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News Around Illinois – June 22, 2020

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Illinois Reports 658 Additional COVID-19 Cases, 23 Deaths

CHICAGO — Illinois is reporting 658 new cases of COVID-19 and 23 more deaths. The Illinois Department of Public Health released updated numbers Sunday, saying there have now been 136,762 cases since the start of the pandemic and 6,647 deaths in Illinois. However, the state’s rate of positive tests continues to drop. The preliminary seven-day statewide rate was 2%. The rate hit a high of 23% in late April. Public health officials announced more than 23,800 tests in the past 24 hours. Starting Monday, Chicago’s lakefront trail and other outdoor trails will reopen. Later in the week, Chicago restaurants are expected to allow limited indoor dining. – Associated Press

Group: Remove Statue of Illinois’ 3rd Governor, Slave Owner

EDWARDSVILLE — Residents of a southwestern Illinois community want a statue of the state’s third governor removed from a public plaza, arguing that he owned slaves and used his power to protect the practice. The (Edwardsville) Intelligencer reports nearly 500 people have joined a Facebook group supporting petitioning the city to tear down a Ninian Edwards statute and rename the plaza with his moniker. Edwards died in 1833 and is also the namesake of the community but residents aren’t pushing to change that. Lifelong Edwardsville resident, Kirk Schlueter, says he thinks it is one way to boost the civil rights movement happening nationwide. – Associated Press

Illinois Officials To Begin Treating For Gypsy Moth

SPRINGFIELD — State officials say they’ll begin treating northern parts of the state for gypsy moth later this month. The destructive moth eats more than 250 species of trees and shrubs. The insects are capable of stripping plants bare, which leave them more susceptible to other insects, disease and death. The Illinois Department of Agriculture plans to treat for the insect on Thursday and Friday in parts of JoDaviess, Kendall, Ogle and Will counties. Officials say their focus is to disrupt mating by using a pheromone product through an aerial application. State officials say it isn’t harmful to humans or animals. – Associated Press

Illinois Man Gets 30 Years In 2015 Slaying of Army Veteran

SPRINGFIELD — A central Illinois man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for the 2015 slaying of an Army veteran who prosecutors say was fatally shot during a dispute over a small amount of drugs. Larry Broomfield of Springfield was sentenced Friday after being convicted of first-degree murder in September by a Sangamon County jury in Louis Tuttle’s January 2015 killing. The State Journal-Register reports Broomfield was 16 when Tuttle, a former Lanphier High School football player who served in the U.S. Army, was slain. Broomfield was tried as an adult. A co-defendant of Broomfield’s is scheduled to stand trial in August. – Associated Press

World Trapshooting Meet’s Cancellation Angers Southern Ill.

CARBONDALE — The decision by Illinois officials to cancel a world sport-shooting championship in southern Illinois because of the coronavirus pandemic has lawmakers from the area upset. The (Carbondale) Southern Illinoisan reports that the 121st Grand American World Trapshooting Championships at a state-owned complex near Sparta, scheduled for Aug. 5-15, is canceled. The event generates about $30 million in sales tax revenue from visitors lodging and eating in the area. But the state public health director, Dr. Ngoze Ezike, and Illinois Department of Natural Resources Director Colleen Callahan concluded they could not prevent transmission of COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus. – Associated Press

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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