Ban on Evictions to Remain in Place After Bill to Waive Rent, Mortgage Payments Fails

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Tuesday he would extend the ban on evictions in Illinois past Friday, when the latest version of his stay-at-home order is scheduled to expire.

‘We Seem To Have Come Off The Peak’: Pritzker

New statewide totals: 113,195 cases, 4,923 deaths

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A bar graph from the Illinois Department of Public Health shows the daily number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state.

Illinois appears to have passed the peak of the coronavirus pandemic, with the rate of confirmed cases of the coronavirus dropping significantly, Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Tuesday.

Southeast Side Coalition Unveils ‘Good Neighbor’ Blueprint for Developers

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A rendering of failed development plan for the South Works site. Neighbors want a say in what comes next. (Courtesy of Barcelona Housing Systems)

Southeast Side residents have created guidelines for the types of development they want to see in their neighborhoods, outlining their priorities in a blueprint for developers. 

Chicago to Spend $56M, Hire 600 People to Track COVID-19 Infections

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Contact tracing is “one of the most important weapons that we have in this fight” against the coronavirus, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Tuesday.

Fishermen Cast Away from Chicago’s Lakefront Find New Spots During COVID-19

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Fishermen Wayne Hankins (right) and Stephen Williams (left) fish off a bridge in Jackson Park on Chicago’s South Side on May 23. (Evan Garcia / WTTW News)

Chicago fishermen are adjusting to COVID-19 regulations keeping them off Chicago's lakefront, a popular fishing spot.

49 Shot, 10 Killed in ‘Alarming’ Memorial Day Weekend Violence

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(WTTW News)

Chicago saw its most violent Memorial Day weekend in five years, despite a stay-at-home order meant to keep people inside during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Worker Shortage Concerns Loom in Immigrant-Heavy Meatpacking

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In this photo provided by Cristobal Francisquez, his parents Paulina and Marcos Francisco pose for a photo in front of their house in Sioux City, Iowa, Monday, May 25, 2020. They bought the home after years of working in a meatpacking plant and other food processing jobs. (Cristobal Francisquez via AP)

There are roughly 175,000 immigrants in U.S. meatpacking jobs. The industry has historically relied on foreign-born workers, but now that reliance and uncertainty about a virus that's killed at least 20 workers and temporarily shuttered several plants fuels concerns about possible labor shortages to meet demand for beef, pork and chicken.

A Virtual Tour of the National Veterans Art Museum

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Chicago is home to an armory of art created by members of our armed forces. With Memorial Day in mind, we visited a museum with a mission.

Health Inequality Plus Coronavirus Creates Perfect Storm in Chicago’s Black Community

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The Rev. Marshall Hatch joins “Chicago Tonight” via Zoom for a conversation on Monday, April 13, 2020. (WTTW News)

Black Chicagoans are almost six times more likely to die from the new coronavirus than white residents, according to state and city health officials. We talk about the city’s ongoing health disparities with the Rev. Marshall Hatch of New Mount Pilgrim Church.

How Chicago-Area VA Hospitals Have Pivoted to Treat COVID-19

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The Jesse Brown VA Medical Center in Chicago. (WTTW News)

Memorial Day is traditionally a time to honor dead members of the armed forces. But this year, the COVID-19 pandemic has emerged as a new war for many veterans.

US Communities Face Tough Choices on Opening Public Pools

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In this photo taken Friday, May 15, 2020, the public pool in Mission, Kan. is lifeless as plans remain in place to keep the pool closed for the summer to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. (AP Photo / Charlie Riedel)

Public pools will look very different this summer if they open at all with the coronavirus threat still looming.

Deaths Linked to COVID-19 Drop to 7-Week Low, IDPH Data Shows

New statewide totals: 112,017 cases, 4,884 deaths

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(Bert Kaufmann / Wikimedia)

On Monday, Illinois recorded its fewest number of deaths linked to the coronavirus since early April, according to data from the Illinois Department of Public Health. Statewide, 4,884 people have died across 100 counties.

US Faces Memorial Day Like No Other Under Virus Restrictions

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U.S. Army veteran Joseph Lesniak of Colver, Pa., salutes during the playing of Taps at a Memorial Day ceremony at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Park, in Ebensburg, Pa., Monday, May 25. 2020. (John Rucosky / The Tribune-Democrat via AP)

Americans marked a Memorial Day like no other Monday as the coronavirus pandemic upended traditional commemorations. In Chicago, a neighborhood group that’s been holding a parade for more than a half century moved its event online.

US Muslims Try to Balance Eid Rituals With Virus Concerns

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Saba Mahjabeen, right, and Gizman Mawi, center, waive as Sophia Baig looks on during a drive through Eid al-Fitr celebration outside a closed mosque in Plano, Texas, Sunday, May 24, 2020. (AP Photo / LM Otero)

Eid al-Fitr — the feast of breaking the fast — marks the end of Ramadan, when Muslims abstain from food and drink from sunrise to sunset. Just like they did during Ramadan, many are resorting to at-home worship.

After a Year in Office, Lightfoot Finally Gets a Win in Springfield With Casino Bill

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Mayor Lori Lightfoot speaks with WTTW News on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020 after lobbying lawmakers in Springfield to approve a bill that would ease some of the taxes and fees for a Chicago casino.

Before this week’s whirlwind four-day emergency session of the General Assembly, Mayor Lori Lightfoot rolled snake eyes twice in her bid to shape the rules for a Chicago casino. What her victory means for the city.

Coronavirus Linked to 67 More Deaths as Pritzker Releases Reopening Guidelines

New statewide totals: 110,304 cases, 4,790 deaths

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Pedestrians wear masks as they walk along the sidewalk in the Humboldt Park neighborhood on Thursday, May 7, 2020. (WTTW News)

With restrictions set to be lifted in all four regions of the state on Friday, another 2,508 people tested positive for the respiratory virus, officials announced Sunday, and nearly 70 died.

4 Days in Springfield: Masked Legislators Address Pandemic, Budget

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Illinois Speaker of the House Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, listens to debate of SB 671, a bill extending emergency rules on telehealth provisions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, during an extended session of the Illinois House of Representatives at the Bank of Springfield Center, May 23, 2020, in Springfield. (POOL PHOTO / Justin L. Fowler / The State Journal-Register)

A condensed special session that began on Wednesday centered on passing a budget and responding to the pandemic. Democrats and Republicans have different interpretations of how ably those goals were achieved.

Pritzker ‘Disappointed’ that Lawmakers Failed to Pass New Rule to Punish Businesses Ignoring COVID-19 Order

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A small business in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on April 7, 2020. (WTTW News)

Bars, restaurants and other businesses that welcome customers in defiance of Illinois’ stay-at-home order will not immediately face punishment after the General Assembly declined to heed Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s call to take action.

Residents Question Hilco’s Commitment to Neighborhood Ahead of Demolition

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The partly demolished site of the former Crawford Power Generating Station, which was active from 1925 to 2012. (WTTW News)

During a 90-minute town hall Saturday, Chicago residents questioned officials about plans to demolish what’s left of the Crawford Coal Plant and Hilco Global’s commitment to the neighborhood.

White House Goal on Testing Nursing Homes Unmet

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In this March 6, 2020, photo, Guilherme Gomes sanitizes a handrail at the South Shore Rehabilitation and Skilled Care Center, in Rockland, Mass. Staff at the 96-bed nursing home held an informational meeting for residents and have been stockpiling supplies, stepping up their daily disinfection routine and screening visitors for potential illness in recent days. (AP Photo / David Goldman)

Nearly two weeks ago the White House urged governors to ensure that every nursing home resident and staff member be tested for the coronavirus within 14 days. It’s not going to happen.

Illinois’ Pandemic-Era Budget Looks to Feds for More Help

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(Adam Jones / Flickr)

Illinois has had its share of financial troubles in the past, but a pandemic has complicated the budgeting process this year — and the state’s answer is to rely on borrowing up to $5 billion from the federal government.

Chicago Hits the Jackpot in Special Legislative Session

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Illinois casinos may be closed due to the coronavirus, but Chicago hit the jackpot as both chambers of the General Assembly narrowly gave approval to redo the tax structure for the planned Chicago casino.

Lawmakers Toast ‘Aye’ For Cocktails To Go

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(Photo by Lightscape / Unsplash)

Thirsty Illinoisans who wish they could get premade cocktails for takeout can get their martini (or quarantini) glasses ready.

Holiday Amid Pandemic: Americans Divided on How to Respond

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New York City Parks officials work at an empty Orchard Beach Saturday, May 23, 2020, in the Bronx borough of New York. (AP Photo / Frank Franklin II)

President Donald Trump played golf at one of his courses Saturday during the Memorial Day weekend as he urged U.S. states to reopen after coronavirus-related lockdowns. Yet many Americans remained cautious.

More than 720K COVID-19 Tests Completed as Illinois Inches Toward Next Phase

New statewide totals: 107,796 cases, 4,790 deaths

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The drive-thru testing facility at 6959 Forest Preserve Drive in Chicago. (WTTW News)

Illinois remains on track to enter the next phase of Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s reopening plan, according to Illinois Department of Public Health data, which shows 722,247 coronavirus tests have been conducted to date.

NBA Says It Is Talking with Disney About Resuming Season

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In this Oct. 23, 2019, file photo, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks during a news conference at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City.  (AP Photo / Rick Bowmer, File)

The NBA is in talks with The Walt Disney Company on a single-site scenario for a resumption of play in Central Florida in late July, the clearest sign yet that the league believes the season can continue amid the coronavirus pandemic.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump Trashing Virus Science He Doesn’t Like

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This Monday, April 6, 2020 file photo shows an arrangement of hydroxychloroquine pills in Las Vegas. (AP Photo / John Locher, File)

When President Donald Trump doesn’t like the message, he shoots the messenger. A look at recent rhetoric and reality as the pandemic’s death toll approached 100,000 in the U.S.

Rolling the Dice on a Chicago Casino; Will Extra Special Session Bring the Mayor Luck?

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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has an extra day to make a play for tax changes that would allow a city-owned casino to finally get underway as Illinois legislators extend their special session into a fourth day. 

The Week in Review: Illinois Set to Reopen Late May, Chicago Eyes Early June

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(WTTW News)

Gov. J.B. Pritzker greenlights a partial reopening of the state next week. Mayor Lori Lightfoot says Chicago won’t reopen until early June. State lawmakers battle over masks, reopening and the budget.

Memorial Day Tempts Americans Outdoors, Raising Virus Fears

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Beachgoers relax on the shore at Good Harbor Beach in Gloucester, Mass., Friday, May 22, 2020. Beaches in Gloucester reopened with restrictions on Friday after being closed two months ago due to the pandemic. (AP Photo / Charles Krupa)

Medical experts warn that the virus won’t take a holiday for the unofficial start of summer. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that people stay home, avoid crowds and connect with family and friends by phone or video chat.

Street Sweeping Tickets Mistakenly Issued During Stay-at-Home Order

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(Arvell Dorsey Jr. / Flickr)

Residents aren’t supposed to be ticketed for cars parked along street sweeping routes during Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s stay-at-home order, but some have. Those tickets were issued in error, according to the Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation. 

Effort To Expand Vote-By-Mail Amid Pandemic Heads to Governor’s Desk

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(WTTW News)

A measure designed to considerably expand the number of Illinois voters who cast their ballot in the 2020 presidential election by mail cleared the state Senate Friday and is headed to Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s desk.

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