COVID-19 Closings And Cancellations


School Cancellations And Closings For COVID-19 As of 4:26pm 3/30/2020. With the situation of COVID-19 constantly changing, we here at Regional Radio News are trying to give everyone the most up to date news and information about closings, cancellations, and suspensions. Take precautions to protect yourself and your loved ones. If you have a cancellation or a suspension/closing due to the COVID-19 Virus, please give us a call at 824-3395 or message me at


Illinois' 4th Judicial Circuit Court has announced it's continuing court cases presently being heard in several Regional Radio County Courthouses, out of an abundance of caution and in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

The 4th Circuit includes County Courthouses in Christian, Shelby, Montgomery, Fayette and Effingham Counties in the Regional Radio listening area.

Jury trials, traffic cases including driving under the influence, criminal misdemeanor cases, ordinance and small claims cases, all family court and child support cases, all pay or appears and compliance hearings, and marriages, are all being continued until at least April 17th, and maybe longe.  .

The statement added that all evictions will end until further notice, but in-custody cases including bond settings, criminal felony cases with time constraints, juvenile detention and shelter care hearings, emergency and plenary orders of protection, and other emergency hearings, WILL be held as usual.

Civil and criminal jury trials are also continued until at least May 23rd.


Trinity Lutheran Church, Taylorville Has Cancelled All WOrship services, activities, after school programs until April 7th.  Preschool has been cancelled until April 13th.


The Catholic Daughters of America meeting to be held at the KC Hall in Taylorville on Thursday April 2nd has been cancelled


Christian County Lady Landowners are canceling their upcoming meetings on March 30th and April 20th. 


The Pana City Council meeting will take place as scheduled on Monday, March 23rd at 7pm, but Pana Mayor Don Kroski is urging residents to only attend the meeting if absolutely necessary.  


Taylorville Evangelical Free Church has cancelled services and events for the remainder of March.  Sermons will be posted on our Facebook page and website on Sundays at 10:00.  Call 824-9473 for info.  



All City of Shelbyville Offices will be closed to the public beginning March 23, 2020 through at least April 6, 2020.  If you have an emergency please contact the department directly, if no one answers and you have an emergency, please contact the police department at 217/774-2141.


March 19th, the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) announces that all Division of Rehabilitation Services’ (DRS) Offices will close until early April and all Family Community Resource Centers (FCRC) will remain open with reduced staff to follow Center for Disease Control (CDC) social distancing guidelines during the coronavirus situation.


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all locations of Advanced Eye Care Centers in Taylorville, Carlinville, Lincoln, and Virden will be closing at the end of business on Friday, March 20th. The plan is to reopen Wednesday, April 1st. Patients will be called to reschedule for a future appointment date.


Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, Advanced Eye Care Center in Taylorville will be closing until April First.  


Due to the on-going national health emergency related to the COVID-19 virus, Land of Lincoln Honor Flight (LLHF) of Springfield, Illinois regrets to announce that the May 12, 2020 flight has also been postponed. 


20/20 Vision For Your Finances Literacy Symposium Hosted by Your Money Matters on April 4th, is postponed until further notice.


St. Mary's Catholic Church in Taylorville has cancelled all masses until further notice.


Miller Media Group radio station WMKR Genuine Country 94.3 has postponed its 2nd annual WMKR Taylorville Kiwanis Club Pie Auction to benefit children and youth.  It was originally set for Thursday, April 23rd, and was postponed because of the ongoing coronavirus concerns.  A re-scheduled date will be announced later.


Lenton Fish Fry @ Nokomis St. Louis Parish, drive through only


Taylorville Christian Church is cancelling services for the next two weeks, you can still view on a Facebook livestream at 10:30. For more information call 824-6621.


AMEREN Buildings are closed. You can still pay bills online or over the phone. For questions contact Ameren.


Effective March 20, in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Lake Land College will be implementing a Level 3 Restricted Campus policy. Only Authorized Staff will be allowed access to perform tasks that can't be completed remotely.


The Illinois Lottery announced that beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020, all of its claim centers will be closed to the public until further notice.  These closures are in response to recent public health concerns due to COVID-19.


Unfortunately, the polling place for Ricks Township, located at the Morrisonville-Palmer Firehouse, had all available judges request removal from consideration. As a result, I have requested relief through the circuit court to allow the voters of Ricks Township to vote at the Christian County Courthouse on Election Day. The hours remain the same as other polling places – 6am to 7pm.


Not a cancellation, however, as of last Friday, there has been over 40,000 units of blood lost and counting First Baptist Church at 1000 West North 6th St in Shelbyville is hosting a blood drive this Thursday, March 19th from Noon-6pm. 


Christian County Finance Committee scheduled for Wednesday, March 18 is canceled.


Christian County regular County Board meeting scheduled for Monday, March 23 is canceled.


Christian County Zoning Board of Appeals scheduled for Tuesday, March 24 is canceled.


Notice of closure of Christian County buildings as of 4:00 pm on March 17th will be made by the Sheriff and Board Chairwoman.


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Taylorville Park district will cancel its regularly scheduled monthly board meeting set for Monday, March 23, 2020, in accordance with the safety guidelines issued by the White House and CDC  to slow the spread of the virus. 


LLCC’s Health Care Expo on April 7 has been postponed. A new date will be announced as soon as possible.


In an effort to help control the spread of COVID-19, as of 3/18/2020 all TCCU locations (Taylorville, Pana, Litchfield, Hillsboro) will close their lobbies until further notice. All drive-thrus will remain open, curbside assistance will be available by calling 217-824-9658


After discussions with the Health Department and with encouragement from the National YMCA; the Christian County YMCA will be closed effective today at 6:00p.m. through Monday, March 30.  This is a fluid situation and there will likely be more announcements to come.


In an effort to help control the spread of COVID-19, Rock Springs Nature Center will be closed through Sunday, March 29. The trails at all conservation areas will remain open (except for Sand Creek, which is closed due to poor trail conditions).


The Taylorville Kiwanis Club has announced that its March 17th and 24th meetings have been cancelled.  The venue the club holds its weekly meetings, the Taylorville Moose Lodge, has been closed along with restaurants and bars, by Governor Pritzker, due to the coronavirus outbreak.


The Macon County Democratic Central Committee announces today that all in-person events and canvassing will be suspended through the end of March, potentially much longer, due to the public health crisis that is COVID-19.


 To prevent the further spread of COVID-19, the Illinois State Museum (ISM) today announced the closure of its flagship facility in Springfield as well as its Research and Collections Center, also located in Springfield, Dickson Mounds Museum in Lewistown and the Lockport Gallery in Lockport. All affiliated locations will remain closed until further notice.  


To further prevent the spread of COVID-19, and in accordance with the Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamation issued on March 9, 2020, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) today announced the closure of all state parks, fish and wildlife areas, recreational areas, and historic sites as well as the cancellation of upcoming scheduled events.  


Recognizing the unprecedented challenges families, medical providers, and state agencies are facing from COVID-19, the launch of YouthCare services for DCFS youth in care will be postponed a minimum of 30 days, the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services announced today.


Taylorville Memorial Hospital is suspending their Lose to Win Challenge. The hospital is currently figuring out a way to end the challenge fairly. No Tuesday weigh-in.


The Taylorville Public Library will close until March 30th


Christian County Lady Landowners meeting scheduled for 3/23/2020 has been cancelled. Call 217-824-4898 for further details if needed. 


In response to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation, McClure Funeral Home & Cremation Services is postponing the Funeral Planning Q&A event that was planned for Wednesday, March 18.  This event will be rescheduled as soon as possible


Taylorville School District will be closed Monday, March 16-Monday, March 30th.

Pana School District will be closed Monday, March 16th- Monday March 30th. Parent Teacher Conferences Cancelled For March 17th.


Shelbyville School District will be closed Monday, March 16- Monday, March 30th.


Sullivan School District will also be closed Monday, March 16th-Monday, March 30th.


Lincoln Land Community College will extend this week’s spring break for students by an additional week (March 16-22) in response to the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Although classes are canceled, the college will be open next week, and all staff will report to work as usual.


The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) announced on March 12, 2020, that it has canceled its remaining winter State Series postseason tournaments, which include Boys Basketball, Scholastic Bowl, Drama & Group Interpretation, Music, Debate and Journalism, over concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The IHSA has not made any decisions related to spring sports tournaments at this time.


Richland Community College will extend spring break for students only through Monday, March 23. We will utilize the week of March 16 to assess and develop a plan to modify instructional delivery beginning March 23. It is anticipated that we will move as many of our academic operations as possible, to an online format, in an attempt to create social distancing and reduce the density of people on campus. The College is NOT CLOSING. All employees will continue to report to work. Following the student spring break, online instruction will begin March 23 and continue through April 3, at which time we will re-assess the situation. During this time, we will be canceling and/or postponing on-campus functions. Please contact your event coordinator if you have any questions pertaining to this information. Richland will remain a polling place and voting will take place on Tuesday, March 17.


In an abundance of caution during the Covid-19 outbreak, the Illinois Department on Aging has decided to temporarily change all senior nutrition sites to carry-out only at Peace Meal congregate sites.


To help prevent the spread of coronavirus, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum campus will close to the public as of Friday, March 13. The ALPLM’s three Springfield buildings, the library, museum, and historic Union Station, will remain closed until further notice. While members of the public will not be able to visit, the staff will continue working to protect Lincoln's documents and artifacts, maintain museum exhibits, conduct research and plan future programming.


To prevent the further spread of COVID-19, the Illinois State Museum (ISM) announced the suspension of all programs, events and school group visits beginning Thursday, March 12, through Friday, April 10, 2020, at its headquarters in Springfield and branch facilities, Research and Collections Center, Dickson Mounds Museum, and Lockport Gallery. 


Illinois Board of Higher Education are cancelling the March board meeting. Details on a rescheduled meeting date will be posted on the IBHE website at when they become available.


Land of Lincoln Honor Flight (LLHF) of Springfield, Illinois regrets to announce that the April 7 2020 flight has been postponed. This action was taken in consideration of the Centers for Disease Control’s recently issued advisory that adults over the age of 60 should avoid all non-essential air travel due to COVID-19 (coronavirus). To those ends, the national Honor Flight Network issued a mandatory suspension of all Honor Flight trips effective through April 30, 2020. 


“The classical crossover group DUO 1717 has cancelled their March 26 concert at Eastern Illinois University’s Doudna Fine Arts Center,” said Dan Crews, director of programming. “We sincerely apologize to all those who were looking forward to the DUO 1717 performance and we certainly regret any inconvenience the cancellation may cause, but all of us at the Doudna look forward to welcoming DUO 1717 back to campus at a future date.”


Today, Governor Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced they are taking additional steps to support workers and families impacted by COVID-19. The administration will file emergency rules this week to clarify that individuals unemployed due to COVID-19 can generally qualify for unemployment benefits to the full extent permitted by federal law. 


Permits for all scheduled tours of the Illinois State Capitol Building and all events scheduled to take place at the Capitol Building have been canceled. In addition, lobbyists who have lobby days or other events at the Capitol Building are being encouraged to alert them to these cancellations.


The Christian County Senior Citizens Center will be making some changes due to the COVID-19 Virus. Jennifer Verardi, the Transportation Director at the Senior Citizens Center, informed Regional Radio News that all congregate meal settings and events have been suspended.


Statement from Hickory Point Mall Regarding Planned Events and Easter Photo Operations The health and well-being of the community we serve, our customers, employees, and retail partners is our top priority. Out of an abundance of caution and based on guidelines for public meetings and events from the CDC and other governmental agencies, we have made the decision to cancel or postpone all planned events, which includes our seasonal Easter Bunny photo program. 


As stated in the attached release, the impact of the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) continues to create uncertainty and concern both globally and here in our community. Illinois Extension is in the process of activating strategies with campus to protect everyone’s health and safety. This week, the University of Illinois announced a suspension on all in-person events and meetings in campus facilities to protect you and our entire community. Illinois Extension, as the outreach program of the university, aligns with all policies related to public health and safety. Effective Friday, March 13, all university-sponsored events with more than 50 anticipated attendees are suspended indefinitely.  


Due to concerns about COVID-19, influenza and other illnesses, HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital has decided to postpone or cancel non-essential events/classes at the hospital through the end of April. This includes Mass celebrated in the Good Shepherd Chapel. Events or meetings directly related to patient care will not be cancelled.  All essential hospital functions will continue as usual. 


Pana Chamber has cancelled their regular meeting. Given the uncertainty and rapidly evolving COVID-19 outbreak ,  and we hope to see you on May 16th.  Thank you for your continued support and please reach out to us at or 217-5624240 with any questions.


As a preventative measure, all Catholic schools under the jurisdiction of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois will be closed the week of March 16. This includes the cancelation of all extra-curricular activities, social events, and other school-related gatherings. We will offer an update by the end of next week. Teachers will work on plans for remote learning opportunities. Schools will also use the opportunity while closed to disinfect their buildings. 


The impact of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) continues to create uncertainty and concern both globally and here in our community. In accordance with University of Illinois policy, Illinois Extension has deployed public health strategies designed to protect everyone’s health and safety. Effective Friday, March 13, all university-sponsored events with more than 50 anticipated attendees are suspended indefinitely. 


 Bishop Thomas John Paprocki has announced, effective March 14, 2020, that all Catholics within the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois are dispensed from their obligation to attend Sunday Mass until further notice. Bishop Paprocki and the parishes of the diocese remain committed to making Masses and the sacraments available and safe, with precautions previously announced. Catholic faithful who are well are encouraged, but not obligated, during this time to continue to attend Mass.   


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