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Douglas County SBL Mobile Mammo dates

Douglas County SBL Mobile Mammography dates  Sarah Bush Lincoln’s Mobile Mammography Services will be hitting the road at area county health departments, banks and other locations in November. The Mobile Mammography van helps provide mammograms to women who may not otherwise have access to, or be able to afford these life-saving preventive screens. Women who…

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DCHD announces twenty-nine COVID-19 cases

The Douglas County Health Department (DCHD) announces twenty-nine newly confirmed cases of COVID-19: one male 1 year, one male 10 years, one male 15 years, one female 16 years, one female and four males in their twenties, two males and two females in their thirties, five males and one female in their forties, two males…

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Positively scary October COVID-19 numbers for Douglas County

By Colleen Lehmann, Douglas County Public Health Liaison 13.2 Looks like an innocent enough number, doesn’t it? But it carries a lot of influence. That’s the seven-day rolling positivity rate number (as of 10/16/20) for Illinois’ Region 6, of which Douglas County is a part. A seven-day rolling average is looked at to see what…

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Mayor signs National Literacy Day proclamation

On Tuesday, October 13, 2020, Daniel J. Kleiss, Mayor of Tuscola, signed a Proclamation on behalf of the Stephen A. Douglas Illinois Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Douglas County, proclaiming November 1, 2020 as National Family Literacy Day in Tuscola, Illinois. National Family Literacy Day underscores the importance…

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VG teacher and student discuss return to school

By Tony Hooker With Villa Grove Schools making the decision to return to traditional in class instruction, The Journal thought it would be a good idea to catch up with a teacher and a student to hear about their experiences during the pandemic.  First up, High School English teacher Jim Kestner. Was this your first…

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An update on Election Day from County Clerk Pollock

By Kendra Hennis  We are just six days away from the general election on November 3. With misinformation swirling and guidelines constantly changing, I was able to meet up with Douglas County Clerk Judi Pollock to discuss the upcoming election and what voters need to know.  Pollock began by saying that there has been a…

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Douglas County Board adopts a nepotism policy

By Kendra Hennis  The monthly meeting of the Douglas County Board was called to order at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, October 21. All board members were present for the meeting. During the consent agenda, the board unanimously approved ordinance 20-O-13, adopting a  nepotism policy in Douglas County. The board said in the ordinance that it…

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Tuscola BOE approves their “clean” audit report

By Kendra Hennis  The board retreat of the Tuscola board of education was called to order on Monday, October 27 at 6 p.m. All members of the board were present.  Superintendent Gary Alexander had the board members meet to discuss the upcoming health, life, and safety exam, as well as to discuss any projects that…

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Tuscola city council talks about the property tax levy

By Kendra Hennis  The meeting of the Tuscola city council was called to order at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, October 26. City Administrator Drew Hoel and Treasurer Alta Long were absent from the meeting.  Following approval of the consent agenda, the council moved to Mayor Dan Kleiss’ report. He noted that the Tuscola Serves signs…

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A proposed constitutional tax amendment derided by business

By Dennis Grubaugh Illinois Business Journal The business community is loudly speaking out against a proposed constitutional amendment on income taxes facing voters in Illinois. The governor backs the measure, which would change the state’s income tax from a flat tax to a graduated one based on income. He says the revenue generated would help address…

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