Gov. J.B. Pritzker speaks at a press conference on the updates about COVID-19 in Illinois on Friday, March 20, 2020 in Chicago. Credit: Colin Boyle/Block Club Chicago

CHICAGO — Gov. JB Pritzker officially gave his last daily briefing on coronavirus Friday.

The governor’s first briefing was held 82 days ago, near the start of the crisis. He used the briefings, held daily for months and then on weekdays, to tell people about how the state was battling COVID-19 and to answer questions from reporters.

But Illinois has now progressed to Phase 3 of its plan to reopen, signaling the state is winning its battle and can lift restrictions. Among the changes: Pritzker will no longer hold daily briefings, he announced Friday.

The governor will still hold press conferences when needed, he said.

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