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Illinois lawmakers propose sweeping justice reform bill to end cash bail, allow anonymous complaints against officers

(The Center Square) – Illinois lawmakers have introduced a major criminal justice reform bill that includes ending cash bail and qualified immunity for police officers and allows anonymous complaints against officers. State lawmakers could consider a variety of issues when the Illinois Legislature convenes for the final days of the 101st General Assembly. One of […]

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Gov. Pritzker to consider loosening COVID-19 restrictions after holidays

(The Center Square) – Gov. J.B. Pritzker is expected to loosen virus mitigations sometime after the holidays after moving the state to tier 3 mitigations in November, which closed indoor service at restaurants and bars. Most areas of the state apparently avoided a post-Thanksgiving surge that Pritzker warned about, and a couple of regions have […]

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Gov. Pritzker says no region will see reduced virus restrictions for a few weeks due to Thanksgiving travel

Gov. J.B. Pritzker said that all regions in Illinois will continue to have strict restrictions — despite some nearing the threshold for reduced restrictions — due to Thanksgiving travel and gatherings. “The number of patients fighting COVID-19 in our hospital systems statewide still eclipses our spring peak by 23%. We had hoped to see more […]

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Gov. Pritzker announces Tier 3 restrictions statewide in Illinois as virus surges

Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced that the entire state of Illinois will be under Tier 3 mitigation restrictions starting Friday and a stay-at-home order could be coming if the virus continues to surge. Pritzker said the mitigations will help “suppress the spread of the virus and prevent hospitals from becoming overrun.” This latest round of mitigations […]

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Gov. Pritzker says mandatory stay-at-home order could be coming in Illinois

Gov. J.B. Pritzker urged families not to travel and keep their holiday gatherings virtual this year. Pritzker also hinted that a mandatory stay-at-home order could be coming back in Illinois if the virus continues surging. “The numbers don’t lie,” Pritzker said during his daily COVID-19 briefing on Thursday. “If things don’t take a turn in […]

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Gov. Pritzker says more restrictions possible if COVID-19 positivity rates continue to climb

(The Center Square) – Gov. J.B. Pritzker said that new, more stringent restrictions could be coming statewide in Illinois if COVID-19 cases continue to increase. Pritzker made the announcement during his daily news briefing on Thursday. “If the numbers keep going in the wrong direction, we will need to impose further mitigations,” Pritzker said. “I […]

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State data: Estimated 1% of COVID-19 outbreaks came from restaurants

(The Center Square) – Restaurant owners from across Illinois say the closure orders being instituted by Gov. J.B. Pritzker will devastate small businesses, leaving thousands jobless even though the state found an estimated 1 percent of COVID-19 outbreaks came from restaurants. The Illinois Restaurant Association said Friday in Chicago that its members were being singled […]

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Trump says Illinois needs to reopen and needs new governor; Pritzker says president is bad model

(The Center Square) – President Donald Trump said Illinois needs to reopen. Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker says capacity limits on businesses have to be maintained because COVID-19 is “very, very” dangerous. Trump was across the border from the Land of Lincoln in Wisconsin Saturday where during a rally he criticized Pritzker. “Tell you what, Illinois […]