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Pritzker, Lightfoot announce new fund to support artists during COVID-19 shutdown

Gov. JB Pritzker and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced Wednesday the formation of a new relief fund to support artists and performers who have been temporarily put out of work by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Arts for Illinois... — Updated 4/1/2020


Morton Arboretum temporarily closed

Beginning April 2, The Morton Arboretum will be temporarily closed through April 30 as an additional measure to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The Arboretum made its 1,700... — Updated 4/1/2020


COVID-19 IMPACTS: Employment Security department utilizes new alphabetized benefit schedule

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois department tasked with overseeing unemployment benefits is employing an alphabetized schedule to handle “an unprecedented volume” of claims. Claims now must be filed online and by phone on days and... — Updated 3/31/2020


Illinois records first infant death as COVID-19 cases continue to rise

The Illinois Department of Public Health announced Saturday it has confirmed 13 new deaths from the novel coronavirus disease, COVID-19, including an infant in Cook County who had... — Updated 3/29/2020



Illinois Governor JB Pritzker has activated about 65 additional Illinois National Guard Soldiers and Airmen in support of COVID-19 response operations. Approximately 50 Soldiers from the 3637th Maintenance Company, based in... — Updated 3/27/2020


County fairs hurt financially by COVID-19 shutdowns

The social distancing guidelines that led Illinois county fairs to cancel off-season events on their grounds through the end of April is one part of a financial impact... — Updated 3/27/2020

 By Jerry Nowicki    News

Pritzker keeps pressure on feds, asks all medical professionals to join COVID-19 fight

Gov. JB Pritzker announced new measures benefitting the homeless and people on supplemental nutrition programs Friday and continued to pressure the federal government for further,... — Updated 3/27/2020

 By Ben Orner    News

Illinois National Guard dispels rumors of military action related to COVID-19

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois National Guard is assisting the state's COVID-19 response by setting up testing centers and other civil action, not preparing for military action as... — Updated 3/23/2020


Illinois Liquor Control Commission postpones due dates on renewals

Due to the hardships on liquor license holders as a result of the COVID-19 virus outbreak, all licenses expiring on March 31, 2020, April 30, 2020, and May 31, 2020 are extended unt... — Updated 3/23/2020


COVID -19 testing center reaches capacity for March 23

According to a social media post by the Joliet Police Department, the Walmart COVID-19 testing site for first responders and healthcare workers, located at 2424 West Jefferson St in Joliet, was full at roughly 8:30 a.m. - 90... — Updated 3/23/2020


State records 128 new coronavirus cases in one day

SPRINGFIELD - The number of confirmed cases of novel coronavirus, COVID-19, in Illinois almost doubled overnight, from 160 cases to 288, the state's Department of Public Health... — Updated 3/22/2020

 By Mark Gregory    News

Joliet has one of state's two COVID-19 testing facilities for those on the front lines

Just after it opened this morning at 10 a.m., a day after Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker issued an Executive Order requiring all residents to stay in their homes to prevent the... — Updated 3/22/2020

 By Jerry Nowicki    News

Pritzker bans events of 1,000 or more, urges working remotely in new COVID-19 guidelines

Gov. JB Pritzker banned events with more than 1,000 attendees for the next 30 days and urged businesses to allow employees to work from home as the number of confirmed COVID-19... — Updated 3/13/2020

 By Jerry Nowicki    News

So your school is practicing remote learning. What does it mean?

SPRINGFIELD – Public K-12 schools statewide were instructed to begin remote learning days Tuesday until in-person instruction can resume, and standardized testing in the state is... — Updated 3/31/2020

 By Mark Gregory    News

Mistwood and McWethy's employees step up to help each other

Mistwood Golf Club and McWethy's Tavern are a family run business, but just how large that family is has been illustrated in the last couple of weeks after Illinois Governor JB... — Updated 3/27/2020


State, national unemployment spikes amid COVID-19 outbreak

More than 114,000 workers in Illinois filed first-time unemployment claims in the week ending March 21 as the United States saw its biggest one-week spike in recorded history. 3.2... — Updated 3/26/2020


Community health centers ask state for emergency funding

SPRINGFIELD - The novel coronavirus could "create long-lasting, devastating damage" to Illinois health care facilities that serve vulnerable communities. Community health centers... — Updated 3/23/2020

 By Ben Orner    News

Coronavirus tests meat supply chain as farm groups keep food on shelves

SPRINGFIELD – Meat has been among the most in-demand items at supermarkets as people stock up on essentials amid the COVID-19 pandemic. That has people up and down Illinois'... — Updated 3/23/2020

 By Ben Orner    News

Gun dealers report increased store traffic, 'panic buying'

SPRINGFIELD – Toilet paper and hand sanitizer are in short supply at Illinois supermarkets. At gun shops, firearms and ammunition are flying off the shelves, too. As the outbreak... — Updated 3/22/2020

 By Jerry Nowicki    News

Pritzker closes schools for 2 weeks

SPRINGFIELD - Public and private Illinois schools will be closed for two weeks, starting Tuesday, March 17, and reopening Tuesday, March 31, per a Friday order from Gov. JB... — Updated 3/13/2020


Illinois casinos ordered closed starting Monday

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Gaming Board has ordered all 10 casinos in the state to suspend operations for 14 days starting Monday, citing public health concerns over the outbreak... — Updated 3/13/2020

 By Ben Orner    News

Black caucus supports Pritzker's budget plan, calls for added minority community investment

Members of the 32-lawmaker Illinois Legislative Black Caucus said Gov. JB Pritzker’s budget proposal for the fiscal year starting in July is a good start but needs more money and support for people of color. “I was so pleased... — Updated 2/20/2020

 By Jerry Nowicki    News

'Disappointing': Durkin, Pritzker critical of Trump commutation of Blagojevich sentence

Illinois leaders reacted to news Tuesday that U.S. President Donald Trump commuted the prison sentence of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich which he received for corruption convictions. ABC News confirmed the commutation had occurred... — Updated 2/19/2020

 By Ben Orner    News

Durbin claims USDA playing favorites with trade war aid

Illinois U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin is accusing the U.S. Department of Agriculture of playing favorites with trade war aid payments by giving more money to southern cotton farmers who were less affected by the trade war than Illinois so... — Updated 2/12/2020


Foster statement on Senate sham acquittal vote

On Feb. 5, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Senate's final votes on the Articles of Impeachment against President Donald J.... — Updated 2/12/2020


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