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Public health officials have been urging Americans to reconsider their travel plans this holiday week amid a resurgence of COVID-19 infections. (WTTW News via CNN)

As Americans kick off a holiday season under the cloud of the coronavirus pandemic, Illinois health officials reported more than 12,000 new and probable cases of the virus across the state, and 131 additional deaths.

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COVID-19 in Illinois: 11,378 New Cases, 155 Additional Deaths

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker speaks during his daily press briefing on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020. (WTTW News)

“Adding debt is not a long-term solution to structural imbalance,” Gov. J.B. Pritzker said. “Short-term borrowing is a short-term Band-Aid to address the urgency of a short-term problem like one caused by a pandemic.” 

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Since January, more than 656,000 cases of the coronavirus have been reported in Illinois and 11,506 people have died as a result of the virus, according to state health officials.

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COVID-19 in Illinois: 13,012 new cases, 126 additional deaths

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State officials have nearly completed an effort to send $300 million in housing assistance grants to Illinois residents struggling to make ends meet. The program is the largest in the nation, officials said.

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COVID-19 in Illinois: 14,612 New Cases, 168 Additional Deaths

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker gives his daily COVID-19 press briefing on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020. (WTTW News)

“My No. 1 consideration is not whether someone’s going to get angry at me,” Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Thursday. “It’s whether I can save a life or save the lives of people who are potentially going to get sick."

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker gives his daily COVID-19 press briefing on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020. (WTTW News)

“COVID-19 is now the third leading cause of death in Illinois, behind heart disease and cancer,” Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Wednesday as state health officials reported 8,922 new COVID-19 cases and 140 virus-related deaths.

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COVID-19 in Illinois: 15,415 new cases, 27 additional deaths

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Illinois on Friday set a new record for the most COVID-19 cases reported in a 24-hour period, as Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced the state’s ban on evictions caused by the pandemic would be extended until Dec. 16.

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker gives his daily COVID-19 press briefing on Nov. 12, 2020 (WTTW News)

Barring a dramatic turnaround in the spiking numbers of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths in Illinois, the state may soon be looking at another version of a stay-at-home order, Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Thursday.

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker enters isolation after possible exposure to virus

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As Illinois saw more than 10,000 new COVID-19 cases Friday, state health officials released new data showing there have been 10 school-based coronavirus outbreaks, while hundreds of schools have faced potential exposures.

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker speaks to the media during his daily press briefing on COVID-19 on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020. (WTTW News)

The Illinois Department of Public Health on Thursday reported 9,935 new cases of COVID-19, a single-day record, and 97 deaths. In Illinois, 10,030 have now died as a result of the virus.

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Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike speaks Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020 about the state of the coronavirus in Illinois. (WTTW News)

“This amount of disease in our community, it’s hard to think you could go anywhere and not be exposed,” said Dr. Ngozi Ezike, the state’s top doctor.

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker speaks to the media during his daily press briefing on COVID-19 on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. (WTTW News)

“Local officials who are not doing the right thing are going to be the ones responsible for our rates of infection going through the roof,” Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Tuesday.

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If you plan to vote in person on Election Day, state health officials have some requests. “Don’t forget to wear a mask and keep your distance,” Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Monday.

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By the end of the week, Chicago and the surrounding suburbs will be operating under tightened rules designed to stop the spread of the coronavirus, including a suspension of indoor services at bars and restaurants.

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New restrictions for Chicago begin Friday. “For a time in late summer, Chicago seemed to have this more under control than other regions in Illinois, but that’s no longer the case,” Gov. J.B. Pritzker said.

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Starting Wednesday, indoor service at bars and restaurants will be suspended in suburban Cook County and the Metro East region of the state due to rising coronavirus positivity rates.