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FILE - An electronic cigarette from Juul Labs is seen on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020, in Pembroke Pines, Fla. Federal health officials on Thursday, June 23, 2022 ordered Juul to pull its electronic cigarettes from the U.S. market, the latest blow to the embattled company widely blamed for sparking a national surge in teen vaping. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)

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President Joe Biden listens at a meeting with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro during the Summit of the Americas, Thursday, June 9, 2022, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

A Sangamon County judge is considering a motion to block Illinois schools from requiring people to wear face masks in classes and excluding students and staff from school buildings if they’ve had close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.


As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to simmer in Danville and Vermilion County, pressures among the unvaccinated continue to mount as state and federal mandates take shape and more private enterprises require various public health practices — including vaccination — among their workforces.

State legislators heard testimony from health care experts Monday on policies the state could pursue to address racial disparities in health outcomes and access.