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Gov. Pritzker deploying over 2,000 health care workers to Illinois hospitals to deal with ‘unprecedented’ COVID-19 cases

Gov. JB Pritzker announced he is deploying over 2,000 health care workers to Illinois hospitals to deal with record COVID-19 hospitalizations, which he called “unprecedented.” Pritzker held a press conference Wednesday afternoon to discuss the latest COVID-19 surge. “With record COVID hospitalizations here and across the nation, the most important strategy that we’re following is […]

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New legislation would allow suspects to potentially intimidate victims, Illinois Republicans warn

(The Center Square) – A bill poised for Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s desk would allow suspects three calls after they enter jail, which law enforcement will not be allowed to monitor. House Bill 3512 passed the state Senate in October. The House took up the Senate’s amendment during their one-day session Wednesday. State Rep. Justin […]

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‘Our hospitals are still completely overwhelmed’: Illinois health officials report record COVID-19 patients in hospital

Illinois officials on Monday reported approximately 6,300 people with COVID-19 in Illinois hospitals, which is the most recorded during the pandemic. Governor JB Pritzker held a press conference Monday afternoon in Chicago to provide a COVID-19 update. “I wish I had better news to deliver about progress against Omicron. Unfortunately, we are reaching all-time record […]

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Governor, hospital leaders urge hospitals in Illinois to pause elective surgeries during COVID-19 surge

Governor JB Pritzker and hospital leaders issued a joint statement urging hospitals to pause non-emergency surgeries to maintain hospital capacity as COVID-19 cases surge. Pritzker and the Illinois Health and Hospital Association said Thursday that they are urging hospitals to “take every possible measure” to maintain and expand bed capacity, including postponing non-emergency surgeries and […]

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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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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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Crystal Lake teachers among Illinois teachers to file lawsuit against their school districts, Gov. Pritzker over COVID-19 mandates

(The Center Square) – About 90 teachers and school staff, including some from Crystal Lake District 47, are suing their school districts and Gov. J.B. Pritzker over COVID-19 mandates such as vaccines, testing and masks. The lawsuit poised for Sangamon County Circuit Court comes from attorney Thomas DeVore, who has challenged Pritzker’s orders around the […]

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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 […]

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Health department announces first case of Omicron COVID-19 variant in Illinois

Health officials on Tuesday announced Illinois’ first case of the Omicron COVID-19 variant in a fully vaccinated resident. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) said Illinois’ first known COVID-19 case caused by the Omicron variant (B.1.1.529) was identified in a Chicago resident. The Chicago resident came in […]