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COVID cases in Michigan are surging, worrying Chicago area health officials

COVID cases in Michigan are surging, worrying Chicago area health officials

Welcome, Your AccountLog OutBy CHICAGO (WLS) -- The COVID crisis in Michigan is raising concerns among health experts in Chicago."I'm very alarmed about what we're seeing in Michigan. First of all, there's not really very much different about the way Michigan is handling COVID and the way that we're handling COVID," said Dr. Emily Landon, Chief Epidemiologist at University of Chicago Medicine.The surge in Michigan has pushed the seven day test passivity rate to 16.6%, the highest it's been in a year and up 348% since February. Governor Gretchen Whitmer is asking for more vaccine, and for...

April 12, 2021
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Mayor Lori Lightfoot reflects on 'very difficult' Chicago COVID pandemic year, hope for future

Mayor Lori Lightfoot reflects on 'very difficult' Chicago COVID pandemic year, hope for future

Welcome, Your AccountLog OutBy CHICAGO (WLS) -- Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot offered some hope for this summer and the return of concerts, festivals, and the ability of people to enjoy the beaches, but still warned the city not to let its guard down.During an exclusive one-on-one interview with ABC7 Eyewitness News, Lightfoot reflected on the challenges of this last year running the nation's third largest city during a pandemic."I never would have imagined before it happened, that we'd be shutting down huge portions of our life, not just our economy but our life," Mayor Lightfoot said. "It...

March 18, 2021
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Mike Madigan replacement Edward Guerra Kodatt resigns after only 3 days, Angelica Guerrero Cuellar nominated as new successor

Mike Madigan replacement Edward Guerra Kodatt resigns after only 3 days, Angelica Guerrero Cuellar nominated as new successor

Welcome, Your AccountLog OutBy CHICAGO (WLS) -- Two days after he was sworn in, the man who replaced Mike Madigan as state representative has resigned.Now things have gone from bad to worse for Edward Guerra Kodatt. Facing pressure to resign as state representative, he stepped down and won't be rehired from the job he had before working in the 13th Ward service office of Alderman Marty Quinn.On Sunday, Kodatt made his pitch for the job of state representative, saying "It's surreal for me to be here before you today humbly asking for your support."Kodatt was sworn in as Mike Madigan's...

February 24, 2021
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Mike Madigan resigns after 50 years in post as IL House Speaker. state representative

Mike Madigan resigns after 50 years in post as IL House Speaker. state representative

Welcome, Your AccountLog OutRep. Emanuel 'Chris' Welch took Madigan's place as House speaker last monthBy After 50 years in the state legislature, Mike Madigan is finally calling it quits.On Thursday, the legendary political figure sent a letter to the House speaker announcing that he will be resigning from the state representative post he has held since 1971. A second letter to the Clerk of the House tendered Madigan's resignation, effective today.Madigan said in a statement his resignation from the position in the 22nd District will be effective at the end of February."It's no secret that...

February 18, 2021
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Pritzker budget address: Proposal includes closing corporate tax loopholes, no income tax hike as partisan battle brews

Pritzker budget address: Proposal includes closing corporate tax loopholes, no income tax hike as partisan battle brews

Welcome, Your AccountLog OutPritzker won't raise income taxes, proposes closing corporate tax loopholesBy CHICAGO (WLS) -- Gov. JB Pritzker outlined his budget proposal Wednesday that will not raise income taxes, but balances the budget in part by eliminating numerous corporate tax loopholes."I had bolder plans for our state budget than what I am going to present to you today. It would be a lie to suggest otherwise. But as all our families have had to make hard choices over the last year, so too does state government. And right now, we need to pass a balanced budget that finds the right...

February 17, 2021
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Rep. Emanuel 'Chris' Welch succeeds Mike Madigan as Illinois House speaker

Rep. Emanuel 'Chris' Welch succeeds Mike Madigan as Illinois House speaker

Welcome, Your AccountLog OutBy SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WLS) -- Hillside Democrat Rep. Emanuel "Chris" Welch is the next speaker of the Illinois House, succeeding Mike Madigan, who has held the post for decades.Welch was elected Speaker when the 102nd General Assembly convened at noon Wednesday.Welch is the first Black speaker, and takes over for Mike Madigan who has served in that role for all but two years, since 1983."As the speaker of this chamber, that's an awesome responsibility. I'm honored, and my commitment is to do it to the best of my ability," Welch said.JUST IN: State Rep Chris Welch...

January 13, 2021
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Rep. Emanuel 'Chris' Welch succeeds Mike Madigan as Illinois House speaker | abc7chicago.com

Rep. Emanuel 'Chris' Welch succeeds Mike Madigan as Illinois House speaker | abc7chicago.com

By Wednesday, January 13, 2021 11:01PM CTWelch is the first Black speaker, and takes over for Mike Madigan who has served in that role for all but two years, since 1983.SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WLS) -- Hillside Democrat Rep. Emanuel "Chris" Welch is the next speaker of the Illinois House, succeeding Mike Madigan, who has held the post for decades.Welch was elected Speaker when the 102nd General Assembly convened at noon Wednesday.Welch is the first Black speaker, and takes over for Mike Madigan who has served in that role for all but two years, since 1983."As the speaker of this chamber, that's...

January 14, 2021
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Chicago COVID-19 vaccine could be ready for health care workers by mid-December, city's top doctor says

Chicago COVID-19 vaccine could be ready for health care workers by mid-December, city's top doctor says

Welcome, Your AccountLog OutBy , and ABC 7 Chicago Digital Team CHICAGO (WLS) -- Chicago health officials said Tuesday they anticipate they will begin vaccinating people for COVID -19 by the third week of December."I think it's likely that we will be vaccinating here in Chicago, probably the third week of December or the fourth week of December depending on how the federal timeline pays out," said Dr. Allison Arwady, Chicago Department of Public Health commissioner. "Which means literally two weeks from today, we could be talking about vaccination."WATCH: Chicago's top doctor discusses...

December 1, 2020
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Illinois COVID-19: IL reports 12,702 new cases, 43 deaths; state on verge of new shutdown, Pritzker warns

Illinois COVID-19: IL reports 12,702 new cases, 43 deaths; state on verge of new shutdown, Pritzker warns

Welcome, Your AccountLog OutGov. Pritzker urges residents to stay home over next 3 weeks, local leaders to enforce COVID-19 restrictionsBy , and ABC 7 Chicago Digital Team CHICAGO (WLS) -- Gov. JB Pritzker warned that Illinois could be on the verge of having to shut down again as state public health officials reported 12,702 new COVID-19 confirmed and probable cases, a one-day record, and 43 deaths Thursday.The total number of cases in Illinois now stands at 536,542 with a total of 10,477 deaths.Over a 24-hour period, officials said the state processed 100,617 specimens for a total...

November 12, 2020
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Illinois COVID-19: IL on verge of new shutdown, Pritzker warns, as state reports 15,415 new cases, 27 deaths

Illinois COVID-19: IL on verge of new shutdown, Pritzker warns, as state reports 15,415 new cases, 27 deaths

Welcome, Your AccountLog OutIL COVID-19 hospitalizations putting strain on healthcare workers, hospital exec saysBy , and CHICAGO (WLS) -- Gov. JB Pritzker warned that Illinois could be on the verge of having to shut down again as state public health officials reported 15,415 new COVID-19 confirmed and probable cases, a one-day record, and 27 deaths Friday.The total number of cases in Illinois now stands at 551,957, with a total of 10,504 deaths.Over a 24-hour period, officials said the state processed 106,540 specimens, for a total 8,871,640.The preliminary seven-day statewide test...

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