Coronavirus In Illinois: What You Need To Know On Monday, May 25

WBBM Newsradio Staff
May 25, 2020 - 9:00 am

    (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Here are the latest developments in the coronavirus outbreak in Illinois on Monday, May 25, 2020:

    • Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Sunday announced some changes to the state’s budget to address impacts from the coronavirus pandemic, including $3.8 billion that'll now go to hospitals, along with additional funds budgeted for schools, unemployment, rental assistance and small business grants. He said $500 million will go to rental and mortgage assistance, help with utilities and homelessness prevention; $600 million in grants or small businesses; $260 million will go to child-care providers; and more than $900 million will go to the Illinois Department of Public Health for COVID-19 testing programs and contact tracing over the next year. READ MORE.  
    • The Chicago-based social justice RainbowPUSH Coalition, founded by Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr., is calling for more tests, resources and support for faith communities from the federal government, instead of "hypocritical" assertions that congregations should worship together, said RainbowPUSH Coalition Vice President Todd Yeary on a Zoom press conference Saturday afternoon. MORE DETAILS HERE
    • Despite a fine and orders to shut it down, an Albany Park church continued to hold in-person services Sunday morning. There were temperature checks at the door, offers of masks and hand sanitizer and three-seat spacing between congregants at Elim Romanian Pentecostal Church at its 9 a.m. service. READ MORE HERE
    • Mayor Lightfoot and Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Arwady announced Friday that the city plans to move to Phase 3 of the "Protecting Chicago" framework in early June."Our reopening process will be like slowly turning a dimmer switch, and not flipping a light switch. Yet, while our health metrics don't allow us to transition into Phase 3 as we stand here today, given the trajectory over these past few weeks, I am pleased to announce that we are preparing for Chicago to take the first step in early June. LEARN MORE ABOUT OPENING EFFORTS.
    • NEW NUMBERS: The Illinois Department of Public Health announced 1,713 new cases of coronavirus in Illinois, including 31 additional deaths, bringing the total to 112,017 cases and 4,884 deaths. MORE HERE

    This is a rapidly evolving situation. Stay tuned to WBBM Newsradio where we will remain live, local, and committed to bringing you the latest information during this outbreak. >>LISTEN LIVE!