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Divorce attorneys brace for exes battling over kids getting COVID-19 vaccine

Brad Novak, a divorced father from Lansing, got COVID-19 himself but said there are too many unknowns for him to be comfortable getting his 13-year-old daughter vaccinated.

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Turning back the clock? Pritzker extends Illinois’ eviction moratorium after U.S. Supreme Court nixes federal version

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, more than 126,000 Illinoisans say they’re likely to face eviction or foreclosure in the next two months. "It’s certainly a race against the clock," John Bartlett, executive director of the Metropolitan Tenants Organization, said of disbursing rental assistance dollars.

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Pritzker extends eviction moratorium to mid-September — and may push it back further: ‘We’ll adjust as we need to’

A spokeswoman for the governor said the goal was to bring the state’s eviction protections in line with the federal ban, which is in effect until Oct. 3. Since executive orders in Illinois last 30 days, the moratorium likely will be extended again to ensure the state follows the federal moratorium.

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Class cloud? Pritzker orders up school mask mandate: ‘We all must take immediate and urgent action’

The move will bring Illinois in line with U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations that teachers, students and staff wear masks indoors regardless of vaccination status. But the GOP called the decision proof of the Democrat’s "failure" battling the pandemic.

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New comprehensive reform ends ‘deadly loophole’ in Illinois’ gun laws

Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a law requiring universal background checks even for private sales and helps the Illinois State Police seize guns from people with revoked firearm licenses.

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Rep. Marie Newman said Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene is ‘deeply broken. I hope she gets help’

Newman, an Illinois Democrat, made the comment about Greene, a Georgia Republican, on the Chicago Sun-Times’ "At the Virtual Table" show.

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‘The dawn of a new day:’ New Illinois law allows student athletes to be compensated for use of name, image

College athletes around the state said they were "excited" they could finally profit financially from taking part in sports.

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Downstate man is first to be arrested for assaulting media during U.S. Capitol breach

Shane Jason Woods, 43, is also accused of assaulting a U.S. Capitol police officer who had been pursuing another individual who sprayed officers with bear mace.

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State sues coal plant owner over water contamination

The former Dynegy plant downstate is threatening the pristine Vermilion River, the Illinois attorney general says.

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Pritzker signs budget, bill pushing Illinois’ 2022 primary to June

Along with setting next year’s primary date as June 28, Senate Bill 825 also establishes permanent vote by mail registries, changes the title "alderman" to "alderperson" and allows sheriffs outside of Cook County to establish polling locations at their county jails, something the state’s most populous county already does.

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Fully elected Chicago school board gets final thumbs up from Illinois House in ‘long-awaited first step’

The first election — for 10 of the seats on the 21-member body — would be in 2024.

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Bill limiting immigration detention in Illinois advances to governor’s desk

If signed into law, Illinois jails with existing contracts to house immigrants facing deportation would have to end the agreements with the federal government.

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Legislators pass fiscal plan in overtime session

The state budget now heads to Gov. J.B. Pritzker.

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Illinois lawmakers OK moving 2022 primary to June; governor still must sign

If Gov. J.B. Pritzker signs the measure, the 2022 Illinois primary would move to June 28, Election Day would become a state holiday for schools and universities and dates for circulating candidate petitions would change.

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Bills expanding telehealth, limiting isolated timeouts advance in General Assembly

Those were some of the measures state lawmakers advanced in the waning hours of their session, which is set to end Monday.

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Nearly half of Illinois adults vaccinated against COVID-19

State health officials on Sunday reported 943 new cases of COVID-19 and 24 additional deaths.

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Illinois officer and suspect, 24, die in shootout: Police

A gunman killed one central Illinois police officer and wounded another before he was fatally shot during a shootout at an apartment complex early Wednesday, authorities said.

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Funeral for men killed in explosion near Starved Rock to be held Tuesday

A GoFundMe has been launched to help the families of Inmer Rivera Tejada, 39; Rafael Rivera Tejada, 36; and their nephew Guillermo Rivera Tejada, who died in the blast.

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State reports lowest daily COVID count in two months, fewest deaths in 49 days

More than 64% of people in the state have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, with about 61,275 doses going into arms for the state’s seven-day rolling average.

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Feds charge 2 more Illinoisans in U.S. Capitol breach as massive investigation continues

Douglas K. Wangler allegedly told one witness, "if walking around and singing some patriotic songs is a crime then I guess I am guilty."

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Illinois sees drop in COVID-19 cases, deaths

It was the lowest number of daily cases since March 22, and the lowest death tally since late April. Illinois also reported 70,426 vaccine doses administered statewide, raising the total number of vaccinations to 9,978,915.

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The 3 men killed in an explosion near Starved Rock are ID’d as relatives from Chicago

The men were found around 7 p.m. May 6 after an explosion about 100 yards west of Route 178 bridge in Utica, authorities said.

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3 killed after apparently igniting black powder near Starved Rock State Park

Two of the men may be from the Chicago area, according to the coroner’s office.

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Illinois jail housing ICE detainees cited for COVID-19 violations

Since February 2020, more than 100 people in immigration custody at the Pulaski County Jail have tested positive for COVID-19.

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Pritzker announces $60 million state program to help combat vaccine hesitancy

About 65 community-based organizations and 23 health care centers are helping with the program outside of Cook County.

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Jill Biden visits Dixon, Illinois, on Monday; 1st time to state as first lady

Dr. Biden and Education Secretary Miguel Cardona to tour Sauk Valley Community College.

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Executive director of state election board put on administrative leave following online extortion attempt

There is no reason to believe that any election data or information has been compromised, election officials said of the extortion attempt, which is characterized as a typical online scam.

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Bar opening in rural Illinois linked to COVID-19 outbreak that infected 46, prompted school closure

Attendees included a person who tested positive for the virus a day earlier and four others who had symptoms and were later diagnosed. The event was also linked to cases among individuals who weren’t there, including five kids, two student athletes and two residents of a long-term care facility.

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Pritzker to expand vaccine eligibility, employ ‘dial-like approach’ to reopening state: ‘The end seems truly to be in sight’

The governor announced the expansion of coronavirus vaccine eligibility to all Illinois residents over 16 — except at Chicago sites — starting April 12, and set thresholds for vaccinations and new COVID-19 caseloads for the state to return to normal.

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Yup, got myself vaccinated, but won’t say how — oh, OK, I will

Given the confused hodgepodge of locations and guidelines and websites, should getting a vaccine be this easy?

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Man charged in killing of ex’s parents in downstate Sheridan

Donald A. Fredres was ordered held on a $5,000,000 bail at LaSalle County Correction Center, according to county records.

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Man arrested after allegedly killing ex-in-laws, shooting at ex-wife in downstate Sheridan

The suspect was arrested Wednesday morning as he walked near the Sheridan Correctional Center in LaSalle County.