Tina Sfondeles, Chicago Sun-Times

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Third consecutive day of fewer than 100 COVID-19 deaths, as hospital metrics improve

There have been 4,234 coronavirus deaths since the pandemic began, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health. The state also reported 2,294 cases, bringing the total positive count to 96,485. → Read More

Coronavirus now in 100 Illinois counties as state tops 4K deaths, 90K cases

With 130 deaths reported on Friday, the state has lost 1,727 people so far in May and 4,058 overall. → Read More

138 more Illinois COVID-19 deaths; Chicago region hits benchmark for next reopening phase — for now

In total, 3,928 people have died from the coronavirus. Officials on Thursday said there were 3,239 new cases among 22,678 test results. In total, there have been 87,937 positive cases in 98 of Illinois’ 102 counties. → Read More

Fears and frustration as Illinois sees deadliest COVID-19 day yet: ‘This is a real disease. This is a serious disease. It’s not a hoax’

"One-hundred-ninety-two Illinoisans have lost their lives to this virus in the past 24 hours. 192. How is that not real to you?" Pritzker asked elected officials — and business owners — objecting to his stay-at-home order extension. → Read More

Legislators back to Springfield next week — with faces covered, COVID-19 tests taken and temperatures checked

The surprise call comes just a day after Gov. J.B. Pritzker said he wants legislators back to both approve a budget and try to work on a state plan to help businesses and unemployed people. → Read More

From meh to ‘must?’ With budget deadline looming, Pritkzer now says General Assembly needs to get back to work

But House Speaker Mike Madigan, dubbed "the Velvet Hammer" for his tight control over his chamber, didn’t sound in any great hurry to call his members into session. Spokesman Steve Brown said Pritzker’s "thoughts and his ideas are always welcome and appreciated at this point." → Read More

144 more die in Illinois from COVID-19 as fatalities top 3,600 and state hits record for new cases

Tuesday marked a record-high number of new cases — 4,014 — although Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s office said that positive count came from 29,266 tests results. That’s the most the state has ever received back in a day and could include some results from the weekend. → Read More

54 more die in Illinois of COVID-19 — and one new projection shows peak could hit 300 a day

In total, 3,460 people have died of coronavirus in Illinois. The state also reported 1,266 new cases, bringing the total of positive cases to 79,007. The state received 12,441 tests results. → Read More

Pritzker and staff ordered to stay home after senior staffer tests positive for COVID-19

Gov. J.B. Pritzker himself has tested negative for the coronavirus, according to the governor’s office → Read More

In emotional Mother’s Day message, health chief says more than 1,000 Illinois moms lost to COVID-19

Dr. Ngozi Ezike, the head of the Illinois Department of Public Health, detailed in a Mother’s Day sermon that more than 1,000 mothers have died from COVID-19 in Illinois. → Read More

Pritzker says he’s ‘going it alone’ to ramp up COVID-19 testing, state won’t reopen without ‘standards’ met

Speaking on CNN’s "State of the Union" with Jake Tapper, the Democratic governor said states continue to "go it alone" to ramp up testing. → Read More

130 more Illinois coronavirus deaths as state hits new high for testing

More than 3,200 people have died of the coronavirus in Illinois. The state received 20,671 tests results back on Thursday, the largest number the state has ever received in a day. → Read More

Illinois tops 3K coronavirus deaths, 70K cases; peak could last ‘awhile,’ officials say

Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s administration on Thursday warned the state is in a death plateau that could last "awhile." A Pritzker spokeswoman did not provide further details on just how long that could last. → Read More

Lightfoot, Pritzker respond to surge of COVID-19 cases among Hispanics

Four weeks ago, Latinos comprised 14 percent of Chicago’s coronavirus cases and 9 percent of the deaths. Now, it’s 37 percent of the cases and 25 percent of the deaths — in a city where 29 percent of the population is Hispanic. → Read More

136 more die in Illinois as COVID-19 toll nears 3,000

The state’s positivity rate on Wednesday was 15%. In revealing his five-part plan to reopen Illinois, Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Tuesday said a region must be "at or under a 20% test positivity rate and increasing by no more than 10 percentage points over a 14-day period" in order to see more of the region reopened. → Read More

Bitter pill: Pritzker says without vaccine, treatment or immunity ‘option of returning to normalcy doesn’t exist’

Tempering that message even more, the governor released his "Restore Illinois" plan on the same day the state suffered its largest number of COVID-19 deaths in single day — 176 more Illinois residents lost to the coronavirus. → Read More

Pritzker announces plans for phased reopening as Illinois sees worst day with 176 COVID-19 deaths

The state has now confirmed 65,962 cases of the virus, while 13,139 test results received Monday raised the number of tests administered to more than 346,000 statewide. → Read More

46 more Illinois deaths reported as daily COVID-19 case count hits 2,341

The state received 13,834 tests results Sunday. Monday’s new case count of 2,341 brings the state tally to 63,840 positive cases. The state now has lost 2,664 people to COVID-19. → Read More

State sees record-high case count — 3,137 — as 105 more die of coronavirus

With the 105 newly reported deaths, 2,457 people have died from the coronavirus in Illinois. The new cases raised the state’s total to 56,055. The state received more than 14,000 test results on Thursday, bringing the tally of tests performed to more than 284,000, according to the Illinois Dept. of Public Health. → Read More

Town of Cicero wants state to move nursing home residents — or enforce regulations — at home with 10 COVID-19 deaths

The town filed an emergency motion in court Friday. → Read More