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Cases in Illinois prisons jumped to 703 active COVID-19 cases among inmates and staff in the past two weeks — compared to 74 inmates and 126 staff on Dec. 6, according to data provided by IDOC.

The Illinois Department of Corrections is reporting that a total of 401 inmates tested positive for COVID-19 this past week in addition to 302 staff members for a total of 703 active cases within correctional facilities. 

For Illinois, the changes to voting law that legislators made in the final hours of their legislative session this week seemed innocuous. Some cases are affirmation or expansion of practices already put to the test. But they present a dichotomy with what's happening in other states.

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