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Public eligible for virus vaccine April 12

CHICAGO— Gov. J.B. Pritzker and Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike today announced a metrics-based, vaccination-informed framework for Illinois to advance to Phase 5 of the state’s Restore Illinois Plan,…

Illinois reports 1,655 virus cases, 17 deaths

SPRINGFIELD -- The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) on Wednesday reported 1,655 new cases of COVID-19, including 17 additional deaths. Deaths reported Wednesday included a Boone County man in his 70s and a Winnebago County…

State tweaks mobile COVID-19 testing schedules

SPRINGFIELD -- In an effort to make one of the largest COVID-19 testing infrastructures in the country more easily accessible for residents, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is fine tuning its targeted mobile testing…

Pritzker announces $24.9M for park projects

SPRINGFIELD -- Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Tuesday announced that more than $24.9 million in state grant funding has been approved for local governments to construct, renovate, and improve buildings or purchase land to be used for public access…

Illinois unemployment rate down, jobs up in January 2021

CHICAGO -- The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced week that the unemployment rate decreased -0.3 percentage point to 7.7%, while non-farm payrolls were up +9,700 jobs in January, based on preliminary data provided…