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Lawrenceville man arrested on charge of domestic battery
Lawrenceville police arrested a Lawrenceville man on a charge of domestic battery on March 29.

Illinois reports surge in new COVID-19 cases, deaths
SPRINGFIELD - Illinois officials on Sunday announced the largest one-day jump in confirmed novel coronavirus cases and deaths in the state yet. But public and private labs' per-day testing ability is also higher than it has ever been.
Gov. Pritzker announces efforts to expand and expedite Medicaid coverage for uninsured and insured Illinois residents
Chicago - As the state continues to build on its robust response to the COVID-19 pandemic and prepare for increased demand across the state's health care system, Governor JB Pritzker announced the "Care Comes First" action plan, a series of efforts led by the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services to expand medical coverage for residents across the state.
County fairs hurt financially by COVID-19 shutdowns
SPRINGFIELD - The social distancing guidelines that led Illinois county fairs to cancel off-season events on their grounds through the end of April is one part of a financial impact double-whammy, a trade official said.
Gov. Pritzker announces 11 appointments to state boards
Building on a strong team of diverse experts in their fields, Governor JB Pritzker announced the following appointments in his administration:
Gov. Pritzker announces measures to continue supporting working families, people experiencing homelessness and child care providers
Chicago - Building on measures to address challenges facing Illinois working families during the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Pritzker announced increases in SNAP benefits, funding to support people experiencing homelessness, and a stipend to child care providers who have provided child care to essential workers during this crisis.
IDHS expanding services by phone and online; 14 offices will remain open
SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) is announcing that 14 Family Community Resource Centers (FCRC) will remain open with reduced staff to balance the need to provide essential services while meeting Center for Disease Control (CDC) social distancing guidelines during the coronavirus situation. FCRCs are the public facing benefits offices that bring nutrition and medical supports to individuals and families across the state.
One good thing: Spreading birthday card love in the time of coronavirus
NEW YORK (AP) - Mona Helgeland was sad for her children. Their birthdays were coming up but they were self-quarantined because of the coronavirus and going to miss celebrating with friends and family.
Illinois reports surge in new COVID-19 cases, deaths
SPRINGFIELD - Illinois officials on Sunday announced the largest one-day jump in confirmed novel coronavirus cases and deaths in the state yet. But public and private labs' per-day testing ability is also higher than it has ever been.
Monday, March 30, 2020
Pritzker keeps pressure on feds, asks all medical professionals to join COVID-19 fight
SPRINGFIELD - Gov. JB Pritzker announced new measures benefitting the homeless and people on supplemental nutrition programs Friday and continued to pressure the federal government for further, centralized action in response to COVID-19
Saturday, March 28, 2020
Gov. Pritzker Orders Illinois Prisons Closed to New Prisoners Due to COVID-19
SPRINGFIELD - As Illinois faces 2,538 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 26 deaths, Governor Pritzker on Friday issued an order to close Illinois prisons to new prisoners in response to the pandemic.
Capitol Recap: Residents ordered to stay home, with exceptions, amid outbreak
SPRINGFIELD - Gov. JB Pritzker on Friday, March 20, issued a "Stay at Home" order throughout Illinois, directing all residents to stay home except to conduct essential business, and all non-essential businesses to stop operations.
Creating community during the coronavirus crisis: VU students and faculty staying connected virtually
VINCENNES, Ind. - Humans are social creatures. Relationships and being surrounded by familiar faces are key to our well-being.
New money announced for COVID-19 fight as number of confirmed cases soar
SPRINGFIELD - New federal and charitable funding will soon be available to Illinoisans affected by the COVID-19 pandemic as the state on Thursday saw its largest one-day spike of new cases and deaths during the pandemic.
State, national unemployment spikes amid COVID-19 outbreak
SPRINGFIELD - More than 114,000 workers in Illinois filed first-time unemployment claims in the week ending March 21 as the United States saw its biggest one-week spike in recorded history. 3.2 million workers filing for benefits.
Attorney General taking price gouging action, warns of COVID-19 scams
SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Attorney General's office has been working with a reduced and mostly remote staff the last 10 days, but it continues to warn against COVID-19-related price gouging, scams and utility shut-offs.
Gov. Pritzker partners with United Way of Illinois, Alliance of Illinois community foundations to launch Illinois COVID-19 response fund
Chicago - Governor JB Pritzker joined the United Way of Illinois and the Alliance of Illinois Community Foundations today to announce the launch of the Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund (ICRF), a new statewide fundraising effort to support nonprofit organizations serving those whose lives have been upended by this pandemic.
County firemen respond to Lawrenceville blaze
LAWRENCEVILLE - Six units from Lawrence County fire departments responded to a structure fire in Lawrenceville on the evening of March 25.

According to a press release form the Lawrence-Allison Fire Protection District, firemen were called at 8:25 p.m. to the home of Ron Gehlken, 1411 Fifth Street.

Friday, March 27, 2020
Sewing hope: Vincennes University community making and donating face masks
State officials warn of possible looming recession
SPRINGFIELD - A commission that advises the General Assembly on revenue and economic issues is warning that a slowdown of business activity caused by the COVID-19 outbreak is likely to bring about a recession that could cause a 20 percent drop in state revenues, spread out over a number of fiscal years.
Pritzker delays Illinois' tax deadline to July 15
SPRINGFIELD - Gov. JB Pritzker announced a number of financial initiatives Wednesday to assist owners of bars, restaurants, hotels and other small businesses during the economic slowdown caused by the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Senate, House cancel next week's session once again
SPRINGFIELD - Lawmaking remains on hold in Illinois amid the COVID-19 pandemic as the state's Senate and House each canceled next week's scheduled session Wednesday.
COVID-19 outbreak sparks flood of executive orders
SPRINGFIELD - Democratic Gov. JB Pritzker is on a pace to set a modern-day record for issuing the most executive orders by an Illinois governor.
Good Samaritan coronavirus response update
VINCENNES - Good Samaritan is continuing its fight against COVID-19. One of the latest efforts includes opening a Suspected Respiratory Illness Drive-Thru Triage Clinic at the Convenient Care Clinic building at 1813 Willow Street.
Gov. Pritzker announces income tax filing extension, more than $90 million in small business aid
Chicago - Building on measures designed to address the unprecedented economic challenges facing Illinois families during the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor JB Pritzker announced a three-month extension of the income tax filing deadline and several new programs to provide more than $90 million in financial relief to small businesses across the state.
Sewing hope: Vincennes University community making and donating face masks
VINCENNES, Ind. - The whirring sound of sewing machines can be heard inside the homes of many Vincennes University employees. Fingers of all ages and experience levels rush to 'sew hope' by making homemade masks for community members. All in an effort to help curb the spread of COVID-19.
Thursday, March 26, 2020
Public Health Officials Announce 330 New Cases of Coronavirus Disease
SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced 330 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including three deaths; a Kane County man in his 90s, a Cook County man in his 60s, and a Will County woman in her 50s.
City of Lawrenceville targets five properties to be cleaned up
LAWRENCEVILLE - The city of Lawrenceville has a list of 21 properties it would like to see condemned. That includes a group of five that the city will focus on this year.
Keeping jail safe is sheriff's goal
LAWRENCEVILLE - Law enforcement throughout Lawrence County is as busy as ever, but fewer arrests are being made.
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Hospital preparing for the worst
LAWRENCEVILLE - Although there had been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Lawrence County as of Monday afternoon, Lawrence County Memorial Hospital is taking necessary precautions.
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
County board restricts access to courthouse
LAWRENCEVILLE - The Lawrence County Board approved a measure to restrict access to the Lawrence County Courthouse during its monthly meeting on March 18.
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
1920: Kaley Clothing and Shoe Company burglarized
Remember when is gathered from past pages of the Daily Record and other Lawrence County newspapers.
Public support keeps Night Owls going
LAWRENCEVILLE - For more than a quarter-century, the Night Owls program has provided an after-school learning activity for local elementary school students.
Library board discusses funding for lighting
LAWRENCEVILLE - The Board of Trustees at the Lawrence Public Library appears to be ready to spend up to $100,000 on a ceiling and lighting project, with only a method of paying for it standing in the way.
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Hartley takes on sales role at Record
LAWRENCEVILLE - Robinson native Dan Hartley has joined the Daily Record staff in advertising.
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce welcomes new director
LAWRENCEVILLE - The Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce has been without an executive director since the beginning of February when former executive director Rachel Hipsher resigned from the position. That all changed last week when it was announced that Lawrence County resident Paige Harvey had been hired to fill the vacant position.
Illinois preparing for increased hospital demand due to COVID-19
SPRINGFIELD - Gov. JB Pritzker said Tuesday the state is stockpiling medical supplies and working to expand its hospital capacity, even by converting some closed hotels into isolation facilities, as it braces for a sharp increase in demand due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus disease, COVID-19.
Vincennes University assists medical community
VINCENNES - Pleas from medical workers in desperate need of supplies can be heard around the nation, including the communities surrounding Vincennes University. VU's faculty and staff are assisting in the fight against COVID-19 by helping those who are on the front lines of the coronavirus battle.
Lawrence County courthouse news
Lawrence County courthouse news
IDPH announces 250 new cases in Illinois
SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced 250 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including four deaths; a Chicago resident in his 50s, two Cook County residents both in their 60s, and a DuPage County resident in her 90s.
Sign of the Kingdom East open for food orders
LAWRENCEVILLE - The Sign of the Kingdom East, 1104 Jefferson, is open for food orders only.
Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Lawrence County Courthouse news
George Rogers Clark National Historic Park makes modifications due to virus
Vincennes, IN - George Rogers Clark National Historical Park in response to Executive Order 20-08 issued by Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb, is announcing additional modifications to operations to support federal, state, and local efforts to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
Tuesday, March 24, 2020
With infrequent testing, COVID-19 absent in county
LAWRENCEVILLE - Lawrence County Health Department administrator Amy Marley reported on Monday afternoon that there were no confirmed cases of Coronavirus in Lawrence County, but added a giant-sized caveat.
No firm plans yet for restarting session
SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois General Assembly on Monday began its second week of shutdown due to the spread of the novel coronavirus disease, COVID-19, and officials said it is still uncertain when, or under what circumstances, the session will resume.
Pritzker details state efforts to stockpile COVID-19 supplies
SPRINGFIELD -- Gov. JB Pritzker detailed the state's efforts to stock up on personal protective equipment and said President Donald Trump was "responsive" to the state's needs in a phone call Monday, one day after the pair feuded on Twitter.
Illinois National Guard dispels rumors of military action related to COVID-19
Community health centers ask state for emergency funding
Unit 10 meets amid school shut-down
BRIDGEPORT - The Red Hill Unit 10 School Board met, as usual, for its monthly meeting on Thursday, March 19.
OCC to close buildings through April 8
Pritzker calls for volunteers as confirmed coronavirus cases see largest single-day spike
SPRINGFIELD - As the state saw the largest single-day jump in confirmed COVID-19 cases and an infant tested positive for the virus, Gov. JB Pritzker on Sunday called for volunteerism from healthy Illinoisans and increased blood donations.


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