News Around Illinois – May 1, 2020

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Modified Stay-At-Home Order Will Take Effect May 1 CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) reported 2,563 new cases of COVID-19 in the state Thursday. That brings the total to 52,918 cases throughout 97 counties in Illinois. An additional 141 deaths were reported, bringing the total fatalities to 2,355. On Thursday, Gov. J.B. […]

Gov. Pritzker Announces Modified Stay-At-Home Order: What Is Essential/Prohibited?

CHICAGO – Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker has extended the state’s stay-at-home order through the month of May. The order includes modifications, however, and includes some phased re-opening of state parks and non-essential businesses with social distancing guidelines. The governor also announced that people will be required to wear face masks in public places where they […]

News Around Illinois – April 28, 2020

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Illinois Sees Highest Number Of COVID-19 Deaths In One Day CHICAGO — Gov. J.B. Pritzker responded Tuesday to the ruling of an Illinois judge that sided with State Representative Darren Bailey against the extended stay-at-home order. Gov. Pritzker said the judge’s ruling on Monday is limited and only applies to one person. He noted the […]

U Of I Law Professor Sees Several Grounds For State To Appeal Bailey Verdict

A Clay County judge Monday ruled in favor of Republican State Rep. Darren Bailey in his fight against Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s extended stay-at-home order. Judge Michael McHaney granted a temporary restraining order to Bailey, saying that Pritzker’s order exceeds his emergency authority. Brian Moline talks with Scott Szala. Illinois Newsroom’s Brian Moline spoke with University […]

Judge Rules Against Gov. Pritzker’s Extended Stay-At-Home Order

CHICAGO — The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced 1,980 new cases of COVID-19 Monday. That brings the state’s total to 45,883. The state saw 50 deaths in the last day, bringing total fatalities to 1,983. Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D-Illinois) also responded to news that an Illinois judge had ruled against the extended stay-at-home […]

News Around Illinois – April 24, 2020

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Pritzker Extends Stay-at-Home Order Amid COVID-19 Spread SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois governor has extended his stay-at-home order through May 30 as the highly contagious COVID-19 continues its rounds. Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s decree had been scheduled to expire April 30. Pritzker said Thursday that he understands how much everyone wants their normal lives back, but that […]

Rose Bowl Tavern Adapts To COVID-19

  The Rose Bowl Tavern in downtown Urbana has been open since 1946, but it’s never experienced anything quite like the COVID-19 pandemic. Charlie Harris is one of the Rose Bowl’s owners. Illinois Public Media’s Brian Moline spoke with him about what happens when a tavern can no longer be a tavern. Illinois Newsroom’s Brian […]

News Around Illinois – April 17, 2020

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Tests Prioritized As Virus Deaths In Illinois Pass 1,000 CHICAGO — Illinois has reported the deadliest 24 hours so far in the state and officials say new supplies would allow for more testing, which is essential for stopping the spread of the virus. Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Thursday said 125 people had died in the […]

News Around Illinois – April 3, 2020

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Suit Seeks Illinois Inmates’ Release Due To Coronavirus CHICAGO — A new federal lawsuit seeks an court order directing state officials “to drastically reduce Illinois’s prison population” on grounds that hundreds of inmates are particularly vulnerable to catching and dying from the coronavirus. The lawsuit filed Thursday in Chicago names ten inmates but seeks class-action […]

News Around Illinois – March 26, 2020

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Illinois Delays Income Tax Deadline As Virus Cases Climb  CHICAGO — Illinois taxpayers will have until July 15 to file and pay their state income taxes because of the coronavirus pandemic. Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced the three-month delay Wednesday as officials reported an elderly resident has died at a suburban Chicago nursing home where dozens […]

News Around Illinois – March 25, 2020

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Illinois Could Need 38K More Beds If Virus Isn’t Contained SPRINGFIELD – Gov. J.B. Pritzker says Illinois would need tens of thousands of additional hospital beds for COVID-19 patients within the next two weeks in a worst-case scenario amid a pandemic that has now claimed 16 lives in the state. The Democrat said at his […]

What Is Essential/Prohibited Under IL Stay At Home Order?

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CHICAGO – Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker has ordered the state’s residents to remain in their homes except for essential needs, joining similar efforts in California and New York to limit the spread of the coronavirus. Pritzker’s order announced Friday will still allow the state’s 12.6 million residents to seek essentials including groceries and medicine. The […]