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Illinois lawmakers, 6 feet apart, catch up on delayed work

New Illinois Senate President Don Harmon, D-Oak Park, center, and others wear masks amid the coronavirus pandemic during session at the State Capitol, Wednesday, May 20, 2020, in Springfield, Ill.

Associated Press

May 20, 2020

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois legislators approved extraordinary safety rules Wednesday as they convened for the first time in 10 weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic, prompting the highly unusual step of removing a Republican from the House floor when he refused to wear a face mask. The Legislature...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

OPINION: We should ask questions about the coronavirus strategy

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker, foreground, along with Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, third from left, and public health officials provide updated public guidance around the coronavirus, during a press conference at the Thompson Center, Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, in Chicago.

Blaine Wilhour, State Representative

April 9, 2020

Covid-19 is a serious disease. People have died and more people will die. We all acknowledge the importance of taking preventative measures to protect our most vulnerable. But when taking draconian repressive measures that have far-reaching negative effects on our lives and livelihoods, the threshold ...

Newly-vacant 12th district seat catches the eyes of many

From left to right: Margaret Croke, Jonathan “Yoni” Pizer and James “Jimmy” Garfield.

Patsy Newitt, Assistant News Editor

March 1, 2020

The 12th district state representative seat is hotly contested. Big name candidate endorsements create a narrative of Mayor Lori Lightfoot vs. Gov. J.B. Pritzker, or the Chicago Tribune vs. the Sun-Times. Outside of the powerful endorsements and vying for constituent support is the fact that the se...

Illinois primary registration, early voting and polling places, explained

John Locher | AP

Brita Hunegs, Staff Writer

March 1, 2020

The primary election in Illinois will take place on March 17, the same day many Illinoisans will be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. Primary elections often have historically lower turnout than general elections. In 2018, turnout for all eligible voters was just 19.9 percent compared with the historic g...

J.B. Pritzker budget would hike spending, amount hinges on voters

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker delivers his state budget address, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield, Ill.

Associated Press

February 20, 2020

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. J.B. Pritzker proposed a $40.7 billion state budget Wednesday — virtually flat from the current level — but dressed it up by dangling the prospect of a $1.4 billion revenue boost if voters approve a radical income-tax overhaul this fall. The second-year Democrat...

Illinois restricts how students are secluded and restrained

Illinois restricts how students are secluded and restrained

Associated Press

February 20, 2020

The Illinois State Board of Education voted unanimously to adopt permanent rules that ban the use of locked seclusion rooms and prohibit schools from using prone restraint, a move that restricts the state’s rules more than ever. The new rules approved on Tuesday specify instances in which seclusion...

Trump commutes former Illinois Gov. Blagojevich’s sentence

In this March 14, 2012, file photo, former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich speaks to the media outside his home in Chicago as his wife, Patti, wipes away tears a day before reporting to prison after his conviction on corruption charges. President Donald Trump is expected to commute the 14-year prison sentence of Blagojevich. The 63-year-old Democrat is expected to walk out of prison later Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020.

Associated Press

February 18, 2020

President Donald Trump on Tuesday commuted the 14-year prison sentence handed out to Rod Blagojevich for political corruption, saying the former Illinois governor was a victim of the same prosecutorial overreach that Trump claims targeted him and clearing the way for Blagojevich's release after more...

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