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 Illinois Department of Transportation announces that the ramps to and from northbound Interstate 39 at the Illinois 116 interchange (exit 22) near Minonk in Woodford County will close June 22. 

Samuel Brace, of Metamora, has been named to the Dean's Honor Roll for the Spring 2020 semester at Lawrence Technological University. Samuel is majoring in Information Technology. To be named to the honor roll a student must maintain at least a 3.5 grade point average for the term.

Starting Monday, June 15, the Eureka Public Library will offer appointments for computer use to patrons ages 16 and up. Appointment slots are up to one hour long and are offered on a limited basis in order to ensure social distancing and allow for additional cleaning and disinfecting.

Grant Carlson, of Eureka, has been named to the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Dean's List for the 2020 spring semester. Students named to the Dean’s List have demonstrated their academic abilities by receiving a grade point average of 3.4 or above in a single semester.

Jeremiah Poppen, of Germantown Hills, was one of more than 800 undergraduate students at the University of Iowa named to the president's list for the 2020 spring semester. Jeremiah is majoring in Biomechanical Engineering at the UI College of Engineering.

Black Partridge Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, DAR, met in Metamora on June 8, 2020 for a sack lunch fellowship followed by the monthly meeting. New members, Kim Cooley of Washington, Pam Gregory of Washington, Amy Blankenship of Washington, Mary Kay Damer of Berea, OH,…

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…

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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…

Snyder Village will host a car parade around their campus this Father’s Day, June 21, 2020.  Family members and community members are encouraged take part in the parade around campus beginning at 2 p.m.  Participants are required to stay in their vehicles at all times to allow for social dis…

Grant Hammer of Germantown Hills, a junior at Wisconsin Lutheran College and graduate of Metamora Township High School, has been named to the college’s spring 2020 Dean’s List for his academic achievement. To be eligible for Dean’s List recognition, a student must maintain a semester grade p…

The book drop at Eureka Public Library is now open 24 hours a day for return of library materials. All items currently checked out have due dates extended to June 15. Fines will not accrue until the library reopens.

Illinois Prairie District Public Library is announcing an expansion of curbside pickup service.  Beginning June 1, IPDPL increased curbside pick-up hours and added curbside service to the recently renovated Roanoke branch.  Curbside pick-up is now available at all six IPDPL branches, by appo…

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…

Minier Corn Daze 2020 sponsoring organization Olympia Kiwanis Club, in conjunction with the Village of Minier, has announced the cancellation of this year’s Corn Daze event in order to help safeguard community members from the COVID19 pandemic, which remains problematic.

On May 17, the college held a virtual commencement ceremony, featuring a video address by Sam Vaghar, co-founder of the Millennium Campus Network. The following students have met the requirements for graduation at Monmouth College:

For nearly 123 years, the Peoria Symphony Orchestra’s mission has been to bring transformative musical performances to the stage and beyond. The orchestra meets with the local community in concert halls, schools, senior living facilities and more.

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June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month, a time dedicated to increasing public awareness of Alzheimer’s disease, available resources and how people can get involved to support the cause. During the month of June, the Alzheimer’s Association Illinois Chapter invites you to raise aware…