Justice Department Backs Challenge To Illinois Stay-At-Home Order

The Trump administration is supporting a lawsuit challenging the Illinois governor's stay-at-home order. The legal maneuver marks the first time the U.S. Department of Justice has weighed in on state level COVID-19 policies that are unrelated to religious matters. The department on Friday filed a statement of interest in the case against Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker, saying the protective coronavirus measures in place exceed the limits of his office. "In response to the COVID-19 pandemic,...

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Evangelical Leader Cites 'Growing Angst' With Guv's Covid-19 Response

A group of Chicago-based evangelical leaders plans to seek a virtual meeting with Gov. J.B. Pritzker because of “growing angst” about the rules he has set for religious gatherings. "We've together asked the governor to kind of open a conversation where we might be able to have input and conversation with the health department so we can follow the science and open at a later date, not this Sunday, or probably even next month, but at a later date in a safe way. But right now, there's been...

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Teaching Kids To Hide From Gunfire: Safety Drills At Day Care And At Home

Champale Greene-Anderson keeps the volume up on her television when she watches 5-year-old granddaughter Amor Robinson while the girl's mom is at work. "So we won't hear the gunshots," says Greene-Anderson. "I have little bitty grandbabies, and I don't want them to be afraid to be here." As a preschooler, Amor already knows and fears the sounds that occurred with regularity in their St. Louis neighborhood before the pandemic — and continue even now as the rest of the world has slowed down. "I...

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New York is "decidedly in the reopening phase," Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Sunday, as the state hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic gave sports leagues, campgrounds and veterinarian offices the green light to start up again, with modifications.

Professional sports leagues in the state are now able to begin training camps, Cuomo said during his daily press conference, adding that having teams come back, even without spectators, would mark a "return to normalcy."

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NPR's Michel Martin speaks with ProPublica's Duaa Eldeib about her report, "The First 100," which looks at the reasons why 70 of the first 100 COVID-19 deaths in Chicago were African Americans.

Can Americans return to fun in the sand and in the water while keeping themselves safe from the coronavirus? That's a question being put to the test this Memorial Day weekend as many Americans flock to newly reopened beaches, like Los Angeles' famed Venice Beach.

Except for still-closed stores that usually sell souvenirs to tourists and signs reminding people to wear masks, Venice Beach looked much like its normally eclectic self this weekend.

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Peoria Police said they are investigating the death of a woman found in a vehicle Sunday morning. Officers said a caller notified them of an unresponsive female in the 500 block of West Loucks about 5:16 a.m. The department said emergency lifesaving measures did not succeed. The Coroner will conduct an autopsy. 

Hong Kong police fired tear gas, pepper spray and water cannons as thousands of protesters rallied against proposed security measures aimed at tightening Beijing's grip on the semi-autonomous territory.

Vermont is a state of vast beauty, yet for all its idyllic Green Mountain landscapes, living there takes a certain amount of grit. The state's bitter winters can last as long as six months, only to be followed by "mud season" – the character-building preamble to spring that turns the ground to sludge and makes dirt roads impassable.

The Trump administration is supporting a lawsuit challenging the Illinois governor's stay-at-home order. The legal maneuver marks the first time the U.S. Department of Justice has weighed in on state level COVID-19 policies that are unrelated to religious matters.

The department on Friday filed a statement of interest in the case against Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker, saying the protective coronavirus measures in place exceed the limits of his office.

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Authorities are investigating after a woman was found dead in a vehicle in a Central Peoria driveway early Sunday morning.

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