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Pritzker Administration Announces $250 Million In Additional Relief to Assist Communities with COVID-19 Emergency Response

July 1st, 2020- Governor JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) announced the State will expedite a portion of Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) dollars designated for local governments by the federal CARES Act. Through the Local Coronavirus Urgent Remediation Emergency (Local CURE) Support Program, the State will take steps to deploy…Continue Reading


Richland Community College, In Partnership with Decatur Public Schools, Award CTE Education Career Pathway Grant

July 1st, 2020- Richland Community College, in partnership with Decatur Public Schools, was recently awarded a $240,000 Career and Technical Education (CTE) grant from the Illinois State Board of Education for its CTE Education Career Pathway program. The Education Career Pathway is aimed at providing students with learning experiences and knowledge that prepare them to consider…Continue Reading

Drew Early

LISTEN: DMH’s Drew Early

July 1st, 2020- DMH’s Drew Early talks about how the 4th of July weekend is generally a busy time in the hospital, how they are taking necessary precautions to screen all visitors and deep clean their facilities, how they are open for treatments that have been delayed in recent months, and how the pandemic has accelerated…Continue Reading


PODCAST & PHOTOS: MRI Receives $25,000 Grant for Meaningful Meadows From America In Bloom And Canadian National Railroad

June 30th, 2020- – MRI has been selected to receive a $25,000 grant from the America in Bloom (AIB) and Canadian National Railroad (CN) “From the Ground Up” grant program. The grant will support landscaping throughout the 1.5-acre center that provides educational and occupational opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities in the community. Meaningful Meadows features…Continue Reading

Manufacturing jobs

Manufacturing Starting To Recover, According To Poll

June 30th, 2020- Illinois manufacturers reported layoffs, supply chain disruptions, and closures from the COVID-19 pandemic, however, most are rebounding, according to a new poll. The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago’s Survey of Business Conditions interviewed hundreds of manufacturers in Illinois and Michigan between May 20 and June 5. Many manufacturers were deemed essential through the…Continue Reading


Local Fire Districts Receive over $100,000 In Equipment Grants

June 30th, 2020- The Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal announced the recipients of the Small Equipment Grant Program. A total of $3.5 million was awarded to 154 fire departments/districts and EMS providers. The OSFM received 540 applications, requesting around $12 million in funding during this grant period. Locally, the Maroa Countryside Fire Protection District received…Continue Reading