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With U.S. Supreme Court challenge pending, Illinois adopts OSHA’s employer vaccine mandate

(The Center Square) – New rules filed by the Illinois Department of Labor on Friday adopt OSHA’s vaccine and testing mandates on employers with more than 100 employees. The state agency said the final rules are not open to appeal or challenge and adopt the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing […]

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IDPH, ISBE to update COVID-19 isolation guidelines for schools to align with CDC

(The Center Square) – Illinois officials are updating COVID-19 isolation and quarantine guidelines for schools to mirror new guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC issued new guidance on Tuesday that shortened the isolation and quarantine periods for the general public from 10 days to five days. Parents across the […]

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New legislation would allow suspects to potentially intimidate victims, Illinois Republicans warn

(The Center Square) – A bill poised for Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s desk would allow suspects three calls after they enter jail, which law enforcement will not be allowed to monitor. House Bill 3512 passed the state Senate in October. The House took up the Senate’s amendment during their one-day session Wednesday. State Rep. Justin […]

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Health officials say new antiviral COVID-19 pills will be available in Illinois this month

The state health department announced that two new COVID-19 oral antivirals, which have been shown to reduce hospitalizations, will be arriving in Illinois later this month. Paxlovid, made by Pfizer, and Molnupiravir, made by Merck, were both given emergency use authorization by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in December. The antivirals are for those […]

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Illinois adopts CDC recommendation for COVID-19 booster shots for children ages 12-15

The Illinois Department of Public Health has adopted the CDC’s recommendation for children ages 12-15 to get their COVID-19 booster vaccine, the department announced. On Wednesday, the Center for Disease and Prevention Control (CDC) endorsed their Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ recommendation to expand eligibility of booster doses to those 12 to 15 years old. […]

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NWS issues winter weather advisory for blowing and drifting snow in northern Illinois

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for this evening into Wednesday in anticipation of blowing snow that could cause hazardous travel conditions. The advisory will go into effect at 9 p.m. Tuesday and end at 3 p.m. Wednesday. The advisory will cover portions of north-central and northeast Illinois, including Winnebago, Boone, […]

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Changes to electronic home monitoring take effect in Illinois allowing defendants to leave their homes

A portion of the Pretrial Fairness Act went into effect in Illinois at the beginning of this month, allowing defendants on electronic home monitoring to leave their homes twice a week. The act was passed in January 2021 by the Illinois legislature as part of the criminal justice reform bill, HB 3653. The Pretrial Fairness […]

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‘Our hospitals are still completely overwhelmed’: Illinois health officials report record COVID-19 patients in hospital

Illinois officials on Monday reported approximately 6,300 people with COVID-19 in Illinois hospitals, which is the most recorded during the pandemic. Governor JB Pritzker held a press conference Monday afternoon in Chicago to provide a COVID-19 update. “I wish I had better news to deliver about progress against Omicron. Unfortunately, we are reaching all-time record […]