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With concerns that the new coronavirus is being spread by asymptomatic people, Gov. J.B. Pritzker is advising Illinois residents to wear masks while out in public.

Rich Egger

Musician Bill Maakestad normally performs the final Friday of each month at The Wine Sellers (TWS) on Macomb's courthouse square. But with stay-at-home orders and social distancing guidelines in place, the final Friday of March was anything but normal.

As the price of gasoline plummeted amid COVID-19 restrictions, so has the price of ethanol.


The nutrition program for women with infants, and young children, commonly referred to as WIC, is operating through the COVID-19 pandemic. However, some recipients say they are having a hard time finding food that is WIC-approved at grocery stores.

Last year, more than 182,00 Illinois residents participated in the program. 


Governor J.B. Pritzker is ordering Illinoisans to remain at home as much as possible until the end of April. The original order was set to end next week, and the extension comes as the federal government extended its social distancing guidelines.

Southeast Iowa Bicycle Races Called Off

Mar 31, 2020
Rich Egger

The bicycle races held in southeast Iowa each year during the Memorial Day weekend are being canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. That includes the Snake Alley Criterium in Burlington.

Rich Egger

The Macomb Board of Education agreed to grant extra authority to Superintendent Patrick Twomey during the coronavirus pandemic. However, Dr. Twomey must still consult with one of the school board’s officers before taking any action.

The extra authority pertains to a couple areas:

U Of I Team Designs Emergency Ventilator in Days

Mar 31, 2020

Hospitals treating patients with COVID-19 face a growing need for ventilators to help them breathe. Engineers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have come up with a design for a ventilator -- and they are offering it for free.

Rich Egger

The coronavirus pandemic has caused many events to be canceled or postponed. But one event that will still go on is the national census.

In the midst of a global pandemic that has shut down much of society, concerns remain about getting enough people tested. 

Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Sunday said Illinois is testing about 4-thousand people per day.  He expects that number will be at 10-thousand in the next ten days. 

Illinois leaders are calling for more retired healthcare workers to return to the profession to help the state combat the new coronavirus pandemic. Meanwhile, millions more dollars are being pumped into social service programs designed to help those in need.

Courrtesy of the MVRBC

Blood collection agencies said donors are urgently needed because thousands of blood drives have been canceled nationwide due to concerns about the novel coronavirus. The agencies said the need for blood and blood products never ends.

Mary Altaffer/AP

Emergency physicians across Illinois are bracing for an onslaught of patients sick with the coronavirus disease COVID-19.

Illinois Governor J-B Pritzker announced new measures to help businesses stay afloat during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.


The Des Moines County Public Health Department said the Iowa Department of Public Health has confirmed a case of novel coronavirus in Des Moines County. The person is self-isolating at home.


Just a few weeks ago, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker offered up a spending blueprint for Illinois.  But that was before the COVID-19 pandemic was on the radar. 

For the first time, an infant was among the newly discovered cases of COVID-19 announced daily by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Officials on Sunday said they’d confirmed 296 new cases of coronavirus disease, though official tallies are thought to significantly understate the actual number of infections.

Rich Egger

So far, much of western Illinois has managed to steer clear of the novel coronavirus. But Dr. Ed Card, Chief Medical Officer at McDonough District Hospital, said residents must remain vigilant to prevent the spread of the disease.

Eric Stock

Service industry employees who have lost work due to the COVID-19 response could possibly find employment in one job sector that is rapidly hiring to meet demand: grocery stores.

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker issued a statewide stay-at-home order starting Saturday at 5 p.m. through April 7 to slow the spread of COVID-19. State public health officials reported Illinois’ fifth death from the virus Friday.

Local, state, and federal government agencies are working to help individuals and businesses get through the coronavirus pandemic. TSPR has accumulated a list of links you might find helpful and informative.

Illinois health officials announced a surge of new COVID-19 cases Wednesday. The state’s Department of Public Health has confirmed 128 new cases across 17 counties, bringing the total to 288.

Local Announcements/Coronavirus Pandemic

Mar 17, 2020
Courtesy the CDC

Many events and activities have been postponed or canceled in the tri states as the region tries to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.  Some organizations/agencies have made adjustments to their operations continue to serve the public.  Here is our latest information.

Rich Egger

The ball was in Dr. Martin Abraham’s court last week.  It was up to Western Illinois University’s interim president to decide what course of action to follow as concerns about the spread of the coronavirus increased rapidly.

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker is ordering the cancellation of any event with more than 50 people. It’s the latest mandate in the ongoing effort to slow the spread of coronavirus disease.

Governor J.B. Pritzker says the federal and state governments are working to blunt the blow of a two-week bar and restaurant closure as much as possible. 

Courtesy WGLT

The Illinois primary will still be held on Tuesday, March 17. But many other events and activities have been postponed or canceled in the tri states as the region tries to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

As the coronavirus pandemic forces the nation to disconnect from usual routines, communities of faith tried all the harder to hold on to each other and offer solace. Many turned to worship online, some as a regular part of the program, others for the first time, using meeting programs such as Zoom.

Courtesy of the CDC

Schools, arts centers, and other places are closing their doors in an effort to help prevent the spread of the new coronavirus.  Here is our latest list of cancellations and other announcements, updated Sunday afternoon, March 15: