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Illinois officials on Friday, Jan. 8, announced more than $275 million in nearly 9,000 emergency assistance grants have been made to small businesses in over 600 cities and towns statewide through the Business Interruption Grants, BIG, program.  The funding was announced by the Illinois Department...
The Illinois Department of Central Management Services recently announced the launch of Be Well Illinois. Be Well Illinois is the state’s new, comprehensive wellness program for employees, retirees and health plan participants.  The new program connects plan participants with resources to help...
By Grace BarbicCapitol News Illinoisgbarbic@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – Some regions of the state could see loosened COVID-19 restrictions as early as Friday – as some counties have already transitioned to the next phase of vaccine distribution, Gov. JB Pritzker announced Monday. Although...
University of Illinois Extension says that winter is a great time to make plans for new garden projects. One of the projects could be a perennial fruit garden. Information about fruit garden planting, including fruit-specific information and cultivar recommendations, can be found on University of...
The Alexander/Pulaski County Branch of the NAACP is planning to host an annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. commemorative event. The 2021 event is scheduled to go forward on a virtual platform, from 10 to noon on Monday, Jan. 18. This year, the keynote speaker is scheduled to be Dr. Larry T. Barnett...
Young hunters between the ages of 10 and 17 can apply now for a youth wingshooting clinic and pheasant hunt scheduled Saturday, March 20, at the World Shooting and Recreational Complex, WSRC, in Randolph County. All participants in the clinic and hunt will be required to follow all health and...
The Illinois Department of Professional and Financial Regulation, IDFPR, has worked with banks to provide services for unbanked Illinoisans who are seeking to cash their stimulus checks without incurring check cashing fees.  The banks provided the service during the first round of stimulus checks...
Illinois High School Association, IHSA, executive director Craig Anderson, members of the IHSA staff, and Illinois Elementary School Association, IESA, staff members met virtually with Illinois Department of Public Health, IDPH, director Dr. Ngozi Ezike, deputy governor Jesse Ruiz and IDPH chief of...
Rural Health Inc. is funding and administering eight healthcare scholarship opportunities.  A $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to a high school senior at each of the following schools:  Anna-Jonesboro, Cobden, Dongola, Goreville, Joppa, Massac County, Shawnee in Wolf Lake and Vienna.  Home-...
Representatives of the Cobden American Legion post presented a check to village officials on Monday evening, Jan. 4. From left are John Wingate, who has led efforts to develop disc golf courses in Cobden and Anna; Cobden American Legion post representatives Earnie Newton, Harold Blunt, Mark Haddick and Chuck Neal; Cobden Mayor Paul Z. Tomazzoli; and American Legion post representatives Gene Horn and David Stewart.
Expansion of Cobden’s popular disc golf course is planned.  The project is being made possible thanks to a major donation from a veterans organization in the community. Cobden American Legion Post No. 259 has made a $5,000 donation to support the expansion project. Representatives of the American...

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