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Illinois will move today to Phase 5, the final phase of the Restore Illinois Plan, the Governor’s Office said today in a prepared statement.  

“On Friday, the State will eliminate all capacity limits on businesses, large-scale events, conventions, amusement parks, and all other venues. Mask requirements for vaccinated and non-vaccinated individuals continue to align with CDC guidelines,” said the Governor’s Office. 

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School District 65’s Draft Tentative Budget for FY’22 Proposes New Administrative Cuts of Almost $1 Million. At the June 7 meeting of District 65’s Finance Committee,  Kathy Zalewski, Business Manager, presented a draft tentative budget for the 2021-2022 school year (FY’22), as well as a report projecting how the District will end its current fiscal year, which ends on June 30, 2021 (FY’21). The District is projecting to close out FY’21 with a surplus of about $2.9 million, which is about $2.6 million more than the surplus budgeted for the year. For FY’22, the District is projecting it will operate at a surplus of $924,389.

Shut Up About Your Workout! So many people I know have used their pandemic stay-at-home time to get in better shape. Bully for them! Unfortunately for me, they seem to spend the rest of their down time talking about it. Personally, I’m really sick of hearing about their high-intensity interval training or their resting heart rate of 48. Especially since I have used the pandemic to catch up on a lot of anxiety, worry, and late-night refrigerator raids. How can I get them to shut up about their new-found buns of steel? Signed, Gained more than Covid 19

New Online Tool Weighs Government Debt Burden on Individual Property Owners. Property owners for the first time can find out what portion of local government debt falls on them, thanks to a new online tool created by Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas.

Covenant Living and Three Crowns Park Sign Affiliation Agreement. Covenant Living Communities and Services, a not-for-profit faith-based senior living organization headquartered in Skokie, has entered into an affiliation agreement with Three Crowns Park, a senior living community located in Evanston. Under this agreement, Three Crowns Park will become part of the Covenant Living organization. Covenant Living will assume overall management and operations of Three Crowns Park with shared governance and leadership upon closing anticipated for July 1.

Evanston Named 2021 ‘All-America City’ By National Civic League. Evanston has been recognized as a 2021 “All-America City” by the National Civic League. The annual award recognizes 10 U.S. cities that leverage civic engagement, collaboration, inclusiveness and innovation to successfully address local issues.

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