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Coronavirus in Illinois updates: Here’s what’s happening Thursday with COVID-19 in the Chicago area

Thursday, August 06, 2020
Chicago Tribune

Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker warned Wednesday that the state faces “extraordinarily painful” budget cuts if the federal government fails to provide states with relief funding to make up for tax revenue shortfalls caused by efforts to deal with the coronavirus pandemic.

Illinois’ budget for the year that began July 1 is heavily dependent upon federal aid, but federal relief to state and local governments has been caught in a political stalemate in Washington among House Democrats, Senate Republicans and the White House amid negotiations that also include the extension of special unemployment benefits that ended in July.

Meanwhile, Illinois health officials Wednesday reported 1,759 new known cases and 30 additional fatalities. The total number of known infections in Illinois now stands at 186,471 and the statewide confirmed death toll is 7,573.

In Chicago, students, parents and teachers are preparing for an all-remote start to the fall school year, after CPS backtracked on a hybrid reopening plan that would have included in-classroom instruction.

Here’s what’s happening Thursday with COVID-19 in the Chicago area and Illinois:

7:20 a.m.: City Colleges unions to announce opposition to in-person classes

Unions representing teachers and other workers at the City Colleges of Chicago was scheduled to hold an online news conference Thursday to “announce (members') willingness to strike for safety,” according to a news release.

The Cook County College Teachers Union as well as other unions representing City Colleges workers were scheduled to hold a news conference at 11 a.m. Thursday to call on the college system’s leadership to pause reopening “until a safe plan is in place,” according to the release.

The unions say that the City Colleges last week “demanded that student service employees such as college advisors and clerical staff return to buildings,” even though the unions say the workers “have been performing their jobs exceptionally well from home,” according to the release.

Check back for updates. — Chicago Tribune staff

 

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