving and occupant restraint violations especially between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. Violations Enforcement Activity Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Citations 0 Other Alcohol/Drug Citations 0 Occupant Restraint Offenses 0 Registration Offenses 4 Driver’s License Offenses 15 Insurance Violations 3 Total Citations/Arrests 22 Total Written Warnings 45 Alcohol and drug impairment is a factor in more than 30 percent of all fatal motor vehicle crashes in Illinois. Over half of all fatal crashes in Illinois occur at night. The NITE program allows officers to work even harder at removing dangerous impaired drivers from the road and making sure everyone is buckled up. This project is funded through the Illinois Department of Transportation.

Ford County Moves to Phase 1B in the Vaccination Plan

Paxton- By the end of this week, Ford County will move to Phase 1B. As stated in the vaccination plan, critical
workforce and those 65 and older will be eligible. Critical workforce in Phase 1B will include Frontline essential
workers, defined as those workers who are essential for the functioning of society and are at highest risk of exposure,
including the following:
• First responders: Firefighters (including volunteers), Law Enforcement Officers (LEOs), 911 Dispatch (Public
Safety Answering Point – PSAP), Security Personnel, School Officers. (EMS personnel are considered under Phase
1a).
• Corrections Officers/Inmates: Jail Officers, Juvenile Facility Staff, Workers Providing In-Person Support,
Inmates.
• Food and Agriculture Workers: Processing, Plants, Veterinary Health, Livestock Services, Animal Care.
• Postal Service Workers
• Manufacturing Workers: Industrial production of goods for distribution to retail, wholesale or other
manufacturers.
• Grocery Store Workers: Baggers, Cashiers, Stockers, Pick-Up, Customer Service.
• Public Transit Workers: Flight Crew, Bus Drivers, Train Conductors, Taxi Drivers, Para-Transit Drivers, InPerson Support, Ride Sharing Services.
• Education (Congregate Child Care, Pre-K through 12th grade): Teachers, Principals, Student Support, Student
Aids, Day Care Workers.
• Shelters/Adult Day Care: Homeless Shelter, Women's Shelter, Adult Day/Drop-In Program, Sheltered Workshop,
Psycho-Social Rehab.
Ford County Public Health Department continues to ask residents 65 and older to register on our website. Under the
Contact Us tab on FCPHD’s website, residents will be prompted to provide your contact information, including name,
date of birth, address to confirm residency in Ford County, and phone numbers.
FCPHD is expected to receive weekly or bi-weekly shipments of the vaccine. Ford County will continue their
partnership with Gibson Area Hospital to deliver the vaccine for Phase 1B. Gibson Area Hospital is contacting
critical workforce employers to schedule vaccine appointments for their employees. FCPHD encourages employers
to contact the health department as well to document employees’ contact information. Once the critical workforce is
vaccinated, individuals 65 and older will receive a phone call to schedule an appointment with further instructions.
Vaccinations will be given by appointment only.
Ford County Public Health Department
235 North Taft Street
Paxton, IL 60957
January 25, 2021
For Immediate Release
Contact: Megan Reutter, Community Health Educator
(217)379-9281
mreutter@fordcountyphd.org
Please continue to follow FCPHD’s social media pages, website, and local radio stations for the most current
information. FCPHD wants to thank residents for their patience in this process and continuing to follow the 3W’s of
washing your hands, wearing a mask, and watching your distance to stop the spread of COVID-19. 

Ford County Moves to Phase 1B in the Vaccination Plan

Paxton- By the end of this week, Ford County will move to Phase 1B. As stated in the vaccination plan, critical
workforce and those 65 and older will be eligible. Critical workforce in Phase 1B will include Frontline essential
workers, defined as those workers who are essential for the functioning of society and are at highest risk of exposure,
including the following:
• First responders: Firefighters (including volunteers), Law Enforcement Officers (LEOs), 911 Dispatch (Public
Safety Answering Point – PSAP), Security Personnel, School Officers. (EMS personnel are considered under Phase
1a).
• Corrections Officers/Inmates: Jail Officers, Juvenile Facility Staff, Workers Providing In-Person Support,
Inmates.
• Food and Agriculture Workers: Processing, Plants, Veterinary Health, Livestock Services, Animal Care.
• Postal Service Workers
• Manufacturing Workers: Industrial production of goods for distribution to retail, wholesale or other
manufacturers.
• Grocery Store Workers: Baggers, Cashiers, Stockers, Pick-Up, Customer Service.
• Public Transit Workers: Flight Crew, Bus Drivers, Train Conductors, Taxi Drivers, Para-Transit Drivers, InPerson Support, Ride Sharing Services.
• Education (Congregate Child Care, Pre-K through 12th grade): Teachers, Principals, Student Support, Student
Aids, Day Care Workers.
• Shelters/Adult Day Care: Homeless Shelter, Women's Shelter, Adult Day/Drop-In Program, Sheltered Workshop,
Psycho-Social Rehab.
Ford County Public Health Department continues to ask residents 65 and older to register on our website. Under the
Contact Us tab on FCPHD’s website, residents will be prompted to provide your contact information, including name,
date of birth, address to confirm residency in Ford County, and phone numbers.
FCPHD is expected to receive weekly or bi-weekly shipments of the vaccine. Ford County will continue their
partnership with Gibson Area Hospital to deliver the vaccine for Phase 1B. Gibson Area Hospital is contacting
critical workforce employers to schedule vaccine appointments for their employees. FCPHD encourages employers
to contact the health department as well to document employees’ contact information. Once the critical workforce is
vaccinated, individuals 65 and older will receive a phone call to schedule an appointment with further instructions.
Vaccinations will be given by appointment only.
Ford County Public Health Department
235 North Taft Street
Paxton, IL 60957
January 25, 2021
For Immediate Release
Contact: Megan Reutter, Community Health Educator
(217)379-9281
mreutter@fordcountyphd.org
Please continue to follow FCPHD’s social media pages, website, and local radio stations for the most current
information. FCPHD wants to thank residents for their patience in this process and continuing to follow the 3W’s of
washing your hands, wearing a mask, and watching your distance to stop the spread of COVID-19. 

Iroquois County police news 1/23/21

On January 20th, 2021, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police investigated a two-vehicle accident on Co, Rd. 2150 N- near 2800 E, According to police reports, a vehicle driven by Ashely N, Emery, age 20, of Iroquois was traveling west on 2150 N. Emery failed to notice a vehicle driven by Nikki S. Gibson, age 34, of Watseka puiied over on the north shoulder of the roadway, Emery struck the rear of Gibson's vehicle sending both vehicles off the roadway. No injuries were reported, and no citations were issued,

 

 

On January 21 sti 2021, Clifton / Ashkum Police arrested Lane A. Knorr, age 35, of Chebanse, According to police reports, Knorr was charged with domestic battery. He was placed in custody and transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he posted the required bond and was released.

Iroquois County Covid 19 Update 1/23/21

As of 01/22/21 there have been 2,242 confirmed cases and 381 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County.  There has been a total of 3 new cases since our last update.

 

Due to the current surge in COVID-19 cases, ICPHD will not be reporting case age and gender until further notice. We apologize for the inconvenience, but we need to focus all our time on contact tracing and mitigating the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

 

Please find the attached Iroquois County COVID-19 update for 01/22/21. Please reference the following explanation of probable cases:

“The probable cases that we will be reporting on the daily press release are individuals who have been tested and are found to have a positive test result by a local clinic using "rapid" tests that are not, at this time, IDPH approved tests. These are antigen tests, not molecular tests, and are not laboratory confirmed. Therefore, those individuals who test positive using rapid testing from this source, will be reported as a probable case. Please note that there are different rapid tests available from different sources. Some rapid tests are IDPH approved while some are not. If individuals chose to be tested at a clinic or physician’s office that is using a test that is not IDPH approved and the results are positive, that individual will be listed as a probable case and will be required to isolate per health department protocol. Their direct, known and identified contacts will be quarantined. We realize that there are numerous definitions of Probable Cases but ICPHD will use the Probable Cases category to identify the individuals who have tested positive using a rapid test, not yet approved by IDPH, as these positive results are not laboratory confirmed.”

Region 4 Moves to Tier 2 – All Regions out of Tier 3 Mitigations

Region 4 Moves to Tier 2 – All Regions out of Tier 3 Mitigations


Regions 10 and 11 on track to advance to Tier 1 on Saturday

 

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced Region 4 (Bond, Clinton, Madison, Monroe, Randolph, St. Clair, Washington) is moving to Tier 2 effective today.  All 11 regions have now moved out of Tier 3 mitigations.  If metrics continue to improve or are stable, regions 10 and 11 are on track to advance to Tier 1 on Saturday, January 23, 2021.  Information about which tier and phase regions are in can be found at the top of the IDPH website homepage. 

 

“With all regions of Illinois now out of Tier 3, we can now see that the entire state is headed down the right path,” said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike.  “During the summer, we were on this same path.  We know that we must continue to take precautions and be smart about how we relax some of the mitigation measures, which are in place to protect our health and safety.”

 

“We are pleased to hear our region as whole is trending in the right direction,” said St. Clair County Board Chairman Mark Kern.  “We will continue to advocate to our residents to mask up, wash their hands, and stay safe so we can continue to increase capacity at our hospitals and reduce our positivity rates.  We appreciate the work and partnership of IDPH and Governor Pritzker.”

 

IDPH will continue to closely monitor test positivity, ICU bed availability, and the number of people in the hospital with COVID-19.  Should data show regions trending in the wrong direction, based on the established mitigation metrics, regions could once again find themselves in a higher tier with increase measures.

 

Metrics for moving from a higher to lower tier are as follows:

 

Moving from Tier 3 to Tier 2
o Test positivity rate = 8% and below 12% for three consecutive days (7-day average); AND
o Staffed ICU bed availability = 20% for three consecutive days (7-day average); AND
o Sustained decline in COVID patients in hospital (7-day average for 7 of 10 days)

Moving from Tier 2 to Tier 1
o Test positivity rate between 6.5% and 8% for three consecutive days (7-day average); AND
o Staffed ICU bed availability = 20% for three consecutive days (7-day average); AND
o No sustained increase in COVID patients in hospital (7-day average for 7 of 10 days)

Moving from Tier 1 to Phase 4
o Test positivity rate = 6.5% for three consecutive days (7-day average); AND
o Staffed ICU bed availability = 20% for three consecutive days (7-day average); AND
o No sustained increase in COVID patients in hospital (7-day average for 7 of 10 days)

Information about mitigation and resurgence metrics can be found on the IDPH website at http://www.dph.illinois.gov/regionmetrics.

Delivering on Key Equity Goal, Pritzker Administration Awards $31.5 Million in First Ever Restore, Reinvest, and Renew Program Grants to Organizations Across the State

CHICAGO— Using revenue from adult-use cannabis sales, the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (ICJIA) today announced 80 grants totaling $31.5 million to organizations to help the communities hardest hit by the failed war on drugs. The organizations’ work includes violence prevention, legal aid, and re-entry services.

 

The grants are part of the Restore, Reinvest, and Renew (R3) Program, which was created as a key equity element of the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act (CRTA), signed by Governor Pritzker in 2019. The law requires that 25 percent of all cannabis revenue be used to support communities impacted by economic disinvestment, violence, and the severe and disproportionate damage caused by the war on drugs, largely and disproportionately impacted low income Illinoisans and communities of color.

 

Awardees include nonprofit organizations, local units of government, tax-exempt faith-based organizations, businesses, and other community organizations that serve residents of—or are based in—designated eligible R3 zones.

 

“Following a successful first year of cannabis sales, the Restore, Reinvest, and Renew grant program is delivering tens of millions of dollars to our communities most impacted by the war on drugs. I’m so proud to see this key equity goal in cannabis legalization move forward and I applaud the leaders in the General Assembly, ICJIA, and stakeholders across the state who made this moment possible,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “By awarding this first round of R3 grants, we are taking another important step toward undoing the harms of the past, and Lt. Governor Stratton and I will continue to ensure equity is a top priority as the cannabis program moves forward.”

 

“The R3 program will tackle chronic problems that have gone unaddressed for far too long in our underserved neighborhoods,” said Lieutenant Governor Juliana Stratton. “The collaboration between the Justice, Equity, and Opportunity Initiative and ICJIA is innovative and reinvents the grant process with community inclusion and promotes a standard for equity and success that other states will hopefully take note of and emulate.”

 

The funds will be administered in the 2021 calendar year and include $28.3 million to support service delivery and $3.1 million for assessment and planning initiatives.

 

ICJIA received 398 completed applications, which were reviewed by criminal justice practitioners, community stakeholders, and formerly justice-involved individuals. All reviewers received implicit bias training along with training on application review. In addition, the Justice, Equity and Opportunity Initiative played a pivotal role in ensuring equity and restorative justice frameworks were centered in every decision throughout the review process. Funded programs will offer evidence-based, promising, or innovative practices within the R3 Program Priority Areas of civil legal aid, economic development, community re-entry from the criminal justice system, violence prevention, and youth development.

 

“We are incredibly proud of the groundbreaking work we’ve participated in to transform how grantmaking can be used to address local needs and build capacity within our communities,” said ICJIA Deputy Director Charise Williams. “Our research and grants units have worked tirelessly to ensure the organizations on the frontlines of renewing our communities receive the support they need.”

 

Areas eligible for funding were identified using community-level data on gun injury, child poverty, unemployment, and state prison commitments and returns, combined with disproportionately impacted areas previously identified by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. See the full list of grantees below.

 

ICJIA is dedicated to improving the administration of criminal justice through work in the areas of grants administration, research and analysis, policy and planning, and information systems and technology. Visit [www.icjia.state.il.us]www.icjia.state.il.us.

 

 

ICJIA R3 Grant Awards

 

Agency  Award Amount Program Area(s) Region

   

1863 FWD LLC $444,245 Violence Prevention,  Re-entry Cook- Chicago Southern

Academic Development Institute $830,000 Economic Development, Violence Prevention and Youth Development South Central

Alternatives Inc. $513,997 Youth Development Cook- Chicago Southern

Black Oak Center $38,285 Ecomonic Development Collar

Center for Community Academic Success Partnerships $365,000 Violence Prevention and Youth Development Cook- Suburban

Center for New Horizons $1,952,403 Economic Development, Violence Prevention Services, and Re-entry Cook- Chicago Southern

Centralia $86,442 Youth Development, Economic Development and Violence Prevention South Central

Chicago Torture Justice Center $231,169 Re-entry Cook- Chicago Southern

Chicago Urban League $182,148 Economic Development Cook- Chicago Southern

Chicago Urban League & Safer Foundation $1,911,570 Economic Development, Violence Prevention, and Re-entry Cook- Chicago Southern

Chicago Youth Boxing Club $40,000 Violence Prevention and Youth Development Cook- Chicago Western

Children's Place Association $553,237 Violence Prevention, Youth Development, and Economic Development Cook- Chicago Western

City of Harrisburg $25,548 Economic Development Southern

City of Kankakee ECDA $28,723 Ecomonic Deelopment, Youth Development, Violence Prevention, Re-entry Collar

City of Madison Police Dept $92,291 Youth Development, Economic Development, and Violence Prevention South Central

City of Rockford $520,790 Violence Prevention and Youth development Northern

City of Springfield $80,000 Ecomonic Development Central

Communities United $208,316 Civil Legal Aid Cook- Chicago Northern

Comprehensive Community Solutions $199,813 Youth Development, Violence Prevention Services, and Economic Development Northern

Cook County Justice Advisory Council $600,000 Civil Legal Aid, Violence Prevention, Youth Development, Economic Development, Re-entry Cook- Suburban

Cornerstone CDC $250,000 Economic development, Re-entry, and Violence Prevention. Cook- Suburban

DuSable Museum $264,600 Economic Development and Reentry Cook- Chicago Southern

East Springfield $728,093 Violence Prevention and Reentry Central

East Springfield Community Center Commission $80,899 Youth Development Central

Emerald South $2,500,000 Youth Development, Economic Development, and Violence Prevention Cook- Chicago Southern

Family Counseling Center $253,906 Violence Prevention and Youth Development Southern

Family Resources $20,438 Violence Prevention and Youth Development Northwest

First Defense Legal Aid $82,682 Violence Prevention, Youth Development and Civil Legal Aid Cook- Chicago Northern

GameTime $378,188 Violence Prevention, Youth Development, Civil Legal Aid and Economic Development Collar

Garfield Park Community Council $177,968 Violence Prevention Cook- Chicago Western

Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois $249,345 Youth Development and Violence Prevention Northern

Girls In The Game $205,827 Violence Prevention Cook- Chicago Western

Hope Center Foundation $346,519 Youth Development Cook- Chicago Southern

Illinois Collaboration for Youth $79,758 Violence Prevention and Youth Development Northern

Illinois Legal Aid Springfield $32,874 Civil Legal Aid Central

J. Blunt LLC $94,707 Youth Development and Violence Prevention Cook- Chicago Western

Kankakee School District $732,032 Violence Prevention, Youth Development, Civil Legal Aid and Economic Development Collar

Key City Community Development Corporation $86,694 Ecomonic Development Collar

KFACT $186,245 Youth Development Northern

Knotty Luxe $586,301 Civil Legal Aid, Re-entry, Youth Development, and Economic Development Cook- Suburban

Land of Lincoln Legal Aid $57,486 Civil Legal Aid Northeast Central

Land of Lincoln Legal Aid $114,918 Civil Legal Aid Central

Land of Lincoln Legal Aid $57,640 Civil Legal Aid Southern

Law And The Fam LLC $838,890 Civil Legal Aid, Re-entry, Violence Prevention, Youth Development, and Economic Development Cook- Chicago Western

Lawndale Christian Development $134,292 Economic Development and Re-entry Cook- Chicago Western

Local Initiatives Support $501,267 Economic Development Cook- Chicago Northern

Lutheran Social Services $228,702 Re-entry Southern

Macon County CASA $60,212 Violence Prevention and Youth Development Central

Martin Luther King Community Center $245,577 Youth Development and Economic Development Northwest

Maywood Social Enterprise - Loyola University of Chicago $157,595 Youth Development and Economic Development Cook- Suburban

Metropolitan Family Services $1,169,729 Economic Development and Violence Prevention Cook- Suburban

Monroe Foundation $220,189 Violence Prevention and Youth Development Cook- Suburban

NAACP Westside Chicago Branch $1,816,615 Violence Prevention, Youth Development, Economic Development, and Re-entry Cook- Chicago Western

National Diversity & Cannabis Inclusion Alliance $369,625 Youth Development and Economic Development Cook- Suburban

Northern Illinois Recovery Community Organization Waukegan $225,000 Re-entry Collar

Peoria Public Schools $858,669 Violence prevention, Youth development, Civil Legal Aid, Economic Northwest Central

Perfectly Flawed Foundation $91,069 Youth Development and Violence Prevention Northwest

Phalanx Community Services $451,398 Violence Prevention, Youth Development, and Re-entry Cook- Chicago Southern

Praire State Legal Services $531,675 Civil Legal Aid Collar

Prairie State Legal Services $216,576 Civil Legal Aid Northwest Central

Prairie State Legal Services $154,508 Civil Legal Aid Northwest

Prairie State Northern Illinois $193,085 Civil Legal Aid Northern

Project Oz $201,344 Violence prevention and Youth development Northwest Central

Public Interest Initiative $29,805 Civil Legal Aid Southern

Safer Foundation $809,000 Violence Prevention, Reenty, Civil Legal Aid and Economic Development Cook- Chicago Northern

Sherrod's Independent Mentoring Program $100,387 Violence Prevention, Youth Development and Reentry Central

Springfield Urban League $419,702 Youth Development and Economic Development Central

St. Leonard's Ministries $111,877 Economic Development and Re-entry Cook- Chicago Southern

St. Leonard's Ministries $227,143 Economic Development and Re-entry Cook- Chicago Western

The Link and Option Center $80,000 Youth Development Civil Legal Aid and Re-entry Cook- Suburban

The Trep School $255,401 Economic Development Northeast Central

Torito Arts $79,723 Violence Prevention, Youth Development, Reentry, Economic Development Northern

United Way Greater St. Louis $829,240 Economic Development, Violence Prevention and Youth Development South Central

United Way of Adams County $25,000 Youth Development Northwest Central

University of Illinois $312,883 Youth Development and Violence Prevention Northeast Central

Urban League $991,365 Youth Development and Economic Development Cook- Suburban

Urban League Tri County $440,747 Youth development and Economic development Northwest Central

Will County $151,697 Violence Prevention, Collar

Will County $881,700 Violence Prevention, Youth Development, Civil Legal Aid and Economic Development Collar

YMCA of Rock River Valley $86,357 Youth Development Northern

 

 

 

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Iroquois County Covid 19 Update 1/22/21

As of 01/21/21 there have been 2,240 confirmed cases and 380 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County.  There has been a total of 8 new cases since our last update.

 

Due to the current surge in COVID-19 cases, ICPHD will not be reporting case age and gender until further notice. We apologize for the inconvenience, but we need to focus all our time on contact tracing and mitigating the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

 

Please find the attached Iroquois County COVID-19 update for 01/21/21. Please reference the following explanation of probable cases:

“The probable cases that we will be reporting on the daily press release are individuals who have been tested and are found to have a positive test result by a local clinic using "rapid" tests that are not, at this time, IDPH approved tests. These are antigen tests, not molecular tests, and are not laboratory confirmed. Therefore, those individuals who test positive using rapid testing from this source, will be reported as a probable case. Please note that there are different rapid tests available from different sources. Some rapid tests are IDPH approved while some are not. If individuals chose to be tested at a clinic or physician’s office that is using a test that is not IDPH approved and the results are positive, that individual will be listed as a probable case and will be required to isolate per health department protocol. Their direct, known and identified contacts will be quarantined. We realize that there are numerous definitions of Probable Cases but ICPHD will use the Probable Cases category to identify the individuals who have tested positive using a rapid test, not yet approved by IDPH, as these positive results are not laboratory confirmed.”

Iroquois County Covid 19 Update 01/21/2021

WATSEKA, IL – The Iroquois County Public Health Department (ICPHD), in partnership with Iroquois
Memorial Hospital, will be hosting community-based COVID-19 vaccination clinics for qualifying Iroquois
County residents. The next upcoming clinic will be held January 26th, 2021 by appointment only.
These clinics will serve Iroquois County residents in phase 1B of the Illinois Mass Vaccination Plan, including
anyone 65 years of age or older. At this time, there is no cost for the COVID-19 vaccine. Written documentation
from the individual’s primary care physician will not be required. Please reference the chart at the bottom of the
linked webpage for eligible populations in each phase of the Illinois Mass Vaccination Plan:
https://www.dph.illinois.gov/covid19/vaccination-plan.
Please note that this vaccine is available by appointment only to practice safe social distancing. Individuals
who arrive without a previously scheduled appointment will not be eligible to receive the vaccine at that
time. Appointments are reserved for qualifying individuals who reside within Iroquois County.
To register and schedule your appointment, please use one of the following methods:
• Scheduling is available by calling ICPHD at (815) 432-2483, Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
• Please refrain from contacting your healthcare provider or ICPHD to be placed on a wait list, as we are not
keeping a registry of people who want the vaccine.
The vaccination clinic will be held at Iroquois Memorial Hospital. Clients will be asked to enter through the
emergency room doors located on the south side of the building and are required to bring a valid form of photo
ID. If you do not feel well the day of your appointment, please call ICPHD to reschedule.
Patients will need to wear a face covering, practice social distancing, and plan to allow at least 15 minutes for
observation after the vaccination. Please wear clothing to allow easy access to the upper portion of the arm for the
injection.
Supply of this vaccine is limited and appointments are expected to be filled quickly. ICPHD is expecting to
receive weekly or bi-weekly allocations of the COVID-19 vaccine from the State of Illinois. If you are unable to
schedule an appointment for this community-based clinic, please watch for future notification of upcoming clinics
as more vaccine becomes available.
As more vaccine is allocated ICPHD will communicate availability, along with when, where, and how to receive
the vaccine, via traditional and social media outlets as well as on the ICPHD website:
http://www.co.iroquois.il.us/health-department/covid-19-corona-virus/.
The Illinois Department of Public Health has compiled a comprehensive list of frequently asked questions about
the COVID-19 vaccination. Information can be found at: http://dph.illinois.gov/covid19/vaccine-faq. For
individual concerns regarding allergies or other medical conditions please consult your own medial provider. 

Region 6 Moves to Phase 4 and Region 7 Advances to Tier 1

IDPH urges people to continue wearing masks, avoiding large gatherings, and getting vaccinated when
eligible
Paxton – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced Region 6 (Champaign,
Clark, Clay, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, De Witt, Douglas, Edgar, Effingham, Fayette, Ford, Iroquois,
Jasper, Lawrence, Macon, Moultrie, Piatt, Richland, Shelby, Vermillion) is returning to Phase 4 of the
Restore Plan and Region 7 (Kankakee and Will) is advancing to Tier 1. Information about which tier and
phase regions are in can be found at the top of the IDPH website homepage.
“I am excited that 10 out of our 11 regions have moved out of Tier 3 mitigations,” said IDPH Director Dr.
Ngozi Ezike. “However, this does not mean we can let our guard down. We must continue to practice
actions to protect ourselves from the virus – wear our masks, avoid large gatherings, and get the vaccine
when it is our turn. This is particularly critical as new variants circulate, which early studies show spread
much more rapidly. We are headed in the right direction once again, so let’s stay the course.”
IDPH will continue to closely monitor test positivity, ICU bed availability, and the number of people in
the hospital with COVID-19. Should data show regions trending in the wrong direction, based on the
established mitigation metrics, regions could once again find themselves in a higher tier with increase
measures.
Metrics for moving from a higher to lower tier are as follows:
Moving from Tier 3 to Tier 2
Test positivity rate ≥ 8% and below 12% for three consecutive days (7-day average)
AND
Staffed ICU bed availability ≥ 20% for three consecutive days (7-day average)
AND
Sustained decline in COVID patients in hospital (7-day average for 7 of 10 days)
Moving from Tier 2 to Tier 1
Test positivity rate between 6.5% and 8% for three consecutive days (7-day average)
AND
Staffed ICU bed availability ≥ 20% for three consecutive days (7-day average)
AND
No sustained increase in COVID patients in hospital (7-day average for 7 of 10 days)
Ford County Public Health Department
235 North Taft Street
Paxton, IL 60957

For release on January 21, 2021
Contact: Megan Reutter, Community Health Educator
(217)379-9281
mreutter@fordcountyphd.org

 
Moving from Tier 1 to Phase 4
Test positivity rate ≥ 8% and below 12% for three consecutive days (7-day average)
AND
Staffed ICU bed availability ≥ 20% for three consecutive days (7-day average)
AND
No sustained increase in COVID patients in hospital (7-day average for 7 of 10 days)
Phase 4: Revitalization
In phase 4, There is a continued decline in the rate of infection in new COVID-19 cases. Hospitals have
capacity and can quickly adapt for a surge of new cases in their communities. Additional measures can be
carefully lifted allowing for schools and child care programs to reopen with social distancing policies in
place. Restaurants can open with limited capacity and following strict public health procedures, including
personal protective equipment for employees. Gatherings with 50 people or fewer will be permitted.
Testing is widely available, and tracing is commonplace.
Please see the guidelines for Phase 4:
• Gatherings: All gatherings of 50 people or fewer are allowed with this limit subject to change
based on latest data & guidance
• Travel: Travel should follow IDPH and CDC approved guidance
• Health care: All health care providers are open
• Education and childcare: P-12 schools, higher education, all summer programs, and childcare
open with IDPH approved safety guidance
• Outdoor recreation: All outdoor recreation allowed
• Businesses:
o Manufacturing: All manufacturing open with IDPH approved safety guidance
o “Non-essential” businesses: All employees return to work with IDPH approved safety
guidance; Employers are encouraged to provide accommodations for COVID-19-
vulnerable employees
o Bars and Restaurants: Open with capacity limits and IDPH approved safety guidance
o Personal care services and health clubs: All barbershops, salons, spas and health and
fitness clubs open with capacity limits and IDPH approved safety guidance
o Entertainment: Cinema and theaters open with capacity limits and IDPH approved safety
guidance
o Retail: Open with capacity limits and IDPH approved safety guidance
Information about mitigation and resurgence metrics can be found on the IDPH website at
http://www.dph.illinois.gov/regionmetrics.

Iroquois County Sheriff's Police Report 1/21/21

On 1/19/21, Police arrested Joshua M. Carter 31 of Beaverville. Carter was charged with possession of Methamphetamine less than 5 gramsm possession of drug paraphernalia. Carter was taken to the county jail posted bond and was released. 

Iroquois County Covid 19 Update 1/21/21

As of 01/20/21 there have been 2,234 confirmed cases and 378 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County.  There has been a total of 5 new cases since our last update.

 

Due to the current surge in COVID-19 cases, ICPHD will not be reporting case age and gender until further notice. We apologize for the inconvenience, but we need to focus all our time on contact tracing and mitigating the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

 

Please find the attached Iroquois County COVID-19 update for 01/20/21. Please reference the following explanation of probable cases:

“The probable cases that we will be reporting on the daily press release are individuals who have been tested and are found to have a positive test result by a local clinic using "rapid" tests that are not, at this time, IDPH approved tests. These are antigen tests, not molecular tests, and are not laboratory confirmed. Therefore, those individuals who test positive using rapid testing from this source, will be reported as a probable case. Please note that there are different rapid tests available from different sources. Some rapid tests are IDPH approved while some are not. If individuals chose to be tested at a clinic or physician’s office that is using a test that is not IDPH approved and the results are positive, that individual will be listed as a probable case and will be required to isolate per health department protocol. Their direct, known and identified contacts will be quarantined. We realize that there are numerous definitions of Probable Cases but ICPHD will use the Probable Cases category to identify the individuals who have tested positive using a rapid test, not yet approved by IDPH, as these positive results are not laboratory confirmed.”

KANKAKEE AREA METROPOLITAN ENFORCEMENT K9 KNIGHT TO GET DONATION OF BODY ARMOR

Kankakee Area Metropolitan Enforcement K9 Knight will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Knight’s vest will be embroidered with the sentiment “Born to Love-Trained to Serve- Loyal Always”. Delivery is expected within eight to ten weeks. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., established in 2009, is a 501(c)(3) charity whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. This potentially lifesaving body armor for four-legged K9 officers is U.S. made, custom fitted, and NIJ certified. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. has provided over 4,156 vests to K9s in all 50 states at a value of $6.9 million, made possible by both private and corporate donations. The program is open to U.S. dogs that are at least 20 months old and actively employed and certified with law enforcement or related agencies. K9s with expired vests are also eligible to participate. There are an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. accepts tax-deductible contributions in any amount, while a single donation of $960 will sponsor one vest. Each vest has a value of $1,744-$2,283, weighs an average of 4-5 lb., and comes with a five-year warranty. For more information, or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides information, lists events, and accepts donations at www.vik9s.org, or you may mail your contribution to P.O. Box 9, East Taunton, MA 02718. 

ISP Traffic Crash Alert on I-57

The Following Preliminary Information is Being Released by Illinois State Police
District 10


WHAT: Two Unit Personal Injury Traffic Crash
WHERE: Interstate 57 northbound near Milepost 234, Champaign County
WHEN: Jan. 20, 2021 at approximately 5:13 a.m.
VEHICLE: Unit 1- 2005 Blue Freightliner
Unit 2- 2012 Black Freightliner
DRIVER: Unit 1- Jara Abdusalam, 23-year-old male of Coon Rapids, MN
(Transported to a local area hospital with injuries)
Unit 2- Joseph Smith, 59-year-old male of West Helen, AR (Transported
to a local area hospital with injuries)
PRELIMINARY: Preliminary investigation indicates the following occurred: Units 1,2 were
traveling northbound on Interstate 57 near Milepost 234 in the right lane.
Unit 1 struck Unit 2 in the rear. Units 1 and 2 were disabled as a result of
the accident and blocked the right lane. The right lane was blocked for
several hours due to cleanup.
CHARGES: None

Iroquois County Covid 19 Update 1/20/21

As of 01/19/21 there have been 2,230 confirmed cases and 377 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County.  There has been a total of 33 new cases since our last update. 1 additional individual has passed away with COVID-19. We extend our prayers and deepest condolences to the family, friends, and community members affected by this loss.

 

Due to the current surge in COVID-19 cases, ICPHD will not be reporting case age and gender until further notice. We apologize for the inconvenience, but we need to focus all our time on contact tracing and mitigating the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

 

Please find the attached Iroquois County COVID-19 update for 01/19/21. Please reference the following explanation of probable cases:

“The probable cases that we will be reporting on the daily press release are individuals who have been tested and are found to have a positive test result by a local clinic using "rapid" tests that are not, at this time, IDPH approved tests. These are antigen tests, not molecular tests, and are not laboratory confirmed. Therefore, those individuals who test positive using rapid testing from this source, will be reported as a probable case. Please note that there are different rapid tests available from different sources. Some rapid tests are IDPH approved while some are not. If individuals chose to be tested at a clinic or physician’s office that is using a test that is not IDPH approved and the results are positive, that individual will be listed as a probable case and will be required to isolate per health department protocol. Their direct, known and identified contacts will be quarantined. We realize that there are numerous definitions of Probable Cases but ICPHD will use the Probable Cases category to identify the individuals who have tested positive using a rapid test, not yet approved by IDPH, as these positive results are not laboratory confirmed.”

Fatal Shooting of 35 year-old Danville Man

DANVILLE — A 35-year-old Danville man has died from a gunshot wound.

At around 9:16 p.m. Monday, Danville police officers responded to the 400 block of Avenue A for a shots fired call.

 

Upon arrival, officers located the Danville man with a gunshot wound to his back laying in a yard outside. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he was later pronounced deceased.

The investigation into this incident continues and no other information is being released at this time. 

Anyone who has information regarding this incident is asked to call Danville Police at 217-431-2250; or you can call Vermilion County Crime Stoppers at 217-446-TIPS.

Iroquois County police news 1/19/21

On January 15th, 2021, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police Investigated a single vehicle accident on 200 E Rd approx. 7/10 of a mile south of 2800 N Rd. According to police reports, a vehicle driven by Kayleigh M, Doti, age 19, of Joliet was southbound on 200 E Rd and had a mechanical failure causing the front driver's side wheel to lock up. The vehicle went into a skid and entered the east ditch striking a utility wire, causing over $1500 in damage, There were no injuries reported and no citations were issued.


On January 17th, 2021, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police investigated a singie vehicle accident on County Rd 2900 E near County Rd 1700 N. According to police reports, a vehicle driven by Acelynn A. Camino, age 19, of Watseka was northbound on 2900 E and lost control due to snow and ice approx. an 1/8 mile south of 1700 N. The vehicle entered the east ditch and impacted it) causing the vehicle to turn over on its side causing over $1500 in damage, There were no injuries reported and no citations were issued.

 

On January 18th, 2021, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police investigated a single vehicle accident on County Rd 170 near County Rd 200 N. According to police reports, a vehicle driven by Jack Vinyard Jr., age 23, of Loda was eastbound on 170 E just north of 200 N. The vehicle failed to negotiate the curve at 200 E Rd due to snow and ice. The vehicle entered the east ditch, striking the curve sign and then the 1-57 barrier fence causing between $501 and $1500 in damage. There were no injuries reported and no citations were issued.

 

On January 18th, 2021, Eveny N. Gunn, age 43 of Chicago turned herself in to the Iroquois County Jail, Gunn was wanted on an outstanding out of county warrant for driving while license suspended. Gunn posted the required bond and was released.

Region 6 was able to move to Tier 1 because the following criteria was met

Three Illinois Regions have been cleared to move into Tier 1 effective immediately, according to the Illinois Department of Health. Region 6 was able to move to Tier 1 because the following criteria was met: 1. The test positivity rate was below 8% for three consecutive days (measured with the 7-day rolling average). 2. Available intensive care units (ICU) and medical/surgical bed capacity greater than or equal to 20 percent for three consecutive days (measured with the 3-day rolling average). 3. No sustained increase in the number of COVID-19 patients in hospitals (measured with the 7-day rolling average over 7 of 10 days). For small businesses in Ford County, this means indoor dining can resume with restrictions. Other Tier 1 guidelines include the following: • Bars and Restaurants: o All bars and restaurants close at 11pm and may reopen no earlier than 6am the following day o Indoor service limited to the lesser of 25 guests or 25% capacity per room • Establishments offering indoor service must serve food. o Indoor service reservations limited to 2-hour maximum duration and maximum 4 persons per party (dining only with members of the same household recommended). o All bar and restaurant patrons should be seated at tables. o No ordering, seating, or congregating at bar (bar stools should be removed). o Tables should be 6 feet apart. o No standing or congregating indoors or outdoors while waiting for a table or exiting. o No dancing or standing indoors. o Reservations required for each party. o No seating of multiple parties at one table. o Includes private clubs and country clubs. • Meetings, social events, and gatherings: o Limit to lesser of 25 guests or 25% of overall room capacity both indoors and outdoors. o Applicable to professional, cultural and social group gatherings. o Not applicable to students participating in-person classroom learning, or sports. o This does not reduce the overall facility capacity dictated by general Phase 4 business guidance such as office, personal care, retail, etc. o No party buses Ford County Public Health Department 235 North Taft Street Paxton, IL 60957 January 18, 2021 For Immediate Release Contact: Megan Reutter, Community Health Educator (217)379-9281 mreutter@fordcountyphd.org • Organized group recreational activities o Sports should follow the mitigation measures set forth in the All Sport Guidelines, which outlines appropriate levels of practice and competition based on individual sport risk. o Face coverings must be worn at all times in fitness centers, including while engaged in individual exercise regardless of person or machine spacing. o Recreation, fitness centers and outdoor activities (not included in the above exposure settings) follow Phase 4 guidance Although indoor dining is allowed in Tier 1, Lana Sample, Ford County Public Health administrator, emphasizes “masking and social distancing within the establishment is critical to make sure our numbers continue to move in the right direction.” IDPH will continue to track the positivity rates and hospital capacity metrics in regions over 14-day monitoring periods to determine if mitigations can be relaxed, if additional mitigations are required, or if current mitigations should remain in place. 

Iroquois County police news 1/18/21

On January 15th, 2021, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested Donte L. Wade, age 34, of Chicago. According to police reports, Wade was wanted on an outstanding Iroquois County warrant charging him with failure to appear on a DUI charge. Wade was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he remains in custody.

 

On January 15th, 2021, Donald R. Jessie Jr., age 42, of Milford turned himself in to the Iroquois County Jail to serve a sentence for aggravated battery.

 

On January 15th, 2021, Patrick W. Nutter, age 36, of Watseka turned himself in to the Iroquois County Jail to serve a

sentence for driving while license suspended.

On January 15th, 2021, Milford Police arrested Joshua W. Searcy, age 33, of Milford. According to police reports, Searcy was charged with possession of methamphetamines under 5 grams. Searcy was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he posted the required bond.

Iroquois County Covid 19 Update 1/15/2021

As of 01/14/21 there have been 2,188 confirmed cases and 366 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County.  There has been a total of 10 new cases since our last update.

 

Due to the current surge in COVID-19 cases, ICPHD will not be reporting case age and gender until further notice. We apologize for the inconvenience, but we need to focus all our time on contact tracing and mitigating the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

 

Please find the attached Iroquois County COVID-19 update for 01/14/21. Please reference the following explanation of probable cases:

“The probable cases that we will be reporting on the daily press release are individuals who have been tested and are found to have a positive test result by a local clinic using "rapid" tests that are not, at this time, IDPH approved tests. These are antigen tests, not molecular tests, and are not laboratory confirmed. Therefore, those individuals who test positive using rapid testing from this source, will be reported as a probable case. Please note that there are different rapid tests available from different sources. Some rapid tests are IDPH approved while some are not. If individuals chose to be tested at a clinic or physician’s office that is using a test that is not IDPH approved and the results are positive, that individual will be listed as a probable case and will be required to isolate per health department protocol. Their direct, known and identified contacts will be quarantined. We realize that there are numerous definitions of Probable Cases but ICPHD will use the Probable Cases category to identify the individuals who have tested positive using a rapid test, not yet approved by IDPH, as these positive results are not laboratory confirmed.”

Iroquois County police news 1/15/2021


On January 11 th, 2021, Iroquois County Sheriff's Police arrested Alisha D. Manzket age 29, of Loda. According to police reports, Manzke was wanted on an outstanding Iroquois County warrant charging her with domestic battery. Manzke was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where she posted the required bond and was released.

 

On January 12th, 2021, Milford Police arrested Joshua R. Morales, age 28, of Manteno. According to police reports, Morales was charged with aggravated fleeing and eluding, aggravated assault, was wanted on an outstanding Iroquois County warrant charging him with the possession of methamphetamine, driving while revoked, operating a uninsured vehicle, and improper use of a communication device, Morales was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he remains in lieu Of bond.

 

On January 12th, 2021, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested Anthony L. Fisk, age 40, of Ashkum, According to police reports, Fisk was wanted on an outstanding Iroquois County warrant charging him with driving white license suspended, Fisk was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he posted the required bond and was released,

 

On January 12th, 2021, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested John M. Stevens, age 48, of Bourbonnais. According to police reports, Stevens was wanted on an outstanding Iroquois County warrant charging him with theft and unlawful exploitation of a elderly person- Stevens was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he remains in lieu of bond.

 

On January 14th, 2021, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested Christopher R. Hollis, age 33, of Milford. According to police reports, Hollis was wanted on an outstanding Iroquois County warrant charging him with possession of methamphetamine. Hollis was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he remains in lieu of bond.

Indiana Man Sentenced to 55 years in prison

A man has been sentenced to 55 years in prison in the killing of a northwest Indiana woman who was strangled and dumped in a rural hunting shack.

A Newton County judge sentenced Garrett Kirts, 22, on Monday. The Lebanon man had pleaded guilty in September to murder in the March 2019 slaying of Nicole Bowen, 30.

Kirts told the judge he and co-defendant Ashley Garth conspired to get Bowen, of West Lafayette, to a Newton County trailer where she was killed, the Journal & Courier reported.

Kirts had said during his September plea hearing that “everybody in the trailer” knew what was going to happen when he brought Bowen to the trailer.

According to court documents, Kirts told police he and Garth strangled Bowen before wrapping her in a blanket. Kirts then allegedly drove to a rural area where Bowen’s body was found the next day in a hunting shack.

Garth has a pretrial conference in her murder case scheduled for Jan. 27 after she withdrew from an earlier plea agreement. According to court documents, Garth considered Bowen “a rival and an enemy because she was the other woman in Kirts’ life.”

Kirts has said he intended to kill Bowen for allegedly revealing a methamphetamine operation he was involved with. Three other people have been charged in connection with Bowen’s killing.

Iroquois County Covid 19 Update 1/14/21

As of 01/13/21 there have been 2,178 confirmed cases and 366 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County.  There has been a total of 15 new cases since our last update.

 

Due to the current surge in COVID-19 cases, ICPHD will not be reporting case age and gender until further notice. We apologize for the inconvenience, but we need to focus all our time on contact tracing and mitigating the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

 

Please find the attached Iroquois County COVID-19 update for 01/13/21. Please reference the following explanation of probable cases:

“The probable cases that we will be reporting on the daily press release are individuals who have been tested and are found to have a positive test result by a local clinic using "rapid" tests that are not, at this time, IDPH approved tests. These are antigen tests, not molecular tests, and are not laboratory confirmed. Therefore, those individuals who test positive using rapid testing from this source, will be reported as a probable case. Please note that there are different rapid tests available from different sources. Some rapid tests are IDPH approved while some are not. If individuals chose to be tested at a clinic or physician’s office that is using a test that is not IDPH approved and the results are positive, that individual will be listed as a probable case and will be required to isolate per health department protocol. Their direct, known and identified contacts will be quarantined. We realize that there are numerous definitions of Probable Cases but ICPHD will use the Probable Cases category to identify the individuals who have tested positive using a rapid test, not yet approved by IDPH, as these positive results are not laboratory confirmed.”

Iroquois County Covid 19 Update 1/13/2021

As of 01/12/21 there have been 2,167 confirmed cases and 362 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County.  There has been a total of 5 new cases since our last update.

 

Due to the current surge in COVID-19 cases, ICPHD will not be reporting case age and gender until further notice. We apologize for the inconvenience, but we need to focus all our time on contact tracing and mitigating the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

 

Please find the attached Iroquois County COVID-19 update for 01/12/21. Please reference the following explanation of probable cases:

“The probable cases that we will be reporting on the daily press release are individuals who have been tested and are found to have a positive test result by a local clinic using "rapid" tests that are not, at this time, IDPH approved tests. These are antigen tests, not molecular tests, and are not laboratory confirmed. Therefore, those individuals who test positive using rapid testing from this source, will be reported as a probable case. Please note that there are different rapid tests available from different sources. Some rapid tests are IDPH approved while some are not. If individuals chose to be tested at a clinic or physician’s office that is using a test that is not IDPH approved and the results are positive, that individual will be listed as a probable case and will be required to isolate per health department protocol. Their direct, known and identified contacts will be quarantined. We realize that there are numerous definitions of Probable Cases but ICPHD will use the Probable Cases category to identify the individuals who have tested positive using a rapid test, not yet approved by IDPH, as these positive results are not laboratory confirmed.”

Iroquois County COVID 19 Update 1/12/21

As of 01/11/21 there have been 2,164 confirmed cases and 360 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County.  There has been a total of 36 new cases since our last update.

 

Due to the current surge in COVID-19 cases, ICPHD will not be reporting case age and gender until further notice. We apologize for the inconvenience, but we need to focus all our time on contact tracing and mitigating the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

 

Please find the attached Iroquois County COVID-19 update for 01/11/21. Please reference the following explanation of probable cases:

“The probable cases that we will be reporting on the daily press release are individuals who have been tested and are found to have a positive test result by a local clinic using "rapid" tests that are not, at this time, IDPH approved tests. These are antigen tests, not molecular tests, and are not laboratory confirmed. Therefore, those individuals who test positive using rapid testing from this source, will be reported as a probable case. Please note that there are different rapid tests available from different sources. Some rapid tests are IDPH approved while some are not. If individuals chose to be tested at a clinic or physician’s office that is using a test that is not IDPH approved and the results are positive, that individual will be listed as a probable case and will be required to isolate per health department protocol. Their direct, known and identified contacts will be quarantined. We realize that there are numerous definitions of Probable Cases but ICPHD will use the Probable Cases category to identify the individuals who have tested positive using a rapid test, not yet approved by IDPH, as these positive results are not laboratory confirmed.”

Iroquois County Sheriff's Police 1/11/21

On January 7th, 2021, Milford Police arrested Denise D. Stevens, age 411 of Hoopeston. According to police reports, Stevens was charged with possession of methamphetamines under 5 grams. Stevens was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where she posted the required bond.

 

On January 7th, 2021, Milford Police arrested Heather N. Scotti age 20, of Milford. According to police reports, Scott was wanted on an outstanding Iroquois County warrant for failure to appear on a possession of methamphetamines under 5 grams charge. Scott was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where she posted the required bond.

 

 
   



On January 9th, 2021, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police investigated a single vehicle accident on County Road 2800 E at the County Road 000 North intersection, According to police reports, a vehicle driven by Kelsey A. Vines, age 24, of Hoopeston was traveling south on 2800 E when approaching the curve at 000 N. The driver lost control on gravel and failed to negotiate the curve, entering the 2800 E ditch, striking the embankment, and then entering the 000 N ditch and striking that embankment, No injuries were reported and no citations were issued.

Iroquois County Sheriff's Police 1/8/2021

On January 1st, 2021, Sheldon Police arrested Lane S. Welsh, age 37, of Sheldon. According to police reports, Welsh was charged with domestic battery and child endangerment. Welsh was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he posted the required bond.

 

 

On January 6th, 2021, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested Kyle E. Warner, age 29, of Crescent City. According to police reports, Warner was charged with driving while license suspended. Warner was also wanted on two active Iroquois County warrants, one for contempt of court and another for failure to appear on a driving while license suspended charge. Warner was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he posted the required bond,

 

 
   



On January 6th, 2021, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested Heather N. Sutherlin, age 41 of Westville, According to police reports, Sutherlin was wanted on an active Iroquois County warrant for failure to appear on a driving while license revoked charge. Sutherlin was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where she remains in custody.

Iroquois County Covid 19 update 1/8/2021

As of 01/07/21 there have been 2,118 confirmed cases and 347 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County.  There has been a total of 22 new cases since our last update. 1 additional individual has passed away with COVID-19. We extend our prayers and deepest condolences to the family, friends, and community members affected by this loss.

 

Due to the current surge in COVID-19 cases, ICPHD will not be reporting case age and gender until further notice. We apologize for the inconvenience, but we need to focus all our time on contact tracing and mitigating the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

 

Please find the attached Iroquois County COVID-19 update for 01/07/21. Please reference the following explanation of probable cases:

“The probable cases that we will be reporting on the daily press release are individuals who have been tested and are found to have a positive test result by a local clinic using "rapid" tests that are not, at this time, IDPH approved tests. These are antigen tests, not molecular tests, and are not laboratory confirmed. Therefore, those individuals who test positive using rapid testing from this source, will be reported as a probable case. Please note that there are different rapid tests available from different sources. Some rapid tests are IDPH approved while some are not. If individuals chose to be tested at a clinic or physician’s office that is using a test that is not IDPH approved and the results are positive, that individual will be listed as a probable case and will be required to isolate per health department protocol. Their direct, known and identified contacts will be quarantined. We realize that there are numerous definitions of Probable Cases but ICPHD will use the Probable Cases category to identify the individuals who have tested positive using a rapid test, not yet approved by IDPH, as these positive results are not laboratory confirmed.”

Senior Citizens Property Tax Deferral program for Iroquois County Residents

Information and forms for the Senior Citizens Property Tax Deferral program are available from the office of Iroquois County Treasurer, Kurt Albers, according to an announcement made by the Treasurer’s Office.

            The program allows qualified senior citizens to defer all or part of their 2020 property taxes up to $5,000 on their personal residence.  Applications must be filed with the Treasurer’s office by March 1, 2021 in order to defer 2020 taxes billed in 2021.

            To qualify, a person must be 65 or over by June 1, 2021, have a total household income of $55,000 or less, and have lived in the property for at least three years.  In addition, there must be no delinquent taxes on the property.

            Qualified taxpayers can defer taxes totaling up to 80 percent of the equity interest they have in the home.  The program sets up a form of a loan with a six percent interest rate which doesn’t become due until the taxpayer sells the property or until after the taxpayer’s death.

            To apply for the program, the person has to file two forms with the County Treasurer’s office.  The first form (IL1017 TD) asks for basic information on the taxpayer, their income and their property.  It also requires that joint owners agree to the tax deferral.  In addition, it requires that evidence be presented of adequate insurance on the property.

            The second form (IL1018 TD) is the agreement for the tax deferral.  It sets out the conditions of the deferral, including the amount which can be deferred, the interest rate and the arrangements for paying back the “loan”. 

            If you have any questions about this program, please contact the County Treasurer’s office in the Iroquois County Administrative Center, 1001 E. Grant Street, Watseka.  The phone number is 815-432-6985. 

ISP Warns of upcoming patrols

llinois State Police (ISP) District 21 Commander, Captain Don Aaron Harsy, announces the ISP will conduct Occupant Restraint Enforcement Patrols (OREP) in Kankakee, Iroquois and Ford Counties on January 19, 2021. OREPs allow the ISP to focus on safety belt and child safety seat laws. Illinois law requires all vehicle passengers (front and back) to be buckled up! Safety belts are still one of the most effective safety devices in vehicles, estimated to save nearly 14,000 lives each year. Half of vehicle occupants killed in a traffic crash were not properly buckled up. The objective of this program is to increase occupant restraint compliance through education, child seat inspections, and enforcement.

 

 District 21 Commander, Captain Don Aaron Harsy, announces the ISP will conduct Nighttime Enforcement (NITE) patrols in Kankakee County on January 23, 2021. NITE patrols allow the ISP to focus on preventing, detecting, and taking enforcement action in response to impaired driving and occupant restraint violations especially between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. The number of unrestrained drivers killed in traffic crashes is significantly higher at nighttime and combined with impaired driving means even more traffic deaths during these critical hours. Officers will strictly enforce violations including: - Driving Under the Influence (DUI); - Safety Belt and Child Restraint use; - Speeding; - Distracted Driving; and, - All Illinois Vehicle Code and Criminal Violations. Alcohol and drug impairment is a factor in more than 30 percent of all fatal motor vehicle crashes in Illinois. Over half of all fatal crashes in Illinois occur at night. The NITE program allows officers to work even harder at removing dangerous impaired drivers from the road and making sure everyone is buckled up. This project is funded through the Illinois Department of Transportation.

Iroquois County COVID 19 Update 1/7/2021

As of 01/06/21 there have been 2,097 confirmed cases and 346 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County.  There has been a total of 26 new cases since our last update.

 

Due to the current surge in COVID-19 cases, ICPHD will not be reporting case age and gender until further notice. We apologize for the inconvenience, but we need to focus all our time on contact tracing and mitigating the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

 

Please find the attached Iroquois County COVID-19 update for 01/06/21. Please reference the following explanation of probable cases:

“The probable cases that we will be reporting on the daily press release are individuals who have been tested and are found to have a positive test result by a local clinic using "rapid" tests that are not, at this time, IDPH approved tests. These are antigen tests, not molecular tests, and are not laboratory confirmed. Therefore, those individuals who test positive using rapid testing from this source, will be reported as a probable case. Please note that there are different rapid tests available from different sources. Some rapid tests are IDPH approved while some are not. If individuals chose to be tested at a clinic or physician’s office that is using a test that is not IDPH approved and the results are positive, that individual will be listed as a probable case and will be required to isolate per health department protocol. Their direct, known and identified contacts will be quarantined. We realize that there are numerous definitions of Probable Cases but ICPHD will use the Probable Cases category to identify the individuals who have tested positive using a rapid test, not yet approved by IDPH, as these positive results are not laboratory confirmed.”

Iroquois County COVID 19 Update 1/6/2021

As of 01/05/21 there have been 2,074 confirmed cases and 343 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County.  There has been a total of 23 new cases since our last update.

 

Due to the current surge in COVID-19 cases, ICPHD will not be reporting case age and gender until further notice. We apologize for the inconvenience, but we need to focus all our time on contact tracing and mitigating the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

 

Please find the attached Iroquois County COVID-19 update for 01/05/21. Please reference the following explanation of probable cases:

 

“The probable cases that we will be reporting on the daily press release are individuals who have been tested and are found to have a positive test result by a local clinic using "rapid" tests that are not, at this time, IDPH approved tests. These are antigen tests, not molecular tests, and are not laboratory confirmed. Therefore, those individuals who test positive using rapid testing from this source, will be reported as a probable case. Please note that there are different rapid tests available from different sources. Some rapid tests are IDPH approved while some are not. If individuals chose to be tested at a clinic or physician’s office that is using a test that is not IDPH approved and the results are positive, that individual will be listed as a probable case and will be required to isolate per health department protocol. Their direct, known and identified contacts will be quarantined.

 

We realize that there are numerous definitions of Probable Cases but ICPHD will use the Probable Cases category to identify the individuals who have tested positive using a rapid test, not yet approved by IDPH, as these positive results are not laboratory confirmed.”

Iroquois County COVID 19 Update 1/5/2021

As of 01/04/21 there have been 2,057 confirmed cases and 337 probable cases of COVID-19 in Iroquois County.  There has been a total of 61 new cases since our last update.

 

Due to the current surge in COVID-19 cases, ICPHD will not be reporting case age and gender until further notice. We apologize for the inconvenience, but we need to focus all our time on contact tracing and mitigating the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

 

Please find the attached Iroquois County COVID-19 update for 01/04/21. Please reference the following explanation of probable cases:

“The probable cases that we will be reporting on the daily press release are individuals who have been tested and are found to have a positive test result by a local clinic using "rapid" tests that are not, at this time, IDPH approved tests. These are antigen tests, not molecular tests, and are not laboratory confirmed. Therefore, those individuals who test positive using rapid testing from this source, will be reported as a probable case. Please note that there are different rapid tests available from different sources. Some rapid tests are IDPH approved while some are not. If individuals chose to be tested at a clinic or physician’s office that is using a test that is not IDPH approved and the results are positive, that individual will be listed as a probable case and will be required to isolate per health department protocol. Their direct, known and identified contacts will be quarantined. We realize that there are numerous definitions of Probable Cases but ICPHD will use the Probable Cases category to identify the individuals who have tested positive using a rapid test, not yet approved by IDPH, as these positive results are not laboratory confirmed.”

IDPH Covid-19 update 01/04/2021

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 5,059 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 79 additional deaths.

 

- Cook County: 1 teen, 1 female 30s, 2 females 40s, 1 male 40s, 1 female 50s, 3 males 50s, 3 females 60s, 5 males 60s, 2 females 70s, 8 males 70s, 3 females 80s, 5 males 80s, 4 females 90s, 2 males 90s
- DeKalb County: 1 male 80s
- DuPage County: 1 male 30s, 1 female 60s, 1 male 60s, 2 females 80s, 1 male 80s, 1 male 90s
- Fulton County: 2 males 80s
- Kane County: 1 female 40s, 1 male 50s
- Kankakee County: 1 male 50s
- Lake County: 2 females 70s
- Macoupin County: 1 female 90s
- Madison County: 1 male 30s, 1 male 80s, 1 male 90s
- McDonough County: 1 male 80s
- Piatt County: 1 female 60s
- Putnam County: 1 male 60s
- Rock Island County: 1 male 80s
- Sangamon County: 1 female 70s, 1 male 80s
- St. Clair County: 1 male 40s, 1 female 80s
- Stephenson County: 1 male 80s
- Tazewell County: 1 male 60s, 2 males 70s, 2 males 80s
- Warren County: 1 female 90s
- Wayne County: 1 male 80s
- Will County: 1 female 50s, 2 females 70s

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 984,880 cases, including 16,834 deaths, in 102 counties in Illinois. The age of cases ranges from younger than one to older than 100 years. Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 48,254 specimens for a total 13,530,371.  As of last night, 3,948 in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 816 patients were in the ICU and 471 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.
 
The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from December 28, 2020 – January 3, 2021 is 8.6%.  The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity from December 28, 2020 – January 3, 2021 is 9.8%

 

*All data are provisional and will change. In order to rapidly report COVID-19 information to the public, data are being reported in real-time. Information is constantly being entered into an electronic system and the number of cases and deaths can change as additional information is gathered.  Information for deaths previously reported has changed, therefore, today’s numbers have been adjusted.  For health questions about COVID-19, call the hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email dph.sick@illinois.gov.

Iroquois County Sheriff's Police 1/4/2021

On December 28m , 2020, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested Christina Kurnat, age 25, of Sheldon. Kurnat was wanted on an outstanding Iroquois County warrant for a probation violation. Kurnat was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where she remains in custody.

 

On December 30th , 2020, Iroquois County Sheriffs Police arrested James A Meyer, age 47, of Danforth for Domestic Battery. Meyer was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he posted the required bond.


On December 30th, 2020, Iroquois County Sheriff's Police arrested Heather M. Osborne, age 35, of Watseka. Osborne was wanted on an outstanding Iroquois County warrant for Possession of Methamphetamines Under 5 grams. Osborne was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where she posted the required bond.

 

On December 31 $t, 2020, Iroquois County Sheriff's Police arrested Monee M. Marshall, age 33, of Sheldon. Marshall was charged with Domestic Battery, Interfering With The Reporting of Domestic Violence, and Resisting/Obstructing a Peace Officer. Marshall was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where she posted the required bond,

 

On December 28th , 2020, Milford Police arrested Christopher Hollis, age 33, of Milford. Hollis was wanted on an outstanding Iroquois County warrant for failure to appear on a Possession of Methamphetamines Under 5 grams charge. Hollis was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he remains in custody.

 

On December 31 st, 2020, Milford Police arrested Perry D. Carswell, age 58, of Hoopeston. Carswell was charged with Driving While License Suspended and Resisting/Obstructing a Peace Officer. Carswell was transported to the Iroquois County Jail where he posted the required bond.

Hoopeston Man injured in New Years Day Crash in Iroquois County

Sheriffs Police investigated a single vehicle accident with injuries on New Year's Day in Prairie Green township. The driver, Waylon E. Henning(23) of Hoopeston, was traveling west bound on Indiana road 600S. Henning drove through the "T" intersection with Illinois road 3200E, striking the west ditch embankment and becoming airborne. The truck Henning was driving landed in a field and sustained major damage. Henning suffered injuries requiring Wellington / Greer Fire to extract him from the truck, Carle EMS transported Henning from the scene to Hoopeston Hospital for further treatment.

Henning was cited for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and driving while license suspended,

Jesse White Issues Reminder as Driver Services Facilities Set to Reopen Statewide Jan. 5

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White is reminding the public that Driver Services facilities statewide are reopening on Tuesday, Jan. 5. Face masks are required, and social distancing and other safety measures will remain in place. White is reminding the public that driver’s licenses and ID card expiration dates have been extended until June 1, 2021. As a result, people do not need to rush to visit a facility, especially during winter weather conditions. (Note: The Chicago West facility, 5301 W. Lexington Ave., will remain closed due to the city’s sewer repair work, which has closed Lexington Ave. around the facility. In addition, the James R. Thompson Center and Chicago Loop Express, 69 W. Washington St., Driver Services facilities will remain closed because they are located in public buildings that are not open.) Additionally, White stressed that many transactions can be conducted online at www.cyberdriveillinois.com instead of waiting at a Driver Services facility. Some of these services include:

· Renewing a license plate sticker;

· Renewing a valid driver’s license for qualifying drivers;

· Renewing a valid ID card for those age 22-64 (seniors 65 and older have free, non-expiring IDs);

· Obtaining a driver record abstract;

· Filing Business Services documents, such as incorporations and annual reports; and · Customers with issues involving administrative hearings may contact adminhearings@ilsos.gov. In an effort to reduce facility visits for in-person service, White has expanded online renewals for driver’s licenses and ID cards. Not everyone qualifies, particularly those who are required to pass a written or road test. For qualifying drivers, individuals will receive a letter with a unique PIN approximately 90 days before the expiration date. The PIN is required to renew online. For more information on determining one’s eligibility for online renewal, visit www.cyberdriveillinois.com and click on “Read more on how to renew your driver’s license or ID card online” near the top of the main page. More than 34,000 customers have already taken advantage of the expanded driver’s license and ID card online renewal program, which results in fewer customers waiting in person at Driver Services facilities. “Throughout this pandemic, my commitment has been to do everything we can to help protect the health and safety of our residents and my employees, while providing services to the people of Illinois,” said White. “This remains our goal and guides our decision making.”

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