State Tops Single-Day Vaccine Record At 154,201 As Universal Eligibility Nears

SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker reiterated Thursday that all Illinois residents age 16 and older will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine beginning Monday, April 12, as vaccine supply – but also virus transmission rates and hospitalizations – continues to increase. More than 80 of the state’s 102 counties have already opened eligibility to […]

Pritzker Urges Schools To Focus COVID Relief Funds

SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker took to the road Monday to urge local school districts in Illinois to carefully target the roughly $7 billion in federal funds they will soon receive in order to help students overcome the learning loss they may have suffered during the pandemic. “We’re all wondering if this was a lost […]

Health Care Reform Bill Will Head To Governor

SPRINGFIELD – A massive health care reform bill, the fourth and final pillar of the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus agenda, passed the state Senate Thursday, the final step before heading to Gov. JB Pritzker for his signature. House Bill 158, sponsored by Democratic Rep. Camille Lilly and state Sen. Mattie Hunter, both of Chicago, is […]

Pritzker Vaccinated As Positivity Rate Rises

SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker received a COVID-19 vaccine and briefly took questions from reporters at the Illinois State Fairgrounds on Wednesday as the state’s seven-day rolling average COVID-19 positivity rate ticked up to its highest point since Feb. 11. The 2.8 percent case positivity rate represented an increase of 0.3 percent from the day prior […]

Pritzker Signs Education Equity Bill Into Law

SPRINGFIELD — Gov. JB Pritzker joined members of the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus on Monday to sign a measure aimed at advancing equity in education in the state. House Bill 2170, known as the Education and Workforce Equity Act, contains over 20 provisions aimed at decreasing racial gaps in opportunity and attainment that currently persist […]

Reactions Differ To Pritzker’s Proposed Corporate Tax Changes

Rotunda of Illinois State Capitol

SPRINGFIELD — Gov. JB Pritzker’s proposed $41.6 billion spending plan for the coming fiscal year relies, in part, on ending nine tax incentives for businesses in an effort to preserve an estimated $932 million in state revenues. However, Pritzker’s proposal to end what he called “unaffordable corporate loopholes” would require action by the Illinois General […]

No Hike In Slimmer Illinois Budget, Reliance On Fed Aid

SPRINGFIELD — Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Wednesday presented a slimmer state budget with no income tax increases but a reliance on federal relief from the COVD-19 pandemic, transfers from other funds and elimination of hundreds of millions of dollars of corporate tax breaks needing legislative approval. Pritzker, a man devoted to, and sometimes guided by, […]

Governor’s Office Gives Glimpse Into Budget Proposal

SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker’s office says he will propose a budget with no tax increases for the upcoming fiscal year, and the deficit is now projected at about $2.5 billion less than previously thought. The governor introduces his proposed budget each year, but lawmakers in the General Assembly have the ultimate say as to what […]

Illinois To Allow COVID Vaccine For Pre-existing Conditions

QUINCY — Illinois residents under 65 years old with pre-existing medical conditions will be eligible to receive vaccination to protect them against COVID-19. Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Wednesday expansion of the Phase 1B distribution plan on Feb. 25 will follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for vaccinating pregnant women and people with diabetes, […]

Gov. J.B. Pritzker Tours Champaign Vaccination Site, Praises Local Partnerships

CHAMPAIGN – Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker visited the vaccination site located at the I Hotel and Conference Center in Champaign on Wednesday. During a press briefing following a tour led by Champaign-Urbana Public Health administrator Julie Pryde, Pritzker praised Champaign County for leading the way in building local partnerships to get the vaccine out to […]

Planned Central Illinois Youth Center Will Advance Juvenile Justice Overhaul

SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker’s administration announced the planned opening of a new center for incarcerated youth in central Illinois Tuesday, the latest step in a plan to reform the state’s juvenile justice system. The Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice is establishing an Illinois Youth Center in the city of Lincoln in Logan County. The […]

How Criminal Justice Bill Would Overhaul Officer Certification

SPRINGFIELD – A criminal justice package that passed both chambers of the General Assembly last month contains provisions that would grant the state increased power over police discipline and standards of conduct starting in 2022. The omnibus package, which was backed by Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul, has not yet arrived at the desk of Gov. […]

Pritzker Sending 500 Illinois National Guard Troops To D.C.

SPRINGFIELD — Gov. J.B. Pritzker is sending about 500 Illinois National Guard members to Washington D.C. until mid-March for a “security mission.” In a statement Thursday, Pritzker said the Defense Department asked for Illinois guard troops to assist federal and local agencies to secure the capital. The state’s National Guard soldiers will be in Washington, […]