In coordination with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), Illinois has received a statewide Economic Injury Declaration to secure access to emergency loans for small businesses. Small businesses in all 102 Illinois counties are eligible for low-interest, economic injury disaster loa…

K-12 schools will remain closed and a stay-at-home order for Illinoisans will remain in place through April 30, as Gov. JB Pritzker announced during his daily COVID-19 briefing Tuesday that he plans on extending those orders on Wednesday.

SPRINGFIELD — More than 114,000 workers in Illinois filed first-time unemployment claims in the week ending March 21 as the United States saw its biggest one-week spike in recorded history. 3.2 million workers filing for benefits.

SPRINGFIELD – New federal and charitable funding will soon be available to Illinoisans affected by the COVID-19 pandemic as the state on Thursday saw its largest one-day spike of new cases and deaths during the pandemic.

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As I parked my car outside the Peoria Civic Center and pushed through the humid air toward the arena, I had no idea that God was about to blow my mind. As team chaplain for the hometown Pirates of the fledgling Indoor Football League, I thought I was there simply to give a pregame chapel tal…

Teaching your child to cook is one of the best gifts you can give them. This life skill gives children the opportunity to use knowledge they have acquired in topics like counting, measuring and following directions, while encouraging problem-solving and creativity.

Illinois farmland values continue remaining at stable levels while other investment options have seen very extreme swings according to the report issued last Tuesday at a special Illinois Land Values Webinar. The Webinar was sponsored by the Illinois Society of Professional Farm Managers and…

Jared Grebner has been named as coach to the Metamora Township High School football team. Coach Grebner was selected from an excellent candidate pool of both, internal and external applicants.

Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions on visitors at senior-living facilities, families and friends found creative ways to stay in touch with their loved ones.  Snyder Village resident, Bonnie Grebner, celebrated her 93rd birthday with cupcakes, balloons and other decorations.  Not wantin…

COVID-19 UPDATE  The Illinois Department of Transportation is taking several steps to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, while keeping our commitment to protect the health and safety of the public and our employees.We take this obligation very seriously.At IDOT, under the leadership of Gov.…

March 19, 2020 – Eureka, Illinois.  In an effort to protect our staff and the citizens of Woodford County during the current COVID-19 pandemic, the Woodford County Courthouse located at  115 N. Main Street will be closed to the public starting Monday, March 23 until further notice. 

Peoria, IL – In order to comply with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendation of social distancing, CEFCU is temporarily closing the lobbies of all Illinois Member Centers effective Friday, March 20 until further notice.  Member Center drive-ups will continue to be avai…

The spread of the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) continues to create uncertainty and concern, both globally and here in our community. Illinois Central College continues to monitor developments and take actions that are warranted as new information emerges in this rapidly changing situation. T…

Springfield – With the state’s blood supply running low, lawmakers joined blood center officials in Springfield today to call on people to donate blood and stressed that blood centers are still safe, sterile places for healthy people to donate.

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SPRINGFIELD – Today the Office of Governor JB Pritzker, the Illinois Education Association (IEA), the Illinois Federation of Teachers (IFT), Illinois Association of School Administrators (IASA), Illinois Principals Association (IPA), and Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) released the …

As many institutions are suspending operations due to the COVID-19 virus, Midwest Food Bank continues its general food procurement and distribution. Anticipating additional strain on pantries by temporarily unemployed hourly workers, MFB hopes to be available to provide food to overburdened …

Due to the Coronavirus, the GFWC Illinois Metamora-Germantown Hills Junior Woman's Club will be postponing their Annual Spring Quarter Auction that was scheduled for Thursday, March 19, at Christian Union Church in Metamora. The Club will keep you posted on the future date.