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Illinois Secretary of State closing all driving service facilities for 2 weeks due to increase in COVID-19 cases

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White announced that all driving service facilities will be closed for two weeks starting Monday due to the increase in COVID-19 cases. White said that all Secretary of State departments will not conduct in-person transactions including driver services facilities starting January 3 through January 17. All departments and driver services […]

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‘We can’t stop COVID without you’ Advocate Aurora Health says in full-page newspaper ad urging vaccination

Advocate Aurora Health, which operates hospitals throughout the Chicago area, placed a full-page newspaper ad urging people to get vaccinated, saying that the majority of their patients are unvaccinated. “We can’t stop COVID without you,” the full-page newspaper ad read. “Beds are full. Wait times are long. And the strain on our health care, undeniable. […]

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‘This pandemic is surging’: Gov. Pritzker announces Illinois will double personnel at testing, vaccination sites

Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced on Monday that Illinois will double personnel at regional COVID-19 testing and vaccination sites as he urged residents to get vaccinated and get their boosters. “I’m here today because once again this pandemic is surging and threatening the health of Illinoisans,” Pritzker said as he began a press conference Monday afternoon […]

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Legislation targets ‘smash and grab’ theft rings to create crime of organized retail theft

(The Center Square) – An Illinois lawmaker has proposed legislation to combat smash and grab retail theft operations, which would create the crime of “organized retail theft” in the Illinois criminal statute. The issue is a problem in the Chicago area where Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said something has to be done. “We’ve got to […]

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State officials celebrate 1-year anniversary of first COVID-19 vaccinations in Illinois, urge residents to get booster

State officials are celebrating the one-year anniversary of the first COVID-19 vaccinations in Illinois and are urging fully-vaccinated residents to receive their booster shots. On December 15, 2020, around 450 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines were administered to health care workers after the first doses were delivered to the state the day before. Since […]

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NWS warns of damaging wind threat to northern Illinois area that could bring widespread power outages

The National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning for the northern Illinois area in anticipation of damaging winds that could cause widespread power outages Wednesday evening. A “major weather system” is strengthening Wednesday as it tracks from western to central United States, the NWS said. Nearly every county in Illinois is under a […]

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Gov. Pritzker signs bill that will provide $250 million in funding to anti-violence groups in Illinois

Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a bill into law on Friday that will provide $250 million in state funding to anti-violence groups in an effort to reduce gun violence across Illinois. In early November, Pritzker declared gun violence a public health crisis in Illinois while signing the Reimagine Public Safety Act (RPSA), which established the Office […]