SPRINGFIELD — All of Gov. JB Pritzker’s executive orders since April 8 pertaining to the novel coronavirus pandemic are void because he exceeded his authority when he used his emergency powers for more than 30 days, a Clay County judge ruled Thursday.
CHICAGO – Governor JB Pritzker today released plans to safely continue reopening businesses and industries as Illinois moves into Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan. Working with public health officials and business representatives, guidelines were developed to keep workers and customers safe as the economy recovers. All four regions of the state are currently on track to move into Phase 4 on June 26 as the state continues to make significant progress in reducing new COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths, with the average 7-day statewide case positivity rate falling to just 2.5 percent as of June 20.
Today marks the official first day of Phase 3 for all four regions in Illinois. With guidelines and toolkits available for many types of businesses, some residents are rejoicing the move towards normalcy, while others are still fearful that reopening may increase cases of COVID-19.
Gov. JB Pritzker said Tuesday he would consider withholding federal pass-through funds to counties ignoring his stay-at-home order and said it “would be best” for the General Assembly to meet before the end of May to take up key state business.
Illinois’ top health official on Monday said the state has received its first shipment of Remdesivir, an antiviral drug that has proven early success as a treatment for COVID-19 patients.
As Illinois cases continue to rise, Governor JB Pritzker spoke about reopening restaurants and schools, and holding games for professional sports. The governor also continued to applaud the state’s efforts in testing for COVID-19 while also saying there needs to be more.
Illinois Department of Public Health Dr. Ngozi Ezike said that Illinois is at war with an invisible enemy. As fatalities hit a single day record and Governor JB Pritzker unveiled his plan to return Illinois to a semblance of normal, the doctor urged residents to take personal responsibility.
Governor JB Pritzker released a five phase plan to reopen the state called Restore Illinois, which detailed each of the phases and named regions across the state that could reopen in different stages. The news comes on the day when Illinois hit the highest single day fatality number to date.
During the Sunday update from the St. Clair County Emergency Management Agency, officials answered questions about long term care facility outbreaks and whether or not the county could possibly open sooner than the current state mandate that was recently extended through May 30.