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COVID-19 Cancellations And Closures

      Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Friday ordered all state residents to remain in their homes except for essentials, joining similar dramatic efforts in California and New York to limit the spread of the coronavirus. (Read the details of the proclamation HERE ) Pritzker’s order, is set to expire April 7, still allows the state’s…Continue Reading

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Veterinarians, Dentists, and Elective Surgery Centers Urged to Donate Personal Protective Equipment

March 21, 2020 – Veterinarians, dentists, and elective surgery centers are being urged to donate unused Personal Protective Equipment to the fight against COVID-19. According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, stocks of Personal Protective Equipment or PPE’s for health care providers are being used rapidly.  IDPH says the availability of critical resources such…Continue Reading

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Kroger Provides Bonuses, Paid Leave to Employees

March 21, 2020 –  Kroger has announced that it will provide a one-time bonus to every hourly frontline grocery, supply chain, manufacturing and customer service associate, amounting to $300 for every full-time associate and $150 for every part-time associate. “Grocery workers are on the frontlines, ensuring Americans have access to the food and products they…Continue Reading

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Stay at Home Order FAQ’s

March 21, 2020 – Below are common frequently asked questions regarding the Governor’s Stay at Home Order. When does the order take effect? The order will take effect Saturday, March 21st at 5pm CST. Where does the Stay at Home order apply? The Governor’s executive order includes the entire state. Unless you work for an…Continue Reading

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Avoid Coronavirus Scams

March 20, 2020 – Scammers are taking advantage of fears surrounding the Coronavirus. They’re setting up websites to sell bogus products and using fake emails, texts, and social media posts as a ruse to take your money and get your personal information. The emails and posts may be promoting awareness and prevention tips, and fake information…Continue Reading

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DPS61 Update: Friday March 20th

March 18, 2020 – DPS 61 Update for Friday, March 20th: As Governor Pritzker announced this afternoon, schools statewide will remain closed until April 8, 2020. He has also issued a “stay at home” order for the entire state, beginning tomorrow, March 21, at 5:00 p.m. This means all DPS school buildings and district offices…Continue Reading

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Stay At Home Order: What Are Essential Services?

March 20, 2020 – Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Friday ordered all state residents to remain in their homes except for essentials, joining similar dramatic efforts in California and New York to limit the spread of the coronavirus. (Read the details of the proclamation HERE ) Pritzker’s order, which takes effect Saturday at 5 p.m. and is…Continue Reading

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Gov. Pritzker Issues “Stay At Home” Order

March 20, 2020 -(AP) Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Friday ordered all state residents to remain in their homes except for essentials, joining similar dramatic efforts in California and New York to limit the spread of the coronavirus. Pritzker’s order, which takes effect Saturday at 5 p.m. and is set to expire April 7, still…Continue Reading

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Another Death and 163 New Cases of COVID-19 in Illinois

March 20, 2020 – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced 163 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including the death of a Cook County woman in her 70s.  Three additional counties are now reporting cases; Adams, Christian, and McLean counties. Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 585 cases in 25…Continue Reading