Southern Illinois Hunting and Fishing Days at John A. Logan College canceled

CARTERVILLE — This year’s Southern Illinois Hunting and Fishing Days at John A. Logan College has been canceled because of concerns over drawing large crowds amid the ongoing pandemic, officials announced Monday night

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Metro East region nears 8% COVID-19 positivity rate that is ‘failsafe’ for state action

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Department of Public Health announced another 1,076 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Illinois on Tuesday as the rolling seven-day test positivity rate remained at 3.8%.

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Lawsuit charges ComEd with consumer fraud

SPRINGFIELD — A class action lawsuit filed this week against utility giant Commonwealth Edison seeks to recover potentially hundreds of millions of dollars for consumers who were charged rates under legislation that the company has admitted was aided by a bribery scheme involving Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan.

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COVID-19 in Southern Illinois: 1st COVID-19-related death reported in Saline County

A county-by-county look at lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases in Southern Illinois, updated daily. Last updated: 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, July 28.
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Illinois vote-by-mail applications to be mailed this week

Illinois county clerks are preparing to send out applications to vote by mail this week due to a new law regarding voting by mail for the 2020 General Election.

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After heavy COVID-19 toll on Illinois nursing homes, top regulators depart state agency

With thousands of COVID-19 deaths linked to Illinois nursing homes, two top regulators are now gone from a state agency criticized at times for its oversight of the facilities during the pandemic.

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker calls on legislature to ‘act expeditiously’ on coronavirus relief package as state reports record 4,000 new cases

On the same day Illinois reported a record number of coronavirus tests and new cases, Gov. J.B. Pritzker urged state lawmakers to “act expeditiously” on a relief package for families, small businesses and communities across the state, but stopped short of using his power to call them back to Springfield for a special session.

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House GOP slams reopening plan; Bryant says she ‘will not comply’ as it comes to church worship

SPRINGFIELD — Republican members of the Illinois House of Representatives on Wednesday criticized Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s multi-phase plan to reopen Illinois by region, saying it does not act quickly enough to respond to the economic hardship caused by his stay-at-home order.

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Reopening Illinois: Everything you need to know about getting back to normal at gyms, the office, restaurants and more

Illinoisans finally have a plan for what “getting back to normal” might look like — and how long it will take. Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s five-phase plan allows for a gradual reopening of businesses, gatherings, events and more — with a strategy that divides the state into regions and takes a careful look at the spread of COVID-19.

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Pritzker says businesses that open early without approval could lose state licenses

(The Center Square) – Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Wednesday that he wants to work with lawmakers in the General Assembly, but lawmakers have not yet returned to Springfield since March.

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