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Illinois SNAP Recipients will Begin Receiving Maximum Benefit Amounts this Week

Customers do not need to call or visit an office; Increased SNAP benefits will be loaded directly on Link cards The Illinois Department of Human Services announced today that more than 450,000 Illinois households will receive additional Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits beginning this Tuesday, April 8th. All who are eligible for the additional…
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Statement from Social Security Commissioner Andrew Saul about COVID-19 Economic Impact Payments for Beneficiaries

“I want to provide an update to people who receive benefits from the Social Security Administration. The Department of the Treasury (Treasury) announced on April 1 that Social Security beneficiaries who are not typically required to file tax returns will not need to file an abbreviated tax return to receive an economic impact payment.  The IRS…
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93 Percent of Americans are Staying Home: 5 Ways to Practice Self-Care While Social Distancing

With most states implementing extensive social distancing policies, most people are spending much of, if not all, their time at home. And according to a recent survey by TopCashback.com, the USA’s most generous cashback site, 59 percent of Americans are already finding it difficult to stay active. While staying at home is necessary, our bodies and…
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Galesburg Police Department’s K9 Zeus has Received a Donation of Body Armor

Galesburg Police Department’s K9 Zeus has received a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. The vest was sponsored by Nancy Pyron of Huson, Montana and embroidered with the sentiment “Born to Love-Trained to Serve-Loyal Always”. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c(3)…
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Gov. Pritzker Kicks Off ‘All in Illinois’ to Reinforce State’s Stay at Home Message

PSA Videos from Illinois Celebrities Remind Everyone We Are ‘All In’ This Together Governor JB Pritzker launched a new statewide effort today called ‘All in Illinois’ to reinforce the state’s core message, backed by scientists and public health experts: stay at home and stay safe. As Illinoisans continue to practice social distancing to stay healthy,…
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USDA Announces Second Application Window for Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant Program Funding

$72 Million Available to Help Rural Residents Gain Access to Health Care and Educational Opportunities U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Bette Brand today announced that USDA is opening a second application window for funding under the Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) grant program. “Due to the COVID-19 National Emergency, USDA is…
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Sen. Tracy Asks Governor to Open Some State Parks

State Sen. Jil Tracy (R-Quincy) is asking Gov. J.B. Pritzker to allow some Illinois residents to make use of State Parks, especially now that the Governor has announced his intention to keep non-essential businesses and schools closed for another month. Tracy said the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) should be allowed to reopen those…
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Dairy Groups Call on USDA to Expedite Emergency Assistance During COVID-19 Crisis

Groups representing dairy farmers and cooperatives in the Midwest today urged the federal government to provide direct assistance to farmers and to expedite the purchase of additional dairy foods amid unprecedented disruptions in supply and demand due to the COVID-19 national emergency. In a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the groups cited the…
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Alex Tanney Eager To Get Back To Work With The New York Giants

Former Monmouth College football record-setting quarterback, Alex Tanney recently had his 2020 option picked up by the New York Giants. Tanney signed a 2 year, $1,825,000 contract with the New York Giants last season. Should he make the team following training camp this fall, Tanney will earn a base salary of $950,000 for this season.…
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Rock Island Arsenal To Make P95 Respirators

U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos (D-IL-17), along with U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), discussed how the U.S. Army is utilizing the Rock Island Arsenal to help respond to the COVID-19 pandemic with the Army Materiel Command’s General Gustave Perna and Executive Deputy to the Commanding General Lisha Adams. On a call with General…
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Jeter Tabbed to Run Ship at Western Illinois

Wherever Rob Jeter goes, success is sure to follow, and his next stop is Western Illinois University, Director of Athletics Danielle Surprenant announced Monday (March 30).  Jeter will serve as the 21st head men’s basketball coach in program history, carrying with him 25 years of coaching experience and seven NCAA Tournament appearances. His recent stops include the University…
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Illinois State Troopers Save A Life With NARCAN AND CPR

Illinois State Police (ISP) Troopers are being credited with saving the life an individual who overdosed on Friday, March 27, 2020 on Interstate 55 southbound at milepost 244. At approximately 8:27 p.m., an ISP Sergeant and Trooper responded to a medical emergency involving a passenger from a motor vehicle stopped on the shoulder at the…
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