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Illinois Editorial Roundup:

May. 26, 2020 8:25 PM EDT

Here are editorials from newspapers around Illinois. May 26, 2020 Chicago Tribune Is this news anymore? Illinois lawmakers approve out-of-balance, gimmicky budget It should not surprise you that the Illinois legislature passed another state budget that doesn’t add up. It should not surprise you that...

4 Chicago hospitals scrap tentative $1.1B merger plan

May. 26, 2020 6:41 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Four financially challenged hospitals on Chicago’s South Side announced Tuesday they have scrapped plans to merge into a single health care system because Illinois lawmakers failed to set aside funding for the project. The $1.1 billion plan announced in March called for the merger of...

Members of the Illinois National Guard work with the public at the state's new drive-through COVID-19 testing facility at Rolling Meadows High School Friday. The test is self-administered by the person being tested, and the test kits are passed through the partially-opened car window. (Joe Lewnard/Daily Herald via AP)

Illinois' COVID-19 hospitalizations, infection rates drop

May. 26, 2020 5:16 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Tuesday that metrics gauging the spread of the coronavirus are trending downward as Illinois prepares to further open businesses within days. Illinois’ rate of positive COVID-19 tests, which hit a high of 23% in late April, averaged roughly 9% over the last...

Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown listens to a question about the Memorial Day weekend violence during a news conference Tuesday, May 26, 2020, in Chicago. Shootings in Chicago left multiple people dead and at least 39 others wounded in the city's deadliest Memorial Day weekend since 2015. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Memorial Day weekend shootings leave 10 dead in Chicago

May. 26, 2020 4:44 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago saw its deadliest Memorial Day weekend for gun violence since 2015, a jarring reminder that even a coronavirus pandemic and a statewide stay-at-home order cannot halt shootings in the city. "The violence throughout the city on Memorial Day weekend was nothing short of...

Nebraska troopers arrest 4 from Illinois after 174 mph chase

May. 26, 2020 3:32 PM EDT

GIBBON, Neb. (AP) — Four people from Illinois have been arrested in Nebraska — including a driver accused of leading troopers on a chase exceeding 170 mph in southeastern Nebraska, officials said. The Nebraska State Patrol said the arrests came Monday night, about 24 hours after a trooper had tried...

QB Ramsey, punter Adams transfer to Northwestern

May. 26, 2020 2:41 PM EDT

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Former Indiana quarterback Peyton Ramsey has transferred to Northwestern, giving the Wildcats another option behind center after they struggled offensively last season. Northwestern also announced punter Derek Adams had joined the team. Ramsey and Adams are eligible to play for coach...

Judge: Illinois federal courts will look 'quite different'

May. 26, 2020 7:42 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The chief judge of federal courts in Northern Illinois says things will look “quite different” as some operations resume at courthouses in Chicago and Rockford. Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer said in a video message released Monday that a task force has been planning for how courts...

Chicago seeing deadliest Memorial Day weekend since 2015

May. 25, 2020 4:29 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Nine people were killed and another 27 wounded in weekend shootings in Chicago as of early Monday, already marking the deadliest Memorial Day weekend in the city since 2015. Chicago police increased patrols and community organizations deployed mediators to neighborhood “hot spots" to...

Pritzker issues rules as Illinois prepares for reopening

May. 25, 2020 4:01 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Barbers and their customers will have to wear face masks. Restaurants will be able to serve diners outdoors only, with parties no larger than six people, spaced apart. And youth sports may hold practices and drills for 10 or fewer people, as long as the water fountains are shut off and other...

FILE - In this April 10, 2020, file photo, wearing protective masks ground crew at the Los Angeles International airport unload supplies of medical personal protective equipment, PPE, from a China Southern Cargo plane upon it's arrival. States are spending billions of dollars stocking up on medical supplies like masks and breathing machines during the coronavirus pandemic. An Associated Press survey of all 50 states found a hodgepodge of public information about the purchase of masks, gloves, gowns and other hard-to-get equipment for medical and emergency workers. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)

States give few details on billions spent on virus supplies

May. 25, 2020 9:59 AM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — States are spending billions of dollars stocking up on medical supplies such as masks and breathing machines during the coronavirus pandemic. But more than two months into the buying binge, many aren't sharing details about how much they’re spending, what they’re...