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 By Ben Orner    News

Weekly COVID-19 deaths decline for first time during pandemic

For the first time since Illinois had its first reported case of COVID-19 in January, the state saw fewer deaths in a week than in the previous week. Dr. Ngozi Ezike, director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, said... — Updated 5/27/2020

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Pritzker adds outdoor restaurant seating to next reopening phase

SPRINGFIELD ­— As the entire state remains on pace to enter the next phase of reopening in just nine days, Gov. JB Pritzker announced a major addition to the allowed activities under the phase: outdoor dining at restaurants.... — Updated 5/21/2020


Pritzker details contact tracing pilot effort, defends misdemeanor emergency rule

SPRINGFIELD — Gov. JB Pritzker on Monday announced the launch of Illinois’ contact tracing program and defended an emergency rule filed Friday to allow for misdemeanor charges against businesses defying his stay-at-home order.... — Updated 5/19/2020

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Pritzker announces new employment resources for job seekers

SPRINGFIELD — Gov. JB Pritzker on Thursday announced new resources to help the hundreds of thousands of people unemployed in Illinois, unveiling an online portal that will offer job training and connect job seekers with... — Updated 5/15/2020

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Illinois tops single-day COVID-19 test record with 20K

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois continues to increase its COVID-19 testing capacity, setting a one-day record on Friday with more than 20,000 tests completed in state during the previous 24 hours. The Illinois Department of Public Health... — Updated 5/11/2020

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Illinois completes record 19,000 coronavirus tests in past 24 hours

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health on Sunday reported the state’s highest one-day total of COVID-19 tests with 19,417 completed in the past 24 hours. For more than a week, the state has met its long-stated g... — Updated 5/4/2020

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Pritzker blasts lawmaker exempted from stay-at-home order by court

SPRINGFIELD — Gov. JB Pritzker on Tuesday denounced a state representative from southern Illinois, calling the lawsuit that defeated his stay-at-home order in court “a cheap political stunt.” Referring to state Rep. Darren... — Updated 4/29/2020

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Illinois soars past daily testing goal for first time in COVID-19 pandemic

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois surpassed a long-stated benchmark of 10,000 daily completed tests for COVID-19, state officials announced Friday. Gov. JB Pritzker called the testing of more than 16,000 people in the past day “a very imp... — Updated 4/26/2020

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Illinois matches deadliest day with 125 new COVID-19 deaths

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois matched its deadliest day of the COVID-19 pandemic on Saturday as the state Department of Public Health reported 125 deaths in the previous 24 hours, matching Thursday’s record. IDPH also reported 1,585... — Updated 4/19/2020

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Essential employees guaranteed workers' compensation during pandemic

SPRINGFIELD – Certain essential workers in Illinois who believe they contracted COVID-19 on the job will now be automatically covered by workers’ compensation. Gov. JB Pritzker made the announcement Monday as the state reported... — Updated 4/14/2020

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Increased COVID-19 testing announced for communities of color

SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker Friday announced increased testing for COVID-19 in Illinois communities of color, which officials say disproportionately suffer from the disease. Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago will partner... — Updated 4/11/2020

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Illinois coronavirus cases top 10,000

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois on Saturday became the 10th U.S. state to top 10,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 as the state’s public health department announced its largest one-day increase in cases. On Saturday there were 10,357... — Updated 4/5/2020

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New money announced for COVID-19 fight

SPRINGFIELD – New federal and charitable funding will soon be available to Illinoisans affected by the COVID-19 pandemic as the state on Thursday saw its largest one-day spike of new cases and deaths during the pandemic.... — Updated 3/27/2020

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State coronavirus cases now number 19

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois health officials Tuesday announced the first cases of coronavirus illness in people outside Cook County. The victims, a McHenry County resident in his late teens and a Kane County woman in her 60s, are... — Updated 3/11/2020


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