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Masked American Studies students work on an assignment together on August 27 in room 289 at the Upper Campus. Governor Pritzkers mandate will impact both vaccinated and unvaccinated students and staff, but will not change the policy already put in place.

Governor reinstates Illinois mask mandate

Alayna Majkrzak, Staff Writer August 30, 2021

Governor JB Pritzker reinstated the Illinois mask mandate on Thursday, August 26. People in Illinois are now required to wear their mask indoors regardless of vaccination status.  Due to a steep rise...

If Rep. Marcus C. Evans Jr. can blame Grand Theft Auto for societys problems, then it only makes sense to blame him for starting the pandemic. After all, was he wearing a mask at all before the state was placed on lockdown?

Opinion: “GTA” is here to stay, Marcus C. Evans Jr.

Ciara Duncan, Features Editor March 11, 2021

The pandemic has slowed, and it seems to me that Illinois Representative Marcus C. Evans Jr. (D-Ill. 33rd District) is getting bored. But, instead of watching movies, picking up a new hobby, scrolling...

Health care workers collect saliva samples at a drive-up testing site in Arizona in November. Since then, COVID cases have dropped significantly in most states, including Illinois.

COVID cases decreasing

Josie Cable, Opinions Editor February 22, 2021

While vaccines start being distributed across the U.S., COVID-19 cases are decreasing from a record-setting surge in December. Over 11 million people have been fully vaccinated with their second dose...

On October 26, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker speaks at his regular COVID briefing to tell the general public about the latest rising COVID-19 case numbers.

Illinois sees spike in COVID-19 cases

Kiera Loewe, Social Media Director October 27, 2020

The increase in COVID-19 cases may cause parts of Illinois to go back to Phase 3 restrictions late this week and early next week, including the closing of restaurant dining rooms and restrictions on social...

resident Donald J. Trump takes questions from the press during a coronavirus update briefing Sunday, April 19, 2020, in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House.

Trump announces plan to re-open the U.S. economy

Kyla Henige, News Editor April 27, 2020

Though COVID-19 has put everything on hold in the United States, President Donald Trump called for states to start opening at their own pace. In a press conference on April 16, Trump officially gave...

An employee locks up at Lady Luck Poker on McCullom Lake Road on March 17. Lady Luck was one of several establishments closed by Governor Pritzker due to coronavirus.

Illinois works to flatten the COVID-19 curve

Emma Snyder, Staff Writer March 19, 2020

In an effort to control the spread of COVID-19, J.B. Pritzker, Governor of Illinois, has made several decisions to help flatten the curve. With the circumstances of COVID-19 changing rapidly, Pritzker...

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