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Mike Smith

Mike Smith is the graduate Public Affairs Reporting intern for the spring 2020 legisltive session.

An Illinois high school sports coach has mixed feelings about the state’s new guidelines on high school athletics.

Black Lives Matter protests in Springfield continued Wednesday. Young activists said they aren't giving up on voicing their concerns anytime soon. 

While residents of Springfield wait for Gov. J.B. Pritzker to end his stay-at-home order, two members of the community have gathered their bagpipes to lift the city’s spirits and raise money during the pandemic. Reporter Mike Smith watched them perform and has this story.

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced a health organization in East St. Louis will lend its help to the state's COVID-19 contact tracing initiative. Meanwhile, the governor said Wednesday the state’s casinos will remain shuttered for now.

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Workers who caught COVID-19 on the job will be eligible for workers compensation benefits.

A health advocacy group said a type of water-borne disease may be spreading at Illinois’ unoccupied workplaces.

The non-profit Kidzeum of Health and Science in Springfield is using Paycheck Protection Program funds to stay afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic.

A senior Pritzker administration staffer tested positive for COVID-19, and all employees in the Governor’s office are now working from home as a precaution.

A number of legislators have criticized Governor J-B Pritzker’s plan to reopen the state’s economy in five phases.

Reporter Mike Smith talked to one such lawmaker, Republican state Representative Mike Murphy of Springfield. He says the months ahead will be challenging for businesses in his district if the Governor’s plan is not adjusted.

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker said state government has been extending help to communities of color that have been disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic . The governor also offered a stern warning to employers failing to protect their employees from contracting the virus on the job.

This story has been corrected to include an official response from DCFS.

A group of Illinois Department of Children and Family Services workers said the agency is failing to protect them from being exposed to the new coronavirus. The union representing those workers, meanwhile, is demanding more protections be put in place.

Governor J.B. Pritzker announced Illinois will start expanding contact tracing efforts designed to help map the spread of COVID-19.

The Riverton Kiwanis Club is funding a food donation box in that community for residents in need.

Betsy Goulet has worked to help and protect children since the late 80s. After a brief stint as a Child Protective Investigator for the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, she went on to found such groups as the Sangamon County Child Advocacy Center and advise public leaders on at-risk youth and victims of childhood violence.

Illinois colleges and universities might not be hosting in-person classes, but many school newspapers are still operating.

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker said he will sign an extended stay-at-home order lasting until May 30.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported the highest one-day death toll due to COVID-19 with 125 lives lost. The total confirmed cases has reached 29,160, with 1,259 deaths. Sangamon County reported another death Friday, bringing its total to five.

A group of Illinois employers say they are not happy with recent changes to the state’s workers compensation rules.

Springfield Mayor Jim Langfelder has ordered local law enforcement to take “appropriate enforcement action” to keep residents from breaking the stay-at-home order.

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker says he’s having to pursue many avenues to acquire personal protective equipment for hospitals and healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker announced a fourth field hospital location for treating COVID-19 patients. Public health experts are expecting a surge in cases this month.

University of Illinois Springfield has transitioned to all-remote learning as the state stays at home.

Illinoisans owe a combined $58 billion on their federal student loans, and with Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker’s stay-at-home order leaving some residents unable to work, making payments on those loans can be an impossible task.

Illinois Governor J-B Pritzker announced new measures to help businesses stay afloat during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

As Illinoisans continue to practice self-isolation, a Springfield Facebook group is bringing the community together online.

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker issued a statewide stay-at-home order starting Saturday at 5 p.m. through April 7 to slow the spread of COVID-19. State public health officials reported Illinois’ fifth death from the virus Friday.

Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker has issued a statewide stay at home order starting tomorrow at 5 p.m. through April 7.

With Illinois residents practicing isolation inside their homes, the marijuana industry is making adjustments to meet consumer needs.

University of Illinois Springfield officials on Thursday fielded ideas from community members about what a potential downtown building should look like and what purpose it should serve.

A group of Republican lawmakers is criticizing the state for failing to process FOID card renewals in a timely manner.

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