Spotlight Politics: Bad News for High School Athletes


Gov. J.B. Pritzker did not have good news for high school athletes on Wednesday — or for the state — as COVID-19 cases continue to move in the wrong direction.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported nearly 1,400 new cases of the virus on Wednesday, and 18 virus-related deaths.

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“We’ve made progress in Illinois, but we’ve also seen that it can be fleeting, and right now things are not heading in the right direction,” Pritzker said Wednesday. “I want to remind everyone that it doesn’t take long at all for a trajectory of success to turn into rising hospitalizations and deaths. And if things don’t change a reversal is where we’re headed.”

In other news, the Illinois Commerce Commission met Wednesday to discuss ethics reforms after Commonwealth Edison agreed to pay a $200 million fine to resolve federal corruption charges stemming from a “yearslong bribery scheme.” 

One of the five ICC commissioners said she was “deeply troubled” to see the commission’s chair, Carrie Zalewski, did not recuse herself despite her father-in-law’s involvement in the corruption scandal. 

Our politics team of Amanda Vinicky, Heather Cherone and Carol Marin weighs in on these stories and more.

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