Fully Vaccinated Illinoisans Can Ditch Their Masks In Most Circumstances: Pritzker

SPRINGFIELD — Gov. JB Pritzker on Monday said Illinoisans who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 no longer need to wear face masks in most circumstances. Pritzker’s announcement follows updated guidelines released last week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention . The updated executive order allows vaccinated people to ditch their masks, both outdoors […]

Pritzker Won’t Cut Enhanced COVID Unemployment Benefits As Employers Claim Workforce Shortage

SPRINGFIELD — Unemployed Illinoisans will keep receiving an extra $300 in pandemic-enhanced weekly benefits, Gov. JB Pritzker said Wednesday, even as Republican-led states around the nation move to end those benefits early, claiming they’re disincentivizing working-age people from getting jobs. “Our job here is to make sure we’re creating jobs and helping people to rebuild […]

WATCH LIVE: Pritzker’s May 12 COVID-19 Update

WATCH LIVE:  At 11:00 a.m. today Gov. Pritzker is holding a press briefing to discuss Illinois’ safe return to tourism and travel. The questions we receive from you directly inform the stories we tell and what we investigate. Let us know what you need to know!

Pritzker Announces New Round Of Rebuild Illinois Grants

URBANA – Gov. JB Pritzker used local road projects in Champaign County as his backdrop Tuesday to announce the latest round of Rebuild Illinois grants. The governor’s actual backdrop was a lineup of heavy equipment at the Champaign County Highway Department building in Urbana. Standing in front of them, Pritzker listed the accomplishments of Rebuild […]

217 Today: Monday May 10, 2021

Friday, May 7, 2021 https://will.illinois.edu/nfs/217Today5-10-21.mp3 Today’s headlines: Illinois lawmakers are debating whether to permanently allow temporary nursing assistants to take on the duties of a certified nursing assistant in long-term care facilities. U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) says he hopes negotiations with Republicans on President Biden’s $3 trillion infrastructure bill will produce results “soon.” Champaign County health […]

Investigation Of Deadly COVID Outbreak Found State-Run Veterans Home ‘Inefficient, Reactive…Chao

SPRINGFIELD — “Lack of COVID-19 preparation,” paired with “failures in communication” both in and outside of the state-run LaSalle Veterans Home contributed to a major COVID-19 outbreak that killed 36 residents at the facility and infected dozens more, according to a report published by Gov. JB Pritzker’s administration Friday. The investigation revealed missed opportunities and […]

GOP Accuses Pritzker Of Breaking Campaign Promise On ‘Fair Maps’

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois Republicans are blasting Gov. JB Pritzker for walking back a pledge he made while running for governor in 2018, when he said he’d veto any legislative maps drawn by lawmakers, political party leaders or their staff. Democrats — who hold veto-proof supermajorities in the General Assembly — are in the thick of […]

Pritzker Signs Health Care Reform Measure Backed By Black Caucus

SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker declared health care “a right, not a privilege” Tuesday as he signed a massive reform bill backed by the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus, the last of four policy pillars introduced as part of an anti-racism agenda last year. The “Illinois Health Care and Human Services Reform Act,” contained in House […]

Illinois Moves All Public Universities To Common App In Hopes Of Curbing Out-Migration

SPRINGFIELD – Beginning this fall, all 12 of Illinois’ public universities will begin using the Common App, a single online application used by hundreds of colleges and universities across the country. Only three of the state’s public universities, including the University of Illinois’ Chicago campus, use the Common App — in addition to 32 private […]

Illinois Launches COVID Vaccine Hotline

The Illinois Department of Public Health on Friday afternoon launched a COVID-19 vaccine hotline — something advocates have been asking Gov. JB Pritzker…