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Ambulance crew delivers baby in rural Dix  

A healthy baby boy was delivered at the home of his mother on the Rileyville Road north of Dix early Saturday morning.

Kell Fire Chief Lonnie McDaneld says two ambulances from Litton’s Ambulance in Mt. Vernon arrived just ahead of Kell firemen.   The all-female ambulance crews were able to instruct the soon to be mother through the birthing process.   Jefferson Fire Protection District firemen later arrived on the scene to assist as well.

The mother and baby were both transported to SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon after the delivery was complete.

The owner of Litton’s Ambulance Service, Angie Litton, says with everything going on the delivery was a good positive boost to the crews.   Litton says the delivery outside the hospital happens occasionally.

Because of health care laws, neither the fire departments or Litton’s Ambulance are able to release any information on the identity of the baby.

The call to the home came at 2:09 Saturday morning.

Dr. Ezike Saturday 3-28 announcement

Illinois reports 465 new cases and 13 new deaths

Dr. Ezike announces first-ever death of an infant in connection with the coronavirus.

The Illinois Department of Public Health has reported 465 new cases and 13 new deaths from the coronavirus.

The deaths include an infant younger than one year in Chicago.  Dr. Ngozi Ezike says there has never before been a death associated with COVID-19 in an infant.   A full investigation is underway to determine the cause of death.

Governor Pritzker also announced the death of the first state worker from the virus.

The other deaths in Cook County include 2 males in their 60s, 2 males in their 70s, one in their 80s, as well as a female in her 70s, and a female in her 80s.  Kane County has reported the death of two males in the 70s, McHenry County had a death of a man in his 50s, and Lake County and Will County both reported a death of a female in her 90s.

Fayette County along with Carroll and Macon Counties have recorded their first confirmed case of the disease.   Cases have now been reported in 43 counties.

The total number of confirmed cases statewide is now 3,491/  Deaths total 47.

For all personal protective equipment (PPE) donations, email  PPE.donations@illinois.gov.  For health questions about COVID-19, call the hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email dph.sick@illinois.gov.

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Governor Pritzker announces several resources for those dealing with COVID-19     

Governor JB Pritzker is announcing several resources for Illinoisans struggling during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

State Department of Human Services Secretary Grace Hou says SNAP benefits are being extended.

“With the recent passage of the federal “Families First” legislation monthly SNAP benefits will increase dramatically, in some cases over 90-percent a month.

Governor Pritzker says stipends will be available for child care providers serving the families of essential workers.

“We will now be providing each of the providers who stepped up in this time of need with an additional stipend.  $750 each for licensed home, $2,000 each for centers running one or two classrooms and $3,000 each for those running three or more classrooms.”

Efforts to help the homeless also are being increased.

For more information on the programs, you may visit coronavirus.illinois.gov

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All licensed health care workers asked to sign up for Emergency Alert System  

Governor JB Pritzker is asking all licensed health care workers to sign up for an emergency alert system.

He says doctors, nurses, and others in the medical field should visit IllinoisHelps.net.

“By signing up you will be joining an alert system that when activated will ask you to deploy to assist to urgent needs during this public health crisis.”

The Governor says the health care workforce is expanding as the state has received more than 500 applications from retired medical professionals wanting to help.   More are needed.

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US appeals court upholds Dish Network robocall violations; Illinois to get $17-million in settlement

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal appeals court has upheld a lower court judgment and injunction against Dish Network for illegal phone calls to people on the Do Not Call Registry.

The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals found Friday that Dish Network is responsible for the robocalls because its retailers were acting as Dish’s agents. And it rejected a claim by Dish that penalties for the conduct are unconstitutionally excessive.

After a five-week trial in 2017, the U.S. District Court for Illinois’ central district found Dish liable for more than 97 million violations and imposed fines of $280 million, with $17 million directed to Illinois.

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U of Illinois wants suit by slain scholar’s estate dismissed

URBANA, Ill. (The News-Gazette) — The University of Illinois is seeking the dismissal of a lawsuit filed by the estate of a slain visiting Chinese scholar against two social workers at a campus counseling center.

A judge dismissed a federal lawsuit against the social workers in December. But the woman’s estate refiled it in state court in January.

Brendt Christensen was later convicted of kidnapping Yingying Zhang. Her body has never been found.

The News-Gazette reports that her family has argued that the social workers should have done more when the Christensen told them about his fascination with serial killers and that he had bought items to move and dispose of a body.

National News

Stimulus check calculator: How much will you receive?

iStock(NEW YORK) — The House of Representatives on Friday passed the largest aid measure in American history, a $2 trillion stimulus package that President Donald Trump signed into law. Direct payments will be made to Americans to help offset financial hardships incurred during the coronavirus pandemic.The coronavirus outbreak has quickly evolved from a health crisis…read more »

Arkansas woman murdered by same person who murdered her mother 23 years ago: Police

iStock(HORSESHOE LAKE, Ark.) — Almost 23 years after an Arkansas mother was murdered by a 16-year-old, the convicted killer allegedly killed her daughter, police said.Deputies from the Crittenden County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call on Wednesday at the historical Snowden House in Horseshoe Lake where they saw a possible suspect fleeing the property.Police located…read more »

Significant severe weather outbreak forecasted, tornadoes possible

ABC News(NEW YORK) — A major storm is quickly intensifying Saturday morning in the central U.S. and will bring a significant severe weather outbreak to parts of the Midwest Saturday afternoon and evening – including the threat for dangerous, significant, long-track tornadoes.Radar Saturday morning is showing the organizing storm with a rain shield that stretches…read more »