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Gov. Pritzker defends end to cash bail in Illinois despite law enforcement criticisms

(The Center Square) – Gov. J.B. Pritzker is defending the SAFE-T Act as law enforcement statewide criticizes the new law and says that it will make Illinois less safe when it goes into effect on January 1. The Safety, Accountability, Fairness and Equity-Today Act, or SAFE-T Act, abolishes cash bail beginning in January 2023, overhauls […]

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Gov. Pritzker declares monkeypox virus outbreak a public health emergency in Illinois

Governor JB Pritzker on Monday declared the monkeypox virus a public health emergency and declared Illinois a “disaster area” regarding the disease. The declaration, which applies to the entire state, will allow the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) to utilize resources for coordinating logistics across state agencies, quickly and efficiently aid in the distribution […]

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Illinois begins rolling out monkeypox vaccines to high-risk residents

A limited supply of the monkeypox vaccine is being prioritized for residents in certain high-risk categories, state health officials announced on Thursday. Illinois received 7,371 doses of the Jynneos vaccine and the City of Chicago received 18,707 doses as of Thursday, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) said. Local health officials were advised that […]

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Illinois sheriffs sue Gov. Pritzker administration over continued delay of treatment for mentally ill inmates

(The Center Square) – Sheriffs across Illinois are suing the Pritzker administration’s Department of Human Services over the state’s continued delays in transferring jail inmates for treatment after they are deemed unfit to stand trial. The estimated extra taxpayer cost to the counties is nearly $1.5 million. The problem has been happening since before the […]

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State police close loophole in gun permit process revealed after Highland Park mass shooting

(The Center Square) – Gov. Pritzker and state police have filed a new rule that aims to close a loophole that allowed the Highland Park mass shooting suspect to legally buy multiple guns despite previous incidents. Emergency rules announced Monday would allow “clear and present danger” reports to be maintained and used in the FOID […]

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Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker tests positive for COVID-19

Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker, who is fully vaccinated and doubled boosted, tested positive for COVID-19 and is experiencing mild symptoms, his office announced. The governor’s office said in a statement Tuesday morning that Pritzker had been notified of several close contacts that tested positive for the virus. Pritzker was tested during his routine COVID testing […]

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988 line, similar to 911, launches in Illinois and rest of U.S. to help those in mental crisis

The new 988 hotline, similar to 911, launched nationwide Saturday to make it easier for those who are suicidal or experiencing other mental crises to get help. Vibrant Emotional Health, the nonprofit administrator of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, said the new 988 number is easy for people to remember. Previously, the number for the […]

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Illinois attorney general says survivors of Highland Park mass shooting have been contacted by scammers

The Illinois attorney general said that some survivors of the Highland Park mass shooting have been contacted by scammers. He also warned residents to be cautious about who they donate to. Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul on Wednesday issued the warning urging vigilance following reports that survivors of the shooting have been contacted by potential […]