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 By Jerry Nowicki    COVID-19

Number of regions slated for added COVID-19 mitigations jumps to 4

SPRINGFIELD – Two more of the 11 regions of the state’s COVID-19 mitigation plan have reached a threshold necessitating increased restrictions, joining two other regions which remain above the key metric. Will and Kankakee... — Updated 10/21/2020

 By Jerry Nowicki    COVID-19

Cleared data backlog leads to spike in Friday's COVID-19 tests, cases

SPRINGFIELD — New confirmed cases of COVID-19 and the number of tests results reported skyrocketed Friday, reflecting the clearing of a data backlog in the state’s public reporting of case counts. The backlog lasted... — Updated 9/4/2020

 By Jerry Nowicki    COVID-19

As state enters Phase 4 Friday, Pritzker 'not afraid' to move backwards if COVID-19 cases surge

SPRINGFIELD — Gov. JB Pritzker announced a new tool to track county-by-county progress in the fight against the novel coronavirus Thursday, but as the state readied to enter the next phase of reopening, he also warned that he... — Updated 6/25/2020

 By Jerry Nowicki    COVID-19

New guidelines released for return to in-person education

SPRINGFIELD - Illinois released new guidelines for schools, colleges and universities to return to in-person learning in the fall, but leaders warned those plans could change if... — Updated 6/24/2020

 By Rebecca Anzel    COVID-19

Friday marks the end of Illinois' stay-at-home order

SPRINGFIELD — Gov. JB Pritzker announced Friday, the first day Illinois’ economy operated under more relaxed restrictions, his stay-at-home order is replaced by one reflective of “our new, more open reality.” Small... — Updated 5/29/2020

 By Jerry Nowicki    COVID-19

State releases Phase 4 guidance as hospitalization numbers continue to decline

SPRINGFIELD — Restaurants across the state are set to open for indoor dining Friday among other additions to allowable activities under the state’s Restore Illinois plan. The state on Monday released new guidance for reopening... — Updated 6/23/2020

 By Jerry Nowicki    COVID-19

State files emergency rules for long-term care facilities

The state health department filed emergency rules Thursday mandating long-term care facilities to develop testing plans to better protect residents and ensure they are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic appropriately. “The... — Updated 5/29/2020

 By Peter Hancock    COVID-19

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 Ben Orner    COVID-19

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

 By Jerry Nowicki    COVID-19

Child care on pace for mass May 29 reopening, governor says

SPRINGFIELD — All of the state’s 5,000-plus child care providers not in operation will be advised to reopen Friday, May 29, provided the state’s four regions under Gov. JB Pritzker’s reopening plan continue to progress... — Updated 5/26/2020

 By Peter Hancock    COVID-19

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 Rebecca Anzel    COVID-19

Illinois on track to progress into next reopening phase

SPRINGFIELD — All of Illinois is “on track” to progress into the next phase of Gov. JB Pritzker’s plan to reopen the state safely, he said Tuesday during his daily update teleconference in Chicago. The current phase of the... — Updated 5/21/2020

 By Ben Orner    COVID-19

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

 By Peter Hancock    COVID-19

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 Ben Orner    COVID-19

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

 By Jerry Nowicki    COVID-19

Pritzker warns of 'consequences' for businesses, counties opening early

SPRINGFIELD — The state saw its largest daily increase in COVID-19-related deaths with 192 Wednesday as Gov. JB Pritzker warned business owners and local governments of consequences they will face if they defy his stay-at-home... — Updated 5/14/2020

 By Jerry Nowicki    COVID-19

Pritzker says session needed, would consider withholding funds from counties reopening early

SPRINGFIELD — Gov. JB Pritzker said Tuesday he would consider withholding federal pass-through funds to counties ignoring his stay-at-home order and said it “would be best” for the General Assembly to meet before the end of... — Updated 5/13/2020

 By Peter Hancock    COVID-19

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 Ben Orner    COVID-19

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

 By Rebecca Anzel    COVID-19

Pritzker: Employment security department processing claims 'in timely manner'

SPRINGFIELD — Gov. JB Pritzker said Thursday the Illinois Department of Employment Security is paying benefits to unemployed Illinoisans “in a timely manner” after a number of improvements were made to the oft-maligned... — Updated 5/8/2020


Amid apparent virus plateau, Pritzker says stay the course

SPRINGFIELD – As statewide COVID-19 hospitalizations remain stable, state leaders say not much has changed to warrant an altered response to the pandemic. “The virus hasn’t gone away. It is still out there, and nothing that w... — Updated 5/7/2020

 By Peter Hancock    COVID-19

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 Rebecca Anzel    COVID-19

Pritzker addresses stay-at-home order changes, congregation's planned gathering

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois officials on Thursday said increased COVID-19 testing is “vital” to reopening the state’s economy, lifting social restrictions and protecting Illinois residents. Laboratory personnel processed more th... — Updated 5/1/2020

 By Peter Hancock    COVID-19

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


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