(WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Here are latest developments in the coronavirus outbreak in Illinois on Friday, May 22, 2020:
- Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Thursday doused hopes that bars and restaurants in her city can begin socially distanced, outdoor dining operations on May 29, the date that Gov. JB Pritzker says that option will be permissible. Instead, Lightfoot envisions Chicago not being ready until sometime in June so that the al fresco option is safe for restaurants of all sizes. She said it’s possible the city eventually may close down some streets to accommodate patio-style dining. MORE DETAILS HERE.
- NEW NUMBERS: The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 2,268 new cases and 87 deaths. That takes the state's overall known total to 102,686 cases, including 4,607 deaths. READ MORE HERE.
- Chicago police announced Thursday three more cases of COVID-19, bringing the number of cases in the department to 533. Of the cases, 506 are officers and 27 are civilian employees. MORE DETAILS HERE.
- A sixth CTA employee has died from the coronavirus, the agency announced Thursday. The employee was a bus driver who joined the CTA in 1997. DETAILS HERE.
- Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul joined 38 attorneys general Thursday to urge Congress to take action to ensure that all Americans have the home internet connectivity necessary to participate in telemedicine, teleschooling and telework as part of any additional legislation that provides relief and recovery resources related to addressing the COVID-19 pandemic. While Raoul and the attorneys general have lauded the independent efforts of various companies to increase internet access by waiving late fees or even providing free or discounted access to students and medical providers, such efforts often do not include lower income customers, such as people with pre-paid service. Further, current efforts may not represent a long-term solution to ensuring access to high-speed internet. READ MORE HERE.
- Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese of Chicago will broadcast Memorial Day Masses online on Monday. All in-person field Masses at nearly 40 Catholic cemeteries have been cancelled because of COVID-19. The Masses, which will be broadcasted online on Monday, May 25 at 8:30 a.m., will be recorded in three languages, English, Spanish and Polish by Bishop-elect Michael McGovern, Bishop Robert Casey and Bishop Andrew Wypych, respectively and will be available for viewing on the Catholic Cemeteries website. MORE DETAILS HERE.
- The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events announced Thursday the new Millennium Park at Home concert series. The concert series will feature music from many of the popular events that would have been performed at Millennium Park over the summer, but were cancelled due to COVID-19, including House Music, Gospel Music, and Blues Music. DETAILS HERE.
- A lawsuit challenging the validity of Illinois’ stay-at-home order to stem the spread of the coronavirus was transferred Thursday from state court to federal court. Attorney General Kwame Raoul’s office stated in its court filing it was moving the case from state court because it involves U.S. constitutional rights of free religion and due process. READ MORE HERE.
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