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North suburban counties join mitigation list as Pritzker, State Police talk enforcement

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois jnowicki@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – North suburban Lake and McHenry counties will be the eighth region of the state’s COVID-19 plan facing increased economic restrictions as COVID-19 surges in the state and Republican opposition mounts to Gov. JB Pritzker’s mitigation plan. “Region 9 (which includes the two counties) is today seeing…

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Lawmakers say evidence lacking that bars, restaurants are major source of COVID-19 spread

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois phancock@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – Republicans in the Illinois House and Senate pushed back Wednesday, October 28, against Gov. JB Pritzker’s efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, arguing that lawmakers should be involved in crafting the state’s response to the pandemic. In back-to-back virtual news conferences, GOP leaders in the…

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Winter sports restrictions announced

Basketball, wrestling, hockey classified as ‘high-risk’ activities By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois phancock@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health announced new guidelines for youth and adult winter sports on Tuesday that temporarily put a halt to competitive basketball, hockey and wrestling events. Although participants in those sports may…

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Secretary of state extends driver’s license, ID expiration dates

Online license plate sticker renewals increase by 84 percent By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois jnowicki@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – Expiration dates on Illinois driver’s licenses and state ID cards will be extended another three months, Secretary of State Jesse White announced Wednesday, September 23. White announced expirations for licenses and IDs will be extended until February…

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