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Gov. J.B. Pritzker announces reopening rules for businesses...linois is poised to move to next phase and loosen restrictions

With all four regions of the state as defined under Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s phased-in reopening plan slated to advance to the next stage Friday, the state rolled out detailed guidance Sunday for b...


Illinois lawmakers send Gov. J.B. Pritzker $40 billion maintenance budget that relies heavily on federal funding

The Illinois General Assembly passed a maintenance-level $40 billion state budget Saturday night that would rely heavily on federal funding to close a gaping pandemic-driven deficit. The spending...


Illinois legislators overwhelmingly approve bill allowing bars and restaurants to sell cocktails for pickup and delivery

Illinois legislators late Saturday night overwhelmingly approved a measure aimed at helping bars and restaurants who’ve been forced to close for dine-in service during the pandemic. The bill wo...


Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan wins latest round in suit alleging sham candidates

Democratic Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan won a federal court victory in Chicago on Saturday as he worked on wrapping up the pandemic-shortened legislative session in Springfield.


Cluster of strong thunderstorms continue for Chicago holida...r ‘punishing’ weather hits Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin

Northern Illinois, southern Wisconsin, northwest Indiana and eastern Iowa all were under tornado watches Saturday afternoon, the harbinger of a sometimes stormy holiday weekend in the Chicago are...


Chicago faith leaders divided on whether to reopen for in-person service as state adds more than 2,300 new COVID-19 cases

A group of Chicago-area church leaders Saturday slammed President Donald Trump’s call to governors to allow churches to reopen for in-person services, even as other pastors said their churches ...


Ex-Chicago cop who kidnapped, robbed drug dealers ordered released from prison six years early due to COVID-19 threat

Corrupt Chicago narcotics cop Glenn Lewellen, convicted of teaming up with a vicious gang member to kidnap and rob other drug dealers, has been ordered released from prison more than six years ea...


Coronavirus at Illinois long-term care facilities, more than 13,000 confirmed cases and 2,152 deaths

The Pritzker administration released for the first time details of the number of cases and deaths tied to long-term care facilities in Illinois. The data shows at least 189 long-term care facilit...


As need for food assistance soars, schools expand from meal...o grocery delivery: ‘We are seeing more demand every day.’

“This is the first time I’ve experienced anything like that. It’s an emergency situation,” one school lunch administrator said of the growing need for meal assistance among local families...