Coronavirus In Illinois: What You Need To Know On May 19

(WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Here are latest developments in the coronavirus outbreak in Illinois on Monday, May 19, 2020: 

  • Gov. JB Pritzker on Monday defended his decision to potentially charge defiant businesses with a misdemeanor offense if they reopen too soon, saying it’s a more lenient approach than yanking a regulatory license and closing them down outright. Pritzker said his administration has given local law enforcement and prosecutors the discretion to issue citations to businesses that insist on disobeying the Governor’s stay-at-home order. The power is granted through the existing state public health law, he said. The emergency rule was filed Friday, but is subject to review by a legislative panel. MORE DETAILS HERE.
  • NEW NUMBERS: The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 2,294 new cases and 59 deaths. That takes the state's overall known total to 96,485 cases, including 4,234 deaths. READ MORE HERE.
  • Chicago police announced Monday six more cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number in the department to 520. Of the confirmed cases, 495 are officers and 25 are civilian employees. MORE DETAILS HERE.
  • Another employee at the Cook County Circuit Court clerk’s office has tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the overall total to 25. The latest employee to test positive was assigned to the accounting department, located in the Daley Center, 50 W. Washington St., Room 1005, and last reported for work on May 14th, according to a statement from the Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County. DETAILS HERE.
  • Law firms collectively announced Monday the filing of an additional lawsuit on behalf of a Chicago retail business that is suffering a devastating financial loss in the COVID-19 crisis. A suit was filed May 6, 2020 in Cook County, Illinois. The plaintiff is the owner of UpMerch, a retail business in Chicago’s River North neighborhood that provides custom apparel to companies, teams, and event planners. The defendant is Continental Casualty Company (CNA Insurance), to which the business owner made contractual premium payments, expecting compensation during their time of need, according to the policy written by the insurance company. READ MORE HERE.
  • Chicago's fiscal experts know the city's budget hole due to COVID19 is massive. The question is, when does the city began to try to close the gap? Mayor Lori Lightfoot has repeatedly refused to project the size of Chicago’s budget shortfall, but under questioning at Monday’s Finance Committee meeting, Chief Financial Officer Jennie Huang Bennett did just that. Chicago's budget hole is well beyond $500 million. MORE DETAILS HERE.
  • American Airlines is donating over 8,000 pounds of food to to benefit Chicago restaurant workers whose jobs have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The donation is in partnership with the LEE Initiative Restaurant Workers Relief Program and The Fifty/50 Restaurant Group and is the airline’s second local contribution to the LEE Initiative, with a total of 13,500 pounds of food donated to the Chicago community kitchen in the last two months. DETAILS HERE.

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