Pritzker avoids taking sides in Illinois House speaker race; 4,776 COVID-19 cases reported – The State Journal-Register

Gov. JB Pritzker on Monday avoided taking sides on whether Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan should be replaced, and if so, by whom.

Pritzker addressed the issues in the General Assembly at a news conference where he and the director of the Illinois Department of Public Health announced 4,776 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 in the state and 53 new deaths.

A total of 587,900 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been delivered to Illinois since mid-December, while 334,939 doses have been administered to health-care workers and the residents and staff members of long-term care facilities, Pritzker said.

Some county health departments have begun to vaccinate people beyond the initial categories, such as people 65 and older, firefighters and police and frontline “essential workers” such as grocery store workers, correctional officers, postal workers, teachers and day-care staff, Pritzker said.

Regarding the FBI’s recent warning that “armed protests” are being planned in all 50 state capitol buildings and the U. S. Capitol from Jan. 17 to the Jan. 20 inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden, Pritzker said Illinois State Police are “well-aware of the challenges that may crop up.”

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