Pritzker adds Illinois legislators to the list of those eligible for COVID-19 shots in phase 1b, but says he’s not getting in line

Illinois state legislators have been added to the list of those eligible for a COVID-19 vaccination in phase 1b of the effort, a spokeswoman for Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Wednesday.

New Illinois House Speaker Emanuel ‘Chris’ Welch signals pandemic housing, ethics, restorative justice are among legislative priorities

Newly inaugurated Illinois House Speaker Emanuel “Chris” Welch has signaled some of his legislative priorities with the creation of special committees on ethics and elections, restorative justice, and housing and immigration.

Patience urged as COVID-19 vaccinations open to millions in Illinois on Monday; limited indoor dining could resume in Chicago and suburban Cook County on Saturday

Illinois officials are urging patience when the next phase of the massive COVID-19 vaccination effort launches Monday because while about a quarter of the state’s population will be eligible to be immunized, the vaccine supply remains severely limited ...

Emanuel ‘Chris’ Welch says he’s Illinois House speaker because ‘my colleagues asked me to step up’

Emanuel "Chris" Welch found himself still several votes short of being elected speaker of the Illinois House hours before a new legislature was seated. He started making his case to individual lawmakers.

‘A tragic milestone’: Illinois coronavirus case count surges past 1 million

The number of COVID-19 cases in Illinois since the pandemic began soared past 1 million on Thursday, double the known case count less than two months ago.

Illinois House set to reconvene in January for the first time in months; state senators asked to reserve time

The Illinois House will reconvene in Springfield starting Jan. 8 for the first time since May and as Speaker Michael Madigan’s continued leadership over the chamber hangs in question.

State VA official acknowledges employees with coronavirus allowed to work at LaSalle home where 33 veterans died

Illinois Veterans’ Affairs officials acknowledged Wednesday that a complaint has been filed with the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration over employees who tested positive for COVID-19 but continued to work at the state’s home in LaSa...

Illinois surpasses 14,000 COVID-19 deaths less than a week after hitting 13,000 mark; Pfizer vaccine authorized by FDA

Illinois surpassed 14,000 COVID-19 deaths since the pandemic began on Friday, less than a week after the statewide death toll reached 13,000.

Pritzker says next 4 weeks could be ‘the most crucial month of this entire pandemic’

Illinois is entering what could be “the most crucial month of this entire pandemic,” Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Monday, a period bookended by Thanksgiving and a string of December holidays traditionally marked by gatherings that carry the risk of spreadin...

Illinois sounds warning again as hospitals pass spring highs for COVID-19 patients

Illinois sounds warning again as hospitals pass spring highs for COVID-19 patients