Illinois quick hits: COVID cases at veterans’ home; farmland values increase



COVID cases at veterans’ home

The Illinois Veterans’ Home in Manteno is experiencing an increase in COVID-19 cases among its veterans and staff. There are 19 residents and 11 staff who have tested positive for COVID-19, and all are presenting mild symptoms.

Officials said the facility continues to follow all infection prevention policies including encouraging residents to stay in their rooms to minimize movement, social distancing, masking in direct care areas and intensified cleaning protocols. Communal dining, group activities and all non-essential outings have been curtailed in the affected areas until the outbreak ends.

Farmland values increase

According to the most recent AgLetter, Midwest farmland values in the third quarter of 2023 were 5% higher than a year ago. Values for “good” agricultural land in the third quarter of 2023 were 1% higher than in the second quarter.

While 72% of the survey respondents anticipated farmland values to be stable during the fourth quarter of 2023, 15% anticipated them to move down.

IDOT hosting job fair

The Illinois Department of Transportation will be hosting a job fair in Springfield. The free event will take place Wednesday, Nov. 15 at IDOT headquarters. Representatives from numerous areas of the agency will be on hand to discuss employment opportunities.

Staff from the Illinois Secretary of State’s office can answer questions on getting commercial driver’s licenses. Attendees are encouraged to bring laptops to apply electronically because there are a limited number of available computers.



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