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.
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
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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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
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
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
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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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)
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)
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
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)
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)
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
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)
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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