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The right COVID policy for Illinois? Obsess about the elderly and infirm. – Wirepoints

The strategy of shutting much of the state down – from lockdowns to school closings – has done far more harm than good, in part because it’s taken health officials’ eyes off of the elderly and the infirm.

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Support for school reopenings grows across the political spectrum – Wirepoints Quicktake

While school openings have become heavily politicized in recent weeks, the good news is that more experts on all sides agree schools should strive to reopen and stay open.

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Illinois’ COVID-19 data: Daily update for November 23, 2020 – Wirepoints

Daily COVID-19 data update for November 23, 2020.

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Public safety payrolls or pensions? Illinois cities’ impossible choice. – Wirepoints

Mamie Cosey and her family are victims of a growing malaise impacting cities across Illinois, where residents are taxed out, services are being slashed, police and firefighters are losing their jobs, and public pensioners are losing their retirement security. A recent law that garnishes city tax revenues to pay for pensions is making things worse.

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Will COVID-19 lead to “pension intercepts” and cuts to core city services across Illinois? – Wirepoints Special Report

Wirepoints found that 351 of Illinois’ 643 downstate public safety pension funds did not receive their full contributions in FY 2019. Without pension reform, local funds will either end up closer to insolvency, or city services will go unfunded in an attempt to keep failing public safety pensions afloat.

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