Pritzker to Ease Restaurant Restrictions, Plus an Update on the Legislative Session

 
Illinois state Rep. Darren Bailey, R-Louisville, left, listens to Illinois House Minority Leader Jim Durkin, R-Western Springs, as they speak before the Illinois House of Representatives voted 81-27 to remove Bailey from the House floor for not wearing a mask on Wednesday, May 20, 2020. A dozen Republicans joined Democrats in voting for his removal. The House is meeting at the Bank of Springfield Center instead of the Capitol to afford more space for social distancing amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Illinois state Rep. Darren Bailey, R-Louisville, left, listens to Illinois House Minority Leader Jim Durkin, R-Western Springs, as they speak before the Illinois House of Representatives voted 81-27 to remove Bailey from the House floor for not wearing a mask on Wednesday, May 20, 2020. A dozen Republicans joined Democrats in voting for his removal. The House is meeting at the Bank of Springfield Center instead of the Capitol to afford more space for social distancing amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ted Schurter/The State Journal-Register via AP

State officials say while Illinois has now had more than 100,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19, hospitalizations are trending down. Because of that, Gov. J.B. Pritzker says Illinois will likely ease stay-at-home restrictions more than previously announced allowing outdoor dining at restaurants starting in about a week.

Meanwhile, the Illinois General Assembly is back in session for the first time since winter.

Guests:

Amanda Vinicky, correspondent with Chicago Tonight and WTTW News

Dave McKinney, state politics reporter with Chicago public radio station WBEZ-FM