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Daywatch: Pritzker announces reopening rules for businesses, an exclusive look at Cook County Hospital
more than 1,000 attend drive-thru Eid celebration

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

By CHICAGO TRIBUNE STAFF

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker speaks during a coronavirus pandemic briefing at the Illinois State Capitol on May 20, 2020, in Springfield.(Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Gov. J.B. Pritzker announces reopening rules for businesses as Illinois is poised to move to next phase and loosen restrictions

With all four regions of the state as defined under Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s phased-in reopening plan slated to advance to the next stage Friday, the state rolled out detailed guidance Sunday for what precautions restaurants and bars need to have in place to be able to serve customers outdoors, how manufacturers and some offices can resume operations with restrictions and how barbers can offer those badly needed haircuts.

The industry-specific guidance the state released Sunday for the sectors of the state’s economy that will see loosened restrictions in the third phase of the governor’s plan provides a glimpse at a gradual return to normalcy after more than two months under a stay-at-home order meant to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

Illinois Senate Republican Leader Bill Brady, R-Bloomington, stands with Senate Republicans during a news conference on May 22, 2020, outside the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield, as they called for a longer session to deal with more issues.(Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register)

In historic pandemic-driven special session, Illinois lawmakers pass budget and clear path for Chicago casino

The Illinois legislature’s historic pandemic-driven special session ended in overtime early Sunday morning after lawmakers approved a maintenance-level $40 billion state budget that depends heavily on federal funds and made another effort to get a Chicago casino off the ground.

Rocio Acuna inspects a flooded area adjacent to her home on Hawthrone Lane in Des Plaines after a huge amount of rain fell over the course of a couple days on May 20, 2020.(Chris Sweda/Chicago Tribune)

More rain, more floods, more often. Why wet basements and swollen rivers are becoming the new spring reality for Illinois.

The record-setting spring rains that pummeled the Chicago region this May overwhelmed northern Illinois rivers, knocked out power to Willis Tower, filled Lake Michigan to the brim and forced thousands of residents to tackle soaked basements, muck-covered yards and damaged foundations.

The exterior of the former Cook County Hospital in Chicago on May 21, 2020. The hospital, originally completed in 1916, has been converted into a Hyatt House hotel and an extended-stay Hyatt House, food hall and a medical office.(Antonio Perez / Chicago Tribune)

An exclusive look — inside and out — at the reborn Cook County Hospital, which once faced the wrecking ball

The renovation and reinvention of the old Cook County Hospital is a triumph of historic preservation, one that should resonate far beyond the walls of the beloved Beaux-Arts landmark on Chicago’s Near West Side, writes Tribune architecture critic, Blair Kamin.

Bashar Kashlan waves at passing cars during drive-thru Eid al-Fitr celebrations on May 24, 2020, at the Mecca Center in Willowbrook.(Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

More than 1,000 attend drive-thru Eid celebration at suburban mosque. ‘Preserving human life comes before preserving the religion.’

More than a thousand local Muslims celebrated Eid al-Fitr — the holiday marking the end of the month of Ramadan fasting — at a drive-up gathering Sunday at the Mecca Center in southwest suburban Willowbrook.



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