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COVID-19 rollbacks hit Chicago and the collar counties. Tax hikes, borrowing and layoffs are in Mayor Lightfoot’s budget. A state supreme court race gets political. We recap Trump and Biden’s final faceoff.

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Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike speaks Friday, Oct. 23, 2020 during Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s COVID-19 press briefing. (WTTW News)

“The way we work, the way we live, the way we play have all changed,” said Dr. Ngozi Ezike, the state’s top doctor, “and the harsh reality is that the sacrifices we’ve made and that we continue to make do not have a future expiration date.”

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“We all want to return to our students. We don’t want to die doing our jobs, and we don’t want to be vectors for spreading illness or death to our students and their families,” CTU Vice President Stacey Davis Gates said.

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Located 14 miles from the Loop, the middle-class Ashburn community has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic and civil unrest this summer.

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Speaking on a day when Illinois reported nearly 5,000 new COVID-19 cases, Gov. J.B. Pritzker said the state will act to punish businesses and establishments that fail to abide by mandated coronavirus mitigation requirements.

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“There are points in time when scoop and toss is appropriate” and that is now the case since Chicago is facing a $1.2 billion budget gap, Chief Financial Officer Jennie Huang Bennett said.

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Mayor Lori Lightfoot announces new restrictions Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020 to curb the spread of the coronavirus. (WTTW News)

“We are taking these measures to avoid potential catastrophic impacts later,” Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Thursday announcing new restrictions in the wake of an increase coronavirus cases.

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PPE vending machines, like this one installed at a New York subway station, are coming to six CTA stations. (Metropolitan Transportation Authority / Facebook)

The vending machines will stock disposable face masks, hand sanitizer, sanitizing wipes and disposable gloves, ranging in price from $3.75 to $10.

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As officials scramble to cope with a significant increase in the number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus, Gov. J.B. Pritzker and Mayor Lori Lightfoot are at odds over the role that bars and restaurants are playing in fueling the spread.

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Towns and cities can’t access COVID-19 relief funding allocated to them by the federal government because the state is holding onto it instead, the Illinois Municipal League said Wednesday as it called on Pritzker’s administration to release the money.

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The mayor’s budget plan, the next coronavirus wave and the final presidential debate. Our politics team takes on those stories and more in this week’s roundtable. 

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Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike speaks Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020 at the state’s daily COVID-19 press briefing. (WTTW News)

State health officials on Wednesday reported 69 coronavirus-related deaths – the highest number in a single day since June, when Illinois was coming off its initial peak in COVID-19 infections.

Planning to visit a patient in the hospital? Check first.

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Like everything else in the era of COVID-19, visiting a friend or family member in the hospital has changed. Here’s what you can expect.

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Mayor Lori Lightfoot delivers her budget address on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. (WTTW News)

Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s plan to close a projected $1.2 billion budget gap in 2021 would hike sales and property taxes by $76.4 million, eliminate 1,921 city jobs and dip into the city’s rainy-day fund.

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Mayor Lori Lightfoot will face the biggest test of her time in office on Wednesday when she details her plan to fill the massive budget shortfall caused in part by the coronavirus pandemic.

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How to educate students during a pandemic is far from the only issue elected officials — and Illinois residents — have to grapple with. And it seems unlikely the federal government will agree to another stimulus package before the election.