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Pritzker Stands By Imposition of Statewide Mask Mandate

A year into the COVID-19 pandemic, Illinois Gov. Gov. J.B. Pritzker said he has no real second thoughts about the decisions he’s made to fight the pandemic.

“If I knew then what I know now, I probably would have made some changes,” among them implementing a statewide mask order earlier, Pritzker told Crain’s Chicago Business late Monday, exactly a year after the state’s first reported COVID death. Of all government restrictions, “it’s clear masks have done the most” to slow the infection rate.

“Overall, Illinois has done well,” Pritzker added. “The people of Illinois have stood up to this situation…. Projections are we could have had many, many more deaths if we hadn’t done what we did.”

Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike hinted Monday that the governor would be releasing a plan later this week outlining when the state could move to its next reopening phase.

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Paul Bubny serves as Senior Content Director for Connect Commercial Real Estate, a role to which he brings 13-plus years’ experience covering the commercial real estate industry and 30-plus years in business-to-business journalism. In this capacity, he oversees daily operations while also reporting on both local/regional markets and national trends, covering individual transactions across all property types, as well as delving into broader subject matter. He produces 15-20 daily news stories per day and works with the Connect team and clients to develop longer-form content, ranging from Q&As to thought-leadership pieces. Prior to joining Connect, Paul was Managing Editor for both Real Estate Forum and GlobeSt.com at American Lawyer Media, where he oversaw operations at both publications while also producing daily news and feature-length articles. His tenure in B2B publishing stretches back into the print era, and he has served as Editor in Chief on four national trade publications. Since 1999, Paul has volunteered as the newsletter editor of passenger rail advocacy groups (one national, one local).