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Company reaches agreement in lawsuit brought by attorney general for explosion that killed 4 at Waukegan plant

AB Specialty Silicones has agreed to stop producing certain products and pay a fine following a lawsuit by the attorney general’s office after an explosion at their Waukegan plant killed four employees in 2019. The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board released a video in April giving a detailed recreation of the May 3, […]

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Judge orders IL Department of Corrections to release records on early prisoner releases after lawsuit by McHenry County state’s attorney

A judge has ordered the Illinois Department of Corrections to provide the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office with records on the early release of prisoners following a lawsuit. The McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office said they informally attempted multiple times to obtain records from the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) regarding its early release of […]

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Lawsuit filed against Waukegan gun range after employee discharged gun, ‘severely injuring’ patron

A lawsuit has been filed against a gun range in Waukegan after an employee discharged a gun, shooting himself and a 19-year-old patron, causing the teen to suffer a “severe” hand injury. The incident happened around 2:15 p.m. on April 1 at Caliber Tactical Gun Range, 3059 Washington Street in Waukegan. Waukegan Deputy Police Chief […]

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Federal judge ends President Biden’s mask mandate on planes, trains and other public transportation

A federal judge on Monday struck down the Biden administration’s mask mandate for planes, airports, trains and other public transportation. A lawsuit was filed last July by two individuals along with the Health Freedom Defense Fund. The suit named the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and various government officials as defendants, seeking a declaratory […]

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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 […]