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Illinois revenues drop $1.1-Billion in fiscal 2020 due to pandemic

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois saw a more than $1.1 billion drop in revenues in the fiscal year that ended last month due to the coronavirus’s impact on the state’s economy, according to state officials. The Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability found that the state ended the 2020 fiscal year with a $1.135 billion…read more »

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Pandemic, racism compound worries about Black suicide rate

CHICAGO (AP) — Black people are facing a combination of stressors experts worry could affect the suicide rate. Isolation, a shortage of mental health providers, and racial trauma are some of the factors hitting simultaneously. Black people suffer disproportionately from COVID-19 and have seen soaring rates in youth suicide attempts. Mental health advocates are calling…read more »

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Marion, Clinton, and Jefferson County report new COVID-19 cases 

Both Marion and Jefferson County are reporting new COVID-19 cases on Friday. The Marion County Health Department is reporting a female in her 40s is doing well and is at home on isolation.  She lived in the same household as a prior contact.    The case is the 78th positive in the county.  67 have now…read more »

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Positive COVID-19 cases continue to increase statewide    

The Illinois Department of Public Health has confirmed another 1,317 new cases of the coronavirus disease, including 25 additional confirmed deaths. None of the deaths are in Southern Illinois, with 16 in Cook County and four others in the collar counties around Chicago. Within the past 24 hours ending on Thursday morning, laboratories have reported…read more »

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