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Appeals court dismisses Gov. Pritzker’s school mask order appeal

(The Center Square) – The temporary restraining order blocking Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s COVID-19 mask and exclusion policies in schools remains in place after an appeals court dismissed the governor’s appeal Thursday evening. “Because the emergency rules voided by the TRO are no longer in effect, a controversy regarding the application of those rules no longer […]

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Highland Park proof of COVID vaccination order expires after city council decides not to renew it

Private businesses in Highland Park are no longer required to check patrons’ proof of COVID-19 vaccination after the city council decided not to extend the order. The City of Highland Park issued a statement Friday saying Mayor Nancy Rotering and the city council members determined that the city would not extend the emergency declaration. The […]

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Bipartisan legislative committee blocks Gov. Pritzker’s emergency mask rule for schools

(The Center Square) – A bipartisan legislative committee has blocked Gov. JB Pritzker’s latest school mask mandate rule that he filed on Monday, which comes after a judge temporarily halted the state from enforcing the mandate. The Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR) is a bipartisan committee of Democratic and Republican lawmakers from the Illinois […]

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Libertyville-Vernon Hills District 128 faces contempt motion over claim they are violating mask restraining order

(The Center Square) – An attorney has filed a request to hold Libertyville-Vernon Hills School District 128 in contempt of court for allegedly violating a judge’s ruling that blocked the enforcement of masks. Sangamon County Circuit Court Judge Raylene Grischow issued a temporary restraining order on February 4 against school masking and COVID exclusion policies. […]

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Grayslake Central, Grayslake North high schools switch to mask-optional following planned walkout

Grayslake School District 127 is now mask-optional after in-person classes at Grayslake North and Grayslake Central high schools were canceled Wednesday due to planned protests of the district’s mask mandate. The district on Tuesday sent an email to parents saying that both Grayslake Central High School and Grayslake North High School would switch to eLearning […]

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Students at Warren Township and Mundelein high schools stage walkouts and rally against mask requirements

Students at Warren Township and Mundelein high schools protested mask requirements today following a recent court ruling by a downstate judge. On Friday, Sangamon County Circuit Court Judge Raylene Grischow “deemed null and void” the governor’s emergency rules through the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) concerning COVID-19 mitigations for schools. Schools impacted by litigation […]

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Gov. Pritzker says he will lift Illinois’ indoor mask mandate on February 28

Gov. JB Pritzker announced Wednesday that he will lift Illinois’ indoor mask mandate on February 28, citing rapidly declining COVID-19 hospitalizations. Pritzker held a press conference Wednesday morning in Champaign to discuss an increase in MAP grants in the state’s 2023 budget. Following a Tuesday report that Pritzker was going to lift the state’s mask […]