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Congress OKs $1.9T virus relief bill

Alan Fram ASSOCIATED PRESS with applause from Democratic law-
makers. Biden said he’d sign the mea-
WASHINGTON — A Congress riven sure Friday.
along party lines approved a land- Most noticeable to many Americans
mark $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill are provisions providing up to $1,400
Wednesday, as President Joe Biden and direct payments this year to most adults
Democrats claimed a triumph on a bill and extending $300 weekly emergency
that marshals the government’s spend- unemployment benefits into early Sep-
ing might against twin pandemic and tember. But the legislation goes far be-
economic crises that have upended a yond that.
nation. The measure addresses Demo-
The House gave final congressional crats’ campaign promises and Biden’s
approval to the sweeping package by a top initial priority of easing a one-two
near party line 220-211 vote precisely punch that first hit the country a year
seven weeks after Biden entered the ago. Since then, many Americans have
White House and four days after the been relegated to hermit-like lifestyles
Senate passed the bill. Republicans in in their homes to avoid a disease that’s
both chambers opposed the bill unani- killed over 525,000 people — about the
mously, characterizing it as bloated, population of Wichita, Kansas — and
crammed with liberal policies and plunged the economy to its deepest
heedless of signs the crises are easing. depths since the Great Depression. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., leads the vote to approve
“Help is here,” Biden tweeted mo- a landmark $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill Wednesday at the Capitol in
ments after the roll call, which ended See RELIEF, A3 Washington. [J. SCOTT APPLEWHITE/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS]

numbers up
19% in county

Stephenson County has adminis-

tered more than 11,560 doses of the
COVID-19 vaccine as of Monday, ac-
cording to data from the Illinois De-
partment of Public Health.
That's up 18.98% from the previous
week's tally of 9,716 COVID-19 doses
As of Monday, 9.8% of people living
in Stephenson County are fully vacci-
nated. The Centers for Disease Con-
trol and Prevention considers some-
one fully vaccinated two weeks after
they've been given a single-dose shot
(Johnson & Johnson) or a second shot
(either Pfizer or Moderna).
On Friday, Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker
announced a new $10 million public
awareness campaign aimed at en-
couraging residents to get vaccinated.
While the governor expressed
optimism amid the improving vac-
cination picture and declining rate
of transmission in the state, he said
misinformation and hesitancy to
receive the vaccine pose potential
Fehr Graham has moved to its new location in downtown Freeport. [PHOTO PROVIDED] problems as availability continues to
“Even if we had enough doses

Fehr Graham relocates office

today for everyone, we know that
many people would still choose not
to get vaccinated,” Pritzker said in
a news conference. “While it’s ev-
Jane Lethlean Special to The Journal-Standard in a more central downtown location asked and where needed.” eryone’s choice whether to get vac-
USA TODAY NETWORK and this seemed like a great fit,” Holder Holder said the firm occupies the cinated, we need to be certain that
said. “The new space gives us a com- first and second floors of the building. those who are uncertain have all the
FREEPORT — Fehr Graham, a Mid- fortable, modern working environment He said he likes being able to offer the facts because these vaccines save
west engineering and environmental and sets us up for many years to come.” staff a more modern feel to a work en- lives.”
firm founded nearly 48 years ago, has Fehr Gram Principal Ken Thompson, vironment. The move took place near Pritzker said the new multiplat-
relocated to downtown. branch manager of the Freeport office, the end of January with the complete form public awareness campaign will
Previously, the company was located said the move also reflects the history transition to take place by the end of take a “proactive” approach aimed at
in the historic Rawleigh Building before of the company’s evolution. The di- April. fighting misinformation and vaccine
moving to the newly renovated former verse Freeport office is the firm’s larg- Lori Willging, who has been with the hesitancy.
Fifth Third Bank building across from est with nearly 40 employees, many company for 32 years, said she loves As of March 8, Illinois reported
the Stephenson County Courthouse. of whom live in Freeport and its sur- the downtown view from her second- 1,199,441 total cases of coronavirus,
Adam Holder, a principal leader and rounding communities. floor office. Willging, accounts man- an increase of 0.98% from the week
co-owner of the firm, said the decision “It’s been incredibly rewarding to ager, was on the planning committee before.
to move was difficult but allows the watch this team grow from humble for the move. She said she saw the old The five counties with the highest
firm to be closer to City Hall, which is roots,” Thompson said. “We have a bank building before renovations were percentage of their population fully
two blocks away. Fehr Graham does strong pool of talents leading the way.” made for Fehr Graham. vaccinated in Illinois as of Monday
contract work for the city of Freeport Freeport Mayor Jodi Miller said, “This is such a rewardable place to are Peoria, Jersey, Cass, Champaign
with infrastructure, engineering con- “Fehr Graham is the type of company work, and when I look at our new sur- and Adams.
sultation, streets, water and storm we welcome and appreciate. They pay roundings of how things look now, this Here are the latest numbers on CO-
sewer work. The firm also does work their employees a livable wage and give is a building that has come to life, and I VID-19 vaccinations in Stephenson
for the Freeport Park District. back to their community. This invest- love my new view,” she said. County as of Monday:
“While it was very difficult to leave ment is appreciated and the city will
the Rawleigh Building, we wanted to be help assist to expand their presence if See OFFICE, A2 See VACCINE, A2

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community grace will deliver the message Methodist Church, 1440 week there is a theme to
meal "When Self Is King." S. Walnut Ave., Freeport. think about; this week’s
Forecast for Freeport
Adult Bible Class The purpose of the theme is “longing.” A
Cooler with clouds HIGH: Statistics through 5 p.m. Wednesday PEARL CITY — St. meets at 8:45 a.m. The meeting is to celebrate booklet and videos are
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Iowa City Rock Falls ings. Bulletins are avail- ister the Rev. Lauri Allen The reading will be theran Church of Our Re-
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• For a full forecast, visit For worship service on- Vacation Bible School lowship Hall. Those who Michael Nesbit, Wil-
weather line: programs and serves wish to attend in-person lis Schwichtenberg and
where she is needed. worship are asked to wear Mark Winkelman; lector
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Office Church to hold

worship service

Church Women
distancing and wash their
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Liam Schmelzer; pianist
From Page A1 WINNEBAGO — Park United to meet be checked upon entry. Elaine Hayunga; Mark
Hills Winnebago Church, Good Shepherd Lu- Wakeley; and the Re-
Freeport-area engineers Allen Fehr and Joseph 500 W. Winnebago St., FREEPORT — Church theran and Lena United deemer's mini-choir.
Graham founded Fehr Graham in 1973 and opened will hold a worship ser- Women United of Free- Methodist Church are For information:
the firm's first office at 660 W. Stephenson St., five vice at 10 a.m. Sunday. port will meet at 9 a.m. offering Do-It-At-Home
blocks from the new office, with five employees. In
2002, the Freeport office moved into the former ad-
ministrative quarters of the historic Rawleigh build- IN BRIEF
ing complex, at 221 E. Main St. Today, Fehr Graham
has 10 offices in Illinois, Iowa, and Wisconsin and SRC releases vaccine nior Resource Center is Older adults have pay for early access and
employs more than 170 people. scam warning warning individuals not been asked to pay for go through unverified
An open house will be held at a later date. to fall victim to COVID-19 vaccines, pay for posi- platforms in an attempt
Jane Lethlean:; @ FREEPORT — The Se- vaccine scams. tions on a waiting list, to gain payment and per-
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