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May 5 COVID-19 Update: Pritzker talks Restore Illinois, getting the state back on its feet

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker takes questions from the media on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020 at the School of Mass Communication and Media Arts at SIU.

By Jacob Lorenz, Staff Reporter

May 5, 2020

Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker discussed the Restore Illinois plan at his May 5 press conference.

May 4 COVID-19 Update: 41 ICU beds in use in Marion region

Shoppers leave Kroger supermarket, Carbondale, IL, Saturday, April 4, 2020.  Some shoppers opted to wear medical masks to help protect against the Covid-19 pandemic.




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By Jacob Lorenz, Staff Reporter

May 4, 2020

Illinois has had 2,341 new cases of COVID-19 and 46 fatalities since May 3, Gov. JB Pritzker said during his daily press conference. 

April 28 COVID-19 Update: Highest 24 hour death count in Illinois, Polish medical delegation to assist state with COVID response

Signs indicating the closure of Giant City State Park due to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 pandemic, Makanda, IL, Saturday, April 4, 2020.  Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker, issued a statewide shelter-in-place order, effective March 21, 2020, closing all nonessential businesses, and barring all activities at state parks, fish and wildlife areas, recreational areas and historic sites.

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By Jacob Lorenz, Staff Reporter

April 28, 2020

There are 2,219 new cases of COVID-19 and 144 deaths since April 27, Director of the Department of Illinois Public Health Dr. Ngozi Ezike said in the governor’s daily press conference. 

April 27 COVID-19 Update: CDC adds six new symptoms for coronavirus

Shoppers leave Kroger supermarket, Carbondale, IL, Saturday, April 4, 2020.  Some shoppers opted to wear medical masks to help protect against the Covid-19 pandemic.

By Jacob Lorenz, Staff Reporter

April 27, 2020

There are 1,980 new cases of COVID-19 and 50 deaths in Illinois since April 26, according to an announcement by Director of Illinois Public Health Dr. Ngozi Ezike at the governor’s daily press conference.

Gallery: Reopen Illinois Rally

Orphans of the American Dream hosted the Reopen Illinois Rally in downtown Springfield where protesters displayed flags and signs supporting their disapproval towards the shelter-in-place order on April 25, 2020 at the Illinois State Capital Building.

By Jared Treece, Staff Photographer

April 25, 2020

Orphans of the American Dream hosted the Reopen Illinois Rally in downtown Springfield where protesters displayed flags and signs showing their disapproval towards the shelter-in-place order.

“Our health is our wealth” Illinois NAACP hosts virtual town hall on COVID-19 in the African American community

Flier for NAACP COVID-19 town hall held on April 25, 2020.

By Danny Connolly, Contributing Writer

April 25, 2020

Over 100 members of the NAACP across Illinois joined in on a virtual town hall to get more information from health care officials and have their questions answered about COVID-19.

Activists advocate for compassionate release of detainees at Pulaski County Detention Center

Activists advocate for compassionate release of detainees at Pulaski County Detention Center

By Kallie Cox, News Editor

April 22, 2020

As of April 9. three individuals at the Pulaski County Detention Center tested positive for COVID-19 and Illinois activists are advocating for the compassionate release of detainees from the center.

April 21 COVID-19 Update: New SNAP benefit extension and student loan relief

Shoppers leave Kroger supermarket, Carbondale, IL, Saturday, April 4, 2020.  Some shoppers opted to wear homemade medical masks, bandanas, or some other improvised facial covering to help protect against the Covid-19 pandemic.




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By Jacob Lorenz, Staff Reporter

April 21, 2020

There have been 1,551 new cases in Illinois since April 20 and 119 deaths, Dr. Ngozi Ezike, director of Illinois Department of Public Health, said in the daily governor press conference. 

Protesters block state Capitol, demand end to quarantine

Jayden Brest, a senior at South Fork Senior High School, holds a sign next to her sister, who is in kindergarten, at the

By Kallie Cox, News Editor

April 19, 2020

Springfield, IL-  Protesters broke the Governor’s stay at home order on Sunday to swarm the state Capitol and demand an end to COVID-19 quarantine measures.

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