Posted inLocal News

Woman charged after coughing on Crystal Lake police officers, threatening to give them COVID-19

A Crystal Lake woman was arrested after she allegedly coughed on police officers multiple times and threatened to give them the coronavirus, authorities said. Cynthia G. Ventrella, 58, of the 900 block of Alexandria Boulevard in Crystal Lake, was charged with aggravated assault on a peace officer, domestic battery causing bodily harm and obstructing identification. […]

Posted inState News

Illinois sees largest amount of COVID-19 deaths in 24 hours as death toll surpasses 1,000

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced that anyone with symptoms can now be tested for COVID-19 as he also announced 125 people died in the past day in the state. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) said the state’s COVID-19 total has reached 25,733 cases, which is 1,140 more than Wednesday, and 1,072 deaths. The […]

Posted inState News

80 new deaths, 1,346 new cases of coronavirus in Illinois, officials say

There are over 25,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in Illinois as officials announced 80 additional deaths in the past 24 hours. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) said the state’s COVID-19 total has reached 24,593 cases and 948 deaths. The number of people tested so far is at 116,929, data shows. Governor J.B. Pritzker has […]

Posted inLocal News

State’s attorney comments on court order forcing health department to release COVID-19 names

The McHenry County State’s Attorney said he is “beyond disappointed” that the health department refused to release COVID-19 patient names to law enforcement. “This was a no-brainer for the Health Department, a common-sense, confidential, and entirely lawful way they could have worked collaboratively with police departments to assist in enhancing the safety of officers and […]

Posted inState News

Over 500K people file for unemployment in Illinois as coronavirus deaths approach 800

Governor J.B. Pritzker outlined Illinois’ effort to expand access and eligibility to unemployment benefits as 74 new COVID-19 deaths were reported on Monday. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) said the state’s COVID-19 total has reached 22,025 cases and 794 deaths. The number of people tested so far is at 105,768, data shows. There […]

Posted inLocal News

Court rules health department must turn over COVID-19 patient names to police dispatchers

The court has ordered the McHenry County Health Department to release names of COVID-19 patients to 911 dispatchers after several police departments and the sheriff’s office filed a lawsuit. The temporary court order was issued Friday evening and the names will be provided to the McHenry County Emergency Telephone System Board on a call-by-call basis. […]