Pritzker’s Daily COVID-19 Briefing Full Transcript And Audio — Nov. 24, 2020

Gov. J.B. Pritzker and Dr. Ngozi Ezike are holding daily COVID-19 press briefings as cases and hospitalizations in Illinois reach record highs. Read and listen to the latest update from the governor’s office on new cases, phased re-opening and closings of different regions and the state’s ongoing pandemic response. You can watch the most recent […]

Pritzker’s Daily COVID-19 Briefing Full Transcript And Audio — Nov. 20, 2020

Gov. J.B. Pritzker and Dr. Ngozi Ezike are holding daily COVID-19 press briefings as cases and hospitalizations in Illinois reach record highs. Read and listen to the latest update from the governor’s office on new cases, phased re-opening and closings of different regions and the state’s ongoing pandemic response. You can watch the most recent […]

Pritzker’s Daily COVID-19 Briefing Full Transcript And Audio — Nov. 18, 2020

Gov. J.B. Pritzker and Dr. Ngozi Ezike are holding daily COVID-19 press briefings as cases and hospitalizations in Illinois reach record highs. Read and listen to the latest update from the governor’s office on new cases, phased re-opening and closings of different regions and the state’s ongoing pandemic response. You can watch the most recent […]

Illinois Closing Driver Services For 3 Weeks As Virus Surges

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois’ drivers services facilities will close for in-person business for three weeks starting Tuesday because of the statewide surge in COVID-19 cases. Secretary of State Jesse White’s office announced the statewide closure Friday and urged the public to take advantage of online services. The closures will begin Tuesday, with the locations set to […]

New Restrictions Begin In Champaign-Urbana Due To Rising COVID-19 Rates

CHAMPAIGN – From schools to restaurants to hospitals, restrictions are once again underway around Champaign County as COVID-19 cases rise. Friday will be the last day for in-person classes at Champaign Unit 4 Schools and Urbana School District 116. Both districts are switching to remote instruction only, starting Monday. At a Thursday news conference, Champaign-Urbana […]

Where Can You Get Tested for COVID-19 In Central Illinois?

For health questions about COVID-19, call the Illinois Department of Public Health hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email dph.sick@illinois.gov. IDPH has also compiled a list of testing sites across the state, including information on testing eligibility and contact information. Public testing sites offer free testing regardless of insurance, with no need for a doctor’s referral. Illinois […]

Governor Bans Indoor Dining In Chicago As Virus Cases Surge

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Surging COVID-19 cases in Chicago have prompted Gov. J.B. Pritzker to ban indoor dining and bar services and limit the number of people gathering in one place. The rules announced Tuesday take effect Friday and will force diners and bar patrons outdoors and shut down service at 11 p.m. in the […]

Chicago Adds 5 States To Travel Quarantine Amid Virus Spike

CHICAGO — Chicago has added five states to its quarantine order amid concerns about the rising number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations across Illinois. On Tuesday, the city announced that beginning Friday travelers from Ohio, Delaware, Colorado, West Virginia and Texas will be subject to a two-week quarantine requirement. And Mayor Lori Lightfoot says she’s […]

Illinois Sets New Record For Infections As Testing Increases

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois has set a new record for coronavirus infections, fueled by a large increase in testing. The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 4,554 confirmed cases. That’s a 13% jump from the record set a day earlier. There were also 38 additional deaths, bringing the total in Illinois lost to COVID-19 since the […]

President Trump And First Lady Test Positive For COVID-19

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump have tested positive for the coronavirus, he said Friday. The positive test comes a month until the election and after the president has spent the year largely downplaying the threat of the virus. Trump’s positive test comes just hours after the White House announced that […]

After Low Visitor Numbers, Navy Pier Closure Begins Tuesday

CHICAGO — Chicago’s Navy Pier will shut down at the end of the Labor Day weekend until the spring after seeing low visitor numbers during the coronavirus pandemic. Officials have not announced an exact date to reopen the tourist attraction. Navy Pier reopened with limited capacity and attractions in June as Illinois began to loosen […]

Ray LaHood Confirms Endorsement Of Biden

PEORIA – Former Peoria Republican congressman Ray LaHood confirmed Monday he is endorsing Democratic nominee Joe Biden in November’s presidential election. LaHood served as U.S. secretary of transportation during President Barack Obama’s first term and worked closely with then-Vice President Biden. “We became friends,” LaHood said Monday. “I admire his leadership. I admire his years […]

News Around Illinois – August 21, 2020

Illinois Reports 1,832 COVID-19 Cases And 27 Deaths SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 1,832 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 27 deaths. The number of confirmed cases on Thursday come from the state conducting 51,612 tests in the previous 24 hours. The state now has reported 213,721 cases and 7,833 fatalities. […]

Despite Pandemic, Home Prices On The Rise

Despite the global pandemic, U.S. home prices have been rising nationwide. This interactive map shows home price changes in U.S. metropolitan and micropolitan areas from May 2019 through May 2020. This map is current as of August 6, 2020 and will not update.