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Health, Science, Environment

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    Rici Hoffarth | St. Louis Public Radio
    At least 15,400 people in the southern Illinois 12th Congressional District are enrolled in the Affordable Care Act. And nearly 20,000 use the Marketplace to buy insurance in the 13th Congressional District. Voters will have to decide whether they trust Republican lawmakers to come up with a replacement for the ACA, or if it’s safer to elect Democrats who have vowed to protect and improve the existing act.
  • Gov. J.B. Pritzker speaks at a news conference in Chicago recently where he announced the next round of COVID-19 Business Interruption Grants and warned of future state budget cuts without further federal government intervention. On Tuesday, the seven-day average statewide COVID-19 test positivity rate stayed level at 3.5% as the Illinois Department of Public Health reported another 1,531 confirmed cases of the virus. Sept. 29, 2020
    Blueroomstream.com
    After only 2½ weeks, Illinois is reinstituting COVID-19 restrictions on bars and restaurants in the Metro East starting Wednesday. Bars and restaurants are again barred from serving guests indoors, and they will have to cut service at 11 p.m. each night. The establishments also must require reservations and space tables at least six feet apart. Gatherings are limited to the lesser of 25 people or 25% of a room’s overall capacity.