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Gov. Pritzker says mask requirement could stretch into next year

(The Center Square) – Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Illinoisans could be wearing face coverings in public for months to come and normalcy won’t return until 2021. The governor stopped in Quincy on Monday, one a several Illinois regions that have seen an increase in coronavirus cases. Adams County, which has seen an increase in cases […]

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Pritzker says people who refuse to wear masks are ‘the enemy’ in COVID-19 fight

(The Center Square) – Gov. J.B. Pritzker said those who don’t want to wear a mask are the enemy in the fight against COVID-19, a comment that a parent who is organizing a march against mask mandates for school children said is offensive. The latest daily report for the existence of COVID-19 in Illinois had […]

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Pritzker says he’ll close bars, restaurants if COVID-19 cases rise too high

(The Center Square) – Gov. J.B. Pritzker said he would likely close Illinois’ bars and dine-in restaurant services again if the increase in COVID-19 cases continued to accelerate, but the governor was short on specifics. Pritzker was questioned by reporters in Chicago about how much of an increase in coronavirus cases the state would have […]

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Lawsuit challenging Pritzker’s COVID-19 orders moves toward appellate court

(The Center Square) – A hearing Friday in a lawsuit state Rep. Darren Bailey filed to challenge Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s executive orders could lead to a full-blown appeal. Clay County Judge Michael McHaney sided with Bailey, R-Xenia, on two counts regarding the governor’s orders just before the Independence Day Holiday weekend. The judge ruled July […]

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker calls for national face-covering requirements

(The Center Square) – Gov. J.B. Pritzker urged federal lawmakers on Wednesday to adopt a nationwide face-covering requirement as the number of cases of COVID-19 increases in some states. The governor took part in a U.S. House committee hearing about the response to COVID-19. He laid out several things he said the federal government could […]

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Judge rules Pritzker’s COVID-19 restrictions void; Illinois attorney general ‘reviewing’ options

(The Center Square) – A judge’s ruling ending Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s executive orders limiting businesses and individual movements applies to everyone, according to the courts. But it’s unclear when the issue will finally be resolved. Just before the Independence Day holiday weekend, state Rep. Darren Bailey, R-Xenia, stepped out of a courtroom with wins against […]

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Pritzker looks to federal government for effective COVID-19 treatment to lift all state restrictions

(The Center Square) – Illinois won’t be restriction-free until there is an effective treatment or vaccine for COVID-19 under Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s reopening plan, but it’s not yet clear on how long that could take. There were distinct timelines laid out in the governor’s reopening plan to move from Phase 2 to Phase 3 and […]