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Governor Says All Areas Of Illinois A Go For Phase 3 On Friday

Governor JB Pritzker says that things are going well to move forward to the next phase. In Tuesday’s press conference, the Governor says that by the end of this week, the State will move into the next phase.


Governor Pritzker says that facemasks are a reason for things getting better in all of the regions.



The Governor addressed the news of a recall filed by Representative Allen Skillicorn of Crystal Lake. The motion was filed due to what the Representative feels is continued inaction to fix the unemployment claims issue.



The Illinois Department of Public Health announced 1,178 new cases of coronavirus in Illinois with 39 additional deaths.  This brings the total amount of cases to 113,195 including 4,923 deaths in 100 of the 102 counties. Labs have tested a total of 786,794 specimens with 17,230 tests done in the last 24 hours. The statewide 7-day rolling positivity rate is 12%.


You can listen to every Governor Pritzker press conference on NEWSTALK WTIM at 2:30 every afternoon Monday through Friday, however, they will be moving to WHOW 1520 on June 1st. 

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in a press release sent out on Tuesday morning reported high water conditions at Lake Shelbyville. The normal summer pool is 599.7 feet and the pool elevation as of Tuesday, May 26th at 7 a.m. was 611.14 feet or 11.44 feet above normal.


Because of the higher than normal pool, some sites around the lake have been impacted. Quoting from the press release, “Boat launch facilities remain open in all major recreation areas with the exception of Whitley Creek. Secondary boat ramps are closed at Bruce, Coal Shaft Bridge, Johnson’s Bluff and Woodard Road. The Chief Illini Trail, Coon Creek Nature Trail, and Okaw Bluff Trail are all closed. Camp Camfield and General Dacey trails are open for use with the exception of the Dam West General Dacey Trailhead access. All USACE managed beaches at Lake Shelbyville will remain closed until further notice.”


Because of the high water, boaters need to be cautious on the lake. Keep an eye on lower than normal bridge clearances, debris, and any under water hazards. For the most up to date information, please call 774-3951.

The Taylorville Kiwanis Club has collected a total of 964 pounds of non-perishable food and a total of nearly 17-hundred-dollars in cash donations, all for the Taylorville Food Pantry, in its 3 "drive-thru donation days" May 9th, 16th, and 23rd.


Kiwanis members have been set up in the front parking lot of the Miller Media Group studios at 918 East Park in Taylorville, on Saturdays from 9:30 til one, accepting both types of donations.


The club's last "drive-thru donation day" for the Food Pantry, is this Saturday.


The Taylorville Kiwanis Club thanks the community for the continued support of the Food Pantry.  If you haven't driven by with your donation yet, please consider doing so this Saturday since the need at the local Food Pantry has doubled over the past few months due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Governor Begins To Lay Out Plans For Phase 3

Governor JB Pritzker highlighted plans over the weekend for just how Illinois would begin to reopen. Phase 3 of recovery is set to start on May 29th. This will allow the opening of restaurants, bars, gyms, salons, retail stores, and more to reopen. The governor says that he has met with many business owners to come up with the best plan to keep people safe and still reopen.


The Governor highlights on the Department of Commerce and economic opportunity just how each area can open up; including youth sports, golf courses, day camps, and much more. You can visit that link by clicking here.



Governor Pritzker did not have a coronavirus press conference on Monday, however, the Illinois Department of Public Health announced 1,713 new cases of coronavirus in Illinois with 31 additional deaths.  This brings the total amount of cases to 112,017 including 4,884 deaths in 100 of the 102 counties. Labs have tested 769,564 with 21,643 in the last 24 hours. The statewide 7-day rolling positivity rate is 12%.


You can listen to every Governor Pritzker press conference on NEWSTALK WTIM but they will be moving to WHOW 1520 on June 1st. 

For people with cancer, COVID-19 can be even scarier as doctors who normally see you have different hours and you have to care for yourself better. Doctor Iftekhar Ahmad, doctor of Oncology at OSF Healthcare says that delays for treatment for cancer depends on the cancer but most people need to get seen now rather than later.



For those with cancer, taking extra precautions can be the difference between life and death.


Brandie Messer who has been fighting cancer, says that she appreciates all the extra help from her doctors, nurses, and staff.


For more information on cancer and how to handle it with covid click here.

The Taylorville Memorial Day Ceremony was held virtually in a pre-recorded program on NEWSTALK WTIM today.  The Taylorville V-F-W Post 4495 organizes the annual event at Oak Hill Cemetery in past years, and also put together the virtual ceremony on WTIM.


Recorded patriotic music was provided by the Taylorville Municipal Band under the direction of Jim Smith.


Taylorville mayor Bruce Barry thanked the veterans that sacrificed so much.



Guest speaker for the virtual ceremony was retired Air Force Chief Master Sargent Gerry (jerry) Mahr (marr), who reviewed how Memorial Day came about.



Mahr said democracy has endured under good and bad times.



Mahr added to remember those who died for our freedom.


V-F-W chaplain Beverly Walker gave the invocation and benediction to the ceremony.  In her benediction, she recited a poem about those who made the ultimate sacrifice.



A host of patriotic organizations did lay wreaths remembering fallen soldiers at Oak Hill Cemetery.

This reminder that all of the NEWSTALK WTIM platforms will present the pre-recorded virtual Memorial Day Ceremony arranged by the Taylorville VFW Post 4495, this morning at 10 o’clock.  The ceremony will feature music from the Taylorville Municipal Band, remarks from VFW chaplain Beverly Walker, and a special address from special speaker Jerry Mahr.  The ceremony will also acknowledge the many local patriotic organizations, a salute to the military branches, and 3 gun volleys and taps to honor the war dead.


Tune in this morning to NEWSTALK WTIM on AM, FM, and on-line, for this special pre-recorded virtual Memorial Day Ceremony this morning at 10.

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