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A few dozen cars at a drive-in rally in suburban Pennsylvania honked in unison as Democratic nominee Joe Biden blasted President Trump's handling of the coronavirus. In North Carolina, Trump told a packed crowd: "Covid, covid, covid. By the way, on Nov. 4, you won't hear about it anymore."

Poland's president, Andrzej Duda, is in isolation after testing positive for the coronavirus, his spokesman announced Saturday.

"The president is fine," his spokesman, Blazej Spychalski, said on Twitter. "We are in constant contact with the relevant medical services."

Officials in Afghanistan say at least 18 people are dead, including schoolchildren, from a suicide attack outside of an education center in the capital of Kabul.

The country's interior ministry confirmed that more than 57 others were wounded Saturday after the explosion went off in a heavily Shiite neighborhood, The Associated Press reported.

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Through tears, Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike once again called for widespread use of face coverings Friday after warning of increasing COVID-19 hospitalization numbers that could surpass the peaks of April and May.

Carbondale Storywalk gets kids reading and moving.

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A unique project between Carbondale Public Library  and the non-profit Green Earth is helping people get active while reading.  Francine Wien-Frankowski, the  Children's Librarian says the goal is entertainment, while learning.

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A Mt. Vernon woman becomes the 5th person arrested in connection to the killing of an Olney man over Labor Day weekend.

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America's veterans will now receive the same annual cost-of-living adjustment as Social Security Recipients.

President Trump Friday signed the Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act into law.

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New research suggests access to emergency paid leave could help limit the spread of the novel coronavirus. Supporters of a broader paid-time-off proposal say it's needed in states like Illinois, where there's no such requirement.

Ezike: ‘I Don’t Know What Else We Can Say’

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Through tears, Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike once again called for widespread use of face coverings Friday after warning of increasing COVID-19 hospitalization numbers that could surpass the peaks of April and May.

“I mean it's sad to see the numbers going up again,” Ezike said at a COVID-19 briefing in Chicago. “People have worked really hard to get us through the first phase, … and as we see the numbers go up in the hospital, people are bringing more beds, trying to prepare for the COVID units again, and the staff that went through all that pain to try to save as many people as they can are seeing history repeat itself.”

Lawmakers Push to Reform State’s Bail System

Oct 23, 2020
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Some state lawmakers are looking to reform the cash bail system in Illinois, mainly by ending the use of money bonds as a factor in preventing a suspect’s release.

State Sen. Robert Peters and state Rep. Justin Slaughter, both Chicago Democrats, will attempt to end the use of money bonds by sponsoring a forthcoming, yet-to-be-filed bill known as the Pretrial Fairness Act.

Lawmakers Hear Mixed Reviews of New Foster Care Health System

Oct 23, 2020
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Nearly two months after Illinois launched a major change in the way it provides health care to children in foster and adoptive homes, state lawmakers are hearing mixed reviews about how well the new system is working.

On Sept. 1, an estimated 19,000 children in state care were shifted to a managed care health system within the state’s Medicaid program. And while Marc Smith, acting director of the Department of Children and Family Services, declares the transition a “great success,” outside observers say a large number of children still are not getting the care they need.

Dan Klefstad and Jennifer Fuller report the morning's news for Friday, October 23:

Supreme Court Candidate Faces Attack Ads for Decision in Child Abuse Case

Oct 23, 2020
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A court decision involving an appeal from a convicted sex offender who attempted suicide before trial has surfaced in the race for the state Supreme Court’s southern Illinois district between two sitting justices on that same court.

In a 28-page opinion issued in June, a three-judge panel of the 5th District Appellate Court tossed out the conviction of Jerad Peoples, who claimed he deserved a new trial because he was hospitalized from a drug overdose and suicide attempt during his first trial.

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