State appeals court’s order on school COVID-19 mask, vaccine mandates

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul and Gov. JB Pritzker’s administration are asking a state appellate court to set aside a lower court order from late Friday that invalidated the mask and vaccine mandates that the state imposed last year for public schools. On Friday, Sangamon County Circuit Judge Raylene Grischow granted a temporary…

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Illinois stays vaccine, testing mandate on larger public employers after Supreme Court ruling

After the U.S. Supreme Court ruling Thursday against the Biden administration’s vaccine or testing mandate on employers of more than 100 employees, it’s expected the Illinois Department of Labor’s COVID-19 vaccine or testing mandate will be withdrawn. The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday blocked the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate on private sector businesses with more…

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Unvaccinated COVID patients could pay average of $24K in medical bills under Illinois state representative’s proposal

An Illinois state representative introduced a new bill this week that would force unvaccinated patients to pay their own medical expenses if they receive hospital treatment for COVID-19.

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‘There’s no wiggle room’: Blessing employees must start vaccination process by Dec. 6

QUINCY — Maureen Kahn, president and CEO of Blessing Health Systems, doesn’t want any of her employees to leave. A recent federal mandate regarding COVID-19 vaccines likely will make that difficult to avoid now. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released last week specific health care and business rules to be implemented nationwide. Blessing…

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Pritzker mandates vaccine for day care professionals; new mandate will cover 55,000 workers

SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker announced an executive order Friday that will add day care personnel to the list of professions that must either be vaccinated against COVID-19 or submit to weekly testing. The governor’s office said it expects the order to affect 55,000 individuals in the state, although many of them may have already…

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State worker vaccine deadline extended to Oct. 26 for first dose; negotiations continue with largest public employee union

SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker announced Monday his administration has reached agreement with multiple trade unions requiring certain state workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19, but it is extending the deadline for workers to get their first shot to Oct. 26 while negotiations continue with the state’s largest public employees union. Pritzker issued executive orders in late…

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Pritzker says he’s waiting for further decline in COVID-19 transmission before lifting indoor mask mandate

Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Monday he’s looking for clear signs that coronavirus transmission is on the decline in Illinois before he’ll consider lifting the indoor mask mandate he reinstated in late August amid a surge driven by the virus’ highly contagious delta variant. “We’re watching to make sure that we’re on a good downward trajectory,” Pritzker said…

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Democratic leaders take back seat to Pritzker on pandemic policies

Gov. J.B. Pritzker has issued dozens of executive orders since March 2020, affecting everything from the economy to education and healthcare. He started by limiting dine-in restaurants for two weeks to slow the spread of COVID-19. That’s evolved over the past 19 months to mask mandates in schools and vaccine mandates for health care workers,…

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