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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Although COVID-19 numbers are decreasing in Illinois, state officials are closely monitoring the new Covid-19 Omicron sub-variant.  Scientists recently discovered a new Omicron subvariant. Its first official case in Illinois was confirmed in January. The subvariant is up to 50% more transmissible than the original Omicron strain.  Governor J.B. Pritzker said that […]

Photo Courtesy of OSF Facebook Page  NORMAL, Ill. – One of the main concerns for parents is the safety of their children. Parents actively protect their children from bullying, violence, crime, and strangers, but disease and infection is something that’s harder to protect your children from.  OSF healthcare recently published a study that shows a […]

Photo courtesy McLean County Facebook Page NORMAL, Ill. – The United States is currently navigating a third wave of COVID-19 infections; in some areas of the country, the rates of positive cases are higher than they have ever been. The highly contagious omicron variant is spreading rapidly throughout the population. Notably, even people who are […]

Photo Courtesy from McLean County Twitter NORMAL, Ill.–McLean County Health Department is offering mass vaccination clinics for COVID-19 booster shots to those who received Pfizer in as their original doses. The clinics are offered every Thursday — with a few exceptions for holidays such as Thanksgiving – at Grossinger Motors Arena from 10 a.m. -3 p.m.  […]

Photo courtesy of Ben Haushalter DOWNS, Ill. – As ISU looks to make a return to normalcy this fall and saw a slight glimpse this past Friday and the first Redbird Day since the pandemic. However, it’s hard not to think about what was lost over the past 13 months for students. While many college […]

Photo Courtesy of McLean County Health Department Facebook Page.  NORMAL, Ill. – As vaccine eligibility expands, many are struggling to get appointments while the Non-English-speaking population is facing double the challenges.    According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, 87.2% of administered vaccine doses have gone to White residents in McLean County. IDPH also reports only 3.91% Black or African-American, 2.59% Asian, and 2.29% Hispanic or Latino […]

Photo Courtesy McLean County Health Department Facebook Page. NORMAL, Ill. – The Illinois Department of Public Health is expanding vaccine eligibility and officials stress the risk of resurgence. McLean County has roughly 11% of residents fully vaccinated and has administered over 55,000 vaccines. The Public Affairs Coordinator of the McLean County Health Department, Marianne Manko […]

Photo courtesy to OSF Healthcare NORMAL, Ill.- The COVID-19 vaccine has finally arrived, although only healthcare workers have access at this time. Healthcare workers have started to receive their first doses of the vaccine, however some in the public are skeptical of the vaccine and possible long term effects. Libby Allison is the Media Relations […]

Photo courtesy to Black Lives Matter Blono Chapter NORMAL, Ill.- Following the grand jury’s findings in the Breonna Taylor case,  the Illinois State University President Office sent out a statement via email to express his heartbreak for the injustice. “It pains me to address our campus community in response to the relentless acts of violence against […]

Photo courtesy of @Nelkboys Instagram page NORMAL, Ill.- The NELK Boys are a group YouTubers that had massive crowds gathering in the middle of a pandemic near Illinois State University’s campus. According to ISU student Adri Costa, the NELK boys showed up to an underground frat and there were about 200 people there. NELK is […]