Plywood down, National Guard leaves Capitol as protests fizzle — but Springfield still wary as coronavirus lingers

A worker removes sheets of plywood from windows at the Illinois State Capitol on Thursday. | Andrew Sullender/Chicago Sun-Times State senators canceled next week’s session at the Capitol over coronavirus concerns. But while fears over the public health crisis remained,

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North Side state senator to resign after helping pass landmark social legislation: It’s time for ‘fresh eyes and fresh energy’

Illinois State Sen. Heather Steans speaks during a press conference at New Life Community Church in Little Village Friday morning, July 31, 2020. Gov. J.B. Pritzker and other officials announced the “21st Century Illinois Transformation Model,” which will place youth

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Illinois House elects Welch first Black speaker — moments after Madigan finally agrees ‘it’s time for new leadership’

Illinois State Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch, D-Hillside, joins lawmakers at their desks as they are sworn in for the 102nd General Assembly at the Bank of Springfield Center on Wednesday. | Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register via AP State Rep.

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