Fast hits: Illinois Information Coming Quickly for January 19, 2021

Pritzker Announces Changes to COVID-19 Restrictions

The eleven regions of the state in Governor JB Pritzker’s plan are now divided into four different classes of COVID-19 mitigation.

Region 3, the west-central part of the state, skipped Tier 3 mitigation and no tiered controls.

This enabled King Pin Lanes in Springfield to open immediately with limited capacity.

Co-owner Craig Rhodes said they reached out on social media to announce they were open and immediately got bowlers to take the lanes.

Restrictions on indoor service still apply in other areas of the state.

In Illinois, the sport remains on the break

One thing that wasn’t included in Governor JB Pritzker’s announcement that regions of the state are seeing relaxed COVID-19 mitigation is how this will affect student athletes.

Some local officials say they are in contact with the associations that manage competitions between schools but have not received any information.

School sports are usually interrupted for months.

Pritzker announces new personnel program for hospitals

Hospitals across the state can now take advantage of a recruitment program that Governor JB Pritzker’s administration announced on Monday to help with capacity issues during COVID-19.

However, the government warns of the possible spread of a virus variant that could lead to an increase in capacity in healthcare facilities in the coming months.

IBHE is targeting $ 2.1 billion in fiscal 2022

The Illinois Board of Higher Education approved the demand for the upcoming state budget and is aiming for a 4.5 percent increase.

The proposed budget for the state higher education system is $ 2.1 billion, $ 92 million more than the existing spending plan.

Chief Executive Officer John Atkinson said the increased budget was a “down payment” for a strategic plan that focused on “equity, affordability and achievement”.

The federal government is making $ 550 million available to universities in Illinois

Public and private universities in Illinois have received nearly $ 550 million in COVID-19 relief, according to the U.S. Department of Education.

An allocation table shows that nearly 90 institutes have received federal funding ranging from $ 29,000 for the private nonprofit Spertus College of Judaica to $ 47 million for the University of Illinois Chicago.

U of I Urbana-Champaign received $ 44.6 million.

Pritzker plans to prioritize vaccines for prison inmates

The Pritzker government plans to prioritize COVID-19 vaccines for inmates in Illinois state prisons.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois says it recognizes the increased risk faced by people living in a community.

The group said more than 70 prisoners had died from the virus.

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