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Gov. Pritzker officially lifts Illinois mask mandate for vaccinated residents

Gov. J.B. Pritzker officially lifted his mask mandate for vaccinated Illinois residents on Monday, aligning with guidance issued last week by the CDC. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated their guidance Thursday, saying that fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing masks or physically distancing except where required by federal or […]

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Gov. Pritzker says Illinois will follow CDC guidance, modify mask mandate for vaccinated people

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker said he would update the state’s mask mandate in line with the CDC after they announced vaccinated people do not need to wear a mask in almost all indoor or outdoor settings. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated their guidance Thursday, saying that fully vaccinated people can resume […]

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Gov. Pritzker says Illinois will advance to Bridge Phase on May 14, could be fully reopened by June

Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced Thursday that Illinois will move into the Bridge Phase of reopening on May 14 and the state could be fully reopened without limits as soon as June. Pritzker made the announcement during a press conference Thursday afternoon at the James Thompson Center in Chicago. “This good news comes with a caveat. […]

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Gov. Pritzker says Illinois is making progress with COVID, may move to Bridge Phase of reopening soon

Gov. J.B. Pritzker said that Illinois is making progress in its COVID-19 metrics and could enter the “Bridge Phase” of reopening within days. Pritzker discussed the topic earlier this week while speaking at a press conference in Aurora about expanding COVID-19 resources and vaccine accessibility. “As you have seen in the numbers, they’ve been coming […]

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Illinois lawmakers look to remove mandatory sentence enhancements for gun crimes

(The Center Square) – Illinois democratic lawmakers are looking at removing some mandatory sentence enhancements for crimes like shootings and unlawful possession of a gun. State Rep. LaShawn Ford’s legislation would give a sentencing judge discretion over whether to tack on more than a decade in prison for gun-related felonies. Ford introduced the bill, HB […]

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Illinois taking ‘aggressive action’ to address possible resurgence in COVID-19 cases, officials say

Illinois health officials said that they are taking “aggressive action” as COVID-19 cases increase in the state, and several counties seeing low vaccine demand are now authorized to vaccinate residents 16 and older. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) said on Friday they are concerned about a trend in COVID-19 hospitalizations and case rates. […]

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Gov. Pritzker says Illinois moving rapidly towards Bridge Phase of reopening, possibly within days

Gov. J.B. Pritzker said on Monday that Illinois is rapidly moving towards moving to the “Bridge Phase” of reopening, which will allow for expanded capacity at businesses and venues. Pritzker appeared in Cook County Monday morning to discuss the opening of a new mass vaccination site in Forest Park. During the press conference, he said […]

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Gov. Pritzker announces updated reopening plan, says Illinois will fully reopen once 50% of residents are vaccinated

Gov. Pritzker announced major updates on Thursday, saying all Illinois residents will be eligible for the vaccine on April 12 and that the state will fully reopen to Phase 5 once 50% of residents are vaccinated. Pritzker and Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike announced the new framework to advance to […]