Jeff D'Alessio



Jeff D'Alessio is editor of The News-Gazette. His email is

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State sets single-day pandemic records for most tests (95,111) and new cases (6,943) ... Robert Jones UI campus mass mail: 'If we do not come together now, we will be forced to take more extreme measures' ... Illinois Restaurant Association says it plans to challenge Pritzker's executive orders: 'It is important for the courts to hear about our rights and how we've been harmed as an industry.' ... Woman in her 90s becomes second Piatt County resident to lose life to COVID this week ... Douglas, Ford among 49 counties on new state warning level list.

It could be awhile before the next big music act is booked at State Farm Center but campus will have that concert feel again at 3 p.m. Friday, when the Marching Illini join Tina Horton to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the famed Altgeld Hall chimes.

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State Rep. Tim Butler, R-Springfield: “One of my major complaints is that I think the governor has focused so much on the health side of COVID, and has neglected the economic cost of COVID, time and time again." ... Restrictions that could be announced as soon as Friday in Champaign and surrounding counties include no indoor service at restaurants/bars and gatherings limited to 25 people ... State sets single day-high for most cases: 6,363 ... 56 deaths include Ford County woman in 70s.

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374 of Douglas County's 779 confirmed cases have been reported in the last 14 days ... Piatt County reports 11 new cases in two days, five of them in Monticello ... Vermilion County's seven-day positivity rate — as high as 9.8 percent last week — holds at 7.7. ... Champaign County's seven-day rates: 0.7 percent with UI tests factored in, 4.8 without.

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