Employees in the Livingston County Department of Public Health tested positive for COVID-19, forcing the office th close today and Friday. A cleaning of the office and further testing will determine when the office may be back open. The county reached 100 positive cases on Wednesday.
Gov. J.B. Pritzker says Illinois is still heading in the wrong direction with COVID-19 numbers. The Governor says if numbers continue to climb, more restrictions could be imposed. Pritzker is placing the responsibility on local leaders to encourage people to social distance and wear masks , which are required in public places in the state.
Another 1,953 new confirmed cases of coronavirus were recorded in Illinois. The Illinois Department of Public Health today (Thursday) announced another 21 deaths from the virus. Governor JB Pritzker has not ruled out another stay-at-home order if the surge in numbers don't improve. The IDPH now reports a total of 188,424 cases of the virus, including 7,594 deaths.
The Indiana Department of Health announced today (Thursday) 1,051 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19. Indiana's overall total is at 71, 015.
Iroquois County Assistant State's Attorney Kara Bartucci has been named new Associate Judge for the 21st Judicial Circuit. She succeeds Judge Miachel Sabol, who was just sworn-in as the Circuit's new Residetn Judge for Iroquois County.
Chief Judge Michael Kramer announced the swearing-in ceremony for Assiciate Judge-elect Bartucci will be at 4 pm Friday, August 7 at the Iroquois County Courthouse.
Kara has been a lifelong resident of Iroquois County and Kankakee and considered a respected member of the legal community. She's a member of the Iroquois County Bar Association, the Kankakee County Bar Association and the Iroquois County Republican Women's Club.
Jesse White Awards over $550,000 Project Next Generation Grants Funds Provide Technology and Mentors to Help At-Risk Youth
Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White awarded $559,358 in 2021 Project Next Generation (PNG) grants to 28 public libraries statewide. PNG is a mentoring program created by Secretary White and administered through Illinois public libraries. Project mentors work with middle and high school students as the participants develop skills to use various technologies, achieve success through project-based learning and gain life skills such as effective communication, goal-setting and conflict resolution.
“I am committed to improving the lives of at-risk youth in Illinois,” said White. “I established this innovative program when I first became Secretary of State to give students an opportunity to receive hands-on experience with the latest technological tools at their local library.”
PNG grant recipients include the following public libraries:
• Bradley Public Library District - $20,670 • Danville Public Library - $22,479 • Kankakee Public Library - $17,000
Projects were awarded grants from the Illinois State Library using federal Library Services and Technology Act funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Grants are awarded to public libraries serving culturally diverse, low-income and underserved populations.