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Joe Cervantez sworn in as Jackson County’s State’s Attorney

State's Attorney Joe Cervantez, is sworn in by presiding judge Christy Solverson, while Cervantez's sons Cason, 7, and Canon, 10, stand by during the ceremony at Jackson County Courthouse in Murphysboro, Ill. Dec. 1, 2020.
By Keaton Yates, Staff Reporter December 1, 2020
Jackson County’s newly elected State’s attorney,Joe Cervantez, was sworn in Tuesday by Judge Christy Solverson at the County Courthouse in Murphysboro, Ill.

More budget woes ahead after Illinois votes down tax amendment

Illinois State Capitol in Springfield. (Chicago Tribune file photo)
By Ryan Scott, Staff Reporter November 29, 2020
The Illinois budget will likely see serious cuts over the next few years after voters rejected the graduated income tax amendment on Nov. 3. 

Jackson County Health reports 42 new COVID-19 cases.

Jackson County Health reports 42 new COVID-19 cases.
By News Desk November 23, 2020
Jackson County Health Department reported 42 new cases of COVID-19 on Nov. 23.

Jackson County reports 20 new cases of COVID-19, Franklin and Williamson counties report 77

An old advertisement banner is converted into a  sign to thank heroes for continuing their work during COVID-19 on Apr. 17, 2020 at Lowe's in Springfield, IL
By Staff Report, News Desk November 15, 2020
Jackson County Health Department reported a record 20 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday.

Black women in southwestern Illinois want real changes from Kamala Harris win

Co-organizer Jerricha Griffin, a Law student at SIU, speaks during the Justice for Breonna Taylor event at the Carbondale police station on Friday, Oct. 2, 2020, in Carbondale, IL. Griffin speaks about the disrespect that Black women face in today's society.
By DeAsia Paige, Belleville News-Democrat, Tribune Content Agency November 13, 2020
Nov. 10—When Michelle Mitchell heard the news about Sen. Kamala Harris becoming the next vice president of the United States, she immediately told her 9-year-old daughter.

Jackson County reports record 87 new cases of COVID-19, Franklin-Williamson report 110

By Staff Report, News Desk November 12, 2020
Jackson County Health Department reported a record 87 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday.

Region 5 to move back to tier 2 restrictions

Gov. JB Pritzker gives a COVID-19 update in Murphysboro, Ill. Oct. 19. 2020 “If you are getting tired and you’ve let your guard down now is the time to pick it back up again,” Pritzker said. “Things are getting worse, now is the time to wear a mask wherever you go, get your flu shot, forgo unnecessary trips or gatherings and take extra care to stay six feet away from each other especially in public.” Pritzker announced stricter COVID-19 mitigations for region 5 at this update  including the temporary closure of indoor dining and a ban on gatherings of 25 or more people.
By Staff Report, News Desk November 9, 2020
Regions 5, 7 and 8 of Illinois will be moving back to tier 2 mitigations beginning Nov. 11 due to an increased rolling positivity rate.

Graduated income tax projected to fail

Graduated income tax projected to fail
By Ryan Scott, Staff Reporter November 9, 2020
Illinois rejected the graduated income tax amendment by a significant margin.

COVID-19 expands staffing concerns at Southern Illinois Healthcare hospitals

COVID-19 expands staffing concerns at Southern Illinois Healthcare hospitals
By Jason Flynn, Staff Reporter November 6, 2020
COVID-19 has exacerbated a nationwide nursing shortage and has placed massive pressure on hospitals. 

‘Everything is at stake:’ Voters share what the 2020 presidential election means to them

People maintain their 6-foot social distancing while waiting to vote at the Carbondale Civic Center Nov. 3,  in Carbondale, Ill.
By Oreoluwa Ojewuyi, Staff Reporter November 6, 2020
The general consensus from voters participating in the 2020 election is "everything is at stake."

Results for Graduated Income Tax Amendment remain undetermined

Results for Graduated Income Tax Amendment remain undetermined
By Ryan Scott, Staff Reporter November 4, 2020
As of 11:25 p.m., there has not been an official call made on the results of the Graduated Income Tax Amendment. 

Joe Cervantez ahead in state’s attorney race, Alex Crawshaw takes lead in coroner’s race

SIU alumni Joe Cervantez, Jackson County State's Attorney candidate, marches with protesters and later gave a speech about how has has dealt with systematic  racism first hand as a defense attorney during the March on Washington  event that was put on by four different local organizations on Friday, Aug. 28, 2020 in Carbondale, IL.
By Keaton Yates, Staff Reporter November 4, 2020
As of 10:06 p.m. Joe Cervantez leads Jackson county’s state’s attorney race by 31.40% with 54 out of 56 precincts. Alex Crawshaw, coroner candidate, leads with 23.68% with 54 out of 56 precincts reporting.
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