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Algonquin-based School District 300 votes to go mask-optional following appellate court ruling

Algonquin-based School District 300 board members voted Sunday to no longer require masks or exclude close contacts from school beginning Tuesday. The District 300 Board of Education voted 5-2 in favor of ending mandatory mask usage for students and staff in its schools. Board members Christine Birkett and Nancy Zettler voted against removing the mask […]

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Gov. Pritzker to appeal to Illinois Supreme Court after appellate court dismisses his appeal in school mask case

(The Center Square) – Gov. Pritzker is expected to file an appeal with the Illinois Supreme Court in an effort to get the state’s school mask mandate reinstated. The Fourth District Court of Appeals late Thursday found Pritzker’s appeal of a lower court blocking mask and exclusion rules for students and vaccine or testing mandates […]

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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 “Because the emergency rules voided by the TRO are no longer in effect, a controversy regarding the application of those rules no longer […]

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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 and Barrington among Lake County school districts to go mask-optional following court ruling

Multiple schools in Lake County, including some in Libertyville, Barrington, Buffalo Grove and Lake Forest, have gone mask-optional following the court ruling regarding school COVID mitigations. Libertyville School District 70 Board of Education held a special board meeting Monday evening to discuss the topic. The board voted 5-2 in favor of adjusting mitigations to no […]

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‘It cultivates chaos’: Gov. Pritzker slams judge’s ruling striking down Illinois’ school mask mandate

Gov. J.B. Pritzker slammed a downstate judge’s ruling that temporarily blocks his mask and COVID exclusion mandates in Illinois schools, saying that the judge had “poor legal reasoning.” “Judge Raylene Grischow’s ruling is out of step with the vast majority of legal analysis in Illinois and across the nation,” Pritzker said during an unrelated press […]

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Algonquin-based School District 300 cancels class for all 31 of its schools following court ruling on masks

Classes were canceled Monday for schools in Algonquin-based School District 300 “to ensure a safe learning environment” following a court ruling against Illinois’ school mask and exclusion guidelines. District 300, which serves over 23,000 students and is the sixth-largest district in Illinois, initially said on Sunday that masks would continue to be required in their […]

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Multiple school districts in McHenry County say they will be mask-optional following court ruling

Multiple schools districts in McHenry County announced Sunday that they will not require students or staff to wear masks following the recent court ruling by an Illinois judge. “Effective immediately, face masks will be strongly recommended but not required at school and at all school-related events for staff and students, as well as visitors and […]