Springfield Prepares For Possible Armed Protests Ahead Of Inauguration, But All Quiet So Far This WeekendCBS 2 Political Investigator Dana Kozlov reports only about a dozen protesters showed up for what was dubbed the “Save Our State” rally at noon outside the Illinois State Capitol complex.
Pritzker Activates 250 National Guard Troops In Springfield Ahead Of Potential Armed ProtestsWith the FBI warning of threats to state capital cities leading up to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday, Gov. JB Pritzker has activated 250 members of the Illinois National Guard to provide security at state buildings in downtown Springfield.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot Wants To Reopen Restaurants And Bars 'As Quickly As Possible' To Reduce Risk Of Underground PartiesLightfoot said she plans to have a conversation with Gov. JB Pritzker about how to begin rolling back virus mitigation efforts ASAP.
Illinois Veterans Affairs Director Linda Chapa LaVia Resigns Amid Scandal Over Deadly COVID-19 Outbreak At LaSalle Veterans' HomeAccording to the Illinois Department of Public Health, as of Monday, there have been 209 coronavirus cases at the Illinois Veterans Home in LaSalle, including 36 deaths.
Illinois Senate Approves Legislation That Would Expand Chicago Teachers' Bargaining Rights Amid Dispute Over CPS Reopening PlansIllinois state lawmakers have approved legislation that could throw a wrench in Chicago Public Schools’ reopening plans, lifting limits on the Chicago Teachers Union’s bargaining rights, which could force the district to negotiate with the union over the phased return to in-person classes.
COVID-19 In Illinois: State Surpasses 1 Million Total Cases; Positivity Rate Climbs AgainSince the start of the pandemic, the Illinois Department of Public Health has reported a total of 1,008,045 coronavirus cases, including 17,272 deaths.
Illinois Surpasses 17,000 COVID-19 Deaths; Pritzker Outlines Plan For Next Phase Of Vaccine Distributionllinois will make COVID-19 vaccines available to seniors 65 and older during the next phase of its distribution plan, in no small part because Black and Hispanic patients are dying at younger ages than white patients, Gov. JB Pritzker said Wednesday.
Illinois State Sen. Andy Manar Resigning To Become Senior Adviser To Gov. JB PritzkerManar, who has been a lead budget negotiator for Illinois Senate Democrats and advocate for school funding reform during his eight years in office, will step down from his seat on Jan. 17.
Gov. JB Pritzker Pardons More Than 9,000 Low-Level Marijuana ConvictionsGov. J.B. Pritzker on Thursday issued pardons for 9,129 low-level cannabis conviction records and 492,192 cannabis-related arrests were expunged by the Illinois State Police.
Illinois Leading Nation In COVID-19 Vaccinations, With Nearly 101,000 Doses Given So FarAs of Tuesday night, a total of 100,991 vaccine doses have been administered in Chicago and the rest of Illinois.
State Board Rejects Mercy Hospital's Closure PlanTrinity Health wants to close Mercy Hospital, saying the site is losing money as well as patients. It has proposed to open an outpatient clinic about two miles away.
Governor Pritzker Plans $700 Million In Budget Cuts To Offset Pandemic Revenue Loss, Failure Of Graduated Income Tax Plan“The pandemic has caused every state in the nation to face tremendous revenue shortfalls, and Illinois is no exception,” Pritzker said Tuesday afternoon.
COVID-19 Vaccines Arrive At Illinois' Strategic Stockpile Location, Marking 'The Beginning Of The End Of This Pandemic'Illinois has received the first shipment of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine at the state's Strategic National Stockpile (SNS).
Pritzker Slams 2 GOP Illinois Congressmen For Joining Texas Lawsuit Asking Supreme Court To Overturn Biden's Election Win"I don’t know why they would sign on, except for apparently undying commitment and loyalty to a failed president," Pritzker said.
LaSalle Veterans' Home Administrator Fired After 25% Of Residents Died Of COVID“We will do everything possible to safeguard the lives of our heroes. Let us make no mistake: these tragic losses serve as a stark and painful example of what happens when community spread is rampant.” Gov. JB Pritzker said.