With the state’s COVID-19 numbers headed in the wrong direction, Gov. J.B. Pritzker warns of a possible rollback of restrictions. “We’re at a danger point, everybody. Pay attention,” the governor said Thursday as the state saw more than 1,700 new cases of COVID-19 — the second-highest daily tally of new virus cases in more than two months. On Friday, that figure ratcheted up to 1,941.
Meanwhile, the Illinois High School Association pushes high school football, soccer and volleyball to the spring and Mayor Lori Lightfoot adds four more states to the mandatory quarantine for travelers and threatens fining quarantine breakers. The Chicago Teachers Union is keeping mum about a possible strike over health and safety if schools reopen in the fall with a rising number of coronavirus cases.
Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan refuses to step down after being named “Public Official A” in the ComEd bribery scandal as more Democrats call for his ouster as speaker and party chairman. Meanwhile, ComEd executives make an apology tour as policymakers weigh new ethics reforms. But Carrie Zalewski, the chair of the Illinois Commerce Commission, the agency that oversees utility rates, refuses to recuse herself despite her father-in-law being implicated in the utility scandal.
Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown marks his first 100 days on the job as summer homicides spike and one of his top deputy chiefs, who was just promoted, commits suicide in the controversial Homan Square facility.
And there’s bipartisan pushback after President Donald Trump muses on Twitter about delaying the November election — a date enshrined in federal law and which would require an act of Congress to change.
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