Fast Hit: Illinois Information Coming Quickly for Wednesday, Might 19, 2021 | Illinois
Republicans are calling for more accountability
Republicans continue to urge Gov. JB Pritzker’s administration to be more accountable for dealing with COVID-19 in state veterans’ facilities.
While 36 residents of the LaSalle Veterans Home died of COVID-19 last fall, there are a total of 76 veterans in all state homes in all state homes who died of COVID during the pandemic, which needs further investigation.
Bill would allow Chicago school principals to join together in union organizations
A House bill, to be heard on a Senate committee this afternoon, would allow Chicago directors to join union organizations.
House Bill 3496 is available for scrutiny by the Senate Executive Committee after the House was passed on partisan terms last month.
Another action the committee will take would be to create an elected board for the Chicago Public Schools.
Mask use to proceed for lawmakers
Although state mask loosening regulations for the vaccinated continue to be required on the Illinois House and Senate floor, face coverings will continue to be required.
Several lawmakers have been asked to wear their masks in accordance with chamber rules, but Republican MP Mark Batinick said it was time to show leadership and repeal the rule.
Democratic MP Natalie Manley said they were still not safe from COVID-19 and thanked the spokesman for maintaining the mask rule.
Illinois State Board of Education to vote on in-person classes
The Illinois State Board of Education is due today to vote on whether to commission fully personal classes for the next school year.
An ISBE resolution would also allow limited exemptions for distance learning in cases for students who are not eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine and who are quarantined by a local health department.
The resolution also refers to studies that support personal learning for more positive academic outcomes.
Banks are dropping mask rules
After more than a year of requiring masks to enter a bank lobby in Illinois, fully vaccinated individuals can make deposits or withdrawals in person without a face covering.
Illinois Bankers’ Ben Jackson said bank lobbies are treated similarly to retail stores.
The governor’s new guidelines state that retail locations must still be signposted, that unvaccinated people must still wear a mask and practice social distancing.
Lollapalooza is back
After the Chicago music festival Lollapalooza was canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s that time again.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot posted a video of her calling festival organizer Perry Farrell of Jane’s Addiction, telling him that the festival would run from July 29th to August 1st.
However, participants must provide evidence of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test.