Camera fascinates leopard cub at Illinois zoo

A 2-month-old male Amur leopard cub named is entertaining himself in front of a camera inside his enclosure at the Brookfield Zoo. The zoo is closed to visitors due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (April 30)

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Midwest states to partner on reopening economies

Wisconsin’s governor and six others in the Midwest say they’ll coordinate on reopening their economies. The other states are Michigan, Ohio, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky. (April 16)

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Chicago trains, streets nearly empty

Chicago trains and streets were nearly empty on Monday as residents adhere to guidelines to remain at home amid the coronavirus pandemic. As of Monday, Illinois has confirmed more than 22,000 cases of COVID-19 and has recorded 794 deaths. (April 13

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Chicago’s ‘Bean’ sculpture closed amid quarantine

Tourist attractions, like Chicago’s Cloud Gate sculpture, are closed days after Illinois’ governor issued a stay-at-home order. (March 24)

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Why Congress Can’t Agree on a Roughly $2 Trillion Coronavirus Bill

As the Senate negotiates a third coronavirus stimulus package of roughly $2 trillion, Vice News spoke to Sen. Tammy Duckworth, a Democrat from Illinois, about why Republicans and Democrats can’t agree on how to move forward during the COVID-19 crisis

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Illinois governor imposes stay-at-home order

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Friday ordered all state residents to remain in their homes except for essentials, joining similar dramatic efforts in California and New York to limit the spread of the coronavirus. (March 20)

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Illinois governor: 3 more dead, 422 positive for virus

Public health officials in Illinois say three more people in the state have died after contracting the coronavirus and 422 people statewide have tested positive for the disease caused by the virus. (March 19)

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AP Analysis: Biden sweeps Tuesday primaries

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden swept Tuesday’s primaries in Florida, Illinois and Arizona amid the chaos of coronavirus pandemic. (March 18)

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Biden wins Fla., Illinois as virus disrupts voting

Joe Biden swept to easy victories in Florida and Illinois on Tuesday, increasingly pulling away with a Democratic presidential primary upended by coronavirus and building pressure on Bernie Sanders to abandon his campaign. (March 17)

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Trump says postponing US elections ‘unnecessary’ | AFP

US President Donald Trump says postponing US elections is “unnecessary” when responding to a question about the Democratic primaries taking place in four US states on Tuesday. Ohio’s governor is seeking to postpone the presidential nominating contest. Illinois, Florida and Arizona still look to be moving forward with the vote. SOUNDBITE N°1PY29F

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Amid coronavirus outbreak, Floridians cast ballots

Florida is pushing forward with Tuesday’s primary election, although the virus outbreak is causing headaches as polling places are moved and workers drop out. Illinois, Ohio and Arizona elections will also go on as planned. (March 16)

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Illinois, Michigan Governors confront COVID-19

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker asked state’s major sports team owners to cancel games or play without fans until May 1 to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said schools in her state will close until April 6th. (March 13)

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Blagojevich thanks Trump for commuted sentence

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich thanks President Donald Trump for commuting his sentence for political corruption. (Feb. 19)

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Ex-Gov. Blagojevich, out of prison, returns home

Rod Blagojevich walked out of prison Tuesday after President Donald Trump cut short the 14-year prison sentence handed to the former Illinois governor for political corruption. He returned home to Chicago early Wednesday. (Feb. 19)

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Trump frees Ex-Gov. Blagojevich from prison

Rod Blagojevich walked out of prison in Colorado on Tuesday after President Donald Trump cut short the 14-year prison sentence handed to the former Illinois governor for political corruption. (Feb. 19)

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Here’s the latest for Tuesday, February 18th: Trump commutes former Illinois governor’s sentence; Boy Scouts of America wants to operate despite bankruptcy; No headway in Russia-Turkey talks on Syria; Revelers poke fun at world leaders. (Feb. 18)

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Trump’s clemency blitz: Blagojevich, Kerik, Milken

President Donald Trump has gone on a clemency blitz, commuting the 14-year prison sentence of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, pardoning former NYPD commissioner Bernie Kerik and granting clemency to financier Michael Milken. (Feb. 18)

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On This Day: 6 February 1911

Future U.S. President Ronald Reagan was born in Tampico, Illinois. (Feb. 6)

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Stopping deadly virus is Illinois scientist’s goal

Northwestern University professor Karla Satchell is one of the scientists around the world racing to stop a new and deadly coronavirus. She’s working with a team investigating the virus structure to halt it from replicating in human cells. (Jan. 27)

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Armed man inside Ill. bank with at least 1 hostage

Police say customers or employees are stuck inside an Illinois bank with an armed robber. Police surrounded Heritage Credit Union in Rockford, 90 miles northwest of Chicago. The incident began around 2:30 p.m. Friday. (Jan. 3)

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Here’s the latest for Thursday January 2nd: Castro calls it quits; legal marijuana hits shelves in Illinois; Interpol after former Nissan chairman Ghosn; Gabbard hits the waves in New Hampshire. (Jan. 2)

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US: Long lines mark marijuana legalization in Illinois | AFP

Marijuana becomes legal in Illinois, the largest US midwestern state, as 2020 is rung in with shops opening at 6 am to support what is expected to be a record turnout for recreational cannabis. “I think this is groundbreaking,” Jackie Ryan tells AFP after completing her first purchase at Sunnyside dispensary. “Finally, Illinois is following suit with other states and it’s just really exciting.”

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Recreational marijuana sales now legal in Illinois

The sale of marijuana for recreational purposes became legal Wednesday in Illinois to the delight of pot fans – many who began lining up hours early at dispensaries. (Jan. 2)

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Illinois governor erases many pot convictions

Illinois’ governor granted more than 11,000 pardons for low-level marijuana convictions on Tuesday, describing the step as a first wave of thousands of such expungements anticipated under the state’s new marijuana legalization law. (Dec. 31)

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