Wilmington Region

MUD VOLLEYBALL, live entertainment, food, fun, and of course the carnival are just some of the hallmarks of Catfish Days. Organizers have not thrown in the towel on the 2020 festival, opting instead to make a final decision by July 9 and hope for the best.

05/26/2020 - 5:34pm
As the state of Illinois looks to move to the next phase of the governor’s plan to reopen, plans in Wilmington to try to get back to life as we knew it this summer are ongoing. The Catfish Days committee has opted not to pull the plug on this year’s...

Coal City Region

The different phases of the state’s reopening plan and the related guidelines are explained in this Illinois Department of Public Health graphic.

05/27/2020 - 5:22pm
SPRINGFIELD — Illinois will advance to the “Recovery” phase of Gov. JB Pritzker’s plan to incrementally reopen the state’s economy on Friday after almost 70 days of residents living under a stay-at-home restriction. It comes as Illinois is one of...

Braidwood Region

05/26/2020 - 4:33pm
After the success of a two-month trial, the Custer Fire Protection District is looking to continue a program that fiscally incentivizes volunteer first responders to spend more time at the station, which has drastically reduced response times,...

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