The governor said he hopes universal masking will keep kids in school and prevent outbreaks that could shutter buildings or force children to be under quarantine.
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IDPH also announced Wednesday it is making free COVID-19 testing available to K-12 schools across the state through the SHIELD Illinois saliva-based test developed by the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
Aurora police Chief Kristen Ziman’s last week on the job started with a moment she’s been working toward ever since an employee at the Henry Pratt Co. warehouse who’d just been terminated opened fire two years ago, killing five co-workers and wounding a sixth, along with five of Ziman’s officers.
Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed four bills into law Monday aimed at protecting the state’s immigrant and refugee populations, saying they will help make Illinois “the most welcoming state in the United States” for immigrants.
Advocates for the new law said it provided support needed to retrieve guns from those with revoked FOID cards, while also streamlining the application and renewal process for law-abiding gun owners.
The number of Illinois residents with FOID cards has almost doubled, from 1.2 million in 2010 to 2.2 million currently.
"They think that we're just like these dirty people. ... We have families. If we closed, there are a lot of people who would be affected here, and a lot of them have a lot of kids, and they're the only support system."
Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Thursday signed a measure aimed at increasing affordable housing investment in Illinois, as well as a measure expanding the state’s low-income energy assistance program.
The announcement came as the state reported 2,082 new COVID-19 cases, the most since May 7, and the case positivity rate rose to 4 percent, the highest since April 19.
"If you believe a student has the right to stay in the classroom and not be yanked out on an arbitrary day that happens to be their birthday, our current laws just haven't been good enough," Gov. J.B. Pritzker said.