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Monday marks a week from the date the Illinois governor said he was aiming to lift a statewide mask mandate, but what about Chicago?

City officials say an announcement is expected soon.

Here’s what you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic in Illinois today:

When will Chicago end the vaccination card requirement? Here’s what we know

As Illinois aims to lift its mask mandate by Feb. 28, Chicago city officials say the city’s vaccination proof and mask requirements may end soon, but have refrained from provide a specific date.

Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady explained that she relies on a set of metrics to determine when restrictions can be lifted, and three out of four key metrics must be met to go from forward with the easing of restrictions.

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Milwaukee Summerfest organizers reduce COVID precautions

Organizers of Milwaukee’s Summerfest music celebration plan to scale back COVID-19 precautions this year.

WTMJ-AM reported that festival organizers announced on Wednesday that guests will not need to wear masks, show proof of a negative COVID-19 test or show proof of vaccination to enter the grounds. This year.

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GOP state lawmaker sues Illinois Capitol mask demands

A Republican state lawmaker has filed a lawsuit against the Illinois House Speaker over face mask requirements at the state Capitol.

State Rep. Blaine Wilhour of Beecher City sued in Bond County after he and eight other Republican lawmakers were recently barred from the House floor for refusing to wear masks in violation of House rules , according to The (Springfield) State Journal-Register. Most then participated remotely.

After being kicked off the House floor last Thursday, Wilhour called it “a complete lack of common sense.”

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Masks still recommended at Cook County K-12 schools following court ruling

Even though an Illinois appeals court ruling has dismissed Governor JB Pritzker’s appeal for a mask mandate in schools, some health officials and school districts are pushing universal masking as the best approach to fight against COVID-19.

In a statement Friday after the decision was announced, the Cook County Public Health Department said it continues to strongly recommend universal face coverings in PreK-12 schools.

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Debates over school masks are impacting children’s mental health, parents say

The school mask debate has taken over Chicago-area communities in recent weeks and it can impact your child’s mental health.

NBC 5 spoke to parents on both sides of the mask debate who said their children were anxious and confused by the reactions and decisions of people who may or may not agree with them.

Clinical psychologist Dr Colleen Cicchetti of Lurie Children’s Hospital said there are benefits to starting a conversation with your children about the issue of masks.

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Here’s when Chicago plans to provide an update on the mask mandate

While Illinois aims to lift its mask mandate by Feb. 28, a similar move could be announced soon in Chicago, though the city is taking a different approach and not providing a specific timeline for such a move.

Last week, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said the city wasn’t “there yet” when talking about plans to eliminate mask requirements, but the city’s top doctor has since provided more information on when changes might occur.

During a Facebook live Q&A session last Thursday, Arwady said she “felt optimistic” and a formal announcement regarding changes to the mask requirement will be made this week.

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School mask ruling: What the new ruling means for Illinois classrooms

Gov. JB Pritzker’s appeal against a lower court’s ruling against mask mandates in schools was denied late Thursday night by an appeals court, which wrote that the request was “moot” because the Governor’s emergency rules on COVID-19 had already expired.

The highly anticipated decision of the three-member panel of the Illinois Fourth District Court of Appeals was released just before midnight Thursday.

Here’s what the decision means for schools in Illinois.

Coronavirus in Illinois: 20,896 new cases, 417 deaths last week as cases and deaths continue to decline

Illinois health officials reported 20,896 new cases of COVID-19 over the past week, along with 417 additional deaths and more than 140,000 new vaccine doses administered, marking a continued decline in cases and death.

The previous week, the state had reported 60,389 new cases and 608 deaths. The previous week, 123,812 new cases and 843 deaths had been reported.

See more data here.

Pritzker to take school mask case to Illinois Supreme Court after appeals court dismisses

Governor JB Pritzker and Attorney General Kwame Raoul said the state will ask the Illinois Supreme Court to review an appeals court decision making masks optional in educational settings, noting that the decision does not has not “resolved important legal issues”.

The decision, released just before midnight Thursday, by the three-member panel of the Illinois Fourth District Court of Appeals denied Pritzker’s appeal of a lower court’s ruling against a mask mandate in the classroom, leaving school systems the choice to implement COVID-19 protocols.

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