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STATE NEWS BRIEF (9/20/22) | WSEI Freedom 92.9 FM

(SPRINGFIELD) While the President of the United States says the pandemic is over, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker continues his COVID-19 executive orders, though they continue to unwind. While the Governor last week reissued his latest 30-day disaster proclamation that began in March 2020, he did modify one significant executive order, saying childcare and K-12 educators and staff no longer have to prove vaccination status or test twice weekly.

(CHICAGO) The major party candidates for Illinois Governor are touting endorsements heading into the final weeks of the election season. Incumbent Governor JB Pritzker has scored endorsements from various labor groups and some statewide firefighters. State Senator Darren Bailey noted his various endorsements as well, including fraternal orders of police from across the state and many farm organizations. With early voting to start next Thursday, September 29th, the election is set for November 8th, seven weeks from today.

(SPRINGFIELD) The Illinois Supreme Court has announced that Justice Mary Jane Theis will be its next Chief Justice, selected by the Court to serve a three-year term commencing October 26th, 2022. The Chicago native will succeed Justice Anne M. Burke, whose tenure as Chief Justice began in October 2019. Justice Theis will be the fourth woman to serve as Chief Justice and she will be the 122nd Chief Justice in Illinois history. Following college, after an internship, Theis served as an Assistant Public Defender in Cook County before beginning her judicial career in 1983 when she was selected as a Cook County associate judge.

(SPRINGFIELD) Starting today, the Illinois Department of Agriculture will host forty (40) international buyers from seven different Latin American countries in an effort to increase export sales for the statewide grain industry. For the past two years, the Grain Tour has been held virtually due to COVID-19. However, despite the lack of in-person tours in 2020 and 2021, over $200 million in projected sales were recorded from the virtual tours. Several stops will be made during the tour, including those in Decatur, Joliet, and Chicago.

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