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 By Peter Hancock    COVID-19

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 Jerry Nowicki    COVID-19

Pritzker reports modest hospitalization progress

SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker said the state is making modest progress in terms of COVID-19 hospitalizations and that his stay-at-home order will continue to be enforced at a local, not statewide, level. The Illinois Department... — Updated 5/5/2020

 By Ben Orner    COVID-19

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

 By Jerry Nowicki    COVID-19

Pritzker blasts GOP rep's lawsuit, says 2 downstate counties have highest death rates

SPRINGFIELD — Gov. JB Pritzker urged southern Illinoisans to continue to comply with a stay-at-home order and named a pair of counties where the rate of those killed by the virus is higher than in Cook County. As he was speaking... — Updated 4/28/2020

 By Rebecca Anzel    COVID-19

State reaches COVID-19 testing goal for third straight day as cases rise

SPRINGFIELD — The state reported more than 10,000 novel coronavirus tests completed for the third day in a row Sunday, leading to 2,126 more positive cases of the virus in Illinois. Gov. JB Pritzker has said that meeting the... — Updated 4/27/2020

 By Ben Orner    COVID-19

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

 By Peter Hancock    COVID-19

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


Stay-at-home order to be extended through May

SPRINGFIELD — Gov. JB Pritzker said Thursday that Illinois’ novel coronavirus data necessitated an extension of his stay-at-home order through the end of May. The current executive order will expire May 1, at which time an... — Updated 4/24/2020


Illinois reports largest daily increases in COVID-19 cases, tests

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois health officials reported the state’s largest one-day increase of COVID-19 cases and tests results Wednesday as Gov. JB Pritzker announced two new drive-through testing facilities. The Illinois Department... — Updated 4/23/2020

 By Jerry Nowicki    COVID-19

Pritzker predicts smaller mid-May COVID-19 peak

SPRINGFIELD — Gov. JB Pritzker said Tuesday the state’s COVID-19 peak could come in mid-May and he is examining the current stay-at-home order for potential changes. The governor made the comments during a Washington Post Live... — Updated 4/22/2020


Pritzker: 'Curve is bending the right way' in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker said Monday that the spread of the novel coronavirus disease, COVID-19, is showing signs of slowing down and that the social distancing measures put in place have saved thousands of lives. “Our... — Updated 4/21/2020


COVID-19 Sunday Update: 31 more fatalities reported; Pritzker salutes National Guard

SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker praised the state’s National Guard as he welcomed one of its units home and gave an update on personal protective equipment Sunday at his daily COVID-19 briefing in Chicago. Pritzker welcomed... — Updated 4/20/2020

 By Ben Orner    COVID-19

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


Schools to remain closed for academic year as Pritzker says virus not yet at peak

SPRINGFIELD – Following the lead of nearby states, Gov. JB Pritzker on Friday announced Illinois’ public and private schools will remain shuttered for the rest of the school year. The announcement came one month after Pritzker... — Updated 4/18/2020

 By Peter Hancock    COVID-19

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


Pritzker administration forecasts multi-billion-dollar budget hole

SPRINGFIELD — Gov. JB Pritzker’s administration estimates state revenues will come up billions of dollars shorter than expected this fiscal year and next due to the novel coronavirus’ economic impact. The Governor’s Office... — Updated 4/16/2020

 By Jerry Nowicki    COVID-19

Intensive care bed, ventilator use relatively stable from a week ago

SPRINGFIELD — The percentage of intensive care beds and ventilators in use in Illinois remained relatively flat since last week as state officials on Tuesday announced another encouraging sign that Illinois is “flattening the... — Updated 4/15/2020

 By Ben Orner    COVID-19

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

 By Peter Hancock    COVID-19

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 Rebecca Anzel    COVID-19

Virtual mental, physical health services announced by state

SPRINGFIELD — Gov. JB Pritzker’s administration announced new initiatives Saturday to extend telehealth services and mental health support throughout the state to support people who are coping, either physically or mentally,... — Updated 4/12/2020

 By Ben Orner    COVID-19

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

 By Rebecca Anzel    COVID-19

COVID-19 rules unlikely to ease by April's end

SPRINGFIELD — Gov. JB Pritzker said Thursday, one month since he issued a state of emergency, it is “unlikely” his stay-at-home order can be lifted safely before April 30 and organizers of large summer events “need to... — Updated 4/10/2020

 By Jerry Nowicki    COVID-19

State again sees largest single-day increase in COVID-19 deaths with 82

SPRINGFIELD — Another 82 people have died from complications of novel coronavirus disease in Illinois and the state announced more than 1,529 new cases Wednesday as Gov. JB Pritzker said testing still lags behind public health... — Updated 4/10/2020

 By Rebecca Anzel    COVID-19

Pritzker asks residents to be 'All In' in helping state's coronavirus fight

SPRINGFIELD — Gov. JB Pritzker on Thursday announced a public service initiative to mobilize the state’s “strongest weapon” against the spread of novel coronavirus — Illinoisans. Pritzker said his administration has... — Updated 4/3/2020

 By Peter Hancock    COVID-19

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


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