The ban on evictions in Illinois has been extended until late September as public health experts warn the state is among the areas of the country facing a “perfect storm” of risk factors for transmitting the highly contagious disease this fall.
The ban had been set to expire Saturday, but Gov. J.B. Pritzker issued an executive order over the weekend extending the moratorium to Sept. 22. It prohibits landlords from filing eviction cases.
The action came after public demonstrations and calls from public officials like Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart, whose office is responsible for evicting tenants. In a letter to Pritzker last week, he urged the ban be extended until all city and county rent relief grants are dispersed.
Earlier this summer, lawyers for the governor argued that the ban was proper because it was designed to stop the coronavirus from spreading among newly evicted residents, who would have a hard time finding a new home.
On Sunday, Illinois public health officials reported 1,893 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 and six additional deaths. That brings the state’s total to 220,178 cases and 7,880 fatalities.
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Here’s what’s happening Monday with COVID-19 in the Chicago area and Illinois:
6:30 a.m.: Illinois Republicans sense momentum against Democrats but uncertain how to deliver their message
In the age of COVID-19 and a variety of fits and starts, the Republican National Convention that kicks off Monday will be held largely in a virtual digital setting just as the recently completed Democratic convention.
Unlike the Democratic convention, where states’ delegates were told to stay home as former Vice President Joe Biden was nominated for president, Republicans are allowing 336 delegates to actually go to the host city, representing the 50 states, plus territories.
Illinois GOP State Chairman Tim Schneider and Richard Porter, the state’s Republican National Committeeman, will attend. Demetra Demonte, the state’s Republican National Committeewoman, had planned to go but opted out for family health reasons.
That leaves the rest of the 67-member delegation, all pledged to President Donald Trump’s renomination based on the state’s March 17 primary results, in a bit of quandary. Unlike the state’s Democrats, who met virtually for a rally session before each night’s prime-time festivities, the state GOP delegation’s schedule has become a work in progress.
“I have no idea what to expect,” said Illinois Senate Republican leader Bill Brady of Bloomington, an at-large delegate. “I’ll be getting together with some colleagues to watch the convention and we’ll talk and see. But I just have no idea what to expect out of this, given the framework.”
Other delegates said they are attempting to organize convention “watch parties” and Porter, en route to Charlotte, said “you can put together Zoom meetings in 15 minutes, so I do think at the end of the day there will be some of that.” Read more here. –Rick Pearson
6:15 a.m.: Trump announces plasma treatment authorized for COVID-19, a treatment that has had inconclusive results
President Trump on Sunday announced emergency authorization to treat COVID-19 patients with convalescent plasma — a move he called “a breakthrough,” one of his top health officials called “promising” and other health experts said needs more study before it’s celebrated.
The announcement came after White House officials complained there were politically motivated delays by the Food and Drug Administration in approving a vaccine and therapeutics for the disease that has upended Trump’s reelection chances.
On the eve of the Republican National Convention, Trump put himself at the center of the FDA’s announcement of the authorization at a news conference Sunday evening. The authorization makes it easier for some patients to obtain the treatment but is not the same as full FDA approval.
The blood plasma, taken from patients who have recovered from the coronavirus and rich in antibodies, may provide benefits to those battling the disease. But the evidence so far has not been conclusive about whether it works, when to administer it and what dose is needed. Read more here. — Associated Press
In case you missed it
Here are five things stories from the weekend related to COVID-19.
Trump announces plasma treatment authorized for COVID-19, a treatment that has had inconclusive results.
The Great Wolf Gurnee water and adventure park is reopening with masks requirements and temperature checks.
COVID-19 testing returned 9 positive cases for the Bears — but it was later determined all were false positives.
Naperville sets new record for active COVID-19 cases, and number of hospitalizations starting to climb again.
A COVID-19 vaccine still hasn’t emerged — but some are already wary of it.
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