Illinois Launches 12 New Mobile COVID-19 Testing Teams; 980 New Confirmed Virus Cases, 36 Additional DeathsThe mobile testing sites will offer free drive-through and walk-up virus tests to any Illinois resident who wants one, according to the governor’s office.
Judge Rejects Illinois GOP Bid For Exemption From Pritzker's Public Gathering Limit; 'The Risks In Doing So Are Too Great'“The current state of our nation demands that we sacrifice the benefits of in-person interactions for the greater good,” U.S. District Judge Sara Ellis ruled.
Governor Signs Tax Bill Into Law Paving The Way For A Chicago CasinoChicago can have a new casino. Gov. JB Pritzker Tuesday signed a new gaming tax bill into law that paves the way for the gambling center.
Gov. JB Pritzker Says Illinois Will Move To Phase 4 Of Reopening FridayThe next phase means restaurants will be able to allow indoor dining, and many other businesses that have been closed for nearly four months can reopen, but with capacity limits.
Gov. JB Pritzker Announces Plan For Schools To Resume In-Person Classes This FallGov. JB Pritzker on Tuesday said the entire state is on track to move to Phase 4 of the plan to reopen the economy on Friday.
Amazon To Build New Robotic Fulfillment Centers In Matteson And Markham, Bringing 2,000 Jobs To South SuburbsThe 855,000-square-foot warehouses will be the first of their kind in Cook County, using the newest generation of Amazon robots to help sort and ship goods ordered online.
Illinois Released White Inmates Early At Higher Rates Than Black Inmates During PandemicLess than half (46%) of inmates released early were Black, even though Black inmates make up 54% of the state prison population. Meanwhile, 43% of inmates who were released early were white, even though whites make up about 32% of the prison population.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot Says 'It's Way Past Time' To Allow Indoor Dining At Restaurants“I do think that we can open up indoor dining, and do it safely, and I think sooner rather than later," Lightfoot said.
Gov. JB Pritzker Unveils $900 Million In COVID-19 Relief GrantsFunded by a combination of federal coronavirus stimulus dollars and state grants, Pritzker said the funding is aimed at easing the financial burden of the virus outbreak and recent civil unrest.
Gov. JB Pritzker Signs Mail-In Voting Expansion For General Election In NovemberThe measure was approved by state lawmakers last month, allowing the state to automatically send ballot applications to people who voted or applied for an absentee ballot in recent elections.
Illinois GOP Files Federal Lawsuit Against Gov. JB Pritzker Over Limits On Public GatheringsIn a federal lawsuit filed Monday night, the Illinois GOP and other local Republican groups note the governor’s executive orders allowed religious gatherings of more than 10 people, but did not provide similar allowances for political parties.
Gov. JB Pritzker Cancels Illinois And Du Quoin State FairsPritzker's office said he is issuing executive orders canceling both fairs this year, based on advice from public health experts to protect people from further spread of COVID-19.
Gov. JB Pritzker Signs $43 Billion State Budget, Including Plan To Borrow $5 Billion From Federal ReserveThe spending plan essentially maintains budget levels from last year, but does not count on any increased revenue from a proposal to pass a graduated income tax that will appear on Illinois ballots in November.
Gov. JB Pritzker Asking Insurance Companies To Act Fast To Help Businesses Pillaged By Looters; 'Help Can't Wait'“Insurance companies must do everything in their power and are obligated to give their customers the funds they need to rebuild, and get back on their feet as soon as possible. Help can’t wait," Pritzker said.
Gov. JB Pritzker Lifting Stay-At-Home Order As Illinois Enters Phase 3 Of ReopeningIllinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike said, as of Friday afternoon, Illinois has had 117,455 cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, including 5,270 deaths.