Supreme Court blocks Biden’s vaccine-or-test mandate for large private companies

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Biden administration’s vaccine-or-test rule Thursday, declaring that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration had exceeded its authority. But at the same time, the court upheld a regulation issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that mandates vaccines for almost all employees at hospitals, nursing […]

Niemerg says he wants to ‘speak up’ for downstate Illinois

SPRINGFIELD – Republican state Rep. Adam Niemerg grew up in a family that cared about politics, so it felt like a natural step for him when he ran his first campaign to get a seat in the House of Representatives in 2020. “There’s a lot of things that I wanted to say and that I […]

Pritzker orders vaccinations or testing for day care workers

CHICAGO — All licensed daycare workers in Illinois must receive COVID-19 vaccine shots by early January or undergo weekly testing under an order issued by Gov. J.B. Pritzker. His office said Friday the mandate applies to more than 55,000-daycare staff at nearly 2,900-daycare centers. Workers must get either the first dose of the Pfizer or […]

State worker vaccine deadline extended to Oct. 26 for first dose

SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker announced Monday that his administration has reached agreement with multiple trade unions requiring certain state workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19, but it is extending the deadline for workers to get their first shot to Oct. 26 while negotiations continue with the state’s largest public employees union. Pritzker issued executive orders in […]

90 percent of OSF HealthCare employees fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as mandate takes effect

PEORIA — Ninety percent of OSF HealthCare’s more than 24,000 employees system wide are vaccinated against COVID-19. The organization required employees to get vaccinated or obtain an exemption by the end of September. An OSF spokesperson says the healthcare system has granted both religious and medical exemptions from vaccination requirements. Those employees are subject to […]

Illinois K-12 School Staff & Teacher Vaccine Mandate Goes Into Effect

Illinois’ vaccine mandate for K-12 teachers went into effect Monday after the deadline was postponed several weeks to allow staff time to get the shot. If educators are still unvaccinated, they need to be tested weekly. Rockford Education Association president Mel Gilfillan says they feel “very good” that their vaccination rate is around 80%. But […]

Pritzker Reinstates Mask Mandate; Requires Vaccines For All Teachers

Gov. JB Pritzker on Thursday morning announced a reinstated mask mandate for all Illinoisans aged two and over in public indoor settings, no matter their vaccination status, in addition to making Illinois the seventh state in the nation to require teachers get vaccinated against COVID-19. All those on university campuses and health care settings will […]

Carle Health Adopts COVID Vaccine Requirement For Staff

URBANA — Carle Health has announced it will require staff to get the COVID vaccine or face tougher safety measures. The mandate applies to staff at all Carle Health facilities. The Urbana-based health care system made the announcement Friday and said the new policy takes effect immediately. Carle Health also didn’t rule out a more […]

OSF HealthCare Requiring All Employees To Receive COVID Vaccines By End of September

PEORIA — OSF HealthCare now says it will require all employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by the end of September. Previously, the health care organization recommended vaccines, but left the final decision up to individuals. OSF chief operating officer Mike Cruz said the health care group is “ethically obligated” to be vigilant about patient […]

Only One Elder Care Facility In Champaign-Urbana Is Requiring Staff Vaccinations

URBANA – More than 10,000 residents of long-term care facilities in Illinois have died from COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, according to state data. But in Champaign County, only one long-term care facility is currently mandating that its staff receive the COVID-19 vaccine.  Clark-Lindsey, a long-term care facility and nursing home in Urbana, […]