Governor J.B. Pritzker says all Illinois residents will be eligible for the coronavirus vaccine April 12 – but that local health departments like Chicago’s will still set their own timelines. Mayor Lori Lightfoot announces the city will move to vaccination phase 1C March 29.
Austin’s Loretto Hospital faces internal and external investigations after Block Club Chicago reports it improperly vaccinated Trump Tower staff, members of the CEO’s church, and other ineligible people.
Mass shootings in Atlanta, which Mayor Lightfoot describes as a “hate crime,” spark fear among Asian Americans in Chicago already facing a rise in hate and violence.
The Illinois House votes along party lines to censure Republican Party state Rep. Chris Miller for attending a rally ahead of the Jan. 6 insurrection attempt at the U.S. Capitol. Also in Springfield, redistricting hearings get underway even though data on the state’s population from the Census Bureau is far behind schedule.
The Loyola Ramblers and Fighting Illini men’s basketball teams prepare to face off after both win their first-round games in NCAA March Madness play. The Bears pick up former Cincinnati and Dallas quarterback Andy Dalton, but hopes of trading for Seattle Seahawks star Russell Wilson reportedly are still alive. And it’s not just baseball scheduled for Wrigley Field this year, as the ballpark announces a rescheduled slate of summer concerts.
Kelly Bauer, Block Club Chicago | @BauerJournalism
Esther Yoon-Ji Kang, WBEZ | @estheryjkang
Amanda Vinicky, WTTW | @AmandaVinicky
Dionne Miller, ABC 7 | @dmillerabc7
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