Jan. 6, 2021
To: Members of the Illinois media
From: Liz Mitchell, Deputy Press Secretary, Office of the Senate President
Re: Senate access during January session
When the Senate returns for the remaining session days of the 101st General Assembly, we will provide expanded, but limited, access to Senate credentialed media while following social distancing and public health guidelines.
Press box and gallery access
No more than three (3) Senate credentialed reporters will be allowed in each Senate floor-level press box for a total of six (6). This will allow for six feet of space between each reporter and between the reporters and the Senators on the floor. A Plexiglas shield will be placed in front of each reporter’s seat.
Up to three (3) Senate credentialed reporters will be allowed in the Senate gallery, with one spot likely reserved for BlueRoom Stream. The Illinois Legislative Correspondents Association will be in charge of coordinating the placement of reporters within these parameters.
Media who cannot be present in the press boxes or gallery due to these restrictions may watch or listen to proceedings on the live, online video stream provided on ILGA.gov.
The press secretary and deputy press secretary will be available to coordinate media access to individual members.
Additional safety measures
Hand sanitizer will be placed at the entrances to both Senate press boxes and the Senate gallery.
Mask use will be required at all times.
Any reporters exceeding the maximum number allowed in any area will be asked to leave.
Thank you for your cooperation as we work to provide access to the Senate proceedings while keeping everyone safe.
Please reach out with any questions.