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Friday, March 5

STORY: COVID-19 RESPONSE
In a Friday news conference, Gov. JB Pritzker announced a new $10 million public awareness campaign aimed at encouraging the public to receive a COVID-19 vaccination when they are eligible. The governor also said that discussions about reopening are "ongoing" with industry leaders across the state, with further announcements about reopening to be made "in the coming weeks."
Reporter: Tim Kirsininkas
Word count: 500-700
Photo: Screenshot
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STORY: CHILD CARE COPAYMENTS
The Illinois House Committee on Child Care Accessibility and Early Childhood Education agreed to continue working on legislation that would set the monthly copayment for child care services to $1 for eligible families whose income is at or below a certain rate based on federal poverty guidelines. It advanced on a 9-2 vote with the sponsor intending to come back to the committee with an amendment before a floor vote. 
Reporter: Grace Barbic
Word Count: 500-700
Photo: Screenshot 
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PODCAST: WEEK IN REVIEW
The CNI news team discusses new leadership in both major political parties, legislative activity of the week and previews next week's in-person sessions of the state Senate.
Host: Peter Hancock
Length: Appx. 15-20 minutes
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Capitol Cast  

The CNI news team discusses the election of a new Democratic Party state chairwoman, the state's staggering pension debt, pushes to reopen more activity in the state and other news of the week.

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