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Pritzker issues rules as Illinois prepares for reopening

In this April 13, 2020 file photo, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker gives a daily state update on the coronavirus outbreak in Chicago. Seven Midwestern governors announced Thursday, April 16, 2020 that they will coordinate on reopening their state economies amid the coronavirus pandemic, after similar pacts were made in the Northeast and on the West Coast. The latest agreement includes Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Kentucky.

Associated Press

May 26, 2020

Barbers and their customers will have to wear face masks. Restaurants will be able to serve diners outdoors only, with parties no larger than six people, spaced apart. And youth sports may hold practices and drills for 10 or fewer people, as long as the water fountains are shut off and other rules are...

Pritzker outlines ‘Restore Illinois’ plan as groups, other states look toward reopening

Protesters rally outside the Thompson Center in downtown Chicago, calling for Gov. J.B. Pritzker to reopen Illinois, Saturday, May 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Daniel Berry, Contributing Writer

May 20, 2020

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker has released a five-phase reopening plan for Illinois as states begin to look toward reopening their economies and public spaces as COVID-19 infection rates decrease.   As of May 14, there have been 87,937 cases and 3,928 deaths in Illinois. The “Restore Illinois...

OPINION: Anti-lockdown protesters are missing the point

Reopen Illinois protesters rally outside Thompson Center in downtown Chicago, Saturday, May 16, 2020, during the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Fatima Zaidi, Staff Writer

May 18, 2020

“Reopen Ohio!” “Show us the data!”  These were among some of the several chants echoing outside Ohio’s Statehouse in Columbus, demanding facts and answers as citizens protested against the orders of social distancing.  As of May 17, there have been a total of 4,687,320 confirmed cases of...

Pritzker defends extended order, faces salon owner lawsuit

In this April 23, 2020 file photo, Gov. J.B. Pritzker announces an extension of the stay at home order for Illinois as well as a mandatory face covering order at his daily Illinois coronavirus update at the Thompson Center. Illinois State Rep. Darren Bailey, R-Xenia filed suit against the order, and a judge in southern Illinois ruled Monday, April 27, 2020, that the Illinois governor's order to stem the spread of the coronavirus exceeds his emergency authority and violates individual civil rights.

Associated Press

May 11, 2020

Gov. J.B. Pritzker defended his stay-at-home order and incremental plans to reopen, saying Sunday that Illinois residents have to change the way things are done until COVID-19 is “eradicated.” The Democrat's comments on CNN’s “State of the Union” came as he faced a southern Illinois salon...

Lori Lightfoot sets five-phase plan for reopening city

Mayor Lori Lightfoot answers a reporter's question during a news conference to provide an update to the latest efforts by the Racial Equity Rapid Response Team in Chicago on Monday, April 20, 2020.

Associated Press

May 9, 2020

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Friday released the city's five-step path toward re-opening, which includes some stricter standards than the state plan released earlier this week. Lightfoot warned that progress is dependent on residents continuing to stay home through the month of May to limit the...

Pritzker: 5-part reopening plan dependent on infections

A woman wears mask as she leaves a store during the coronavirus pandemic in Deerfield, Ill., Tuesday, May 5, 2020. New Illinois rules about wearing a face mask over age 2 start Friday, May 1, when they can't maintain a 6 foot social distance in public.

Associated Press

May 6, 2020

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Tuesday outlined a five-phase plan for re-opening the state as the threat from COVID-19 subsides, but there were no surprises — the speech with which people may resume former activities remains dependent on vigilance against the coronavirus. Under...

Judge rules Pritzker’s stay-at-home order an overreach

In this April 25, 2020 file photo, Illinois State Rep. Darren Bailey, R-Xenia, right, speaks at a protest against Gov. J.B. Pritzker's stay-at-home order in front of the Capitol building in Springfield, Ill., during the coronavirus outbreak. A judge in southern Illinois ruled Monday, April 27, 2020, that Pritzker's stay-at-home order to stem the spread of the coronavirus exceeds his emergency authority and violates individual civil rights.

Associated Press

April 27, 2020

A judge in southern Illinois ruled Monday that Gov. J.B. Pritzker's stay-at-home order to stem the spread of the coronavirus exceeds his emergency authority and violates individual civil rights. Clay County Circuit Judge Michael McHaney sided with Republican Rep. Darren Bailey, who sought a temporary...

Pritzker extends stay-at-home order amid COVID-19 spread

In this March 30, 2020, file photo, a public service message reminding people to Stay Home Save Lives is seen on a billboard near the Dan Ryan Expressway in Chicago. Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Thursday, April 23, 2020 extended his stay-at-home order through May 30 as the highly contagious COVID-19 continues its rounds. Pritzker's first decree was to expire April 30.

Associated Press

April 24, 2020

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Thursday extended his stay-at-home order through May 30 as the highly contagious COVID-19 continued its rounds. Pritzker's decree, which was to expire April 30, was relaxed to allow for some outdoor activities, many previously barred surgeries and...

Pritzker says Illinois won’t hit COVID-19 peak until mid-May

A woman carries a shopping bag as she walks on the sidewalk in downtown Chicago, Tuesday, April 21, 2020. Several major spring and summer events in Chicago have been canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Associated Press

April 22, 2020

Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Tuesday said the state wouldn't hit its highest level of COVID-19 cases until mid-May, weeks after originally projected, throwing into question whether the Democrat will extend his stay-at-home order past April 30. Pritzker wouldn't discuss the data he's using in adjusting the...

7 Midwest states to partner on reopening the economy

In this April 13, 2020 file photo, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker gives a daily state update on the coronavirus outbreak in Chicago. Seven Midwestern governors announced Thursday, April 16, 2020 that they will coordinate on reopening their state economies amid the coronavirus pandemic, after similar pacts were made in the Northeast and on the West Coast. The latest agreement includes Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Kentucky.

Associated Press

April 16, 2020

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Seven Midwestern governors announced Thursday that they will coordinate on reopening their state economies amid the coronavirus pandemic, after similar pacts were made in the Northeast and on the West Coast. The latest agreement includes Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin,...

Illinois could face $7B deficit over 2 years after COVID-19

A woman waits at a Chicago Transit Authority bus shelter during the coronavirus pandemic on the city's West Side Wednesday, April 15, 2020.

Associated Press

April 15, 2020

Illinois could face a $7 billion state budget deficit during the next two years as the coronavirus takes a toll on the economy, Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Wednesday. The economy has suffered as residents are under a stay-at-home order that has forced the closure of nonessential businesses and led to...

Governors around nation take action against COVID-19

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker, along with other health officials, gives a daily update on the coronavirus outbreak in Illinois, Monday, April 13, 2020, in Chicago.

Veronica Schoonover, Contributing Writer

April 14, 2020

Amidst fears that COVID-19 will cause an increasing number of cases and deaths as the United States approaches the peak of the pandemic, governors across the nation are working to prevent the worst for their residents.  Governors have the ability to take action in their state to prevent the communit...

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