February 19, 2021
Pritzker’s Plan

Governor Pritzker presented his third State of the State and budget address this week in a combined speech due to the pandemic. Pritzker outlined the state’s ongoing fight against COVID-19. He detailed his budget proposal and stated that he would not raise income taxes yet balance the budget in part by eliminating “corporate loopholes.”

Pritzker’s address was met with both support and opposition from different lawmakers and organizations. You can read a variety of perspectives collected by ABC here.

You can read the full address here
COVID-19 Related News

Champaign County Board authorized a contract with the University of Illinois for employee testing.

The Champaign County Regional Planning Commission is offering rent assistance.

A team of researchers at the University of Illinois developed an antibody test that could measure vaccine efficacy.

NBC Chicago brings together a team of Illinois experts to answer commonly asked questions on the vaccine.

Johnson & Johnson submits their vaccine for emergency-use authorization to the World Health Organization.

Major U.S. airlines will begin voluntarily collecting international contract tracing information.

Pfizer seeks permission from the FDA to approve storing of their COVID-19 vaccine at higher temperatures.

In Other News

Champaign City Council discusses how to curb gun violence.

Urbana City Council passes a resolution to change the Urbana Police Department’s use of force policy.

Governor Pritzker appoints Sylvia I. Garcia to serve as Director of the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

Illinois’ Joint Committee on Administrative Rules voted to approve the Culturally Responsive Teaching and Leading Standards.

Delays in Census data create questions for Illinois’ redistricting process.

Former Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan resigns.

Governor Pritzker issues disaster proclamation after winter storm.

A NASA rover landed on Mars to look for signs of ancient life
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