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Lawmakers Cancel Session, Pritzker Seeks Sick-Time Relief

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SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois General Assembly has canceled scheduled legislative sessions next week to limit the possibility of spreading COVID-19 among large groups.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker confirmed the canceled Springfield meeting days in a Chicago news conference Wednesday during which he announced a plan to expand unemployment benefits to employees without paid sick time who must miss work because of the virus.

Earlier Tuesday, Chicago officials and organizers announced that this weekend’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration has been canceled.

Pritzker indicated he’s also begun discussions with Major League Baseball, whose March 26 opening day is the earliest ever. 

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