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Comptroller: Illinois has spent $174M on COVID-19 response

By John O'Connor AP Political Writer SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois has paid $174 million for medicine and protective equipment to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the past month, according to data released Tuesday.  Comptroller Susana Mendoza debuted an online portal identifying each expenditure  since Gov. J.B. Pritzker's March 9 disaster declaration, which allows his administration to coordinate with state partners and federal agencies in buying equipment and supplies.  As of…

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…