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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…

Illinois AG joins lawsuit against United States Postal Service

SPRINGFIELD — Operational shifts undertaken by the United States Postal Service in recent weeks, including spending cuts and equipment removal, are illegal, Illinois’ top lawyer and 13 other attorneys general argued in a federal lawsuit…

Chicago’s Navy Pier closing because of pandemic losses

CHICAGO -- Navy Pier announced Tuesday that after Labor Day, the sprawling attraction will shut down for the remainder of 2020 because of massive losses suffered during the COVID-19 pandemic. Officials say the Pier hopes to reopen in…

Former Illinois. Gov. Jim Thompson dies at 84

CHICAGO -- Former Illinois Gov. James Thompson died Friday at the age of 84, his family said. Thompson, known as "Big Jim" because of this 6-foot, 6-inch frame, was that state's longest-serving governor, holding the office from 1977 to…

Governor announces housing assistance program

CHICAGO -- Gov. J.B. Pritzker and the Illinois Housing Development Authority on Monday announced that applications for rental assistance are now available for renters who have lost a job or income due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Through…

Police: Incorrect Facebook post sparked Chicago looting

CHICAGO -- A Facebook post about a police-involved shooting Sunday sparked an evening of looting in downtown Chicago. Officials say rioting  broke out around midnight Monday on the North Side, Michigan Avenue and the South Loop. Rioters…

Pritzker announces new COVID-19 emergency rules

CHICAGO - Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Friday he is submitting administrative rules that would allow authorities to fine businesses up to $2,500 for failing to require face coverings and social distancing in the fight against COVID-19. Te…