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            News from the Illinois state legislature, governor and lawmakers in Springfield.

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            Gun shops see COVID-19 business boom: ‘This is a very different panic than we have seen in the past’

            Illinois State Police declined to speculate on a reason for what the agency described as "an unprecedented number of Firearms Transfer Inquiries," but the Illinois State Rifle Association pointed squarely at the coronavirus pandemic.

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            Gov. Pritzker, please call this man at MIT. His technology could help end the pandemic

            If you went to a party, then tested positive for COVID-19, wouldn’t you want others there to know? If someone else at the party was infected, wouldn’t you want to be told?

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            上海11选5走势图s for developmentally disabled have become coronavirus ‘hot spots’ in south suburbs

            The coronavirus has rocked the Elisabeth Ludeman Center in Park Forest, causing more than 50 infections and two deaths on the 60-acre campus.

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            Empty streets mean idle red-light cameras – and budget holes

            "At this time, we are seeing a nationwide trend of fewer citations overall, driven by the lower amount of traffic on the roads," said Neil Franz, a spokesman for Conduent State & Local Solutions Inc., the vendor that operates Chicago’s red-light cameras.

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            Quinn pushes for easier voter referenda rules during COVID-19 crisis, calling it ‘strong medicine for the virus of corruption’

            Quinn is arguing that democracy could be another casualty of COVID-19. "This is a landmark case. It’s a very, very important case to the whole issue of what is called direct democracy," said Quinn, who along with the Chicago law firm of Mauck & Baker, LLC, is representing the plaintiffs.

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            Parents, advocates urge Pritzker to release inmates as prison coronavirus cases skyrocket

            As of Thursday afternoon, 134 inmates and 86 prison staff have tested for the virus. Two inmates have died from COVID-19 so far and two dozen more are hospitalized.

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            State seeking 12,000 body bags as critical weeks near in COVID-19 fight: ‘We’re preparing in all ways’

            The 12,000 figure would far exceed most death projections for Illinois from COVID-19. The latest model from the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation projects 3,629 people will die in Illinois from the disease by Aug. 4.

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            City and state are ‘a long way away’ from lifting stay-at-上海11选5走势图 order: Lightfoot

            Although progress has been made and the rate of new coronavirus cases is slowing, Lightfoot said: "We’re not near the peak. So, I don’t want to raise false expectations that it’s coming sometime soon."

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            Pritzker signs executive order allowing prisoner furloughs

            Pritzker’s executive order gives the Illinois Department of Corrections permission to allow "medically vulnerable" inmates out of prison temporarily.

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            33 more coronavirus deaths in Illinois bring tally to 307

            With 1,006 new cases, there are now 12,262 Illinois residents are now confirmed to have contracted COVID-19, officials said. Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s office said the virus has now spread to 75 of the state’s 102 counties.

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            Gov. Pritzker shields health care workers from lawsuits during coronavirus pandemic

            The Illinois Emergency Management Agency Act gives the governor a ton of powers, and exempts health care workers and others from certain civil liability during a pending or actual disaster.

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            Preckwinkle boned up on history before writing her own chapter battling pandemic

            In an interview with the Chicago Sun-Times, she talks about Cook County’s response to the virus and how it has affected her personally.

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            First-time jobless claims up 56% in Illinois from prior week

            Latest report from the Illinois Department of Employment Security shows the widening impact of coronavirus-related layoffs.

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            Civil rights attorneys launch legal challenge to free prisoners at risk of coronavirus

            The effort includes a proposed class-action lawsuit filed Thursday in federal court, naming Gov. J.B. Pritzker and Rob Jeffreys, director of the Illinois Department of Corrections, as defendants.

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            Illinois National Guard medics headed to Stateville as inmate coronavirus cases rise

            One inmate has died at the maximum-security prison from COVID-19 and at least 48 more have tested positive.

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            Durbin: Pritzker aiming to organize an airlift of COVID-19 supplies from China上海11选5走势图 to Illinois

            The governor also has found an Illinois company with supplies to sell - but was seeking a better price from another state, Durbin said.

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            Democrats put corruption reform on ice: ‘More time will be necessary to complete our work’

            The commission was required to release a report by Tuesday with recommendations on how to end entrenched corruption in Illinois, but as the COVID-19 crisis has temporarily shut down sessions of the General Assembly, it has also stymied the work of the commission.

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            County finances to suffer one-two punch as coronavirus patients ‘swamp the health care system’

            "This is a two-fold impact on our health care system," Preckwinkle said. "One is the effect that we can’t do elective surgeries, and the other is that we’re going to have considerably more patients in our hospitals who are uninsured and require intensive services."

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            For Downstate Illinois, coronavirus crisis ‘is going to devastate families’

            In Illinois, the COVID-19 focus has been squarely on Chicago, but the hardships, fears and worries have spread across the state, even if the overwhelming majority of cases are in Cook County, not the state’s other 101 counties.

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            1st Illinois prison inmate dies of COVID-19, health officials say

            The man was imprisoned at Stateville Correctional Center, where officials say there are now 12 men who are hospitalized, "including several requiring ventilators."

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            Trump: Feds to pay 100% for Illinois National Guard COVID-19 deployment

            The Illinois National Guard was deployed earlier this month by Gov. J.B. Pritzker to help in the COVID-19 crisis.

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            No masking pain coronavirus will inflict on state finances – but no one knows ‘exactly how bad it will be’

            The coronavirus pandemic has thrown state government into flux, as the legislative session has been put on pause. And now state officials are scrambling – largely by phone – to try and figure out how to manage Illinois’ already precarious financial situation.

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            Maybe closing the Lakefront Trail was the only path to take

            While each of us may think we are making the best decisions for our own health and those around us, we must appreciate that the mayor has responsibility for everyone.

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            Trump grants Illinois request for disaster declaration; another one pending

            The disaster status will allow federal funding to be available for crisis counseling for affected individuals across the state.

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            2 Illinois prisons under lockdown after confirmed cases of the coronavirus

            The Corrections Department to release some inmates at higher risk of contracting the virus, governor’s office says.

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            Gov. Pritzker pushes back state income tax filing deadline as coronavirus claims three more lives in Illinois

            Illinois Republicans had been pressuring the Democratic governor for a tax-filing delay. The Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service announced on Saturday that the federal income tax filing due date will be automatically extended from April 15, 上海11选5走势图, to July 15, 上海11选5走势图.

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            Illinois congressional delegation asks Defense Department to help with National Guard costs

            The coronavirus crisis sparked a rare bipartisan push from the delegation.

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            Fact-check: Postponing primary not in Pritzker’s power

            Illinois was one of three states that allowed voting to continue as scheduled on March 17, even after Gov. J.B. Pritzker closed schools, barred restaurants from serving dine-in customers and prohibited mass gatherings.

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            Feds vow to send Illinois ventilators, masks after Pritzker and Trump talk things through

            The White House’s promise to send Illinois 300 ventilators and 250,000 masks came some 24 hours after Pritzker complained "the only way to get the president of the United States to pay attention is to go on national television and make noise about it."

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            State cuts red tape for retired doctors, nurses who want to rejoin front lines to fight coronavirus

            The regulatory changes come two days after Pritzker issued a "call to action" for retired doctors and nurses to come back to work to assist with a potential flood of patients coming into hospitals thanks to the coronavirus pandemic.

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            Three more Illinois coronavirus deaths announced; Pritzker also details medical equipment shortages

            Besides the rising number of cases — which officials attributed to increased testing — the governor discussed where he said the federal government had fallen short in filling requests for medical and protective gear.

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            State, local lawmakers propose ‘right to recovery’ coronavirus relief package

            A coalition of lawmakers are touting nine relief measures they call the "right to recovery" package; among other areas, it focuses on education, healthcare and other assistance for seniors and those with disabilities.