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Treasures found during COVID

By Cheryl Wormley This is the anniversary of my first COVID Declarations. Yes, it was two years ago this week when I wrote: “This too shall pass. Until then …” […]

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Moving on, hoping the worst (at least) is over

Local numbers keep falling for new cases of COVID-19. Face masks are optional just about everywhere. Even the McHenry County Department of Public Health has shut down its COVID-19 call […]

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State, opponents urge court ruling on school mandates despite legislative committee vote

PETER HANCOCKCapitol News Illinoisphancock@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – The question of whether K-12 schools in Illinois can continue to enforce mask mandates and other COVID-19 mitigations remained unclear Wednesday as all three […]

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

By PETER HANCOCKCapitol News Illinoisphancock@capitolnewsillinois.com 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 […]

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Latest COVID-19 surge has likely peaked, governor says

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois phancock@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Wednesday that he was “cautiously optimistic” that the recent surge in COVID-19 cases spurred by the omicron […]

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