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WASHINGTON – The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service have announced that distribution of economic impact payments will begin in the next three weeks and will be distributed automatically, with no action required for most people. However, some seniors and others who typically do not file returns will need to submit a simple tax return to receive the stimulus payment.

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SPRINGFIELD — Illinois officials on Sunday announced the largest one-day jump in confirmed novel coronavirus cases and deaths in the state yet. But public and private labs’ per-day testing ability is also higher than it has ever been.

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CHICAGO — Illinois has set new guidelines for schools during the COVID-19 pandemic, as it seems more likely remote learning and other changes will continue further into the academic year.

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WASHINGTON — The Senate passed a mammoth $2.2 trillion economic rescue package steering aid to businesses, workers and health care systems engulfed by the coronavirus pandemic, an unprecedented response amid record new jobless claims and mounting evidence that the economy is in a recession.

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced a number of financial initiatives Wednesday to assist owners of bars, restaurants, hotels and other small businesses during the economic slowdown caused by the novel coronavirus pandemic.

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SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Wednesday announced 330 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including three deaths; a Kane County man in his 90s, a Cook County man in his 60s, and a Will County woman in her 50s.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House and Senate leaders announced agreement Wednesday on an unparalleled, $2 trillion emergency bill to rush aid to businesses, workers and a health care system slammed by the coronavirus pandemic.

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SPRINGFIELD — Gov. J.B. Pritzker detailed the state’s efforts to stock up on personal protective equipment and said President Donald Trump was “responsive” to the state’s needs in a phone call Monday, one day after the pair feuded on Twitter.

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SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois National Guard is assisting the state’s COVID-19 response by setting up testing centers and other civil action, not preparing for military action as has been rumored on social media, its adjutant general said during a news briefing on the virus Monday.

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SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Tuesday announced 250 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including four deaths; a Chicago resident in his 50s, two Cook County residents both in their 60s, and a DuPage County resident in her 90s.

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SPRINGFIELD – Meat has been among the most in-demand items at supermarkets as people stock up on essentials amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Phone first is the advice. The Shelby County Courthouse doors are open, but people are being requested to phone ahead before showing up to do business.

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SPRINGFIELD – As COVID-19 cases spike throughout Illinois, the nine Illinois hospitals with HSHS Illinois system and Memorial Health System – including Good Shepherd in Shelbyville – will no longer allow visitors, with some exceptions.

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SPRINGFIELD — The number of confirmed cases of novel coronavirus, COVID-19, in Illinois almost doubled overnight, from 160 cases to 288, the state’s Department of Public Health announced Wednesday.

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Springfield – With the state’s blood supply running low, lawmakers joined blood center officials in Springfield Wednesday 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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DECATUR – Decatur Catholic Charities, serving Macon, Moultrie and Shelby counties continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation and is committed to maximizing the safety of our staff, clients, volunteers, board members, and you and your family.

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The decision to cancel the Shelby County Art Show 2020 was made early Monday morning due to the extended quarantine expected for many businesses and activities. As many as possible are being notified before any other actions to enter are taken. The Show will resume in 2021 with the ability o…

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SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker took an unprecedented step Sunday to stem the spread of the coronavirus pandemic by ordering bars and restaurants in the state closed to the public starting on Tuesday, March 17, which is both St. Patrick’s Day and Illinois’ Primary Election Day.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is preparing to invoke emergency powers over the coronavirus outbreak, an emerging development Friday as an aid package teetered in Congress without his full public support.

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WASHINGTON — Washington is straining for an ample response to the coronavirus outbreak that is testing the nation’s political and health care systems after President Donald Trump restricted air travel from Europe, Congress ran into trouble approving an aid package and the centers of power — …

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Since the beginning of 2020, the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois has been monitoring developments regarding the Coronavirus, including guidance and information from the Centers for Disease Control, the Illinois Department of Public Health, and other government agencies. We have and will c…

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Steve Melega, Shelby County Health Department Administrator, requested Thursday that people be reminded of information to lower the risk of contracting and spreading the coronavirus (COVID-19).

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Larry H. Mummel, 78, of Mode, IL passed away at 9:26 p.m. Friday, March 27, 2020 in his residence. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Howe and Yockey Funeral Home, Shelbyville, IL.