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Starting Friday, Illinois will allow bars and restaurants to re-open and only serve outside.  In an effort to remain business friendly and comply with the Governor’s order, the City of Washington has created guidelines which have been delivered to all restaurants and bars in Washington.

Illinois turkey hunters harvested a preliminary statewide total of 15,800 wild turkeys during the 2020 Spring Turkey Season. This year’s preliminary harvest total compares with the 2019 statewide turkey harvest of 15,190. The statewide preliminary total includes the 2020 Youth Turkey Season …

BLOOMINGTON, IL – May of each year is designated to honor our State Insect, the Monarch Butterfly. University of Illinois Extension Horticulture Educator, Kelly Allsup, says “Illinois residents should be worried about their state insect.” The yearly count of Monarchs decreased by 53 percent …

SPRINGFIELD — All of Illinois is “on track” to progress into the next phase of Gov. JB Pritzker’s plan to reopen the state safely, he said Tuesday during his daily update teleconference in Chicago.

The following awards and scholarships were presented virtually at the WCHS Academic Awards Night held on Tuesday, May 12, 2020, via the school’s home web page.  The awards were announced and presented by Karen Stevens, Principal,  and Dr. Kyle Freeman, Superintendent.

EL PASO – The Illinois Department of Transportation announces that the southbound on-ramp and northbound off-ramp (exit 14) from Interstate 39 at El Paso/U.S. 24 will close for two days beginning May 19. 

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois lawmakers will return to Springfield next week for the first time in more than two months to take up a state budget and other critical matters while following strict social distancing and public safety guidelines.

SPRINGFIELD – Knowing that effective, skilled, and diverse early childhood educators are a lynchpin to classroom quality, Gov. JB Pritzker has awarded the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) $1.3 million in grants to strengthen the early childhood workforce. The funding comes from a $1…

Beginning with students applying for fall 2021 enrollment at Bradley University, undergraduate applicants will no longer be required to submit standardized test scores, ACT or SAT, for admission. This decision is a result of a year-long study spent evaluating the accuracy of standardized tes…

A ribbon cutting was held to welcome Mosquito Joe as a new Chamber member on Friday, May 8, 2020. Mosquito Joe is located in Washington and serves the 61571-zip code area and surrounding areas.  Mosquito Joe of Peoria-Champaign provides mosquito flea, and tick solutions for residential and c…

ROANOKE – The Illinois Department of Transportation announces that repairs to the bridge that carries Illinois 116/117 over the west branch of Panther Creek in Roanoke begin May 11. 

BRIMFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation announces that overnight closures of Interstate 74 at the Bell School Road interchange (exit 71) begin May 13. 

SPRINGFIELD – To address the educator shortage that Illinois faces, and a pandemic that has changed the educational experience for all students, Gov. JB Pritzker recently signed Executive Order 2020-31 to help teacher, paraprofessional, and other educator candidates gain licensure and join t…

The City of Washington’s Lawndale Ave. reconstruction project is scheduled to begin on Monday, May 11, 2020. The project will include the complete reconstruction of Lawndale Ave. from Walnut St. (Bus US 24) to Knollcrest Drive. The project is scheduled to be substantially completed by Novemb…

Join University of Illinois Extension for the May Diabetes Clinic: “Taking Comfort in Food” webinar. Register for the webinar recording at go.illinois.edu/LMWevents found at the May 21 listing on the calendar. After registering, a link will be sent on May 21 to the email you provided, giving…

Bradley University announces the appointment of Jeffrey A. Blade, former CEO of Matilda Jane Clothing since 2013, to serve as its new chief financial officer effective May 1. Blade is the first hire made by incoming President Stephen Standifird, who also begins his duties May 1.