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    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Governor JB Pritzker donated $51.5 million to a campaign for a graduated tax constitutional amendment. It’s official: the Fair Tax will be on the ballot in November 2020. Today’s vote is a giant leap forward for the middle class and those striving to get there.— Governor JB Pritzker (@GovPritzker) May 27, 2019The money is in addition to the $5 million donation the governor made last December.Illinois voters will decide if the graduated income tax plan becomes law...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Governor JB Pritzker donated $51.5 million to a campaign for a graduated tax constitutional amendment. It’s official: the Fair Tax will be on the ballot in November 2020. Today’s vote is a giant leap forward for the middle class and those striving to get there.— Governor JB Pritzker (@GovPritzker) May 27, 2019The money is in addition to the $5 million donation the governor made last December.Illinois voters will decide if the graduated income tax plan becomes law...
    Governor JB Pritzker donated $51.5 million to a campaign for a graduated tax constitutional amendment. It’s official: the Fair Tax will be on the ballot in November 2020. Today’s vote is a giant leap forward for the middle class and those striving to get there.— Governor JB Pritzker (@GovPritzker) May 27, 2019The money is in addition to the $5 million donation the governor made last December.Illinois voters will decide if the graduated income tax plan becomes law on November 3.RELATED:...
    Governor JB Pritzker has donated another $51.5 million of his own money to a committee working to make the fair tax happen.The contribution to Vote Yes for Fairness, a committee headed by the governors former deputy campaign manager, was reported late Friday in a filing with the State Board of Elections, according to the Associated Press.RELATED: Illinois graduated income tax plan will go to voters after Governor JB Pritzkers bill passes the State House It’s official: the Fair Tax will...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Gov. JB Pritzker said all four regions of Illinois will be able to move to Phase 4 of reopening the economy on Friday, meaning restaurants will be able to allow indoor dining, and many other businesses that have been closed for nearly four months can reopen, but with capacity limits. “Doctors and public health experts have reviewed the data, and the proposed conditions for greater public activity and work conditions, and have approved them,” Pritzker said Thursday...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Governor JB Pritzker outlined his plan Tuesday for schools across Illinois to welcome students back this fall as the state advances to Phase 4 of reopening.The guidelines were released as the Illinois Department of Public Health reported 601 new cases of COVID-19 and 38 additional deaths on Tuesday. That brought the total in the state to 137,825, including 6,707 deaths.The IDPH requirements for K-12 schools to reopen in Phase 4 are: Require use of appropriate personal protective...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Gov. JB Pritzker on Tuesday said the entire state is on track to move to Phase 4 of the plan to reopen the economy on Friday, and announced guidelines for schools and colleges to resume in-person classes in the fall. “Classroom learning provides necessary opportunities for our students to learn, socialize, and grow. The benefits of in-person instruction can’t be overstated,” Pritzker said in a statement. The governor said the state is providing guidance for preschools, K-12...
    CHICAGO — Parents overwhelmed by remote learning for kids and work from home may get some relief this fall: Illinois will allow children to return to the classroom. Gov. JB Pritkzer announced plans to keep kids, teachers and families safe in school Tuesday, saying the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) will provide K-12 districts in Illinois with 2.5 million cloth face masks. “Nothing compares to face-to-face interactions between students and their teachers,” said State Supt. of Education Dr. Carmen I....
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Governor JB Pritzker will provide a COVID-19 update for Illinois Tuesday afternoon.The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 601 new cases of COVID-19 and 38 additional deaths on Tuesday. That brought the total in the state to 137,825, including 6,707 deaths.The update comes as Illinois is set to move into Phase 4 of reopening on Friday.Restore Illinois: 5-phase reopening plan by Governor Pritzker splits IL into 4 regionsEMBED More News Videos Heres what you can expect in...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Governor JB Pritzker will provide a COVID-19 update for Illinois Tuesday afternoon.On Monday, the Illinois Department of Public Health reported an additional 462 cases of COVID-19 and 26 additional deaths. That brought the total in the state to 137,224, including 6,671 deaths.The update comes as Illinois is set to move into Phase 4 of reopening on Friday.Restore Illinois: 5-phase reopening plan by Governor Pritzker splits IL into 4 regionsEMBED More News Videos Heres what you can expect...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Governor JB Pritzker will provide a COVID-19 update for Illinois Tuesday afternoon.On Monday, Illinois Department of Public Health reported an additional 462 cases of COVID-19 and 26 additional deaths. That brought the total in the state to 137,224, including 6,671 deaths.The update comes as Illinois is set to move into Phase 4 of reopening on Friday.Restore Illinois: 5-phase reopening plan by Governor Pritzker splits IL into 4 regionsEMBED More News Videos Heres what you can expect in...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Governor JB Pritzker will provide a COVID-19 update for Illinois Tuesday afternoon.On Monday, Illinois Department of Public Health reported an additional 462 cases of COVID-19 and 26 additional deaths. That brought the total in the state to 137,224, including 6,671 deaths.The update comes as Illinois is set to move into Phase 4 of reopening on Friday.Restore Illinois: 5-phase reopening plan by Governor Pritzker splits IL into 4 regionsEMBED More News Videos Heres what you can expect in...
    Former President Barack Obama pulled in more than three million dollars from Chicago’s social elite at a virtual fundraiser hosted for Joe Biden on Thursday. The virtual event, Obama’s second in less than a month, was centered around a discussion between the former commander in chief and Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D-IL) on how America would benefit from a Biden White House, according to Politico’s Illinois Playbook. In attendance were some of Chicago’s financial and business elite, including Cubs co-owner Laura...
    While President Donald Trump insists kids get back to school as early as next month, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker said he is relying on data and science. Several weeks ago, the Illinois State Board of Education released a set of policies and rules for schools to follow this fall. The policies include temperature checks and face-covering requirements. Districts are also polling parents on other things such as blended learning options. Earlier this week Trump said schools need to...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Gov. JB Pritzker named a new director of the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES), the agency responsible for issuing benefits to the nearly 1.4 million people who lost their jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic since early March. On Thursday, Pritzker announced via a news release that Kristin Richards, current Chief of Staff to the Senate President, will serve as director. Tom Chan was the agency’s acting director in the more than four months of the pandemic. He will remain...
    Gov. J.B. Pritzker criticized the Trump administration’s handling of COVID-19 Wednesday and said it can do better moving forward, including passing a measure to provide billions of dollars to cover lost revenue for states and local governments. U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Naperville, supported Congressional Democrats’ $3 trillion bill. “The HEROES Act that will provide … $500 billion in relief funds to state government including almost $18 billion for the state of Illinois,” Underwood said during a virtual hearing...
    Illinois Gov. J.B. PritzkerBrian Cassella | Chicago Tribune | Tribune News Service via Getty Images) Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker said states have been forced to compete in a sick Hunger Games-like competition for personal protective equipment and other supplies needed to fight the coronavirus pandemic without a strong federal response. Pritzker, a Democrat, told U.S. lawmakers Wednesday the U.S. governments muddled response left states to try to source their own supplies as health-care professionals battled rising cases. He said the...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Gov. JB Pritzker on Wednesday announced the state is expanding its COVID-19 testing efforts, with 12 new mobile testing teams focusing on hard-hit communities across Illinois. The governor said the mobile testing sites can be moved as needed to areas with “emerging outbreaks” of the virus; such as at meat packing plants, nursing homes, migrant worker housing, or other communities with less access to traditional testing. The mobile testing sites will offer free drive-through and walk-up virus...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Illinois is reporting 980 new COVID-19 cases and 36 deaths Wednesday.The Illinois Department of Public Health announced that the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the state has reached 149,432, including 7,099 deaths. This is the biggest single-day increase in COVID-19 cases reported in Illinois in a month. On June 6, the state reported 975 new cases.Deaths from COVID-19 reported across Illinois include the following:- Champaign County: 2 males 70s- Cook County: 1 male 40s, 2 males...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Illinois is reporting 980 new COVID-19 cases and 36 deaths Wednesday.The Illinois Department of Public Health announced that the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the state has reached 149,432, including 7,099 deaths.Deaths from COVID-19 reported across Illinois include the following:- Champaign County: 2 males 70s- Cook County: 1 male 40s, 2 males 50s, 1 male 60s, 1 female 70s, 4 males 70s, 2 females 80s, 2 males 80s- DuPage County: 1 female 60s, 1 female 80s...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Touting his response to the coronavirus, Illinois’ governor had sharp words for the federal government in its “failure” to hit the ground running and help states grapple with COVID-19 crisis. Illinois Governor JB Pritzker was part of a virtual hearing to address the Congressional Committee on Homeland Security’s “Examining the National Response to the Worsening Coronavirus Pandemic.” Pritzker criticized the government for what he said how little it did as the pandemic unfolded. “When it became clear that...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Governor JB Pritzker is visiting a mobile testing site Wednesday afternoon.The testing site is at Coles Elementary School in the South Chicago neighborhood.Earlier Wednesday, Governor Pritzker testified before a House of Representatives committee on the response to the coronavirus pandemic.On Tuesday, Illinois reported 587 new COVID-19 cases and 37 deaths, bringing the total number of cases in the state to 148,452 with 7063 deaths.Coronavirus testing: Where to get tested for COVID-19 in Illinois, Chicago areaOver a 24-hour...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Governor JB Pritzker is visiting a mobile testing site Wednesday afternoon.The testing site is at Coles Elementary School in the South Chicago neighborhood.Earlier Wednesday, Governor Pritzker testified before a House of Representatives committee on the response to the coronavirus pandemic.On Tuesday, Illinois reported 587 new COVID-19 cases and 37 deaths, bringing the total number of cases in the state to 148,452 with 7063 deaths.Coronavirus testing: Where to get tested for COVID-19 in Illinois, Chicago areaOver a 24-hour...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Governor JB Pritzker is visiting a mobile testing site Wednesday afternoon.The testing site is at Coles Elementary School in the South Chicago neighborhood.Earlier Wednesday, Governor Pritzker testified before a House of Representatives committee on the response to the coronavirus pandemic.On Tuesday, Illinois reported 587 new COVID-19 cases and 37 deaths, bringing the total number of cases in the state to 148,452 with 7063 deaths.Coronavirus testing: Where to get tested for COVID-19 in Illinois, Chicago areaOver a 24-hour...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Voters will decide whether Illinois will move to a progressive tax from a flat tax this November, and the advertising blitz is already underway.Governor JB Pritzker, who is spearheading the measure, gave a massive donation recently to the vote yes side.Voters will decide whether to change the state constitution to shift Illinois from the current flat tax to a progressive income tax. The fight for votes starts with a fight for attention.One of the new vote yes...