Suffredin- Changing County Government  
 

Accountability
Forest Preserves
Public Safety
Cook County Budget
Forest Pres. Budget
Property Tax Appeal
Health & Hospitals
Land Bank Authority
Policy Resolutions
Unsung Heroine

 

   
 
   
   
 
   
     
  Office phone numbers:  
   
 
 

The Cook County Code of Ordinances are the current laws of Cook County.

   
 

Search current and proposed Cook County Legislation in Larry's exclusive legislative library.

   
  The Cook County Law Library is the second largest County law library in the nation.
   
     
     
     



Pritzker: Illinois to Receive 100K COVID-19 Vaccine Doses Daily by Mid-March

Wednesday, February 24, 2021
WTTW News
by Kristen Thometz

In just a few weeks, Illinois will begin receiving 100,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses per day, Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced Wednesday morning.

“Based on the public commitment from the White House and vaccine manufacturers, as of today Illinois expects to receive on average 100,000 doses (of vaccine) per day by mid-March, meaning we’re getting closer and closer to widespread availability that we all want,” Pritzker said at coronavirus vaccination site in Peoria.

The state is currently receiving an average of 60,000 doses per day, according to the governor, who said vaccine supplies will steadily increase in the coming weeks.

While supplies will be increasing, Pritzker said he couldn’t predict when the state would enter the next phase of its vaccine rollout, called 1C, which could include other essential workers but is still being developed by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.

Illinois is currently in phase 1B of vaccinations, which includes front-line essential workers and people over age 65.

Starting Thursday, the state will begin vaccinating people ages 16 and older who have certain underlying health conditions and complicating factors but are not otherwise eligible for the vaccine.

But not all health departments will join in that effort. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said they would not to follow the plan laid out by the governor because it would add additional stress to a system that has left many people scrambling to find an available appointment.

Pritzker urged health departments to continue working toward his plan by “not only increasing the pace of vaccinations but doing outreach and education” to reach those who may face technology or transportation issues, or who have been misinformed about the vaccines.

On Wednesday, state health officials reported that more than 2.3 million vaccine doses have been administered to residents, including 291,273 in long-term care facilities. According to Illinois Department of Public Health data, approximately 4.8% of the state’s population has been fully vaccinated.

Health officials reported 2,022 new confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases and 44 deaths on Wednesday, bringing statewide totals to 1,179,342 cases and 20,374 deaths. As of Tuesday night, 1,511 people were hospitalized with COVID-19, and of those, 338 were in intensive care units and 172 were on ventilators, according to IDPH.

The seven-day statewide positivity rate for cases as a percentage of total tests is 2.6%.

Test positivity across the state — the number of positive tests as a percentage of total tests — is 2.8%. That rate is higher in suburban Cook County (3.9%) and Chicago (3.1%), IDPH regional data shows.

“Things are getting better. This pandemic will end, but in the meantime, we have to mask up, help each other out and we’ll get through this together,” Pritzker said.

With more people getting vaccinated and the promise of increased federal supplies, Pritzker was asked Wednesday when the state would move into phase 5 of the its reopening plan. Illinois is currently in phase 4, which limits gatherings to 50 people and caps restaurant and bar capacity to 50 people or 50% room capacity, whichever is less.

“I’ve said from early on that what we need an effective vaccine that we can widely distribute … or a very effective treatment that we could widely distribute, and we’re getting there. We’re about 1 in 7 Illinoisans with first doses in their arms. We need to get closer to herd immunity for everybody to feel that we’re beyond phase 4 and for us to reopen everything entirely,” he said. “I think we’d all like to rip off our masks that we’re all wearing every day, and we’ll get there but we need to get vaccines into people’s arms.”

Contact Kristen Thometz: @kristenthometz | (773) 509-5452 | kthometz@wttw.com



Recent Headlines

How the pandemic produced a surprising silver lining in the fight against homelessness
Monday, April 19, 2021
Chicago Tribune

Coronavirus live blog, April 18, 2021: More than 8 million COVID-19 vaccine shots have now gone into arms of Illinoisans
Sunday, April 18, 2021
Chicago Sun-Times

Cook, collar counties receive high, improving marks in latest state health rankings
Saturday, April 17, 2021
Daily Herald

Morton Grove's Muslim Community Center hosts Cook County COVID vaccination clinic; nearly 2K receive first dose during Ramadan
Saturday, April 17, 2021
WLS ABC 7 Eyewitness News

High-ranking Cook County sheriff’s official resigns amid sexual harassment investigation
Saturday, April 17, 2021
Chicago Sun-Times

High-ranking Cook County sheriff’s executive resigns following allegations of workplace harassment
Saturday, April 17, 2021
Chicago Tribune

Cook County prosecutor blamed for errant in-court description of Adam Toledo shooting is placed on leave
Saturday, April 17, 2021
Chicago Tribune

Positivity rate falls again with 3,194 latest Illinois COVID-19 cases
Saturday, April 17, 2021
Chicago Sun-Times

Water district board member facing ethics violation at Cook County job
Friday, April 16, 2021
Daily Herald

Will COVID-19 Rates in Suburban Cook County Trigger Additional Restrictions?
Thursday, April 15, 2021
WTTW News

Cook County chief judge’s office to examine solitary confinement practices at juvenile jail following recommendation to ban its practice
Thursday, April 15, 2021
Chicago Tribune

Rising Number of COVID-19 Cases Illustrates Ongoing Need for Contact Tracers
Thursday, April 15, 2021
WTTW News

Preckwinkle moves to tighten grip on Land Bank Authority amid search for new director
Thursday, April 15, 2021
The Daily Line

COVID-19 in Illinois by the numbers: Here’s a daily update on cases, positivity rate and hospital data in your area
Thursday, April 15, 2021
Chicago Tribune

Cook County chief judge’s office to examine solitary confinement practices at juvenile jail following recommendation to ban its practice
Thursday, April 15, 2021
Chicago Tribune

Pause on Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine won’t affect United Center appointments, city’s top doc says
Thursday, April 15, 2021
Chicago Sun-Times

Column: Cook County touts safety measures as courthouses prepare to resume jury trials
Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Daily Southtown

Mass Vaccination Site to Open in Cook County.
Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Chicago Defender

Chief Judge Evans establishes blue ribbon committee of experts to advise on best practices for juvenile detention
Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Special to suffredin.org

Stimulus checks prove inaccessible for people experiencing homelessness
Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Daily Northwestern

all news items

Paid for by Larry Suffredin and not at taxpayer expense. A Haymarket Production.
^ TOP