Illinois EPA Director John J. Kim announced the completion of a large used tire removal action at the former Harmon Auto Salvage, located on Route 29, south of Pekin in Tazewell County. Illinois EPA has authority under the Illinois Environmental Protection Act to carry out used tire removal …

The Illinois Department of Transportation has announced it has received the Excel Award, the top honor for communications work from the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials. The recognition from fellow state departments of transportation in the TransComm Skills Awar…

Mediacom and C-SPAN announce the start of this year’s annual student documentary competition and encourage middle school and high school students to participate in the video documentary competition known as “StudentCam”. Students are asked to create a short video documentary and submit it on…

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The Friends of the Pekin Public Library are having a half-price book sale on Monday, September 14 through Saturday, September 19, in the Pekin Public Library lobby during regular library hours.  All items with a yellow dot will be half-price.  Items in the library's regular Book Sale Room ar…

Seniors, be sure to join in for a Senior Appreciation drive-thru for Roaring Pumpkins and All That Jazz on Thursday, September 17 from 2:00-3:30 p.m. at Brandon Wood Retirement Center, 730 W Jefferson in Morton. The first 500 seniors to drive through will receive a special theme cookie and g…

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SPRINGFIELD – The COVID-19 test positivity rate fell to 3.6 percent statewide Monday, decreasing in two regions that have faced increased economic restrictions due to high rates.

National Preparedness Month is recognized each September to promote family and community disaster and emergency planning. As we learned this spring with the COVID-19 pandemic, disasters don’t wait. They can strike at anytime and anywhere. The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA), and …

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The First Mennonite Church men’s softball team (above) took home the championship after defeating Community United Church of Christ in the 2020 Morton Men’s Church Softball League Tournament. Team members include (front, from left) Kyle Cashdollar, Benji Cashdollar, Josh Felker, Travis Cowle…

Centered around the concept of Mission Excellence, HMC employees surround themselves in a culture where the expectation is always for excellent performance, where staff looks forward to coming to work because they do worthwhile work, and that as a team they truly make a difference in others’…

Join PumpkinLand Community Events (PLaCE), Lulu’s on Main and friends for a Cheesecake Challenge on Saturday, September 19 beginning at 11 a.m. (until sold out) outside of Lulu’s on Main in Morton!

Celebrating 15 years of service, the Hopedale Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine Program at Hopedale Medical Complex (HMC) knows the importance of having a successful game plan in place when working with student-athletes within local communities.  Beginning in 2005, Certified Athletic Traine…

Midwest Food Bank is sending Disaster Relief to help victims of Hurricane Laura. A semi load of cleaning supplies went to Lake Charles, LA, on Monday, August 31. A load of family food boxes left for Beaumont, TX, on Thursday, September 3, and another was scheduled to leave early the followin…

Following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) recent announcement on changes regarding COVID-19 testing protocols, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is reminding all Illinois residents of the importance of getting tested, including after close contact with so…

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In preparation for the 2020 elections, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has issued guidance to protect the safety and health of voters as they cast ballots at polling locations throughout the state during early voting and Election Day.   The "COVID-19 Guidance for Election Pol…

The Illinois Department of Transportation shares a common goal with Mothers Against Drunk Driving and Illinois law enforcement – to eliminate impaired driving. As the unofficial end of summer approaches, MADD, IDOT, the Illinois State Police and law enforcement agencies throughout the state …

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Rob Preston, local beekeeper with Tippy Creek Apiary, showed the GEMS Girls Science Club how to find the queen bee during their meeting on August 18.  GEMS (Girls Excelling in Math and Science) Girls Science Club meets monthly with students in grades four through seven. During their August m…

Centered around the concept of Mission Excellence, HMC employees surround themselves in a culture where the expectation is always for excellent performance, where staff looks forward to coming to work because they do worthwhile work, and that as a team they truly make a difference in others’…

Grace Church will host its DivorceCare recovery DVD seminar and support group for those who are separated of divorced. This 13-week program will meet each Thursday from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at the church, located at 1325 E Jefferson in Morton, beginning September 10 and running through December 17…

In a recent announcement by Becker’s Hospital Review, Hopedale Hospital was given a 5-Star Award for Patient Experience from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).  One of only eleven critical access hospitals in the State of Illinois to receive the award, Hopedale Hospital pa…

Midwest Food Bank is preparing to send disaster relief to help victims of Hurricane Laura. Early morning last Thursday, the hurricane made landfall near Cameron, LA, with winds of 150 mph. High water levels from storm surged into coastal areas and posed a risk of flooding and tornadoes inland.

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MORTON, IL - With the goal for this year’s Roaring Pumpkins and All That Jazz to shop and support local, the Chamber and Festival Advisory Committee developed creative programs to celebrate local businesses and Chamber members. Favorite parts of Festival return in modified formats and new ad…

In a recent announcement by Becker’s Hospital Review, Hopedale Hospital was given a 5-Star Award for Patient Experience from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).  One of only eleven critical access hospitals in the State of Illinois to receive the award, Hopedale Hospital pa…