Three days after setting a new single-day high for new cases with 32, Vermilion County matches it. The new cases include an infant. ... Just two new cases reported in both Douglas and Ford counties. ... Up in Champaign County: recovered cases (by 85) and hospitalizations (by one). Down: seven-day positivity rate (to 1.2%), active cases in Mahomet (by three).

Its annual football fundraiser postponed due to the IHSA’s decision to kick football to the spring, the two Villa Grove women behind “Fight Like A Blue Devil” called an audible.

That makes seven straight days that the UI's daily rate has been 0.5% or lower. ... Five Champaign County residents are hospitalized with COVID-19, up from one a day earlier. None of the five cases involve someone from campus, CU Public Health's Awais Vaid tells our Ben Zigterman. ... C-U's emergency orders banning indoor dining near campus were both be allowed to expire at 5 p.m.

URBANA — There were fewer reports of noncompliant parties and isolation violations last weekend, as University of Illinois officials expressed hope that enhanced COVID-19 enforcement is working.

Joe’s is checking to make sure UI students have Bluetooth and location services turned on for the app, which are required for the exposure notification feature to work.

Our odd request of the kids at Northvivew Elementary in Rantoult — to write letters to Santa before Labor Day to be included in our holiday issue of At Home magazine — turned out just fine.

Jeff D'Alessio's Big 10 column, administrator salaries, property tax bills, ballot drop boxes and a bunch of outdoor recreation-related questions in this week's 'bag: missing basketball rims, Champaign tracks, work at Busey Woods and pinpointing as close as possible the origin of the Embarras River.

Across the area, ceremonies marking the anniversary of 9/11 were different because of social distancing and mandated wearing of masks. Large-scale events were cut back for safety reasons.

Wednesday and Thursday marked the first time the daily positivity rate on campus has been 0.5% or lower since Aug. 27-28 ... Blue Ridge becomes first area entire district to go all-remote, following similar action by Cerro Gordo and Salt Fork high schools the past three weeks ... Vermilion among 30 Illinois counties on new IDPH warning list.

No new daily case report from Champaign County as of yet Thursday. ... Since Aug. 24, when classes began, there have been 1,466 cases on the UI campus. ... More Pritzker: “Unless we get (COVID-19) under control, either by people following the doctor's recommended mitigations or with an effective treatment or a vaccine, we will be fighting to save the Titanic with a plastic bucket."

Labor Day weekend totals from campus: 6,299 tests, 69 cases on Monday; 2,987 tests, 37 cases on Sunday; 2,609 tests, 37 cases on Saturday. ... The state's 7-day rate is lowest it's been since July 26. ... Vermilion County reports 11 new cases, 2.6% seven-day rate. ... Champaign — Illinois' 10th most-populous county — is 10th in state to surpass 3,000 confirmed cases.

As if COVID-19 restrictions weren’t enough of a hassle — no spectators, lots of masks, specifically designated tennis balls — Sunday morning’s heavy storm nearly brought organizers to their knees.

A Ford public health official tells the N-G's Deb Pressey that the county's fourth fatality was a man in his 80s who was linked to the COVID-19 outbreak at Accolade Healthcare of Paxton on Pells. ... Vermilion County’s positivity rate: 1.78% (single-day), 2.6% (seven-day). ... St. Joseph-Ogden Superintendent: C-U Public Health not concerned about further student or staff exposure to confirmed case involving a high school student.

UI forest plantation's name change, mental health care for Illinois prison inmates, a Jackie Robinson parking lot at the UI, crops at Parkland, a Champaign liquor store in trouble, poor landscaping around public art in C-U, , fast food choice in Tuscola and much more.

There are now 492 active and 2,361 recovered cases in Champaign County, where the seven-day positivity-rate dropped from 0.8 to 0.7% ... Active cases down by 272 in Champaign's 61820 ZIP code and 51 in Urbana's 61801. ... After driver tests positive, 'we have reached out to anyone who rode with that driver on Tuesday or Wednesday,' PIATTRAN Director Jami Trybom says.