Pritzker vetoes paid COVID leave for school, university employees

SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker on Monday vetoed a bill that would have provided paid administrative leave for public school and university employees who miss work due to COVID-19-related issues and instead negotiated “compromise” legislation that would provide such leave to only those who are fully vaccinated. “Vaccines are a vital tool in preventing the […]

U of I delays start of in-person spring classes by one week

University of Illinois Urbana Champaign

URBANA — The University of Illinois announced Monday that it will delay the start of in-person spring classes on its Urbana campus by one week. Chancellor Robert Jones said in a mass email to faculty, staff and graduate students that the first week of classes next semester will be online starting Tuesday, Jan. 18. U […]

Pro-Trump counties now have far higher COVID death rates. Misinformation is to blame

WASHINGTON — Since May 2021, people living in counties that voted heavily for Donald Trump during the last presidential election have been nearly three times as likely to die from COVID-19 as those who live in areas that went for now-President Biden. That’s according to a new analysis by NPR that examines how political polarization […]

Health Care Right of Conscience changes will head to governor

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Senate joined the House on Thursday in approving a change to the Health Care Right of Conscience Act that was requested by the governor and attorney general, putting it one signature away from becoming law. The HCRC Act currently prohibits discrimination against anyone for their “conscientious refusal to receive, obtain, accept, […]

The FDA authorizes Moderna and J&J COVID vaccine boosters

WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration authorized booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccines made by Moderna and Johnson & Johnson following unanimous votes by a committee of independent advisers backing the boosters last week. In a related decision, the FDA also authorized boosters that differ from the vaccine originally used to immunize a person […]

Pritzker delays vaccine deadline for some state workers

CHICAGO — Illinois’ governor has pushed back a deadline for state employees of veterans’ homes, prisons and other congregate facilities to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as his office negotiates with labor unions representing some workers. The Chicago Tribune reports that Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Friday said employees covered by the requirement have until Nov. 30 […]

The Biden Administration May Recommend COVID Boosters After 8 Months

WASHINGTON — Fully vaccinated Americans could be rolling up their sleeves for another dose of the coronavirus vaccine as soon as next month. The Biden administration is close to advising fully vaccinated Americans get COVID-19 booster shots eight months after their last vaccine. A source familiar with the discussions among administration health experts said this […]

U.S. VA, Pritzker Promise Fix For Veterans Initially Left Out Of Ill. Vaccine Lottery

SPRINGFIELD – The U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs is deploying a fix so the more than 89,000 veterans, veteran spouses and others who received their COVID vaccines at federal VA facilities have a chance at winning Illinois’ vaccine lottery. Gov. JB Pritzker last week announced Illinois’ “All In For The Win” lottery promotion, which will give […]

Vaccinated Illinoisans Automatically Entered Into $10 Million Lottery

SPRINGFIELD – Any vaccinated Illinoisan will be automatically entered into a lottery for $10 million in prizes without having to take any extra steps to enter. Gov. JB Pritzker announced the “all in for the win” vaccine lottery at an event in Chicago, noting it would award $7 million in cash prizes for adults 18 […]

Misinformation, Fewer Resources Hurting Vaccination Rates In Vermilion County

DANVILLE – According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, 50.55 percent of Illinoisans eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccines have received them as of June 7, 2021. In Champaign County, 49.75 percent are vaccinated. But in Vermilion County, only 29 percent of people eligible to receive the vaccine have been immunized. Illinois Newsroom’s Tinisha Spain […]

COVID-19 Vaccination Walk-In Clinics Scheduled Thursday & Friday

CHAMPAIGN – People in Champaign and Macon counties are welcome to receive COVID-19 vaccines at clinics in Champaign on Thursday and Decatur on Friday. The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District will hold a free walk-in vaccine clinic at Salem Baptist Church in the 5th & Hill Neighborhood of Champaign on Thursday from 2:00 to 6:30 p.m. […]

New State Program Aims For ‘One-On-One Connections’ In Communities To Combat COVID-19

SPRINGFIELD — Gov. JB Pritzker announced a new state program Monday that aims to increase vaccine access in low-income, vulnerable communities and to connect residents across the state to COVID-19 assistance programs for transportation, food, utilities or other resources. The COVID-19 Pandemic Health Navigator Program serves areas of the state outside of Chicago and Cook […]