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County health department promoting National Public Health Week

“Building Bridges to Better Health” is the theme for National Public Health week starting today. The Lasalle County Health Department and the American Public Health Association are coming together to recognize this week of public health. Some of the programs offered include health options such as mammograms to HIV tests and low cost immunizations for…Read more »

Women Inspired Network preparing for 2021 network kickoff

The 2020 Grant recipients from the Women Inspired Network will be announced at the 2021 Network kickoff. The event will be held in the Westclox Building at Star Union Spirits in Peru on April 13th. The Women Inspired Network Scholarship was created to help young women pursue their dreams and goals through leadership and higher…Read more »

LaSalle County Democrats’ next online forum is on health care

An online discussion on healthcare will be happening on Zoom on Wednesday, April 7th. The Lasalle County Democratic Central Committee wants to explain what they mean when they talk about universal healthcare and the differences in single payer healthcare. This event is part of a continuing series of public forums hosted by the committee in…Read more »

Coroner urges people to use dropoff for old prescription drugs

If you have expired prescription drugs in your house they can be brought down to the Lasalle County Governmental Center on Etna Road in Ottawa and be disposed. County Coroner Rich Ploch says that 12 overdoes have happened this year with some involving prescription drugs. The location on Etna Road will be open 24-7, 365…Read more »

Senators back off vow to withhold support of Biden nominees

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two Democratic senators have backed off their vow to withhold support for President Joe Biden’s nominees for administration posts until the White House better promotes diversity. Sens. Tammy Duckworth of Illinois and Mazie Hirono of Hawaii had lashed out earlier Tuesday at the lack of Asian American and Pacific Islander representation in…Read more »

CVS Begins Distributing COVID-19 Vaccine At Eight Pharmacies

(Chicago, IL) — CVS has announced it has begun distributing the COVID-19 vaccine at eight of its pharmacies across Illinois. The company says the pharmacies are located in Chicago, Olympia Fields, Flossmoor, Kankakee, Hoopeston, Mendota, Belleville and Pekin. The Chicago Tribune reports the exact addresses have not been disclosed to avoid overwhelming them. Online appointments…Read more »

No COVID-19 Cases At Any Of The State’s Veteran’s Homes

(Undated) — The Illinois Department of Veteran’s Affairs says there are currently no cases of COVID-19 at any of the state’s veterans’ homes. Chief of staff Tony Kolbeck says vaccinations started in late December and close to 97-percent of the residents and 53-percent of the staff decided to get the shot. He added that staff…Read more »

Ex-Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan to resign seat

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois state Rep. Michael Madigan has announced that he is resigning his seat in the Legislature. The Chicago Democrat virtually set Illinois’ political agenda as House speaker before he was ousted from that job last month. The 78-year-old Madigan was elected speaker in 1983 and served 36 of the next 38…Read more »

State Republicans slam Pritzker as COVID-19 vaccinations lag

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois public health officials say nearly 56,000 people in the state received COVID-19 vaccination on Wednesday. However, state Republicans are questioning Gov. J.B. Pritzker about the state’s lagging efforts in the area. They note Illinois ranks 47th in overall vaccine distribution. Illinois officials say more than 829,000 shots have been administered…Read more »