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News Around Illinois – April 24, 2020

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Pritzker Extends Stay-at-Home Order Amid COVID-19 Spread

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois governor has extended his stay-at-home order through May 30 as the highly contagious COVID-19 continues its rounds. Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s decree had been scheduled to expire April 30. Pritzker said Thursday that he understands how much everyone wants their normal lives back, but that this is the time to dig in. A peak in the state’s number of new coronavirus cases had initially been expected in late April, but Pritzker said this week that’s now likely to occur in May. Illinois has reported 36,934 virus cases and 1,689 deaths. – Associated Press Click here to what is essential/prohibited starting May 1.

Champaign County Reports 100th COVID-19 Case; More New Cases In Coles, Macon

CHAMPAIGN – Champaign County health officials confirmed two new cases of COVID-19 Thursday. That brings the total number of cases in the county to 100. About 16 of those cases are considered currently active. Reports from Champaign County officials indicate that about one-thousand people per day are being tested for the coronavirus.  Coles County reported 2 new COVID-19 cases Thursday for a total of 22. Macon County reported one new case. But health officials are keeping the county total at 96, because a previously confirmed case was determined to live in another county. – Jim Meadows, Illinois Newsroom

Southern Illinois Lawmaker Sues Governor For Stay-Home Order

LOUISVILLE — A southern Illinois state lawmaker is suing Gov. J.B. Pritzker for extending the state’s stay-at-home order in an effort to stem the spread of the coronavirus. Republican State Rep. Darren Bailey of Xenia claims in the lawsuit filed Thursday in Clay County Circuit Court that Pritzker has exceeded his authority and is violating the civil rights of the state’s residents. Pritzker on Thursday extended his stay-at-home order through May 30 as the highly contagious COVID-19 continued to infect hundreds in the state. Bailey says his constituents are ready to return to work and resume a normal life. – Associated Press

You’re Invited To Join Saturday Singalong

URBANA – People in the Champaign-Urbana community and beyond are invited to take part in the first C-U Singalong Saturday at 4:00 p.m. The event is being organized by several groups, including Chambana Moms, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, and music teachers in Champaign Unit 4 and Urbana 116 schools. “Sing,” will be sung at Saturday’s C-U Singalong.  – Brian Moline, Illinois Newsroom Click here for more information.

COVID-19 is a rapidly evolving story, and we are working hard to bring you the most up-to-date information. We recommend checking the Coronavirus Information Center for the most recent numbers and guidance.

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