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More than 5 million COVID-19 tests have been done in Illinois

At an event in Springfield Monday, Governor JB Pritzker and IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike said the state surpassed 5 million COVID-19 tests since the beginning of the pandemic.

  Big Ten changes course, aims for October start to football

State reports new COVID-19 death in Wayne Co.

  Skeletal remains found in 2018 in Wabash Co. identified

  Frontier Community College reports COVID-19 spike

Gov. Pritzker announces financial help for businesses impacted by COVID-19

  USI Students react to quarantined student organization, several cases attributed to Frontier Com. College Baseball Team

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39 new COVID-19 cases reported in Wayne Co.

  ‘Parade of Gratitude’ held in White Co.

  Lone Ranger exhibit opening in Wabash Co.

Gov. Pritzker gives COVID-19 update

Olney, IL woman arrested in connection to Sunday murder, authorities searching for wanted man

  Gov. Pritzker announces final round from COVID-19 Response Fund

More than 1M people have applied for mail-in voting in Illinois

The record number of people applying for mail-in voting has left election officials scrambling to adjust and take appropriate measures due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, including hiring more staff members.

IL to use $36M grant on opioid addiction

Illinois officials plan to use a $36 million federal grant focused on opioid addiction to support treatment through hospitals, health centers and community programs.

  2 wanted in Pike Co. arrested in IL, authorities looking for 3rd suspect

Deputies with the Wabash County Sheriff’s Office say they got a tip that led to the arrest of a man and woman who were wanted out of Pike County, Indiana.

  Fairfield Community High School going virtual following COVID-19 outbreak

Fairfield Community High School has decided that students will transition to remote learning after multiple individuals at the school tested positive for COVID-19.

  Wabash Co. enters COVID-19 warning level on Fri.

  Illinois nears 9K COVID-19 related deaths

Wabash Community Health Center opens

  Authorities investigating deadly plane crash in Illinois

Wabash Community Schools moving back to some in-person classes

  Carmi-White Co. students set to return to school Thursday

IL Gov. Pritzker reports 2,295 new positive cases

Illinois Governor JB Pritzker is set to give a COVID-19 update at noon.

  Mt. Carmel police investigating possible attempted child abduction

Police in Mt. Carmel are investigating a possible attempted child abduction.

  Wabash Community Schools moving to remote learning, county reports first COVID-19 death

Wabash Community District #348 is now moving to remote learning.

IL announces new mitigation measures

Governor Pritzker and IDPH are announcing new COVID-19 mitigation efforts that will be implemented in the Metro East area beginning Tuesday.

Mt. Carmel Public Library temporarily closed after employee tests positive for COVID-19

The Mt. Carmel Public Library will be closed for the next two weeks after officials say an employee there has tested positive for COVID-19.

  Wabash Co. health officials warn of possible COVID-19 exposure at ‘mini prom'

Health officials with the Wabash County Health Department are warning people of possible COVID-19 exposure for those who attended a “mini prom.”

  Students in Wabash Community School District return to class

It’s the first day back for students in the Wabash Community School District.

IL reports 1,645 new positive cases

Illinois is reporting 196,948 total positive cases of COVID-19 and 7,657 deaths.

IL reports over 195k positive cases

Illinois is reporting 195,399 total positive cases of COVID-19.

  Evansville man facing federal sex crime charge in Saline Co., IL

Federal court documents show Roy Eugene Morrow, Jr., communicated online with someone who turned out to be an undercover FBI agent.

IL Gov. Pritzker announces emergency rental assistance

Gov. Pritzker announced Monday the launch the Emergency Rental Assistance Program to help support tenants across Illinois.

IL Gov. Pritzker joins medical experts to discuss COVID-19 response

State leaders announced 1,382 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 and eight additional deaths on Sunday afternoon.

Southeastern IL College getting $1.7 million from state for new building

They are getting $1.7 million for development of a vocational building at an extension campus site in Carmi on land donated by the city.

  IL Gov. Pritzker confirms 1,759 additional COVID-19 cases

Illinois officials announced 1,759 new confirmed positive cases, bringing the total in the state to 186,471. Officials revealed 30 new coronavirus-deaths. This brings the total number of deaths to 7,573.

  Wabash Co. Health Department adding security cameras

For an added layer of security and to help ease the minds of those inside the health department tasked with tough duties, security cameras will soon be installed outside the building - a security measure that was assisted by the Wabash County Commissioners.

  Troopers investigate Albion cannabis facility break-in

Illinois State Police are investigating a break-in and theft at the Ataraxia Cultivation Plant, off Illinois Route 130 on the south end of Albion.

  Gov. Pritzker launches mask awareness campaign

Governor JB Pritzker launched a new $5 million awareness campaign Monday to encourage Illinois residents to wear a face covering every time they’re in public.

Missing Mt. Carmel 14-year-old found safe

The Mt. Carmel Police Department says a missing 14-year-old has been found.

  IL health officials: White Co. considered at coronavirus ‘warning level’

A county enters a warning level when it experiences an increase in two or more COVID-19 risk indicators from the state’s COVID-19 Resurgence Mitigation plan.

  Coaches react to IHSA’s decision to restructure fall sports schedule

The IHSA Board of Directors announced Wednesday that football, boys soccer, and girls volleyball will have their seasons delayed until the spring. Those seasons are going to last from February 15 until May 1.

White Co. reporting 3 new COVID-19 cases

The Egyptian Health Department confirmed three new COVID-19 cases in White County on Thursday.

  IHSA releases intended plans for 2020-21 athletics calendar

Illinois Governor JB Pritzker will give a COVID-19 update Wednesday at noon.

IL Gov. Pritzker gives COVID-19 update

Illinois Governor JB Pritzker will give a COVID-19 update at 10:30 a.m.

Carbondale, IL Police help in search for missing Evansville woman

Police in Carbondale, Illinois, say they are helping EPD in the search for 44-year-old Dawnita Wilkerson.

Gov. Pritzker: ‘Masks are not the enemy. If you don’t wear one, you are’

The State of Illinois Health Department shows 163,703 total confirmed cases and 7,324 deaths.

White Co. confirms 3 new COVID-19 cases

Health officials say one is a male and the other is a female.

  6 people hurt in White Co. crash

Illinois State Police say a box truck with a driver and five passengers crashed in White County.

  Different types of face masks: Which ones are best?

When COVID-19 first hit the Tri-State area, face masks were hard to come by and people were making them at home. After a few months passed, stores got on board and started selling them for the general public, but how does the public know what masks are best?

Gov. Pritzker announces New Mitigation Plan to prevent resurgence of COVID-19

Illinois Governor JB Pritzker is scheduled to give a COVID-19 update at noon local time.

IL launches $2.1M campaign to prevent abuse to seniors

Adult Protective Services responded to over 21,000 reports of suspected neglect, abuse and financial exploitation of adults in 2019.

White County reports 10th confirmed COVID-19 case

Health officials say the newly confirmed case in White County is a woman in her 60s and she’s currently being isolated at home.

Edwards Co. health officials advising anyone who attended large party to quarantine after person tests positive

Edwards County health officials say someone who recently attended a party has tested positive.

  Illinois High School Association adjusts COVID-19 protocols

The announcement comes after the IHSA moved schools into Phase 4 of its return-to-play guidelines

  White County town remains under boil water advisory

Officials say there was fire hydrant replacement and water tower maintenance that shut down the water system.

Fairfield High School suspends athletic workouts due to possible COVID-19 cross-contamination

The decision comes after a “potential COVID-19 cross-contamination situation” with one of their athlete’s family members.

  Teen flown to hospital after ATV wreck in Hopkins Co.

A teen was flown to the hospital after an ATV wreck in White Plains.

  White County reports 6th confirmed COVID-19 case

The Egyptian Health Department has been informed that one White County resident has tested positive for COVID-19.

  How to keep pets safe during firework celebrations

Setting off fireworks are one of the many ways that people like to celebrate the Fourth of July, but dog experts say animal owners should think of their pets this weekend.

  Boating safety tips for holiday weekend

Although the Fourth of July weekend will look a little different than we’re used to, the weather will allow for boat owners to get out on the water.

  Officials are close to determining New Harmony Bridge’s fate

Bridge officials announce they will be one step closer to finding out if the New Harmony Way Bridge can safely reopen on Monday.

  Illinois restaurants resume indoor dining

As the state enters Phase 4 of the “Restore Illinois” reopening plan this weekend, indoor dining is now allowed to resume.

  IL moving forward with Phase 4 of state’s reopening plan on Fri.

Illinois is currently reporting 139,434 total coronavirus cases.

  IL Gov. Pritzker announces guidelines for educational facilities reopening in fall

Governor JB Pritzker is giving a coronavirus briefing Tuesday.

  Illinois moves to Phase 4 reopening Friday

Governor JB Pritzker released plans Monday to continue reopening businesses and industries as Illinois moves into Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan.

  Rotary Corn Day set to take place with new COVID-19 guidelines

The annual Rotary Corn Day in Wabash County is set to still take place, but officials say it will be a little different.

Mount Carmel business closed due to COVID-19 exposure

The Quick Stop Tire and Lube Center in Mount Carmel is temporarily closed due to COVID-19 exposure.

  COVID-19 death toll surpasses 100 people in Tri-State

As of Friday, a total of 101 people in the Tri-State area have now lost their lives due to complications with COVID-19.

  Mount Carmel officer returns home after serving in ‘mostly peaceful’ Chicago protests

Officer Eric Emmons has been with the Mount Carmel Police Department for nearly two years and has served as a soldier in the Illinois Army National Guard for 12 years.

  Special Report: ‘The Talk’ showcases how parents talk to their children about social injustices

“The Talk” is a conversation that black families have been having for years. It’s a way that parents can walk their child through what to do and not to do when interacting with the police.

  IL Gov. Pritzker announces new grants for businesses impacted by pandemic

Wednesday, Governor JB Pritzker joined members of the Black, Latino and Asian Caucuses of the state legislature and small business owners to announce a package of state grant programs to support communities and businesses impacted by the pandemic and recent civil unrest.

  Mount Carmel set to open $350K pickleball courts

The $350,000 pickleball courts are nearing completion in preparation for Thursday’s soft open.

  Mt. Carmel’s city pool to remain closed for summer

The Mount Carmel City Pool will not be opening this summer. This comes as a decision from the city council on Monday.

Red Cross testing all blood donations for COVID-19 antibodies

The American Red Cross announced that it will be testing all blood, platelet and plasma donations for COVID-19 antibodies.

  ISP: 3 arrested in connection to body found in Gallatin Co.

Illinois State Police charged three individuals with concealment of a homicidal death on Friday.

  40 teams converging on Evansville for 1st youth baseball tournament of season

Deaconess Sports Park in Evansville is set to host its first baseball tournament of the season. The Tri-State League Youth Baseball Tournament will consist of 40 teams from Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky.

  Names released of two people killed in Carmi crash

Witnesses told police the car was going around 100 mph when it ran a stop sign and hit a tree near that intersection.

  IL Gov. Pritzker announces new virtual training initiative for unemployed state residents

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced the launch of free online career training geared toward helping Illinois residents who have lost their jobs due to the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic

IL surpasses over 1M statewide COVID-19 tests

Gov. J.B. Pritzker joined other state leaders on Friday to announce that more than one million COVID-19 tests have been performed across the state.