New Guidelines For High School Sports Amid COVID-19 Released

CHAMPAIGN – On Friday, the Illinois High School Association released guidelines for allowing student athletes to practice and play. It comes as the Illinois Department of Public Health announced the number of confirmed coronavirus cases grew to 145,750 including 7,005 deaths. Here are a few of the Phase 4 Return To Play Guidelines: Schools must […]

News Around Illinois – July 3, 2020

Illinois Seeking New Poet Laureate, State’s First Since 2017 CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois is looking for a new poet laureate. Gov. J.B. Pritzker has launched a search committee to fill the post, which has been vacant since 2017. He said Illinois has been home to talented poets including Carl Sandburg, Gwendolyn Brooks and Sandra Cisneros, […]

Surge Protection: Some Travelers Face Quarantine in Chicago

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CHICAGO — Chicago officials say people traveling to the city from 15 states with increasing numbers of confirmed cases of the coronavirus will have to quarantine for two weeks upon arrival or face possible fines. The order takes effect Monday. To comply, travelers must stay at a single home or dwelling for 14 days except […]

News Around Illinois – July 2, 2020

From Tight Hallways To Packed Elevators, Urban Campuses Are Grappling With Social Distancing Colleges and universities in downtown Chicago often use their urban location as a selling point when attracting students. Now, those campuses — located in the densest part of the city — are turning into a potential liability as schools plan to reopen […]

News Around Illinois – June 30, 2020

‘We Are Burying Our Future’: Chicago Mayor Mourns Kids’ Deaths From Weekend Shootings Mayor Lori Lightfoot says the last two Mondays she’s woken up with an “incredible sense of dread” after reading emails, text messages and media reports about the number of Chicagoans shot and killed over the weekend. On Monday morning, Lightfoot took a […]

News Around Illinois – June 29, 2020

Illinois Reports 646 New Confirmed COVID-19 Cases, 15 Deaths CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois public health officials reported 646 additional confirmed COVID-19 cases on Sunday and 15 deaths. The latest Illinois Department of Public Health figures show nearly 24,000 tests were administered in the past 24 hours. Overall, there have been 141,723 total confirmed cases in […]

Lincoln Museum, Presidential Library To Reopen Wednesday

SPRINGFIELD — The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield plans to reopen for visitors Wednesday after shutting down as part of statewide efforts to limit spread of the coronavirus. Museum officials said the property has been cleaned and protective barriers also have been installed in some places. Tickets must be purchased in advance […]

Ask The Newsroom: Playgrounds Reopening, Nursing Home Visits, Weddings In Phase 4

The Illinois Newsroom team is answering questions from listeners to navigate this unprecedented time. Have a question you want answered? Ask here. In today’s edition of “Ask the Newsroom,” we sought answers — regarding the state’s moving into Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan today — from Julie Pryde, administrator of the Champaign-Urbana Public […]