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The Illinois Shakespeare Festival prepares for opening night at the Ewing Cultural Center on Thursday.

BLOOMINGTON – The Illinois Shakespeare Festival canceled the preview performance of “Measure for Measure” on Friday but the rest of the schedule remains in place and some restrictions due to COVID-19 protocols are being relaxed.

The festival organizers announced on Thursday that the Friday performance had been canceled “due to unforeseen circumstances”. The play opens on Saturday.

The Illinois State University box office will be in touch with those with tickets to the Friday performance and help them exchange tickets for another performance or process a refund.



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Nora McKirdie, left, who plays Hermione; Ben Mathew, who plays King Leo; Carol Kelleher, who plays Paulina, and Haven Crawley, who plays Polixenes, play a scene from their adapted Illinois Shakespeare Festival play, “A Summer’s Winter Tale,” which will be performed at the Ewing Cultural Center on Thursdays and Saturdays through August 7th.


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Contrary to previous information, festival officials also said that fully vaccinated guests at the Ewing Theater on Emerson Street and Towanda Avenue do not require face-covering.

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As the coronavirus guidelines have evolved, the festival has also announced that seat cushions and water fountains will be available. However, the concession area will remain closed for the 2021 season.

“Guests are cordially invited to picnic on the meadow and bring their water to the theater,” said a message from the festival.

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In addition to “Measure for Measure”, William Shakespeare’s “Winter Tale” will be performed at the festival, which runs through August 6th.

Tickets can be purchased in person at the box office in the ISU Center for the Performing, 351 S. School St., Normal, or by calling 309-438-2535. The box offices are open Monday to Friday from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and one hour before all performances in the Ewing Theater.

As part of the festival, free performances of “A Winter’s Tale” will be offered on Thursdays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 7 August in the theater for young audiences on the grounds of the Ewing cultural center.

More information can be found on the festival website, illinoishakes.com.

Check out the new Illinois laws that go into effect today

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The Democratic-controlled Illinois General Assembly has passed 665 bills this legislature, with the vast majority awaiting the signature of Governor JB Pritzker.

But Pritzker signed 42 bills. A handful of these will go into effect on January 1, 2022, but most of them went into effect immediately after they were signed or will go into effect this Thursday.

Here are some notable new laws that are in effect now or Thursday that Illinois people should know about.


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Electoral reform

Electoral reform

With delays in the redistribution of the U.S. census numbers caused by the pandemic, lawmakers have postponed the 2022 state primaries from March 15 to June 28. The legislation also makes Election Day a national holiday and requires that every county have at least one universal voting center and allow people to be allowed on a permanent mailing list. (SB825)


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Vote by email

Vote by email

Some changes in voting for the 2020 general election caused by a pandemic, such as: Post-polling and roadside delivery, for example, will now be permanent features of future elections. (House bill 1871)

Legal redistribution of land

Legal redistribution of land

Since they are mandated every 10 years, lawmakers approved new county boundaries for the Illinois House and Senate. The maps drawn by the Democrats, using the American Community Survey of the U.S. Census instead of waiting for the 10-year census numbers to arrive later this year, have been challenged in court by Republicans and a few other groups. (HB2777)


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Illinois Supreme Court reassignment

Illinois Supreme Court reassignment

The county boundaries of the nine-member Illinois Supreme Court were successfully redrawn for the first time since the 1960s. Again, the Republicans are questioning the map. (SB642)


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Police reform

Police reform

No more controversial law was passed that year than House Law 3653, also known as the SAFE-T Law, which was passed during the lame duck this January. The provisions on the termination of the cash deposit and the obligation of all police officers to wear body cameras will not come into force until 2023 and 2025 respectively. But from Thursday the police must provide assistance to the injured, intervene in the event of excessive use of force and limit the use of force. It also provides stricter guidelines for decertifying officers and would allow people to file anonymous complaints about police misconduct. (HB3653)

Payday loan

Payday loan

Lenders are now prohibited from charging more than 36% of the annual interest rate on consumer loans. The average rate in Illinois before the law was signed was nearly 300%. (SB1792)

Vaccination lottery

Vaccination lottery

The state budget for fiscal year 2022 includes $ 10 million for a “vaccine lottery”. All Illinois residents vaccinated by July 1 will automatically be entered into the competition. It includes $ 7 million in cash prizes for vaccinated adults ranging from $ 100,000 to $ 1 million and $ 3 million in scholarships for vaccinated teenagers. (SB2800)


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COVID-19 emergency shelter

COVID-19 emergency shelter

Creates guidelines for distributing more than $ 1 billion to federal stimulus funds for COVID-related housing assistance. Also creates an automatic sealing of evictions during the pandemic. (SB2877)

Pre-negotiation interest

Pre-negotiation interest

Victims in personal injury and wrongful death cases can claim interest from the defendants from the time a lawsuit is filed. There should be incentives to resolve these cases. It was supported by the trial attorneys and rejected by business groups. (SB72)

Casino work

Casino work

All Illinois casino applicants are now required to enter into a project employment contract when applying for a new or renewed license. (SB1360)

Compensation for crime victims

Compensation for crime victims

Specifies that a victim’s criminal history or crime does not automatically prevent compensation for that victim or the victim’s family. Extends the applicant’s time to provide the requested information from 30 days to 45 days and provides that a final arbitration award will not exceed $ 45,000 (previously $ 27,000) for a crime committed on or after August 7, 2022 may. (HB3295)

Electronic signature

Electronic signature

Specifies that a contract, record, or signature cannot be denied validity or enforceability simply because it is in electronic form or because an electronic record was used in its creation. Specifies that if a law requires it to be in writing, an electronic record will satisfy the law. (SB2176)

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China Covid instances inflicting greater transport prices, delayed items

Sea containers from China and other Asian countries will be unloaded at the Port of Los Angeles on September 14, 2019 in Long Beach, California, as the trade war between China and the United States continues.

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At first it was a critical shortage of shipping containers due to the pandemic. Then came a massive one Blockage in the Suez Canal.

Now businesses and consumers are preparing for another shipping crisis as a virus outbreak in southern China disrupts port services and delays deliveries, driving costs up again.

China’s Guangdong Province has seen a sudden surge in Covid-19 cases. Authorities have closed districts and businesses to prevent the virus from spreading rapidly.

This leads to massive shipping delays in large Chinese ports and drives up the already high shipping costs, as the waiting times at the berth “skyrocketed” according to analysts and representatives of the shipping industry.

“The disruptions in Shenzhen and Guangzhou are absolutely massive. Alone they would have an unprecedented impact on the supply chain, ”Brian Glick, founder and CEO of the supply chain integration platform Chain.io, told CNBC.

Together with the challenges that the global supply chain has been facing since this year, shipping is in “absolutely uncharted waters,” said Glick.

Guangdong, a major shipping hub, accounts for about 24% of China’s total exports. It is also home to the Port of Shenzhen and the Port of Guangzhou, which are the third largest and fifth largest in the world by container volume, according to the World Shipping Council.

The first local case of the Delta variant, first discovered in India, was found in Guangzhou in May and has since increased to over 100 cases. The authorities have imposed bans and other measures that limit the processing capacity in the ports.

Global supply chain at risk again

When various parts of the world recovered from the pandemic late last year, there was a buying boom that resulted in containers being critically undercut. This caused massive delays in shipping goods from China to Europe and the US, and drove up prices for businesses and consumers.

Then one of the largest container ships in the world, the Ever Given, got stuck in the Suez Canal and blocked the important trade route for almost a week. Around 12% of world trade is transacted via the Suez Canal, which an average of more than 50 ships pass through each day.

The incident sparked a global shipping crisis and kept $ 9 billion a day in international trade.

Now the recent crisis in southern China is again disrupting the global supply chain.

Shipping costs are at an all-time high … we’ve broken so many price caps that no one can say where that peak will be.

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Founder and CEO, Chain.io

“I think the risk of a supply chain disruption increases and export prices / shipping costs are likely to continue to increase. Guangdong Province plays a critical role in the global supply chain, ”said Zhang Zhiwei, chief economist at Pinpoint Asset Management.

JP Wiggins, vice president of corporate development for shipping software company 3GTMS, told CNBC that the port crisis in China will cause much more disruption for the American consumer as many of the shipments affected are destined for North America. In comparison, the Suez Blockade had a greater impact on European trade as many of the late deliveries were destined for Europe.

Wiggins also said that consumer expectations must remain in “Covid mode”.

“Expect shortages and sell-out of all products made in Asia,” he said.

Shipping costs ‘at all time high’

The increasing shipping costs are a direct result of the crisis.

“Many small and medium-sized shippers throw their hands up because shipping costs exceed the margins of the products they want to ship,” said Glick. “Shipping costs are at an all-time high with anecdotal quotes hitting 5 to 10 times the historical norm. We have broken so many price caps that no one can say where this will peak.”

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Wiggins warned that prices are “volatile” and said he advises shippers to spend twice as much as it is unclear where this is going.

Shippers who cannot afford the delays will increasingly try to convert ocean shipments to air, which will further increase shipping costs, said Shehrina Kamal, vice president of intelligence solutions at Everstream Analytics.

Ripple effect

Waiting times for ships docking at the Yantian International Container Terminal in Shenzhen have “skyrocketed” from an average waiting time of 0.5 days to 16 days, according to Kamal.

The backlog will exacerbate other ports.

The problem is already worsening in nearby ports as airlines begin diversion, Kamal said. The port of Nansha in Guangzhou is experiencing an influx of cargo due to the diversions, and the congestion and ship delays are expected to last for another two weeks – if not longer, she said.

Coupled with the pandemic in India and the Southeast Asian economies … this surge in Covid cases in Guangdong could add to higher inflationary pressures in other countries.

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According to Kamal, the consequences will even spread to neighboring provinces such as Guangxi, Yunnan, Hunan and Hubei.

Fears of inflation

In addition to mainland China, the port at the Hong Kong financial center is also affected.

Cross-border delivery was possible there by truck, but the authorities recently tightened the measures due to the pandemic. That means, among other things, all cross-border trucks will need to be sterilized, which is likely to delay freight traffic and processing overall, Kamal said.

Overall, transshipment at the ports in Guangdong will remain slow in June and other parts of China will likely become more cautious, said Zhang of Pinpoint Asset Management.

This could lead to higher prices, although investors are concerned about rising inflation and the potential impact on interest rates.

“Coupled with the pandemic in India and the Southeast Asian economies … with rising raw material and shipping costs, this surge in Covid cases in Guangdong may add to higher inflationary pressures in other countries,” he warned.