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Region 1 moves to Tier 2 COVID-19 mitigation

CHICAGO— Following a decrease in COVID-19 test positivity rates and hospitalizations throughout Illinois, Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced Friday that regions across the state are now eligible to move out of Tier 3 mitigations, the strictest…

Pritzker responds to Trump impeachment

CHICAGO -- Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker called the second impeachment of President Donald Trump a necessary move. “Make no mistake: to hold accountable those who smear our democracy, who unleash violence and death upon the halls of…

Rep. Chris Welch becomes new speaker of Illinois House

SPRINGFIELD – Rep. Emanuel "Chris" Welch, D-Hillside, will be the next speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives after days of closed-door meetings with fellow Democrats. Michael Madigan, who has been speaker for all but two years…

Madigan suspends campaign for Illinois House speaker

SPRINGFIELD -- Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan is suspending his campaign for speaker, but hasn't withdrawn. In a statement released Monday morning, Madigan, D-Chicago, announced the decision. “This is not a withdrawal,”…

Tier 3 mitigation can be lifted in Illinois Jan. 15

CHICAGO -- Illinois regions could start lifting Tier 3 coronavirus restrictions Jan. 15, Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced Wednesday. The governor said while some regions showed a slow in COVID-19 cases in recent weeks, experts, including Dr.…

People 65 and older included in next virus vaccine phase

CHICAGO – Building on guidance by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced guidelines for…

IDPH reports 5,059 new cases of COVID-19, 79 deaths

SPRINGFIELD -- The Illinois Department of Public Health, on Monday reported 5,059 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19, including 79 additional deaths. There have now been a total of 984,880 cases, including 16,834 deaths, in 102…