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Rockford’s Laser Quest closes permanently

ROCKFORD -- The COVID-19 pandemic has claimed another Rockford business. Laser Quest, 293 Executive Parkway, announced on Facebook Tuesday that is now closed permanently. "As much as we wanted to re-open, the COVID-19 pandemic and the…

Illinois surpasses 5M COVID-19 tests

SPRINGFIELD -- Illinois has surpassed 5 million COVID-19 tests since the outbreak was deemed a pandemic earlier this year, Gov. J.B. Pritzker and Illinois Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike announced Monday. “In a pandemic, widely…

CDC removes erroneous post about airborne COVID-19 transmission

ATLANTA – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday removed updated COVID-19 airborne transmission guidance that it says was “posted in error.” The transmission guidance was updated on the CDC’s website on Friday, and said…

CDC: Forcing customers to wear masks could result in violence

(ROCKFORD ADVOCATE) -- Workers in the retail and service industry should not force customers to follow COVID-19 prevention guidelines, including wearing a mask, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said this week. Georgia Gov.…

Illinois unemployment rate falls to 11.3%

SPRINGFIELD -- The unemployment rate in Illinois fell to 11.3% in July as the coronavirus pandemic’s grip on the state’s economy showed signs of easing. The Illinois Department of Employment Security said the number of nonfarm jobs in…

Illinois COVID-19 tests exceed 50K in last 24 hours

SPRINGFIELD -- State laboratories processed more than 50,000 COVID-19 tests over the last 24 hours, resulting in 2,295 new cases of the disease, the Illinois Department of Public Health announced Wednesday. As of this report, there have…