"Let’s stop the shaming and the name-calling and allow everyone the right to their own political views without fear of retribution," Champaign's Peggy Prichard writes in a guest column. "Let’s listen to each other without judgment. That is not just my hope as a proud Republican woman. That is my hope as a proud American."

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Since we don’t publish a print edition on Thanksgiving, more than a pound of Black Friday advertisements (three insert packages) will be included in Wednesday’s News-Gazette.

Pritzker: 'Unless the Republican Senate gets a stimulus bill moving in December, Republicans will be putting a big lump of coal in the Christmas stockings of a whole lot of American families.' ... Ford County reports 69 new cases between Nov. 19-23. ... For third straight day, Region 6's seven-day rate decreased — from 14.0 to 13.7 percent.

Dr. Ngozi Ezike said the hospital workers set to receive the vaccine in the first rounds include staff who are not health care professionals, such as the cleaning and food staff: “A lot of those people in those jobs are our Black and Brown communities and so we are going to make sure that they are included in that first phase 1a."

Douglas County: Man in 80s becomes 15th to lose life to COVID-19. ... Champaign County: All but 3 of 27 ZIP codes (Broadlands, Longview, Sadorus) see rise in daily case counts. ... Region 6: 7-day positivity rate drops for second straight day, from 14.5% to 14.0%. ... Vermilion County: 54 new cases; 27 COVID-positive county residents hospitalized. ... Sunday state report: 92,437 tests, 10,012 cases, 76 fatalities, 11.3% seven-day rate.

Why are they replacing all the utility poles on Dunlap and Church? And what are those round wheels they are putting up near the top?

Q: Were antigen test results only added recently? If so, how did they affect the totals? Also, what is meant by new and probable cases in the Illinois Department of Public Health’s numbers? Specifically, what is probable and when did that data start being included?

For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Kraemer, director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and Helen Mary Stevick Senior Citizens Center, 2102 Windsor Place, Champaign, IL 61820, 217-359-6500.

➜ Nick Allegretti (former Illini), Chiefs: The offensive lineman started at left guard for the fourth straight game and played all 78 offensive snaps and five special teams snaps during Kansas City’s 35-31 win at Las Vegas on Sunday night.

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