WAND TV: Bill to designate dispatchers as first responders

(WAND) – Emergency dispatchers are the first to answer the call for help. But in Illinois, they are categorized as clerical staff – not first responders. Now, a bill moving through the Illinois Senate could change that. “Dispatchers are the lifeline, the vital lifeline really, between our citizens and the emergency services that they need,”

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Rock Island Today: Anderson: Pritzker’s mask decision shows his “rules have always been about politics, not science”

State Sen. Neil Anderson (R-Andalusia) said Governor J.B. Pritzker’s refusal to lift mask mandates for schools show he is not on the side of the people. Anderson said Pritzker is following political guidelines, not science, “If we’ve learned anything from today’s announcement, it’s that we have now found out who the ‘scientists’ are that the

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