Illinois Supreme Court denies Pritzker’s appeal of school mask mandate decisions; schools move to mask optional Monday

The Illinois Supreme Court denied Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s appeal over his school mask mandates on Friday, determining that the lower court decisions were moot, vacating the temporary restraining order by the circuit court and remanding the case to the circuit court for further consideration. This decision likely brings to an end the litigation over mask mandates in…

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Legislative panel suspends COVID-19 mitigations in schools; Pritzker continues to encourage masks in schools

SPRINGFIELD — A legislative panel on Tuesday voted to suspend the latest version of COVID-19 mitigations for public schools, saying in part that those rules are still being litigated in a state appellate court. The Joint Committee on Administrative rules voted 9-0, with two members voting “present,” to object to the rules and suspend them…

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Illinois last state in Midwest to lift statewide mask mandate

Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced Illinois will lift the statewide indoor mask mandate for most residents Feb. 28, joining nearly all other states nationwide that have rescinded emergency pandemic protocols as new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations rapidly decline. The growing push for the post-pandemic transition has seen 11 states announce expiration dates for their universal indoor masking requirements since Feb.…

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‘Coexist with COVID:’ Pritzker, Ezike address plan to lift mask mandate by Feb. 28; school mandates would remain in place pending court decision

SPRINGFIELD — If hospitalizations for COVID-19 continue to decline for the rest of the month, Gov. JB Pritzker plans to lift his executive order mandating face coverings indoors by Feb. 28. The plan does not apply to schools. It’s unclear what level of rise in hospitalizations could lead the state to change its course, but…

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