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Coronavirus puts heavy strain on meat industry

By Ben Orner Capitol News Illinois SPRINGFIELD – Meat has been among the most in-demand items at supermarkets as people stock up on essentials amid the COVID-19 pandemic. That has people up and down Illinois’ livestock supply chain –…

Illinois COVID-19 cases rise to 585 with five deaths

Staff Report SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), on Friday, announced 163 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including the death of a Cook County woman in her 70s. Three additional…

Just how many Americans will be infected by COVID-19?

By Caroline Chen There’s a pandemic spreading across the U.S., and amid ongoing struggles to scale up testing, it’s still unclear how many people are actually infected. In the absence of real numbers, projections have filled the void,…

SBA offers COVID-19 relief loans for Illinois small businesses

Staff Report ATLANTA - The U.S. Small Business Administration, on Thursday, announced that is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to Illinois small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result…

Illinois registers first COVID-19 death

Staff Report CHICAGO - The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), on Monday, announced the first death of an Illinois resident who tested positive for coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The individual was a Chicago resident in her…

Governor: No person is immune to coronavirus

By Jim Hagerty Editor & Publisher BELLVILLE, Ill. - This virus knows no boundaries. Those were the words of Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker during a daily press briefing held at the St. Claire County Health Department in Bellville,…

Increased minimum wage pushing teens out of workforce

The report from the Mercatus Center at George Mason University explored why 16- and 17-year-olds had dropped out of the workforce in such great numbers since 2000. Among the factors was a larger workforce due to immigration and the…