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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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Pritzker: ‘Stay tuned’ for new guidance on masks; decisions from other Democratic-led states, Illinois court ruling ramp up pressure

By JERRY NOWICKICapitol News Illinoisjnowicki@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – Illinoisans should stay tuned for an announcement on the state’s indoor mask mandate, Gov. J.B. Pritzker said at an unrelated news conference Tuesday, […]

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