Just days after local public health and University of Illinois officials urged everyone to resume wearing face masks, the number of COVID-19 cases in Champaign County shot up substantially.

SPRINGFIELD — A state audit released Thursday found nearly $2 billion in federal money intended to help unemployed Illinoisans during the pandemic was lost to fraudulent claims in Illinois.

A major renovation of Garfield Park and Garfield Municipal Pool is another step closer now that the Danville City Council has approved the use of about half the city’s federal coronavirus relief funding to cover the costs.