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J.B. Pritzker

Pritzker criminalizes stay-at-home violations, Rep. John Cabello responds

By Jim Hagerty Reporter CHICAGO - Illinois businesses could now face jail time if they violate rules under Gov. J.B. Pritzker "stay-at-home" executive order. Pritzker filed an amendment to Illinois' public health laws Friday to include the section, "Pandemic or Epidemic Respiratory Disease -- Emergency Provisions." The section states restaurants are limited to carryout, and that gyms, salons and tattoo shops must close during a disease outbreak. Businesses owners who defy this law…

Illinois could see some regions re-open before June 1

By Jim Hagerty Reporter CHICAGO - Although Illinois is expected to be under a modified stay-at-home executive order through the end of the month, some areas of the state could open sooner. Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Friday regions "heading down the other side"of the COVID-19 curve could start opening up according to the plan presented by the White House last month. "If it's 14 days on a downslide of those numbers, then absolutely," Pritzker said during his daily press briefing as hundreds…

Attorney for Lena church responds to stay-at-home change; lawsuit continues

By Jim Hagerty Reporter LENA, Ill. - An attorney from the Thomas More Society, the law firm representing the Lena church that filed a lawsuit against Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker, responded Friday to a change in the stay-at-home order extension. “Today, people of faith in Illinois stood up and secured a win for their first liberty: the free exercise of religion,” Thomas More Society Vice President and Senior Counsel Peter Breen said in an email. “Calling religious freedom ‘non-essential’…

Adam Kinzinger calls on Pritzker re-open state by region

Staff Report WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger (Illinois-16), along with four other Illinois Republicans, has sent a letter to Gov. J.B. Pritzker, urging a him to consider a regional, phased re-opening of the economy. The letter, also written by Rodney Davis (13), John Shimkus (15), Darin LaHood (18), and Mike Bost (12), claims the coronavirus pandemic has impacted different parts of the state in different ways and that any re-opening plan must reflect those differences. The…

Illinois governor: Winnebago County a COVID-19 hotspot

By Jim Hagerty Reporter CHICAGO - Winnebago County is considered a COVID-19 hotspot, Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced Thursday. "Rockford is a hotspot in the state," Pritzker said. "Winnebago County has quite a number of infections." As of this report, 426 people in Winnebago County have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the coronavirus outbreak was deemed a pandemic last month. The county has seen 14 fatalities. As in other counties, almost all COVID-related fatalities locally have involved at…

Cabello files complaint against Gov. J.B. Pritzker; opponent responds

By Jim Hagerty Report ROCKFORD - State Rep. John Cabello, R-Machesney Park, on Wednesday, officially filed a lawsuit against Gov. J.B. Pritzker, challenging the governor's stay-at-home edict meant to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Announced Tuesday, the complaint claims the governor overstepped his authority to force businesses to close, essentially shutting down the state as health officials contend with coronavirus outbreaks. Cabello contends it should be up to businesses whether to…

State Rep. John Cabello to challenge Illinois stay-at-home order

By Jim Hagerty Reporter ROCKFORD - Illinois Rep. John Cabello says he will file a lawsuit to challenge the constitutionality of Gov. J.B. Pritzker's stay-at-home order. Cabello's suit will be the second in the state filed by a remember of the Illinois House, however, the the Machesney Park Republican says it will differ from the complaint filed by Rep. Darren Bailey (R-Xenia). While Bailey's filing, which resulted in a temporary restraining order, only applies to him,  Cabello said his…

Illinois: 59 COVID-19 deaths reported; curve flattening

By Jim Hagerty Reporter CHICAGO - Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Sunday announced that more than 2,000 new cases of COVID-19 and 59 additional deaths have been confirmed in Illinois over the past 24 hours. A total of 2,126 cases of the coronavirus respiratory disease were confirmed Sunday, bringing the total number of cases to 43,903. The governor said the number of total cases includes those who have tested positive and those who were presumed infected based on symptoms. "(It also) includes many…

Pritzker: Lifting stay-at-home order now could mean 30,000 deaths

By Jim Hagerty Reporter CHICAGO - Illinois would see its COVID-19 death toll skyrocket without its stay-at-home order. That is the message Gov. J.B. Pritzker sent to reporters Thursday at his daily press briefing as he announced he is extending the statewide directive to May 30. “The projections are clear," the governor said." If we lifted the stay-at-home order tomorrow, we would see our deaths per day shoot into the thousands by the end of May, and that would last well into the…

Illinois’ stay at home order will be extended to May 30 with modifications

By Jim Hagerty Reporter CHICAGO - Gov. J.B. Pritzker onThursday announced that he will extend the statewide stay-at-home order until May 30 with a number of adjustments. Under the new order, nonessential retail businesses may offer pickup, curbside service and delivery. Hospitals may resume some elective procedures and surgeries that were canceled as the result the pandemic. However, medical centers must meet certain criteria, and keep enough beds open for possible COVID-19 surges.…

State Republicans join push to re-open Illinois economy

By John O'Connor AP Political Writer SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois House Republicans on are suggesting ways to slowly reopen businesses and relax restrictions on public interaction as the threat from COVID-19 potentially recedes.  With Gov. J.B. Pritzker's stay-at-home order scheduled to expire April 30, GOP lawmakers are seeking relief for a devastated economy and frustrated constituents. Rep. Mark Batinick of Plainfield said Tuesday he hoped their proposed modifications would get…

State ramps up COVID-19 testing, leaders eye Illinois’ future

By Jim Hagerty Reporter CHICAGO - Illinois officials announced the state's largest daily count of COVID-19 cases Wednesday. There were 2,049 new infections statewide, a mark Gov. J.B. Pritzker says is largely the result of more testing; about 9,000 people were tested between April 21 and April 22. The Illinois Department of Health also reported 98 new deaths. Cook County accounted for 69 of those fatalities. The Winnebago County Health Department reported Wednesday that 16 more people…

Rockford mayor, governor get real about reopening Illinois

By Jim Hagerty Reporter ROCKFORD - Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara and Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker continue to address cries to reopen nonessential businesses as the state trudges through the outbreak of COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus. McNamara's position on getting the Illinois economy back online came in a letter penned to Pritzker, expressing his concern that while big box stores have flourished during the shutdown, local merchants are in grave shape.…

J.B. Pritzker: ‘I won’t jeopardize the safety and health of people here in Illinois’

By Jim Hagerty Reporter ROCKFORD - Gov. J.B. Pritzker says he will listen to recommendations about what the re-opening of Illinois will look like, even the president's. But the Illinois Democrat says it will still be his decision about when the Land of Lincoln gets back to work and into classrooms amid the COVID-19 pandemic. "I'll listen to anybody," Pritzker said. "But what I won't do is jeopardize the safety and health of people here in Illinois." The governor's statement comes a day after…

Illinois surpasses 20,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19

By Jim Hagerty Reporter CHICAGO - There are 1,672 new cases of COVID-19, and 43 more people have died from complications of the disease, Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced Sunday, April 12. Illinois has now seen 20,852 people test positive for COVID-19 since the outbreak was considered a pandemic last month. The state's death toll is currently 720, including seven Winnebago County residents. And while the number of positive tests has continued to climb, Pritzker said Sunday's data may…