AP FACT CHECK: Trump seeds race animus with COVID falsehood

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump falsely declared in a weekend rally that public health authorities are denying the COVID-19 vaccine to white people because of their race. The former president seeded racial resentments in remarks that twisted the facts on public-health policy and exaggerated the effects of racially conscious antiviral treatment guidelines in New York. From […]

Illinois Secretary of State offices closing for another week

SPRINGFIELD — All Illinois Secretary of State departments will not conduct in-person transactions including driver services for another week, until Jan. 24. The agency Thursday cited the continued high number of COVID-19 cases statewide for extending the closure. The Secretary of State offices and facilities first closed on Jan. 3, due to the surge in […]

Chicago union leaders OK plan to resume in-person class

CHICAGO — Chicago schools are poised to resume classes after leaders of the Chicago Teachers Union accepted a proposal with the district over COVID-19 safety protocols. Both sides had been locked in a nasty standoff that canceled classes for four days in the nation’s third-largest district. The full deal still requires approval by the union’s […]

Meatpacking jobs are attractive to immigrants. COVID made the work even riskier

PERRY, Ia. — Amner Martinez still doesn’t know all the details from when his 74-year-old father Concepcion got dangerously sick with COVID-19 near the beginning of the pandemic. Martinez’s father works at the Tyson Foods plant in Perry, Iowa, the site of an outbreak in spring 2020 that affected 730 workers. https://cpa.ds.npr.org/s4780019/audio/2021/12/se-workers-mixweb.mp3 Listen to this […]

Illinois COVID cases top 30,000 in new state daily record

CHICAGO — Illinois has 30,386 new COVID-19 cases diagnosed statewide. The figure that public health officials announced Thursday smashed by more than 9,000 the previous state record for new cases in a day and nearly doubling the high from last fall’s surge. The Chicago Sun-Times reports the previous record was set on Christmas Eve when […]

Some are waiting 3 hours for a COVID test at Bloomington site

Some people are waiting up to three hours for a COVID-19 test at Bloomington’s community-based testing site, amid huge demand following the Christmas holiday. Average wait times at the Interstate Center testing site, run by Reditus Labs, are one to two hours, although they’ve been as long as three hours this week, according to a […]

New COVID-19 cases in US soar to highest levels on record

CHICAGO — More than a year after the vaccine was rolled out, new cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. have soared to their highest level on record at over 265,000 per day on average. The surge has been driven largely by the highly contagious omicron variant. The previous mark was 250,000 cases per day, set […]

Illinois boosts local vaccine sites during COVID-19 surge

CHICAGO — Illinois is helping local health departments with staffing at local health department mass vaccination sites. The move comes as the state is seeing its highest surge in COVID-19 cases during the entire pandemic. Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced Monday that Illinois is adding at least 100 people to help at local health department mass […]

How To Keep Your Child Safe From The Delta Variant

WASHINGTON — It’s inevitable that when kids mix — returning from camp or heading back to school — germs spread. And in a pandemic year fueled by the delta variant, some of those germs may cause COVID-19. The CDC’s advice for keeping your child protected from this highly contagious version of the coronavirus now and […]

Housing Advocates Plan Next Steps Amid Pandemic Economic Uncertainty

SPRINGFIELD – As economic uncertainty continues to linger one year into the COVID-19 pandemic, housing advocates across the state are planning next steps to protect tenants and landlords and create additional affordable housing opportunities. Over the past several weeks, the General Assembly has considered various bills on the subject, including emergency rental assistance, lifting the […]

Pritzker’s Daily COVID-19 Briefing Full Transcript And Audio — Dec. 4, 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. 17, 2020

  Gov. J.B. Pritzker is returning to his 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 press […]

U Of I Preparing To Expand COVID-19 Testing To Champaign-Urbana Community

URBANA – The University of Illinois’ saliva-based COVID-19 testing program will soon be available to the larger Champaign-Urbana community, according to university officials. Currently, the test is only available to students and staff on some college campuses. But officials say plans are now in the works to make it available to Champaign-Urbana community members, too. […]