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Illinois Theater and Krannert Center Present: Folxtales

Urbana, IL—One of the great joys of live theatre is welcoming audiences in to experience art together. While the current pandemic prohibits that gathering, Illinois Theatre artists, under the guidance of director of photography and concept developer John Boesche, have made plans to bring their work out to the public through an impressively scaled project that calls upon the diverse and collaborative talents of faculty, students, and staff.

FOLXTALES mingles eight, short folkloric stories—both traditional and modern—as the basis for an outdoor film project that will be projected onto the upper exterior of Krannert Center for the Performing Arts’ Foellinger Great Hall lobby. Each monologue features MFA student actors and has been recorded following Restore Illinois and university COVID-19 safety protocols in its own visual and audio green-screen setting under the direction and script supervision of Professor Aaron Muñoz.

FOLXTALES, which loops every 25 minutes, will be available for viewing Thursday-Sunday, February 4-7, 2021, from 5pm to 11pm. Audiences are invited to park in one of the five reserved spots on the Goodwin Avenue side of Krannert Center to experience this of-the-moment theatrical experience each evening. Patrons may also experience FOLXTALES in the Krannert Center Amphitheatre and on the upper terrace with sound via outdoor speakers (masks and social distancing will be enforced at all times) or via the online live stream available at KrannertCenter.com/FOLXTALES.

Closed captioning will be provided. If you require any accommodations for this event, please contact us in advance at kcpa-eventsoffice@illinois.edu. Street-level accessibility to the Amphitheatre is located via a ramp on the south side of the Center.

 

For more information, logos, or photography, please contact:

Maureen Reagan (reagan@illinois.edu; 217.244.4864)

Illinois Theatre

4-122 Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

500 South Goodwin Avenue

Urbana, IL 61801

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Region 4 Moves to Tier 2 – All Regions out of Tier 3 Mitigations

Region 4 Moves to Tier 2 – All Regions out of Tier 3 Mitigations


Regions 10 and 11 on track to advance to Tier 1 on Saturday

 

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced Region 4 (Bond, Clinton, Madison, Monroe, Randolph, St. Clair, Washington) is moving to Tier 2 effective today.  All 11 regions have now moved out of Tier 3 mitigations.  If metrics continue to improve or are stable, regions 10 and 11 are on track to advance to Tier 1 on Saturday, January 23, 2021.  Information about which tier and phase regions are in can be found at the top of the IDPH website homepage. 

 

“With all regions of Illinois now out of Tier 3, we can now see that the entire state is headed down the right path,” said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike.  “During the summer, we were on this same path.  We know that we must continue to take precautions and be smart about how we relax some of the mitigation measures, which are in place to protect our health and safety.”

 

“We are pleased to hear our region as whole is trending in the right direction,” said St. Clair County Board Chairman Mark Kern.  “We will continue to advocate to our residents to mask up, wash their hands, and stay safe so we can continue to increase capacity at our hospitals and reduce our positivity rates.  We appreciate the work and partnership of IDPH and Governor Pritzker.”

 

IDPH will continue to closely monitor test positivity, ICU bed availability, and the number of people in the hospital with COVID-19.  Should data show regions trending in the wrong direction, based on the established mitigation metrics, regions could once again find themselves in a higher tier with increase measures.

 

Metrics for moving from a higher to lower tier are as follows:

 

Moving from Tier 3 to Tier 2
o Test positivity rate = 8% and below 12% for three consecutive days (7-day average); AND
o Staffed ICU bed availability = 20% for three consecutive days (7-day average); AND
o Sustained decline in COVID patients in hospital (7-day average for 7 of 10 days)

Moving from Tier 2 to Tier 1
o Test positivity rate between 6.5% and 8% for three consecutive days (7-day average); AND
o Staffed ICU bed availability = 20% for three consecutive days (7-day average); AND
o No sustained increase in COVID patients in hospital (7-day average for 7 of 10 days)

Moving from Tier 1 to Phase 4
o Test positivity rate = 6.5% for three consecutive days (7-day average); AND
o Staffed ICU bed availability = 20% for three consecutive days (7-day average); AND
o No sustained increase in COVID patients in hospital (7-day average for 7 of 10 days)

Information about mitigation and resurgence metrics can be found on the IDPH website at http://www.dph.illinois.gov/regionmetrics.

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Delivering on Key Equity Goal, Pritzker Administration Awards $31.5 Million in First Ever Restore, Reinvest, and Renew Program Grants to Organizations Across the State

CHICAGO— Using revenue from adult-use cannabis sales, the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (ICJIA) today announced 80 grants totaling $31.5 million to organizations to help the communities hardest hit by the failed war on drugs. The organizations’ work includes violence prevention, legal aid, and re-entry services.

 

The grants are part of the Restore, Reinvest, and Renew (R3) Program, which was created as a key equity element of the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act (CRTA), signed by Governor Pritzker in 2019. The law requires that 25 percent of all cannabis revenue be used to support communities impacted by economic disinvestment, violence, and the severe and disproportionate damage caused by the war on drugs, largely and disproportionately impacted low income Illinoisans and communities of color.

 

Awardees include nonprofit organizations, local units of government, tax-exempt faith-based organizations, businesses, and other community organizations that serve residents of—or are based in—designated eligible R3 zones.

 

“Following a successful first year of cannabis sales, the Restore, Reinvest, and Renew grant program is delivering tens of millions of dollars to our communities most impacted by the war on drugs. I’m so proud to see this key equity goal in cannabis legalization move forward and I applaud the leaders in the General Assembly, ICJIA, and stakeholders across the state who made this moment possible,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “By awarding this first round of R3 grants, we are taking another important step toward undoing the harms of the past, and Lt. Governor Stratton and I will continue to ensure equity is a top priority as the cannabis program moves forward.”

 

“The R3 program will tackle chronic problems that have gone unaddressed for far too long in our underserved neighborhoods,” said Lieutenant Governor Juliana Stratton. “The collaboration between the Justice, Equity, and Opportunity Initiative and ICJIA is innovative and reinvents the grant process with community inclusion and promotes a standard for equity and success that other states will hopefully take note of and emulate.”

 

The funds will be administered in the 2021 calendar year and include $28.3 million to support service delivery and $3.1 million for assessment and planning initiatives.

 

ICJIA received 398 completed applications, which were reviewed by criminal justice practitioners, community stakeholders, and formerly justice-involved individuals. All reviewers received implicit bias training along with training on application review. In addition, the Justice, Equity and Opportunity Initiative played a pivotal role in ensuring equity and restorative justice frameworks were centered in every decision throughout the review process. Funded programs will offer evidence-based, promising, or innovative practices within the R3 Program Priority Areas of civil legal aid, economic development, community re-entry from the criminal justice system, violence prevention, and youth development.

 

“We are incredibly proud of the groundbreaking work we’ve participated in to transform how grantmaking can be used to address local needs and build capacity within our communities,” said ICJIA Deputy Director Charise Williams. “Our research and grants units have worked tirelessly to ensure the organizations on the frontlines of renewing our communities receive the support they need.”

 

Areas eligible for funding were identified using community-level data on gun injury, child poverty, unemployment, and state prison commitments and returns, combined with disproportionately impacted areas previously identified by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. See the full list of grantees below.

 

ICJIA is dedicated to improving the administration of criminal justice through work in the areas of grants administration, research and analysis, policy and planning, and information systems and technology. Visit [www.icjia.state.il.us]www.icjia.state.il.us.

 

 

ICJIA R3 Grant Awards

 

Agency  Award Amount Program Area(s) Region

   

1863 FWD LLC $444,245 Violence Prevention,  Re-entry Cook- Chicago Southern

Academic Development Institute $830,000 Economic Development, Violence Prevention and Youth Development South Central

Alternatives Inc. $513,997 Youth Development Cook- Chicago Southern

Black Oak Center $38,285 Ecomonic Development Collar

Center for Community Academic Success Partnerships $365,000 Violence Prevention and Youth Development Cook- Suburban

Center for New Horizons $1,952,403 Economic Development, Violence Prevention Services, and Re-entry Cook- Chicago Southern

Centralia $86,442 Youth Development, Economic Development and Violence Prevention South Central

Chicago Torture Justice Center $231,169 Re-entry Cook- Chicago Southern

Chicago Urban League $182,148 Economic Development Cook- Chicago Southern

Chicago Urban League & Safer Foundation $1,911,570 Economic Development, Violence Prevention, and Re-entry Cook- Chicago Southern

Chicago Youth Boxing Club $40,000 Violence Prevention and Youth Development Cook- Chicago Western

Children's Place Association $553,237 Violence Prevention, Youth Development, and Economic Development Cook- Chicago Western

City of Harrisburg $25,548 Economic Development Southern

City of Kankakee ECDA $28,723 Ecomonic Deelopment, Youth Development, Violence Prevention, Re-entry Collar

City of Madison Police Dept $92,291 Youth Development, Economic Development, and Violence Prevention South Central

City of Rockford $520,790 Violence Prevention and Youth development Northern

City of Springfield $80,000 Ecomonic Development Central

Communities United $208,316 Civil Legal Aid Cook- Chicago Northern

Comprehensive Community Solutions $199,813 Youth Development, Violence Prevention Services, and Economic Development Northern

Cook County Justice Advisory Council $600,000 Civil Legal Aid, Violence Prevention, Youth Development, Economic Development, Re-entry Cook- Suburban

Cornerstone CDC $250,000 Economic development, Re-entry, and Violence Prevention. Cook- Suburban

DuSable Museum $264,600 Economic Development and Reentry Cook- Chicago Southern

East Springfield $728,093 Violence Prevention and Reentry Central

East Springfield Community Center Commission $80,899 Youth Development Central

Emerald South $2,500,000 Youth Development, Economic Development, and Violence Prevention Cook- Chicago Southern

Family Counseling Center $253,906 Violence Prevention and Youth Development Southern

Family Resources $20,438 Violence Prevention and Youth Development Northwest

First Defense Legal Aid $82,682 Violence Prevention, Youth Development and Civil Legal Aid Cook- Chicago Northern

GameTime $378,188 Violence Prevention, Youth Development, Civil Legal Aid and Economic Development Collar

Garfield Park Community Council $177,968 Violence Prevention Cook- Chicago Western

Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois $249,345 Youth Development and Violence Prevention Northern

Girls In The Game $205,827 Violence Prevention Cook- Chicago Western

Hope Center Foundation $346,519 Youth Development Cook- Chicago Southern

Illinois Collaboration for Youth $79,758 Violence Prevention and Youth Development Northern

Illinois Legal Aid Springfield $32,874 Civil Legal Aid Central

J. Blunt LLC $94,707 Youth Development and Violence Prevention Cook- Chicago Western

Kankakee School District $732,032 Violence Prevention, Youth Development, Civil Legal Aid and Economic Development Collar

Key City Community Development Corporation $86,694 Ecomonic Development Collar

KFACT $186,245 Youth Development Northern

Knotty Luxe $586,301 Civil Legal Aid, Re-entry, Youth Development, and Economic Development Cook- Suburban

Land of Lincoln Legal Aid $57,486 Civil Legal Aid Northeast Central

Land of Lincoln Legal Aid $114,918 Civil Legal Aid Central

Land of Lincoln Legal Aid $57,640 Civil Legal Aid Southern

Law And The Fam LLC $838,890 Civil Legal Aid, Re-entry, Violence Prevention, Youth Development, and Economic Development Cook- Chicago Western

Lawndale Christian Development $134,292 Economic Development and Re-entry Cook- Chicago Western

Local Initiatives Support $501,267 Economic Development Cook- Chicago Northern

Lutheran Social Services $228,702 Re-entry Southern

Macon County CASA $60,212 Violence Prevention and Youth Development Central

Martin Luther King Community Center $245,577 Youth Development and Economic Development Northwest

Maywood Social Enterprise - Loyola University of Chicago $157,595 Youth Development and Economic Development Cook- Suburban

Metropolitan Family Services $1,169,729 Economic Development and Violence Prevention Cook- Suburban

Monroe Foundation $220,189 Violence Prevention and Youth Development Cook- Suburban

NAACP Westside Chicago Branch $1,816,615 Violence Prevention, Youth Development, Economic Development, and Re-entry Cook- Chicago Western

National Diversity & Cannabis Inclusion Alliance $369,625 Youth Development and Economic Development Cook- Suburban

Northern Illinois Recovery Community Organization Waukegan $225,000 Re-entry Collar

Peoria Public Schools $858,669 Violence prevention, Youth development, Civil Legal Aid, Economic Northwest Central

Perfectly Flawed Foundation $91,069 Youth Development and Violence Prevention Northwest

Phalanx Community Services $451,398 Violence Prevention, Youth Development, and Re-entry Cook- Chicago Southern

Praire State Legal Services $531,675 Civil Legal Aid Collar

Prairie State Legal Services $216,576 Civil Legal Aid Northwest Central

Prairie State Legal Services $154,508 Civil Legal Aid Northwest

Prairie State Northern Illinois $193,085 Civil Legal Aid Northern

Project Oz $201,344 Violence prevention and Youth development Northwest Central

Public Interest Initiative $29,805 Civil Legal Aid Southern

Safer Foundation $809,000 Violence Prevention, Reenty, Civil Legal Aid and Economic Development Cook- Chicago Northern

Sherrod's Independent Mentoring Program $100,387 Violence Prevention, Youth Development and Reentry Central

Springfield Urban League $419,702 Youth Development and Economic Development Central

St. Leonard's Ministries $111,877 Economic Development and Re-entry Cook- Chicago Southern

St. Leonard's Ministries $227,143 Economic Development and Re-entry Cook- Chicago Western

The Link and Option Center $80,000 Youth Development Civil Legal Aid and Re-entry Cook- Suburban

The Trep School $255,401 Economic Development Northeast Central

Torito Arts $79,723 Violence Prevention, Youth Development, Reentry, Economic Development Northern

United Way Greater St. Louis $829,240 Economic Development, Violence Prevention and Youth Development South Central

United Way of Adams County $25,000 Youth Development Northwest Central

University of Illinois $312,883 Youth Development and Violence Prevention Northeast Central

Urban League $991,365 Youth Development and Economic Development Cook- Suburban

Urban League Tri County $440,747 Youth development and Economic development Northwest Central

Will County $151,697 Violence Prevention, Collar

Will County $881,700 Violence Prevention, Youth Development, Civil Legal Aid and Economic Development Collar

YMCA of Rock River Valley $86,357 Youth Development Northern

 

 

 

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Hoopeston Police Report 1/22/21

Fire Call

Time: 4:00PM

Location: 500 blk of West Thompson

Details: HFD and HPD were dispatched for a field on fire. No injuries were reported.

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Vermilion County Covid 19 update 1/22/21

Our initial seven COVID-vaccination clinics have been very successful !  Through a lot of planning and effort, we have given 750 people their first doses of the COVID vaccine.

Up until now, we have filled our appointment books for the clinics "old school," with people calling or coming to reception if they wanted a vaccine, and then filling out their information on a paper form that must then be entered into a state database buy us after the clinic.  It is an inefficient, frustrating way to handle mass-vaccination events, and it leaves most of the public and all of the staff unhappy.

Starting tomorrow, people will go to a link on our website, and will be able to make their own appointments and input their own data into the database.  By reducing the number of calls we receive, we will be better able to focus on planning and operating the clinics.

We understand that some people don't have computers, or would rather not use them for booking appointments.  We will set up a system in few weeks so that they can call in and make an appointment over the phone, which will require hiring some additional part-time, temporary contact tracers. 

Both of our hospital systems, Carle and OSF, have vaccinated their staff, and are interested in helping to vaccinate the public.  Probably mostly seniors.  We hope that they start soon.

Pharmacies might also offer vaccine to the public.  The more, the merrier.

Next week, we will host a long clinic - 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. - for educators on Thursday, Jan. 28.

The following week, we will host three clinics here - 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. - on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 2-4, to give second doses to those who were vaccinated at our first three clinics, and to give a few first doses to educators, as well.

The next week, we will begin having Thursday clinics at the Fischer Theater.  The first one will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 11.  With the additional seating area the Fischer offers - and with the help of nursing students - we hope to be able to vaccinate 600 people per day.

These will be big undertakings, utilizing a team of two dozen VCHD employees, nursing students, and volunteers to make them happen.  We are contracting with OSF to provide emergency medical services at our clinics.

We may try other indoor venues for future clinics, as well as outdoor venues for drive-through clinics.

I will try harder to keep our partners and the public in the loop.  Things can change quickly as new resources become available, or the State clarifies its guidelines, or obstacles emerge.  Your understanding is appreciated.

The Mobile COVID-Testing Team tested 26 people today.  They are scheduled to return four more times in the upcoming weeks.

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Region 6 Moves to Phase 4 and Region 7 Advances to Tier 1

IDPH urges people to continue wearing masks, avoiding large gatherings, and getting vaccinated when
eligible
Paxton – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced Region 6 (Champaign,
Clark, Clay, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, De Witt, Douglas, Edgar, Effingham, Fayette, Ford, Iroquois,
Jasper, Lawrence, Macon, Moultrie, Piatt, Richland, Shelby, Vermillion) is returning to Phase 4 of the
Restore Plan and Region 7 (Kankakee and Will) is advancing to Tier 1. Information about which tier and
phase regions are in can be found at the top of the IDPH website homepage.
“I am excited that 10 out of our 11 regions have moved out of Tier 3 mitigations,” said IDPH Director Dr.
Ngozi Ezike. “However, this does not mean we can let our guard down. We must continue to practice
actions to protect ourselves from the virus – wear our masks, avoid large gatherings, and get the vaccine
when it is our turn. This is particularly critical as new variants circulate, which early studies show spread
much more rapidly. We are headed in the right direction once again, so let’s stay the course.”
IDPH will continue to closely monitor test positivity, ICU bed availability, and the number of people in
the hospital with COVID-19. Should data show regions trending in the wrong direction, based on the
established mitigation metrics, regions could once again find themselves in a higher tier with increase
measures.
Metrics for moving from a higher to lower tier are as follows:
Moving from Tier 3 to Tier 2
Test positivity rate ≥ 8% and below 12% for three consecutive days (7-day average)
AND
Staffed ICU bed availability ≥ 20% for three consecutive days (7-day average)
AND
Sustained decline in COVID patients in hospital (7-day average for 7 of 10 days)
Moving from Tier 2 to Tier 1
Test positivity rate between 6.5% and 8% for three consecutive days (7-day average)
AND
Staffed ICU bed availability ≥ 20% for three consecutive days (7-day average)
AND
No sustained increase in COVID patients in hospital (7-day average for 7 of 10 days)
Ford County Public Health Department
235 North Taft Street
Paxton, IL 60957

For release on January 21, 2021
Contact: Megan Reutter, Community Health Educator
(217)379-9281
mreutter@fordcountyphd.org

 
Moving from Tier 1 to Phase 4
Test positivity rate ≥ 8% and below 12% for three consecutive days (7-day average)
AND
Staffed ICU bed availability ≥ 20% for three consecutive days (7-day average)
AND
No sustained increase in COVID patients in hospital (7-day average for 7 of 10 days)
Phase 4: Revitalization
In phase 4, There is a continued decline in the rate of infection in new COVID-19 cases. Hospitals have
capacity and can quickly adapt for a surge of new cases in their communities. Additional measures can be
carefully lifted allowing for schools and child care programs to reopen with social distancing policies in
place. Restaurants can open with limited capacity and following strict public health procedures, including
personal protective equipment for employees. Gatherings with 50 people or fewer will be permitted.
Testing is widely available, and tracing is commonplace.
Please see the guidelines for Phase 4:
• Gatherings: All gatherings of 50 people or fewer are allowed with this limit subject to change
based on latest data & guidance
• Travel: Travel should follow IDPH and CDC approved guidance
• Health care: All health care providers are open
• Education and childcare: P-12 schools, higher education, all summer programs, and childcare
open with IDPH approved safety guidance
• Outdoor recreation: All outdoor recreation allowed
• Businesses:
o Manufacturing: All manufacturing open with IDPH approved safety guidance
o “Non-essential” businesses: All employees return to work with IDPH approved safety
guidance; Employers are encouraged to provide accommodations for COVID-19-
vulnerable employees
o Bars and Restaurants: Open with capacity limits and IDPH approved safety guidance
o Personal care services and health clubs: All barbershops, salons, spas and health and
fitness clubs open with capacity limits and IDPH approved safety guidance
o Entertainment: Cinema and theaters open with capacity limits and IDPH approved safety
guidance
o Retail: Open with capacity limits and IDPH approved safety guidance
Information about mitigation and resurgence metrics can be found on the IDPH website at
http://www.dph.illinois.gov/regionmetrics.

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Hoopeston Police Report 1/21/21

Aggravated Assault H21-0262

Time: 10:10pm

Location: 600 block of E. Penn

Arrested: Bradley David (34) of Hoopeston

Details: Officers were called to the above in reference to a male in the area causing problems. After speaking to all parties on scene Mr. David was charged with the above, taken to HPD where he was processed and later released with a mandatory court date.

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Vermilion County Covid 19 update 1/21/21

We are reporting 107 new cases today (three residents in their 80s, ten in their 70s, fourteen in their 60s, twenty in their 50s, sixteen in their 40s, eight in their 30s, fifteen in their 20s, ten teens, eight grade-school-aged children, two toddlers, and one infant), and 100 released, which brings us to a total of 7,030 positive cases -- 432 of which are active.

We are saddened to report three more COVID-related deaths -- two men in their 80s, and one in their 70s.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to their families and friends.  Since this pandemic began, we have lost 90 Vermilion County residents to COVID-related deaths.

There are currently 16 COVID-positive Vermilion County residents hospitalized.

We have received a total of 82,749 negative test results.

The Mobile COVID-Testing Team will return to the front parking lot of the health department tomorrow,  Jan. 21.

So far in January, 1,800 doses of COVID vaccinations have been administered in Vermilion County.  We have given 610 first doses of the vaccine.  Our hospitals, VA Medical Center, and pharmacies have administered nearly 1,200 doses (about 1,100 first doses, and more than 100 second doses.)

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ISP Traffic Crash Alert on I-57

The Following Preliminary Information is Being Released by Illinois State Police
District 10


WHAT: Two Unit Personal Injury Traffic Crash
WHERE: Interstate 57 northbound near Milepost 234, Champaign County
WHEN: Jan. 20, 2021 at approximately 5:13 a.m.
VEHICLE: Unit 1- 2005 Blue Freightliner
Unit 2- 2012 Black Freightliner
DRIVER: Unit 1- Jara Abdusalam, 23-year-old male of Coon Rapids, MN
(Transported to a local area hospital with injuries)
Unit 2- Joseph Smith, 59-year-old male of West Helen, AR (Transported
to a local area hospital with injuries)
PRELIMINARY: Preliminary investigation indicates the following occurred: Units 1,2 were
traveling northbound on Interstate 57 near Milepost 234 in the right lane.
Unit 1 struck Unit 2 in the rear. Units 1 and 2 were disabled as a result of
the accident and blocked the right lane. The right lane was blocked for
several hours due to cleanup.
CHARGES: None

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Three facing murder charges for killing two teenagers after drug deal gone wrong in Vermilion County

Three teenagers have been formally charged with murder for a fatal shooting Sunday that killed two boys in Oakwood.

A press release from Vermilion County Sheriff’s Cpt. Mike Hartshorn says four people were charged Tuesday as part of their investigation into the shooting.

The release says three of them are:

  • Ali M. Bryant, 18, of Danville. He is charged with eight counts of murder, and one count each of armed robbery, robbery, and mob action.
  • Jaevin M. Griggs, 16. He is charged as an adult with eight counts of murder, and one count each of armed robbery, robbery, and mob action.
  • Camarion M. Halthon, 17. He is charged as an adult with eight counts of murder, and one count each of armed robbery, robbery, and mob action.

Hartshorn says a 15-year-old was charged in juvenile court. They were not named in the press release and their charges were not listed.

The victims were identified earlier Tuesday by coroners from Champaign and Vermilion County. They are Wyatt Baily, 19, of Oakwood, and Clayvonte Sloan, 15, of Rantoul.

Hartshorn says Sloan, Griggs, Halthon, Bryant, and the unnamed 15-year-old went to Bailey’s home for a drug deal.

He says those five tried to rob Bailey and a struggle ensued.

“Bailey and Sloan were shot during the altercation,” Hartshorn says in the release.

Those five then took off in a car and were stopped by county deputies on U.S. Route 150 between Oakwood and Danville, he says.

No further information was immediately available.

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Vermilion County Covid 19 update 1/20/21

Vaccine Information

 

Vermilion County has administered 1,619 doses, with 120 people fully vaccinated as of yesterday.  IDPH monitors our daily vaccinations: http://www.dph.illinois.gov/covid19/vaccinedata?county=Vermilion

 

We are working on Phase 1b this week, which again, covers around 32,000.  It’s going to be a very long process and we ask for patience.  We’d like to thank OSF Pro Ambulance for their help as our EMS providers today, UIC Nursing Students for their help administering vaccines and VCEMA.  Without our partners, we would not be able to accomplish this.   

 

Please understand this also takes a lot longer due to the required observation for possible reactions and the need for social distancing.    We will be moving to the online system by the end of the week to make appointments.  This will not be available until 1/22/2021.  We are already full with appointments for this week and close to being full for next week.  We are also working with our local hospitals to reach certain groups to help us reach more people and offer other options.   We will be moving to a larger facility in February.  We had to push back our location move while waiting for supplies to come in.

 

Mitigation Updates

 

Region 6 has been moved to Tier 1.   Region 6 hit 6.5% positivity rate today.    Vermilion County’s positivity rate was at 8.7%.    Let’s not lose momentum and continue to be vigilant! 

 

Please read the NEW Tier One Mitigation Requirements as there are some changes made, specifically for restaurants and bars.  http://www.dph.illinois.gov/sites/default/files/COVID19/IL%20Tier%201%20Resurgence%20Mitigations%20-%20January%2015%2C%202021%20Update1.pdf

 

 

COVID19 Case Update

 

Over the weekend we had 180 new confirmed cases and 218 released.  We had an additional death, a gentleman in his 70s.  Our hearts go out to his friends and family. 

We are still dealing with a few outbreaks at a congregate setting.  We have 19 hospitalizations and 534 active cases. 

 

 

Testing Available

 

The Mobile COVID19 testing team will be back on January 21st, 2021 here at the Vermilion County Health Department from 8am – 3:30pm. 

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Fatal Shooting of 35-year-old Danville Man

DANVILLE — A 35-year-old Danville man has died from a gunshot wound.
 
At around 9:16 p.m. Monday, Danville police officers responded to the 400 block of Avenue A for a shots fired call.
 
Upon arriving at the scene, officers found Jose Pacheco laying in the yard outside with a gunshot wound to his back. He was transported to OSF Sacred Heart Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead.
 
The investigation into this incident continues and no other information is being released at this time. 
 
Anyone who has information regarding this incident is asked to call Danville Police at 217-431-2250; or you can call Vermilion County Crime Stoppers at 217-446-TIPS.

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Region 6 was able to move to Tier 1 because the following criteria was met

Three Illinois Regions have been cleared to move into Tier 1 effective immediately, according to the Illinois Department of Health. Region 6 was able to move to Tier 1 because the following criteria was met: 1. The test positivity rate was below 8% for three consecutive days (measured with the 7-day rolling average). 2. Available intensive care units (ICU) and medical/surgical bed capacity greater than or equal to 20 percent for three consecutive days (measured with the 3-day rolling average). 3. No sustained increase in the number of COVID-19 patients in hospitals (measured with the 7-day rolling average over 7 of 10 days). For small businesses in Ford County, this means indoor dining can resume with restrictions. Other Tier 1 guidelines include the following: • Bars and Restaurants: o All bars and restaurants close at 11pm and may reopen no earlier than 6am the following day o Indoor service limited to the lesser of 25 guests or 25% capacity per room • Establishments offering indoor service must serve food. o Indoor service reservations limited to 2-hour maximum duration and maximum 4 persons per party (dining only with members of the same household recommended). o All bar and restaurant patrons should be seated at tables. o No ordering, seating, or congregating at bar (bar stools should be removed). o Tables should be 6 feet apart. o No standing or congregating indoors or outdoors while waiting for a table or exiting. o No dancing or standing indoors. o Reservations required for each party. o No seating of multiple parties at one table. o Includes private clubs and country clubs. • Meetings, social events, and gatherings: o Limit to lesser of 25 guests or 25% of overall room capacity both indoors and outdoors. o Applicable to professional, cultural and social group gatherings. o Not applicable to students participating in-person classroom learning, or sports. o This does not reduce the overall facility capacity dictated by general Phase 4 business guidance such as office, personal care, retail, etc. o No party buses Ford County Public Health Department 235 North Taft Street Paxton, IL 60957 January 18, 2021 For Immediate Release Contact: Megan Reutter, Community Health Educator (217)379-9281 mreutter@fordcountyphd.org • Organized group recreational activities o Sports should follow the mitigation measures set forth in the All Sport Guidelines, which outlines appropriate levels of practice and competition based on individual sport risk. o Face coverings must be worn at all times in fitness centers, including while engaged in individual exercise regardless of person or machine spacing. o Recreation, fitness centers and outdoor activities (not included in the above exposure settings) follow Phase 4 guidance Although indoor dining is allowed in Tier 1, Lana Sample, Ford County Public Health administrator, emphasizes “masking and social distancing within the establishment is critical to make sure our numbers continue to move in the right direction.” IDPH will continue to track the positivity rates and hospital capacity metrics in regions over 14-day monitoring periods to determine if mitigations can be relaxed, if additional mitigations are required, or if current mitigations should remain in place. 

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Vermilion County Covid 19 update 1/18/21

We are reporting 180 new cases over the weekend and 218 released, which brings us to a total of 6,923 positive cases -- 535 of which are active.

 

Since this pandemic began, we have lost 87 Vermilion County residents to COVID-related deaths.

 

There are currently 19 COVID-positive Vermilion County residents hospitalized.

 

We have received a total of 80,468 negative test results.

 

The Mobile COVID-Testing Team will return to the front parking lot of the health department on Jan. 19 & 21.

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Hoopeston Police Report 1/18/21

Traffic Accident(PD) H21-0222

Time: 5:21PM

Location: 500 blk of E Seminary Ave

Unit 1: 2002 F150 driven by Steven G Hanson(63)(M) of Hoopeston

Details: Unit 1 while traveling Eastbound left the roadway in the location above and struck an Ameren Pole. There was no report of the pole being broke. Unit 1 was insured. No injuries or Citations.

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Vermilion County Circuit Clerk Melissa Quick is excited to announce the launch of an electronic notification system.

 

We have partnered with JANO Technologies to provide notifications of court dates to your e-mail address or in the form of a SMS text message to your smartphone. eNotify is an easy and convenient way to keep track of upcoming court dates. It will allow defendants and/or other constituents of pending court dates to receive notifications 1 & 3 days prior to their upcoming court date. The notification will give them the court date, time, location, attorney and charges as well as some other details about the case. Please note, this feature is a courtesy to all defendants and/or constituents of Vermilion County cases. Failure to receive notification via eNotify will not prevent the court case from proceeding as scheduled.

eNotify will be available as of January 15, 2021. We feel as if this service will benefit everyone who are currently scheduled for court appearances. To register your e-mail or phone number please log on to https://www.vercounty.org/circuit_clerk_enotify.htm

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Vermilion County Covid 19 update 1/15/2021

We have had a busy week with clinics.  If you have tried to call or email and I haven’t gotten back to you in a reasonable time, please do not hesitate to contact me again.  While we are doing clinics, my voicemails and emails get a bit backlogged and I apologize for the delay. 

 

VCHD has vaccinated 490 people in phase 1a so far.  According to IDPH, Vermilion County has administered 1,101 doses of vaccine.  59 people have been fully vaccinated (both doses).  This includes our hospitals, Carle, OSF, and the VA, some of the nursing homes through the pharmacy partnership program, VCHD, and if they were vaccinated by their employer out of Vermilion County.    We would like to thank all our partners again for helping us.  Arrow Ambulance was our EMS provider this week and VCEMA also helped us out as always.  We are forever grateful!!

 

We will be opening to phase 1b next week and I must STRESS patience.  This group includes the potential of 32,000 people, though we understand that not all will take it.    We are working closely with OSF, Carle, and Gibson Health to help spread out the options for people, but it will take 3-4 months, maybe more, to get all of these people vaccinated.  Due to the required post observation of 15 to 30 minutes post vaccination, we cannot get people through as quickly as we did with H1N1.  We also have to have people come back to get their 2nd dose, which will delay some getting their 1st dose. 

 

We will be moving to a new location the end of the month for our vaccine clinics, where we hope to increase our 100ish vaccines per day to 600.  Information to come later as we confirm details.     

 

We will also be implementing a new system that will be up and running late next week to make online appointments here on out.  Please do not call or refer people to us to set up appointments or be on a waiting list at this time as we transition to the new system.   With such a large group, we cannot accommodate every phone call to make appointments and the only way we can ensure social distancing, is to go by appointments and have a controlled number of people at our clinics.  The last thing we want is to have a super spreader event at our clinics. 

 

Yesterday, we added 69 confirmed cases and released 112.  We also reported 5 additional deaths unfortunately.  Our hearts go out to their friends and family.  We have now lost 86 Vermilion County residents due to COVID19 related illnesses.  

 

Our total number of confirmed cases is at 6,743.  We have 18 in the hospital right now.  We have 573 active cases.    We are still working on today’s cases.  Most of the day was spent with vaccinations. 

 

Our region has been heading in a great direction this last week!  We have had 4 days (1/8 – 1/11) under 8%.  Our hospital admissions and increases have been up and down, but I hope that they will continue to trend where we need them to.  If we want to get out of mitigations all together, we need to get our positivity rate down to under 6.5% for at least 3 consecutive days. 

 

Here is a way to help us get those numbers down! 

  • Encourage people to practice social distancing and wearing masks.
  • Encourage people to do take out. 
  • Encourage people to continue to not meet in large groups.
  • Encourage people to think about our healthcare workers.  They are working very hard, but can very quickly get overwhelmed if there is a large outbreak.    

 

Updated Guidance

 

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Hoopeston Police Report 1/15/2021

Possession of Cannabis (city), Disobeying Police (city), Operating Uninsured Vehicle, Disobeying Stop Sign, License to be Carried and Exhibited on Command H21-0177

Time: 9:17pm

Location: 800 blk S 2nd Av

Arrested: Michael Briggs (M) (23) of Rossville

Details: HPD officers stopped the vehicle Mr. Briggs was driving for a traffic violation.

After cannabis was found in his vehicle, he was arrested and taken to HPD to

be processed. He was later released after receiving 2 city citations and 3 traffic

citations.

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Vermilion County Covid 19 update 1/14/2021

We are reporting 69 new cases today (one resident in their 80s, eleven in their 70s, nine in their 60s, five in their 50s, seven in their 40s, thirteen in their 30s, five in their 20s, eight teens, six grade-school-aged children, one pre-schooler, one toddler, and two infants), and 112 released, which brings us to a total of 6,743 positive cases -- 573 of which are active.

We are saddened to report five more COVID-related deaths over the past week -- one woman in her 70s, one woman in her 50s, and three men in their 80s.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to their families and friends.  Since this pandemic began, we have lost 86 Vermilion County residents to COVID-related deaths.

There are currently 18 COVID-positive Vermilion County residents hospitalized.

We have received a total of 76,977 negative test results.

The Mobile COVID-Testing Team will return to the front parking lot of the health department on Jan. 16, 19 & 21.

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Hoopeston Police Report 1/13/2021

Fire Call

Time: 6:31PM

Location: 500 blk of S 2nd Ave

Details: HFD and HPD responded to the above location for a stove on fire. Fire was put

out, No injuries were reported.

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Vermilion County Covid 19 update 1/12/21

We are reporting 91 new cases today (one resident in their 90s, six in their 70s, fourteen in their 60s, five in their 50s, fifteen in their 40s, thirteen in their 30s, nine in their 20s, sixteen teens, nine grade-school-aged children, two pre-schoolers, and one toddler), and 64 released, which brings us to a total of 6,674 positive cases -- 621 of which are active.

There are currently 25 COVID-positive Vermilion County residents hospitalized.

We have received a total of 75,457 negative test results.

The Mobile COVID-Testing Team tested 34 people for COVID today, and will return on 16,18 & 21.

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Vermilion County Covid 19 update 1/11/2021

We are reporting 107 new cases today (four residents in their 90s, six in their 80s, two in their 70s, twelve in their 60s, sixteen in their 50s, fifteen in their 40s, eighteen in their 30s, twenty-one in their 20s, seven teens, four grade-school-aged children, one toddler, and one infant), and 151 released, which brings us to a total of 6,583 positive cases -- 595 of which are active.

Of the 107 new cases reported today, 28 reside at a congregate-living facility that is experiencing a severe COVID-19 outbreak.  Since November 14, 774 residents of this facility have tested positive for COVID-19.

There are currently 25 COVID-positive Vermilion County residents hospitalized.

We have received a total of 75,457 negative test results.

The Mobile COVID-Testing Team will be back here on Jan. 11, 16,18 & 21.

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Iroquois County COVID 19 Update 1/9/2021

We are reporting 83 new cases today (five residents in their 80s, eight in their 70s, thirteen in their 60s, ten in their 50s, thirteen in their 40s, thirteen in their 30s, seven in their 20s, five teens, seven grade-school-aged children, one pre-schooler, and one toddler), and 105 released, which brings us to a total of 6,476 positive cases -- 639 of which are active.

We are saddened to report another COVID-related death -- a woman in her 80s.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends.  We have lost 81 Vermilion County residents to COVID-related deaths since this pandemic began.

There are currently 25 COVID-positive Vermilion County residents hospitalized.

We have received a total of 75,457 negative test results.

We vaccinated 320 healthcare workers this week.  Two more clinics have been scheduled for healthcare workers next week.

The Mobile COVID-Testing Team will be back here on Jan. 11, 16,18 & 21.

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States Attorney releases info on House Bill 163.

As the Chief Legal Officer in Vermilion County, I am compelled to inform those that I have sworn to protect that the proposals set forth in House Bill 163 pose a serious threat to public safety, specifically, to victims and witnesses of violent crimes in our community. This Bill, which is 61 1 pages in length, was introduced just yesterday, Wednesday, January 6, 2021, and likely will be presented for a vote in Springfield as early as tomorrow, Friday January 8, 2021. This extensive Bill is poorly drafted, presents various reactionary requirements inconsistent with long standing and sound jurisprudence of our Country and State, and its timing provides no reasonable opportunity for proper debate on the House floor.

House Bill 163, for example, proposes that all defendants charged with criminal acts should be presumed to be released from custody without posting any monetary bail. This presumption alone denies crime victims their constitutional rights. Article l, section 8.1 of the Illinois Constitution, codified in the Rights of Crime Victims and Witnesses Act, mandates that crime victims shall have the right to have the safety of the victim and the victim 's family considered in denying or fixing bail the amount of bail, determining whether to release the defendant, and setting conditions of release after arrest and conviction. Requiring an unwarranted additional presumption of no bail clearly contradicts previously established and superior law, places crime victims at a greater risk to be re-victimized, and unnecessarily subjects witnesses to threats and intimidation.

The Bill also, for instance, requires that those in police custody, within one hour, must be given the ability to retrieve phone numbers contained in the contact list on that individual's cellular phone prior to the phone being placed into inventory. The drafters of this Bill obviously do not comprehend, or simply choose to ignore, how often such devices contain explicit contraband (such as child pornography) or other evidence of criminal conduct (such as drug trafficking and/or sex trafficking contact lists). Nevertheless, in numerous circumstances, this new law absurdly would allow an individual in custody the right to access the very device containing contraband, and, accordingly, the ability to destroy such evidence.

Most egregiously, however, is that this Bill would strip the People of this State the ability to charge an individual with what is commonly referred to as Felony Murder even though that individual kills another person, and in performing the acts causing the victim's death, that individual committed or was attempting to commit a forcible felony. Eradicating this offense simply is inconsistent with the ends of justice.

In short, this poorly drafted Bill containing ill-conceived directives is an effort to systematically dismantle law enforcement, which in turn would affect the integrity of every investigation, prosecution, and the safety of every citizen of our community. We must stand with the men and women of law enforcement who consistently stand up for us, and we must not allow this Bill to be voted upon without proper, timely, and transparent debate.

Honorable Jacqueline M. Lacy, Vermilion County State 's Attorney

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Hoopeston Police Department Report 1/8/2021

Criminal Damage to Property H21-0084

Time: 2:18pm

Location: 100 block of Savannah Court

Complainant: (55) year old Hoopeston female

Details: Complainant contacted HPD when she discovered damage done to the property. Investigation continues.

 

 

Trespassing H21-0085

Time: 2:30pm

Location: 200 S. 1st Ave

Arrested: Gail Savage (62) Hoopeston male

Details: Officers were called to the above in reference to Savage on scene causing problems. Savage was later located, charged with the above, and released with a notice to appear.

 

 

 

Trespassing H20-0087

Time: 4:18pm

Location: 300 block of W. Washington

Arrested: Kevin Fink (62) Hoopeston Male

Details: Officers were called to the above in reference to an ongoing issue with trespassing. A complaint was signed and Mr. Fink was later located. Fink was transported to HPD, where he was processed and later released with a notice to appear in Hoopeston City Court.

 

Warrant Arrest H20-0091

Time: 6:55pm

Location: 301 W. Main St (Hoopeston Police Dept)

Arrested: Shane Baker (30) year old Hoopeston male

Details: Baker came to HPD to turn himself in on an active Vermilion County Warrant (20TR2971) Baker posted bond and was released with a new court date.

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