Senators Question Public Health Officials On Vaccine Rollout

SPRINGFIELD – State senators questioned public health officials regarding the state’s COVID-19 vaccination efforts in a Thursday hearing, one day after Gov. JB Pritzker announced that the state would expand vaccine eligibility under Phase 1B by Feb. 25. Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike and Deputy Director Andrew Friend testified before the […]

First Case Of South African Variant Of COVID-19 In Rock Island

SPRINGFIELD — A Rock Island resident is the first in Illinois identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to have contracted a variant of COVID-19 first identified in South Africa. Cases of the variant were first reported in the U.S. at the end of January. Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi […]

Biden Holds 1st Call As President With China’s Xi As Trade, Security Issues Loom

WASHINGTON – President Biden spoke with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday night, the White House said — an opening conversation that provided clues about how the new administration plans to deal with a country that poses vast economic, climate, and security challenges to the United States. Biden raised some of the thorniest bilateral issues, but […]

Governor’s Office Gives Glimpse Into Budget Proposal

SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker’s office says he will propose a budget with no tax increases for the upcoming fiscal year, and the deficit is now projected at about $2.5 billion less than previously thought. The governor introduces his proposed budget each year, but lawmakers in the General Assembly have the ultimate say as to what […]