Bond set for the accused in St. Joseph murder, victims' identities are released

Judge Tom Difanis set bond for Jonathon Perry, accused of killing his girlfriend Kimberly Coyne, age 54, and her daughter Blair Coyne, age 24, at $2.5 million earlier today.

Perry, who is 28 years old, is being held responsible for shooting both women early Monday morning in the home they shared located just north of Interstate 74 at 1600 N. and CR2200E. He is charged with four counts for each victim for at total of eight.

The accused was located at his parent's home in Homer by the deputies after his mother contacted dispatchers around 4:15am. She made the call after her son made statements that raised her concern about the well-being of his girlfriend and her daughter.

Deputies were simultaneously dispatched to the Homer and St. Joseph. Kimberly's body was found in the home while Blair's was located face down in the driveway both with gunshot wounds yet to be disclosed investigators. Weapons were reportedly found near both of the deceased.

At the time of his arrest Perry was wearing multiple pairs of pants and had an empty gun holster in the leg of one pair. When questioned where the guns were, he said the guns were "with the Devil and the Anti-Christ".

Perry, who was released from prison in July 2016 after serving about four years of an an eight year sentence for residential burglary, is scheduled to be back in court on April 16 for a probable cause hearing.

Two St. Joseph residents found dead, suspect in custody

Early this morning, Champaign County deputies arrested Jonathon Perry, of Homer, now held in custody at the Champaign County Correctional Center, on the preliminary charge murder after deputies performed a welfare check on a residence located on Shore Drive in St. Joseph.

While searching the property around 4:15am this morning, deputies found two deceased females whose identification is being withheld pending notification of the victims' families.

"Deputies were advised that an individual, later identified as Jonathon Perry, made statements which led the reporting person to believe the resident(s) had been injured and/or possibly killed," Sheriff's Office said in a release this morning.

Multiple first-degree murder charges are expected to be filed against Perry on Monday. If convicted of both murders, he faces a mandatory sentence of natural life behind bars.

In March of 2012, the Vermilion County Sheriff’s Department on Monday arrested Perry, then 20, and two other men on felony counts of burglary after residents throughout Sidell filed 10 separate car burglary reports. He was subsequently sentenced to an eight year prison term for his participation in a string of auto and residential thief.

Perry, at the age 17, was charged with burglary and possession of a stolen vehicle in 2009. Charges were dropped after the state crime lab due to the lack of physical evidence in those incidents as well as several alleged car fires in Homer and Sidney.

The Sheriff’s Office and Champaign County Coroner’s Office continue their investigation in the double homicide case. The two victims died from apparent gunshot wounds.

Back together again! PBL joins the Illini Prairie Conference

By way of an overwhelming decision three days ago, Paxton-Buckley-Loda's bid to join downstate Illinois' premier prep sports conference was unanimously approved school administrators.

PBL, the league's first expansion team of sorts and the 11th school in the conference, joins St. Joseph-Ogden, Unity, Monticello, Rantoul, Prairie Central, Pontiac, Olympia, Central Catholic, St. Thomas More and Illinois Valley Central to make up the Illini Prairie Conference starting in the fall 2021.

Spartan defensive back Cole Berry picks off a pass intended for Panther receiver Matt Poll in the second half of their game on August 29, 2017. St. Joseph-Ogden, ranked #1 in Class 3A in The Associate Press pre-season poll, went on to defeat Paxton-Buckley-Loda in their non-conference battle, 27-7. The Spartans and Panthers will face each other once again under the Friday night lights starting in 2021. Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks

The Panther athletic program is a comfortable fit in the void that left the football schedules of nine teams open when St. Thomas More announced in January that they would move to 8-man competition. The Sabers will stay in the conference competing in all the remaining sports they offer.

Four schools applied for the opening after conference commissioner Brad Allen, a former teacher and coach at St. Joseph-Ogden High School, announced the IPC was looking for another program to help round out the conference football schedules.

The Panthers, with an enrollment of 472 this year, were already scouting a new conference affilation to compete with schools with similar number of students. They will leave the Sangamon Valley Conference after a 31-year run in a year from this May.

"I think the Illini Prairie has a lot to offer. A lot of conference schools has three levels of volleyball, freshman, junior varsity and varsity football and junior varsity and varsity baseball," PBL athletic director Brock Niebuhr told the Ford County Chronicle. "From that standpoint, I’m excited that we’ll be able to, hopefully, be able to step right in and compete. That’s what our goal is. I’m looking forward to doing that.”

From a scheduling standpoint, PBL was also an easy choice for many of the IPC athletic directors.

"For other sports, we will simply go to an 11 team conference schedule, kind of like what the Big Ten looked like from 1991-2011 when Penn State became the 11th conference team and before Nebraska joined the Big Ten in 2011," said St. Joseph-Ogden athletic director Justin Franzen. "We can now play 35 regular season volleyball, softball, and baseball games, 31 regular season boys and girls basketball games, 25 soccer matches. We already compete against PBL in almost every other sport that we offer, so adding a conference school just simply means that AD's need to adjust their schedules, which we do each year anyway."

Paul Bigham runs the ball for PBL
Panther running back Paul Bigham is brought down while running the ball in the second half. Bigham left the game after this play suffering a shoulder injury as he was brought down by the three Spartan defenders. Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks

Head football coach Shawn Skinner noted the Panthers recent success on the gridiron, which includes qualifying for the Class 3A playoffs over the past five seasons, and the quality of their other their athletic programs such as basketball and cross country. Without a doubt PBL will raise the bar.

"Aside from football they compete well in all sports. I think it’s a solid fit for them to join the conference and maintain the high level of competitive balance in our league," Skinner pointed out. In regards to football he thinks PBL joining the conference is a great addition. "Their proximity is ideal and they are a similar school from a size standpoint."

St. Joseph-Ogden was able to fill the open week on Skinner's schedule relatively quickly inking a one-year deal with Nashville. With veteran quarterback Crayton Burnett coming back to lead the offense, the Spartans will open the 2020 season on road against last fall's 2A state runner-up.

Skinner said the Hornets will have "almost their entire starting team" back this fall.

"It will be a real challenge for us week one," Skinner added.

While SJO's open date was quickly filled in February, Franzen acknowledged some schools are still looking for a team to play.

Unity, one of the programs looking to replace the STM game, announced yesterday that they will travel 430 miles to Pierce City, Missouri, where they will play their week seven contest.

More than 260 SJO students named to third quarter Honor Roll

Last week St. Joseph-Ogden High School announced the third quarter honor roll recipients. Two hundred and seventy-five students achieved honor roll recognition during the third quarter as the COVID-19 virus silently spread throughout the United States.

Honor Roll student Ty Pence in SJO's home game against PBL.
Freshman starter Ty Pence dives for a loose ball in the Spartans' home game against Paxton-Buckley-Loda in January. In addition to being a gifted athlete, Pence earned high honor roll recognition in the classroom in the the third quarter. Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks

Students who earned a grade point average of 3.25 or higher on the school's 4.0 scale are recognized as Honor Roll students. Those whose GPA soared above 3.74 earned the added distinction a High Honor Roll student.

Click on the student's name to read more about their scholastic or athletic achievements.


High Honor Roll
McGwire Atwood, Kaytlyn Baker, Olivia Baltzell, Tyler Burch, Maddux Carter, Yamilka Casanova, Ariana Chambers, Cale Coursey, Morgan Cramer, Aiden Cromwell, Zachary Dahman, Emily Elsbernd, Joselyn Frerichs, Alex Funk, Kennedy Greer, Andrew Guelfi, Mikyla Haley, Maya Hewkin, Taylor Hug, Peyton Jones, Jacob Kern, Aaron Lane, Collin Livesay, Aidan McCorkle, Kyle Meccoli, Teagan Miller, Allegra Pearman, Ty Pence, Jack Robertson, Kirsten Schaefer, Johanna Schmitz, Jack Setterdahl, Paige Siegmund, Trinity Tapia, Taylor Voorhees, Alayna Wagle and Maggie Ward.

Honor Roll
Alyssa Acton, Madison Adams, Sylvia Bills, Owen Birt, Ethan Blackburn, Gwen Chatterton, Bryce Collins, Aleah Dial, Leah Finley, Grace Flessner, Jessica Gadbury, Joseph Gherna, Kylie Greer, Connor Hale, Hallie Harms, Hayden Henkelman, Jonas Hutcherson, Shayne Immke, Emily Jeffries, Cameran Kelley, Hunter Ketchum, Carter Mabry, Haleigh Maddock, Katherine McDermott, Blake Morgan, Courtney Myren, Jacob Newman, Ava Northen, William Page, Emma Rydell, Isabel Sexton, Katharine Short, Mallory Wagner and Rebekah Weinmann.


High Honor Roll
Addison Allen, Tyler Altenbaumer, Kailyn Anderson, Ella Armstrong, Madison Atwood, Abigail Behrens, Ella Besson, Andrew Beyers, Brandie Bowlin, Mara Burkhalter, Kennedi Burnett, Angela Chahine, Braden Clampitt, Anastasia Conerty, Deanna Cummins, Benjamin Cunningham, Sidney Davis, Zander Dressen, Ashley Eldridge, Jared Emmert, Hannah Fox, Zella Fuqua, Brennan Haake, Liam Hamer, Alyssa Hamilton, Lauren Harper, Claire Huffman, Payton Jacob, Alison Kearney, Ava Knap, Ashlyn Lannert, Wyatt Loghry, Kelsey Martlage, Sophia McDade, Coby Miller, Conrad Miller, Elijah Mock, Jett Morris, Jessica Palmer, Emma Parkinson, Jackson Place, Hope Rajlich, JoLeena Reynolds, Kendra Riddle, Taryn Sexton, Alyssa Shoviak, Luke Stegall, Rebecca Steinbach, Mackenzie Trame and Taylor Wells.

Honor Roll
Nicolas Anzelmo, Alanna Bensyl, Allison Burnett, Mackenzie Fulk, Avian Gerdes, Caitlyn Holzinger, Kennedy Hudson, Kailyn Ingram, KayLeigh Kamphaus, Olivia Klotz, Jacey Lewis, Braden McElroy, Ava Meyer, Ava Miller, Keaton Nolan, Jonathan Poulter, Griffin Roesch, Grace Schmitz, Anna Snyder, Regan Uden, Ethan Vanliew and Elijah Weinmann.


High Honor Roll
Isabelle Brooks, Crayton Burnett, David Bytnar, Taylor Campbell, Kylie Duckett, Jacob Dwyer, Hanna Eastin, Nadirah Edwards, Emily Fisher, Dakota Franzen, Atleigh Hamilton, Emmy Houston, Lukas Hutcherson, Logan Ingram, Izabellah Innes, Cailer Kellenberger, Shelby Kofoot, Ethan Lane, Aiden Livesay, Tyson Madsen, Sophia Martlage, Flannery McCorkle, Garren Meeker, Abigail Moberg, Samantha Naylor, Alec Painer, Erin Patton, Aidan Roberts, Indira Robinson, Mazie Ronk, Evan Schmitz, Max Shonkwiler, Tessa Smith, Payton Vallee, Nora Walden, Brayden Wendt and Logan Wolfersberger.

Honor Roll
Hunter Brooks, Rylee Clements, Raegan Crippen, Makayla Duckwitz, Britney Evans, Alex Frerichs, Emily Froman, Isabella Getty, Spencer Lahners, Madigan Loman, Alyssa Maddock, Brandon Mattsey, Jackson Rydell and Mitchell Whitlock.


High Honor Roll
Lindsey Aden, Jenna Albrecht, Mallory Ames, Kendall Ayers, Taylor Barnes, Katelyn Berry, Emily Bigger, Kaylee Blackburn, Ginny Bytnar, Payton Cain, Trevon Carr, Payton Clements, Brendan Cooperider, Kristen Costa, Kathryn Cramer, Andrea Cunningham, Faith Dahman, Bailey Dowling, Hannah Dukeman, Jaiden Freeman, Payton Grimsley, Lucas Grindley, Erica Guelfi, Emily Hardimon, Cody Johnston, Danielle Kelso, Nathan Maier, Ava Mills, Carson Mills, Allison Monk, Nolan Peacock, Eric Poe, Hannah Rajlich, Jenna Schaefer, Rylee Stahl, Kenly Taylor, Stephanie Trame, Anna Tranel, Isabelle Vliet, Brayden Weaver, Sam Wesley, Zoey Witruk andJackson Wooten.

Honor Roll
Joseph Acton, Michara Allen, Kolton Batty, Ross Booker, Austin Carnes, Drew Coursey, Blake Dable, Asjah Fonner, Clay Frederick, Tristan Fuqua, Robert Gebbink, Brayden Grimsey, Ethan Hinrichs, Conner Hodge, Chance Izard, Lacey Kaiser, Aubrey Kern, Eliza Lewis, Keegan McCarty, Mason McLain, Alivia Norem, Taddy Pettit, Dyllan Price, Lexi Ribbe, Joshua Sexton, Joshua Vice, Karsyn Wetzel andJoel Wilson.

Governor Pritzker pushes state income tax filing date to July 15

Ben Szalinski, Illinois Policy

Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced at his daily press conference on March 25 that July 15 will be the new deadline for Illinoisans to file state income taxes. The change comes five days after the same move was made by the federal government, which also pushed the deadline to July 15.

Pritzker said refunds are still being processed and distributed for those who have already filed taxes. Additionally, the state is allowing restaurants and bars extra time to pay their sales taxes. Other things such as evictions and utility shutoffs for late payments have also been suspended by executive order.

Pritzker said delaying the filing deadline will help soften the immediate economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The governor instituted a stay-at-home order that started March 21 that will last at least through April 7. All non-essential employees are to stay home and non-essential travel should be limited. On March 16, all restaurants and bars were closed to dine-in customers, but allowed to remain open for drive-through and take-out service.

The closure of businesses is leading to severe economic losses and a rise in unemployment. Between March 16 and 18, unemployment claims in Illinois rose by 64,000. After new social distancing measures were introduced, the number was expected to rise higher. Nationally, some experts believe unemployment may hit an unprecedented 30% in the second quarter.

While the numbers paint a grim economic future, it is important to note many of those seeking unemployment will be able to return to their jobs when social distancing orders are lifted. The current unemployment count does include furloughed workers.

In addition to putting off the day Illinoisans must pay taxes, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is suspending collection of traffic fees until April 30 to ease the economic burden on residents. Drivers will not immediately have to pay for late parking tickets, towing fees or red-light camera tickets. The city will also suspend its “booting” system.

Illinois currently has 1,865 cases of coronavirus with 19 deaths. The number of cases rose by 330 on March 25, the same day Pritzker announced the delayed tax deadline. Thirty-five counties have reported cases across all ages.

The economic impact of the virus is expected to be staggering in Illinois. The Illinois Policy Institute put together a report detailing what the state must do now to prepare for the fallout from the halt in economic activity, including a commercial property tax holiday and pension reform to preserve needed revenues.

Originally published by Illinois Policy on March 25, 2020. Published by permission.

IHSA maintains commitment to a spring sports season

The Illinois High School Association reiterated the association's commitment to providing a spring sports season earlier today. Today, coaches, athletic directors and school administrators received a brief update from Executive Director Craig Anderson.

Anderson said that the IHSA is monitoring updates from government officials on COVID-19.

Once schools receive the okay to resume in-person instruction, administrators for each spring sport will assess feasibility and look at scheduling options. The IHSA could potentially offer their championship series during the summer months depending on the availability of available facilities.

IHSA Member School Administrators & Spring Sport Coaches,

I know this time continues to be a challenge for all of us. I hope this note finds you well.

As the IHSA staff and Board of Directors continue to monitor updates from government offices, as well as state and local health departments, we continue to support the possibility of our member schools completing both regular- and post-season spring sport seasons. The date schools are allowed to return to session will determine the length of the spring sports season and the potential of an IHSA State Series.

We will be working with our Sports Medicine Advisory Committee (SMAC) to determine the need for an acclimatization period in advance of competition once school resumes. No timeline has been set at this time.

We are considering an extension of the spring sports season limitation to provide more participation opportunities for students. This may include movement of the post-season timelines and State Series.

We will continue to provide updates as new information is available. We appreciate your patience and understanding.

If you need to contact our office, please do so via email as we are adhering to the "stay at home" directive.

Craig Anderson
IHSA Executive Director

Yesterday's class, today's reality

About six and half years ago, back in October of 2013, I wrote a commentary addressing the lashing that St. Joseph-Ogden High School was taking from news outlets that week after a story broke that teachers were holding "death panels". Most of the attention was quite negative and tabloid speculation.

Who could have remotely imagine that the critical hypothetical event discussed in a sociology class would one day be a very real issue for governments around the globe and the doctors feverishly battling a pandemic.

Sociology Class At SJO Exposes Biases Beyond The Classroom

I remember an assignment in high school, probably as many adults my age, based on the crash of Uruguayan Flight 571 back in 1972. The story of the survivors was later recounted in the book Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors and brought to cinematic life in 1976, my freshman year of high school.

As part of our assignment, we had to choose, as did the survivors of the crash, to become cannibals to survive or perish from malnutrition and exposure in a similar crash. As the source for food became scarce we had to decide who among the survivors would be sacrificed with dignity and heartbreaking regret to provide protein for the next several days worth of meals.

"The local hospital has enough machines to support six people. That means four people are not going to live. You must decide from the information below which six will survive."
After the initial joking and comical outbursts typical of high school juniors and seniors, the conversation turned serious. Our teacher guided the class through a conversation where each student eventually examined their moral beliefs, will to survive and sacrifice, and the emotional toll it could and likely would take years after rescue.

In 1978, it was our Kobayashi Maru and from other accounts, high school students around the country are given similar no-win or not-everyone wins situations. How many of you completed a similar assignment?

According to several comments posted to a local television station’s Facebook wall, previous classes at St. Joseph-Ogden High School (SJO), have pondered similar dilemmas over decades. Recently, the classroom lesson has gain overnight national attention. However, contrary to reports on other websites, the students are not making actual life or death decisions.

Hats off to The Leader, the community’s weekly newspaper, who simply headlined their story: "School Assignment Cause Controversy". Other news agencies were not so benign.

Nudged into the spotlight by after the parent of one student reportedly posted her objections to the classroom lesson on social network page, Fox News and even former presidential candidate Sarah Palin chimed in on what has been dubbed the "Death Panel", a term originating back in 2009 while the Affordable Care Act was in its infancy. Nearly every media outlet reporting on the assignment for the Sociology class could not resist assigning a sensational, gutter press headline to their stories or blog posts.

"Teacher Makes Students Decide Who Lives, Who Dies"

"Ghastly: Students Decide Who Lives, Who Dies In Death Panel Discussion"

"Illinois High School Students Given Death Panel Assignment"

"Death Panel Assignment In IL High School"

First of all, calling it a "Death Panel" by the reporting outlets is illogical. But, those outlets reporting on the issue were more interested in sensationalizing than reporting.

Those who penning the headlines obviously did not graduate from SJO, a school with a Prairie State Achievement Exam score of 66.7, second highest within a 20-mile radius of Champaign-Urbana, or Mahomet-Seymour topping the list at 71.1%. The word panel, by definition, is a group of people.

The assignment was for each individual student, not a party of two or more students working together, to complete the survey handed out by the teacher.

The assignment read:

"The following ten people have a problem. They are all in desperate need of kidney dialysis. Unless they receive this procedure they will die. The local hospital has enough machines to support six people. That means four people are not going to live. You must decide from the information below which six will survive. Next to each person’s short biography there is a line where you place a score. Put the people in order using 1-10, 1 being the person you want to save first and 10 being the person you would save last. You are only to use the information provided."

In the bio section, students learn about the ten individual in need of medical attention, six men and four women, ages 9 to 65 and their background, which included ethnicity and profession (even someone in the oldest of them all). Four of the individuals were married with children and one was a single-mom with a 3-year-old. After students completed their ranking, the teacher, whose has not been identified, and the class normally discussed the choices that were made.

And no, the results are not tabulated and shipped off to Washington D.C., Mr. Obama at the White House or any government agency using abbreviations such as NSA, CIA or DIA to be used to form public policy, the next great purge or as data for some ultra-secret, right/left wing extremist group.

Brian Brooks, principal at the high school, explained the assignment for the class for juniors and seniors, to Lennie Jarratt, author of the post on

"The purpose of the assignment is to educate students about social values and how people in our society unfortunately create biases based off of professions, race, gender, etc. The teacher’s goal is to educate students in the fact that these social value biases exist ..."

Among sporadic criticism, there has been overwhelming support in the more than 360 comments about the assignment in the comment section on the Facebook post by WCIA Channel 3 earlier yesterday.

Tracy Wright wrote: "I see the irony of this situation being that it is being referred to as the "death penalty" assignment. Nowhere in the assignment is anyone assigning death, as the circumstances of the assignment assume death was inevitable without the use of medical treatment... the assignment is to determine whom gets medical treatment to save the individual- not the same ... what a great assignment and I applaud the teacher's effort at making today's students think."

Later, Sherri Morgan added: "Great assignment in critical thinking. Real life scenarios. He is not passing along his opinions. He is opening up their minds."

"I believe if the teacher was trying to convey to his students the potentially serious consequences social bias can have on individuals, this could be an excellant excercise [sic] to guide young minds to ponder this issue," wrote William Marshall.

Ignoring posts about Palin’s comments, Obamacare and those likening the list to the future of the Affordable Care Act, most detractors took issue with the age group required to complete the assignment. Most, either for lack of knowledge or desire to add a little sensationalism of their own, incorrectly assumed the students are younger than 15 years of age. The class is an elective for juniors and seniors, making the actual ages of the students between 15 or older.

Heather Lian stated: "This assignment was for 14 year olds...and to teach a 14 year old that it is okay to put a number value on someone's life based on race, age, and occupation is wrong, no matter what political party you're affiliated with."

"Disgusting!!!!" Jamie Denham posted in opposition to the assignment. "We dont [sic] want our young people to think in those terms!!! If you condone this then they will think that mindset is the norm!!!"

"Is it okay to put a number value on someone’s life at the age of 14 -- or at any age?"

Like it or not, our lives are simply a numbered value. There are a select group of mathematicians called actuaries who earn a comfortable living assigning every human life a numerical value that in the case of health care has determined who lives and who dies. They decide how credit worthy a citizen is, interest rate for loan note or mortgage and premiums for automobile insurance.

As Ms. Lian is apparently unaware of, there is an entire, vibrant industry that puts a number value based on not only age, race and occupation, but also the street someone lives on, the number of miles they drive a year and how many times they make a late credit card payment.

The greater lesson for the students of the sociology class comes not from the assignment, but bias held by those who are critical of the classroom task. With their own prejudices rampant and unchecked, their incoherent posts on message boards around the web, broadcast the fear of their generation as well as represents the unbridled insecurity representative of their social class.

They fear, armed with knowledge and fewer prejudices as baggage, students who are taught to think and reason will some day live long and prosper on their voyages through life. They fear you will go where no one has gone before. But most of all, deep down inside, they fear that possibly in the future, you will choose a 23-year-old single mom who earns a living from prostitution over them for the last spot on a dialysis list.

Clark Brooks, Publisher

Yesterday, President Donald Trump, no doubt taking heat from business leaders and investors who are watching profits tumble in to an abyss and losing loyal followers in the face of his seemingly lack of leadership while clawing desperately for public approval,indicated that he wants end the self-isolation protocol he was pushing a little more than a week ago as soon as possible.

A CNN article said, "While the guidelines on self-isolating may still be extended, Trump said Monday he was eager to lift them so businesses could begin operating again and employees can return to work. The mitigation measures would not last into the summer, he said.

"I'm not looking at months, I'll tell you right now," Trump said, according to the CNN article. "We're going to open up our country.""

Meanwhile in Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has made it clear, despite having more than 700 confirmed cases of the Coronavirus in his state, is resisting issuing a shelter-in-place order as Illinois, California and other states have done to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus and control the infection rate so hospitals will be able treat severe cases of the infection.

Experts in epidemiology, infectious diseases, microbiologist, virologists and behavior biologists for weeks have recommended that Europe and USA observe self-isolation to avoid the spread of this particularly nasty strain that attacks the upper respiratory system. Italy, who ignored the advice until it was too late, now has more than 69,000 confirmed cases and has lost 6,820 of its citizens to the disease. Their number of deaths is nearly twice that of China where the virus originated.

Yet, in 180ยบ turn from more than a week ago, President Trump now wants America to get back to work. Regardless of the number of lives the coronavirus could leave in its wake, a number estimated close to one million American lives by most predictive models, he want to kickstart the economy which has taken a severe hit with unemployment rising and thousands of people in the service industry scrambling to make ends meet. The human cost is real as demonstrated in China, Italy, Spain and potentially the UK, who is looking equally devastating losses.

Like it or not, as I wrote then and clearly evident in the news today, our lives are simply a number value, insignificant to the wealthy and easily subtracted. Easily sacrificed.

Looks like class isn't out just yet.

A letter from Mayor Tami Fruhling-Voges

To the Residents of the Village of St. Joseph,

I wanted to give a brief update as to what the next two weeks may look like in the village.

We will continue to have the village office closed to the public this week and probably the following week. Staff will be in the office answering phones and handling all daily operations. Sewer payments can be made by phone, mail or dropped off at the village’s night deposit located next to the front door.

The public works department will also continue to operate as usual to keep the village running as smoothly as possible under these circumstances. Please avoid approaching the village workers and practice safe distancing.

If you have concerns, questions or emergency needs please contact the office during office hours. The office staff will notify the public works department or have someone contact you by phone.

The village parks will be closed. Enjoy the open space but avoid the playground and the restrooms will remain closed.

Please visit the village website for more information and changing schedules. We will do our best to keep you informed.

I want to thank our wonderful community for being the St. Joseph that I have always loved. Once again, I’m proud to say that this is my hometown and so very thankful to be able to serve my community as your Mayor.

As we make our way through these frightening and trying times continue to be patient with those around you. Continue to work together to help our community members and businesses. Help our local businesses during the shutdown and thereafter. Curbside services are being offered by the restaurants, grocery store and apothecary.

Please check on your neighbors especially our senior citizens and those with disabilities medical or otherwise.

Contact the village office if any of these citizens need help picking up groceries or prescriptions.

Just a few suggestions as we continue to practice safe distancing and staying home; go online and complete your census, read a good book, play board games with your children, take a walk or bike ride (the bike trail is open for business), contact the food bank or schools to help with their curbside services and most of all smile and wave at those you meet each day.

We will all need that bit of encouragement as we work our way through the next few days or weeks to come.

Thank you and God Bless.

Tami Fruhling-Voges, St. Joseph Village Mayor

Illinois to Shelter-In-Place

Rumors have been circulating since yesterday evening that Illinois will "shelter in place" between now and Monday to avoid spreading the virulent COVID-19 virus throughout the state.

Even while President Donald Trump resist putting the nation on lockdown as Spain, Italy and France have done, multiple sources are reporting that Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker plans to issue the "shelter-in-place" order for the entire state at 3pm press conference later today.

With the lack of testing, treatment facilities and a reliable cure or vaccine on the horizon, the order is being issue to mandate Illinois residents to stay in their homes to help suppress the spread of the coronavirus across Illinois and prevent medical facilities from being overloaded.

The length of the state's soft lockdown is unclear at this time, but two weeks with the possibility of consecutive resets until the infection rate subsides substantially seems to be the likely starting point.

Medical experts point out that the US infection rate is roughly following the same pattern as in Italy ten days ago. France and Spain are two to five days ahead of the North America. In two weeks, doctors and researchers will know if Illinois social distancing measures will save countless lives.

Italy has reported 41,038 cases with 3,405 deaths. Just over 4,000 who were tested have recovered at this point.

The confirmed cases in Illinois have risen rapidly over the past week because more tests are being processed. As of yesterday, there have been 3,151 test performed. Two people have recovered after testing positive. Meanwhile, 422 residents have been confirmed with the infection. So far, four Illinoisans have died from contracting the virus and the governor wants to act quickly to prevent additional loss of life.

Under the order, residents will still be able to shop for food at stores and food markets, get gas for vehicles, pick up medication at their pharmacy and even take walks. The effort is to curtail gatherings to prevent transmission from person to person. Schools will remain closed under this order.

A local "shelter-in-place" order was issued to residents of Oak Park also at 12:01 a.m. Friday, according the Chicago Tribune. Residents are required to stay at home except "for essential travel as outlined by village ordinance".

President Trump unveils new COVID-13 guidelines

Yesterday, President Donald Trump unveiled his Coronavirus Guidelines For America for the next 15 days during his White House Coronavirus Task Force briefing.

The two-page document included the routine hygienic recommendation of washing hands, sneezing into your elbow and avoiding touching one's face.

The guidelines include instructions such as avoid social gatherings of 10 or more people, avoid eating at restaurants and food courts as well as drinking in bar establishments, not to visit nursing facilities unless to provide critical assistance and to avoid discretionary travel.

The President's instructions also recommended utilizing delivery, pick-up and drive-thru options for fast food or dining. Many states like Illinois have already mandated that restaurants no longer serve dine-in clientele.

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The President said his administration was doing "a very good job under the confines of what we are dealing with". He praised the way people working on suppressing the virus outbreak have come together to work hand-in-hand.

"It seems to me, if we do a really go job, we'll not only hold death down to a level much lower than the other way had we not done a good job," he said during the briefing while taking questions from reporters.

According to the COVID-19 Surveillance Dashboard yesterday, there are 106 confirmed cases of the COVID-19 in Illinos. The are distributed throughout the state as follows: Cook 76; Lake 6; DuPage 5; Sangamon 4; Kane 3; McHenry 2; St. Clair 2; Winnebago 1; Peoria 1; Whiteside 1; Cumberland 1; Champaign 1; Clinton 1; Will 1; and Woodford with 1 case.

The second part of the document focus on America taking 15 days to the spread of the virus.

This page tells Americans to stay home if they feel sick and do not go to work. It also asks that if someone in your home test positive for the virus, that the entire household must stay home. No work, school or play and afflicted persons should contact a medical professional.

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When asked how long Americans will have to endure the disruption in everyday life, President Trump responded that it was his favorite question and that he asked his team of experts that all the time.

"It seems to me, if we do a really go job, we'll not only hold death down to a level much lower than the other way had we not done a good job," he said. "People are talk about July, August (or) something like that. So it could be in that period of time."

He praised those who are taking common sense measures to avoid spreading the disease to the elderly and vulnerable population in the country.

"People are self-containing to a large extent," said. "We look forward to the day when we can get back to normal."

Village of St. Joseph office closed to the public until further notice

While there has been only one confirmed case of the Coronavirus in Champaign County, following the lead of government offices around the state, village officials have closed their physical office in St. Joseph to the public.

There was no indication on the village website when they might reopen at this time.

Residents can, however, still interact with the village and leaders by phone or email during normal business hours. Staff members will be available to answer phones, respond to email and process all payments as usual.

Sewer payments are asked to be made by using the night box on the left hand side of the building. While checks and money orders are the preferred methods as they leave a paper trail to verify receipt, cash payments will be accepted by the village and a receipt will be mailed as soon as possible.

For more information contact the village office by phone at (217) 469-7371. Questions or concerns can be emailed to office manager Julie Hendrickson at or Debbie Routh at

Secretary of State offices are now closed until March 31

All Illinois Secretary of State Driver Services Facilities statewide are now closed as per recommendation by public health experts. Offices will not be open tomorrow and are expected to reopen on April 1.

Because of the closure, expiration dates for driver’s licenses, identification (ID) cards, vehicle registrations and other transactions as well as document filings will be extended by 30 days through an emergency rule.

In an attempt to utilize social distancing, Secretary of State Jesse White said in the release that his " will continue to monitor the COVID-19 crisis. Expert advice, news and events involving the virus will influence the reopening date of offices and the Driver Services facilities."

There are three confirmed cases of the COVID-19 virus in the Springfield area according to Sangamon County health officials. One patient is a 71-year-old woman who is in a intensive care unit, another is a Springfield Park Board member in self-isolation at home. On Sunday, another patient was revealed to be hospitalized in Springfield.

"After careful consideration, it is clear that this decision to close offices and Driver Services facilities is the right one to make for the health and safety of Illinoisans," said White on Monday. "This important action will help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus."

Across Illinois, the Illinois Department of Public Health has confirmed 105 individuals out of 1,143 cases tested positive for the Coronavirus. According to the University of Virginia Survellience Dashboard, two patients have recovered from the infection. Illinois has recorded no deaths at this time, while Indiana just reported its first COVID-19 death.

White is reminding residents that many transactions with the Secretary of State’s office may be conducted online at

During the closure Illinois residents are encouraged to go online where they can obtaining a duplicate driver’s license or ID card; renewing a vehicle registration;renewing a standard driver’s license with the Safe Driver Renewal program; and file Business Services documents.

Opening day on hold, here's what 3 Spartans had to say

April 24, 2019 - St. Joseph, IL - Jaden Miller watches a flyball sail overhead during SJO's road game at St. Thomas More in 2019. This year's prep sports season, including SJO baseball, is in danger of being completely canceled due to the Coronavirus spreading throughout the United States. As one of the top baseball programs in the state, Miller and the Spartans were looking forward to making another run deep into the IHSA postseason championships. (Photo: PhotoNews/Clark Brooks)
In a little over an hour from now in past years, the St. Joseph-Ogden baseball team would be out on the field going through their warm-up routine preparing to take on their first team of the season. SJO players and coaches have the program looking up for another historic season including that coveted trip to state.

The rising threat of the pandemic Coronavirus, at least for the moment, has put SJO's season opener and thousands of other high school spring sports team's around the country on hold. The matchup at home against Heritage was canceled.

The Sentinel contacted three SJO seniors via Twitter to get their reaction on not being able to play today. Asking that they express what was going through their minds in three sentences or less, their honest, heartfelt responses are no doubt echoed by thousands of high school athletes around the country right now.

"It’s difficult for me to wrap my mind around the current situation as a whole, with everything changing rapidly and the whole aspect of not knowing. Having my senior season potentially stripped from me is hard to accept, and I’m not entirely sure how I’ll end up accepting it. I’m trying to remain optimistic and keep the big picture in mind."

~ Drew Coursey, Senior

"I am very emotional and saddened by this outbreak. This SJO team was the one to go all the way, but I am still hopeful for a chance to take the field one last time. "

~ Sam Wesley, Senior

"Well it’s hard to put into words what I’m feeling. It’s sort of like an emptiness because I had high hopes for the team. We were looking really really good this year and I’m just hoping it’s not wasted. We will be ready to go if and when we get the chance too."

~ Joey Acton, Senior

Five games you won't want miss on the 2020 SJO Softball Schedule

Hopefully, in 21 days time, the St. Joseph-Ogden girls softball team will back on the field.

When the spring sports season finally returns, seniors Zoey Witruk, Hannah Dukeman, Lindsey Aden and IHSA record-holding slugger Bailey Dowling will be a all-star foundation in head coach Larry Sparks' third campaign at the Spartan helm.

Hannah Dukeman takes a swing at a Rantoul pitch during the Spartans home game in 2019. With the threat of Coronavirus infecting much of the US population, high school sports around the nation has been put on hold. (PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)
SJO finished the 2019 season with at 22-10 record logging three regular season shutouts in 2019 including a 4-0 win over Illinois Valley Central, besting Maroa-Forsyth 9-0 and booking a 17-0 victory over another conference rival, St. Thomas More.

As the #2 seed in last year's postseason run, the Spartans gobbled up bases in the quest for a trip to the 2019 state tournament blanking of Illini Prairie Conference foe Monticello 11-0. SJO beat the Sages earlier in regular season play, 13-1.

The Spartans then put the kabash on Maroa-Forsyth's season by way of 5-1 victory win for the regional title. Then came a heartbreaking loss and unexpected halt to their own season after a 4-2 sectional semifinal loss to Olympia.

This season's schedule is brutal, but should have the St. Joseph-Ogden softball team ready for a deep postseason run yet again if the IHSA reinstates the season.

The likelihood unfortunately looking more and more like a long shot after the CDC released a recommendation yesterday limiting mass gatherings for an eight week period. If the state's public health department follows that guideline, that could very well push the season's official start to May 15. With a mandatory 10-day practice period before the first game can be played, that puts the first possible pitch around the 25th of May, just 11 days before the first scheduled state semifinal game at Eastside Centre in East Peoria.

That said, if Illinois spring sports gets the go-ahead as currently planned, there are five regular season contests you don't want to miss. Each should test both players and coach staff.

It will be worth the road trip to Villa Grove, if it can be snuck in on April 7, and to Unity to watch SJO overcome the Rockets on their new turfed softball field.

You won't want to miss the April 16 home game against Bloomington Central Catholic and it would be sinful to skip out on watching what could be an intense rivalry showdown against Olympia at home on May 4.

2020 St. Joseph-Ogden Softball Schedule

Date Opponent Home
16 March Mahomet-Seymour High School H 4:30
17 March Normal West High School A 4:30
21 March TBA @ Casey Westfield (round robin) A TBA
23 March GCMS High School H 4:30
24 March Westville High School H 4:30
25 March St. Thomas More High School H 4:30
28 March Illinois Valley Central High School H 12:00
1 April Bismarck-Henning-Rossville-Alvin High School A 4:30
4 April Rantoul Invite (DH) A TBA
6 April Maroa-Forsyth High School A 4:30
7 April Villa Grove High School @ Richman Park A 4:30
8 April Heyworth High School H 4:30
11 April Tri-Valley High School H 10:00
13 April Rantoul High School A 4:30
15 April Bishop McNamara High School H 4:30
16 April Bloomington Central Catholic High School H 4:30
17 April Mattoon High School (DH) A 4:30
18 April Herscher High School H 10:00 AM
20 April Unity High School A 4:30
21 April Mattoon High School A 4:30
22 April Mt. Zion High School A 5:00
23 April Pontiac High School H 4:30
25 April Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond High School (DH) H 10:00 AM
27 April Prairie Central High School A 4:30
4 May Olympia High School H 4:30
6 May Fisher High School H 4:30
7 May Monticello High School A 4:30
9 May SJO Softball Triangular (DH) H 10:00 AM/2:00 PM
11 May Tuscola High School A 4:30
12 May Danville High School H 4:30
14 May Clinton High School A 4:30
15-16 May Galesburg Tourney (Alexis Fieldhouse: 3 games) A TBA
18 May Charleston High School A 4:30
19-22 May IHSA Regionals A TBA
23 May IHSA Regional Championship A TBA

2020 JV Softball Schedule

Date Opponent Home
16 March Mahomet-Seymour High School @ St. Joseph Community Park H 4:30
17 March Normal West High School A 4:30
23 March GCMS High School H 6:00
24 March Westville High School H 6:00
26 March Urbana High School H 4:30
28 March Illinois Valley Central High School H 2:00
1 April Champaign Centennial High School H 4:30
6 April Maroa-Forsyth High School A 6:00
11 April Tri-Valley High School H 12:00
13 April Rantoul High School A 4:30
15 April Bishop McNamara High School A 5:00
16 April Bloomington Central Catholic High School H 6:00
18 April Herscher High School (DH) H 12:00
20 April Unity High School A 6:00
21 April Mattoon High School H 4:30
22 April Mt. Zion High School A 5:00
23 April Pontiac High School H 6:00
24 April Champaign Central High School A 4:30
27 April Prairie Central High School A 6:00
4 May Olympia High School H 6:00
5 May Champaign Central High School @ St. Joseph Community Park H 4:30
6 May Fisher High School H 6:00
7 May Monticello High School A 6:00
8 May TBA @ St. Joseph Community Park H 4:30
11 May Tuscola High School A 6:00
14 May Clinton High School A 6:00
18 May Charleston High School A 6:00

Happy trails await in Vermilion County Parks

Yesterday, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources announced the closure of state parks until further notice citing the Coronavirus pandemic as the underlying cause for the decision.

Today, the Vermilion County Conservation District announced that its Kennekuk, Forest Glen, Lake Vermilion, and Heron County Park properties are still open to the public. The parks will remain open until 8pm daily but with reduced services.

Camping, especially at Forest Glen is not permitted until further notice. The Conservation District will not accept shelter or building reservations at this time. Also, all facilities will be closed to the public. Closed facilities include Visitor Centers, Education Centers, Maintenance Buildings, Ranger Station, and inside and outside Restroom Facilities at all four parks.

Illinois state parks closed indefinitely due to Coronavirus

So much for going out for a walk in the woods during the next three to eight weeks to relieve cabin fever induced by a possible eight more weeks of self-isolation or self-quarantine.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources posted an announcement on their Facebook page that all park properties are closed to the public due over the concerns of the Coronavirus. No projected or suggested reopening date was included in the post.

That means no leisurely pursuits such as nature walks, photographing wildlife and spring flowers or enjoying the God-given beauty that the Illinois landscape has to offer.

"All scheduled events on state property are effectively cancelled; patrons are encouraged to call IDNR’s Parks administrative line Monday through Friday at 217-782-6752 with questions," says the post.

The 526 comments were critical of the move, especially when medical professionals say getting outdoors and exercise is important to maintaining a healthy immune system. Many question the logic by the IDNR.

Anthony Majszak wrote: "Close the buildings and events, fine, but why not allow people to walk in the outdoors?"

Another poster was equally flabbergasted.

"So you tell me, in plain English, what this accomplishes? I understand closing down shared facilities, Starved Rock as an example - You would close down the lodge, the hotel, the restaurant and other public access shared facilities. But you don't close down the open air," wrote Rick Munday. "This sends the complete wrong message to the general public!"

One poster offered what seems to be reasonable justification for the closures across the state. "my best guess, these places are already short of staff, present staff is canceled, and people in the general public can’t be trusted...," wrote Laura Jean Cannata.

Bars and restaurants to cease dine-in services, Champaign County has first Covid-19 patient

In the continuing battle to slow the spread of Covid-19, Governor J.B. Pritzker ordered that all bars and restaurants in the state closed to the public starting Monday through March 30. Delivery and drive-up services will not be affected in order for business to continue operations as best as they can.

The announcement from the governor came at the same time that the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District announced Champaign County's first confirmed case.

According to CUPHD Public Health Administrator Julie A. Pryde, the patient, a 50 year-old woman, received confirmation of positive test results last night.

It was revealed during the press conference streamed live on Facebook and other news outlets the Champaign County resident had come in contact with someone who was recently in Italy. She sought treatment at Carle Clinic earlier in the week after displaying the virus' signature symptoms.

The patient was not admitted to the hospital and went into self-isolation. It was made clear she was not a member of the University of Illinois community, neither student or staff.

After receiving the positive diagnosis, health officials will now trace the woman's movements and contact any individual that she may have been in contact with per the Center of Disease Control guidelines. Investigators will go back 14 days from when the symptoms appeared and look for people she would have been within six feet of for a ten minute period to notify them of possible exposure.

According the Illinois Department of Public Health website today, the infected count has risen to 93 confirmed cases in Illinois out of 1,025 tested so far. Nine hundred and thirty-two suspected cases have tested negative. Illinois has yet to record any deaths related to the viral infection.

Area medical facilities are ramping up for testing members of the community.

"We are seeing every patient that calls," said Doctor Sami Zabaneh, a specialist in Internal Medicine at Christie Clinic. "We ask patients call before we see them."

Medical professionals will screen callers for high-risk symptoms like shortness of breath, fever, coughing. They will also pay particular attention to those who are considered elderly in the 60 and over age group.

"We'll meet them in the parking lot and in the process of putting a tent there, probably coming soon," he explained. "We have special healthcare providers with protective equipment to do the testing in the parking lot outside the facility."

With the typical Influenza A and B strains still running their seasonal course and given the limited number of available kits at this time, the pre-screening process is important.

"Not every cough is the Covid-19 virus. But, we are vigilant," Zabaneh said. "We are emphasizing social isolation, it is very important because one patient can spread the disease to hundreds of people."

2020 St. Joseph-Ogden baseball season in question

Zach Martini reaches back to unload a pitch in the Spartans' home game against Centennial. SJO narrowly lost the non-conference game against the Big 12 foe on March 27 last year, 2-1. It remains to be seen if Martini and the Spartans will take the field this season due to the growing threat of the Coronavirus and governmental shutdown schools and group events across the country. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)

With an impressive line-up of 11 talented seniors, the St. Joseph-Ogden baseball team is stacked to win its eighth consecutive regional title this season and is a very strong challenger for one of four slots in the Class 2A state finals in June.

In the past four seasons under head coach Josh Haley, the Spartans have amassed an impressive 110 wins against 36 losses. SJO finished the 2019 season with a record of 27-9.

Unfortunately the St. Joseph-Ogden team and other baseball teams around the nation, the call to "play ball" may not be heard at least at the high school level this Spring due to the spread of the Coronavirus.

On Friday governor J.B. Pritzker closed all Illinois public and private schools for nearly a two-week period to prevent the spread of the COVID-19, the official name for the flu-like virus. As of today the number of confirmed cases in the state rose from 42 yesterday to 64 out of the mere 708 residents who have been tested so far. Another 200 cases are currently under investigation by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

The earliest SJO will be able to practice or play at this point will be on April 6 and that is no guarantee. The pandemic strain threatening US citizens could extend the current postponement or cancel the season altogether if the IHSA follows suit and annonce the spring sport season over before it even started as the NCAA did last week.

In a statement on Thursday evening after canceling the winter season hours before the tipoff of the first boys semifinal basketball game for Class 1A on Friday, Executive Director Craig Anderson said no decision had been made on taking similar action.

"It is too early to make any decisions regarding IHSA spring state final tournaments," said Anderson. "We respect the NCAA’s decision to cancel its spring championships, but also recognize that the exposure and travel by our high school teams is not as expansive as collegiate teams. At this juncture, we recommend that all IHSA spring sport teams consult their local health departments, and follow their recommendations on if and how to proceed with practices and regular-season contests."

With no organized practice allowed by school districts until then, the likely first contest for SJO will be sometime around April 11. Optimistically, teams across Illinois can resume practice starting sometime between March 30 and April 6.

The Spartans have five litmus games on the schedule. Three of them may not be rescheduled unfortunately. Their doubleheader on March 19 with the opener against Oswego at 1p and then taking the field against Carbondale hours later would have been two solid early season tests for the SJO pitching corp.

The other game on the schedule to look forward was the away contest at Morton High School against Joliet Catholic on March 27. In their last meeting back in March of 2018, the Hilltoppers, who went on to become Class 3A sectional finalists, defeated the Spartans, 11-3.

If the season is allowed to continue, one of three games not to miss would be the Spartans' road game on the newly remodeled turf diamond at Unity on April 20. The other two can't miss 'em are home games. The first on April 4 against last year's Class 2A state champions Tuetopolis. The second, another non-conference matchup, is against Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley on April 28.

2020 St. Joseph-Ogden Baseball Schedule

Date Opponent Home
16 March Heritage High School H 4:30
17 March Armstrong-Potomac High School-@ Potomac A 4:30
19 March Oswego High School @ Edwardsville A 1:00
19 March Carbondale High School @ Edwardsville A 4:45
24 March Tuscola High School H 4:30
25 March Bismarck-Henning-Rossville-Alvin High School H 4:30
26 March Urbana High School A 4:30
27 March Joliet Catholic @ Morton High School A 7:00
30 March Salt Fork High School H 4:30
1 April Champaign Centennial High School A 4:30
2 April Westville High School A 4:30
4 April Teutopolis High School (DH) H 10:00 AM
6 April Mahomet-Seymour High School A 5:00
7 April St. Thomas More High School H 4:30
8 April Heritage High School @ Broadlands A 4:30
11 April Williamsville/Tremont High School @ Millikin (DH) A 12:00
13 April Rantoul High School A 4:30
16 April Bloomington Central Catholic High School H 4:30
17 April PBL High School A 4:30
20 April Unity High School A 4:30
21 April Oakwood High School A 4:30
23 April Pontiac High School H 4:30
25 April Illinois Valley Central High School (DH) H 11:00 AM
27 April Prairie Central High School A 4:30
28 April GCMS High School H 4:30
30 April Charleston High School A 4:30
1 May Maroa-Forsyth High School A 4:30
4 May Olympia High School H 4:30
5 May Fisher High School A 4:30
7 May Monticello High School A 4:30
9 May SJO Invite (DH) H 9:30
11 May Danville High School H 4:30
14 May Mattoon High School H 4:30
16 May Salt Fork High School @ Jamaica (DH) A 11:00 AM
18 May Tri-Valley High School A 4:30
19-22 May IHSA Regionals A TBA
23 May IHSA Regional Championship A TBA

2020 JV Baseball Schedule

Date Opponent Home
20 March Normal West @ Edwardsville High School A 10:00 AM
23 March Mahomet-Seymour High School H 4:30
25 March Danville High School @ Tilton A 4:30
28 March Mahomet-Seymour High School (DH) A 11:00 AM
31 March Champaign Central High School H 4:30
2 April GCMS High School H 4:30
4 April Teutopolis High School (DH) A 10:00 AM
6 April Charleston High School-Baker Field A 4:30
8 April St. Thomas More High School H 4:30
9 April Heritage High School @ Broadlands A 4:30
10 April Maroa-Forsyth High School A 4:30
11 April PBL HS/Villa Grove HS @ PBL (DH-round robin) A 10:00 AM/12:00 PM
13 April Champaign Central High School H 4:30
15 April Champaign Centennial High School H 4:30
16 April Bloomington Central Catholic High School A 4:30
17 April LeRoy High School H 4:30
18 April Olympia High School (DH) H 10:00 AM
20 April Unity High School H 4:30
21 April Oakwood High School H 4:30
22 April Tri-Valley High School A 4:30
23 April Pontiac High School A 4:30
25 April Normal Community HS/IVC High School
NCHS (DH-round robin)
A 10:00 AM/12:00 PM
27 April Prairie Central High School H 4:30
28 April Rantoul High School A 4:30
29 April Oakwood High School H 4:30
30 April Charleston High School H 4:30
4 May Olympia High School A 4:30
6 May TBA H 4:30
7 May Monticello High School H 4:30
8 May Westville High School A 4:30
14 May Mattoon High School A 4:30
15 May Champaign Centennial High School A 4:30
18 May PBL High School H 4:30