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Illinois COVID-19 peak pushed to June, Winnebago County on pace to reach ‘Phase 3’ of restart plan

By Jim Hagerty Reporter CHICAGO - Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Monday that Illinois has not reached its peak in new COVID-19 cases. The governor said during his daily press briefing that it could be a month before the state hits a peak, according to models. “Compared to the forecast that I shared with you on April 23, which predicted peaking between late April and early May, that time frame of plateauing near a peak has been expanded from mid-May into mid-June,” Pritzker said. “In many…

Cook County Jail runs out of electronic monitoring equipment

By The Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — The effort to reduce the population at Cook County Jail to slow the spread of the coronavirus hit another snag when the sheriff announced that he has run out of electronic monitoring bracelets that defendants wear when they're placed on home confinement.  The sheriff's department said Thursday that the lack of the bracelets will mean that defendants who might otherwise have been sent home will have to remain in jail, where hundreds of detainees and…

J.B. Pritzker: Prolonged pandemic restrictions not about federal bailouts

By Jim Hagerty Reporter CHICAGO - Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker reiterated Wednesday that his gradual, five-phase plan to re-open the economy is driven by science and data, and chose not to discuss political boons that could potentially stem from the COVID-19 crisis. When asked about what he would say to those who believe Democratic governors are trying to keep their states closed for as long as possible to make a better case for federal bailouts, Pritzker said he could only speak for himself…

COVID-19: Illinois numbers steady, Cook County reports 81 deaths

By Jim Hagerty Reporter CHICAGO - State officials reported 136 COVID-19-related deaths Wednesday, 81 of which occurred in Cook County. The deaths also included two Winnebago County residents in their 70s. Labs processed 14,974 tests in last 24 hours, resulting in 2,270 new cases or coronavirus disease and a statewide total of 68,232--a number the includes those who've already recovered. It also includes presumptive positives. There were 4,832 people with confirmed cases of…

Illinois could see some regions re-open before June 1

By Jim Hagerty Reporter CHICAGO - Although Illinois is expected to be under a modified stay-at-home executive order through the end of the month, some areas of the state could open sooner. Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Friday regions "heading down the other side"of the COVID-19 curve could start opening up according to the plan presented by the White House last month. "If it's 14 days on a downslide of those numbers, then absolutely," Pritzker said during his daily press briefing as hundreds…

Adam Kinzinger calls on Pritzker re-open state by region

Staff Report WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger (Illinois-16), along with four other Illinois Republicans, has sent a letter to Gov. J.B. Pritzker, urging a him to consider a regional, phased re-opening of the economy. The letter, also written by Rodney Davis (13), John Shimkus (15), Darin LaHood (18), and Mike Bost (12), claims the coronavirus pandemic has impacted different parts of the state in different ways and that any re-opening plan must reflect those differences. The…

Illinois governor: Winnebago County a COVID-19 hotspot

By Jim Hagerty Reporter CHICAGO - Winnebago County is considered a COVID-19 hotspot, Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced Thursday. "Rockford is a hotspot in the state," Pritzker said. "Winnebago County has quite a number of infections." As of this report, 426 people in Winnebago County have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the coronavirus outbreak was deemed a pandemic last month. The county has seen 14 fatalities. As in other counties, almost all COVID-related fatalities locally have involved at…

Illinois COVID-19 deaths steadying, cases climbs with increased testing

By Jim Hagerty Reporter CHICAGO - There were 92 COVID-19-related deaths in Illinois Tuesday, 63 of which occurred in Cook County. To date, 2,215 people in 96 Illinois counties have died from complications of the coronavirus disease. Officials have confirmed 50,355 cases of COVID-19 across the state as of Wednesday. That number includes people who tested positive for coronavirus, were presumed infected based on symptoms and those who have recovered. There were 14,478 COVID-19 tests…

Cabello files complaint against Gov. J.B. Pritzker; opponent responds

By Jim Hagerty Report ROCKFORD - State Rep. John Cabello, R-Machesney Park, on Wednesday, officially filed a lawsuit against Gov. J.B. Pritzker, challenging the governor's stay-at-home edict meant to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Announced Tuesday, the complaint claims the governor overstepped his authority to force businesses to close, essentially shutting down the state as health officials contend with coronavirus outbreaks. Cabello contends it should be up to businesses whether to…

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…

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…

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…