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Cook County accounts for 113 of Illinois’ 144 daily COVID-19 deaths

Staff Report CHICAGO - Cook County accounted for nearly 80% of the state's daily COVID-19 fatalities, the Illinois Department of Public Health reported Tuesday. Cook County deaths include a woman in her 20s, a man in his 20s, two men in their 30s, three men in their 40s, two women in their 50s, six men in the 50s, 10 women in their 60s, 11 women in their 70s, 17 men in their 70s, 17 women in their 80s, 15 men in their 80s, five women in there 90s and six men in their 90s. Tuesday's 144…

Restraining order blocking Illinois stay-at-home extension only applies to one person

By Jim Hagerty Reporter CLAY COUNTY, Ill. - The temporary restraining order issued Monday that would temporarily block Gov. J.B. Pritzker's stay-at-home order extension that beings May 1 only applies to one person. According to an injunction issued Monday by Clay County Circuit Court Judge Michael McHaney the order exempts only Illinois Rep. Darren Bailey from Pritzker's statewide executive edict. The ruling does, however, open the door for broader legal implications. In other words,…

Illinois’ daily COVID-19 death toll decreasing

Staff Report ROCKFORD -  The daily COVID-19 death toll continued to decline Monday as 50 coronavirus-related fatalities were reported by the Illinois Department of Public Health. Monday's deaths include 34 fatalities in Cook County, and the death of a Boone County woman in her 90s. Officials also announced 1,980 new cases of COVID-19. The department of health is now reporting 45,883 cases and 1,983 deaths in 96 of Illinois' 102 counties. The state's number of cases includes those who…

Coronavirus Update: Judge overturns Illinois stay-at-home order

By Jim Hagerty Reporter CLAY COUNTY, Ill. - A Clay County judge on Monday granted a restraining order to temporarily block Illinois'stay-at-home order extension that's set to start May 1. Judge Michael McHaney's ruling is in response to a lawsuit brought by Illinois Rep. Darren Bailey (R), which claims Gov. J.B. Pritzker exceeded his authority when he announced he would extend the order until the end of May. Monday's ruling keeps the current stay-at-home edict in place. Pritzker said…

Federal judge orders social distancing inside Cook County Jail

Staff Report CHICAGO - A federal judge on Monday ordered Cook County Sheriff Thomas Dart to implement social-distancing measures for people incarcerated at the county jail. With few exceptions, Judge Matthew Kennelly’s order dictates that people incarcerated in the jail can no longer be housed in the same cell with another person and that most dormitory housing must be stopped. The order also extended its earlier orders requiring the sheriff to ensure sanitation, testing, social distancing at…

Illinois: 59 COVID-19 deaths reported; curve flattening

By Jim Hagerty Reporter CHICAGO - Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Sunday announced that more than 2,000 new cases of COVID-19 and 59 additional deaths have been confirmed in Illinois over the past 24 hours. A total of 2,126 cases of the coronavirus respiratory disease were confirmed Sunday, bringing the total number of cases to 43,903. The governor said the number of total cases includes those who have tested positive and those who were presumed infected based on symptoms. "(It also) includes many…

Illinois Supreme Court heads online for May cases

By Rebecca Anzel Capitol News Illinois SPRINGFIELD — Illinois’ highest court will hear its May session’s oral arguments through videoconference. The decision, made to follow social distancing and stay-at-home orders in response to the novel coronavirus pandemic, marks the first time such technology has ever been embraced by the seven justices. The state joins 26 others in using the technology. According to the National Center for State Courts, seven states use teleconference to conduct…

Illinois reports 2K COVID-19 cases; standards loosened for drive-through testing

By Jim Hagerty Reporter CHICAGO - The Illinois Department of Public Health on Saturday announced 2,119 new cases of COVID-19 and added 80 people, including a Winnebago County woman older than 100, to the state's pandemic death toll. There are now 41,777 confirmed cases of coronavirus disease in Illinois, a total that includes positive lab tests and presumed positives. As of Saturday, 1,874 people have died from complications related to COVID-19. In the last 24 hours, 11,985 people were…

Illinois reports more COVID-19 cases, lower infection rate with increased testing

By Jim Hagerty Reporter CHICAGO - The Illinois Department of Public Health on Friday announced 2,724 new cases of  COVID-19 including 108 additional deaths. There are now 1,795 COVID-related deaths in Illinois, including four local fatalities--two Winnebago County and two in Boone County. Cook County accounted for 81 of Friday's deaths. They included 14 women in their 70s, 15 men in their 70s, 10 women in their 80s, four women in their 90s and five men in their 90s. According to…

Illinois colleges gear up to remain closed this fall

By Kevin Bessler (The Center Square/TRRT) – Already bleeding millions of dollars because of the COVID-19 pandemic, college and university officials across Illinois are contemplating whether students will be able to return for the fall semester. Spring semester is nearly finished, and many students are wondering if they will be back in the dorms and in classrooms for face-to-face instruction beginning in August. Eric Jome, director of media relations at Illinois State University, said if…

Pritzker: Lifting stay-at-home order now could mean 30,000 deaths

By Jim Hagerty Reporter CHICAGO - Illinois would see its COVID-19 death toll skyrocket without its stay-at-home order. That is the message Gov. J.B. Pritzker sent to reporters Thursday at his daily press briefing as he announced he is extending the statewide directive to May 30. “The projections are clear," the governor said." If we lifted the stay-at-home order tomorrow, we would see our deaths per day shoot into the thousands by the end of May, and that would last well into the…

Illinois’ stay at home order will be extended to May 30 with modifications

By Jim Hagerty Reporter CHICAGO - Gov. J.B. Pritzker onThursday announced that he will extend the statewide stay-at-home order until May 30 with a number of adjustments. Under the new order, nonessential retail businesses may offer pickup, curbside service and delivery. Hospitals may resume some elective procedures and surgeries that were canceled as the result the pandemic. However, medical centers must meet certain criteria, and keep enough beds open for possible COVID-19 surges.…

State Republicans join push to re-open Illinois economy

By John O'Connor AP Political Writer SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois House Republicans on are suggesting ways to slowly reopen businesses and relax restrictions on public interaction as the threat from COVID-19 potentially recedes.  With Gov. J.B. Pritzker's stay-at-home order scheduled to expire April 30, GOP lawmakers are seeking relief for a devastated economy and frustrated constituents. Rep. Mark Batinick of Plainfield said Tuesday he hoped their proposed modifications would get…

State ramps up COVID-19 testing, leaders eye Illinois’ future

By Jim Hagerty Reporter CHICAGO - Illinois officials announced the state's largest daily count of COVID-19 cases Wednesday. There were 2,049 new infections statewide, a mark Gov. J.B. Pritzker says is largely the result of more testing; about 9,000 people were tested between April 21 and April 22. The Illinois Department of Health also reported 98 new deaths. Cook County accounted for 69 of those fatalities. The Winnebago County Health Department reported Wednesday that 16 more people…

Boone County residents among latest COVID-19 fatalities

By Jim Hagerty Reporter CHICAGO - Three Boone County residents are among the state's latest COVID-19 fatalities, the Illinois Department of Public Health reported Tuesday. Officials say the Boone County deaths include a man in his 20s, a woman in her 60s, and a woman in her 70s. Whether they suffered from pre-existing health conditions is not known. Two of the deaths were announced yesterday by the Boone County Health Department. The department also reported that long-term care…