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18,000 people in Illinois are applying for unemployment benefits

Another 18,000 Illinois people applied for their first unemployment benefit last week. That is almost 2,800 more than the week before.

Last week, around 550 other independent contractors applied for services totaling 2,619.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the total number of Illinoisans receiving benefits is more than 450,000.

Tweens can get a COVID-19 vaccine in Illinois

Children can now get a COVID-19 vaccine.

The state of Illinois’ mass vaccination centers, local health officials, and other health care providers delivering the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine are now offering the vaccinations to minors 12-15 years old.

The move follows a state advisory committee that approves the move after the FDA extends approval for emergency use.

IDPH Announces $ 225 Million for COVID-19 Tests in Schools

Taxpayers will cover the cost of examining middle and high school students nationwide for $ 225 million.

The Illinois Department of Health announced it is paying $ 225 million for the covidSHIELD test developed by the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

The program will run tests for schools in low-income districts with high COVID-19 infection rates for free. Other schools receive a discount fee of $ 10 per test.

Pritzker says the labor exchanges will be reopened

Governor JB Pritzker says labor offices will reopen sometime this summer to those who need help with their claims, but he hasn’t given a specific date.

The offices have been closed for more than a year. Pritzker said the Illinois Department of Employment Security is working with state health officials to reopen it.

Pritzker says he won’t end the increased unemployment benefit until September

Though other states are looking to put an end to unemployment benefit hikes ahead of a fall in September, Governor JB Pritzker said he will not pull the carpet on anyone.

Mark Denzler, president of the Illinois Manufacturers ‘Association, sent a letter to the governor Wednesday urging him to end Illinois’ participation in improved services and to repeal an executive order waiving the obligation for anyone to actively do one Employment seeks to qualify for the benefits.

Several US states have already done this.

The judge takes the case under deliberation

A judge from Sangamon County has come under advice in a legal challenge to Governor JB Pritzker’s COVID-19 orders that affect university sports.

Plaintiffs say the governor is violating equal protection laws by imposing state regulations on college sports while not hosting college or professional sports.

The governor’s lawyers say college and professional athletes have the resources to compete safely.

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