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Gov. JB Pritzker speaks during a news conference Aug. 26, 2021, in Chicago during which he announced a statewide indoor mask mandate.
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Gov. JB Pritzker on Monday vetoed a bill that would have provided paid administrative leave for public school and university employees who miss work due to COVID-19-related issues and instead negotiated “compromise” legislation that would provide such leave to only those who are fully vaccinated.
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Honor, by Thrity Umrigar
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Thrity Umrigar's novel is about India's humanitarian crisis — with its depictions of misogyny and scenes of public shaming, mistreatment and torture — but it's also about a transformative journey.
Volcanic ash covers rooftops and vegetation in an area of Tonga last week. Thick ash on an airport runway was delaying aid deliveries to the Pacific island nation of Tonga, where significant damage was reported.
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COMMUNITY VOICES - WEEKDAYS AT NOON, SATURDAYS AT 5 PM
Johnnie Owens is a well-known jazz singer in Springfield, Ill., but he has also toured internationally earlier in his career as a member of the Platters and as a solo artist. He spoke with Community Voices about growing up in St. Louis and singing on the sidewalk with his friends. He also shared stories of life on tour and how he once was stranded on Fiji.
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 Gov. JB Pritzker says he is "cautiously optimistic" the recent COVID-19 surge  is now declining. The governor gave a virtual update Wednesday in Chicago.
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Gov. JB Pritzker said Wednesday that he is “cautiously optimistic” that the recent surge in COVID-19 cases spurred by the omicron variant has peaked, but he cautioned that another variant could appear at any time and continued to urge people to get vaccinated and wear face coverings when in public.
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Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin launches his GOP bid for governor in a campaign video Monday.
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Firefighters stand near an ambulance after a firefighter who died while battling a two-alarm fire in a vacant row home was pulled from the collapsed building in Baltimore on Monday. Officials said three firefighters died during the blaze.
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Baltimore Mayor Brandon M. Scott called it a "gut wrenching tragedy" for the city, the fire department and the firefighters' families.
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Bob Spalding, left, and Don Wilson of The Ventures perform at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in New York, March 10, 2008. Wilson, a co-founder of the band, died Saturday at the age of 88.
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Wilson played rhythm guitar for The Ventures, which with over 100 million records sold, was the best-selling instrumental band of all time.
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