More than 4,000 have died from COVID-19 in Illinois as Gov. J.B. Pritzker pushes the state’s estimated peak to mid-June. Chicago is on pace to move to the next phase at the end of the month despite the fact that Cook County has overtaken Queens County, New York as the nation’s top coronavirus hot spot.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot vows to keep lakefront and trails closed during the next phase but toys with reconfiguring streets to help restaurants provide sidewalk service. Lightfoot warns churches about opening prematurely after a push from former mayoral contender, Willie Wilson, to reopen African American churches despite federal judge’s ruling. Meanwhile, Pritzker praises Cardinal Cupich’s cautious plan to reopen Chicago’s Catholic churches.
Lawmakers head back to Springfield next week with COVID-19 protections in place to debate a massive budget deficit. Downstate Madison County defies the governor’s stay-at-home order as momentum builds to return to normal as neighboring Wisconsin reopens.
Meanwhile, 3 million more Americans file for unemployment benefits as massive layoffs continue. After a protest in front of her home, the Lightfoot postpones plans for another demolition at Little Village coal-fired power plant. And U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth will interview to be Joe Biden's vice-president.
Laura Washington, Chicago Sun-Times and ABC 7 Chicago | @MediaDervish
John Kass, Chicago Tribune | @John_Kass
Gregory Pratt, Chicago Tribune | @royalpratt
Steve Daniels, Crain's Chicago Business | @SteveDaniels27
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