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State Enters 'Recovery' Phase, Grapples With Protests


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Hundreds of demonstrators protest peacefully outside the Illinois Statehouse on Monday, June 1, to speak out against violence by law enforcement against African Americans. (Capitol News Illinois photo by Peter Hancock)

Illinois advanced to the "Recovery" phase of Gov. JB Pritzker's plan to incrementally reopen the state's economy on Friday, May 29, after almost 70 days of residents living under a stay-at-home restriction.

People are still expected to wear facial coverings and practice social distancing when in public places.

"Non-essential" businesses and stores, closed for more than two months to in-person customers and workers, can now be open with capacity limitations, social distancing observations and other safety guidance measures from IDPH.

That same guidance is implemented for barbershops and salo...

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