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Chicago Pastor Applauds President Trump’s Decision to Call Churches ‘Essential’

Chicago Pastor Applauds President Trump’s Decision to Call Churches ‘Essential’

The pastor of a Chicago church that filed a lawsuit over Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s stay-at-home order on Friday commended President Trump for deeming relig [...]

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One heck of a test is coming for Pritzker—and Illinois

Will COVID-19 help or hurt the governor's push for a graduated income tax? No one knows, but odds are increasing he will have to ratchet up his game and maybe [...]

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Illinois Tollway reaches $250M agreements  with railroads in ‘major step forward’ to building western access road to O’Hare

Illinois Tollway reaches $250M agreements with railroads in ‘major step forward’ to building western access road to O’Hare

"After years of false starts and unfulfilled plans, the I-490 Tollway Project can now achieve its goals of improving access to O’Hare International Airport for [...]

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Illinois Restaurants Can Reopen With Outdoor Seating May 29, Pritzker Says

Illinois Restaurants Can Reopen With Outdoor Seating May 29, Pritzker Says

Bars and restaurants are getting the green light to reopen nine days from now if they can move their customers outdoors, Gov. JB Pritzker announced Wednesday a [...]

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Phase 3: The Changes Announced Wednesday to Illinois’ Reopening Plan

Phase 3: The Changes Announced Wednesday to Illinois’ Reopening Plan

As Illinois moves closer to the end of May, Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced a series of revisions to the state’s phased reopening plan. The biggest changes will i [...]

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Elmhurst mayor to governor: We're ready to reopen

Elmhurst mayor to governor: We're ready to reopen

Elmhurst Mayor Steve Morley on Tuesday continued to press Gov. J.B. Pritzker to separate Elmhurst and the rest of DuPage County from the Northeast region of th [...]

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Rep. Garcia urges Gov. J.B. Pritzker to ensure Illinois Hispanics are hired as contact tracers

Rep. Garcia urges Gov. J.B. Pritzker to ensure Illinois Hispanics are hired as contact tracers

Garcia said, "Keep in mind, Governor, there is a body of these folks who are experienced, who people trust and they know how to knock on doors when it is safe [...]

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Showdown looming over Pritzker’s stay-at-home order before skeptical downstate judge

Showdown looming over Pritzker’s stay-at-home order before skeptical downstate judge

A Clay County judge, who is clearly opposed to the order, told lawyers the controversy "begs to be resolved. It’s got to be resolved in this court, and it’s go [...]

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Illinois to Offer Free Virtual Job Training to Unemployed Residents

Illinois to Offer Free Virtual Job Training to Unemployed Residents

On the same day Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced Illinois has processed over one-million traditional unemployment claims, the governor launched a new online initia [...]

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Kendall County Sheriff’s Department Will Not Enforce Stay-at-Home Order, Sheriff Says

Kendall County Sheriff’s Department Will Not Enforce Stay-at-Home Order, Sheriff Says

The Kendall County Sheriff’s Office will no longer enforce Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s stay-at-home order after Sheriff Dwight Baird sent a letter outlining [...]

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Lightfoot acknowledges differences with Pritzker during pandemic

Lightfoot acknowledges differences with Pritzker during pandemic

"We haven’t always agreed on every issue. But we try to do that privately," the mayor said Wednesday. "...I hope that what we’ve done is strengthen each other. [...]

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Federal judge spikes 2 Chicago-area churches’ legal challenge to Pritzker’s stay-at-home order

Federal judge spikes 2 Chicago-area churches’ legal challenge to Pritzker’s stay-at-home order

A federal judge has denied a bid by two local churches challenging Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s coronavirus stay-at-home order.

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Illinois Coronavirus Updates: Food Delivery Changes, Reopening Push

Illinois Coronavirus Updates: Food Delivery Changes, Reopening Push

(NOTE: Daily press conferences from Gov. J.B. Pritzker and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot will be streamed live in the player above. Check back for updates.) Wit [...]

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Elmhurst Balks at Joining Chicago in Comeback Effort

Elmhurst Balks at Joining Chicago in Comeback Effort

When he set up his “Restore Illinois” plan, Gov. J.B. Pritzker divided the state into four regions, so that key metrics could be monitored for reopening busine [...]

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Pritzker Calls on State Legislature to Convene to Address Budget, Small Business Relief

Pritzker Calls on State Legislature to Convene to Address Budget, Small Business Relief

With a wide variety of issues facing the state amid the coronavirus pandemic, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker is calling on the General Assembly to convene and beg [...]

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Illinois Coronavirus Updates: Blue Angels Chicago, United Airlines, Peak Changes

Illinois Coronavirus Updates: Blue Angels Chicago, United Airlines, Peak Changes

(NOTE: Daily press conferences from Gov. J.B. Pritzker and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot will be streamed live in the player above. Check back for updates.) Chi [...]

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INTERACTIVE: Here's What It'll Take For Illinois To Reopen

INTERACTIVE: Here's What It'll Take For Illinois To Reopen

CHICAGO (CBS) — Illinois has started the process of reopening after Gov. JB Pritzker announced his plan to “Restore Illinois” last week.... The plan incorporat [...]

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State Senate approves vote-by-mail expansion along party lines

State Senate approves vote-by-mail expansion along party lines

A major expansion of voting access for the 2020 general election is headed to the desk of Gov. J.B. Pritzker after the Illinois Senate overwhelmingly passed th [...]

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Don't forget Chicago's theater, TV and film industries

In this week's letters: A plea from the president of Cinespace, applauding MWRD for a new tool to fight flooding, taking Pritzker to task over reopening plans, [...]

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Phase 3 in Illinois: What’s Allowed and What Can Reopen

Phase 3 in Illinois: What’s Allowed and What Can Reopen

With much of Illinois on track to enter the next phase of reopening at the end of the month, changes are in store. Gov. J.B. Pritzker has announced a series of [...]

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Restaurants Can Open With Outdoor Seating in Phase 3 of Illinois’ Reopening: Pritzker

Restaurants Can Open With Outdoor Seating in Phase 3 of Illinois’ Reopening: Pritzker

Illinois restaurants will be allowed to open with outdoor seating only in phase three of the state’s reopening plan, Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced Wednesday. Th [...]

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Naperville Park District Will Sue to Reopen More Quickly

Naperville Park District Will Sue to Reopen More Quickly

The Naperville Park District will reopen some of its facilities and programs on June 1 and plans to take legal action in an effort to reopen entirely on its ow [...]

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DuPage County Sheriff James Mendrick's Facebook message about Gov. Pritzker and COVID-19

DuPage County Sheriff James Mendrick's Facebook message about Gov. Pritzker and COVID-19

DuPage County Sheriff James Mendrick posted the following message Sunday night on his personal Facebook page.

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Gov. Pritzker fumbles rollout of ‘Restore Illinois’ | Rich Miller

Gov. Pritzker fumbles rollout of ‘Restore Illinois’ | Rich Miller

The governor has yet to come up with an easily digestible explanation for why he drew the post-pandemic reentry map the way he did.

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All Regions in Illinois Now on Track to Move to Phase 3 at End of May, Pritzker Says

All Regions in Illinois Now on Track to Move to Phase 3 at End of May, Pritzker Says

With just over two weeks left in Illinois’ stay-at-home order, all regions across the state are now on track to meet the metrics needed to move into the next p [...]

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Horse racing could come spinning out of the turn — with coronavirus precautions in place, Pritzker says

Horse racing could come spinning out of the turn — with coronavirus precautions in place, Pritzker says

Pritzker wants to know, "how far apart do people need to be, can they safely distance on the backstretch ... and when they’re lined up in a race, how far apart [...]

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Gov. Pritzker apologizes for his comments on MLB players ‘holding out’ for more money: ‘I absolutely support that right’ to collectively bargain

Gov. Pritzker apologizes for his comments on MLB players ‘holding out’ for more money: ‘I absolutely support that right’ to collectively bargain

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker walked back his comments about Major League Baseball players, apologizing for “leaving the impression that baseball players shouldn [...]

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Federal judge denies another bid to let churches worship despite Pritzker’s order

Federal judge denies another bid to let churches worship despite Pritzker’s order

U.S. District Judge Robert Gettleman found Pritzker’s order "has nothing to do with suppressing religion and everything to do with reducing infections and savi [...]

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Tuesday urged state lawmakers to “act expeditiously” on a  [...]

Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Tuesday urged state lawmakers to “act expeditiously” on a [...]

Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Tuesday urged state lawmakers to “act expeditiously” on a relief package for families, small businesses and communities across the state, [...]

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From meh to ‘must?’ With budget deadline looming, Pritkzer now says General Assembly needs to get back to work

From meh to ‘must?’ With budget deadline looming, Pritkzer now says General Assembly needs to get back to work

But House Speaker Mike Madigan, dubbed "the Velvet Hammer" for his tight control over his chamber, didn’t sound in any great hurry to call his members into ses [...]

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144 more die in Illinois from COVID-19 as fatalities top 3,600 and state hits record for new cases

144 more die in Illinois from COVID-19 as fatalities top 3,600 and state hits record for new cases

Tuesday marked a record-high number of new cases — 4,014 — although Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s office said that positive count came from 29,266 tests results. That’s [...]

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Coronavirus in Illinois updates: Here's the latest on COVID-19

Coronavirus in Illinois updates: Here's the latest on COVID-19

Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Monday that the Chicago region is not on track to move to the next phase of his reopening plan later this month, and models now indicat [...]

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Pritzker: Virus peak now mid-June, but end of May still the target for next reopening phase

Pritzker: Virus peak now mid-June, but end of May still the target for next reopening phase

Gov. J.B. Pritzker said new modeling data shows the state's COVID-19 cases won't peak until mid-June, a month later than expected.... The new modeling results [...]

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DOJ intervenes in case challenging Illinois coronavirus restrictions, says governor went too far

DOJ intervenes in case challenging Illinois coronavirus restrictions, says governor went too far

The Department of Justice on Friday intervened in an Illinois case that has the potential to invalidate the state’s stay-at-home order implemented by Democrati [...]

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Lawmakers OK deal for COVID, workers comp

The bill details benefits for first responders and front-line workers who fall ill. Gov. J.B. Pritzker has said he supports the measure.

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Protesters Fight Against Illegal Evictions, Want Pritzker To Do More To Protect Tenants

Protesters Fight Against Illegal Evictions, Want Pritzker To Do More To Protect Tenants

The group said it wants atlas to uphold the "housing solidarity pledge" it signed with Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot vacating evictions filed during the pandemi [...]

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Read Pritzker’s Full Statement on Allowing Illinois Restaurants to Reopen With Outdoor Seating in Phase 3

Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Wednesday announced that Illinois restaurants will be allowed to re-open for outdoor seating in phase three of the state’s reopening plan [...]

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker continued to preach patience Tuesday even as the state’s test [...]

Gov. J.B. Pritzker continued to preach patience Tuesday even as the state’s test [...]

Gov. J.B. Pritzker continued to preach patience Tuesday even as the state’s testing rate for COVID-19 greatly improved and hospitalizations were at their lowes [...]

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Palatine, Arlington Heights and Hoffman Estates go on record seeking change in state's reopening plan

Palatine, Arlington Heights and Hoffman Estates go on record seeking change in state's reopening plan

Palatine, Arlington Heights and Hoffman Estates passed resolutions Monday calling on Gov. J.B. Pritzker to alter the Restore Illinois plan in an effort to help [...]

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'I am not going to be anybody's boogeyman': DuPage sheriff says county is ready to reopen

'I am not going to be anybody's boogeyman': DuPage sheriff says county is ready to reopen

DuPage County Sheriff James Mendrick has joined a chorus of suburban law enforcement officials who say they won't enforce Gov. J.B. Pritzker's stay-at-home ord [...]

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Illinois Sheriffs’ Association Calls Pritzker’s Warning ‘Insulting’

Illinois Sheriffs’ Association Calls Pritzker’s Warning ‘Insulting’

The Illinois Sheriffs’ Association on Thursday pushed back on Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s warning that counties could face consequences if they disobey the state’s st [...]

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Catholic churches outline plan for gradual reopening (LIVE UPDATES)

Catholic churches outline plan for gradual reopening (LIVE UPDATES)

According to the statements released by Chicago’s Cardinal Blase Cupich, Rockford’s Bishop David Malloy and Joliet’s Apostolic Administrator Richard Pates, the [...]

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Shutdown supporters take on constitutional-rights backers in final Kane County COVID-19 chat

Shutdown supporters take on constitutional-rights backers in final Kane County COVID-19 chat

Supporters of Gov. J.B. Pritzker's COVID-19 efforts showed up in large numbers for the first time in the final Kane County public video discussion with residen [...]

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Column: Suburban officials urge Pritzker to separate collar counties from Cook in reopening plan

Column: Suburban officials urge Pritzker to separate collar counties from Cook in reopening plan

Mayors of New Lenox and Lockport are among south suburban elected leaders joining a growing chorus calling on Gov. J.B. Pritzker to revise his plan for reopeni [...]

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Legislators to return to Springfield next week to iron out budget, pressing pandemic issues

Legislators to return to Springfield next week to iron out budget, pressing pandemic issues

House Democrats were told many of the details during a virtual caucus Wednesday morning, a day after Gov. J.B. Pritzker said he wants legislators back in sessi [...]

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker calls on legislature to ‘act expeditiously’ on coronavirus relief package as state reports record 4,000 new cases

Gov. J.B. Pritzker calls on legislature to ‘act expeditiously’ on coronavirus relief package as state reports record 4,000 new cases

On the same day Illinois reported a record number of new coronavirus cases, Gov. J.B. Pritzker said state lawmakers “must convene” to approve a relief package [...]

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Why Experts Say It’s a Good Thing Illinois’ Peak in Coronavirus Cases Has Shifted Later

Why Experts Say It’s a Good Thing Illinois’ Peak in Coronavirus Cases Has Shifted Later

Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Monday that modeling shows Illinois likely won’t hit its peak of coronavirus cases until potentially mid-June, later than initially exp [...]

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Elmhurst Mayor Asks Pritzker to Reconsider Reopening Plan, Health Care Region Grouping

Elmhurst Mayor Asks Pritzker to Reconsider Reopening Plan, Health Care Region Grouping

The mayor of suburban Elmhurst has asked Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker to reconsider portions of his plan to reopen Illinois, particularly including the city and [...]

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Chicago Pastor Applauds President Trump’s Decision to Call Churches ‘Essential’

Chicago Pastor Applauds President Trump’s Decision to Call Churches ‘Essential’

The pastor of a Chicago church that filed a lawsuit over Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s stay-at-home order on Friday commended President Trump for deeming relig [...]

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DOJ intervenes in case challenging Illinois coronavirus restrictions, says governor went too far

DOJ intervenes in case challenging Illinois coronavirus restrictions, says governor went too far

The Department of Justice on Friday intervened in an Illinois case that has the potential to invalidate the state’s stay-at-home order implemented by Democrati [...]

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Don't forget Chicago's theater, TV and film industries

In this week's letters: A plea from the president of Cinespace, applauding MWRD for a new tool to fight flooding, taking Pritzker to task over reopening plans, [...]

Read full article: Don't forget Chicago's theater, TV and f...→
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Illinois Tollway reaches $250M agreements  with railroads in ‘major step forward’ to building western access road to O’Hare

Illinois Tollway reaches $250M agreements with railroads in ‘major step forward’ to building western access road to O’Hare

"After years of false starts and unfulfilled plans, the I-490 Tollway Project can now achieve its goals of improving access to O’Hare International Airport for [...]

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Protesters Fight Against Illegal Evictions, Want Pritzker To Do More To Protect Tenants

Protesters Fight Against Illegal Evictions, Want Pritzker To Do More To Protect Tenants

The group said it wants atlas to uphold the "housing solidarity pledge" it signed with Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot vacating evictions filed during the pandemi [...]

Read full article: Protesters Fight Against Illegal Evictio...→
Phase 3 in Illinois: What’s Allowed and What Can Reopen

Phase 3 in Illinois: What’s Allowed and What Can Reopen

With much of Illinois on track to enter the next phase of reopening at the end of the month, changes are in store. Gov. J.B. Pritzker has announced a series of [...]

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Phase 3: The Changes Announced Wednesday to Illinois’ Reopening Plan

Phase 3: The Changes Announced Wednesday to Illinois’ Reopening Plan

As Illinois moves closer to the end of May, Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced a series of revisions to the state’s phased reopening plan. The biggest changes will i [...]

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker continued to preach patience Tuesday even as the state’s test [...]

Gov. J.B. Pritzker continued to preach patience Tuesday even as the state’s test [...]

Gov. J.B. Pritzker continued to preach patience Tuesday even as the state’s testing rate for COVID-19 greatly improved and hospitalizations were at their lowes [...]

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Naperville Park District Will Sue to Reopen More Quickly

Naperville Park District Will Sue to Reopen More Quickly

The Naperville Park District will reopen some of its facilities and programs on June 1 and plans to take legal action in an effort to reopen entirely on its ow [...]

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Rep. Garcia urges Gov. J.B. Pritzker to ensure Illinois Hispanics are hired as contact tracers

Rep. Garcia urges Gov. J.B. Pritzker to ensure Illinois Hispanics are hired as contact tracers

Garcia said, "Keep in mind, Governor, there is a body of these folks who are experienced, who people trust and they know how to knock on doors when it is safe [...]

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'I am not going to be anybody's boogeyman': DuPage sheriff says county is ready to reopen

'I am not going to be anybody's boogeyman': DuPage sheriff says county is ready to reopen

DuPage County Sheriff James Mendrick has joined a chorus of suburban law enforcement officials who say they won't enforce Gov. J.B. Pritzker's stay-at-home ord [...]

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Gov. Pritzker fumbles rollout of ‘Restore Illinois’ | Rich Miller

Gov. Pritzker fumbles rollout of ‘Restore Illinois’ | Rich Miller

The governor has yet to come up with an easily digestible explanation for why he drew the post-pandemic reentry map the way he did.

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Illinois to Offer Free Virtual Job Training to Unemployed Residents

Illinois to Offer Free Virtual Job Training to Unemployed Residents

On the same day Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced Illinois has processed over one-million traditional unemployment claims, the governor launched a new online initia [...]

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Catholic churches outline plan for gradual reopening (LIVE UPDATES)

Catholic churches outline plan for gradual reopening (LIVE UPDATES)

According to the statements released by Chicago’s Cardinal Blase Cupich, Rockford’s Bishop David Malloy and Joliet’s Apostolic Administrator Richard Pates, the [...]

Read full article: Catholic churches outline plan for gradu...→
Horse racing could come spinning out of the turn — with coronavirus precautions in place, Pritzker says

Horse racing could come spinning out of the turn — with coronavirus precautions in place, Pritzker says

Pritzker wants to know, "how far apart do people need to be, can they safely distance on the backstretch ... and when they’re lined up in a race, how far apart [...]

Read full article: Horse racing could come spinning out of ...→
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Lightfoot acknowledges differences with Pritzker during pandemic

Lightfoot acknowledges differences with Pritzker during pandemic

"We haven’t always agreed on every issue. But we try to do that privately," the mayor said Wednesday. "...I hope that what we’ve done is strengthen each other. [...]

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Column: Suburban officials urge Pritzker to separate collar counties from Cook in reopening plan

Column: Suburban officials urge Pritzker to separate collar counties from Cook in reopening plan

Mayors of New Lenox and Lockport are among south suburban elected leaders joining a growing chorus calling on Gov. J.B. Pritzker to revise his plan for reopeni [...]

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Federal judge denies another bid to let churches worship despite Pritzker’s order

Federal judge denies another bid to let churches worship despite Pritzker’s order

U.S. District Judge Robert Gettleman found Pritzker’s order "has nothing to do with suppressing religion and everything to do with reducing infections and savi [...]

Read full article: Federal judge denies another bid to let ...→
Illinois Coronavirus Updates: Food Delivery Changes, Reopening Push

Illinois Coronavirus Updates: Food Delivery Changes, Reopening Push

(NOTE: Daily press conferences from Gov. J.B. Pritzker and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot will be streamed live in the player above. Check back for updates.) Wit [...]

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From meh to ‘must?’ With budget deadline looming, Pritkzer now says General Assembly needs to get back to work

From meh to ‘must?’ With budget deadline looming, Pritkzer now says General Assembly needs to get back to work

But House Speaker Mike Madigan, dubbed "the Velvet Hammer" for his tight control over his chamber, didn’t sound in any great hurry to call his members into ses [...]

Read full article: From meh to ‘must?’ With budget deadline...→
Pritzker Calls on State Legislature to Convene to Address Budget, Small Business Relief

Pritzker Calls on State Legislature to Convene to Address Budget, Small Business Relief

With a wide variety of issues facing the state amid the coronavirus pandemic, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker is calling on the General Assembly to convene and beg [...]

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Why Experts Say It’s a Good Thing Illinois’ Peak in Coronavirus Cases Has Shifted Later

Why Experts Say It’s a Good Thing Illinois’ Peak in Coronavirus Cases Has Shifted Later

Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Monday that modeling shows Illinois likely won’t hit its peak of coronavirus cases until potentially mid-June, later than initially exp [...]

Read full article: Why Experts Say It’s a Good Thing Illino...→
Coronavirus in Illinois updates: Here's the latest on COVID-19

Coronavirus in Illinois updates: Here's the latest on COVID-19

Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Monday that the Chicago region is not on track to move to the next phase of his reopening plan later this month, and models now indicat [...]

Read full article: Coronavirus in Illinois updates: Here's ...→
INTERACTIVE: Here's What It'll Take For Illinois To Reopen

INTERACTIVE: Here's What It'll Take For Illinois To Reopen

CHICAGO (CBS) — Illinois has started the process of reopening after Gov. JB Pritzker announced his plan to “Restore Illinois” last week.... The plan incorporat [...]

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State Senate approves vote-by-mail expansion along party lines

State Senate approves vote-by-mail expansion along party lines

A major expansion of voting access for the 2020 general election is headed to the desk of Gov. J.B. Pritzker after the Illinois Senate overwhelmingly passed th [...]

Read full article: State Senate approves vote-by-mail expan...→

One heck of a test is coming for Pritzker—and Illinois

Will COVID-19 help or hurt the governor's push for a graduated income tax? No one knows, but odds are increasing he will have to ratchet up his game and maybe [...]

Read full article: One heck of a test is coming for Pritzke...→
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Lawmakers OK deal for COVID, workers comp

The bill details benefits for first responders and front-line workers who fall ill. Gov. J.B. Pritzker has said he supports the measure.

Read full article: Lawmakers OK deal for COVID, workers com...→
Illinois Restaurants Can Reopen With Outdoor Seating May 29, Pritzker Says

Illinois Restaurants Can Reopen With Outdoor Seating May 29, Pritzker Says

Bars and restaurants are getting the green light to reopen nine days from now if they can move their customers outdoors, Gov. JB Pritzker announced Wednesday a [...]

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Read Pritzker’s Full Statement on Allowing Illinois Restaurants to Reopen With Outdoor Seating in Phase 3

Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Wednesday announced that Illinois restaurants will be allowed to re-open for outdoor seating in phase three of the state’s reopening plan [...]

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Restaurants Can Open With Outdoor Seating in Phase 3 of Illinois’ Reopening: Pritzker

Restaurants Can Open With Outdoor Seating in Phase 3 of Illinois’ Reopening: Pritzker

Illinois restaurants will be allowed to open with outdoor seating only in phase three of the state’s reopening plan, Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced Wednesday. Th [...]

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Elmhurst mayor to governor: We're ready to reopen

Elmhurst mayor to governor: We're ready to reopen

Elmhurst Mayor Steve Morley on Tuesday continued to press Gov. J.B. Pritzker to separate Elmhurst and the rest of DuPage County from the Northeast region of th [...]

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Palatine, Arlington Heights and Hoffman Estates go on record seeking change in state's reopening plan

Palatine, Arlington Heights and Hoffman Estates go on record seeking change in state's reopening plan

Palatine, Arlington Heights and Hoffman Estates passed resolutions Monday calling on Gov. J.B. Pritzker to alter the Restore Illinois plan in an effort to help [...]

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DuPage County Sheriff James Mendrick's Facebook message about Gov. Pritzker and COVID-19

DuPage County Sheriff James Mendrick's Facebook message about Gov. Pritzker and COVID-19

DuPage County Sheriff James Mendrick posted the following message Sunday night on his personal Facebook page.

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Showdown looming over Pritzker’s stay-at-home order before skeptical downstate judge

Showdown looming over Pritzker’s stay-at-home order before skeptical downstate judge

A Clay County judge, who is clearly opposed to the order, told lawyers the controversy "begs to be resolved. It’s got to be resolved in this court, and it’s go [...]

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Illinois Sheriffs’ Association Calls Pritzker’s Warning ‘Insulting’

Illinois Sheriffs’ Association Calls Pritzker’s Warning ‘Insulting’

The Illinois Sheriffs’ Association on Thursday pushed back on Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s warning that counties could face consequences if they disobey the state’s st [...]

Read full article: Illinois Sheriffs’ Association Calls Pri...→
All Regions in Illinois Now on Track to Move to Phase 3 at End of May, Pritzker Says

All Regions in Illinois Now on Track to Move to Phase 3 at End of May, Pritzker Says

With just over two weeks left in Illinois’ stay-at-home order, all regions across the state are now on track to meet the metrics needed to move into the next p [...]

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Kendall County Sheriff’s Department Will Not Enforce Stay-at-Home Order, Sheriff Says

Kendall County Sheriff’s Department Will Not Enforce Stay-at-Home Order, Sheriff Says

The Kendall County Sheriff’s Office will no longer enforce Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s stay-at-home order after Sheriff Dwight Baird sent a letter outlining [...]

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Shutdown supporters take on constitutional-rights backers in final Kane County COVID-19 chat

Shutdown supporters take on constitutional-rights backers in final Kane County COVID-19 chat

Supporters of Gov. J.B. Pritzker's COVID-19 efforts showed up in large numbers for the first time in the final Kane County public video discussion with residen [...]

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Gov. Pritzker apologizes for his comments on MLB players ‘holding out’ for more money: ‘I absolutely support that right’ to collectively bargain

Gov. Pritzker apologizes for his comments on MLB players ‘holding out’ for more money: ‘I absolutely support that right’ to collectively bargain

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker walked back his comments about Major League Baseball players, apologizing for “leaving the impression that baseball players shouldn [...]

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Federal judge spikes 2 Chicago-area churches’ legal challenge to Pritzker’s stay-at-home order

Federal judge spikes 2 Chicago-area churches’ legal challenge to Pritzker’s stay-at-home order

A federal judge has denied a bid by two local churches challenging Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s coronavirus stay-at-home order.

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Legislators to return to Springfield next week to iron out budget, pressing pandemic issues

Legislators to return to Springfield next week to iron out budget, pressing pandemic issues

House Democrats were told many of the details during a virtual caucus Wednesday morning, a day after Gov. J.B. Pritzker said he wants legislators back in sessi [...]

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Tuesday urged state lawmakers to “act expeditiously” on a  [...]

Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Tuesday urged state lawmakers to “act expeditiously” on a [...]

Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Tuesday urged state lawmakers to “act expeditiously” on a relief package for families, small businesses and communities across the state, [...]

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Elmhurst Balks at Joining Chicago in Comeback Effort

Elmhurst Balks at Joining Chicago in Comeback Effort

When he set up his “Restore Illinois” plan, Gov. J.B. Pritzker divided the state into four regions, so that key metrics could be monitored for reopening busine [...]

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker calls on legislature to ‘act expeditiously’ on coronavirus relief package as state reports record 4,000 new cases

Gov. J.B. Pritzker calls on legislature to ‘act expeditiously’ on coronavirus relief package as state reports record 4,000 new cases

On the same day Illinois reported a record number of new coronavirus cases, Gov. J.B. Pritzker said state lawmakers “must convene” to approve a relief package [...]

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144 more die in Illinois from COVID-19 as fatalities top 3,600 and state hits record for new cases

144 more die in Illinois from COVID-19 as fatalities top 3,600 and state hits record for new cases

Tuesday marked a record-high number of new cases — 4,014 — although Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s office said that positive count came from 29,266 tests results. That’s [...]

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Illinois Coronavirus Updates: Blue Angels Chicago, United Airlines, Peak Changes

Illinois Coronavirus Updates: Blue Angels Chicago, United Airlines, Peak Changes

(NOTE: Daily press conferences from Gov. J.B. Pritzker and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot will be streamed live in the player above. Check back for updates.) Chi [...]

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Elmhurst Mayor Asks Pritzker to Reconsider Reopening Plan, Health Care Region Grouping

Elmhurst Mayor Asks Pritzker to Reconsider Reopening Plan, Health Care Region Grouping

The mayor of suburban Elmhurst has asked Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker to reconsider portions of his plan to reopen Illinois, particularly including the city and [...]

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Pritzker: Virus peak now mid-June, but end of May still the target for next reopening phase

Pritzker: Virus peak now mid-June, but end of May still the target for next reopening phase

Gov. J.B. Pritzker said new modeling data shows the state's COVID-19 cases won't peak until mid-June, a month later than expected.... The new modeling results [...]

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Chicago Pastor Applauds President Trump’s Decision to Call Churches ‘Essential’

Chicago Pastor Applauds President Trump’s Decision to Call Churches ‘Essential’

The pastor of a Chicago church that filed a lawsuit over Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s stay-at-home order on Friday commended President Trump for deeming relig [...]

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State Senate approves vote-by-mail expansion along party lines

State Senate approves vote-by-mail expansion along party lines

A major expansion of voting access for the 2020 general election is headed to the desk of Gov. J.B. Pritzker after the Illinois Senate overwhelmingly passed th [...]

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DOJ intervenes in case challenging Illinois coronavirus restrictions, says governor went too far

DOJ intervenes in case challenging Illinois coronavirus restrictions, says governor went too far

The Department of Justice on Friday intervened in an Illinois case that has the potential to invalidate the state’s stay-at-home order implemented by Democrati [...]

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One heck of a test is coming for Pritzker—and Illinois

Will COVID-19 help or hurt the governor's push for a graduated income tax? No one knows, but odds are increasing he will have to ratchet up his game and maybe [...]

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Don't forget Chicago's theater, TV and film industries

In this week's letters: A plea from the president of Cinespace, applauding MWRD for a new tool to fight flooding, taking Pritzker to task over reopening plans, [...]

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Lawmakers OK deal for COVID, workers comp

The bill details benefits for first responders and front-line workers who fall ill. Gov. J.B. Pritzker has said he supports the measure.

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Illinois Tollway reaches $250M agreements  with railroads in ‘major step forward’ to building western access road to O’Hare

Illinois Tollway reaches $250M agreements with railroads in ‘major step forward’ to building western access road to O’Hare

"After years of false starts and unfulfilled plans, the I-490 Tollway Project can now achieve its goals of improving access to O’Hare International Airport for [...]

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Protesters Fight Against Illegal Evictions, Want Pritzker To Do More To Protect Tenants

Protesters Fight Against Illegal Evictions, Want Pritzker To Do More To Protect Tenants

The group said it wants atlas to uphold the "housing solidarity pledge" it signed with Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot vacating evictions filed during the pandemi [...]

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Illinois Restaurants Can Reopen With Outdoor Seating May 29, Pritzker Says

Illinois Restaurants Can Reopen With Outdoor Seating May 29, Pritzker Says

Bars and restaurants are getting the green light to reopen nine days from now if they can move their customers outdoors, Gov. JB Pritzker announced Wednesday a [...]

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Phase 3 in Illinois: What’s Allowed and What Can Reopen

Phase 3 in Illinois: What’s Allowed and What Can Reopen

With much of Illinois on track to enter the next phase of reopening at the end of the month, changes are in store. Gov. J.B. Pritzker has announced a series of [...]

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Read Pritzker’s Full Statement on Allowing Illinois Restaurants to Reopen With Outdoor Seating in Phase 3

Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Wednesday announced that Illinois restaurants will be allowed to re-open for outdoor seating in phase three of the state’s reopening plan [...]

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Phase 3: The Changes Announced Wednesday to Illinois’ Reopening Plan

Phase 3: The Changes Announced Wednesday to Illinois’ Reopening Plan

As Illinois moves closer to the end of May, Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced a series of revisions to the state’s phased reopening plan. The biggest changes will i [...]

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Restaurants Can Open With Outdoor Seating in Phase 3 of Illinois’ Reopening: Pritzker

Restaurants Can Open With Outdoor Seating in Phase 3 of Illinois’ Reopening: Pritzker

Illinois restaurants will be allowed to open with outdoor seating only in phase three of the state’s reopening plan, Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced Wednesday. Th [...]

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker continued to preach patience Tuesday even as the state’s test [...]

Gov. J.B. Pritzker continued to preach patience Tuesday even as the state’s test [...]

Gov. J.B. Pritzker continued to preach patience Tuesday even as the state’s testing rate for COVID-19 greatly improved and hospitalizations were at their lowes [...]

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Elmhurst mayor to governor: We're ready to reopen

Elmhurst mayor to governor: We're ready to reopen

Elmhurst Mayor Steve Morley on Tuesday continued to press Gov. J.B. Pritzker to separate Elmhurst and the rest of DuPage County from the Northeast region of th [...]

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Naperville Park District Will Sue to Reopen More Quickly

Naperville Park District Will Sue to Reopen More Quickly

The Naperville Park District will reopen some of its facilities and programs on June 1 and plans to take legal action in an effort to reopen entirely on its ow [...]

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Palatine, Arlington Heights and Hoffman Estates go on record seeking change in state's reopening plan

Palatine, Arlington Heights and Hoffman Estates go on record seeking change in state's reopening plan

Palatine, Arlington Heights and Hoffman Estates passed resolutions Monday calling on Gov. J.B. Pritzker to alter the Restore Illinois plan in an effort to help [...]

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Rep. Garcia urges Gov. J.B. Pritzker to ensure Illinois Hispanics are hired as contact tracers

Rep. Garcia urges Gov. J.B. Pritzker to ensure Illinois Hispanics are hired as contact tracers

Garcia said, "Keep in mind, Governor, there is a body of these folks who are experienced, who people trust and they know how to knock on doors when it is safe [...]

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DuPage County Sheriff James Mendrick's Facebook message about Gov. Pritzker and COVID-19

DuPage County Sheriff James Mendrick's Facebook message about Gov. Pritzker and COVID-19

DuPage County Sheriff James Mendrick posted the following message Sunday night on his personal Facebook page.

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'I am not going to be anybody's boogeyman': DuPage sheriff says county is ready to reopen

'I am not going to be anybody's boogeyman': DuPage sheriff says county is ready to reopen

DuPage County Sheriff James Mendrick has joined a chorus of suburban law enforcement officials who say they won't enforce Gov. J.B. Pritzker's stay-at-home ord [...]

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Showdown looming over Pritzker’s stay-at-home order before skeptical downstate judge

Showdown looming over Pritzker’s stay-at-home order before skeptical downstate judge

A Clay County judge, who is clearly opposed to the order, told lawyers the controversy "begs to be resolved. It’s got to be resolved in this court, and it’s go [...]

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Gov. Pritzker fumbles rollout of ‘Restore Illinois’ | Rich Miller

Gov. Pritzker fumbles rollout of ‘Restore Illinois’ | Rich Miller

The governor has yet to come up with an easily digestible explanation for why he drew the post-pandemic reentry map the way he did.

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Illinois Sheriffs’ Association Calls Pritzker’s Warning ‘Insulting’

Illinois Sheriffs’ Association Calls Pritzker’s Warning ‘Insulting’

The Illinois Sheriffs’ Association on Thursday pushed back on Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s warning that counties could face consequences if they disobey the state’s st [...]

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Illinois to Offer Free Virtual Job Training to Unemployed Residents

Illinois to Offer Free Virtual Job Training to Unemployed Residents

On the same day Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced Illinois has processed over one-million traditional unemployment claims, the governor launched a new online initia [...]

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All Regions in Illinois Now on Track to Move to Phase 3 at End of May, Pritzker Says

All Regions in Illinois Now on Track to Move to Phase 3 at End of May, Pritzker Says

With just over two weeks left in Illinois’ stay-at-home order, all regions across the state are now on track to meet the metrics needed to move into the next p [...]

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Catholic churches outline plan for gradual reopening (LIVE UPDATES)

Catholic churches outline plan for gradual reopening (LIVE UPDATES)

According to the statements released by Chicago’s Cardinal Blase Cupich, Rockford’s Bishop David Malloy and Joliet’s Apostolic Administrator Richard Pates, the [...]

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Kendall County Sheriff’s Department Will Not Enforce Stay-at-Home Order, Sheriff Says

Kendall County Sheriff’s Department Will Not Enforce Stay-at-Home Order, Sheriff Says

The Kendall County Sheriff’s Office will no longer enforce Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s stay-at-home order after Sheriff Dwight Baird sent a letter outlining [...]

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Horse racing could come spinning out of the turn — with coronavirus precautions in place, Pritzker says

Horse racing could come spinning out of the turn — with coronavirus precautions in place, Pritzker says

Pritzker wants to know, "how far apart do people need to be, can they safely distance on the backstretch ... and when they’re lined up in a race, how far apart [...]

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Shutdown supporters take on constitutional-rights backers in final Kane County COVID-19 chat

Shutdown supporters take on constitutional-rights backers in final Kane County COVID-19 chat

Supporters of Gov. J.B. Pritzker's COVID-19 efforts showed up in large numbers for the first time in the final Kane County public video discussion with residen [...]

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Lightfoot acknowledges differences with Pritzker during pandemic

Lightfoot acknowledges differences with Pritzker during pandemic

"We haven’t always agreed on every issue. But we try to do that privately," the mayor said Wednesday. "...I hope that what we’ve done is strengthen each other. [...]

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Gov. Pritzker apologizes for his comments on MLB players ‘holding out’ for more money: ‘I absolutely support that right’ to collectively bargain

Gov. Pritzker apologizes for his comments on MLB players ‘holding out’ for more money: ‘I absolutely support that right’ to collectively bargain

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker walked back his comments about Major League Baseball players, apologizing for “leaving the impression that baseball players shouldn [...]

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Column: Suburban officials urge Pritzker to separate collar counties from Cook in reopening plan

Column: Suburban officials urge Pritzker to separate collar counties from Cook in reopening plan

Mayors of New Lenox and Lockport are among south suburban elected leaders joining a growing chorus calling on Gov. J.B. Pritzker to revise his plan for reopeni [...]

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Federal judge spikes 2 Chicago-area churches’ legal challenge to Pritzker’s stay-at-home order

Federal judge spikes 2 Chicago-area churches’ legal challenge to Pritzker’s stay-at-home order

A federal judge has denied a bid by two local churches challenging Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s coronavirus stay-at-home order.

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Federal judge denies another bid to let churches worship despite Pritzker’s order

Federal judge denies another bid to let churches worship despite Pritzker’s order

U.S. District Judge Robert Gettleman found Pritzker’s order "has nothing to do with suppressing religion and everything to do with reducing infections and savi [...]

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Legislators to return to Springfield next week to iron out budget, pressing pandemic issues

Legislators to return to Springfield next week to iron out budget, pressing pandemic issues

House Democrats were told many of the details during a virtual caucus Wednesday morning, a day after Gov. J.B. Pritzker said he wants legislators back in sessi [...]

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Illinois Coronavirus Updates: Food Delivery Changes, Reopening Push

Illinois Coronavirus Updates: Food Delivery Changes, Reopening Push

(NOTE: Daily press conferences from Gov. J.B. Pritzker and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot will be streamed live in the player above. Check back for updates.) Wit [...]

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Tuesday urged state lawmakers to “act expeditiously” on a  [...]

Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Tuesday urged state lawmakers to “act expeditiously” on a [...]

Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Tuesday urged state lawmakers to “act expeditiously” on a relief package for families, small businesses and communities across the state, [...]

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Elmhurst Balks at Joining Chicago in Comeback Effort

Elmhurst Balks at Joining Chicago in Comeback Effort

When he set up his “Restore Illinois” plan, Gov. J.B. Pritzker divided the state into four regions, so that key metrics could be monitored for reopening busine [...]

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From meh to ‘must?’ With budget deadline looming, Pritkzer now says General Assembly needs to get back to work

From meh to ‘must?’ With budget deadline looming, Pritkzer now says General Assembly needs to get back to work

But House Speaker Mike Madigan, dubbed "the Velvet Hammer" for his tight control over his chamber, didn’t sound in any great hurry to call his members into ses [...]

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker calls on legislature to ‘act expeditiously’ on coronavirus relief package as state reports record 4,000 new cases

Gov. J.B. Pritzker calls on legislature to ‘act expeditiously’ on coronavirus relief package as state reports record 4,000 new cases

On the same day Illinois reported a record number of new coronavirus cases, Gov. J.B. Pritzker said state lawmakers “must convene” to approve a relief package [...]

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Pritzker Calls on State Legislature to Convene to Address Budget, Small Business Relief

Pritzker Calls on State Legislature to Convene to Address Budget, Small Business Relief

With a wide variety of issues facing the state amid the coronavirus pandemic, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker is calling on the General Assembly to convene and beg [...]

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144 more die in Illinois from COVID-19 as fatalities top 3,600 and state hits record for new cases

144 more die in Illinois from COVID-19 as fatalities top 3,600 and state hits record for new cases

Tuesday marked a record-high number of new cases — 4,014 — although Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s office said that positive count came from 29,266 tests results. That’s [...]

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Why Experts Say It’s a Good Thing Illinois’ Peak in Coronavirus Cases Has Shifted Later

Why Experts Say It’s a Good Thing Illinois’ Peak in Coronavirus Cases Has Shifted Later

Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Monday that modeling shows Illinois likely won’t hit its peak of coronavirus cases until potentially mid-June, later than initially exp [...]

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Illinois Coronavirus Updates: Blue Angels Chicago, United Airlines, Peak Changes

Illinois Coronavirus Updates: Blue Angels Chicago, United Airlines, Peak Changes

(NOTE: Daily press conferences from Gov. J.B. Pritzker and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot will be streamed live in the player above. Check back for updates.) Chi [...]

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Coronavirus in Illinois updates: Here's the latest on COVID-19

Coronavirus in Illinois updates: Here's the latest on COVID-19

Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Monday that the Chicago region is not on track to move to the next phase of his reopening plan later this month, and models now indicat [...]

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Elmhurst Mayor Asks Pritzker to Reconsider Reopening Plan, Health Care Region Grouping

Elmhurst Mayor Asks Pritzker to Reconsider Reopening Plan, Health Care Region Grouping

The mayor of suburban Elmhurst has asked Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker to reconsider portions of his plan to reopen Illinois, particularly including the city and [...]

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INTERACTIVE: Here's What It'll Take For Illinois To Reopen

INTERACTIVE: Here's What It'll Take For Illinois To Reopen

CHICAGO (CBS) — Illinois has started the process of reopening after Gov. JB Pritzker announced his plan to “Restore Illinois” last week.... The plan incorporat [...]

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Pritzker: Virus peak now mid-June, but end of May still the target for next reopening phase

Pritzker: Virus peak now mid-June, but end of May still the target for next reopening phase

Gov. J.B. Pritzker said new modeling data shows the state's COVID-19 cases won't peak until mid-June, a month later than expected.... The new modeling results [...]

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