Coronavirus numbers rise, post-holiday spike looms — and Pritzker warns: ‘Stay home. … Assume you were exposed’

Gov. J.B. Pritzker appears at a COVID-19 briefing Monday at the Thompson Center in the Loop. | Anthony Vazquez/Sun-Times The 125 latest deaths attributed to the virus are higher than the state’s average of about 110 deaths per day over

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McHenry County vows not to prosecute bars, restaurants for serving indoors — but Pritzker asks prosecutor to ‘follow the law’

McHenry County State’s Attorney Patrick Kenneally, left, in July; Gov. J.B. Pritzker, right, earlier this month. | John Starks/Daily Herald; Pat Nabong/Sun-Times McHenry County State’s Attorney Patrick D. Kenneally said that the mitigations rested on an executive order that he

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Home for the holidays? Facing ‘COVID storm,’ Pritzker says stay-at-home order ‘seems like where we are heading’

Gov. J.B. Pritzker listens as Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike speaks during a daily COVID-19 update at the James R. Thompson Center last week. | Anthony Vazquez/Sun-Times file “We’re running out of time, and we’re running

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‘Awful’ autumn: record 12,623 new COVID-19 cases across state, hospitalizations up, positivity way up — and ‘it’s not over yet’

Gov. J.B. Pritzker answers questions from the media during a daily COVID-19 update at the James R. Thompson Center last week. | Anthony Vazquez/Sun-Times file “We’re monitoring the numbers closely, and additional statewide action is possible,” Pritzker said.  Illinois reported

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Pritzker warns of restrictions as state hits ‘terrible milestone’ of 10,000 deaths: ‘We’re heading down a very dark, dark path’

Gov. J.B. Pritzker updates the media on the latest COVID-19 numbers during his daily COVID-19 update at the James R. Thompson Center on Thursday. | Anthony Vazquez/Sun-Times State health officials Thursday reported 9,935 new COVID-19 cases, dwarfing the previous high

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All 11 Illinois regions to be under COVID-19 restrictions starting Wednesday

As COVID-19 cases continue to surge in Illinois at an unprecedented rate, Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Sunday announced new resurgence mitigations for North-Central Illinois. | Tyler LaRiviere/Sun-Times | Tyler LaRiviere/Sun-Times The news comes as state health officials on Sunday announced

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Fact-check: Illinois isn’t No. 1 in Census spending, but Pritzker’s ‘nation-leading’ claim still counts

Gov. J.B. Pritzker speaks to those in attendance and those watching via a livestream about the importance of filling out the census at the Apostolic Faith Church in Bronzeville during the Census Gospel Sunday Concert in September. | Anthony Vazquez/Sun-Times

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Food fight: Pritzker vows to crack down on restaurants ‘helping to spread this disease’ through dining defiance

Gov. J.B. Pritzker speaks during a news conference in Little Village in July. | Pat Nabong/Sun-Times file As Illinois reported another daily record high of nearly 5,000 new coronavirus cases, Gov. J.B. Pritzker said suburban bars and restaurants that don’t

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Civic Federation opposes Pritzker’s income tax plan: ‘Nothing in the package protects any one group of taxpayers’

Gov. J.B. Pritzker, left, last month; Laurence Msall, president of the Civic Federations, right, in 2019. | Anthony Vazquez, Rich Hein/Sun-Times file. “While the Civic Federation is not opposed to the concept of a graduated income tax and understands the state’s

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