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 By Peter Hancock    News

Pritzker tours flood preparations as East St. Louis gears up for contact tracing

SPRINGFIELD — Gov. JB Pritzker spent much of the day Wednesday in downstate Illinois, where he observed flood preparations along the Illinois River in Meredosia before heading to East St. Louis. There, officials are preparing to... — Updated 5/28/2020

 By Peter Hancock    News

Pritzker administration working on guidance for reopening next week

SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker said Thursday his administration is developing guidelines for local governments and businesses to follow as the state prepares to enter the next phase of reopening the economy amid the COVID-19... — Updated 5/22/2020

 By Peter Hancock    News

Pritzker: Testing key to reopening economy

SPRINGFIELD – As the COVID-19-related death toll surpassed 4,000 Friday, Gov. JB Pritzker said the state is focusing on expanding the number of tests performed each day — an effort he said is critical to reopening the... — Updated 5/18/2020

 By Peter Hancock    News

Pritzker: Most regions on track to enter Phase 3 in late May

SPRINGFIELD — Gov. JB Pritzker said Monday that three of the state’s four regions are on pace to enter the next phase of reopening the state’s economy by the end of May, but he pushed back against suggestions that the state s... — Updated 5/12/2020

 By Peter Hancock    News

Pritzker announces regional, phased-in plan for reopening economy

SPRINGFIELD — Gov. JB Pritzker unveiled a plan Tuesday for the gradual reopening of the state’s economy on a region-by-region basis, but he suggested it could take several months or even a year before the state fully reopens.... — Updated 5/6/2020

 By Peter Hancock    News

Illinois preparing for massive contact-tracing project

SPRINGFIELD — The state of Illinois is about to hire hundreds of people to embark on a massive contact-tracing project to identify people who might have been exposed to COVID-19. That effort, Gov. JB Pritzker said, will help... — Updated 5/2/2020

 By Peter Hancock    News

Illinois ramps up testing, staffing at long-term care facilities

SPRINGFIELD — The state of Illinois is sending out teams of nurses and ramping up testing for COVID-19 at nursing homes and other long-term care facilities as it continues efforts to control the spread of the virus. Gov. JB Pritz... — Updated 4/30/2020

 By Peter Hancock    News

Pritzker highlights mental health needs as COVID-19 cases continue to rise

SPRINGFIELD — As residents of Illinois head into their sixth week under a stay-at-home order recently extended through May, Gov. JB Pritzker on Saturday highlighted the availability of mental health services for people... — Updated 4/26/2020

 By Peter Hancock    News

Illinois joins regional states to coordinate reopening economies

SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker announced Thursday that he and five other Midwestern governors have agreed to coordinate with one another as they make plans for reopening their economies after the COVID-19 pandemic subsides.... — Updated 4/17/2020

 By Peter Hancock    News

Pritzker points to signs of pandemic 'leveling'

SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker said Sunday there are signs the COVID-19 outbreak is starting to level off, but he urged people to continue practicing social distancing to control the virus’ spread. Speaking during an... — Updated 4/13/2020

 By Peter Hancock    News

Illinois 'scouring the globe' for protective equipment

Gov. JB Pritzker said Monday that state officials are “scouring the globe” for personal protective equipment, or PPE, as it prepares for the COVID-19 outbreak to peak in Illinois over the next two weeks. Pritzker outlined... — Updated 4/7/2020

 By Peter Hancock    News

New fund to support artists during shutdown

SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced Wednesday the formation of a new relief fund to support artists and performers who have been temporarily put out of work by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Arts... — Updated 4/2/2020

 By Peter Hancock    News

First infant death recorded in Illinois

The Illinois Department of Public Health announced Saturday it has confirmed 13 new deaths from the novel coronavirus disease, COVID-19, including an infant in Cook County who had tested positive. IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike... — Updated 3/30/2020

 By Peter Hancock    News

Pritzker issues 'Stay Home' order

SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker Friday issued a “Stay at Home” order throughout Illinois, directing all residents to stay home except to conduct essential business and all nonessential businesses to stop operations. The... — Updated 3/20/2020

 By Peter Hancock    News

Springfield events focus of Capitol News recap

SPRINGFIELD – Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s office announced Dec. 23 that the state will receive $40.2 million in federal grants over the next three years to improve early childhood programs. The competitive grants are... — Updated 12/30/2019


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