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Local health officials announced Thursday they are working closely with the IL National Guard to bring special COVID-19 vaccination clinics to DeWitt County.

 

Executive Director of the DeWitt/Piatt Bi-County Health Department Dave Remmert indicates DeWitt County was selected by the state for these special clinics because the percentage of the population vaccinated against COVID-19 is below state averages, but especially amongst those age 65 and older population.

 

 

According to Remmert, vaccine demand locally is beginning to wane in recent weeks. He hopes after these clinics are concluded, the percentage of residents, especially DeWitt County residents, will increase.

 

 

It was roughly six weeks ago Remmert was very concerned over a shortage of vaccines in DeWitt County. He explains the last several weeks have allowed them to get those doses replenished.

 

 

This weekend's vaccination clinics are Sunday from 9 am to 2 pm at Blue Ridge High School in Farmer City then Monday from 9 am to 2 pm at First Christian Church in Clinton. Remmert emphasizes registration is required for these clinics and you can get registered by visiting dewittpiatthealth.com or you can call 217-935-3427 EXT 2112 for phone assistance. 


To get more participation, the Clinton Chamber of Commerce is reducing the price of its meat raffle tickets.

 

A first-time fundraiser last year was a big hit, but the COVID pandemic has slowed this year's fundraiser's participation. Executive Director of the Chamber Marian Brisard indicates to that end, they are reducing the price on tickets from $20 to $10.

 

 

Brisard hopes the ticket price drop will allow for more people to participate.

 

 

The Chamber is hosting two golf outings this year. One in the early summer and the other in the fall. The drawing for the meat raffle takes place in the fall. 

 

To get meat raffle tickets, you can contact any Chamber member or visit the Chamber on the downtown Clinton Square or call 217-935-3364. 


NEW DAILY COVID-19 CASES ROSE ABOVE FOUR THOUSAND FRIDAY FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE THE END OF JANUARY. 

 

FOUR THOUSAND FOUR NEW AND PROBABLE CASES OF INFECTION ARE BEING REPORTED ALONG WITH 21 ADDITIONAL DEATHS. THE NUMBER OF COVID PATIENTS IN THE HOSPITAL IS ALSO INCREASING, WITH ABOUT 18-HUNDRED CURRENTLY ADMITTED. THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT IT WAS ANOTHER RECORD DAY FOR VACCINATIONS, WITH MORE THAN 164 THOUSAND GIVEN THURSDAY SAYS GOVERNOR J-B PRITZKER.

 

 

GOVERNOR PRITZKER SAYS THEY NEED TO GET AS MANY PEOPLE VACCINATED AGAINST THE VIRUS AS POSSIBLE.

 

 

THE GOVERNOR SAYS THOSE THAT ARE ENDING UP IN THE HOSPITAL TYPICALLY HAVEN'T BEEN VACCINATED. YOU CAN FIND A VACCINATION SITE NEAR YOU ONLINE AT: CORONAVIRUS DOT ILLINOIS DOT GOV.


HOUSE LAWMAKERS ARE HEARING FROM THE TOURISM AND HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY ABOUT WHAT'S NEEDED TO BEGIN THE RECOVERY PROCESS. 

 

DURING A COMMITTEE MEETING, MEMBERS OF HOTEL, RESTAURANT AND CONVENTION GROUPS STRESSED THAT THEY CAN'T SURVIVE ANOTHER SUMMER UNDER LOW CAPACITY LIMITS. AND, WHILE THEY APPRECIATE THE NEED TO MOVE AHEAD BASED ON COVID NUMBERS, NAVY PIER C-E-O MARILYN GARDNER SAID THEY NEED MORE NOTICE.

 

 

MIKE JACOBSON WITH THE ILLINOIS HOTEL AND LODGING ASSOCIATION TESTIFIED BEFORE A HOUSE COMMITTEE THAT HE DOESN'T EXPECT THE HOTEL INDUSTRY TO RECOVER FROM THE PANDEMIC UNTIL 2024 AT THE EARLIEST. HE SAYS THEY NEED FINANCIAL SUPPORT TO GET BACK UP AND RUNNING AND SUGGESTS SOME OF THE FEDERAL MONEY ILLINOIS IS RECEIVING GO TO HOTELS.

 

 

HOTEL INDUSTRY REPRESENTATIVES EXPRESSED FRUSTRATION THAT THEIR STAFF, INCLUDING HOUSEKEEPERS, WERE NOT INCLUDED IN THE INITIAL PRIORITY GROUPS ELIGIBLE FOR THE VACCINE. OTHERS SAID THERE NEEDS TO BE A COORDINATED EFFORT TO PROMOTE WHAT'S OPEN IN ILLINOIS SO TRAVELERS AND EVENT ORGANIZERS AREN'T HAVING TO TRY AND FIGURE THAT OUT.


ILLINOIS HOUSE MEMBERS ARE DISCUSSING ETHICS REFORMS, INCLUDING A REVOLVING DOOR PROHIBITION FOR LEGISLATORS. 

 

THE CHANGE WOULD PREVENT LAWMAKERS LEAVING OFFICE FROM IMMEDIATELY GOING TO WORK AS A LOBBYIST. SOME HAVE SUGGESTED A SIX MONTH BAN, BUT REFORM FOR ILLINOIS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR ALISA KAPLAN SAYS TWO YEARS WOULD BE BETTER.

 

 

THE BAN WOULD PREVENT LAWMAKERS FROM TAKING A JOB AS A LOBBYIST RIGHT AFTER THEY LEAVE OFFICE. THE GOAL IS TO REDUCE PROBLEMS LIKE THE DEALS MADE IN THE COM-ED BRIBERY SCANDAL. BUT SOME LEGISLATORS DISAGREE, SAYING THEY SHOULD BE ABLE TO WORK ON ISSUES THEY ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT AFTER THEY ARE DONE SERVING THE PUBLIC. REPRESENTATIVE KATIE STUART OF EDWARDSVILLE:

 

 

SEVERAL PROPOSALS ARE PENDING, LIMITING WORK AS A LOBBYIST FOR ANYWHERE FROM SIX MONTHS TO TWO YEARS AFTER LEAVING THE ILLINOIS GENERAL ASSEMBLY.


April is Youth Preparedness Month

THE ILLINOIS EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY IS ENCOURAGING FAMILIES TO INCLUDE THEIR KIDS IN ANY DISASTER PLANNING.

 

EMERGENCY PLANS SHOULD KEEP IN MIND THE UNIQUE NEED TO CHILDREN. I-EMA SPOKESPERSON REBECCA CLARK SAYS GETTING THEM INVOLVED IN BUILDING AN EMERGENCY KIT, PLANNING AN ESCAPE ROUTE AND PRACTICING FIRE DRILLS CAN HELP MAKE KIDS FEEL SAFER.

 

 

SHE SAYS THERE ARE RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES.

 

 

CLARK SAYS THERE ARE A NUMBER OF ONLINE RESOURCES THAT MAKE DISASTER PREPAREDNESS FUN FOR KIDS INCLUDING THE NATIONAL FIRE PROTECTION ASSOCIATION AND FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY'S WEBSITES.


Weekly Weather Summary

It was a warm, dry start to the week, but things cooled off as rain rolled through the State of Illinois. State Climatologist Trent Ford tells us about the weekend and the week ahead...

 

 


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