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The judge denies Pritzker’s motion to deny contesting COVID-19 orders

The case of Geneva restaurant FoxFire against Governor JB Pritzker orders restaurants to be closed to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Sangamon County Circuit Court judge Raylene Grischow denied Pritzker’s motion for dismissal.

Pritzker’s lawyers have 2 weeks to respond.

A hearing is scheduled for April 28th.

15,000 people in Illinois are applying for unemployment benefits

More than 15,000 Illinois residents applied for additional unemployment benefits last week.

That is almost 1,000 more who applied for the extended traditional benefits than the week before. More than 2,200 independent contractors also requested services, a decrease of around 200 from the previous week.

In total, the state has nearly 430,000 people receiving benefits, more than 40,000 than the week before.

The state’s former lawmaker is not committed to tax evasion

Former Illinois State Senator Annazette Collins pleaded guilty not to have lied on her income taxes.

The Chicago Tribune reported The former Chicago state attorney called the charges an attempt to coerce his client into cooperating on a federal corruption investigation.

The Tribune also reported that Rudy Acosta, a longtime political ally of the embattled Chicago Alderman Edward Burke and the late former Senator Martin Sandoval, plead guilty to misleading the FBI.

The Illinois nursing home and VA staff are still hesitant about getting the COVID-19 vaccination

COVID-19 infections in nursing and veteran homes in Illinois have declined, but the facility’s staff still seem reluctant to get vaccinated.

By March 15, 69,000 Illinois health workers had been fully vaccinated through a federal program, according to the Center for Public Integrity.

That’s just over half of the state’s total workforce.

Public health officials out and about with mobile vaccination clinics

Illinois public health officials will be out and about in Livingston County today and Friday carrying approximately 1,200 Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines for those ages 18 and older.

There are also more than two dozen other locations across the state with thousands of doses available.

Information can be found at or by phone at 833-621-1284.

State Selects Companies to Overhaul the State Armory Building, Worth $ 122 Million

A company has been selected to rebuild a government-owned building in Springfield that has largely been vacant for more than a decade.

The Illinois Capital Development Board announced that Tilton, Kelly + Bell will renovate the State Armory Building across from the state capital.

The nearly $ 122 million project is funded through the governor’s Rebuild Illinois plan, which is funded through increased gas taxes and other fees.

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