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COVID-19: Illinois positivity rate down to 7%

SPRINGFIELD -- Illinois' COVID-19 seven-day test-positivity rate dipped to 7% Monday. The rate is the result of tests processed from Jan. 11 to Jan. 17. The statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total tests from that same period…

Heightened security remains in place at Illinois Capitol

SPRINGFIELD – While there have been no confirmed threats made against the Illinois Capitol, heightened security measures remain in place “out of an abundance of caution” after a quiet weekend in the capital city. State officials said it…

IHSA announces more COVID-19 guidelines for winter sports

BLOOMINGTON -- Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced Friday that three regions in the state (1, 2, 5) are being rolled back from Tier 3 mitigations to Tier 2 mitigations. Saturday, Jan. 16, Region 5 moved to Tier 1 mitigations. Region 1,…

Illinois’ online shoppers hit with more taxes

SPRINGFIELD -- Burning through those online gift cards will go incrementally faster in 2021 depending on how high local sales taxes are in your local Illinois municipality. That’s because of a 2019 law that took effect with the new year.…

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…