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Illinois Supreme Court heads online for May cases

By Rebecca Anzel Capitol News Illinois SPRINGFIELD — Illinois’ highest court will hear its May session’s oral arguments through videoconference. The decision, made to follow social distancing and stay-at-home orders in response to the novel coronavirus pandemic, marks the first time such technology has ever been embraced by the seven justices. The state joins 26 others in using the technology. According to the National Center for State Courts, seven states use teleconference to conduct…

Pandemic shutdown: Kansas church restriction overturned

Staff Report TOPKEKA, Kansas -  The Kansas Legislative Coordinating Council sided with the state attorney general and against Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly by voting 5-2 Wednesday to overturn the governor’s executive order that limited in-person worship services and funerals to 10 people. The governor replaced her original order with Executive Order 20-18 which expanded the state’s stay-home order to include churches and other religious organizations. Attorney General Derek Schmidt said that…