Skip to main content

News Archive

Governor Pritzker and IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike announce COVID-19 mask and vaccination requirements to slow spread of the virus.

Thursday, August 26, 2021

As COVID-19 infection and hospitalization rates across the state continue to increase, particularly in downstate communities with the lowest vaccination rates, Governor JB Pritzker and IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike today announced vaccination requirements for individuals in high risk settings. The Governor and Dr. Ezike also announced a statewide indoor mask mandate for all Illinois residents, regardless of vaccination status, as COVID-19 cases and hospitalization rates continue to increase. The masking requirements are effective Monday, August 30th.

Governor Pritzker announces mask requirements for P-12 schools and long-term care facilities to prevent the spread of the Delta variant

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

As COVID-19 infection rates across the state continue to increase, Governor Pritzker announced masks will be required for students, teachers, and staff at pre-kindergarten-12th grade schools and day cares across the state. The governor announced his intent to require all state employees working in congregate facilities to receive the COVID-19 vaccine by October 4th. Additionally, the state is requiring universal masking in private long-term care facilities.

Governor Pritzker gives a COVID-19 update and receives his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Governor Pritzker explains that now that he’s eligible as a government worker, he’s proud to get the lifesaving Johnson & Johnson vaccine. He emphasizes that all three vaccines are incredibly effective and offer us the fastest way back to normal life.

Governor Pritzker discusses expanding state-supported mass vaccination sites in West Cook County.

Monday, March 22, 2021

Governor Pritzker announces that Illinois is launching the 14th mass vaccination site in Forest Park as the Illinois National Guard surpasses 500,000 vaccinations. He explains that the administration continues to expand their COVID-19 vaccination network with a focus on equity and accessibility.

Governor Pritzker tours the Carbondale Civic Center and discusses improving vaccine equity in Southern Illinois.

Friday, March 19, 2021

Governor Pritzker visits one of the state-run mass vaccination sites in Carbondale operated by the Illinois National Guard and highlights the eight mobile teams in Jackson and the surrounding counties. The Governor thanks the teams on the ground in Carbondale and around the region for keeping the people of Southern Illinois safe during the pandemic.

Governor Pritzker joins Dr. Ezike to give a COVID-19 update.

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Governor Pritzker made two major announcements to allow for a faster return to our new normal. First, by introducing a Bridge Phase to the Restore Illinois Plan, a metrics-based approach that will have higher capacity limits and increased business operations before Illinois advances to Phase 5. Second, by expanding vaccine eligibility to all Illinois residents age 16 and older starting April 12.

Governor Pritzker visits Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital to discuss improving vaccine equity by partnering with critical access hospitals in rural communities.

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Governor Pritzker emphasizes that a top priority for his administration has been reaching underserved communities and working directly with trusted community providers—like Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital—to better reach those who have too often been denied easy access to healthcare.

Governor Pritzker visits Crossing Healthcare to discuss improving vaccine equity by partnering with safety-net hospitals and federally qualified health centers.

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Governor Pritzker highlights that Crossing Healthcare has administered over 7,300 doses, which is thousands of individuals who may not have been vaccinated. The Governor thanks the federally qualified health center for their partnership in protecting the people of Decatur during this pandemic.

Governor Pritzker tours the state-supported Grundy County vaccination site and discusses the state’s expanding plan to improve vaccine equity.

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Governor Pritzker thanks the Illinois National Guard, who are on the ground at more than 60 vaccination sites across Illinois, including the former Shabbona Middle School in Grundy County. The Governor also announces that the state will partner with nine critical access hospitals to expand the equitable distribution of the vaccine, specifically focusing on rural and underserved communities.

Governor Pritzker tours an Aurora community vaccination site to highlight the equitable distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Governor Pritzker discusses expanded opportunities for Illinoisans to get vaccinated, especially for those most vulnerable. He praises the work being done by the Black Vax Aurora initiative, which recognizes that people of color disproportionately suffer from pre-existing conditions, and helps address equity in vaccine administration.

Governor Pritzker announces a new mass vaccination site at the United Center.

Friday, February 26, 2021

Governor Pritzker announces that  in collaboration with Illinois’ federal partners, the state will be launching a new mass vaccination site at the United Center on March 10, 2021. It will be open to anyone in Illinois, beginning with seniors and shortly expanding to the full Phase 1B+ population. The Governor was joined by FEMA Region 5 Administrator Kevin Sligh Sr., U.S. Sens. Durbin and Duckworth, President Preckwinkle and Mayor Lightfoot.

Governor Pritzker joins public officials to visit a local vaccination site in West Peoria

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Governor Pritzker toured the vaccination operations that the Peoria City/County Health Department set up at Heddington Oaks to highlight that Peoria County is a leader in vaccinations across Illinois. The Illinois Department of Public Health continues to work with local health departments to ensure elderly residents receive urgent access to the vaccine.

Governor Pritzker joins local officials to tour a state-supported mass vaccination site in the Metro East

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Governor Pritzker toured the St. Clair Belle Fairgrounds in the Metro East, one of the most vital mass vaccination operations that the Illinois National Guard has set up to assist local health departments. The Governor also highlighted that Illinois now has more than 850 vaccination locations around the state, with nearly 2 million total doses administered to date.

Governor Pritzker joins local officials in highlighting a Federally Qualified Health Center vaccination site in Cook County.

Friday, February 12, 2021

The Governor toured Aunt Martha’s Chicago Heights Community Health Center - one of Illinois’ largest Federally Qualified Health Center – and highlighted their incredible pandemic response, most often serving those most in need. Aunt Martha’s is also partnering with the Illinois Department of Healthcare & Family Services to deliver the vaccine to frontline child welfare workers across Illinois. The Governor reiterated that his mission is to weave equity into every goals when it comes to the vaccine rollout.

Governor Pritzker joins local officials in highlighting an Illinois Department of Human Services vaccination site.

Thursday, February 11, 2021

The Governor toured the Elgin Mental Health Center and commends the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) for giving frontline employees and residents an opportunity to get vaccinated at state-run 24/7 facilities. IDHS teams are working to reach unvaccinated assisted living facilities, immediate care facilities and other group homes with the most vulnerable residents.

Governor Pritzker joined local officials to tour an Adams County vaccination site.

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

The Governor toured the Oakley Lindsay Center in Quincy. He commended the Adams County Health Department for their exemplary work, from being the first local health department to vaccinate Illinois veterans to helping neighboring counties reach elderly residents. The Governor also announced that as vaccine deliveries ramp up, Illinois will expand Phase 1B eligibility on February 25 to individuals with comorbidities and underlying conditions, while prioritizing those with disabilities.

Governor Pritzker joined local officials to tour a Winnebago County vaccination site.

Friday, February 5, 2021

Springfield, Ill. - The Governor reiterated his commitment to getting kids back in school safely and applauded Auburn High School for serving as a mobile vaccine distribution site for hundreds of staff at Rockford Public Schools. He also announced that Illinois National Guard teams are scheduled to come to Winnebago County later this month to expand vaccination capacity and encouraged citizens to continue wearing their masks and following the mitigations.

Governor Pritzker tours a Champaign County vaccination site alongside local officials.

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Springfield, Ill. - The Governor applauded the Champaign-Urbana Public Health Department for vaccinating local residents quickly, safely and efficiently. He also announced that Illinois became the sixth state to surpass 1 million doses administered and that the federal government is sending the states more than 20% more doses each week.

Governor Pritzker joined local officials to tour the Morton East Adolescent Health Center vaccination site.

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Springfield, Ill. - The Governor announced that the state of Illinois will be receiving $43 million to help with vaccinations from FEMA.

Governor Pritzker toured the Lake County Fairgrounds vaccination site alongside local officials.

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Springfield, Ill. - The Governor applauds the drive-thru vaccination site’s impressive capacity to administer 600 vaccinations per day and expresses his hope at increased vaccine shipments from the federal government.

Governor Pritzker holds a press briefing on COVID-19.

Friday, January 15, 2021

Springfield, Ill. - The Governor announced that three of Illinois’ regions will move to Tier 2 and the majority of other regions are on track to follow suit. He also outlined Illinois’ COVID-19 Vaccination Administration Plan and announced the beginning of Phase 1B vaccination on January 25.

Governor Pritzker holds a press briefing on COVID-19.

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Springfield, Ill. - The Governor gave an update regarding the vaccination process in Illinois over the last three weeks and explained the next phase of vaccine distribution. Additionally, he announced regions will be able to move out of Tier 3 of the mitigation plan if they meet proper criteria starting January 15th. 

Governor Pritzker holds a press briefing on COVID-19.

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Springfield, Ill. - The Governor announced that the experts in Illinois unanimously endorsed the CDC’s recommendations on the Moderna vaccine. He also shared that Illinois, including the City of Chicago, has administered over 100,000 vaccine doses. In addition, he announced that the state will cover all eligible days of Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) payments for December, January and February.

U.S. Surgeon General Jerome M. Adams, IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike and CDPH Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady held a press conference.

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Springfield, Ill. - Dr. Ezike and Dr. Arwady shared an update on the COVID-19 vaccine statistics in Chicago and across the state. The U.S. Surgeon General gave an overview of vaccine news and encouraged mask-wearing and social distancing.

Governor Pritzker holds daily press briefing on COVID-19.

Friday, December 18, 2020

Springfield, Ill. - The Governor announces that he is moving away from daily press conferences and moving to an as-needed basis. He also provides an update on the Moderna vaccine, CARES Act allocation, and business interruption grants.

Governor Pritzker holds daily press briefing on COVID-19.

Thursday, December 17, 2020

Springfield, Ill. - The Governor announced that all first vaccine shipments have arrived safely at their final destinations across the state. He also provided an update on the vaccine distribution plan and urged everybody to take mask-wearing seriously and avoid gatherings. 

Governor Pritzker holds daily press briefing on COVID-19.

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Springfield, Ill. - The Governor provides an update on the scheduled vaccine delivery figures as the estimates were tightened, cutting the state’s projected Pfizer shipments this month by roughly half. He is also joined by DCEO Director Erin Guthrie and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle to unveil the Connect Illinois Computer Equity Network, a collaboration between DCEO and the nonprofit PCs for People to provide refurbished and modernized computers to those in need.

Governor Pritzker holds daily press briefing on COVID-19.

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Springfield, Ill. - The Governor highlighted his excitement at the first vaccines being administered in Illinois. In addition, he provides an update on the state budget and presented over $700 million in initial cuts to executive branch agencies.

Governor Pritzker holds daily press briefing on COVID-19.

Monday, December 14, 2020

Springfield, Ill. - The Governor announced that the Illinois independent review board has unanimously endorsed the CDC’s vaccine recommendations. He also focused on explaining vaccine rollout in the state with an initial 109,000 doses for Illinois. In addition, he invited A.J. Wilhelmi, the Illinois Health and Hospital Association President and CEO, to help speak about the collaborative effort of vaccine distribution statewide.

Governor Pritzker holds daily press briefing on COVID-19.

Friday, December 11, 2020

Springfield, Ill. - The Governor discussed the FDA vaccine advisory committee’s endorsement for the FDA to approve the Pfizer vaccine and the additional vaccine approval process. In addition, he highlighted various healthcare heroes from across the state.

Governor Pritzker holds daily press briefing on COVID-19.

Thursday, December 10, 2020

Springfield, Ill. - The Governor gives an update on the Business Interruption Grants (BIG) and reminds local governments to register for the Local CURE program. He also provides an update on the state’s efforts to protect residents and staff in state-run veteran’s homes.

Governor Pritzker holds daily press briefing on COVID-19.

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Springfield, Ill. - The Governor is joined by Dr. Rajiv J. Shah, the President of the Rockefeller Foundation, to speak about their work in creating a bipartisan coalition to overcome testing challenges. The Governor also highlights antigen test implementation and increasing testing capacity in Illinois.

Governor Pritzker holds daily press briefing on COVID-19.

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Springfield, Ill. - The Governor speaks about vaccine safety. He also introduces Bonita “Bonnie” Blue, one of the first patients in the Moderna vaccine trial site at the University of Illinois Chicago.

Governor Pritzker holds daily press briefing on COVID-19.

Monday, December 7, 2020

Springfield, Ill. - The Governor highlights an increased death rate at 152 deaths per day from COVID-19. He also emphasizes the importance of the next four weeks in reducing the spread and encourages mask use, social distancing, and smaller, more intimate holiday gatherings this year. Lastly, he provides an update on the LaSalle Veterans’ Home situation. 

Governor Pritzker holds daily press briefing on COVID-19.

Friday, December 4, 2020

Springfield, Ill. - The Governor highlights the state’s vaccine distribution plan ahead of the FDA’s emergency use authorization review of Pfizer’s and Moderna’s vaccine.

Governor Pritzker holds daily press briefing on COVID-19.

Thursday, December 3, 2020

Springfield, Ill. - The Governor welcomes home 185 Illinois National Guard members. He also encourages blood donation and convalescent plasma donation from recovered COVID-19 patients. To further explain this, he introduces Celena Roldán, CEO of the Red Cross – Illinois Region.

Governor Pritzker holds daily press briefing on COVID-19.

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Springfield, Ill. - The Governor offers condolences for the 238 lives lost to COVID-19 in the last day, surpassing the previous single-day fatality high. In addition, he highlights five healthcare and essential workers to remind us of the people we are keeping safe by following the mitigations. He also introduces Dr. Christopher Farrar, the Hospitalist Medical Director at Anderson Hospital, to speak about hospital capacity.

Governor Pritzker holds daily press briefing on COVID-19.

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Springfield, Ill. - The Governor expresses his worry that Illinois won’t see the bulk of the impact from Thanksgiving gatherings yet and encourages staying home as much as possible. He also invites Mrs. Shanna Sigers, whose husband succumbed to COVID-19 in April, to share her story.

Governor Pritzker holds daily press briefing on COVID-19.

Monday, November 30, 2020

Springfield, Ill. - The Governor discusses Dr. Fauci’s warnings about “a surge upon a surge” following Thanksgiving. Following this, he announced that no region will be downgraded from the current Tier 3 resurgence mitigations for the next few weeks.

Governor Pritzker holds daily press briefing on COVID-19.

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Springfield, Ill. - The Governor gives an update on the state’s finances and announces the intent to borrow $2 billion from the Federal Reserve. He also explains the state’s increasing testing capacity and encourages individual action to stop the spread of the virus this holiday season. 

Governor Pritzker holds daily press briefing on COVID-19.

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Springfield, Ill. - The Governor advises downstate communities to apply for the CURE Program, with $250 million available to help with offsetting basic costs for payroll, PPE, contact tracing and other essential costs of their emergency response. The Governor also reminds everyone that our hospitals are still under siege by the latest upswing of COVID cases and thus Thanksgiving this year needs to be different.

Governor Pritzker holds daily press briefing on COVID-19.

Monday, November 23, 2020

Springfield, Ill. - The Governor invited Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) Acting Director Kristin Richards and Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul to provide an update on the employment assistance programs. In addition, the Governor spoke about how IDES has evolved during the COVID-19 pandemic to better serve the people of Illinois.

Governor Pritzker holds daily press briefing on COVID-19.

Friday, November 20, 2020

Springfield, Ill. - The Governor announced the first formal day of Tier 3 resurgence mitigations statewide. He spoke about the Emergency Rental Assistance Program, the largest housing assistance program in the nation in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and his extended eviction protection order. In addition, he invited a family who lost a loved one to COVID-19 to tell their story and give their advice for the holiday season.

Governor Pritzker holds daily press briefing on COVID-19.

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Springfield, Ill. - The Governor explains how there is an exponential rate of growth in hospitalizations and COVID-19 rate numbers across the state. He also expresses his concern at the disinformation spreading about COVID-19 as it becomes the third leading cause of death in Illinois.

Governor Pritzker holds daily press briefing on COVID-19.

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Springfield, Ill. - The Governor moved all of Illinois to Tier 3 resurgence mitigations beginning on Friday. In addition, he emphasizes the importance of adapting holiday plans to a virtual platform and staying home unless necessary. The Governor also announced he will stay in Illinois for Thanksgiving.

Governor Pritzker holds daily press briefing on COVID-19.

Monday, November 16, 2020

Springfield, Ill. - The Governor invited Chief Medical Officer of Northwestern Medicine’s Kishwaukee hospital located in DeKalb and President and CEO of Silver Cross Hospital located in New Lenox to encourage staying home and wearing a mask. He also explained the state’s death rates and lack of out of state healthcare workers available as reinforcements. Lastly, he emphasized how there is a light at the end of the tunnel due to promising preliminary vaccine results.

Governor Pritzker holds daily press briefing on COVID-19.

Friday, November 13, 2020

Springfield, Ill. - The Governor speaks about the crucial responsibility of housing stability in helping to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. He extended the moratorium on evictions for an additional month and updated the order to better serve landlords and property owners.

Governor Pritzker holds daily press briefing on COVID-19.

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Springfield, Ill. - The Governor launches Healthy Holidays to You, a campaign highlighting what doctors and scientists consider methods to reduce the risk of contracting or spreading the virus. He also spoke about the integral role of local officials in pandemic response, highlighting the City of Chicago’s stay at home advisory.

Governor Pritzker holds daily press briefing on COVID-19.

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Springfield, Ill. - The Governor speaks with hope at the invent of a new mRNA vaccine suggesting 90% effectiveness in preventing the COVID-19 virus. He also focuses on increasing hospitalization data in Illinois.

Governor Pritzker holds daily press briefing on COVID-19.

Monday, November 9, 2020

Springfield, Ill. - The Governor recognized and congratulated president-elect Joe Biden and vice president-elect Kamala Harris. He also announces that Regions 5, 7 and 8 – Southern Illinois, and Chicago’s South and Western Suburbs – will go under Tier 2 resurgence mitigation measures starting Wednesday.

Governor Pritzker holds daily press briefing on COVID-19.

Friday, November 6, 2020

Springfield, Ill. - The Governor explains the state’s robust and growing contact tracing program facilitated through local municipalities. He also defines outbreak and exposure data, emphasizing the risks of restaurants and bars in spreading the virus. In addition, he touches on school exposure data.

Governor Pritzker holds daily press briefing on COVID-19.

Thursday, November 5, 2020

Springfield, Ill. - The Governor expresses grief at the state’s largest single-day increase in deaths since early June by participating in a moment of silence. He emphasizes the importance of individual actions at mitigating community spread of the virus even while the state continues to set new records of testing capacity.

Governor Pritzker holds daily press briefing on COVID-19.

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Springfield, Ill. - Governor Pritzker acknowledges Minority Leader Bill Brady stepping down from his Illinois State Senate role. In addition, he speaks about the state’s increasing COVID-19 numbers, as all of our eleven regions have seen increases in positivity and hospitalizations. Lastly, he expresses his disappointment at the failure of the Fair Tax amendment and the state’s fiscal problems.

Governor Pritzker holds daily press briefing on COVID-19.

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Springfield, Ill. - Governor Pritzker encourages Illinoisans to vote on election day and explains the safety precautions taken to account for the COVID-19 pandemic. He also encouraged enrolling in the Open Enrollment period provided under the Affordable Care Act between November 1st and December 15th.

Governor Pritzker holds daily press briefing on COVID-19.

Monday, November 2, 2020

Springfield, Ill. - The Governor highlighted the substantial financial support the administration is offering businesses and communities, deploying $1 billion, to help combat the economic impact of the ongoing pandemic. The Governor was joined by Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Director Erin Guthrie, Tania Hernandez, owner of Novias Davila, and Raul Raymundo, representing the Resurrection Project.

Governor Pritzker holds daily press briefing on COVID-19.

Friday, October 30, 2020

Springfield, Ill. - Governor Pritzker announces that Region 6 – East-Central Illinois – has sustained an average positivity rate of 8% or higher for three consecutive days. Therefore, starting Monday, they will join the majority of the state operating under resurgence mitigations. The Governor stressed the importance of staying safe on Halloween by celebrating virtually and from home.

Governor Pritzker holds daily press briefing on COVID-19.

Thursday, October 29, 2020

Springfield, Ill. - Governor Pritzker announces that Region 3 – West-Central Illinois – has sustained an average positivity rate of 8% or higher for three consecutive days. Therefore, starting Sunday, they will join 8 of the 11 other Regions operating under resurgence mitigations. The Governor brought Dr. Emily Landon, the Executive Medical Director of Infection Prevention and Control at the University of Chicago Medicine, to explain the science behind the resurgence mitigations. 

Governor Pritzker holds daily press briefing on COVID-19.

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Springfield, Ill. - Governor Pritzker announces that Region 9 – Lake and McHenry counties – has sustained an average positivity rate of 8% or higher for three days. Therefore, starting Saturday, they will join 7 of the 11 other Regions in operating under resurgence mitigations. The Governor warns that in Region 9, average COVID-related hospital admissions are five times as high as they were in mid-June.

Governor Pritzker holds daily press briefing on COVID-19.

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Springfield, Ill. - Governor Pritzker delivers remarks in Hazel Crest and announces that Region 11, Chicago, is averaging more than twice as many COVID-related hospital admissions per day as it was a month ago. Therefore, Tier 1 mitigations will begin on October 30. The Governor also released updated guidance for youth and adult recreational sports in Illinois ahead of the winter season.

Governor Pritzker holds daily press briefing on COVID-19.

Monday, October 26, 2020

Springfield, Ill. - Governor Pritzker delivers the briefing in Peoria, Region 2 of the Restore Illinois Plan. The Governor explains that while Region 2 is currently the best performing of the state’s 11 regions, the positivity average is still 7.2 percent and the region has recently experienced an uptick in hospitalizations.

Governor Pritzker holds daily press briefing on COVID-19.

Friday, October 23, 2020

Springfield, Ill. - Governor Pritzker explains that Illinois has seen upward movement in COVID-19 data for each of the last five days. As of October 19, only one region of the State’s 11 public health regions had increased mitigations. Today, four regions have advanced to tightened mitigation efforts.

Governor Pritzker holds daily press briefing on COVID-19.

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Springfield, Ill. - Governor Pritzker announces that Tier 2 mitigations will be implemented for Region 1, Northwestern Illinois, on October 25, 2020. The region has continued to see a surging positivity rate, now up to 11.9 percent. The additional mitigations include tighter gathering cap of 10 individuals instead of 25, and new table caps of six instead of 10 when eating out.  

Governor Pritzker holds daily press briefing on COVID-19.

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Springfield, Ill. - Governor Pritzker explains that regional trends are moving in the wrong direction. Every region of Illinois has a positivity rate above 7 percent, and there are concerning trends in hospital admissions. In particular, Region 7 is showing >23 percent ICU and bed capacity while continuing to see increases in admissions.  

Governor Pritzker holds daily press briefing on COVID-19.

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Springfield, Ill. - Governor Pritzker announces that COVID-19 resurgence mitigations will be implemented in Region 7 (Will and Kankakee counties) and Region 8 (Kane and DuPage counties), beginning October 23. The governor explains that by the end of the week, four of the 11 regions will be operating under the standard resurgence mitigations, which includes no indoor dining or indoor bar service and limiting in-person gatherings to no more than 25 individuals. 

Governor Pritzker joins local health experts to give a COVID-19 update.

Monday, October 19, 2020

Springfield, Ill. - Governor Pritzker announces that COVID-19 resurgence mitigations will be implemented in Region 5, in Southern Illinois, on October 22. The governor explains that every region of the state has started to move in the wrong direction, with cases, positivity rates, hospitalizations and deaths rising statewide. In response to the recent increase in cases in all 11 regions, Governor Pritzker and the administration will resume daily weekday press conferences.

Governor Pritzker gives a virtual COVID-19 update.

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Springfield, Ill. - Governor Pritzker discusses the progress that we saw around the state last week leveling off. However, Illinois continues to increase testing as the state surpassed 6 million tests. The governor also encouraged voters to vote early, whether that's in-person or by mail to help ease crowds on Election Day. 

Governor Pritzker gives a virtual COVID-19 update.

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Springfield, Ill. - Governor Pritzker discusses an uptick in Region 1’s positivity rate, the northwestern most counties in Illinois. Since the region has surpassed 8% positivity for three consecutive days, COVID-19 resurgence mitigations will be implemented in Region 1 beginning October 3. 

Governor Pritzker gives a COVID-19 update.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Springfield, Ill. - Governor Pritzker is joined by Dr. Michael Lin, Internal Medicine Specialist and Hospital Epidemiologist at Rush Hospital, who discusses the dangers and health consequences of playing youth sports during the COVID-19 pandemic. Governor Pritzker highlights Region 7 bringing down their rolling seven-day average below 7.0 for the first time in weeks. 

Governor Pritzker gives a COVID-19 update.

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Springfield, Ill. - Governor Pritzker highlights Region 7—Will and Kankakee counties—which is beginning a downward trend, with a current 7-day rolling average of 7.4%. Unfortunately, Region 4—the Metro East—continues to see high rates of community spread with a 10.1% average positivity rate.  

Governor Pritzker holds a memorial service in Springfield to honor those who have lost their lives to COVID-19.

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Springfield, Ill. - Governor Pritzker honors Illinoisans who have lost their lives to COVID-19. Community faith leaders and families join together to mourn and begin to heal as a community at the First Presbyterian Church in Springfield.

Governor Pritzker highlights the impact of the Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund (ICRF) and announces the final round of funding.

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Springfield, Ill. - Governor Pritzker announces ICRF’s fifth and final installment of $7.5 million in grants, which in total surpasses $30 million to serve over 114,000 families thus far. The final round of funding focused on the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 in communities of color. ICRF also intentionally directed significant funding to Central and Southern Illinois.

Governor Pritzker holds a memorial service in Chicago to honor those who have lost their lives to COVID-19.

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Springfield, Ill. - Governor Pritzker honors Chicagoans who have lost their lives to COVID-19. Families and community faith leaders join together to mourn and begin to heal as a community at the Rockefeller Memorial Chapel in Chicago. 

Governor Pritzker joins health experts to give a COVID-19 update.

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Springfield, Ill. - Governor Pritzker announces additional COVID-19 mitigation efforts, implemented in the Metro East region on September 2. As the state continues to monitor each region, Region 4 has increased its positivity rate following initial mitigations and is reporting a 7-day rolling test positivity averaging 9.6 percent.

Governor Pritzker joins health experts to give a COVID-19 update.

Tuesday, Augest 25, 2020

Governor Pritzker joins University of Illinois leaders to give a COVID-19 update.

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Springfield, Ill. – Governor Pritzker announced that the FDA gave the green light under their Emergency Use Authorization powers for the University of Illinois’ new​​ saliva-based COVID-19 test ​at the Urbana-Champaign lab. The Governor also highlighted that Region 4, the Metro East region, is operating under stricter mitigation requirements after surpassing an 8 percent average positivity rate for three consecutive days.

Governor Pritzker joined local leaders to discuss the COVID-19 response in the Metro East region.

Monday, August 17, 2020

East St. Louis, Ill. - Governor Pritzker and Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike highlighted the new COVID-19 mitigation efforts, implemented in the Metro East area on August 18th. Region 4 has reported three consecutive days of a test positivity rate of 8 percent or higher, triggering additional mitigation efforts as outlined in the state’s COVID-19 Mitigation Plan.

Gov. Pritzker’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Press Conference

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Springfield, Ill. – Governor JB Pritzker addresses the media concerning the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

8-9-2020 - Governor Pritzker holds press conference with medical experts to discuss importance of face coverings and social distancing during COVID-19 pandemic.

Sunday, August 9, 2020

Springfield, Ill. – Governor JB Pritzker addresses the media concerning the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Governor Pritzker Announces Emergency COVID-19 rules for businesses, schools, and child care establishments.

Friday, August 7, 2020

Springfield, Ill. – Governor JB Pritzker addresses the media concerning the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). 

Gov. Pritzker joined local leaders to discuss the COVID-19 response in Peoria.

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Springfield, Ill. – Governor Pritzker explained the significance of the COVID-19 resurgence mitigation plan on a local level at the Peoria County Health Department. Peoria has recently issued new advisories and increased visual mitigation reminders in response to a dangerous rise in health metrics.

Gov. Pritzker’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Press Conference

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Springfield, Ill. – Governor JB Pritzker addresses the media concerning the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). 

Gov. Pritzker’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Press Conference

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Springfield, Ill. – Governor JB Pritzker addresses the media concerning the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Gov. Pritzker’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Press Conference

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Springfield, Ill. – Governor JB Pritzker addresses the media concerning the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). 

Gov. Pritzker’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Press Conference

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Springfield, Ill. – Governor JB Pritzker addresses the media concerning the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). 

Gov. Pritzker’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Press Conference

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Springfield, Ill. – Governor JB Pritzker addresses the media concerning the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). 

Gov. Pritzker’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Press Conference

Friday, May 29, 2020

Springfield, Ill. – Governor JB Pritzker addresses the media concerning the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). 

Gov. Pritzker’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Press Conference

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Springfield, Ill. – Governor JB Pritzker addresses the media concerning the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). 

Gov. Pritzker’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Press Conference

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Springfield, Ill. – Governor JB Pritzker addresses the media concerning the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). 

Gov. Pritzker’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Press Conference

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Springfield, Ill. – Governor JB Pritzker addresses the media concerning the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). 

Gov. Pritzker’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Press Conference

Friday, May 22, 2020

Springfield, Ill. – Governor JB Pritzker addresses the media concerning the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). 

Gov. Pritzker’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Press Conference

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Springfield, Ill. – Governor JB Pritzker addresses the media concerning the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). 

Gov. Pritzker’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Press Conference

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Springfield, Ill. – Governor JB Pritzker addresses the media concerning the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). 

Gov. Pritzker’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Press Conference

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Springfield, Ill. – Governor JB Pritzker addresses the media concerning the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). 

Gov. Pritzker’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Press Conference

Monday, May 18, 2020

Springfield, Ill. – Governor JB Pritzker addresses the media concerning the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). 

Gov. Pritzker’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Press Conference

Friday, May 15, 2020

Springfield, Ill. – Governor JB Pritzker addresses the media concerning the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). 

Gov. Pritzker’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Press Conference

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Springfield, Ill. – Governor JB Pritzker addresses the media concerning the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Gov. Pritzker’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Press Conference

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Springfield, Ill. – Governor JB Pritzker addresses the media concerning the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Gov. Pritzker’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Press Conference

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Springfield, Ill. – Governor JB Pritzker addresses the media concerning the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). 

Gov. Pritzker’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Press Conference

Monday, May 11, 2020

Springfield, Ill. – Governor JB Pritzker addresses the media concerning the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Gov. Pritzker’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Press Conference

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Springfield, Ill. – Governor JB Pritzker addresses the media concerning the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). 

Gov. Pritzker’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Press Conference

Friday, May 8, 2020

Springfield, Ill. – Governor JB Pritzker addresses the media concerning the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). 

Gov. Pritzker’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Press Conference

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Springfield, Ill. – Governor JB Pritzker addresses the media concerning the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Gov. Pritzker’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Press Conference

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Springfield, Ill. – Governor JB Pritzker addresses the media concerning the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). 

Gov. Pritzker’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Press Conference

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Springfield, Ill. – Governor JB Pritzker addresses the media concerning the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Gov. Pritzker’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Press Conference

Monday, May 4, 2020

Springfield, Ill. – Governor JB Pritzker addresses the media concerning the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Gov. Pritzker’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Press Conference

Sunday, May 3, 2020

Springfield, Ill. – Governor JB Pritzker addresses the media concerning the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Gov. Pritzker’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Press Conference

Saturday, May 2, 2020

Springfield, Ill. – Governor JB Pritzker addresses the media concerning the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Gov. Pritzker’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Press Conference

Friday, May 1, 2020

Springfield, Ill. – Governor JB Pritzker addresses the media concerning the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Gov. Pritzker’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Press Conference

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Springfield, Ill. – Governor JB Pritzker addresses the media concerning the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Gov. Pritzker’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Press Conference

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Springfield, Ill. – Governor JB Pritzker addresses the media concerning the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Gov. Pritzker’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Press Conference

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Springfield, Ill. – Governor JB Pritzker addresses the media concerning the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Gov. Pritzker’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Press Conference

Monday, April 27, 2020

Springfield, Ill. – Governor JB Pritzker addresses the media concerning the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Gov. Pritzker’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Press Conference

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Springfield, Ill. – Governor JB Pritzker addresses the media concerning the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Gov. Pritzker’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Press Conference

Saturday, April 25, 2020

Springfield, Ill. – Governor JB Pritzker addresses the media concerning the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Gov. Pritzker’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Press Conference

Friday, April 24, 2020

Springfield, Ill. – Governor JB Pritzker addresses the media concerning the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Gov. Pritzker’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Press Conference

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Springfield, Ill. – Governor JB Pritzker addresses the media concerning the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Gov. Pritzker’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Press Conference

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Springfield, Ill. – Governor JB Pritzker addresses the media concerning the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Gov. Pritzker’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Press Conference

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Springfield, Ill. – Governor JB Pritzker addresses the media concerning the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Gov. Pritzker’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Press Conference

Monday, April 20, 2020

Springfield, Ill. – Governor JB Pritzker addresses the media concerning the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Gov. Pritzker’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Press Conference

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Springfield, Ill. – Governor JB Pritzker addresses the media concerning the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Gov. Pritzker’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Press Conference

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Springfield, Ill. – Governor JB Pritzker addresses the media concerning the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Gov. Pritzker’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Press Conference

Friday, April 17, 2020

Springfield, Ill. – Governor JB Pritzker addresses the media concerning the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Gov. Pritzker’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Press Conference

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Springfield, Ill. – Governor JB Pritzker addresses the media concerning the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Gov. Pritzker’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Press Conference

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Springfield, Ill. – Governor JB Pritzker addresses the media concerning the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Gov. Pritzker’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Press Conference

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Springfield, Ill. – Governor JB Pritzker addresses the media concerning the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Gov. Pritzker’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Press Conference

Monday, April 13, 2020

Springfield, Ill. – Governor JB Pritzker addresses the media concerning the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Gov. Pritzker’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Press Conference

Sunday, April 12, 2020

Springfield, Ill. – Governor JB Pritzker addresses the media concerning the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Gov. Pritzker’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Press Conference

Saturday, April 11, 2020

Springfield, Ill. – Governor JB Pritzker addresses the media concerning the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Gov. Pritzker’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Press Conference

Friday, April 10, 2020

Springfield, Ill. – Governor JB Pritzker addresses the media concerning the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Gov. Pritzker’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Press Conference

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Springfield, Ill. – Governor JB Pritzker addresses the media concerning the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Gov. Pritzker’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Press Conference

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Springfield, Ill. – Governor JB Pritzker addresses the media concerning the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Gov. Pritzker’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Press Conference

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Springfield, Ill. – Governor JB Pritzker addresses the media concerning the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Gov. Pritzker’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Press Conference

Monday, April 6, 2020

Springfield, Ill. – Governor JB Pritzker addresses the media concerning the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Gov. Pritzker’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Press Conference

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Springfield, Ill. – Governor JB Pritzker addresses the media concerning the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Gov. Pritzker’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Press Conference

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Springfield, Ill. – Governor JB Pritzker addresses the media concerning the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Gov. Pritzker’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Press Conference

Friday, April 3, 2020

Springfield, Ill. – Governor JB Pritzker addresses the media concerning the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Gov. Pritzker’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Press Conference

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Springfield, Ill. – Governor JB Pritzker addresses the media concerning the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Gov. Pritzker’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Press Conference

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Springfield, Ill. – Governor JB Pritzker addresses the media concerning the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Gov. Pritzker’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Press Conference

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Springfield, Ill. – Governor JB Pritzker addresses the media concerning the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Gov. Pritzker’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Press Conference

Monday, March 30, 2020

Springfield, Ill. – Governor JB Pritzker addresses the media concerning the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Gov. Pritzker’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Press Conference

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Springfield, Ill. – Governor JB Pritzker addresses the media concerning the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Gov. Pritzker’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Press Conference

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Springfield, Ill. – Governor JB Pritzker addresses the media concerning the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Gov. Pritzker’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Press Conference

Friday, March 27, 2020

Springfield, Ill. – Governor JB Pritzker addresses the media concerning the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Gov. Pritzker’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Press Conference

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Springfield, Ill. – Governor JB Pritzker addresses the media concerning the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Gov. Pritzker’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Press Conference

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Springfield, Ill. – Governor JB Pritzker addresses the media concerning the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Gov. Pritzker’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Press Conference

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Springfield, Ill. – Governor JB Pritzker addresses the media concerning the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Gov. Pritzker’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Press Conference

Monday, March 23, 2020

Springfield, Ill. – Governor JB Pritzker addresses the media concerning the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Gov. Pritzker’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Press Conference

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Springfield, Ill. – Governor JB Pritzker addresses the media concerning the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Gov. Pritzker’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Press Conference

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Springfield, Ill. – Governor JB Pritzker addresses the media concerning the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Gov. Pritzker’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Press Conference

Friday, March 20, 2020

Springfield, Ill. – Governor JB Pritzker addresses the media concerning the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Gov. Pritzker’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Press Conference

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Springfield, Ill. – Governor JB Pritzker addresses the media concerning the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Gov. Pritzker’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Press Conference

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Springfield, Ill. – Governor JB Pritzker addresses the media concerning the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Gov. Pritzker’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Press Conference

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Springfield, Ill. – Governor JB Pritzker addresses the media concerning the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Gov. Pritzker’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Press Conference

Monday, March 16, 2020

Springfield, Ill. – Governor JB Pritzker addresses the media concerning the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Gov. Pritzker’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Press Conference

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Springfield, Ill. – Governor JB Pritzker addresses the media concerning the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Gov. Pritzker’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Press Conference

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Springfield, Ill. – Governor JB Pritzker addresses the media concerning the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Gov. Pritzker’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Press Conference

Friday, March 13, 2020

Springfield, Ill. – Governor JB Pritzker addresses the media concerning the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Gov. Pritzker’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Press Conference

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Springfield, Ill. – Governor JB Pritzker addresses the media concerning the Coronavirus Disease (CoVID-19).

Gov. Pritzker’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Press Conference

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Springfield, Ill. – Governor JB Pritzker addresses the media concerning the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Gov. Pritzker’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Press Conference

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Springfield, Ill. – Governor JB Pritzker addresses the media concerning the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Gov. Pritzker’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Press Conference

Monday, March 9, 2020

Springfield, Ill. – Governor JB Pritzker addresses the media concerning the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Gov. Pritzker’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Press Conference

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Springfield, Ill. – Governor JB Pritzker addresses the media concerning the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Gov. Pritzker’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Press Conference

Monday, March 2, 2020

Springfield, Ill. – Governor JB Pritzker addresses the media concerning the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Gov. Pritzker’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Press Conference

Friday, February 28, 2020

Springfield, Ill. – Governor JB Pritzker addresses the media concerning the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Footer