With the Fourth of July just around the corner, law enforcement throughout the state are taking part in the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign to keep impaired drivers off the roads. The stepped-up effort will extend through July 6.

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is excited to open its doors to the public again on Wednesday, July 1.

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The state has released new guidelines for schools, colleges and universities to return to in-person learning in the fall as the state prepares to enter Phase 4 of Gov. JB Pritzker’s reopening plan on Friday, June 26. 

Events of this year have reinforced the critical mission of Midwest Food Bank (MFB) and partnering non-profits in the effort to alleviate hunger.  MFB pleased to announce a unique online musical performance to fight hunger and malnutrition with proceeds supporting Midwest Food Bank East Africa.

Over 2,500 students received their degrees from Northern Illinois University in May. Included among the graduates were the following area students:

The 4th of July is usually celebrated with cookouts, outdoor activates and fireworks shows. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many communities have canceled their displays. This is raising concerns about an increase in use of novelty fireworks and illegal fireworks in Illinois.

A virtual commencement ceremony was held this spring at Iowa State University to honor the nearly 5,100 graduates who earned degrees. The traditional on-campus celebrations were moved online as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. University leaders recorded three commencement ceremonies to ho…

More than 5,700 University of Iowa undergraduate, graduate, and professional students graduated this spring under extraordinary circumstances. Local students who were among the spring 2020 graduating class included:

More than 12,500 Iowa State University students have been recognized for outstanding academic achievement by being named to the spring semester 2020 Dean's List. Area students named to the Dean’s List include:

Jacob Bachman and Matthew Wilder, both of Eureka, and Dalton Wolfe of Pekin have been named to McKendree University’s spring 2020 semester Dean’s List for earning a grade point average of 3.60 or higher during the spring 2020 semester.

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The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has received confirmation of approximately 23 cases that appear to be linked to a multi-state outbreak of cyclosporiasis, an intestinal illness caused by the microscopic Cyclospora parasite.  Cases have been reported in counties across Illinois…

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Father's Day celebrations for dads living with Alzheimer's can be bittersweet and challenging for families even under the best of circumstances, but the current COVID-19 crisis is adding new complexities that can feel overwhelming. To help families impacted by Alzheimer's navigate these chal…

The library building and drive-up book drop remain closed until further notice for the safety of patrons and staff. Patrons can return materials at the front doors on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

On Saturday, May 16, 2020, Richard Dylan Newell of Morton graduated from Blackburn College with a Bachelor of Arts degree. While traditional on-campus graduation activities were canceled, Blackburn College celebrated the class of 2020 with its first Virtual Commencement Ceremony and 151st Co…

OSF HealthCare announces the opening of its newest OSF Urgo location at 853 W. Jackson Plaza in Morton, Illinois. This is the 14th urgent care clinic operated by OSF HealthCare, and the fifth in the Peoria area, with other clinics in Peoria, East Peoria and Washington. A third Peoria locatio…

The Morton Chamber of Commerce is restructuring the Annual Golf Outing that raises funds for the Pumpkin Festival Give Back to host a safe fundraiser, while still having fun and encouraging the community to shop and support local.

Miranda Troyer (middle) owner of Miranda’s Cakes and Confections, LLC received a Morton Economic Development Council MicroGrant on June 11, 2020 for renovations of her new bakery. Troyer plans to open doors in July 2020. 

Land of Lincoln Honor Flight (LLHF) received notice on Friday, June 12 from its National governing organization that all honor flights nationwide have been suspended through the end of 2020 due to continued concerns related to COVID-19.   This was a difficult but necessary decision to ensure…

Elizabeth Grimm, daughter of Ann Banks and Morton High School graduate of 2016, has accepted a graduate assistantship at Illinois State University in the mathematics department after earning her Bachelor’s degree at Bradley University last month. 

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The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has confirmed the first mosquitoes to test positive for West Nile virus in Illinois for 2020.  The Des Plaines Valley Mosquito Abatement District collected a positive mosquito batch on May 31, 2020 from River Forest, Illinois, and North Shore M…

Bethel Lutheran students recently awarded 19 students, pictured above, the honor of membership in the 500 Club. Students earn membership into the club by reading 500 or more books or chapters during the school year. 

Natalie Daugherty, of Morton, has earned the distinction of Dean's List honors at the Georgia Institute of Technology for Spring 2020. This designation is awarded to undergraduate students who have earned a 3.0 or higher academic average for the semester.

The following local students were named to the Dean's List at Belmont University for the Spring 2020 semester. Eligibility is based on a minimum course load of 12 hours (exclusive of audit and pass/fail courses this semester) and a quality grade point average of 3.5 with no grade below a C (…

If you are feeling stress and anxiety from the new way of living under the pandemic, Vickie Robertson, a University of Illinois Extension Master Naturalist, says now is the time to get outside and walk some of your local trails and pathways, to “enjoy nature and check out the living things b…