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COVID-19 Chicago Updates

UPDATE 4/1/2020 7:10am:

ANOTHER RESIDENT OF A SUBURBAN WILLOWBROOK NURSING HOME IS DEAD AFTER CONTRACTING CORONAVIRUS. DUPAGE COUNTY HEALTH OFFICIALS SAY A WOMAN IN HER 70s WHO LIVED AT THE CHATEAU NURSING AND REHABILITATION CENTER HAS DIED. THERE HAVE BEEN 10 COVID-19-RELATED DEATHS IN DUPAGE COUNTY, INCLUDING 6 AT THE NURSING HOME.

THE CDC AND DR. ANTHONY FAUCI SAY THE GOVERNMENT IS STRONGLY CONSIDERING A RECOMMENDATION FOR AMERICANS TO WEAR MASKS IN PUBLIC. THEY AREN’T TALKING ABOUT SURGICAL MASKS OR N95 MASKS…THE HOSPITALS NEED THOSE. THEY’RE TALKING ABOUT CLOTH MASKS, WHICH AREN’T VERY EFFECTIVE AT PREVENTING YOU FROM GETTING THE VIRUS… BUT CAN HELP PREVENT YOU FROM SPREADING THE VIRUS IF YOU HAVE IT. THERE IS THE RISK OF THE MASK BECOMING CONTAMINATED THOUGH, WHICH COULD INCREASE THE CHANCES OF YOU GETTING INFECTED…WHICH IS WHY THIS RECOMMENDATION ISN’T OFFICIAL.

BILLIONAIRE PHILANTHROPIST AND MICROSOFT CO-FOUNDER BILL GATES SAYS A NATIONWIDE SHUTDOWN WOULD BE THE MOST EFFECTIVE WAY TO SLOW THE SPREAD OF THE CORONAVIRUS. GATES MADE THAT PLEA IN AN OP-ED IN THE WASHINGTON POST TUESDAY. GATES WROTE THAT HE’S SPOKEN WITH EXPERTS WHO SAY A NATIONAL POLICY WOULD BE MORE EFFECTIVE THAN HAVING SOME STATES ISSUE STAY-AT-HOME ORDERS WHILE OTHERS REMAIN MORE OPEN.

ALCOHOL SALES IN THE U.S. ARE SKYROCKETING. SALES WERE UP 55% OVERALL FOR THE WEEK THAT ENDED ON MARCH 21ST. LIQUOR SALES WENT UP 75%, WINE WAS UP 66%, AND BEER WAS UP 42%.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 4/1/2020 6:10am:

THE CORONAVIRUS COULD KILL NEARLY A QUARTER-MILLION AMERICANS, EVEN IF PEOPLE PRACTICE STRICT SOCIAL DISTANCING MEASURES. TOP MEDICAL EXPERTS ON THE FEDERAL CORONAVIRUS TASKFORCE SAY, IF PEOPLE DO NOTHING, THE DEATH TOLL IN AMERICA COULD EXCEED 2 MILLION. THERE ARE ALREADY NEARLY 200,000 CONFIRMED CASES IN THE U.S. AND MORE THAN 4,000 DEATHS.

A BELOVED PASTOR ON CHICAGO’S SOUTH SIDE IS DEAD AFTER CONTRACTING THE CORONAVIRUS. PASTOR KEITH BURGESS OF OLD FRIENDSHIP MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH PASSED AWAY MONDAY AT THE HOSPITAL. BURGESS BEGAN FEELING FLU-LIKE SYMPTOMS LAST MONTH BEFORE BEING HOSPITALIZED. HE WAS EVENTUALLY PLACED IN A MEDICALLY-INDUCED COMA.

PRISONS WILL GO INTO VIRTUAL LOCKDOWN TODAY TO FIGHT CORONAVIRUS BEHIND BARS. ALL INMATES ACROSS THE COUNTRY WILL STAY IN THEIR CELLS FOR 14-DAYS. OFFICIALS WILL THEN REEVALUATE AND DECIDE WHETHER TO EXTEND THE TIME.

BLAME THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC FOR GOOGLE NOT HAVING JOKES AND PRANKS ON APRIL FOOLS’ DAY. THE TECH GIANT MADE THE DECISION TO FORGO THE TRADITION IN LIGHT OF THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/31/2020 6:40pm:

OFFICIALS ANNOUNCED TODAY THAT THE STATEWIDE ORDER TO STAY AT HOME IN ILLINOIS WILL BE EXTENDED THROUGH APRIL 30. THIS EXTENSION IS IN LINE WITH FEDERAL RECOMMENDATIONS TO PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING THROUGH THE END OF THE MONTH.

THE FDA IS GIVING EMERGENCY APPROVAL TO A COVID-19 TEST FROM A COMPANY CALLED BODYSPHERE INCORPORATED THAT RETURNS RESULTS IN A COUPLE OF MINUTES. IT WOULD MAKE IT THE FASTEST TEST DEVELOPED SO FAR.

THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION ISSUED GUIDELINES TODAY FOR AIRLINES TO MAINTAIN FLIGHTS TO ALL U.S. DESTINATIONS THEY SERVED BEFORE MARCH 1ST. MOST AIRLINES HAVE CUT THE NUMBER OF FLIGHTS BY ABOUT HALF BECAUSE FEWER PEOPLE ARE FLYING. THE ORDER WILL ALLOW AIRLINES TO CONSOLIDATE FLIGHTS THAT SERVE CITIES WITH MULTIPLE AIRPORTS.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/31/2020 5:30pm:

ILLINOIS WILL REMAIN UNDER STAY-AT-HOME ORDER THROUGH APRIL 30. GOVERNOR PRITZKER EXTENDED THE ORDER TODAY, AND OFFICIALS ANNOUNCED 937 NEW CASES OF THE VIRUS HAVE BEEN CONFIRMED IN THE STATE SINCE YESTERDAY. THERE ARE 5,994 TOTAL CONFIRMED CASES IN THE STATE, AND THE U.S. NOW HAS THE MOST CONFIRMED CASES IN THE WORLD WITH OVER 165,000 REPORTED.

WISCONSIN IS MOVING FORWARD WITH ITS APRIL 7TH PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY, DESPITE THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS. GOVERNOR TONY EVERS SAID “NOTHING HAS CHANGED” FROM HIS VANTAGE POINT AND REMAINS LOCKED IN ON THE ORIGINAL DATE. STATE POLLING LOCATIONS, MEANWHILE, LACK ENOUGH WORKERS BECAUSE OF THE PANDEMIC, FORCING SOME TO CLOSE.

THE FEW AMERICANS WHO ARE DRIVING ARE PAYING LESS FOR GAS. GAS-BUDDY-DOT-COM SAYS THE NATIONAL AVERAGE HAS DROPPED BELOW TWO DOLLARS A GALLON FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MORE THAN FOUR YEARS. WITH MOST AMERICANS STAYING HOME DEMAND TO GAS UP HAS SLIPPED TO AN AVERAGE PER GALLON COST OF A $1.97.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/31/2020 3:50pm:

GOVERNOR PRITZKER ANNOUNCED TODAY THAT THE STAY-AT-HOME ORDER THROUGHOUT ILLINOIS WILL BE EXTENDED THROUGH APRIL 30. PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SCHOOLS WILL ALSO STAY CLOSED THROUGH THE MONTH. THERE WERE 937 NEW COVID-19 CASES CONFIRMED IN THE STATE OVER THE PAST 24 HOURS, AND 26 MORE DEATHS. THAT BRINGS THE TOTAL NUMBER OF CASES TO 5,994 IN ILLINOIS, INCLUDING 99 DEATHS.

IN CHICAGO, RESIDENTS ARE BEING ENCOURAGED TO SIGN UP FOR SMART 9-1-1 AND PROVIDE CRITICAL MEDICAL INFORMATION SO RESPONDERS CAN GET HELP FASTER IN AN EMERGENCY. RESIDENTS CAN CREATE A PROFILE FOR THEMSELVES AND FAMILY MEMBERS, INCLUDING WHETHER OR NOT THE HOUSEHOLD IS UNDER QUARANTINE, AND IT WILL AUTOMATICALLY BE PROVIDED TO FIRST RESPONDERS WHEN CALLING 9-1-1. THE WEBSITE TO SIGN UP IS SMART-9-1-1-DOT-COM.

A PAINFUL FIRST QUARTER IS NOW OVER FOR WALL STREET. AMID UNCERTAINTIES AROUND THE CORONAVIRUS, THE DOW JONES HAD ITS BIGGEST DROP IN THE FIRST THREE MONTHS OF A YEAR SINCE THE 1987 CRASH. AT CLOSING BELL TODAY, THE DOW WAS DOWN 410 POINTS, THE S & P FELL 42 POINTS, AND THE NASDAQ DROPPED 74 POINTS.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/31/2020 2:50pm:

IN A PUBLIC ADDRESS THIS AFTERNOON, GOVERNOR PRITZKER ANNOUNCED THAT THE STAY-AT-HOME ORDER IN ILLINOIS WILL BE EXTENDED THROUGH APRIL 30TH. THIS IS IN STEP WITH THE LATEST RECOMMENDATIONS FROM FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SCHOOLS STATEWIDE WILL ALSO REMAIN CLOSED THROUGH THE MONTH. PRITZKER SAID PROJECTIONS FOR THE NUMBER OF CORONAVIRUS CASES IN ILLINOIS WILL PEAK SOMETIME IN APRIL.

MORE TEMPORARY HOSPITALS ARE OPENING IN NEW YORK CITY AS THE NUMBER OF COVID-19 CASES CLIMBS. NEW YORK HAS OVER 75,000 CASES ACROSS THE STATE, WITH 43,000 OF THOSE IN MANHATTAN. A FIELD HOSPITAL IN CENTRAL PARK IS OPENING TODAY, ALONG WITH TENTS THAT WILL BE USED FOR X-RAYS, A PHARMACY, AND OTHER FACILITIES.

GOODWILL IS URGING BORED AMERICANS TO STOP SPRING CLEANING AND BRINGING DONATIONS WHILE ITS STORES ARE CLOSED BECAUSE OF THE PANDEMIC. DONATIONS HAVE BEEN PILING UP IN STATES THAT ARE UNDER A STAY-AT-HOME ORDER. THE COMPANY SAID THAT IT WILL NEED THE DONATIONS MORE THAN EVER ONCE THE CRISIS PASSES, BUT RIGHT NOW THERE IS NO ONE TO PROCESS THEM.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/31/2020 1:40pm:

GENERAL MOTORS IS ANNOUNCING THEY EXPECT TO HAVE THE FIRST SHIPMENT OF MASKS FOR HEALTHCARE WORKERS OUT THE DOOR NEXT WEEK, WHEN ABOUT 20,000 MASKS WILL BE DELIVERED FROM THEIR MICHIGAN PLANT. GM SAYS ONCE THEIR PRODUCTION LINE IS AT CAPACITY, THEY WILL DELIVER 50,000 MASKS A DAY AND 1.5 MILLION EVERY MONTH. A GM FACILITY IN INDIANA WILL ALSO BE PRODUCING MUCH-NEEDED VENTILATORS.

JC PENNEY IS THE LATEST MAJOR CHAIN TO FURLOUGH THOUSANDS OF EMPLOYEES, ALONG WITH MACY’S, KOHL’S AND OTHER RETAILERS. THE COMPANY SAID THEY WILL TEMPORARILY FURLOUGH THE MAJORITY OF THEIR HOURLY EMPLOYEES, AND A PORTION OF CORPORATE STAFF. JC PENNEY EMPLOYS ABOUT 90,000 PEOPLE.

CHICAGO WILL PROVIDE OVER 270 HOTEL ROOMS FOR PARAMEDICS, FIREFIGHTERS AND POLICE OFFICERS WHO MAY HAVE BEEN EXPOSED TO PEOPLE WITH THE CORONAVIRUS WHILE IN THE LINE OF DUTY. THE HOTEL ESSEX ON MICHIGAN AVE WILL HOST THE ROOMS, WHICH WILL GIVE FIRST RESPONDERS A PLACE TO REST WITHOUT THE RISK OF BRINGING THE VIRUS HOME TO THEIR FAMILIES.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/31/2020 12:40pm:

THE NUMBER OF COVID-19 CASES AROUND THE WORLD IS NOW OVER 800,000, AND OVER 39,000 HAVE DIED WORLDWIDE. THE U.S. HAS OVER 165,000 CONFIRMED CASES, AND IN ILLINOIS THE NUMBER HAS NOW TOPPED 5,000. AS CASES RISE IN THE STATE, GOVERNOR PRITZKER HAS SAID HE’S UNSURE IF THE CURRENT STAY-AT-HOME ORDER WILL EXTEND PAST APRIL 7.

MORE ILLINOIS NATIONAL GUARD TROOPS ARE BEING ACTIVATED TO HELP SUPPORT THE STATE’S COVID-19 RESPONSE, INCLUDING ABOUT 115 MEMBERS THAT WERE CALLED UP YESTERDAY. AROUND 80 OF THOSE WILL HELP WITH COMMUNICATIONS AND REPORTING BETWEEN HEALTH DEPARTMENTS AND THE STATE EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER. MOST OF THE REMAINDER WILL HELP CONVERT MCCORMICK PLACE IN CHICAGO INTO A MEDICAL FACILITY.

CNN ANCHOR CHRIS CUOMO HAS TESTED POSITIVE FOR CORONAVIRUS. CUOMO TWEETED THAT HE IS QUARANTINED IN THE BASEMENT OF HIS HOME AND HOPES HE HASN’T PASSED THE VIRUS TO HIS WIFE AND KIDS. HE STILL PLANS TO DO HIS NIGHTLY SHOW FROM HIS BASEMENT. CUOMO IS THE BROTHER OF NEW YORK GOVERNOR ANDREW CUOMO.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/31/2020 11:45am:

STOCKS ARE TURNING POSITIVE IN EARLY TRADING ON WALL STREET. SHORTLY AFTER THE OPENING BELL, STOCKS FELL MORE THAN 1% BEFORE RISING.

CASES OF CORONAVIRUS IN ILLINOIS NOW AT 5,057 WITH 73 DEATHS. GOVERNOR PRITZKER SAYS HE’S NOT SURE IF HE PLANS TO EXTEND THE CURRENT STAY AT HOME ORDER BEYOND APRIL 7.

LAKE BLUFF BASED ABBOTT LABS, IS EXPECTED TO ROLL OUT A NEW COVID19 TEST THAT PROVIDES RESULTS IN FIVE MINUTES. THE ILLINOIS-BASED COMPANY RECEIVED EMERGENCY APPROVAL FOR THE MACHINE LAST WEEK, AND COULD DELIVER 50,000 TESTS PER-DAY. THE NEW TEST WILL ACCELERATE THE PROCESS ACROSS THE COUNTRY.

WALMART EMPLOYEES WILL UNDERGO TEMPERATURE CHECKS WHEN THEY COME INTO WORK. THE COMPANY MADE THE ANNOUNCEMENT TODAY AND SAID AN EMPLOYEE WITH A FEVER OF 100-DEGREES WILL BE SENT HOME. HOWEVER, THEY WILL BE PAID FOR COMING INTO WORK THAT DAY, BUT THEY CAN’T COME BACK UNTIL THEY’VE GONE THREE DAYS WITHOUT A FEVER. EMPLOYEES WILL ALSO BE GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO WEAR MASKS AND GLOVES AT WORK.

Source: TTWN

UPDATE 3/31/2020 10:45am:

STOCKS ARE FALLING AT THE OPEN ON WALL STREET AMID UNCERTAINTY AROUND THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC. THE DOW JONES INDUSTRIAL AVERAGE IS ON TRACK FOR ITS WORST FIRST QUARTER EVER AND ITS WORST QUARTER SINCE 1987. THE DOW JONES IS DOWN NEARLY 22% IN THE QUARTER AND THE S&P 500 HAS FALLEN NEARLY 19% IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF THE YEAR. THAT’S THE S&P 500’S WORST QUARTER SINCE 2008 AND THE WORST FIRST QUARTER SINCE 1938. AT THE OPENING BELL, THE DOW JONES, NASDAQ AND S&P 500 ARE ALL TRADING LOWER.

THE WHITE HOUSE CORONAVIRUS TASK FORCE ESTIMATES MORE THAN 80,000 AMERICANS COULD DIE FROM THE INFECTION BY AUGUST. THE NUMBER OF CORONAVIRUS CASES IN THE U.S. REACHED MORE THAN 164,000 MONDAY NIGHT. EARLIER IN THE DAY, THE DEATH TOLL SURPASSED 3,000.

THE CDC IS DISCUSSING WHETHER TO RECOMMEND PEOPLE WEAR FACE MASKS AS THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC SPREADS. THE GOVERNMENT ISN’T RECOMMENDING THAT NOW, BUT SOME PEOPLE HAVE DECIDED TO WEAR MASKS AS A MATTER OF PERSONAL PROTECTION. A CDC OFFICIAL SAYS ANY NEW GUIDANCE WOULD RECOMMEND PEOPLE AVOID USING MEDICAL GRADE MASKS, WHICH ARE DESPERATELY NEEDED BY HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS.

Source: TTWN

UPDATE 3/31/2020 9:45am:

AIR TRAVEL IS DOWN BY 90% — FIGURES SHOW THAT THE NUMBER OF AIRLINE PASSENGERS WAS BELOW THE 200,000 MARK BOTH SATURDAY AND SUNDAY BECAUSE OF THE CORONAVIRUS. ON THE SAME DAYS LAST YEAR MORE THAN TWO MILLION PEOPLE MADE THEIR WAY THROUGH TSA CHECKPOINTS.

MORE THAN 800,000 PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD ARE DEALING WITH A COVID-19 INFECTION. NEARLY 39,000 PEOPLE HAVE DIED. THE RATE OF INFECTIONS IS INCREASING RAPIDLY WITH OUTBREAKS NOW UNDERWAY AROUND THE WORLD. NEARLY 165,000 PEOPLE HAVE BEEN INFECTED IN THE U.S. THAT’S LED TO ALMOST 3,200 DEATHS IN THIS COUNTRY.

A TENTED TEMPORARY HOSPITAL TO HELP CARE FOR CORONAVIRUS PATIENTS IS OPENING IN NEW YORK’S CENTRAL PARK THIS MORNING. THE CHRISTIAN RELIEF GROUP SAMARITAN’S PURSE HAS BROUGHT IN BEDS, TEN VENTILATORS, AND A TEAM OF 70 HEALTH CARE WORKERS. IN THE PAST, SAMARITAN’S PURSE HAS TREATED EBOLA PATIENTS IN WEST AFRICA, AND EARTHQUAKE VICTIMS IN ECUADOR.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/31/2020 8:50am:

A MASSIVE NEW MAKESHIFT HOSPITAL IN CHICAGO’S LARGEST CONVENTION CENTER COULD BE READY THIS WEEK TO HANDLE COVID-19 CASES. MCCORMICK PLACE, WHICH IS NORMALLY BUSY WITH CONVENTIONS, CURRENTLY SITS DORMANT BUT SOON IT WILL BE REACTIVATED IN THIS NEW ROLE. ABOUT 30 ILLINOIS AIR NATIONAL GUARDS WERE DEPLOYED UNDER GOV. PRITZKER, PREPARING THE CONVENTION CENTER BY PUTTING IN WHEELCHAIRS, HUMIDIFIERS AND GETTING THE AREA READY FOR WHAT COULD BE A SURGE OF COVID-19 CASES. THE HOSPITAL WILL HAVE 3,000 BEDS AND PRITZKER SAID THE FIRST 500 COULD BE READY THIS WEEK.

GAS PRICES CONTINUE TO PLUMMET AROUND THE COUNTRY AS PEOPLE LIVE UNDER SHELTER-IN-PLACE ORDERS AMID THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK. GASBUDDY.COM REPORTS THE NATIONAL AVERAGE FOR A GALLON OF REGULAR UNLEADED WAS DOWN 10 CENTS ON MONDAY TO A $1.97. THAT’S THE FIRST TIME THE AVERAGE HAS BEEN UNDER TWO DOLLARS IN MORE THAN FOUR YEARS.

THE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED 10-PART MICHAEL JORDAN DOCUMENTARY, “THE LAST DANCE,” IS BEING MOVED UP TO APRIL. IT WAS ORIGINALLY SLATED FOR JUNE, PRIOR TO THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK THAT HAS HALTED GAMES AT ALL LEVELS OF COMPETITION. AFTER FANS ON SOCIAL MEDIA BEGGED ESPN/ABC TO MOVE UP THE DOCUMENTARY’S LAUNCH, WITH THEIR HUNGER FOR NEW SPORTS PROGRAMMING. ESPN AND ITS FOUR PARTNERS, INCLUDING NETFLIX, JORDAN, THE NBA AND MANDALAY SPORTS MEDIA, HEARD THE CALLS. NETFLIX OWNS THE INTERNATIONAL RIGHTS TO THE DOCUMENTARY SERIES. IT COVERS MJ AND THE 1990s CHICAGO BULLS, AND THEIR SIX NBA TITLES WITH TEAMMATES SCOTTIE PIPPEN, STEVE KERR AND DENNIS RODMAN. THE START DATE IS SUNDAY, APRIL 19.

UPDATE 3/31/2020 7:10am:

YESTERDAY, KRISPY KREME GAVE OUT FREE DONUTS TO HEALTHCARE WORKERS ON THE FRONT LINES. AND THEY’LL BE DOING IT EVERY MONDAY THROUGH MAY 12TH.

THE NUMBER OF CORONAVIRUS CASES IN THE U.S. DOESN’T APPEAR TO BE SLOWING DOWN ANYTIME SOON. OVER 164,000 HAD BEEN CONFIRMED AS OF LAST NIGHT. THE DEATH TOLL ALSO SURPASSED THE 3,000 MARK EARLIER IN THE DAY. THAT’S MORE LIVES LOST THAN ON 9-11. NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY ACCOUNT FOR ROUGHLY HALF OF ALL CASES IN THE COUNTRY. CALIFORNIA, MICHIGAN AND MASSACHUSETTS ROUND OUT THE TOP FIVE FOR STATES WITH THE MOST CASES. THE SPREAD OF COVID-19 HAS LED PRESIDENT TRUMP TO EXTEND SOCIAL DISTANCING GUIDELINES TO THE END OF APRIL.

THE RACE IS ON FOR COMPANIES TO TEST POSSIBLE CORONAVIRUS TREATMENTS AND VACCINES. PHARMACEUTICAL GIANT JOHNSON & JOHNSON SAYS IT PLANS TO BEGIN HUMAN CLINICAL TRIALS OF A COVID-19 VACCINE BY SEPTEMBER, WITH A GOAL OF THE FIRST BATCHES BEING AVAILABLE FOR EMERGENCY USE EARLY NEXT YEAR. OTHER SMALLER BIOTECH COMPANIES ARE ALSO WORKING ON POTENTIAL VACCINES, BUT MORE IMMEDIATE HOPE MAY BE FOUND IN TREATMENTS THAT ARE ALREADY AVAILABLE FOR OTHER AILMENTS.

IN LESS THAN 100 HOURS, ENGINEERS FROM THE MERCEDES FORMULA ONE TEAM TOOK AN ORDINARY CPAP MACHINE, LIKE PEOPLE USE WHEN THEY HAVE SLEEP APNEA. THEY TWEAKED IT TO HELP PEOPLE WITH THE VIRUS STAY OFF VENTILATORS. THEY’RE ABOUT TO START TESTING DOZENS OF THEM, AND SHOULD BE ABLE TO ROLL THEM OUT FAST IF THEY WORK.

WHOLE FOODS WORKERS ARE SET TO STRIKE TODAY TO PROTEST EMPLOYEE PROTECTIONS IN DURING THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK. THE COMPANY HAS RAISED WAGES FOR U.S. WORKERS BY TWO-DOLLARS AN HOUR, BUT A WHOLE FOODS LABOR GROUP SAID THEIR “FUNDAMENTAL NEEDS AS WORKERS HAVE BECOME MORE URGENT.” EMPLOYEES AT THE AMAZON-OWNED CHAIN WILL CALL OUT SICK TO DEMAND THINGS LIKE SICK LEAVE FOR SELF-ISOLATED EMPLOYEES, HEALTH CARE COVERAGE, DOUBLE HAZARD PAY, AND CLEAN WORKPLACES.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/31/20 6:10am:

CASES OF CORONAVIRUS IN ILLINOIS ARE ABOVE 5,000. GOVERNOR PRITZKER SAYS HE’S NOT SURE IF HE PLANS TO EXTEND THE CURRENT STAY AT HOME ORDER BEYOND APRIL 7. ONE OF THE MOST RECENT DEATHS IS A MALE INMATE AT STATEVILLE CORRECTIONAL CENTER IN SOUTH SUBURBAN CREST HILL. 12 OTHER PRISONERS THERE HAVE BEEN HOSPITALIZED.

TWO MORE RESIDENTS AT A SUBURBAN WILLOWBROOK NURSING HOME HAVE DIED DUE TO COVID-19. DUPAGE COUNTY HEALTH OFFICIALS SAY FIVE RESIDENTS AT THE FACILITY HAVE DIED AFTER TESTING POSITIVE. IN DUPAGE COUNTY, THERE ARE 319 CONFIRMED CASES OF THE VIRUS, INCLUDING NINE DEATHS.

A MASSIVE NEW MAKESHIFT HOSPITAL IN THE CITY’S LARGEST CONVENTION CENTER COULD BE READY THIS WEEK TO HANDLE COVID-19 CASES. MCCORMICK PLACE, WHICH IS NORMALLY A BUSTLING HIVE OF ACTIVITY WITH CONVENTIONS, CURRENTLY SITS DORMANT BUT SOON IT WILL BE REACTIVATED INTO AN ENTIRELY DIFFERENT ROLE.

ABOUT 30 ILLINOIS AIR NATIONAL GUARDS WERE DEPLOYED UNDER A DIRECTIVE FROM GOV. JB PRITZKER. THEY ARE PREPARING THE CONVENTION CENTER BY PUTTING IN WHEELCHAIRS, HUMIDIFIERS AND GETTING THE AREA READY FOR WHAT COULD BE A SURGE OF COVID-19 CASES. THE HOSPITAL WILL HAVE 3,000 BEDS AND PRITZKER SAID THE FIRST 500 COULD BE READY THIS WEEK.

SOURCE:TTWN

UPDATE 3/30/2020 6:40pm:

CONSTRUCTION IS NOW UNDERWAY AT MCCORMICK PLACE IN CHICAGO FOR CORONAVIRUS PATIENT CARE. PART OF THE ENORMOUS CONVENTION CENTER WILL BE CONVERTED INTO A FACILITY FOR PATIENTS WITH MILD SYMPTOMS WHO DON’T NEED INTENSIVE CARE TO FREE UP MUCH-NEEDED SPACE IN EXISTING HOSPITALS. THE BUILD-OUT WILL TAKE PLACE IN PHASES AND WILL HOUSE 3,000 PATIENTS. 500 BEDS ARE EXPECTED TO BE ASSEMBLED BY THE END OF THIS WEEK.

THE U.S. NAVY HOSPITAL SHIP THE USNS COMFORT IS NOW DOCKED IN MANHATTAN TO HELP ALLEVIATE THE CITY’S HARD-HIT HOSPITALS, WHICH ARE HEAVILY FOCUSED ON TREATING COVID-19 PATIENTS. THE SHIP HAS 1,000 HOSPITAL BEDS, AND WILL TAKE IN OVERFLOW PATIENTS WHO NEED MORE TRADITIONAL TREATMENT. THE SHIP WAS ALSO DEPLOYED TO NEW YORK CITY AFTER THE 9/11 ATTACKS. THE USNS MERCY WILL PROVIDE SIMILAR SERVICES FOR THE CITY OF LOS ANGELES.

A NEW DATE HAS BEEN SET FOR THE TOKYO OLYMPICS, WHICH WERE POSTPONED DUE TO THE PANDEMIC. THE SUMMER GAMES WILL NOW START ON JULY 23, 2021. THE CLOSING CEREMONY IS SCHEDULED FOR AUGUST 8TH.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/30/2020 5:30pm:

STOCKS ARE REBOUNDING AFTER A VOLATILE COUPLE OF WEEKS. THE DOW GAINED 690 POINTS, THE S&P ROSE 85 POINTS, AND THE NASDAQ WAS UP 271 POINTS AT CLOSING TODAY. SHARES IN COMPANIES LIKE JOHNSON & JOHNSON, MERCK, AND CATERPILLAR, AND TECH STOCKS INCLUDING MICROSOFT AND AMAZON HELPED LEAD THE SURGE.

WORKERS AT WHOLE FOODS ARE PLANNING A STRIKE TOMORROW TO PROTEST A LACK OF EMPLOYEE PROTECTIONS DURING THE PANDEMIC. A WHOLE FOODS LABOR GROUP SAID THEIR “FUNDAMENTAL NEEDS AS WORKERS HAVE BECOME MORE URGENT” THAN THE TWO-DOLLARS-PER-HOUR RAISE THEY WERE GIVEN AS HAZARD PAY. THEY ARE DEMANDING DOUBLE HAZARD PAY, SICK LEAVE FOR EMPLOYEES WHO ARE SELF-ISOLATING, AND MORE.

RICHARD BRANSON’S ROCKET COMPANY VIRGIN ORBIT HAS PARTNERED WITH MEDICAL RESEARCHERS TO DEVELOP A VENTILATOR THAT HOSPITALS CAN USE. COMPANY OFFICIALS SAY THEY ARE HOPING FOR QUICK FDA APPROVAL TO BEGIN MASS PRODUCTION OF THE NEW DEVICES GIVEN THE CRITICAL NEED FOR VENTILATORS WORLDWIDE.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/30/2020 3:50pm:

OFFICIALS WITH BANK BLUE ANNOUNCED TODAY THEY WILL OFFER AID TO CHICAGO POLICE OFFICERS ON THE FRONT LINES FIGHTING THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK. THE ORGANIZATION IS JOINING FORCES WITH AREA BUSINESSES TO PROVIDE SUPPLIES TO OFFICERS, INCLUDING HAND SANITIZER, MASKS, DISINFECTANT WIPES AND MORE. THEY WILL ALSO BE WORKING WITH LOOP MEDICAL CENTER TO PROVIDE FREE SCREENINGS FOR THE VIRUS TO ALL CPD OFFICERS.

CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOLS WILL START REMOTE LEARNING ON APRIL 13TH, AND WILL DELIVER 100,000 ELECTRONIC DEVICES TO THE MOST NEEDY STUDENTS. THE CITY COLLEGES OF CHICAGO HAS SUSPENDED ALL IN-PERSON INSTRUCTION THROUGH AT LEAST APRIL 20TH, COINCIDING WITH THE TARGET DATE FOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS TO REOPEN.

THE FEDERAL RESERVE PREDICTS THE NATION’S UNEMPLOYMENT RATE COULD GO AS HIGH AS 32% BECAUSE OF THE CORONAVIRUS. ECONOMISTS ARE PROJECTING THE ECONOMIC FALLOUT FROM THE PANDEMIC COULD COST OVER 47-MILLION JOBS.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/30/2020 2:50pm:

OFFICIALS REPORTED 461 NEW KNOWN CASES OF CORONAVIRUS IN ILLINOIS TODAY, WITH EIGHT ADDITIONAL DEATHS. THE TOTAL NUMBER OF KNOWN CASES IN THE STATE IS 5,057, INCLUDING 73 DEATHS. GOVERNOR J.B. PRITZKER WARNED IN AN ADDRESS TO THE PUBLIC TODAY THAT THE CURVE OF NEW CASES WILL LIKELY CONTINUE TO RISE OVER THE NEXT WEEKS.

TWO MAJOR HEALTH INSURERS ARE WAIVING MEDICAL COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH CORONAVIRUS. CIGNA AND HUMANA ARE ELIMINATING OUT-OF-POCKET COSTS FOR PEOPLE RECEIVING VIRUS-RELATED TREATMENT. MEDICATIONS AND VACCINES ARE ALSO PART OF THE PLAN.

CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOLS WILL OFFICIALLY BEGIN REMOTE LEARNING ON APRIL 13TH. DAILY LEARNING WILL BE OFFERED, AND TEACHERS WILL BE DIRECTLY AVAILABLE TO STUDENTS FOR ACADEMIC SUPPORT. THE TARGET DATE FOR REOPENING SCHOOLS IN CHICAGO IS STILL APRIL 20TH.

FOLK MUSIC HERO AND ILLINOIS NATIVE JOHN PRINE IS NOW REPORTEDLY IN STABLE CONDITION AFTER HAVING BEEN HOSPITALIZED WITH COVID-19 SYMPTOMS OVER THE WEEKEND. HIS WIFE POSTED ON SOCIAL MEDIA THAT HIS CONDITION, PREVIOUSLY SAID TO BE CRITICAL, HAD IMPROVED OVER THE WEEKEND. THE GRAMMY WINNER IS 73.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/30/2020 1:45pm:

OFFICIALS ANNOUNCED TODAY THAT ALL CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOLS WILL OFFICIALLY SHIFT TO REMOTE LEARNING ON APRIL 13TH. MAYOR LORI LIGHTFOOT AND CPS OFFICIALS SAID IN A JOINT ADDRESS THAT 100,000 ELECTRONIC DEVICES WILL BE DELIVERED TO THE MOST NEEDY STUDENTS WHO MAY NOT HAVE ACCESS TO COMPUTER EQUIPMENT. SCHOOL OFFICIALS ARE EXPECTED TO CONTACT FAMILIES WITH AN UPDATE BY APRIL 6TH. BARRING FURTHER EXTENSIONS, PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN CHICAGO ARE CLOSED THROUGH APRIL 20TH.

THE FBI AND THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE COMMISSION ARE REPORTEDLY LOOKING INTO STOCK TRADES INVOLVING MEMBERS OF CONGRESS JUST BEFORE MARKETS TANKED ON WALL STREET. SENATOR RICHARD BURR OF NORTH CAROLINA AND GEORGIA SENATOR KELLY LOEFFLER ARE AMONG THOSE ACCUSING OF SELLING STOCKS AFTER RECEIVING PRIVATE BRIEFINGS ABOUT THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK.

MOST OF MACY’S 130,000 EMPLOYEES WILL BE FURLOUGHED DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS. PHYSICAL STORES WERE CLOSED ON MARCH 17TH, AND THE COMPANY SAYS SALES HAVE ALL BUT DISAPPEARED. EXECUTIVES TOLD STAFF THAT HEALTH BENEFITS WILL BE COVERED THROUGH AT LEAST MAY, AND IT WILL KEEP SOME EMPLOYEES TO SERVICE ONLINE SALES.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/30/2020 12:45pm:

U.S. CAPITOL OFFICIALS ARE EXTENDING RESTRICTIONS FOR PUBLIC ACCESS, CLOSING THE CAPITOL BUILDING UNTIL AT LEAST MAY 1. NATIONAL SOCIAL DISTANCING GUIDELINES HAVE NOW BEEN EXTENDED TO APRIL 30.

JOHNSON & JOHNSON IS GOING TO START HUMAN TESTING OF A CORONAVIRUS VACCINE BY SEPTEMBER. THE COMPANY SAID THE VACCINE COULD BE READY FOR EMERGENCY USE IN EARLY 2021. CEO ALEX GORSKY ALSO TOLD NBC’S TODAY SHOW THAT IT’S SHIFTING SOME MANUFACTURING PLANTS TO PRODUCE MORE TYLENOL, WHICH HAS BECOME SCARCE DURING THE VIRUS OUTBREAK.

OFFICIALS ANNOUNCED TODAY THAT CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOLS WILL BEGIN REMOTE LEARNING ON APRIL 13. CPS INDICATES THAT ITS PLANS, WHICH WILL BE UNVEILED THIS AFTERNOON, WILL INCLUDE BOTH DIGITAL AND NON-DIGITAL LEARNING FOR STUDENTS WHO MAY NOT HAVE ONLINE ACCESS. AT THIS TIME, CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOLS ARE TO REMAIN CLOSED AT LEAST THROUGH APRIL 20.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/30/2020 11:45am:

MORE THAN 700,000 CASES OF COVID-19 HAVE BEEN CONFIRMED ACROSS THE GLOBE, INCLUDING NEARLY 140,000 IN THE US. THE STATE TOTAL IN ILLINOIS INCREASED TO 4,596 CASES, AND 65 DEATHS.

THOUSANDS OF CHICAGO RESIDENTS HAVE SIGNED AN ONLINE PETITION CALLING FOR PROTECTIONS, INCLUDING A FREEZE ON RENT, MORTGAGES AND UTILITY PAYMENTS, SINCE THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC HAS PUT SO MANY OUT OF WORK, AND INCREASED FINANCIAL HARDSHIP. CITY OFFICIALS HAVEN’T DIRECTLY RESPONDED TO QUESTIONS ABOUT A FREEZE, BUT HAVE POINTED TO OTHER RELIEF SUCH AS GRANT PROGRAMS. COMMUNITY ACTIVIST RAUL MONTES IS ALSO DEMANDING GOVERNOR PRITZKER PUT AN INDEFINITE FREEZE ON RENT FOR SMALL BUSINESSES WHO HAD TO CLOSE DUE TO THE STATE’S STAY-AT-HOME ORDER. GOVERNOR PRITZKER HAS ALREADY ORDERED A HALT TO RESIDENTIAL EVICTION CASES UNTIL APRIL 8.

PRINCE CHARLES IS NO LONGER SELF-ISOLATING AFTER BECOMING THE FIRST MEMBER OF THE BRITISH ROYAL FAMILY TO TEST POSITIVE FOR COVID-19. THE PRINCE OF WALES EXITED SELF-ISOLATION AFTER TALKING WITH HIS DOCTOR. THE 71 YEAR OLD WAS DIAGNOSED LAST WEEK AND HIS HEALTH IS REPORTEDLY GOOD. HE’S NOT THE ONLY HIGH-PROFILE FIGURE IN THE UK WHO IS INFECTED, BRITISH PRIME MINISTER BORIS JOHNSON IS ALSO RECOVERING AFTER A POSITIVE DIAGNOSIS.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/30/2020 10:45am:

STOCKS ARE OPENING HIGHER TO START ANOTHER VOLATILE TRADING WEEK ON WALL STREET. INVESTORS ARE NERVOUSLY EYEING THE RISING NUMBER OF CORONAVIRUS CASES WITH THE DOW JONES INDUSTRIAL AVERAGE COMING OFF ITS BEST WEEK SINCE 1938. MARKETS CHEERED THE TWO-TRILLION-DOLLAR STIMULUS PACKAGE AND POSITIVE ACTIONS BY THE FEDERAL RESERVE. THE DOW, S&P 500 AND NASDAQ WERE ALL IN POSITIVE TERRITORY AFTER THE OPENING BELL.

CHECKS FROM THE RECENTLY-PASSED COVID-19 STIMULUS BILL SHOULD ARRIVE IN THE BANK ACCOUNTS OF AMERICANS WITHIN THREE WEEKS. THAT’S ACCORDING TO TREASURY SECRETARY STEVEN MNUCHIN, A FAMILY OF FOUR COULD GET UP TO $3,400 WHILE AN INDIVIDUAL TAXPAYER, DEPENDING ON AN INDIVIDUAL’S INCOME, COULD RECEIVE UP TO $1,200.

ANIMAL SHELTERS ACROSS THE US ARE CLOSING THEIR DOORS TO THE PUBLIC AND CANCELING ADOPTION EVENTS TO SLOW THE SPREAD OF THE CORONAVIRUS. BUT NOTHING IS STOPPING NEW ABANDONED ANIMALS FROM COMING IN, SO SHELTERS ARE TRYING TO PLACE AS MANY ANIMALS IN HOMES AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE. TO HELP THIS EFFORT, BUSCH BEER HAS TEAMED UP WITH MIDWEST ANIMAL RESCUE TO LAUNCH THE “FOSTER A DOG, GET BUSCH” OFFER. BUSCH BEER IS OFFERING A THREE MONTHS’ SUPPLY OF ITS BEER TO 500 PEOPLE WHO ADOPT OR FOSTER A DOG FROM MIDWEST ANIMAL RESCUE IN MINNESOTA.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/30/2020 9:45am:

GOVERNOR PRITZKER SAYS CORONAVIRUS TESTING IS EXPANDING IN ILLINOIS. HE ADDED THAT CURRENTLY 4,000 TESTS ARE BEING RUN DAILY, AND IN ABOUT A WEEK-AND-A-HALF, IT SHOULD BE UP TO 10,000 A DAY. THE STATE IS WORKING WITH PUBLIC AND PRIVATE PARTNERS TO INCREASE TESTING CAPABILITIES.

POPE FRANCIS IS CALLING FOR A TEMPORARY WORLDWIDE CEASEFIRE. THE POPE CALLED FOR A GLOBAL HALT TO HOSTILITIES SO COUNTRIES CAN PROTECT THEIR PEOPLE FROM THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC. HE ASKED COUNTRIES THAT ARE INVOLVED IN CONFLICTS TO “FOCUS TOGETHER ON THE TRUE FIGHT OF OUR LIVES” AGAINST THE VIRUS, WHICH KNOWS NO BOUNDARIES.

THE CORONAVIRUS TOOK THE LIFE OF ALAN MERRILL, WHO WROTE AND SANG THE ORIGINAL VERSION OF “I LOVE ROCK AND ROLL” IN THE ’70S, HE WAS 69.

SOME OF MUSIC’S BIG NAMES PERFORMED LAST NIGHT FROM THEIR LIVING ROOMS AS ELTON JOHN HOSTED THE “LIVING ROOM CONCERT FOR AMERICA” ON FOX. THE GOAL OF THE CONCERT WAS TO RAISE MONEY TO HELP AMERICANS HURT BY THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC. CELEBRITIES LIKE ELLEN DEGENERES AND MELISSA MCCARTHY ALSO SENT MESSAGES AND PAID TRIBUTE TO HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS AND ESSENTIAL WORKERS WORKING TO FIGHT THE SPREAD OF COVID-19.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/30/2020 8:50am:

MORE THAN 700,000 CASES OF COVID-19 HAVE BEEN CONFIRMED ACROSS THE GLOBE, INCLUDING NEARLY 140,000 IN THE US. THE ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH REPORTED 1,105 NEW CASES OF CORONAVIRUS DISEASE HAVE BEEN CONFIRMED IN THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, BRING THE STATE TOTAL UP TO 4,596 CASES, AND 65 DEATHS.

A NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION IS GATHERING MEDICAL SUPPLIES FOR HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS ACROSS ILLINOIS DURING THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC. PROJECT C.U.R.E. HOSTED A PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT DRIVE YESTERDAY AT THE UNITED CENTER IN CHICAGO. A NUMBER OF PEOPLE SHOWED UP TO DROP OFF MUCH NEEDED ITEMS, INCLUDING GLOVES, CLEANING WIPES, ANTIBACTERIAL SOAP, AND SURGICAL MASKS. PPE SUPPLIES ARE IN CRITICAL SHORTAGE AS MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS RESPOND TO THE COVID-19 CRISIS.

EMPLOYEES FROM TWO ESSENTIAL PLAYERS IN CORONAVIRUS COMMERCE ARE PLANNING STRIKES TODAY. WORKERS FOR THE FOOD DELIVERY COMPANY INSTACART HAVE ACCUSED THE COMPANY OF NOT PROVIDING ENOUGH PROTECTIONS DURING THE PANDEMIC. THEY ARE DEMANDING SAFETY ITEMS INCLUDING HAND SANITIZER, DISINFECTANT WIPES, AND SPRAYS, ALONG WITH HAZARD PAY AND AN EXPANSION OF CORONAVIRUS PAY TO INCLUDE THOSE WITH UNDERLYING HEALTH CONDITIONS. MEANWHILE, AMAZON EMPLOYEES AT THE COMPANY’S STATEN ISLAND, NEW YORK, FACILITY PLAN TO WALK OFF THE JOB AFTER THE COMPANY KEPT THE LOCATION OPEN DESPITE A CONFIRMED CASE OF CORONAVIRUS THERE. THE LEADER OF THE WALKOUT SAYS MORE EMPLOYEES HAVE TESTED POSITIVE FOR THE VIRUS AT THE FACILITY THAN THE COMPANY HAS PUBLICLY ACKNOWLEDGED.

WITH ALL SPORTS SIDELINED BY THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC, ESPN IS REACHING BACK TO FILL PRIME TIME. STARTING TONIGHT AND FOR THE NEXT FIVE WEEKS, ESPN WILL FILL MONDAY NIGHT PRIME TIME WITH CLASSIC MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL GAMES. THE COMEBACKS KICK OFF TONIGHT WITH THE RAMS’ 54-51 WIN OVER THE CHIEFS IN 2018, THE HIGHEST-SCORING MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL GAME EVER. MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL WILL AIR AT 8 P.M. EASTERN TIME FROM TONIGHT THROUGH APRIL 27TH ON ESPN.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/30/2020 7:10am:

GOVERNOR PRITZKER SAYS CORONAVIRUS TESTING IS EXPANDING IN ILLINOIS. HE ADDED THAT CURRENTLY 4,000 TESTS ARE BEING RUN DAILY, AND IN ABOUT A WEEK-AND-A-HALF, IT SHOULD BE UP TO 10,000 A DAY.

PRITZKER SAYS HE’S VERY DISAPPOINTED THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HASN’T SENT MORE TESTS. MEANWHILE, HE MENTIONED THE STATE IS WORKING WITH PUBLIC AND PRIVATE PARTNERS TO INCREASE TESTING CAPABILITIES.

CHECKS FROM THE RECENTLY-PASSED COVID-19 STIMULUS BILL SHOULD ARRIVE IN THE BANK ACCOUNTS OF AMERICANS WITHIN THREE WEEKS. THAT’S ACCORDING TO TREASURY SECRETARY STEVEN MNUCHIN. A FAMILY OF FOUR COULD GET UP TO $3,400 WHILE AN INDIVIDUAL TAXPAYER COULD RECEIVE UP TO $1,200 BASED ON THEIR INCOME.

MAYOR BILL DE BLASIO SAYS NEW YORKERS WHO FAIL TO PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING COULD BE SOON BE SLAPPED WITH UP TO $500 FINES. THE MAYOR SAYS OFFICERS WILL GIVE THOSE WHO GATHER A WARNING FIRST, AND THEN IF THEY ARE CAUGHT AGAIN VIOLATING THE ORDER, THEY WILL BE GIVEN A TICKET. THE SUMMONSES BEGIN AT $250 AND COULD GO AS HIGH AS $500. GATHERING SPOTS SUCH AS CITY PARKS AND PLAYGROUNDS ARE STILL OPEN.

THE VIRUS TOOK THE LIFE OF ALAN MERRILL, WHO WROTE AND SANG THE ORIGINAL VERSION OF “I LOVE ROCK AND ROLL” IN THE ’70S, HE WAS 69.

JON BON JOVI THINKS HIS 17-YEAR-OLD SON MAY HAVE HAD A MILD VERSION OF COVID-19.

TOM HANKS AND RITA WILSON HAVE APPARENTLY BEATEN THE CORONAVIRUS, BECAUSE THEY’RE BACK IN THE U.S. TOM TWEETED, QUOTE, “HEY, FOLKS . . . WE’RE HOME NOW AND, LIKE THE REST OF AMERICA, WE CARRY ON WITH SHELTERING IN PLACE AND SOCIAL DISTANCING. TOM AND RITA ARE BOTH 63. THEY ANNOUNCED THEIR DIAGNOSIS ON MARCH 12TH WHILE THEY WERE IN AUSTRALIA.

SOURCE:TTWN

UPDATE 3/30/2020 6:10am:

DR. ANTHONY FAUCI SAYS AS MANY AS 200,000 PEOPLE IN THE U.S. COULD DIE FROM THE CORONAVIRUS. FAUCI, A KEY MEMBER OF THE FEDERAL CORONAVIRUS TASKFORCE, ISSUED A CAVEAT WITH HIS PREDICTION THAT HE DOESN’T “WANT TO BE HELD TO THAT. FAUCI ADDED THAT THE NUMBER OF CASES WILL GO INTO THE MILLIONS.

PRESIDENT TRUMP IS EXTENDING THE WHITE HOUSE’S SOCIAL DISTANCING RECOMMENDATIONS FOR CORONAVIRUS. THE GUIDELINES ARE BEING EXTENDED UNTIL APRIL 30TH. TRUMP SAID THE PEAK OF CORONAVIRUS DEATHS COULD HIT IN THE NEXT 14 DAYS.
AN EMPLOYEE OF A WHOLE FOODS ON CHICAGO’S NORTH SIDE IS IN QUARANTINE AFTER TESTING POSITIVE FOR CORONAVIRUS. THE PERSON WORKS AT THE STORE NEAR CICERO AND PETERSON. FURTHER DETAILS ABOUT THE PATIENT HAVEN’T BEEN RELEASED. THE STORE HAS SINCE BEEN CLEANED AND DISINFECTED.

THE EFFECTS OF THE CORONAVIRUS COULD REVERBERATE TO THE NOVEMBER ELECTION. ON NBC’S MEET THE PRESS, DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE JOE BIDEN SAID IT’S POSSIBLE THAT THE ELECTION MAY HAVE TO BE HELD BY MAIL. MANY STATES HAVE ALREADY POSTPONED THEIR PRIMARY ELECTIONS BECAUSE OF THE VIRUS.

COOK COUNTY OFFICIALS ARE CRACKING DOWN ON CROWDS GATHERING IN FOREST PRESERVES TO SLOW THE SPREAD OF CORONAVIRUS. COOK COUNTY BOARD PRESIDENT TONI PRECKWINKLE IS THREATENING TO SHUTDOWN DOWN ALL FOREST PRESERVES. FOREST PRESERVE POLICE WILL BREAKUP GATHERINGS THAT VIOLATE THE SOCIAL-DISTANCING ORDER. THE COUNTY HAS ALREADY CLOSED ALL PUBLIC BUILDINGS, NATURE CENTERS, CAMPGROUNDS, TRAILS AND PUBLIC RESTROOMS. ALL PUBLIC EVENTS AND VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES THROUGH MAY 11TH HAVE BEEN CANCELED.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/29/2020 6:40pm:

PRESIDENT TRUMP IS EXTENDING THE WHITE HOUSE’S SOCIAL DISTANCING FOR 30 DAYS TO APRIL 30TH. TRUMP SAID THE PEAK OF CORONAVIRUS DEATHS COULD PEAK IN THE NEXT TWO WEEKS. HE SAYS THE FDA JUST APPROVED A NEW CORONAVIRUS TEST THAT WILL BEGIN SHIPPING IMMEDIATELY. THE TEST IS SAID TO DELIVER RESULTS IN MINUTES.

ILLINOIS CONFIRMED 1,105 NEW CORONAVIRUS CASES AND 18 DEATHS TODAY. THERE ARE NOW 4,596 PEOPLE KNOWN TO BE INFECTED STATEWIDE.

THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO TODAY ANNOUNCED THE FIRST STAGE OF AN EFFORT TO PROVIDE EMERGENCY SUPPORT AND ADDRESS SOME OF THE IMMEDIATE NEEDS OF LOCAL RESIDENTS, BUSINESSES AND NONPROFITS ON THE SOUTH SIDE AS THEY NAVIGATE THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC. THE PROGRAM WILL LAUNCH ON MONDAY.

MUSICIAN JOHN PRINE IS IN CRITICAL CONDITION AFTER CONTRACTING COVID-19. ACCORDING TO A STATEMENT PUT OUT ON PRINE’S TWITTER TODAY, HE HAD SUDDEN SYMPTOMS OF THE VIRUS AND WAS HOSPITALIZED ON THURSDAY. THE 73-YEAR-OLD REMAINS IN CRITICAL CARE.

THE ORIGINAL SINGER OF “I LOVE ROCK AND ROLL” HAS DIED FOLLOWING COMPLICATIONS FROM THE CORONAVIRUS. ALAN MERRILL CO-WROTE AND SANG LEAD ON THE ARROWS ORIGINAL VERSION OF THE SONG THAT WENT MAINSTREAM AFTER JOAN JETT’S COVER IN THE EARLY 1980S.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/29/2020 5:40pm:

PRESIDENT TRUMP IS EXTENDING THE WHITE HOUSE’S SOCIAL DISTANCING TO APRIL 30TH. TRUMP SAID THE PEAK OF CORONAVIRUS DEATHS COULD HIT IN THE NEXT TWO WEEKS. HE PREVIOUSLY HOPED THAT THE COUNTRY WOULD BE RE-OPENED FOR BUSINESS BY EASTER, APRIL 12TH. NOW HE PREDICTS THAT THE COUNTRY WILL BE GETTING BACK ON TRACK BY JUNE 1ST.

TRUMP SAYS MORE TESTING FOR THE CORONAVIRUS IS ON THE WAY. HE SAYS THE FDA JUST APPROVED A NEW CORONAVIRUS TEST THAT WILL BEGIN SHIPPING IMMEDIATELY. THE TEST IS SAID TO DELIVER RESULTS IN MINUTES.

DR. ANTHONY FAUCI IS OUT WITH A SOBERING PREDICTION ON COVID-19 PANDEMIC. THE DIRECTOR OF THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ALLERGY AND INFECTIOUS DISEASES SAID THERE COULD BE BETWEEN 100,000 AND 200,000 DEATHS IN THE U.S. FAUCI TOLD CNN’S STATE OF THE UNION THAT HE DOESN’T “WANT TO BE HELD TO THAT” ESTIMATE SINCE THE CORONAVIRUS IS A “MOVING TARGET.

TREASURY SECRETARY STEVEN MNUCHIN SAID SUNDAY THAT AMERICANS COULD EXPECT CHECKS FROM THE HISTORIC $2 TRILLION STIMULUS BILL TO BE DIRECT DEPOSITED IN THEIR ACCOUNTS WITHIN THREE WEEKS.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/29/2020 4:40pm:

TODAY, ILLINOIS SAW ITS BIGGEST ONE-DAY JUMP IN CORONAVIRUS CASES. 1,105 NEW CASES WERE CONFIRMED. THAT BRINGS IT TO 4,596 CORONAVIRUS CASES STATEWIDE. IN ADDITION, 10 MORE DEATHS HAVE BEEN REPORTED RAISING FATALITIES TO 64. ELEVEN OF THOSE IN COOK COUNTY.

MEANWHILE, GOV. PRITZKER ON SUNDAY ANNOUNCED THE STATE IS NOW AVERAGING 4,000 TESTS PER DAY – UP FROM 2,000 TESTS AT THE TIME OF THE LAST UPDATE ON TUESDAY.

GOVERNOR ANDREW CUOMO IS EXTENDING THE NEW YORK STATE “PAUSE” DIRECTIVE THAT REQUIRES ALL NON-ESSENTIAL EMPLOYEES TO WORK FROM HOME UNTIL APRIL 15TH. HE ALSO ANNOUNCED THAT 16,000 CORONAVIRUS TESTS WERE PERFORMED SATURDAY NIGHT, BRINGING THE STATEWIDE TESTING TOTAL TO 172,000 – WHICH IS THE HIGHEST TESTING NUMBER IN THE U.S.

TOM HANKS IS BACK IN LOS ANGELES AFTER GETTING THE CORONAVIRUS IN AUSTRALIA. HANKS TWEETED, “TWO WEEKS AFTER OUR SYMPTOMS, WE FEEL BETTER.”

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/29/2020 3:40pm:

TODAY, ILLINOIS SAW ITS BIGGEST ONE-DAY JUMP IN CORONAVIRUS CASES. 1,105 NEW CASES WERE CONFIRMED. THAT BRINGS IT TO 4,596 CORONAVIRUS CASES STATEWIDE. IN ADDITION, 18 MORE DEATHS HAVE BEEN REPORTED RAISING FATALITIES TO 65.
11 OF THE 18 REPORTED FATALITIES WERE IN COOK COUNTY.

47 OF THE STATE’S 102 COUNTIES HAVE NOW REPORTED AT LEAST ONE CONFIRMED CASE OF THE VIRUS. BOND, KNOX, MENARD AND MONTGOMERY COUNTIES ALL REPORTED THEIR FIRST CONFIRMED CASES OF THE VIRUS ON SUNDAY.

A FORMER FDA COMMISSIONER BELIEVES THE COUNTRY IS IN FOR A VERY DIFFICULT APRIL. SPEAKING TO CBS’ FACE THE NATION, DR. SCOTT GOTTLIEB WARNED THAT NEXT MONTH WILL BE TERRIBLE, BUT THAT MAY OFFERS A BIT OF HOPE. HE ALSO INSISTED THAT NOW IS NOT THE TIME TO LIFT RESTRICTIONS.

MEANWHILE, DR. FAUCI TOLD CNN’S STATE OF THE UNION THERE COULD BE MORE THAN 100,000 DEATHS IN THE U.S. BUT SAID HE DOESN’T “WANT TO BE HELD TO THAT” BECAUSE THE CORONAVIRUS IS A “MOVING TARGET.” FAUCI ALSO SAID THERE’S A WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY TO SLOW THE SPREAD OF COVID-19 IN PARTS OF THE COUNTRY THAT DON’T MANY CASES YET.

AS FOR THE TOKYO OLYMPICS? JAPAN IS NOW SAYING IT WILL BE HELD IN JULY 2021.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/29/2020 2:40pm:

DR. ANTHONY FAUCCI SAYS THERE COULD BE UP TO 200,000 CORONAVIRUS DEATHS IN THE U.S. FAUCCI ISSUED A CAVEAT WITH HIS PREDICTION ON CNN SAYING HE DOESN’T WANT TO BE HELD TO THAT. HE SAID THAT’S BECAUSE THE CORONAVIRUS IS A MOVING TARGET. FAUCCI ADDED THAT THE NUMBER OF CASES WILL GO INTO THE MILLIONS.

IT’S TOO EARLY TO SAY WHETHER INFECTED PEOPLE CAN BECOME IMMUNE. SPECIAL ADVISER TO THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION DR. DAVID HEYMANN MADE THE COMMENT ON CBS’ FACE THE NATION. HE SAID THAT ISSUE NEEDS TO BE STUDIED AND HE ALSO WARNED PEOPLE ABOUT TWO POSSIBLE SYMPTOMS OF THE VIRUS SUCH AS LOSS OF TASTE AND SMELL WHICH HAVE BEEN NOTED AMONG PATIENTS IN THE U-K. HOWEVER THE MOST COMMON SYMPTOMS ARE A FEVER AND A DRY COUGH.

ONCE AGAIN, UNITED CENTER IS HELPING COLLECT PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT UNTIL 4 PM THIS AFTERNOON IN THE PARKING LOT. THAT INCLUDES PROTECTIVE EYE WEAR LIKE GOGGLES, FACE MASKS AND SHIELDS. MEDICAL GLOVES ARE ALSO NEEDED.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/29/2020 1:40pm:

A CHICAGO INFANT WHO TESTED POSITIVE FOR CORONAVIRUS HAS DIED, ILLINOIS OFFICIALS ANNOUNCED SATURDAY. THE ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH SAID IT’S THE FIRST CORONAVIRUS-RELATED DEATH OF A CHILD UNDER ONE YEAR OF AGE IN THE UNITED STATES.

THE UNITED CENTER IS HELPING COLLECT PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT NEEDED FOR FIRST RESPONDERS DEALING WITH THE GROWING CASELOAD OF COVID-19 PATIENTS AROUND THE CHICAGO-AREA. THE EVENT SPACE IS HOSTING A SUPPLY DRIVE TODAY UNTIL 4PM. ITEMS NEEDED INCLUDE PROTECTIVE EYE WEAR LIKE GOGGLES, FACE MASKS AND SHIELDS, MEDICAL GLOVES AND DISPOSABLE PROTECTIVE

ILLINOIS IS ABOUT TO REACH 3,500 CONFIRMED CASES OF COVID-19. NEARLY TWO-THIRDS OF THOSE CASES – 2,613 – HAVE OCCURRED IN COOK COUNTY. THE STATE HAS REPORTED 47 DEATHS, WITH THE GREATEST NUMBER BEING 28 IN COOK COUNTY.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/29/2020 11:40am:

ILLINOIS IS ABOUT TO REACH 3,500 CONFIRMED CASES OF COVID-19. NEARLY TWO-THIRDS OF THOSE CASES – 2,613 – HAVE OCCURRED IN COOK COUNTY. THE STATE HAS REPORTED 47 DEATHS, WITH THE GREATEST NUMBER BEING 28 IN COOK COUNTY. ILLINOIS WAS THE SECOND STATE TO INSTITUTE A STAY-AT-HOME POLICY ON MARCH 21ST, FOLLOWING CALIFORNIA.

THE UNITED CENTER IS HELPING COLLECT PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT NEEDED FOR FIRST RESPONDERS DEALING WITH THE GROWING CASELOAD OF COVID-19 PATIENTS AROUND THE CHICAGO-AREA. THE EVENT SPACE IS HOSTING A SUPPLY DRIVE TODAY UNTIL 4PM. ITEMS NEEDED INCLUDE PROTECTIVE EYE WEAR LIKE GOGGLES, FACE MASKS AND SHIELDS, MEDICAL GLOVES AND DISPOSABLE PROTECTIVE

BOTH ILLINOIS SENATORS SAY THE RECENTLY APPROVED 2 TRILLION DOLLAR CORONAVIRUS RELIEF BILL INCLUDES 4.9 BILLION DOLLARS IN DIRECT AID TO ILLINOIS AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS. DICK DURBIN ANNOUNCED YESTERDAY THAT THE LEGISLATION, WHICH PASSED IN THE U.S. SENATE 96-0, SHOWED THAT LAWMAKERS BUT POLITICS ASIDE FOR THE WELL-BEING OF THE PEOPLE THAT THEY REPRESENT.

UPDATE 3/28/2020 6:40pm:

THE U.S. SURGEON GENERAL SAID CHICAGO IS AMONG A NUMBER OF AMERICAN CITIES IDENTIFIED AS “HOT SPOTS” FOR COVID-19 CASES AND THAT WE WILL SEE NUMBERS CONTINUE TO RISE IN THE COMING WEEKS.

RENTERS ACROSS CHICAGO ARE CALLING ON THE CITY AND LANDLORDS TO PROVIDE SOME SORT OF RELIEF AMID THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC, AKIN TO WHAT HAS TAKEN PLACE IN CALIFORNIA. WITH “STAY AT HOME” ORDERS, MANY ARE FINDING IT DIFFICULT TO MEET RENT PAYMENTS AT THE MOMENT

AS JON BON JOVI WAS, BRIAN MAY OF QUEEN WAS INSPIRED TOO BY THE LATEST DRIVE “SING-A-LONG” LAST NIGHT TO SEND OUT A VIDEO MESSAGE VIA TWITTER THANKING DRIVE LISTENERS AND CHICAGO FANS FOR CHOOSING “WE WILL ROCK YOU/WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS.” “GREAT CHOICE OF MUSIC, BY THE WAY! TAKE CARE GUYS. WE WILL GET THROUGH”, SAID MAY.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/28/2020 5:40pm:

THE FDA HAS APPROVED EMERGENCY USE OF A NEW CORONAVIRUS TEST BY ABBOTT. THE COMPANY PLANS TO MAKE 50,000 A DAY AND START DELIVERING TO HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS NEXT WEEK.

THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS ARE CONVERTING MCCORMICK PLACE INTO A MAKESHIFT 3,000 BED HOSPITAL FOR PATIENTS SUFFERING FROM CORONAVIRUS.

WITH TOILET PAPER IN SHORT SUPPLY, AMERICANS ARE SNAPPING UP SOMETHING THEY USED TO SNICKER ABOUT… WATER-SPRAYING BIDETS. SALES ARE 10 TIMES HIGHER NOW THAN BEFORE COVID-19.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/28/2020 4:40pm:

THE UNITED CENTER WILL HOST A PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT DRIVE SUNDAY IN RESPONSE TO LOCAL SHORTAGES OF ESSENTIAL MEDICAL SUPPLIES AMID THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC. THEY WILL BE ACCEPTING ITEMS INCLUDING UNUSED GLOVES, MASKS, DISPOSABLE GOWNS, AND CLEANING SUPPLIES FROM NOON-4PM.

THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO HAS ANNOUNCED AN EXTENSIVE SERIES OF PROGRAMS TO HELP SOUTH SIDE RESIDENTS, BUSINESSES AND NONPROFITS OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL MONTHS INCLUDING MEALS AND BRIDGE LOANS.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT, CHICAGO MAYOR LORI LIGHTFOOT ORDERED THE CHICAGO LAKEFRONT AND OTHER HIGH PROFILE PUBLIC AREAS CLOSED OFF, AS WELL AS PREDICTING THE “STAY AT HOME” ORDER WOULD LIKELY EXTEND LONGER THAN THE CURRENT APRIL 7th.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/28/2020 3:40pm:

THEY HAVEN’T EVEN ISSUED THE PERSONAL STIMULUS CHECKS YET, BUT THE FBI, MULTIPLE STATE ATTORNEY’S GENERAL AND OTHER AGENCIES ARE WARNING US NOT TO FALL FOR SCAM PHONE CALLS, TEXTS, EMAILS OR WEBSITES THAT ASK FOR PERSONAL OR FINANCIAL INFORMATION IN ORDER TO RECEIVE THE UP TO $1,200 FEDERAL PAYMENT. YOU CAN REST ASSURED… THE IRS KNOWS HOW TO FIND YOU TO SEND YOU THE MONEY.

STATE EDUCATION OFFICIALS ANNOUNCED SCHOOLS WILL NOT HAVE TO MAKE UP DAYS LOST TO THE COVID-19 SHUTDOWN, BUT WILL HAVE TO TRANSITION TO REMOTE LEARNING STARTING ON TUESDAY.

TACO BELL IS DOING IT’S PART TO SHOW SOME LOVE TO IT’S SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES DURING THE GLOBAL PANDEMIC. STARTING NEXT WEEK TACO BELL IS TURNING ALL OF IT’S TACO TRUCKS INTO MOBILE COMMISSARIES TO BRING FOOD TO ESSENTIAL WORKERS.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/28/2020 2:40pm:

THE U.S. NOW HAS MORE OFFICIALLY CONFIRMED CASES OF CORONAVIRUS THAN ANY OTHER COUNTRY IN THE WORLD. MEANWHILE, THERE ARE 465 NEW CORONAVIRUS CASES IN ILLINOIS BRINGING THE TOTAL TO 3,491 WITH 47 DEATHS, INCLUDING THE FIRST INFANT. INDIANA’S HEALTH DEPARTMENT REPORTS 31 DEATHS, 1,232 COVID-19 CASES.

AND THE VIRUS KNOWS NO SOCIAL STATUS EITHER, ROCKERS JACKSON BROWNE, DAVID BRYAN OF BON JOVI, BRITISH PRIME MINISTER BORIS JOHNSON AND PRINCE CHARLES HAVE ALL BEEN DIAGNOSED IN RECENT DAYS IN ADDITION TO MANY SPORTS FIGURES AND OTHER CELEBRITIES.

EVEN THE HAPPIEST PLACE ON EARTH HAS BEEN AFFECTED AS DISNEYLAND ANNOUNCED THEY WILL BE CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. DISNEY HAS BEEN CLASSY THOUGH, CONTINUING TO PAY THEIR EMPLOYEES SINCE THE PARK SHUT DOWN.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/28/2020 1:40pm:

THE U.S. NOW HAS MORE OFFICIALLY CONFIRMED CASES OF CORONAVIRUS THAN ANY OTHER COUNTRY IN THE WORLD.

STATE EDUCATION OFFICIALS ANNOUNCED SCHOOLS WILL NOT HAVE TO MAKE UP DAYS LOST TO THE COVID-19 SHUTDOWN, BUT WILL HAVE TO TRANSITION TO REMOTE LEARNING STARTING ON TUESDAY.

A POSITIVE OFFSHOOT OF THIS PANDEMIC IS THAT GAS PRICES CONTINUE TO PLUMMET. IN FACT, SOME AREA GAS STATIONS ARE OFFERING GAS AT 99 CENTS A GALLON.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/28/2020 12:40pm:

THE FDA HAS APPROVED EMERGENCY USE OF A NEW TEST BY ABBOTT. THE COMPANY PLANS TO MAKE 50-THOUSAND A DAY AND START DELIVERING TO HEALTH ARE PROVIDERS NEXT WEEK. THIS IS ACTUALLY THEIR SECOND CORONAVIRUS TEST TO BE LAUNCHED, SO COMBINED, ABBOTT CAN MAKE FIVE-MILLION A MONTH.

THE SURGEON GENERAL HAS WARNED CHICAGO RESIDENTS TO EXPECT THIS COMING WEEK TO BE WORSE THAN LAST FOR CASES OF CORONAVIRUS AND POTENTIAL DEATHS.

SOME GOOD NEWS… THE “STAY AT HOME AND SHELTER” ORDER HAS RESULTED IN A DROP IN LOCAL AREA CRIME.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/28/2020 11:40am:

THE MASSIVE $4.9 BILLION FEDERAL RELIEF BILL IS NOW A REALITY FOR ILLINOIS IN ADDITION TO THOSE PERSONAL CHECKS UP TO $1,200.

U.S. INFECTIONS OF COVID-19 HAVE RISEN QUICKLY AND SHARPLY, NOW PASSING 100,000. SO FAR, 12 CHICAGOANS HAVE DIED AS A RESULT, MEDIAN AGE BEING 47.

SOME AREA RESTAURANTS ARE SHUTTING DOWN CARRYOUT AND DELIVERY CITING THE NEED TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF THEIR GUESTS AND STAFF. BEST TO CHECK AHEAD WITH YOUR FAVORITE(S) TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT.

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UPDATE 3/28/2020 10:40am:

YESTERDAY, CHICAGO MAYOR LORI LIGHTFOOT ORDERED THE CHICAGO LAKEFRONT AND OTHER HIGH PROFILE PUBLIC AREAS CLOSED OFF, AS WELL AS PREDICTING THE “STAY AT HOME” ORDER WOULD EXTEND LONGER THAN THE CURRENT APRIL 7th.

8 MORE DEATHS IN ILLINOIS, NOW 488 CASES STATEWIDE, DEATH TOLL AT 34 AND MORE THAN 3,000 KNOWN CASES AS OF THIS MORNING.

THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS ARE CONVERTING MCCORMICK PLACE INTO A MAKESHIFT 3,000 BED HOSPITAL FOR PATIENTS SUFFERING FROM CORONAVIRUS.

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UPDATE 3/27/2020 6:40pm:

THE ARMY PUT OUT THE CALL AND 9,000 ANSWERED. THAT’S HOW MANY RETIRED SOLDIERS WITH MEDICAL EXPERIENCE VOLUNTEERED TO RETURN TO SERVICE TO HELP WITH THE PANDEMIC. ARMY OFFICIALS CALL THE RESPONSE SO FAR VERY POSITIVE.

UNITED AIRLINES OFFICIALS HAVE SAID THE ECONOMIC STIMULUS PACKAGE IS NOT ENOUGH TO PREVENT A REDUCTION IN ITS WORKFORCE. CEO OSCAR MUNOZ SAID IT WILL BE SOME TIME BEFORE TRAVEL DEMAND RETURNS TO THE LEVELS BEFORE THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS AND THAT THEY EXPECT DEMAND TO BE LOWER POSSIBLY INTO NEXT YEAR.

KRISPY KREME IS GIVING BACK TO THOSE ON THE FRONT LINES OF THE CORONAVIRUS FIGHT. ALL HEALTH CARE WORKERS CAN GET AN UNLIMITED AMOUNT OF GLAZED DONUTS FROM ANY DRIVE-THRU. THE PROMOTION STARTS MONDAY AND WILL CONTINUE EVERY MONDAY AFTERWARD THROUGH MAY 6TH.

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UPDATE 3/27/2020 5:30pm:

PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS SIGNED THE MASSIVE ECONOMIC STIMULUS BILL, WHICH WAS PASSED IN THE HOUSE EARLIER TODAY AND IN THE SENATE ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT. THE TWO-TRILLION-DOLLAR MEASURE WILL DELIVER RELIEF TO FAMILIES AND BUSINESSES IMPACTED BY COVID-19.

UNDER THE DEFENSE PRODUCTION ACT, GM NOW HAS A PRESIDENTIAL ORDER TO MAKE VENTILATORS. GM OFFICIALS SAID THEY WOULD BUILD CRITICAL-CARE VENTILATORS AT ONE OF ITS PLANTS IN INDIANA, AND THEY EXPECT TO MAKE 10,000 UNITS A MONTH. THE COMPANY ALSO PLANS TO MAKE SURGICAL MASKS AT A PLANT IN MICHIGAN.

488 NEW CASES OF CORONAVIRUS WERE REPORTED IN ILLINOIS TODAY, BRINGING THE TOTAL NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO TESTED POSITIVE FOR THE VIRUS TO 3,026. THERE ARE NOW OVER 100,000 CASES REPORTED IN THE UNITED STATES.

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UPDATE 3/27/2020 3:40pm:

WALL STREET ENDED A ROLLER-COASTER WEEK SHARPLY LOWER, AS STOCKS FELL DESPITE THE HOUSE PASSING THE TWO-TRILLION DOLLAR CORONAVIRUS RELIEF BILL. AT CLOSING BELL, THE DOW WAS DOWN 915 POINTS, THE S&P FELL 88 POINTS, AND THE NASDAQ WAS DOWN 295 POINTS.

FORD IS GETTING ITS FACTORIES TO WORK MAKING MUCH-NEEDED MEDICAL EQUIPMENT TO HELP DEAL WITH THE PANDEMIC. THE COMPANY SAID IT IS DELIVERING TENS OF THOUSANDS OF FACE SHIELDS TO HOSPITALS AND POLICE DEPARTMENTS. FORD IS ALSO WORKING WITH GE ON MAKING SIMPLIFIED VENTILATORS.

APPLE IS HELPING AMERICANS KNOW IF THEY NEED TO BE TESTED FOR COVID-19. IT LAUNCHED A WEBSITE AND APP WITH INFORMATION ABOUT THE VIRUS AND WILL SCREEN PEOPLE FOR SYMPTOMS. THE WEBSITE IS APPLE-DOT-COM-SLASH-COVID19.

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UPDATE 3/27/2020 2:40pm:

THE TWO-TRILLION-DOLLAR ECONOMIC STIMULUS BILL, PROVIDING RELIEF FOR AMERICANS IMPACTED BY COVID-19, IS EXPECTED TO BE SIGNED BY THE PRESIDENT THIS AFTERNOON. IT PASSED IN THE HOUSE EARLIER TODAY.

OFFICIALS REPORTED 488 NEW CONFIRMED CASES OF THE VIRUS IN ILLINOIS TODAY, AND EIGHT MORE DEATHS. THAT BRINGS THE TOTAL CASE NUMBER IN THE STATE TO 3,026 AND THE NUMBER OF DEATHS TO 34.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS QUARTERBACK DREW BREES AND HIS WIFE BRITTANY DONATED 5 MILLION DOLLARS TO CHARITIES WHO WILL DELIVER 10,000 MEALS PER DAY THROUGHOUT LOUISIANA TO HELP THOSE IN NEED DURING THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS. THE NUMBER OF CORONAVIRUS CASES IN LOUISIANA JUMPED DRAMATICALLY THIS WEEK.

BANK OF AMERICA HAS PLEDGED NO LAYOFFS FOR EMPLOYEES DURING THE PANDEMIC. ALL 200-THOUSAND EMPLOYEES HAVE BEEN NOTIFIED THEY DO NOT HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT THEIR JOBS THROUGH THE END OF THE YEAR. CEO BRIAN MOYNIHAN SAID BANK OF AMERICA WILL CONTINUE TO PAY EVERYONE, EVEN IF THEY CAN’T WORK FROM HOME BECAUSE OF THE TYPE OF JOB THEY DO.

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UPDATE 3/27/2020 1:40pm:

MAYOR LIGHTFOOT ANNOUNCED TODAY THAT THE CITY OF CHICAGO WILL GIVE ONE-TIME GRANTS OF $1,000 DOLLARS FOR RENT OR MORTGAGE PAYMENTS TO RESIDENTS WHO QUALIFY. TO QUALIFY, PROOF OF A CHANGE IN THE STATUS OF EMPLOYMENT MUST BE PROVIDED, ALONG WITH AN UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE CLAIM, AND PROOF THAT INCOME IS 60 PERCENT OF THE AREA MEDIAN. RESIDENTS CAN APPLY ONLINE AT THE CITY’S CORONAVIRUS WEBPAGE.

PEOPLE WHO WORK AS INSTACART SHOPPERS ARE PLANNING TO WALK OFF THEIR JOBS ON MONDAY AND NOT RETURN UNTIL THE COMPANY MEETS CERTAIN DEMANDS, INCLUDING HAZARD PAY AND PROVIDING DISINFECTANT WIPES. INSTACART ALLOWS PEOPLE TO SHOP FOR GROCERIES ONLINE AND THEN HAVE THEM DELIVERED BY A PERSON WHO SERVES AS A SHOPPER. GIG WORKERS COLLECTIVE SAID THAT SHOPPERS ARE ON THE FRONT LINES WITH A HIGHER RISK OF BEING INFECTED WITH THE VIRUS.

THE ECONOMIC STIMULUS BILL IS NOW HEADING TO THE PRESIDENT’S DESK AFTER BEING PASSED BY THE HOUSE TODAY. THE TWO-TRILLION DOLLAR MEASURE IS A RESPONSE TO THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS, AND INCLUDES A DIRECT CASH PAYMENT TO INDIVIDUALS, EXPANDED UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS, AND MONEY FOR HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS AND HOSPITALS.

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UPDATE 3/27/2020 12:40pm:

THE HOUSE HAS APPROVED THE TWO-TRILLION DOLLAR ECONOMIC STIMULUS BILL, THE LARGEST RESCUE MEASURE IN U.S. HISTORY. THE STIMULUS WOULD GIVE DIRECT PAYMENTS TO AMERICANS, AMONG OTHER BENEFITS DESIGNED TO EASE THE BLOW OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC. THE LEGISLATION WILL NOW GO TO THE PRESIDENT, WHO IS EXPECTED TO SIGN SHORTLY AFTER RECEIVING IT.

ILLINOIS SENATORS DICK DURBIN AND TAMMY DUCKWORTH SAY OVER 3.5 MILLION DOLLARS IN FEDERAL FUNDING IS COMING TO COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS. 45 CENTERS ACROSS THE STATE WILL RECEIVE THE GRANTS TO AID THEIR RESPONSE TO THE VIRUS.

RUSH UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER IS CONVERTING ITS MAIN LOBBY INTO A TRIAGE CENTER FOR NON-COVID-19 PATIENTS TO PREPARE FOR A POTENTIAL OVERFLOW. THE LOBBY IS EXPECTED TO BE OPEN TO PATIENTS TODAY. ALSO STARTING TODAY, THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO MEDICAL CENTER WILL BRING BACK ASYMPTOMATIC STAFF WHO HAVE BEEN OFF WORK AFTER POSSIBLE EXPOSURE TO THE VIRUS.

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UPDATE 3/27/2020 11:45am:

OVER 40 PEOPLE ARE REPORTEDLY SICK, 10 HAVE TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 AFTER ATTENDING CHURCH IN GLENVIEW. THERE WERE AN ESTIMATED 80 PEOPLE AT LIFE CHURCH’S SERVICE ON MARCH 15TH, THE PASTOR IS REPORTEDLY FEELING SICK AS WELL, HE IS RECOVERING IN ISOLATION.

BRITISH PRIME MINISTER BORIS JOHNSON HAS TESTED POSITIVE FOR THE CORONAVIRUS, HE IS THE FIRST MAJOR WORLD LEADER TO GET THE VIRUS. JOHNSON SAYS HE WILL CONTINUE TO LEAD BRITAIN’S FIGHT AGAINST THE VIRUS WHILE SELF-ISOLATING AT TEN DOWNING STREET. A SECOND TOP OFFICIAL IN THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT IS ALSO DEALING WITH A COVID-19 INFECTION. HEALTH SECRETARY MATT HANCOCK ANNOUNCED ON TWITTER THAT HE ALSO HAS TESTED POSITIVE FOR THE VIRUS.

IF YOU WEAR CONTACT GLASSES, THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF OPHTHALMOLOGISTS IS URGING YOU TO SWITCH TO GLASSES ONLY DURING THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK. THAT’S BECAUSE PEOPLE WHO WEAR CONTACTS TOUCH THEIR FACES AND EYES SEVERAL TIMES A DAY TO PUT IN CONTACTS, ADJUST THEM AND TAKE THEM OUT. THAT INCREASES THE RISK OF CORONAVIRUS DROPLETS GETTING INTO THE EYES, EITHER THROUGH SOMEONE COUGHING OR SNEEZING OR TOUCHING A SURFACE THAT HAS THE VIRUS AND THEN TOUCHING THE EYES.

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UPDATE 3/27/2020 10:45am:

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP HAS APPROVED ILLINOIS’ REQUEST FOR A FEDERAL DISASTER DECLARATION, MAKING FEDERAL FUNDING AVAILABLE FOR COVID-19 RECOVERY EFFORTS. THIS COMES AFTER THE STATE HAD THE HIGHEST JUMP IN CASES, WITH 673 NEW CASES AND SEVEN ADDITIONAL DEATHS, MORE THAN DOUBLE THE AMOUNT REPORTED WEDNESDAY. THERE ARE NOW 2,538 CASES CONFIRMED IN ILLINOIS AND 26 DEATHS.

NO ONE WANTS TO SIT IN THE MIDDLE SEAT ON AIRPLANES, AND NOW IF YOU FLY AMERICAN AIRLINES, YOU MAY NOT HAVE TO. AS THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS CONTINUES, THE AIRLINE WILL BLOCK HALF OF ALL MIDDLE SEATS ON PLANES TO CREATE MORE SPACE BETWEEN PASSENGERS.

ESPN HAS A NEW PLAN FOR PROGRAMMING WHILE IT WAITS FOR LIVE SPORTING EVENTS TO RESUME. STARTING TODAY, THE NETWORK WILL AIR DISNEY MOVIES ON FRIDAY NIGHTS. THE NBA, MLB, NHL AND OTHER SPORTING LEAGUES HAVE POSTPONED THEIR SEASONS DUE TO THE ONGOING CORONAVIRUS CRISIS.

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UPDATE 3/27/2020 9:45am:

GLOBALLY, THERE ARE NOW OVER 500,000 CASES OF THE CORONA VIRUS. BRITISH PRIME MINISTER BORIS JOHNSON HAS TESTED POSITIVE FOR CORONAVIRUS. JOHNSON TOOK TO TWITTER TO SAY HE IS SHOWING ONLY MILD SIGNS OF THE RESPIRATORY ILLNESS, INCLUDING FEVER AND COUGH. HE SAID HE’S SELF-ISOLATING FOR NOW AND WORKING FROM HOME.

STOCK FUTURES ARE POINTING TO A ROUGH LANDING AFTER THREE STRAIGHT DAYS OF BIG GAINS. DOW FUTURES INDICATE A 600-POINT DROP, MORE THAN TWO AND-A-HALF PERCENT, WHEN TRADING BEGINS. S&P 500 AND NASDAQ FUTURES ARE DOWN CLOSE TO TWO AND-A-HALF PERCENT AS WELL. THE DOW AND THE S&P 500 EACH ADDED MORE THAN SIX-PERCENT ON THURSDAY.

THE FAMOUS CROSSWALK ON THE BEATLES’ ABBEY ROAD ALBUM COVER IS GETTING A FRESH PAINT JOB. LONDON IS CURRENTLY ON LOCKDOWN BECAUSE OF THE CORONAVIRUS, SO, SINCE NO ONE WAS OUT AND ABOUT, THE CITY’S HIGHWAY MAINTENANCE DEPARTMENT DECIDED IT WAS A GOOD TIME TO GIVE THE LANDMARK A FRESH COAT OF PAINT. TOURISTS FLOCK TO THE CROSSWALK EVERY YEAR, TO GET A PICTURE OF THEMSELVES CROSSING ABBEY ROAD THE WAY THE BEATLES DID IN 1969. THE CROSSWALK WAS DESIGNATED A NATIONAL LANDMARK IN 2010.

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UPDATE 3/27/2020 8:45am:

THE U.S. HAS THE MOST CASES OF CORONAVIRUS IN THE WORLD. WITH OVER 82,000 CASES, AMERICA HAS PASSED BOTH ITALY AND CHINA. OVER 1,100 PEOPLE HAVE DIED IN THE U.S. MOST OF THOSE DEATHS HAVE BEEN IN NEW YORK AND WASHINGTON STATE. IN ILLINOIS, WE HAVE 26 PEOPLE WHO HAVE DIED, OVER 2,500 CASES OF COVID-19.

WALGREENS HAS BEGUN DRIVE-THRU SHOPPING DURING THE PANDEMIC. THE DRUG STORE CHAIN SAYS SHOPPERS CAN NOW PULL UP TO THE DRIVE-THRU WINDOW AND ASK FOR A MENU OF AVAILABLE ITEMS. THE MENU INCLUDES COUGH AND COLD MEDICINE, PAIN RELIEF MEDICATIONS, BABY FORMULA AND GROCERIES. DRIVERS CAN THEN PLACE AN ORDER AND WAIT FOR IT TO BE BAGGED.

THE NFL DRAFT WILL GO ON AS SCHEDULED. IN A MEMO THURSDAY, LEAGUE COMMISSIONER ROGER GOODELL SAID THE DRAFT WILL STILL PROCEED ON APRIL 23RD, BUT THE EVENT WILL HAVE MAJOR CHANGES DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS. ACCORDING TO THE MEMO, PROSPECTS AND THEIR FAMILIES WILL NOT BE BROUGHT TO THE DRAFT. LSU QUARTERBACK JOE BURROW IS EXPECTED TO BE THE NUMBER ONE OVERALL PICK.

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UPDATE 3/27/2020 7:10am:

TWO CHICAGO HOSPITALS ARE PREPARING FOR A POSSIBLE OVERFLOW OF PATIENTS DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK. RUSH UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER IS CONVERTING ITS MAIN LOBBY INTO A TRIAGE CENTER FOR NON-COVID-19 PATIENTS. THE LOBBY IS EXPECTED TO BE OPEN TO PATIENTS TODAY. ALSO STARTING TODAY, THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO MEDICAL CENTER WILL BRING BACK STAFF WHO HAVE BEEN OFF OF WORK AFTER POTENTIAL EXPOSURE TO THE CORONAVIRUS. FACULTY AND STAFF WHO WERE ASYMPTOMATIC ARE RETURNING.

STATE OFFICIALS ARE WARNING CONSUMERS TO BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR PRICE GOUGING. ILLINOIS ATTORNEY GENERAL KWAME RAOUL HAS CREATED A WEBSITE WHERE PEOPLE CAN REPORT UNNECESSARY SPIKES IN PRICES. RAOUL’S OFFICE REPORTS THAT IT IS AWARE OF SEVERAL INSTANCES OF SEVERE PRICE GOUGING.

THE EAGLES ARE POSTPONING THE REST OF THEIR HOTEL CALIFORNIA TOUR BECAUSE OF THE CORONAVIRUS. THE BAND’S BEEN PLAYING THEIR FAMOUS 1976 ALBUM AT ARENAS ACROSS THE U.S. SINCE EARLY FEBRUARY. THE TOUR’S NOW BEING PUSHED BACK TO SEPTEMBER BECAUSE OF THE CORONAVIRUS, STARTING ON THE 18TH WITH TWO NIGHTS IN DENVER.

THE INDIANAPOLIS 500 IS THE LATEST MAJOR SPORTS EVENT TO FALL VICTIM TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC. RACE OFFICIALS ANNOUNCED THE TRADITIONAL MEMORIAL WEEKEND EVENT WILL BE POSTPONED UNTIL AUGUST 23RD. IT WAS SCHEDULED TO TAKE PLACE ON MAY 24TH.

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MAYOR LIGHTFOOT ISSUED AN EXECUTIVE ORDER CLOSING THE CITY’S LAKEFRONT, RIVERWALK AND 606 TRAIL UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. THE MAYOR MADE THE ANNOUNCEMENT YESTERDAY IN RESPONSE TO A NUMBER OF PEOPLE GATHERING IN THE CITY WHILE THE STATE’S STAY AT HOME ORDER IS IN EFFECT. THE ORDER BANS LAKEFRONT ACCESS TO ALL PARKS IN CHICAGO ADJOINING

UPDATE 3/27/2020 6:10am:

LAKE MICHIGAN, INCLUDING WALKING, RUNNING AND CYCLING PATHS, BEACHES AND OTHER RECREATIONAL FACILITIES. IT ALSO BANS CONTACT SPORTS, LIKE BASKETBALL AND FOOTBALL.

THE NUMBER OF CASES OF THE CORONAVIRUS IN ILLINOIS JUMPED BY NEARLY 700, AND SEVEN MORE PEOPLE HAVE DIED. SO FAR, 26 PEOPLE IN ILLINOIS HAVE DIED FROM THE VIRUS AND MORE THAN 2,500 PEOPLE HAVE GOTTEN SICK. THE GOVERNOR SAYS MOST OF THE DEATHS ARE PEOPLE WHO ARE OVER THE AGE OF 60.

THE WHITE HOUSE CORONAVIRUS TASK FORCE BELIEVES SOME AREAS OF THE MIDWEST COULD BECOME HOT SPOTS FOR THE ILLNESS – INCLUDING CHICAGO AND DETROIT, AREAS SHOWING A “MORE RAPID INCREASE” THAN OTHER AREAS. THE U.S SURPASSED BOTH ITALY AND CHINA TODAY FOR THE HIGHEST CASE COUNT OF COVID-19 WITH OVER 82,000.

MOST FLIERS TRY TO AVOID THE MIDDLE SEAT AND NOW AMERICAN AIRLINES IS GETTING RID OF IT. AT LEAST, DURING THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS. STARTING TODAY, THE AIRLINE WILL BLOCK HALF OF ALL MIDDLE SEATS ON PLANES TO CREATE MORE SPACE BETWEEN PASSENGERS.

A CALIFORNIA SOCIAL MEDIA INFLUENCER IS IN THE HOSPITAL WITH THE COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS AFTER LICKING A PUBLIC TOILET AS PART OF A TIKTOK CHALLENGE. KNOWN AS LARZ, THE 21-YEAR-OLD BEVERLY HILLS MAN CONFIRMED THE DIAGNOSIS FROM A HOSPITAL BED IN A VIDEO ON HIS TWITTER ACCOUNT, WHICH HAS SINCE BEEN SUSPENDED.

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UPDATE 3/26/2020 6:40pm:

THE WHITE HOUSE CORONAVIRUS TASK FORCE BELIEVES SOME AREAS OF THE MIDWEST COULD BECOME HOT SPOTS FOR THE ILLNESS – INCLUDING CHICAGO AND DETROIT. DR. DEBORAH BIRX SAYS THESE AREAS ARE HAVING A “MORE RAPID INCREASE” THAN OTHER AREAS. BIRX ALSO SAID MOST OF THE NEW COVID-19 CASES ARE STILL COMING OUT OF NEW YORK CITY. THE U.S SURPASSED BOTH ITALY AND CHINA TODAY FOR THE HIGHEST CASE COUNT OF COVID-19 AT OVER 82,000.

CROCS IS STEPPING IN TO GET COMFORTABLE SHOES TO THOSE ON THE FRONT LINES OF THE CRISIS. HEALTH CARE WORKERS CAN REGISTER FOR A FREE PAIR OF CROCS EVERY DAY AT NOON EASTERN. THE REGISTRATION WEBSITE WILL STAY OPEN UNTIL 10,000 CROCS HAVE BEEN GIVEN OUT EVERY DAY. THE COMPANY IS ALSO DONATING 100,000 PAIRS OF SHOES TO SELECT ORGANIZATIONS.

HERE IN CHICAGO, THE SOPHY HYDE PARK WILL CLOSE TO THE PUBLIC FRIDAY AND RE-OPEN SPECIFICALLY TO UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO MEDICAL CENTER STAFF WORKING TO COMBAT THE PANDEMIC. ROOMS WILL BE FREE OF CHARGE.

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UPDATE 3/26/2020 5:30pm:

THE U.S. NOW HAS THE MOST CASES OF CORONAVIRUS IN THE WORLD. JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY REPORTED DATA THAT SHOWS MORE THAN 82,000 CASES IN THE U.S., SURPASSING BOTH ITALY AND CHINA. OVER 1,100 PEOPLE HAVE DIED IN THE U.S. DUE TO THE PANDEMIC.

ILLINOIS STATE OFFICIALS HAVE NOW DECIDED THAT RECREATIONAL SPORTS BUSINESSES LIKE GOLF COURSES ARE NOT DEEMED ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES, AND MUST CLOSE DURING THE CORONAVIRUS SHUTDOWN. THESE BUSINESSES HAD PREVIOUSLY BEEN ALLOWED TO REMAIN OPEN, BUT THAT REVERSAL OF ORDER WAS DELIVERED THIS AFTERNOON.

ANGELINA JOLIE HAS DONATED A MILLION DOLLARS TO “NO KID HUNGRY,” WHICH IS AN ORGANIZATION THAT HELPS FEED CHILDREN WHO RELY ON SCHOOL LUNCHES FOR THEIR MEALS. IN A STATEMENT, JOLIE SAID THAT DUE TO SCHOOLS BEING SHUT DOWN BECAUSE OF THE PANDEMIC, NEARLY 22-MILLION CHILDREN CAN’T GET THE NUTRITION AND CARE THEY WOULD NORMALLY DEPEND ON DURING SCHOOL HOURS.

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UPDATE 3/26/2020 3:50pm:

THE DOW IS UP OVER 20 PERCENT SINCE CLOSING ON MONDAY, DESPITE THE LABOR DEPARTMENT REPORTING THAT 3.3 MILLION AMERICANS FILED FIRST-TIME UNEMPLOYMENT CLAIMS LAST WEEK. INVESTORS APPEAR CONFIDENT THAT THE TWO-TRILLION-DOLLAR STIMULUS PACKAGE PASSED LAST NIGHT WILL EASE THE ECONOMIC HARDSHIP OF THE PANDEMIC.

A RELIEF PACKAGE WAS ANNOUNCED TODAY FOR COOK COUNTY BUSINESSES. THE PACKAGE WILL WAIVE FINES AND FEES AND DEFER TAX COLLECTIONS FOR ALL COUNTY BUSINESS OWNERS.

OFFICIALS REPORTED 673 NEW CASES OF CORONAVIRUS IN ILLINOIS TODAY, BRINGING THE TOTAL NUMBER OF CONFIRMED CASES IN THE STATE TO 2,538. THERE ARE OVER 75,000 REPORTED CASES IN THE U.S.

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UPDATE 3/26/2020 2:50pm:

IN A STATE BRIEFING TODAY, 673 NEW CONFIRMED CASES OF CORONAVIRUS IN ILLINOIS WERE REPORTED, WITH 7 ADDITIONAL DEATHS. THERE ARE NOW 2,538 TOTAL CONFIRMED CASES, WITH 26 TOTAL DEATHS.

IN THE BRIEFING, GOVERNOR PRITZKER SAID THAT THE PRESIDENT HAS APPROVED THE ILLINOIS DISASTER DECLARATION, MAKING FEDERAL AID AVAILABLE TO SUPPLEMENT STATE EFFORTS. PRITZKER EMPHASIZED THE NECESSITY TO FOLLOW THE MANDATE TO STAY HOME AND PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING TO COMBAT THIS PANDEMIC.

FIFTY DETAINEES AT THE COOK COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS HAVE BEEN TESTED FOR THE VIRUS AFTER SHOWING FLU-LIKE SYMPTOMS. ACCORDING TO A STATEMENT FROM THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE, 17 HAVE TESTED POSITIVE, 2 NEGATIVE, AND 31 ARE AWAITING TEST RESULTS. FOUR CORRECTIONAL STAFFERS AND ONE DEPUTY HAVE TESTED POSITIVE.

THE INDIANAPOLIS 500 HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL AUGUST 23 DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC. THE RACE WON’T RUN ON MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 1946, AFTER WORLD WAR II.

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UPDATE 3/26/2020 1:40pm:

TREASURY SECRETARY STEVE MNUCHIN SAYS AMERICANS COULD START RECEIVING RELIEF CHECKS FROM THE GOVERNMENT WITHIN THREE WEEKS. THAT ASSUMES THE TWO-TRILLION-DOLLAR CORONAVIRUS STIMULUS BILL, WHICH HAS CLEARED THE SENATE, CLEARS THE HOUSE TOMORROW AND IS THEN SIGNED BY THE PRESIDENT.

THE DOW JONES INDUSTRIAL AVERAGE HAS GAINED OVER 1,200 POINTS AT TIMES DURING TRADING TODAY, EVEN THOUGH THE LABOR DEPARTMENT REPORTED OVER THREE MILLION UNEMPLOYMENT CLAIMS WERE FILED LAST WEEK.

THE REAL ID PROGRAM, WHICH SEEKS TO MAKE ALL STATE-ISSUED IDENTIFICATION UNIFORM, WILL BE DELAYED DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS. THE ORIGINAL DEADLINE, SCHEDULED FOR OCTOBER 1 OF THIS YEAR, HAS BEEN MOVED TO OCTOBER 1 OF 2021. THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY HAS DETERMINED A TWELVE-MONTH DELAY IS REQUIRED.

AND IN THE LATEST STEP TO PREVENT THE SPREAD OF THE VIRUS, CHICAGO’S ENTIRE LAKEFRONT TRAIL, ADJACENT PARKS, THE 606 TRAIL AND THE CHICAGO RIVERWALK ARE CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. POLICE ARE INCREASING PATROLS IN THESE AREAS AND WILL TICKET VIOLATORS.

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UPDATE 3/26/2020 12:40pm:

STARTING TODAY, ALL OF THE LAKEFRONT IN CHICAGO IS CLOSED, AS WELL AS ITS ADJOINING PARKS. OFFICIALS SAY THIS WILL REMAIN IN PLACE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE IN ORDER TO PREVENT THE SPREAD OF COVID-19 INFECTION. ALL FIELDHOUSES, PLAYLOTS, SCHOOL PLAYGROUNDS, THE CHICAGO RIVERWALK AND THE 606 TRAIL ARE ALSO CLOSED.

ALMOST 115,000 WORKERS IN ILLINOIS APPLIED FOR UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS LAST WEEK, OVER 10 TIMES THE NUMBER FROM THE PREVIOUS WEEK. TO HANDLE THE VOLUME OF CLAIMS, THE ONLINE APPLICATION PORTAL HAS BEEN MOVED TO A MORE ROBUST PLATFORM. THE STATE HAS ALSO EXTENDED CALL CENTER HOURS AND ADDED STAFF. NATIONWIDE, UNEMPLOYMENT CLAIMS BROKE RECORDS LAST WEEK, WHERE THE LABOR DEPARTMENT REPORTED OVER 3.3 MILLION APPLICATIONS.

THE SENATE PASSED THE ROUGHLY TWO-TRILLION DOLLAR CORONAVIRUS STIMULUS PACKAGE LAST NIGHT. IT MUST NOW PASS THE HOUSE BEFORE GOING TO THE PRESIDENT FOR SIGN-OFF. THE BILL WOULD PROVIDE DIRECT PAYMENTS TO INDIVIDUALS, SUSPEND STUDENT LOAN PAYMENTS, BOOST UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS, AND MORE.

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UPDATE 3/26/2020 11:45am:

MAYOR LIGHTFOOT WANTS TO REMIND CHICAGOANS THAT “CHICAGO IS AT RISK” AFTER CHICAGO POLICE OFFICERS BROKE UP MANY GATHERINGS OF PEOPLE ALONG THE LAKE FRONT YESTERDAY. THE CHICAGO POLICE DEPARTMENT AND THE MAYOR WANT THE PUBLIC TO KNOW, IF THEY DON’T FOLLOW THE GOVERNOR’S STAY AT HOME ORDER, AND KEEP THEIR DISTANCE FROM OTHER PEOPLE, WHEN THEY DO GO OUTSIDE…IT COULD RESULT IN A CITATION AND FINE OF UP TO $500.

THE UNITED CENTER IS ABOUT TO BECOME A LOGISTICAL HUB FOR CHICAGO’S FIGHT AGAINST COVID-19, AND MORE LOCAL HOTELS HAVE AGREED TO RENT ROOMS TO ISOLATE PATIENTS. WITH THE NBA AND NHL SEASONS SUSPENDED INDEFINITELY, THE UNITED CENTER HAS BEEN SITTING UNUSED. THE HOME OF THE BLACKHAWKS AND BULLS WILL BE USED FOR FOOD DISTRIBUTION, STAGING AND COORDINATION FOR VALUABLE SHIPMENTS OF MEDICAL SUPPLIES. THE ILLINOIS NATIONAL GUARD WILL LIKELY BE INVOLVED IN THE EFFORT AFTER ACTIVATING MORE THAN 100 SPECIALISTS. ALSO, MCCORMICK PLACE HAS BEEN DISCUSSED AS A POTENTIAL TEMPORARY SHELTER FOR THE HOMELESS.

BLOOMINGTON-BASED STATE FARM INSURANCE COMPANY SAYS IT IS PAUSING ALL IN-OFFICE WORK AT ITS FACILITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC. WITH ALMOST 58,000 EMPLOYEES ARE WORKING FROM HOME. THE INSURANCE COMPANY IS ASKING CUSTOMERS FOR PATIENCE AS THEY MAY EXPERIENCE INCREASED HOLD TIMES.

UPDATE 3/26/2020 10:45am:

AT THE OPENING BELL, STOCKS WERE UP WITH THE DOW JONES INDUSTRIAL AVERAGE INCREASING MORE THAN 400 POINTS. THE DOW IS COMING OFF OF BACK-TO-BACK POSITIVE DAYS FOR THE FIRST TIME IN SEVEN WEEKS.

MORE AMERICANS THAN EVER BEFORE ARE FILING FIRST-TIME CLAIMS FOR UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS. NEARLY 3.3 MILLION WORKERS FILED INITIAL CLAIMS LAST WEEK AS THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC SHUTS DOWN MUCH OF THE NATION’S ECONOMY. THAT’S NEARLY FIVE TIMES AS MANY AS THE PREVIOUS RECORD OF JUST UNDER 700,000, SET IN OCTOBER OF 1982.

THE ARMY IS ASKING RETIRED SOLDIERS WITH MEDICAL EXPERIENCE TO COME BACK AND FIGHT THE CORONAVIRUS. THIS INCLUDES ALL DOCTORS AND MEDICS. THE ARMY SENT OUT EMAILS DESCRIBING IT A VOLUNTARY RECALL.

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UPDATE 3/26/2020 9:45am:

GLOBALLY, SPAIN NOW HAS MORE CORONAVIRUS DEATHS THAN CHINA, SECOND ONLY TO ITALY. COVID-19 HAS ALSO REACHED THE UK’S ROYAL FAMILY, WHICH ANNOUNCED THAT 71-YEAR-OLD PRINCE CHARLES, NEXT IN LINE TO THE THRONE, HAS TESTED POSITIVE.

IN THE US, ONE EPIDEMIOLOGIST ESTIMATES VIRUS DEATHS WILL LIKELY REACH THEIR PEAK IN THREE WEEKS. THE AMERICAN EPICENTER OF THE OUTBREAK IS NEW YORK CITY, WHERE THE NUMBER CASES IS DOUBLING ABOUT EVERY THREE DAYS.

THE UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS IS ANNOUNCING MODIFICATIONS TO ITS ACADEMIC POLICIES FOR THIS SEMESTER IN RESPONSE TO THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC. THE CHANGES FOLLOW THE U OF I’S DECISION TO SUSPEND FACE-TO-FACE INSTRUCTION THIS WEEK. STUDENTS ARE BEING GIVEN THE OPTION TO RECEIVE CREDIT OR NO CREDIT INSTEAD OF REGULAR GRADES. INSTRUCTORS WILL ALSO HAVE THE OPTION OF MAKING THEIR COURSES PASS-FAIL.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/26/2020 8:45am:

THE HOUSE WILL VOTE TODAY ON A TWO-TRILLION DOLLAR CORONAVIRUS RELIEF PACKAGE. THE SENATE PASSED THE BILL ON A 96-0 VOTE LATE LAST NIGHT. THE BILL WILL SEND CASH TO INDIVIDUALS AND BUSINESSES TO HELP KEEP THE ECONOMY GOING DURING THE PANDEMIC.

THE CORONAVIRUS HAS NOW KILLED MORE THAN A 1,000 AMERICANS. THERE HAVE BEEN MORE THAN 68,100 CASES REPORTED IN THE U.S. SINCE THE OUTBREAK BEGAN. IN ILLINOIS, 19 PEOPLE HAVE DIED, AND THE TOTAL NUMBER OF COVID-19 CASES JUMPED TO OVER 1,800, WITH 330 NEW CASES REPORTED YESTERDAY. AMONG THE CASES: TWO STUDENTS AT NORTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY, CORRECTIONAL OFFICERS AND A PRISONER AT THE STATEVILLE CORRECTIONAL CENTER, AND A CONTRACTOR AT SHERIDAN CORRECTIONAL CENTER.

STARBUCKS IS OFFERING FREE COFFEE TO PEOPLE ON THE FRONTLINES OF THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS. EVERYONE FROM FIRST RESPONDERS TO DOCTORS, NURSES, AND RESEARCHERS CAN GET A FREE COFFEE THROUGH MAY 3RD.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/26/2020 7:10am:

HOURS AFTER CHICAGO MAYOR LORI LIGHTFOOT REMINDED RESIDENTS AGAIN TO TAKE THE COVID-19 STAY-AT-HOME ORDER SERIOUSLY, POLICE OFFICERS CLEARED THE LAKEFRONT. AROUND 6:30 P.M. OFFICERS AND SQUAD CARS WERE AT NORTH AVENUE BEACH AND THE SURROUNDING AREA ENFORCING THE “DO NOT CONGREGATE MANDATE” ISSUED BY GOV. JB PRITZKER.

THE WARM WEATHER YESTERDAY HAD RESIDENTS FLOCKING TO SIDEWALKS, PARKS AND PATHS…UP AND DOWN THE LAKEFRONT LATE IN THE AFTERNOON SCORES OF OFFICERS WERE EITHER ACTIVELY PATROLLING OR ASSIGNED TO CERTAIN SPOTS. AFTER REPEATED CALLS IN RECENT DAYS FOR COMPLIANCE, A VISIBLY FRUSTRATED LIGHTFOOT HELD A NEWS CONFERENCE TO EXPLAIN THE SEVERITY OF THE SITUATION – AGAIN.

THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC HAS HIT A GRIM MILESTONE IN THE U.S. MORE THAN A 1,000 PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY HAVE NOW DIED FROM THE VIRUS. THERE HAVE BEEN MORE THAN 68,100 CASES REPORTED IN THE U.S. SINCE THE OUTBREAK BEGAN.

THE NUMBER OF COVID-19 CASES REPORTED AT AMAZON WAREHOUSES ACROSS THE COUNTRY CONTINUES TO GROW. AT LEAST 10 FACILITIES HAVE HAD CORONAVIRUS CASES SO FAR, INCLUDING JOLIET, ILLINOIS. BROWNSTOWN, MICH. STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. AND QUEENS, N.Y.

HALLMARK IS TRYING TO HELP MAKE SELF-ISOLATION A BIT EASIER. THE NETWORK ANNOUNCED THAT IT IS HAVING ANOTHER WEEKEND CHRISTMAS MOVIE MARATHON. IT’S SISTER NETWORK HALLMARK MOVIES & MYSTERIES ALSO HAS ITS OWN LINEUP OF HOLIDAY MOVIES. HALLMARK’S “COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS” AND HALLMARK MOVIES & MYSTERIES’ HOLIDAY MARATHONS KICK OFF THIS FRIDAY.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/26/2020 6:10am:

THREE MORE CORONAVIRUS DEATHS WERE REPORTED IN ILLINOIS ON WEDNESDAY, BRINGING THE OVERALL DEATH TOLL IN THE STATE TO 19. THE DEATHS WERE A KANE COUNTY MAN IN HIS 90S, A COOK COUNTY MAN IN HIS 60S AND A WILL COUNTY WOMAN IN HER 50S; 13 OF THE 19 DEATHS HAVE BEEN FROM COOK COUNTY. THE TOTAL NUMBER OF COVID-19 CASES JUMPED TO OVER 1,800, WITH 330 NEW CASES REPORTED YESTERDAY. AMONG THE CASES: TWO STUDENTS AT NORTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY, CORRECTIONAL OFFICERS AND A PRISONER AT THE STATEVILLE CORRECTIONAL CENTER, AND A CONTRACTOR AT SHERIDAN CORRECTIONAL CENTER.

LATE WEDNESDAY THE SENATE PASSED THE $2.2 TRILLION ECONOMIC RESCUE PACKAGE AIMED TO AID BUSINESSES, WORKERS AND HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS ENGULFED BY THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC. THE BILL WOULD PROVIDE ONE-TIME DIRECT PAYMENTS TO AMERICANS OF $1,200 PER ADULT MAKING UP TO $75,000 A YEAR, AND $2,400 TO A MARRIED COUPLE MAKING UP TO $150,000, WITH $500 PAYMENTS PER CHILD.

GOVERNOR JB PRITZKER ON WEDNESDAY PUSHED BACK THE STATE INCOME TAX-FILING DEADLINE TO MATCH THE NEW FEDERAL DEADLINE OF JULY 15TH. THE GOVERNOR ALSO ANNOUNCED THREE PROGRAMS THAT WILL OFFER 90-MILLION DOLLARS’ WORTH OF LOW-INTEREST LOANS AND GRANTS TO SMALL BUSINESSES THAT HAVE BEEN ECONOMICALLY IMPACTED BY THE CORONAVIRUS.

THE APOLLO THEATER STAGE IS ABOUT TO GO DIGITAL. FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 86 YEARS, THE APOLLO THEATER ANNOUNCED THAT IT WILL BE HOLDING ITS FAMOUS AMATEUR NIGHT OPEN AUDITIONS FOR ITS SUMMER AND FALL SEASON SOLELY ONLINE. ORGANIZERS SAY THEY MADE THE MOVE AFTER THEATERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY WERE FORCED TO GO DARK AMID THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK. THOSE WHO WOULD LIKE TO AUDITION SHOULD HEAD TO APOLLOTHEATER.ORG TO APPLY.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/25/2020 6:40pm:

A VOTE ON THE CORONAVIRUS STIMULUS BILL IS NOW HUNG UP IN THE SENATE. SOME REPUBLICANS HAVE RAISED CONCERNS ABOUT LANGUAGE INVOLVING UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS AFTER THE WHITE HOUSE AND SENATE LEADERS STRUCK A DEAL ON THE PACKAGE LAST NIGHT. THE BILL WOULD NEED TO GET APPROVAL BY THE HOUSE BEFORE IT CAN BE SENT TO THE PRESENT.

THE PENTAGON IS ORDERING U.S. TROOPS TO STOP MOVEMENT OVERSEAS FOR UP TO 60 DAYS DUE TO THE PANDEMIC. ALL U.S. SERVICE MEMBERS OVERSEAS OR CURRENTLY SCHEDULED TO DEPLOY FROM THE U.S. WILL STAY IN THEIR PRESENT LOCATIONS FOR THE NEXT 60 DAYS. SECRETARY OF DEFENSE MARK ESPER SAID THE ORDER APPLIES TO ALL U.S. FORCES, CIVILIAN PERSONNEL AND FAMILIES.

MAYOR LIGHTFOOT IS WARNING THE PUBLIC AGAINST SO-CALLED MIRACLE CURES FOR COVID-19. IN A RECENT APPEARANCE ON THE CITY HEALTH COMMISSIONER’S DAILY INTERNET ADDRESS, LIGHTFOOT DISPELLED THE METHOD OF INHALING STEAM TO KILL THE VIRUS, AMONG OTHER FALSE TREATMENTS, AND REITERATED THAT THERE IS NO CURE FOR CORONAVIRUS.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/25/2020 5:30pm:

AMAZON IS MAKING A LIST OF THE MOST POPULAR BOARD GAMESTO HELP PASS THE TIME WHILE UNDER STAY-AT-HOME ORDERS. CLASSIC GAMES LIKE CANDY LAND, BATTLESHIP, AND GUESS WHO MADE THE LIST. AMAZON IS TAKING ORDERS, BUT ESSENTIAL ITEMS WILL BE PRIORITIZED FOR ESSENTIAL DELIVERY.

THE COMMISSIONER OF THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, DR. STEPHEN HAHN, WARNS AGAINST SELF-MEDICATING WITH ANY FORM OF CHLOROQUINE PHOSPHATE, AFTER IT WAS WRONGFULLY TOUTED BY SOME AS HAVING CURATIVE PROPERTIES. AN ARIZONA MAN DIED THIS WEEK AFTER TAKING A FORM USED IN TREATING AQUARIUMS.

JOHN HOPKINS UNIVERSITY RESEARCHERS REPORT THAT THERE ARE OVER 440-THOUSAND CONFIRMED CASES WORLDWIDE, WITH OVER 20-THOUSAND DEAD. THE U.S. HAS THE THIRD MOST INFECTIONS AT MORE THAN 61-THOUSAND.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/25/2020 3:50pm:

FOR THE FIRST TIME IN SEVEN WEEKS THE DOW POSTED CONSECUTIVE TRADING SESSIONS THAT FINISHED WITH GAINS. A DAY AFTER POSTING RECORD HIGHS, AT CLOSING BELL TODAY IT HAD GAINED 495 POINTS.

THE CORONAVIRUS STIMULUS BILL IS STILL PENDING IN THE SENATE, WHERE SENATORS HAVE BEEN DISSECTING THE LANGUAGE IN THE DOCUMENT, WHICH IS OVER ONE THOUSAND PAGES LONG. THE WHITE HOUSE AND SENATE LEADERS STRUCK A BIPARTISAN DEAL OVERNIGHT, BUT SOME LAWMAKERS HAVE RAISED CONCERNS ABOUT LANGUAGE INVOLVING UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION.

THE ILLINOIS STATE DENTAL SOCIETY IS RECOMMENDING ALL DENTISTS CEASE ALL IN-PERSON DENTAL TREATMENT EXCEPT FOR EMERGENCIES UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. THE SOCIETY PREVIOUSLY RECOMMENDED POSTPONING ELECTIVE PROCEDURES ONLY.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/25/2020 2:50pm:

IN TODAY’S PUBLIC BRIEFING, ILLINOIS OFFICIALS REPORTED 330 NEW CONFIRMED CASES OF CORONAVIRUS, AND THREE MORE DEATHS. THERE ARE NOW 1,865 CONFIRMED CASES AND 19 DEATHS REPORTED IN THE STATE. GOVERNOR PRITZKER ANNOUNCED THAT THE STATE TAX DEADLINE IS DELAYED UNTIL JULY 15, IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE DELAYED DEADLINE FOR FEDERAL TAXES.

CHICAGO INTERIM POLICE SUPERINTENDENT CHARLIE BECK SAID THAT POLICE WILL BEGIN TICKETING THOSE WHO DO NOT FOLLOW THE STATE’S STAY-AT-HOME MANDATE. STARTING TODAY, THOSE WHO DEFY SOCIAL DISTANCING ORDERS WILL BE GIVEN ONE WARNING, THEN CITED UP TO TO 500 DOLLARS AND EVEN ARRESTED IF THEY CONTINUE TO VIOLATE THE ORDER.

THE UNITED CENTER WILL BE REPURPOSED INTO A LOGISTICS HUB FOR CHICAGO TO BATTLE THE PANDEMIC LOCALLY. THE ARENA WILL BE USED TO STAGE FIRST RESPONDERS, COLLECT MEDICAL SUPPLIES, AND HELP WITH FRONT LINE FOOD DISTRIBUTION.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/25/2020 1:40pm:

IN A PUBLIC BRIEFING, MAYOR LORI LIGHTFOOT ORDERED CHICAGOANS TO OBEY THE MANDATE TO PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING OVER CONCERNS ABOUT THE WARMER, SUNNIER WEATHER TODAY. SHE SAID SHE WILL SHUT DOWN THE ENTIRE LAKEFRONT IN THE CITY IF CITIZENS ARE NOT HEEDING THE ORDER TO STAY AT HOME. INTERIM POLICE SUPERINTENDENT CHARLIE BECK ADDED THAT IF CITIZENS CONGREGATE FOR SPORTS, GAMES, OR OTHER REVELRY AMID THE SHELTER-IN-PLACE ORDER, THEY WILL BE FINED STARTING TODAY.

ILLINOIS IS ONE OF ELEVEN STATES GETTING A MEDICAID WAIVER REQUEST GRANTED. THE CENTERS FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SERVES SAY THE WAIVERS OFFER NEW FLEXIBILITIES TO FOCUS STATE RESOURCES ON COMBATTING THE PANDEMIC. THEY PROVIDE RELIEF ON THINGS LIKE PRIOR AUTHORIZATION AND PROVIDER ENROLLMENT REQUIREMENTS.

WAFFLE HOUSE IS CLOSING 365 OF ITS RESTAURANTS ACROSS THE U.S. BECAUSE OF THE CORONAVIRUS. THE COMPANY MADE THE ANNOUNCEMENT ON TWITTER, AND POSTED A MAP OF THE LOCATIONS BEING CLOSED. THE CHAIN RARELY CLOSES UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, LEADING TO WHAT IS KNOWN AS THE WAFFLE HOUSE INDEX, WHICH IS AN UNOFFICIAL EMERGENCY SYSTEM USED TO MEASURE THE SEVERITY OF STORMS AND OTHER CRISES.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/25/2020 12:40pm:

THE DOW JONES INDUSTRIAL AVERAGE IS SHOWING THE FIRST BACK-TO-BACK GAINS IN MORE THAN A MONTH. DURING MID-DAY TRADING, THE INDEX WAS UP BY MORE THAN A THOUSAND POINTS. THE DOW SET A SINGLE-DAY RECORD YESTERDAY BY GAINING MORE THAN 2100 POINTS, LARGELY IN ANTICIPATION OF THE CORONAVIRUS STIMULUS PACKAGE BILL INJECTING CASH INTO THE ECONOMY. THE BILL IS NOW UNDER REVIEW BY HOUSE DEMOCRATIC LEADERS.

STATE AND LOCAL OFFICIALS ARE CONSIDERING MAKING MCCORMICK PLACE A TEMPORARY SHELTER FOR THE HOMELESS IN CHICAGO. THE ENORMOUS CAMPUS, USUALLY BUSY WITH MAJOR CONVENTIONS, HAS BEEN SHUT DOWN BY THE VIRUS AND THE STATEWIDE ORDER TO SHELTER-IN-PLACE.

AND YOUTUBE WILL HELP EASE THE STRAIN ON THE INTERNET BY REDUCING VIDEO QUALITY WORLDWIDE. THE UNPRECEDENTED AMOUNT OF PEOPLE STAYING HOME AND USING THE WEB DURING THE PANDEMIC HAS CAUSED FEARS OF CRASHING DUE TO OVER-USE. YOUTUBE WILL DEFAULT TO STANDARD DEFINITION FOR THE NEXT 30 DAYS.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/25/2020 10:45am:

THE SENATE IS EXPECTED TO MOVE QUICKLY TODAY TO APPROVE A MASSIVE ECONOMIC STIMULUS PACKAGE. THE WHITE HOUSE AND CONGRESSIONAL LEADERS STRUCK A DEAL OVERNIGHT ON THE ROUGHLY TWO-TRILLION BILL. THE BIPARTISAN MEASURE IS A RESPONSE TO THE ECONOMIC FALLOUT FROM THE GROWING CORONAVIRUS CRISIS.

THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC HAS LED TO COMPLAINTS ABOUT PRICE GOUGING AT STORES ACROSS THE STATE OF ILLINOIS. CONSUMERS SAY PRICES HAVE SOARED ON CERTAIN ITEMS THAT ARE IN DEMAND. ILLINOIS’ ATTORNEY GENERAL SAYS STORES CAUGHT PRICE GOUGING COULD FACE STIFF CONSEQUENCES.

NEW YORK CITY IS CURRENTLY THE EPICENTER OF THE CORONAVIRUS IN THE U.S. WHERE THE NUMBER OF INFECTIONS CONTINUES TO SKY-ROCKET. NEARLY 16-THOUSAND CASES HAVE BEEN CONFIRMED. NEW YORK GOVERNOR ANDREW CUOMO HAS WARNED THE NUMBER OF INFECTIONS MIGHT NOT PEAK UNTIL MID-APRIL.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/25/2020 8:20am:

GOVERNOR PRITZKER ANNOUNCED TUESDAY ILLINOIS’ TOTAL COVID-19 CASE NUMBER TICKED UP TO 1,535 WITH 16 DEATHS.

IT’S ALL OVER BUT THE VOTING AFTER THE SENATE AND THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION REACHED A DEAL FOR A TWO-TRILLION DOLLAR CORONAVIRUS ECONOMIC STIMULUS PACKAGE. THE AGREEMENT ANNOUNCED AFTER MIDNIGHT CAME AFTER FIVE STRAIGHT DAYS OF INTENSE NEGOTIATIONS ON A BILL THAT WILL PROVIDE RELIEF FOR BUSINESSES, LAID-OFF WORKERS AND FAMILIES.

WITH THE NUMBER OF CASES STATEWIDE IN ILLINOIS CONTINUING TO RISE, OFFICIALS SAYS MORE THAN HALF THE STATE’S HOSPITAL BEDS ARE NOW OCCUPIED. WITH 26,025 HOSPITAL BEDS AVAILABLE, ILLINOIS OFFICIALS CLAIM IF NO PROTECTIVE MEASURES WERE TAKEN, THEY PREDICT THE STATE WOULD RUN OUT OF BEDS IN LESS THAN A WEEK.

PRINCE CHARLES HAS TESTED POSITIVE FOR THE CORONAVIRUS. THE 71-YEAR-OLD IS SHOWING MILD SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19 AND IS SELF-ISOLATING AT A ROYAL ESTATE IN SCOTLAND.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/24/2020 6:40pm:

THE HILTON CHICAGO IS NOTIFYING GUESTS THAT IT WILL SUSPEND OPERATIONS INDEFINITELY AS OF THIS FRIDAY DUE TO LOSSES STEMMING FROM THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS. WITH OVER 1500 ROOMS, IT IS ONE OF THE LARGEST IN CHICAGO. CITY OFFICIALS THIS WEEK UNVEILED A PLAN TO PAY FOR HOTEL ROOMS TO USE FOR COVID-19 PATIENTS WHO NEED TO BE ISOLATED.

NEW YORK CITY, ONE OF THE STATES HARDEST-HIT BY THE VIRUS, WILL PILOT A PROGRAM AIMED AT ALLOWING PEOPLE TO GET FRESH AIR AND EXERCISE WHILE UNDER SHELTER-IN-PLACE ORDERS. TWO STREETS PER BOROUGH WILL CLOSE TO TRAFFIC AND OPEN UP TO RESIDENTS. AUTHORITIES WILL MONITOR THE ACTIVITY TO DETERMINE WHETHER SOCIAL DISTANCING POLICIES ARE BEING ADHERED TO.

WALL STREET INVESTORS ARE PREPARING FOR THE MARKET TO TURN AROUND AS THE SENATE NEGOTIATES A DEAL TO INJECT MONEY INTO THE ECONOMY WITH A BIPARTISAN STIMULUS PACKAGE. THE DOW JONES INDUSTRIAL AVERAGE WAS UP ABOUT TEN PERCENT TODAY, DESPITE A REPORT THAT NEW HOME SALES WERE DOWN DRAMATICALLY IN FEBRUARY.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/24/2020 5:30pm:

PRESIDENT TRUMP OPENED TODAY’S CORONAVIRUS TASK FORCE BRIEFING WITH A STATED GOAL TO EASE SOCIAL DISTANCING GUIDELINES AROUND EASTER. THIS IS AT ODDS WITH MAJOR HEALTH OFFICIALS, INCLUDING SURGEON GENERAL JEROME ADAMS, WHO ALL WARN THAT THE VIRUS WILL GET WORSE IN THE U.S.

WORK ON AN ECONOMIC STIMULUS PACKAGE CONTINUES IN THE SENATE. THE BI-PARTISAN BILL AIMS TO DEAL WITH THE GROWING ECONOMIC FALLOUT FROM THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC.

CHICAGO POLICE AND FIRE OFFICIALS SAID TODAY THAT THEIR DEPARTMENTS ARE PREPARED TO CONTINUE TO ASSIST DURING THE CRISIS. INTERIM POLICE DEPARTMENT SUPERINTENDENT CHARLIE BECK SAID THAT AT LEAST 12,000 PROTECTIVE KITS INCLUDING GLOVES AND MASKS HAVE BEEN GIVEN TO OFFICERS. THERE ARE NOW SIX MEMBERS OF THE CHICAGO POLICE DEPARTMENT WITH CONFIRMED CASES OF THE VIRUS.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/24/2020 3:50pm:

THE DOW ENDED THE DAY WITH A GAIN OF OVER 2000 POINTS, THE LARGEST EVER RECORDED, ON WORD THAT THE CORONAVIRUS STIMULUS PACKAGE MIGHT PASS IN THE SENATE. THE 2-TRILLION-DOLLAR BILL PROPOSES A CASH INJECTION TO AMERICANS HURTING ECONOMICALLY DUE TO THE PANDEMIC. MONEY TO ENSURE HOSPITAL OPERATIONS IS ALSO SAID TO BE PART OF THE PACKAGE.

OFFICIALS ANNOUNCED TODAY THAT THERE ARE 1,535 CASES OF COVID-19 CONFIRMED IN ILLINOIS, 250 MORE THAN YESTERDAY. FIVE CHICAGO FIRE DEPARTMENT MEMBERS HAVE NOW TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19.

RESTAURANTS AROUND THE COUNTRY HAVE DECLARED TODAY “GREAT AMERICAN TAKEOUT DAY.” AS THE PANDEMIC CAUSES MAJOR LAYOFFS WITHIN THE RESTAURANT INDUSTRY, THE IDEA IS TO ORDER TAKE-OUT OR DELIVERY TODAY TO SUPPORT FOOD SERVICE BUSINESSES AND WORKERS, AND POST ABOUT IT ON SOCIAL MEDIA USING THE HASHTAG “THE GREAT AMERICAN TAKEOUT” TO HELP SPREAD THE WORD.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/24/2020 2:50pm:

THE ILLINOS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH REPORTED 250 NEW CASES OF THE CORONAVIRUS IN THE STATE TODAY, BRINGING THE TOTAL TO 1,535. FOUR ADDITIONAL DEATHS IN ILLINOIS DUE TO THE VIRUS WERE ALSO REPORTED. IN A PUBLIC BRIEFING TODAY, GOVERNOR PRITZKER STRESSED COMPLIANCE WITH STAY-AT-HOME ORDERS TO CURB THE SPREAD OF THE VIRUS. THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE INFECTED WORLDWIDE IS NOW OVER 400,000.

WASHINGTON DC MAYOR MURIEL BOWSER IS PLANNING TO ORDER ALL NON-ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES CLOSED IN THE DISTRICT. ALMOST 140 PEOPLE HAVE BEEN INFECTED BY THE VIRUS IN DC, INCLUDING A ONE-YEAR-OLD.

YOU’LL START SEEING SNEEZE GUARDS AT ALL JEWEL-OSCO STORES. THE PLEXIGLASS GUARDS WILL BE PUT INTO PLACE AT REGISTERS, SERVICE DESKS, AND PHARMACY COUNTERS TO PROTECT EMPLOYEES AND CUSTOMERS FROM SPREADING INFECTION. THE COMPANY WILL ALSO PUT TAPE ON FLOORS TO HELP PEOPLE PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING WHILE SHOPPING AND CHECKING OUT.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/24/2020 1:45pm:

THE DIRECTOR OF THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION SAYS IT’S POSSIBLE TO “CHANGE THE TRAJECTORY” OF THE VIRUS, BUT MORE RIGOROUS TESTING MUST BE DONE, ESPECIALLY AS THE SPREAD OF THE VIRUS PICKS UP SPEED WITH MORE THAN 365-THOUSAND CASES CONFIRMED. HE WILL ASK LEADERS TO WORK TOGETHER THIS WEEK TO BOOST PRODUCTION OF PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT.

HEALTHCARE WORKERS WITH EXPIRED LICENSES IN ILLINOIS ARE BEING ENCOURAGED TO COME BACK INTO PRACTICE AS CORONAVIRUS CASES CONTINUE TO RISE IN THE STATE. OFFICIALS ARE NOW ALLOWING THOSE EXPIRED LICENSES TO BE TEMPORARILY RESTORED, A REGULATORY CHANGE THAT COMES AFTER GOVERNOR PRITZKER ISSUED A CALL FOR RETIRED DOCTORS AND NURSES TO HELP WITH THE SURGE IN COVID-19 PATIENTS.

WALGREENS, COSTCO AND TRADER JOE’S ARE THE LATEST FOOD RETAILERS SETTING ASIDE SPECIAL HOURS FOR SENIOR CITIZENS TO SHOP. AT WALGREENS, IT’S THE FIRST HOUR OF EVERY TUESDAY, WITH CAREGIVERS AND IMMEDIATE FAMILY ALSO ALLOWED. COSTCO OFFERS A SPECIAL HOUR TUESDAYS AND THURSDAYS, AND TRADER JOE’S IS HAVING SENIOR HOUR EVERY MORNING.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/24/2020 12:40pm:

STOCKS ARE UP ON WALL STREET AS DISCUSSIONS CONTINUE IN THE SENATE ON THE TWO-TRILLION-DOLLAR STIMULUS PACKAGE CREATED IN RESPONSE TO THE CORONAVIRUS. THE DOW HAS SEEN SPIKES OF MORE THAN 1500 POINTS AT TIMES TODAY, WHICH INVESTORS ARE KEEPING AN EYE ON BECAUSE THE DOW IS ON A TRAJECTORY TOWARD ITS WORST MONTH SINCE THE GREAT DEPRESSION.

ITALY REPORTS AN INCREASE IN CORONAVIRUS DEATHS – 743 OVER THE LAST 24 HOURS. THAT IS MORE THAN MONDAY, WHICH HAD BEEN THE SECOND DAY OF A DOWNWARD TREND. AT LEAST 6800 PEOPLE HAVE DIED IN THE COUNTRY SO FAR. IN ILLINOIS, THERE ARE 1285 POSITIVE CASES REPORTED, AND 12 DEATHS.

MAYOR LIGHTFOOT ANNOUNCED THAT THE CITY OF CHICAGO WILL BE GIVING SEVERAL BREAKS ON TRANSPORTATION DURING THE CRISIS, INCLUDING CREDITS FOR UNUSED CTA PASSES, FREE CAB RIDES FOR PASSENGERS WITH DISABILITIES, AND DISCOUNTED DIVVY MEMBERSHIP. THE CITY WILL ALSO DEFER VEHICLE INSPECTION AND LICENSE RENEWAL WHILE THE BUSINESS AFFAIRS AND CONSUMER PROTECTION OFFICES ARE SHUTTERED.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/24/2020 11:40am:

THE NUMBER OF COVID-19 CASES IN ILLINOIS CONTINUES TO RISE. THE STATE OF ILLINOIS CORONAVIRUS WEBSITE SAYS THERE ARE NOW 1,285 CASES IN THE STATE, AND INCREASE OF ALMOST 250 FROM THE WEEKEND. THERE ARE ALSO 12 DEATHS. THE STATE HAS NOW TESTED ALMOST 10,000 PEOPLE FOR THE VIRUS.

GOVERNOR PRIZTER ANNOUNCED A NEW EFFORT TO GET NEEDED PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT TO MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS DURING THE CORONAVIRUS PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY. PRITZKER SAID A NEW TASK FORCE WILL WORK WITH ILLINOIS COMPANIES TO PRODUCE AND DISTRIBUTE THE EQUIPMENT.

MAYOR LIGHTFOOT IS URGING THE WHITE HOUSE TO POSTPONE THE 2020 U.S. CENSUS. SHE SAID YESTERDAY THAT THERE IS NOT ENOUGH BANDWIDTH TO GO ON WITH THE COUNT WHILE BATTLING CORONAVIRUS.

METRA IS PROVIDING FREE RIDES TO MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS. THE AGENCY ANNOUNCED YESTERDAY THAT ALL DOCTORS, NURSES, EMTS, PARAMEDICS, AND OTHER RELATED PERSONNEL CAN RIDE FARE-FREE ON ALL THEIR RAIL LINES THROUGH APRIL 7TH.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/24/2020 10:40am:

THE NUMBER OF CORONAVIRUS CASES IN ILLINOIS HAS REACHED 1,285 WITH A TOTAL OF 12 DEATHS.

HOUSE SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI IS OPTIMISTIC THAT A DEAL COULD BE STRUCK ON A MASSIVE STIMULUS DEAL SOON.

THE 2020 OLYMPICS IN JAPAN ARE BEING DELAYED UNTIL NEXT YEAR. THE GAMES WILL BE HELD NO LATER THAN NEXT SUMMER.

CHICAGO WILL BE RENTING OUT VACANT HOTEL ROOMS FOR THOSE AFFECTED BY COVID-19. MAYOR LIGHTFOOT ANNOUNCED YESTERDAY THAT THE ROOMS WILL BE AVAILABLE TO THOSE EITHER WAITING FOR TEST RESULTS OR THOSE WHO HAVE A MILD CASE OF THE VIRUS.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/23/2020 6:40pm:

THE ILLINOIS NATIONAL GUARD BEGAN TESTING FIRST RESPONDERS AND HEALTH CARE WORKERS FOR THE CORONAVIRUS AT A NEWLY OPENED SITE ON THE NORTHWEST SIDE. THE SITE, LOCATED AT 6959 W. FOREST PRESERVE DRIVE, WILL DO 250 TESTS A DAY, GIVEN ON A FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED BASIS.

THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION’S SOLIDARITY TRIAL – WHICH EXAMINES TREATMENT OPTIONS FOR THE VIRUS – PLANS TO ENROLL ITS FIRST PATIENTS THIS WEEK. THE TRIAL WAS ORGANIZED TO TEST APPROACHES TO TACKLE THE VIRUS ACROSS SEVERAL COUNTRIES, AND COMPARE DATA TO FIND THE MOST EFFECTIVE TREATMENTS.

MARYLAND GOVERNOR LARRY HOGAN SHUT DOWN ALL NONESSENTIAL BUSINESSES IN THE STATE TODAY. VIRGINIA PUBLIC SCHOOLS ARE NOW CLOSED THROUGH THE END OF THE YEAR.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/23/2020 5:30pm:

THE 2020 TOKYO OLYMPICS WILL BE POSTPONED DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC. THE GAMES WERE SCHEDULED TO BEGIN ON JULY 24. IOC MEMBER DICK POUND TOLD USA TODAY THAT THEY WILL LIKELY BE MOVED TO 2021.

NEW YORK STATE, HARD-HIT BY THE CORONAVIRUS, NOW HAS OVER 20,000 CASES, WITH A HOSPITALIZATION RATE OF OVER 13%. GOVERNOR ANDREW CUOMO SAYS THIS INCLUDES OVER 5,700 NEW CASES AS TESTING CONTINUES TO EXPAND STATEWIDE. GLOBAL CASES OF THE VIRUS ARE OVER 350,000, AND OVER 35,000 CASES CONFIRMED IN THE U.S.

VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE TOLD GOVERNORS TODAY THAT FEMA IS NOW THE HUB OF THE WHITE HOUSE’S EFFORTS TO MAKE SURE CORONAVIRUS POLICIES ARE LOCALLY EXECUTED. HE SAID HE HOPES THE RECENTLY SIGNED DISASTER DECLARATION GIVES GOVERNORS CONFIDENCE THAT THEY HAVE THE SUPPORT OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/23/2020 3:50pm:

THE MASSIVE ECONOMIC STIMULUS BILL DID NOT MOVE FORWARD TODAY. THIS IS THE SECOND TIME IN THREE DAYS THAT THE BILL HAS STALLED, WHEN A KEY PROCEDURAL VOTE FAILED TO HIT A 60 VOTE THRESHOLD. THE BILL PROPOSES TO INJECT CASH DIRECTLY TO AMERICANS IMPACTED BY THE CORONAVIRUS.

THE WHITE HOUSE HAS ANNOUNCED A NEW COMPUTING CONSORTIUM. COMPANIES INCLUDING IBM AND MICROSOFT WILL TEAM WITH OTHERS LIKE NASA IN A PUBIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP AIMED AT GIVING RESEARCHERS A LEG UP IN FIGHTING THE CORONAVIRUS.

REAL ESTATE COMPANY ZILLOW IS SUSPENDING HOME BUYING NATIONWIDE. THE COMPANY SAID IT IS HALTING SERVICE TODAY IN RESPONSE TO LOCAL PUBLIC HEALTH ORDERS. ITS HOME INVENTORY HAS DECLINED TO FEWER THAN 1,900 HOMES NATIONWIDE AS OF LAST WEEK.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/23/2020 2:50pm:

A COOK COUNTY PUBLIC DEFENDER IS CALLING FOR THE RELEASE OF DETAINEES IN THE COUNTY JAIL DURING THE PANDEMIC, AFTER A GROUP OF RELIGIOUS LEADERS GATHERED YESTERDAY PLEADING FOR RELEASE SO THAT JAILS AND PRISONS DON’T BECOME INFECTION SITES.

MICHIGAN GOVERNOR GRETCHEN WHITMER ORDERED A STATEWIDE STAY-AT-HOME MANDATE TO TAKE EFFECT STARTING AT MIDNIGHT. MICHIGAN JOINS ILLINOIS, INDIANA, CALIFORNIA, NEW YORK, AND SEVERAL OTHER STATES IN ISSUING SIMILAR ORDERS TO CURB THE SPREAD OF THE VIRUS.

A FEDERAL RESERVE POLICYMAKER PREDICTS THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IN THE U.S. COULD REACH 30 PERCENT. JAMES BULLARD, PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE BANK OF ST. LOUIS, TOLD BLOOMBERG NEWS HE ALSO EXPECTS A 50% DECLINE IN GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT IN THE SECOND QUARTER.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/23/2020 1:40pm:

SURGEON GENERAL JEROME ADAMS ISSUED A STARK WARNING TO AMERICANS ON NBC’S “TODAY”. HE SAID AMERICANS NEED TO UNDERSTAND THE SERIOUSNESS OF THE PANDEMIC AND STAY HOME. THERE ARE MORE THAN 40,000 CONFIRMED CASES OF CORONAVIRUS IN THE U.S.

FOLLOWING ILLINOIS, OHIO AND OTHER STATES WHO HAVE STAY-AT-HOME MANDATES, INDIANA GOVERNOR ERIC HOLCOMB ORDERED RESIDENTS TO REMAIN AT HOME STARTING TODAY. WISCONSIN GOVERNOR TONY EVERS ORDERED ALL NON-ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES CLOSE STARTING TOMORROW.

METRA IS OPERATING AT ABOUT HALF OF ITS NORMAL WEEKDAY SERVICE TO ADJUST FOR THE REDUCED NUMBERS OF RIDERS. THERE ARE CHANGES FOR EVERY LINE EXCEPT THE HERITAGE CORRIDOR, WHICH OPERATES NORMALLY. RIDERS ARE ASKED TO AVOID PAYING WITH CASH WHILE ON TRAINS TO LESSEN THE RISK OF PERSON-TO-PERSON CONTAGION.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/23/2020 12:40pm:

THE STOCK MARKET CONTINUES TO DECLINE. THE DOW FELL OVER 900 POINTS TODAY AS STOCKS ARE SOLD OFF AND TALKS REGARDING A MASSIVE STIMULUS PACKAGE STALL BETWEEN DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS.

CVS HEALTH IS ADDING JOBS AS THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK SURGES. THE COMPANY IS HIRING 50,000 WORKERS, AND EMPLOYEES AT CVS STORES WILL GET A BONUS OF UP TO $500.

CITY OFFICIALS IN CHICAGO ARE PLANNING TO RENT THOUSANDS OF HOTEL ROOMS TO PEOPLE WHO NEED TO ISOLATE DUE TO THE VIRUS. SO FAR THE CAMBRIA CHICAGO MAGNIFICENT MILE IS ON BOARD, AND OTHER HOTELS ARE CLOSE TO FINALIZING A DEAL WITH THE CITY THAT WOULD MAKE ROOMS AVAILABLE TO PEOPLE WHO SHOW SYMPTOMS, HAVE BEEN EXPOSED, OR WHO ARE AWAITING TEST RESULTS. REFERRALS FOR THE ROOMS WILL COME FROM THE CHICAGO DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/23/2020 11:45am:

ILLINOIS GOVERNOR JB PRITZKER SAYS IT’S A “WILD WEST” AS STATES COMPETE FOR SUPPLIES TO FIGHT THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC. SPEAKING ON NBC’S TODAY, PRITZKER SAID THAT STATES ARE COMPETING AGAINST EACH OTHER FOR SUPPLIES. HE ADDED THAT STATES ARE ALSO FIGHTING OTHER COUNTRIES FOR SUPPLIES. PRITZKER SAID HIS STATE IS GETTING ANOTHER SHIPMENT OF PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT, BUT THAT’S ONLY A “FRACTION” OF WHAT’S BEEN REQUESTED. HE LAMENTED THAT ILLINOIS IS OVER-PAYING FOR THOSE SUPPLIES.

AFTER THE FIRST FULL DAY SINCE THE GOVERNOR’S “STAY-AT-HOME” ORDER WENT INTO EFFECT SATURDAY AT 5 P.M., SOME CHICAGO AREA EMPLOYEES ARE QUESTIONING HOW THEIR COMPANY DEEMS THEIR BUSINESS AS ESSENTIAL. ALEXIA MACIAS IS AN EMPLOYEE AT MICHAELS IN BOLINGBROOK. SHE SAW A SURGE IN BUSINESS AFTER THE GOVERNOR’S ANNOUNCEMENT ON FRIDAY, BUT EXPLAINS THAT SHE DOESN’T SEE HOW YARN AND GLITTER SHOULD BE CONSIDERED ESSENTIAL. MANY ARE PETITIONING ON CHANGE.ORG FOR MICHAELS TO TEMPORARILY SHUT DOWN DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC.

TWO FEDERAL COVID-19 TESTING SITES HAVE OPENED FOR HEALTHCARE WORKERS AND FIRST RESPONDERS AT WALMART’S IN JOLIET AND NORTHLAKE. THE DRIVE-THRU TESTING SITES ARE LOCATED IN THE STORES’ PARKING LOTS. THESE SITES ARE NOT OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC AND OFFICIALS WILL ONLY TEST FIRST RESPONDERS AND HEALTHCARE WORKERS WHO HAVE POTENTIALLY BEEN EXPOSED TO COVID-19

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/23/2020 10:45am:

ILLINOIS NOW HAS 1,049 CONFIRMED CASES AND 9 CONFIRMED DEATHS. SEVERAL OF CHICAGO FIRST RESPONDERS HAVE BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH COVID-19, INCLUDING 2 PARAMEDICS LAST WEEK AND 4 ADDITIONAL POLICE OFFICERS SINCE THEN.

NEW YORK CITY MAYOR BILL DE BLASIO SAYS HE CAN’T GUARANTEE THE CITY’S ELEVEN PUBLIC HOSPITALS WILL BE ABLE TO HANDLE THE NUMBER OF CORONAVIRUS PATIENTS BEYOND THIS WEEK. THE MAYOR ALSO COMPLAINED ABOUT PRICE GOUGING SAYING HIS STAFF EXPECTED MILLIONS OF MASKS TO COME, BUT GOT OUTBID BY SOMEWHERE ELSE IN THE WORLD.

THE SENATE IS SCHEDULED TO VOTE AGAIN TODAY TO ADVANCE A CORONAVIRUS STIMULUS PACKAGE. THE TRILLION-DOLLAR BILL DIDN’T GET THE 60 VOTES NEEDED TO CLEAR A PROCEDURAL HURDLE SUNDAY. THE MEASURE WOULD PROVIDE PAYMENTS OF $1,200 FOR MANY INDIVIDUALS, WITH MORE FOR EACH CHILD IN A FAMILY.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/23/2020 9:45am:

STOCKS ARE PLUNGING AT THE OPEN ON WALL STREET AFTER THE FEDERAL RESERVE SIGNALED SUPPORT FOR FINANCIAL MARKETS. THE DOW JONES INDUSTRIAL AVERAGE WAS DOWN MORE THAN 200 POINTS IN EARLY TRADING DESPITE THE CENTRAL BANK’S SURPRISE ANNOUNCEMENT OF AN OPEN-ENDED ASSET PURCHASE PROGRAM.

ILLINOIS NOW HAS 1,049 CONFIRMED CASES AND 9 CONFIRMED DEATHS.

SUBURBAN BLUE ISLAND POLICE DEPARTMENT WAS SHUT DOWN AFTER AN EMPLOYEE TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19. THE COUNTY SHERIFF AND STATE POLICE ARE COVERING THE CITY WHILE THE BLUE ISLAND POLICE STATION IS THOROUGHLY CLEANED AND OTHER OFFICERS ARE TESTED.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/23/2020 8:45am:

ILLINOIS NOW HAS 1,049 CONFIRMED CASES AND 9 CONFIRMED DEATHS.
WISCONSIN HAS 381 CASES – 4 DEATHS BLAMED ON THE VIRUS
INDIANA 201 SICK, 6 DEAD
MICHIGAN HAS 1035 CONFIRMED CASES, 9 DEATHS.

NEW YORK STATE IS THE HARDEST HIT WITH OVER 15,000 CASES. OVER 9,600 CORONAVIRUS CASES IN NEW YORK CITY. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS ACTIVATED THE NATIONAL GUARD IN CALIFORNIA, WASHINGTON AND NEW YORK, THREE OF THE STATES HARDEST HIT BY THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK.

THE SENATE IS SCHEDULED TO VOTE AGAIN TODAY TO ADVANCE A CORONAVIRUS STIMULUS PACKAGE. THE TRILLION-DOLLAR BILL DIDN’T GET ANYWHERE CLOSE TO THE 60 VOTES NEEDED TO CLEAR A PROCEDURAL HURDLE SUNDAY EVENING. DEMOCRATIC LEADERS SAID THE BILL CURRENTLY GIVES CORPORATIONS TOO MUCH WIGGLE ROOM AND DOESN’T GIVE WORKING AMERICANS ENOUGH PROTECTION. THE MEASURE WOULD PROVIDE PAYMENTS OF $1,200 FOR MANY INDIVIDUALS, WITH MORE FOR EACH CHILD IN A FAMILY.

TWO FEDERAL COVID-19 TESTING SITES HAVE OPENED FOR HEALTHCARE WORKERS AND FIRST RESPONDERS AT WALMART’S IN JOLIET AND NORTHLAKE. THE DRIVE-THRU TESTING SITES ARE LOCATED IN THE STORES’ PARKING LOTS. THESE SITES ARE NOT OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC AND OFFICIALS WILL ONLY TEST FIRST RESPONDERS AND HEALTHCARE WORKERS WHO HAVE POTENTIALLY BEEN EXPOSED TO COVID-19.

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL IS GIVING BACK TO FANS WITH THE LEAGUE SHUT DOWN. EVERY GAME FROM THE PAST TWO SEASONS CAN BE STREAMED ON MLB-DOT-TV FOR FREE. THE REGULAR SEASON ISN’T EXPECTED TO BEGIN UNTIL MAY AT THE EARLIEST.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/23/2020 7:10am:

ILLINOIS CONFIRMED JUST UNDER 300 NEW COVID-19 CASES, PUTTING ILLINOIS INTO THE TRIPLE DIGITS AT 1,049 CONFIRMED CASES. AT LEAST THREE OF THOSE CASES ARE OFFICERS IN THE CHICAGO POLICE DEPARTMENT. 9 CONFIRMED DEATHS DUE TO COVID-19.

WISCONSIN HAS 381 CASES – 4 DEATHS BLAMED ON THE VIRUS.
INDIANA HAS 201 CASES, SIX DEATHS.
MICHIGAN HAS 1035 CONFIRMED CASES, 9 DEATHS.

NEW YORK STATE IS THE HARDEST HIT WITH OVER 15,000 CASES. OVER 9,600 CORONAVIRUS CASES IN NEW YORK CITY. THE DEATH TOLL HERE IS NEAR 100. STATISTICALLY, NEARLY ONE PERSON AN HOUR IS DYING FROM COVID-19. MAYOR BILL DE BLASIO WARNED THAT THE WORST IS YET TO COME.

HANES BRANDS IS SHIFTING PRODUCTION IN RESPONSE TO THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC. THE NORTH CAROLINA-BASED CLOTHING COMPANY IS PARTNERING UP WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO MAKE FACE MASKS FOR HEALTHCARE WORKERS WHO ARE RUNNING DANGEROUSLY LOW. THE COTTON MASKS HAVE BEEN APPROVED BY THE FDA FOR USE.

LOCAL BUSINESSES ARE DOING THEIR PART TO HELP RESIDENTS IMPACTED BY THE CORONAVIRUS. KOVAL DISTILLERY HAS STOPPED MAKING GIN AND WHISKEY AND IS INSTEAD NOW MAKING HAND SANITIZER, THANKS TO 17,000 DOLLARS RAISED ON A GOFUNDME CAMPAIGN. LAKE COUNTY’S 28-MILE VODKA IS ALSO MAKING SANITIZER.

ILLINOIS HAS ALSO RECEIVED MEDICAL SUPPLIES, INCLUDING N95 MASKS, FROM TV SHOWS THAT FILM HERE, SUCH AS “CHICAGO MED” AND “CHICAGO FIRE.”

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/23/2020 6:10am:

THE NUMBERS OF COVID-19 INFECTIONS CONTINUE TO RISE. THERE HAVE NOW BEEN MORE THAN 335-THOUSAND CASES OF THE RESPIRATORY ILLNESS WORLDWIDE, WITH CHINA OVER 81,000 AND ITALY CLOSING IN ON 60,000. THE UNITED STATES IS THIRD WITH 33,000.

THE SENATE WILL HAVE TO TRY AGAIN TODAY TO PASS A CORONAVIRUS STIMULUS PACKAGE. THE TRILLION-DOLLAR BILL DID NOT GET ENOUGH VOTES SUNDAY EVENING TO CLEAR A PROCEDURAL BLOCK. DEMOCRATIC LEADERS HAVE SIGNALED THE BILL ISN’T WHAT THEY’RE LOOKING FOR. THE MEASURE WOULD PROVIDE CHECKS OF 1,200 TO MANY INDIVIDUALS, WITH MORE FOR EACH CHILD IN A FAMILY.

DISGRACED MOVIE MOGUL HARVEY WEINSTEIN REPORTEDLY HAS COVID-19. THE NIAGARA-GAZETTE REPORTS WEINSTEIN IS NOW BEING HELD IN ISOLATION AT WENDE CORRECTIONAL FACILITY IN WESTERN NEW YORK WHERE HE’S SERVING A 23 YEAR SENTENCE FOR RAPE AND SEXUAL ASSAULT. THE 68-YEAR-OLD IS ONE OF TWO INMATES WHO HAVE TESTED POSITIVE; PRISON AUTHORITIES BELIEVE HE PICKED IT UP AT RIKERS ISLAND IN NEW YORK CITY.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/22/2020 6:40pm:

AS THE NUMBER OF NOVEL CORONAVIRUS CASES INCREASES ACROSS THE U.S. AND AROUND THE WORLD, THE NUMBER OF CONFIRMED ILLINOIS CASES HAS REACHED 1,049.

STATES HIT HARDEST BY THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC WILL RECEIVE ADDITIONAL HELP SOON. TRUMP ANNOUNCED THAT HE’S ISSUED ORDERS THAT ALLOW THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO PAY FOR THE NATIONAL GUARD IN STATES LIKE NEW YORK, CALIFORNIA AND WASHINGTON STATE. HE’S ALREADY APPROVED MAJOR DISASTER DECLARATIONS FOR NEW YORK AND WASHINGTON.

THE SENATE IS FAILING TO ADVANCE A CORONAVIRUS STIMULUS PACKAGE. THE TRILLON-DOLLAR BILL DID NOT GET ENOUGH VOTES SUNDAY EVENING TO CLEAR A PROCEDURAL HURDLE. DEMOCRATIC LEADERS HAVE SIGNALED THE BILL IS NOT TO THEIR LIKING.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/22/2020 3:20pm:

ILLINOIS STATE HEALTH OFFICIALS HAVE ANNOUNCED THE NUMBER OF CORONAVIRUS CASES IN ILLINOIS HAS SURPASSED 1,000 WITH 9 CONFIRMED DEATHS.

KENTUCKY SENATOR RAND PAUL HAS BECOME THE FIRST U.S. SENATOR TO TEST POSITIVE FOR COVID-19.

DR. ANTHONY FAUCI DOESN’T BELIEVE THE U.S. WILL HAVE THE SAME CORONAVIRUS TRAJECTORY AS ITALY. ON CBS’ FACE THE NATION, ONE OF THE NATION’S TOP HEALTH OFFICIALS TALKED ABOUT ITALY NOT TAKING STEPS TO KEEP OUT INFECTIONS.

GOVERNOR PRITZKER’S ORDER TO REMAIN AT HOME AND SHELTER IN PLACE WENT IN INTO EFFECT ILLINOIS YESTERDAY AT 5PM THROUGH APRIL 7TH. ALL NON-ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES ARE CLOSED, AND RESIDENTS ARE ORDERED TO STAY AT HOME TO STOP THE SPREAD OF THE CORONAVIRUS.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/22/2020 1:10pm:

GOVERNOR PRITZKER’S ORDER TO REMAIN AT HOME AND SHELTER IN PLACE WENT IN INTO EFFECT ILLINOIS YESTERDAY AT 5PM THROUGH APRIL 7TH. ALL NON-ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES ARE CLOSED, AND RESIDENTS ARE ORDERED TO STAY AT HOME TO STOP THE SPREAD OF THE CORONAVIRUS.

PRITZKER SAYS IT’S A “WILD WEST” AS STATES COMPETE FOR SUPPLIES TO FIGHT THE CORONAVIRUS. PRITZKER SAID ILLINOIS IS GETTING ANOTHER SHIPMENT OF PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT TODAY OR TOMORROW, BUT THAT’S ONLY A “FRACTION” OF WHAT’S BEEN REQUESTED.

PRITZKER IS ALSO CALLING FOR RETIRED DOCTORS, NURSES AND HEALTH CARE WORKERS TO RETURN TO WORK IN THE MIDST OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC.

SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH MCCONNELL SAYS AN AGREEMENT ON A CORONAVIRUS STIMULUS PACKAGE IS “VERY CLOSE.”

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/22/2020 10:50am:

GOVERNOR PRITZKER’S ORDER TO REMAIN AT HOME AND SHELTER IN PLACE WENT IN INTO EFFECT ILLINOIS YESTERDAY AT 5PM THROUGH APRIL 7TH. ALL NON-ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES ARE CLOSED, AND RESIDENTS ARE ORDERED TO STAY AT HOME TO STOP THE SPREAD OF THE CORONAVIRUS.

ABOUT A BILLION PEOPLE ARE ON CORONAVIRUS LOCKDOWN AROUND THE WORLD. IN THE U.S, 6 STATES HAVE ISSUED STAY-AT-HOME ORDERS TO CURB THE PANDEMIC. IN EUROPE, BOTH ITALY AND SPAIN ARE ON LOCKDOWN, WHILE FRANCE, IRELAND, DENMARK AND POLAND ARE AMONG THE COUNTRIES TELLING PEOPLE NOT TO VENTURE OUT.

AS THE NUMBER OF NOVEL CORONAVIRUS CASES INCREASES ACROSS THE U.S. AND AROUND THE WORLD, THE NUMBER OF CONFIRMED CASES IN ILLINOIS HAS REACHED 753.

THE UNITED STATES NOW HAS THE THIRD-LARGEST CORONAVIRUS CASE TOTAL IN THE WORLD. THE NUMBER OF CONFIRMED INFECTIONS IN THE U.S. REACHED 27,700 CASES TODAY, FOLLOWED BY SPAIN WITH APPROXIMATELY 28,500 AND ITALY WITH MORE THAN 53,500. WHILE CHINA’S MAINLAND STILL HAS THE MOST TOTAL CASES OVER TIME, AT MORE THAN 81,000, AT LEAST 65,000 HAVE RECOVERED.

WORLDWIDE MORE THAN 308,000 PEOPLE HAVE BEEN INFECTED AND OVER 13,000 HAVE DIED, ACCORDING TO JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/21/2020 6:45pm:

AN ORDER TO REMAIN AT HOME AND SHELTER IN PLACE WENT IN ILLINOIS TODAY AT 5PM THROUGH APRIL 7. ALL NON-ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES ARE CLOSED, AND RESIDENTS ARE ORDERED TO STAY AT HOME TO STOP THE SPREAD OF THE CORONAVIRUS. SHELTER-IN-PLACE ORDERS ARE ALSO IN EFFECT IN CALIFORNIA, NEW YORK, CONNECTICUT AND NEW JERSEY.

753 CASES OF THE CORONAVIRUS ARE CONFIRMED IN ILLINOIS, 168 MORE THAN YESTERDAY, AND SIX DEATHS ARE NOW REPORTED IN THE STATE. THERE ARE OVER 22,000 CASES OF THE VIRUS CONFIRMED IN THE UNITED STATES.

NEGOTIATIONS CONTINUE IN CONGRESS ON A CORONAVIRUS RELIEF PACKAGE. THE WASHINGTON POST REPORTS IT COULD INJECT UP TO TWO TRILLION DOLLARS INTO THE ECONOMY IN THE MONTHS AHEAD. THE BILL INCLUDES DIRECT PAYMENTS TO AMERICANS, AN INCREASE IN UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS, MORE FUNDING FOR MEDICAL SUPPLIES, AND LOANS AND GRANTS TO BUSINESSES.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/21/2020 5:40pm:

A SHELTER-IN-PLACE ORDER WENT INTO EFFECT TODAY AT 5 PM IN ILLINOIS, LASTING THROUGH APRIL 7. ALL CITY PARKS AND LIBRARIES IN CHICAGO ARE ALSO CLOSED FOR THE DURATION OF THE ORDER. THERE ARE NOW 753 CONFIRMED CASES OF THE CORONAVIRUS IN ILLINOIS, WITH SIX DEATHS REPORTED.

SENATE NEGOTIATORS ARE WORKING OVER THE WEEKEND TO REACH A DEAL ON A STIMULUS PACKAGE TO COUNTER THE ECONOMIC FALLOUT FROM THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC. THE PACKAGE WOULD PROVIDE DIRECT CASH PAYOUTS TO AMERICANS AND EXPAND UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS, AND IS EXPECTED TO GROW WELL BEYOND THE ONE-TRILLION DOLLARS ORIGINALLY PROPOSED.

VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE IS BEING TESTED FOR THE CORONAVIRUS AFTER A MEMBER OF HIS STAFF TESTED POSITIVE.

APPLE WILL BE HELPING SOURCE SUPPLIES FOR HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS TO COMBAT COVID-19. CEO TIM COOK TWEETED THAT THE COMPANY WILL DONATE MILLIONS OF MASKS IN THE U.S. AND EUROPE.

STARBUCKS WILL SWITCH TO DRIVE-THRU AND DELIVERY ONLY FOR THE NEXT TWO WEEKS, CLOSING ITS CAFE-ONLY STORES. STARBUCKS LOCATIONS INSIDE OF GROCERY STORES WILL REMAIN OPEN, AS WILL SOME LOCATED IN AND AROUND HEALTH CARE FACILITIES.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/21/2020 3:50pm:

168 NEW CASES OF THE VIRUS HAVE BEEN REPORTED TODAY IN ILLINOIS. THAT BRINGS THE TOTAL NUMBER TO 753 CASES AND 6 DEATHS.

A SHELTER-IN-PLACE ORDER WILL GO INTO EFFECT IN ILLINOIS TODAY AT 5PM, LASTING THROUGH APRIL 7TH. ALL RESIDENTS ARE ORDERED TO STAY HOME AND NON-ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES WILL BE CLOSED. ALL CITY PARKS AND LIBRARIES IN CHICAGO WILL BE CLOSED FOR THE DURATION OF THE STAY-AT-HOME ORDER.YOU CAN STILL GO TO THE GROCERY STORE OR PICK UP TAKE-OUT FOOD, GET MEDICINE OR GO TO THE DOCTOR, GET PET SUPPLIES, AND GO TO THE BANK OR THE UTILITY COMPANY.

NEW JERSEY IS THE LATEST STATE TO ORDER RESIDENTS TO STAY HOME. ALL NONESSENTIAL BUSINESSES IN THE STATE WILL CLOSE BY 9 P.M. TONIGHT. NEW JERSEY JOINS ILLINOIS, CONNECTICUT, NEW YORK AND CALIFORNIA IN THIS MANDATE.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/21/2020 1:50pm:

TODAY AT 5 PM, A SHELTER-IN-PLACE ORDER BEGINS FOR THE STATE OF IN ILLINOIS THROUGH APRIL 7TH.

PRITZKER SIGNED THIS EXECUTIVE ORDER YESTERDAY PROHIBITING PUBLIC AND PRIVATE GATHERINGS OF ANY NUMBER OF PEOPLE OUTSIDE A SINGLE HOUSEHOLD, EXCEPT TO PARTICIPATE IN ESSENTIAL ACTIVITIES. ESSENTIAL ACTIVITIES INCLUDE: TASKS VITAL TO HEALTH AND SAFETY (GATHERING MEDICAL SUPPLIES, MEDICATIONS, ETC.), GATHERING HOUSEHOLD ITEMS (FOOD AND CLEANING SUPPLIES), OUTDOOR ACTIVITY (WITH SOCIAL DISTANCING), CARING FOR A FAMILY MEMBER OR PET, AND PERFORMING WORK FOR AN ESSENTIAL BUSINESS.

PRESIDENT TRUMP SAYS LAWMAKERS ARE CLOSE TO A DEAL ON A MASSIVE CORONAVIRUS STIMULUS PACKAGE. SPEAKING FROM THE WHITE HOUSE TODAY, TRUMP CITED PROGRESS IN THE BIPARTISAN EFFORT ON A TRILLION DOLLAR PACKAGE TO PROVIDE RELIEF FOR AMERICANS.

VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE SAYS HE AND HIS WIFE KAREN WILL BE TESTED FOR THE CORONAVIRUS AFTER A MEMBER OF HIS STAFF TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19. PENCE SAID NEITHER HE OR PRESIDENT TRUMP HAD DIRECT CONTACT WITH THIS PERSON.

THE COVID-19 CRISIS HAS INSPIRED SOME CREATIVE WAYS TO SPREAD CREATIVITY IN CHICAGO. TWO CHICAGOANS HAVE ORGANIZED A CITY-WIDE WINDOW SING-ALONG OF BON JOVI’S “LIVING ON A PRAYER” TONIGHT AT 7PM.

TO HELP YOU SING-ALONG, TUNE INTO 97.1 FM THE DRIVE ON YOUR RADIO AS WE PLAY THE SONG LIVE AT 7PM TONIGHT.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/21/2020 11:40am:

TODAY AT 5 PM, A SHELTER-IN-PLACE ORDER BEGINS FOR THE STATE OF IN ILLINOIS THROUGH APRIL 7TH. ALL PUBLIC PARKS AND PUBLIC LIBRARIES IN CHICAGO WILL ALSO CLOSE FOR THE DURATION OF THE STAY-AT-HOME ORDER.

PRITZKER SIGNED THIS EXECUTIVE ORDER YESTERDAY PROHIBITING PUBLIC AND PRIVATE GATHERINGS OF ANY NUMBER OF PEOPLE OUTSIDE A SINGLE HOUSEHOLD, EXCEPT TO PARTICIPATE IN ESSENTIAL ACTIVITIES. ESSENTIAL ACTIVITIES INCLUDE: TASKS VITAL TO HEALTH AND SAFETY (GATHERING MEDICAL SUPPLIES, MEDICATIONS, ETC.), GATHERING HOUSEHOLD ITEMS (FOOD AND CLEANING SUPPLIES), OUTDOOR ACTIVITY (WITH SOCIAL DISTANCING), CARING FOR A FAMILY MEMBER OR PET, AND PERFORMING WORK FOR AN ESSENTIAL BUSINESS.

CHICAGO BUSINESSMAN WILLIE WISLON WANTS TO DONATE 10,000 MEDICAL MASKS TO THE CITY’S FIRST RESPONDERS BATTLING THE WAR AGAINST CORONAVIRUS.

FUNERALS IN THE CHICAGO AREA ARE BEING IMPACTED BY THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC. FUNERAL DIRECTORS ARE RECOMMENDED TO IMPLEMENT SOCIAL DISTANCING OF 6 FEET AWAY FROM PEOPLE WITH A LIMIT OF 10 IN ATTENDANCE DURING SERVICES AND TO CONDUCT GRAVESIDE SERVICES RATHER IN A CHAPEL.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/21/2020 9:20am:

TODAY AT 5 PM, A SHELTER-IN-PLACE ORDER BEGINS FOR THE STATE OF IN ILLINOIS THROUGH APRIL 7TH. GOVERNOR PRITZKER ANNOUNCED THE MANDATE IN A PUBLIC BRIEFING YESTERDAY, AND CALLED IT THE ONLY STRATEGY AVAILABLE TO MITIGATE THE SPREAD OF THE CORONAVIRUS IN THE “MOST ROBUST MANNER POSSIBLE.” ALL PUBLIC PARKS AND PUBLIC LIBRARIES IN CHICAGO WILL ALSO CLOSE FOR THE DURATION OF THE STAY-AT-HOME ORDER.

ALONG WITH ILLINOIS, STAY-AT-HOME ORDERS HAVE BEEN ISSUED FOR CONNECTICUT, NEW YORK AND CALIFORNIA, DIRECTING ALL NON-ESSENTIAL WORKERS TO SHELTER-IN-PLACE.

THE SENATE WILL CONTINUE ITS CORONAVIRUS RELIEF EFFORTS TODAY. SENATORS LEFT CAPITOL HILL LAST NIGHT WITHOUT AN AGREEMENT ON A MASSIVE ECONOMIC STIMULUS PACKAGE. THE MEASURE IS A RESPONSE TO THE ECONOMIC FALLOUT FROM THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC.

MAJOR RETAILER CHAINS ACROSS THE COUNTRY ARE ON CORONAVIRUS HIRING SPREES. WALMART, AMAZON, KROGER AND 7-ELEVEN ARE AMONG THE RETAILERS WHO ARE SEEING MARKED INCREASE IN DEMAND LEADING TO AN URGENCY TO HIRE MORE WORKERS.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/20/2020 6:40pm:

TOMORROW AT 5 PM THROUGH APRIL 7th, A SHELTER-IN-PLACE ORDER WILL COME DOWN STATEWIDE IN ILLINOIS. GOVERNOR PRITZKER ANNOUNCED THE MANDATE IN A PUBLIC BRIEFING TODAY, AND CALLED IT THE ONLY STRATEGY AVAILABLE TO MITIGATE THE SPREAD OF THE CORONAVIRUS IN THE “MOST ROBUST MANNER POSSIBLE.” ALL PUBLIC PARKS AND PUBLIC LIBRARIES IN CHICAGO WILL ALSO CLOSE FOR THE DURATION OF THE STAY-AT-HOME ORDER.

CONNECTICUT JOINED ILLINOIS, CALIFORNIA, AND NEW YORK IN ISSUING A MANDATE TO SHELTER-IN-PLACE TO ALL ITS RESIDENTS. CONNECTICUT’S ORDER WILL GO INTO PLACE ON MONDAY AT 8PM.

LYFT SAYS ITS DRIVERS WILL SOON BE DELIVERING FOOD AND MEDICAL SUPPLIES TO HELP COMBAT THE VIRUS. THE COMPANY SAYS THEY’RE WORKING WITH GOVERNMENTS AND HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS, AND THAT THE PROGRAM WILL START IN THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA WITH HOPES TO EXPAND AS MORE STATES ISSUE ORDERS TO STAY-AT-HOME.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/20/2020 5:30pm:

A SHELTER-IN-PLACE ORDER WILL BE IN EFFECT FOR ILLINOIS STARTING AT 5PM TOMORROW THROUGH THE END OF THE DAY ON APRIL 7. GOVERNOR PRITZKER ANNOUNCED THE ORDER IN A PUBLIC BRIEFING TODAY. ILLINOIS WILL JOIN CALIFORNIA AND NEW YORK IN MANDATING STAY-AT-HOME ORDERS TO CURB THE SPREAD AND IMPACT OF THE CORONAVIRUS.

IT WAS A VOLATILE WEEK THAT ENDED DOWN ON WALL STREET. THE DOW JONES LOST 913 POINTS TO CLOSE AT 19-173. THE S&P FELL 104 POINTS TO 23-04 AND THE NASDAQ SLIPPED 271 POINTS TO 68-79.

THE T-S-A IS GIVING A BREAK TO SOME TRAVELERS WITH EXPIRED ID. THE AGENCY ANNOUNCED IT WOULD ALLOW THEM TO CONTINUE AS VALID DURING THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS. THE LICENSE OR OFFICIAL STATE ID MUST HAVE EXPIRED AFTER MARCH 1ST OF THIS YEAR, AND IT WILL ONLY BE ALLOWED UNTIL A YEAR AFTER EXPIRATION OR 60 DAYS AFTER THE HEALTH CRISIS ENDS, WHICHEVER IS LONGER.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/20/2020 3:50pm:

IN A PUBLIC BRIEFING TODAY, GOVERNER J.B. PRITZKER ANNOUNCED THAT A STAY-AT-HOME ORDER WILL BE IN EFFECT FOR ILLINOIS, STARTING AT 5 PM TOMORROW AND LASTING THROUGH APRIL 7TH. THE ORDER, WHICH PRITZKER SAID WAS THE BEST DEFENSE AGAINST THE SPREAD OF THE VIRUS, WILL ALLOW RESIDENTS TO LEAVE THEIR HOUSE FOR ESSENTIAL TRIPS TO THE GROCERY STORE, DOCTORS OFFICE, PHARMACY, GAS STATIONS. CALIFORNIA AND NEW YORK HAVE ALSO ISSUED MANDATES TO STAY HOME.

THERE ARE 163 NEW CASES OF COVID-19 IN ILLINOIS, BRINGING THE TOTAL TO 585. THE STATE’S 5TH DEATH ASSOCIATED WITH COVID-19 WAS REPORTED IN THE BRIEFING – A COOK COUNTY WOMAN IN HER 70s.

CHICAGO MAYOR LORI LIGHTFOOT SPOKE AT THE BRIEFING AND ANNOUNCING THAT ALL CITY PARKS AND LIBRARIES WILL BE CLOSED STARTING TOMORROW AT 5PM FOR THE DURATION OF THE STAY-AT-HOME ORDER.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/20/2020 2:50pm:

SOUTHWEST AIRLINES HAS CANCELLED MOST FLIGHTS IN AND OUT OF MIDWAY AIRPORT. EARLIER THIS WEEK THE CONTROL TOWER WAS CLOSED AFTER TECHNICIANS TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19. OTHER AIRLINES OPERATING AT MIDWAY REMAIN OPEN.

COOK COUNTY HAS LAUNCHED A NEW EMERGENCY TEXT ALERT SYSTEM, GIVING SUBSCRIBERS A DIRECT LINE OF COMMUNICATION FOR UPDATES ON PUBLIC HEALTH ALERTS AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT. TEXT “ALERTCOOK” TO 888-777.

SENATE DEMOCRATS ARE NOT HAPPY WITH THE STIMULUS PLAN INTRODUCED EARLIER THIS WEEK, SAYING IT DOES NOT INCLUDE ENOUGH MONEY TO DEAL WITH THE MEDICAL ASPECT OF THE CRISIS. ILLINOIS SENATOR DICK DURBIN SAID THEY ARE WORKING TO GET MORE MONEY FOR HOSPITALS AND MEDICAL EQUIPMENT.

INDIANA IS POSTPONING ITS MAY 5TH PRIMARY ELECTION. GOVERNOR ERIC HOLCOMB ANNOUNCED IT WILL MOVE TO JUNE 2ND FOR THE SAFETY OF VOTERS AND POLL WORKERS.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/20/2020 1:45pm:

ILLINOIS GOVERNOR J.B. PRITZKER WILL HOLD A PUBLIC BRIEFING AT 3PM TODAY, JOINED BY MAYOR LORI LIGHTFOOT. WE WILL BE CARRYING THAT ADDRESS LIVE HERE ON THE DRIVE.

IT WAS ANNOUNCED TODAY THAT THE U.S. BORDER WITH MEXICO WILL CLOSE TO NON-ESSENTIAL TRAVEL. THE US-CANADA BORDER WAS CLOSED EARLIER THIS WEEK.

GOLDMAN SACHS PREDICTS THAT MORE THAN 2 MILLION AMERICANS WILL FILE FIRST-TIME CLAIMS FOR UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS THIS WEEK DUE TO THE VIRUS. THAT WOULD BE THE HIGHEST NUMBER OF WEEKLY CLAIMS EVER.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/20/2020 12:40pm:

DURING A WHITE HOUSE BRIEFING, PRESIDENT TRUMP ANNOUNCED TODAY THAT INTEREST WILL TEMPORARILY BE WAIVED ON FEDERAL STUDENT LOANS. STANDARDIZED TESTING FOR STUDENTS IS ALSO SUSPENDED.

THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED THAT AMERICANS WILL NOW HAVE UNTIL JULY 15TH TO FILE TAXES. ALL TAXPAYERS AND BUSINESSES WILL HAVE THE EXTRA TIME TO FILE AND MAKE PAYMENTS WITHOUT FEAR OF INTEREST OR PENALTIES.

EARLIER TODAY, NEW YORK GOVERNOR ANDREW CUOMO MANDATED THAT 100% OF ALL NON-ESSENTIAL WORKERS STAY HOME IN THE STATE. OVER 7,000 PEOPLE HAVE TESTED POSITIVE FOR THE VIRUS IN NEW YORK. CALIFORNIA IS ALSO UNDERGOING A STATE-WIDE LOCKDOWN.

THERE ARE OVER 10,000 CASES REPORTED IN THE UNITED STATES, AND OVER 422 IN ILLINOIS.

CHICAGO BUSINESSMAN WILLIE WILSON SAID THAT HE WILL DONATE 10,000 MEDICAL MASKS TO FIRST RESPONDERS IN THE CITY. THE MILLIONAIRE, A FORMER MAYORAL CANDIDATE, ALSO ANNOUNCED THAT HE PLANS TO PROVIDE THE CHICAGO POLICE AND FIRE DEPARTMENTS WITH ONE THOUSAND MORE ADVANCED N-95 MASKS.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/20/2020 11:50am:

NEW YORK’S GOVERNOR CUOMO HAS ENACTED A LOCKDOWN FOR THE STATE, INCLUDING A 100% WORKFORCE REDUCTION, EXCLUDING ESSENTIAL SERVICES, GROCERY STORE, PHARMACIES, CITY SERVICES. A SIMILAR SHELTER IN PLACE ORDER WAS GIVEN IN CALIFORNIA AS WELL.

THE PRESCHOOLER WHO TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 IN SUBURBAN BARTLETT HAD BEEN TO THE HOSPITAL ER 3 TIMES IN THE PAST MONTH, BUT HAD NOT BEEN TESTED FOR COVID-19 UNTIL RECENTLY. THE CHILD ATTENDED THE INDEPENDENCE LEARNING CENTER IN BARTLETT, FOR KIDS 3-5 YEARS OLD. THE CHILD HAS NOT BEEN IDENTIFIED, BUT IS ISOLATED WITH HIS FAMILY, AND THE FAMILIES AND STAFF OF THE CHILD’S SCHOOL HAVE BEEN INFORMED.

CARNIVAL CORPORATION ANNOUNCED IT WOULD BE USING CRUISE SHIPS FROM FOUR OF ITS BRANDS TO SERVE AS TEMPORARY HOSPITALS IN THE MIDST OF THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC. THE MIAMI BASED LARGEST CRUISE LINE SUGGESTED IT’S SHIPS COULD BE USED MAINLY TO TREAT NON-CORONAVIRUS PATIENTS, IN ORDER TO FREE UP BEDS IN LAND-BASED HOSPITALS FOR COVID-19 PATIENTS. THE COMPANY SAID IT COULD PROVIDE UP TO 1,000 HOSPITAL ROOMS AND WOULD BE ABLE TO QUICKLY PROVIDE THE NECESSARY MEDICAL EQUIPMENT, INCLUDING INTENSIVE CARE UNITS.

UPDATE 3/20/2020 10:50am:

PRESIDENT TRUMP IS EXPECTED TO RESTRICT TRAVEL BETWEEN THE US AND MEXICO, SIMILAR TO THOSE IN PLACE WITH CANADA. THIS INVOLVES ALL NON ESSENTIAL TRAFFIC, VEHICLES INVOLVED IN TRADE ARE STILL ALLOWED TO CROSS THE BORDER.

TREASURY SECRETARY STEVE MNUCHIN SAYS THE GOVERNMENT IS EXTENDING THE DEADLINE AMERICANS HAVE TO FILE THEIR TAX RETURNS TO JULY 15TH. IT HAD BEEN ANNOUNCED EARLIER THIS WEEK THAT AMERICANS HAD UNTIL THAT DATE TO PAY, BUT STILL EXPECTED THEM TO FILE BY APRIL 15TH.

PARENTS LOOKING FOR WAYS TO ENTERTAIN AND EDUCATE THEIR KIDS WHILE THEY ARE STUCK AT HOME CAN NOW TUNE IN TO THE BROOKFIELD ZOO’S FACEBOOK PAGE. ANIMAL EXPERTS AT THE ZOO HOPE TO KEEP PEOPLE ENGAGED BY “BRINGING THE ZOO TO YOU.” SPECIALISTS ARE DOING ANIMAL CHATS ON THEIR SOCIAL MEDIA FOR THOSE WHO ARE HOME WITH ALL THE SCHOOLS IN THE STATE CLOSED. THE VIDEOS WILL FEATURE ONE OR MORE OF THE ZOO’S CHARISMATIC CREATURES, SHARING PLENTY OF FACTS, AS WELL AS ANSWER QUESTIONS.

UPCOMING LIVE CHATS INCLUDE MEXICAN WOLVES, DWARF NIGERIAN GOATS, CALIFORNIA SEA LIONS, AND A TAMANDUA. VIDEOS WILL BE POSTED WEEKDAYS AT 11:00 A.M. WHILE THE ZOO IS CLOSED.

UPDATE 3/20/2020 9:50am:

GLOBALLY, THE DEATH TOLL FROM THE COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK IS SURPASSING TEN-THOUSAND. NEARLY A QUARTER OF A MILLION PEOPLE HAVE BEEN INFECTED WITH THE VIRUS IN 163 COUNTRIES AND REGIONS. IN THE US, THERE ARE NOW 13,680 CASES AND 200 DEATHS. ILLINOIS HAS 422 CASES, 4 DEATHS.

IT’S BEEN A MIXED MORNING ON WALL STREET. THE DOW JONES INDUSTRIAL AVERAGE OPENED MORE THAN 150 POINTS HIGHER AT THE OPENING BELL, THEN FELL BY 200 POINTS BEFORE TURNING SLIGHTLY POSITIVE AGAIN. THE S&P 500 IS A COUPLE POINTS LOWER WHILE THE NASDAQ IS TRADING SLIGHTLY HIGHER.

GOLDMAN SACHS IS PREDICTING MORE THAN 2 MILLION AMERICANS WILL FILE FIRST-TIME CLAIMS FOR UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS THIS WEEK. THE LABOR DEPARTMENT REPORTED 281,000 WORKERS FILED INITIAL JOBLESS CLAIMS LAST WEEK, A 33% JUMP OVER THE WEEK BEFORE.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/20/2020 8:50am:

EARLIER THIS WEEK, BRITISH SCIENTISTS SHARED A STUDY WITH THE WHITE HOUSE THAT CALLED THE CORONAVIRUS THE MOST SERIOUS RESPIRATORY THREAT SINCE THE 1918 FLU PANDEMIC. THE STUDY SAID ONLY BY ENACTING DRASTIC, SEVERE RESTRICTIONS COULD THE U.S. SHRINK ITS DEATH TOLL, AND THAT THE RESTRICTIONS WOULD HAVE TO REMAIN IN PLACE UNTIL A WORKING VACCINE IS DEVELOPED, WHICH COULD TAKE UP TO 18 MONTHS.

GLOBALLY, THE DEATH TOLL FROM THE COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK IS SURPASSING 10,000. NEARLY A QUARTER OF A MILLION PEOPLE HAVE BEEN INFECTED WITH THE VIRUS IN 163 COUNTRIES AND REGIONS. IN THE US, THERE ARE NOW 13,680 CASES AND 200 DEATHS. ILLINOIS HAS 422 CASES, 4 DEATHS.

CHICAGO MAYOR LORI LIGHTFOOT ORDERED ANYONE WHO IS SHOWING SYMPTOMS OF RESPIRATORY ILLNESS, INCLUDING SORE THROAT AND ACHES OR FATIGUE – TO STAY HOME OR FACE CONSEQUENCES. CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOLS WOULD REMAIN CLOSED UNTIL AT LEAST APRIL 21.

OVER 40 MILLION RESIDENTS IN CALIFORNIA WERE TOLD BY THE GOVERNOR TO STAY AT HOME. ESSENTIAL THINGS, LIKE GROCERY SHOPPING AND PHARMACY RUNS ARE STILL ALLOWED, BUT GOVERNOR GAVIN NEWSOM SAYS THERE’S NO NEED TO TAKE ADDITIONAL RISKS. HE’S ALSO CAUTIONING THAT ROUGHLY 25 MILLION CALIFORNIANS COULD BE IMPACTED BY CORONAVIRUS. IN NEW YORK CITY, MAYOR BILL DE BLASIO IS SAYING THE GOLDEN STATE SHOULD SERVE AS A LESSON FOR THE REST OF THE COUNTRY. HE SAID THIS MORNING THAT WE ARE QUICKLY RUNNING OUT OF OPTIONS AND A NATIONWIDE SHELTER IN PLACE ORDER IS WARRANTED.

GAMESTOP IS KEEPING ITS STORES OPEN, EVEN AS LOCAL AND STATE GOVERNMENTS ORDER NONESSENTIAL BUSINESSES TO SHUT DOWN TO SLOW THE SPREAD OF THE CORONAVIRUS. GAMESTOP SAYS IT’S EXEMPT FROM THOSE ORDERS BECAUSE IT PROVIDES NECESSARY PRODUCTS AND SERVICES. IN A MEMO SENT TO EMPLOYEES ON THURSDAY, GAMESTOP SAID IT CARRIES PRODUCTS THAT “ENABLE AND ENHANCE OUR CUSTOMERS’ EXPERIENCE IN WORKING FROM HOME.” THE COMPANY PROVIDED A LIST OF WHAT IT CONSIDERS ESSENTIAL PRODUCTS INCLUDING WEBCAMS, MICROPHONES, MICE, KEYBOARDS, MONITORS, CHARGERS, AUDIO EQUIPMENT, AND MORE.

NEED TP? SOME RESTAURANTS ARE OFFERING IT WITH TAKE OUT ORDERS OR DELIVERY LIKE THE BEACON TAP IN DES PLAINES. OR ZARONIS, A PIZZA JOINT IN OSHKOSH, WISCONSIN STARTED LISTING FOUR-PACKS OF TOILET PAPER UNDER THE ‘SIDES’ SECTION OF ITS ONLINE MENU, AND CUSTOMERS CAN ADD ONE (ONE!) PACKAGE TO ANY ORDER. MEQUON PIZZA COMPANY IN MEQUON, WISCONSIN IS SENDING A FREE ROLL OF “COTTONELLE TWO-PLY” WITH EVERY ORDER TOO.

UPDATE 3/20/2020 7:15am:

YESTERDAY, ITALY PASSED CHINA FOR THE NUMBERS OF DEATHS DUE TO COVID-19. OVER 3,400 PEOPLE IN ITALY HAVE DIED, THE ENTIRE COUNTRY IS UNDER LOCKDOWN, BUT THOSE RESTRICTIONS CAME LATER THAN STRICT GOVERNMENTAL LOCKDOWNS ENFORCED IN CHINA, WHICH HAS SHOWN TO CONTROL THE OUTBREAK AND PREVENT FURTHER SPREADING.

IN THE US, THERE ARE NOW 13,680 CASES AND 200 DEATHS. ILLINOIS HAS 422 CASES, 4 DEATHS.

HEALTH EXPERTS ARE CALLING FOR SEVERE RESTRICTIONS TO REDUCE THE CORONAVIRUS DEATH TOLL IN THE U.S. A REPORT IN THE WASHINGTON POST SAYS THE WORST-CASE SCENARIO PUTS THE U.S. ON A TRAJECTORY FOR OVER A MILLION DEATHS FROM CORONAVIRUS, BUT THAT THE DEATH TOLL COULD BE REDUCED TO THE THOUSANDS IF AMERICANS EMBRACE DRASTIC RESTRICTIONS AND CLOSURES.

SEVERAL AUTOMAKERS ARE SAYING THEY ARE CONSIDERING WAYS PRODUCE MUCH-NEEDED VENTILATORS TO HELP FIGHT THE PANDEMIC. FORD AND GENERAL MOTORS HAVE BEEN IN DISCUSSION WITH THE WHITE HOUSE ABOUT THE POSSIBILITY OF PIVOTING PRODUCTION AT PLANTS TO MANUFACTURE CRITICAL MEDICAL EQUIPMENT.

THE FOLKS AT GREY’S ANATOMY ARE DOING WHAT THEY CAN TO HELP REAL-LIFE DOCTORS AND NURSES. THE HIT ABC SHOW, ALONG WITH ITS SPINOFF STATION 19, DONATED ALL OF ITS MEDICAL SUPPLIES TO EMERGENCY SERVICES PROVIDERS. THAT INCLUDES HUNDREDS OF GLOVES, GOWNS AND THE NOW-COVETED N95 FACE MASKS.

BLOOD CENTERS ARE NOW OPEN AND IN NEED OF DONATIONS. DURING YESTERDAY’S UPDATE ON THE COVID-19 EPIDEMIC, OFFICIALS MADE AN OPEN CALL FOR THOSE THAT ARE HEALTHY AND WELL TO PLEASE DONATE BLOOD.

ONE ORLAND PARK WOMAN HAS ALREADY STEPPED UP AND ORGANIZED A COMMUNITY BLOOD DRIVE SCHEDULED FOR TODAY. MARIE FUESEL IS A LEUKEMIA SURVIVOR AND BLOOD DONATION ADVOCATE. SHE CANNOT DONATE HERSELF BUT SHE SAYS GETTING THINGS ORGANIZED IS THE LEAST SHE CAN DO.

EXTRA PRECAUTIONS, LIKE SPACING BEDS 6 FT. APART, EXTRA WIPING DOWN BETWEEN APPOINTMENTS, TEMPERATURE CHECKS FOR STAFF, VOLUNTEERS AND DONORS ARE ALL PUT IN PLACE TO MAKE SURE DONATING IS SAFE. TODAY’S BLOOD DRIVE IS AT THE ORLAND TOWNSHIP ACTIVITY CENTER FROM 9 A.M.UNTIL 2 P.M.

UPDATE 3/20/2020 6:15am:

CASES OF CORONAVIRUS INFECTION HAVE REACHED 422 IN ILLINOIS, GOVERNOR PRITZKER ANNOUNCED YESTERDAY. THE NUMBER OF DEATHS IN THE STATE HAS REACHED FOUR.

CHICAGO MAYOR LORI LIGHTFOOT ORDERED ANYONE WHO IS SHOWING SYMPTOMS OF RESPIRATORY ILLNESS, INCLUDING SORE THROAT AND ACHES OR FATIGUE – TO STAY HOME OR FACE CONSEQUENCES. IN HER ADDRESS, SHE ANNOUNCED THAT CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOLS WOULD REMAIN CLOSED UNTIL AT LEAST APRIL 21st.

A SUBURBAN CHILD IS BELIEVED TO BE THE YOUNGEST PERSON TO HAVE TESTED POSITIVE FOR CORONAVIRUS IN ILLINOIS. SCHOOL DISTRICT U-46 WAS NOTIFIED BY THE COOK COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT THAT A STUDENT WHO ATTENDS THE INDEPENDENCE CENTER FOR EARLY LEARNING IN BARTLETT HAS CONTRACTED COVID-19. THE CENTER IS AN EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAM FOR CHILDREN AGES THREE TO FIVE-YEARS OLD. THE STUDENT HAS BEEN ISOLATED TO PREVENT THE SPREADING OF THE VIRUS.

CALIFORNIA’S GOVERNOR ORDERED A STATEWIDE STAY-AT-HOME ORDER. THAT APPLIES TO THE STATE’S NEARLY 40 MILLION RESIDENTS.

THE FIRST COVID-19 CASE IN THE NFL IS NEW ORLEANS SAINTS HEAD COACH SEAN PAYTON. HE GOT A POSITIVE TEST RESULT YESTERDAY AFTER STARTING TO FEEL SICK MONDAY. HE IS SELF ISOLATING AT HOME AND HAS MINOR SYMPTOMS. HE’S A LOCAL GUY WHO WENT TO NAPERVILLE CENTRAL AND EASTERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY. HE WENT PUBLIC SO OTHER PEOPLE WOULD TAKE HEALTH WARNINGS SERIOUSLY.

TO HELP EASE YOUR CABIN FEVER, HALLMARK CHANNEL IS BRINGING BACK ITS MARATHON OF CHRISTMAS MOVIES THIS WEEKEND. STARTING AT 11AM TODAY THROUGH SUNDAY AT 6 P.M. THE NETWORK WILL AIR 27 OF ITS “COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS” FILMS.

UPDATE 3/19/2020 6:40pm:

CASES OF CORONAVIRUS INFECTION HAVE REACHED 422 IN ILLINOIS, GOVERNOR PRITZKER ANNOUNCED TODAY. THE NUMBER OF DEATHS IN THE STATE HAS REACHED FOUR.

CHICAGO MAYOR LORI LIGHTFOOT ORDERED ANYONE WHO IS SHOWING SYMPTOMS OF RESPIRATORY ILLNESS, INCLUDING SORE THROAT AND ACHES OR FATIGUE – TO STAY HOME OR FACE CONSEQUENCES. IN HER ADDRESS, SHE ANNOUNCED THAT CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOLS WOULD REMAIN CLOSED UNTIL AT LEAST APRIL 21.

THE STATE DEPARTMENT HAS ISSUED A WARNING AGAINST TRAVELING ABROAD FOR ALL U.S. CITIZENS, AND AMERICANS WHO ARE ABROAD ARE URGED TO ARRANGE FOR IMMEDIATE RETURN, UNLESS THEY PLAN TO REMAIN ABROAD FOR A LONG PERIOD.

THE LATEST EDITION OF PLAYBOY MAGAZINE WILL BE THE LAST FOR THE LONGTIME MAGAZINE. PLAYBOY CEO BEN KOHN SAID THAT THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC IS DISRUPTING BOTH PRODUCTION AND THE SUPPLY CHAIN TO THE POINT THAT THE PRINT VERSION CAN NO LONGER SURVIVE.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/19/2020 5:30pm:

IN AN ADDRESS TO THE PUBLIC, MAYOR LIGHTFOOT REITERATED AN ORDER ISSUED TODAY TO STAY HOME IF YOU ARE SICK, OR IF YOU ARE HAVING ANY SYMPTOMS OF THE COVID-19 VIRUS: FATIGUE, SORE THROAT, OR ANY RESPIRATORY SYMPTOMS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. SHE SAID THERE WILL BE CONSEQUENCES FOR ANYONE WHO VIOLATES THIS ORDER.

LIGHTFOOT ALSO ANNOUNCED THAT CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOLS WILL REMAIN CLOSED UNTIL AT LEAST TUESDAY APRIL 21.

SHE ALSO ANNOUNCED RELAXED COLLECTION EFFORTS ON CITY DEBT TO HELP RESIDENTS GET THROUGH THE PANDEMIC – ON TICKETING, TOWING, BOOTING, IMPOUNDING AND MORE – UNTIL AT LEAST APRIL 30.

OTHERWISE, A CORONAVIRUS STIMULUS PACKAGE IS HEADING TO THE SENATE FOR A VOTE. THE MEASURE WOULD PROVIDE DIRECT PAYMENTS TO AMERICANS COPING WITH THE ECONOMIC FALLOUT OF COVID-19. THOSE WHO EARNED $75,000 OR LESS IN 2018 WOULD GET $1,200, WHILE COUPLES WHO FILED TAXES JOINTLY WOULD GET DOUBLE THAT. EACH CHILD PER HOUSEHOLD WOULD NET AN ADDITIONAL $500. ANYONE WHO EARNED MORE THAN $99,000 ANNUALLY WOULDN’T RECEIVE A PAYMENT.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/19/2020 3:50pm:

134 NEW CASES OF THE COVID-19 VIRUS IN ILLINOIS ARE CONFIRMED, BRINGING THE TOTAL NUMBER OF INFECTED TO 422. GOVERNOR PRITZKER TODAY ANNOUNCED THREE MORE DEATHS IN THE STATE DUE TO THE VIRUS, BRINGING THE TOTAL NUMBER TO FOUR. MAYOR LIGHTFOOT WILL ADDRESS THE PUBLIC TODAY AT 5 PM.

SEVERAL AUTOMAKERS ARE SAYING THEY ARE CONSIDERING WAYS PRODUCE MUCH-NEEDED VENTILATORS TO HELP FIGHT THE PANDEMIC. FORD AND GENERAL MOTORS HAVE BEEN IN DISCUSSION WITH THE WHITE HOUSE ABOUT THE POSSIBILITY OF PIVOTING PRODUCTION AT PLANTS TO MANUFACTURE CRITICAL MEDICAL EQUIPMENT.

IN WHAT HAS BEEN THE MOST VOLATILE WEEK FOR THE STOCK MARKET SINCE THE 2008 FINANCIAL CRISIS, THERE WERE SOME SLIGHT GAINS TODAY. THE DOW JONES GAINED 188 POINTS, THE S & P WENT UP 11 POINTS AND THE NASDAQ GAINED 161 POINTS BY CLOSING.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/19/2020 2:50pm:

GOVERNOR PRITZKER ANNOUNCED THREE MORE DEATHS IN ILLINOIS DUE TO THE COVID-19 VIRUS IN AN ADDRESS TO THE PUBLIC TODAY. 422 CASES ARE NOW CONFIRMED ACROSS ILLINOIS.

THE ARCHDIOCESE OF CHICAGO ANNOUNCED THAT THERE WILL BE NO PUBLIC CELEBRATIONS FOR HOLY WEEK OR EASTER MASS IN AN EFFORT TO CURB CONTAGION. SEVERAL CHICAGO-AREA BANK BRANCHES ARE SHORTENING HOURS, AND OTHERS ARE TEMPORARILY SHUTTING DOWN. MAYOR LIGHTFOOT WILL GIVE A PUBLIC ADDRESS TODAY AT 5 PM.

INDIANA GOVERNOR ERIC HOLCOMB ORDERED ALL SCHOOLS CLOSED UNTIL MAY 1, AND STATE TESTING HAS ALSO BEEN CANCELED.

NATIONAL UNEMPLOYMENT IS SKYROCKETING AS THE PANDEMIC IMPACTS BUSINESSES OF ALL SIZES. THE LABOR DEPARTMENT REPORTS THAT 281,000 AMERICANS FILED CLAIMS FOR UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS LAST WEEK FOR THE FIRST TIME, UP 70,000 FROM THE WEEK BEFORE.

IN A NEW REPORT BY THE CDC, MORE YOUNGER ADULTS ARE BEING HOSPITALIZED WITH VIRUS INFECTIONS. ONE IN FIVE HOSPITALIZED PATIENTS IN THE U.S. ARE UNDER THE AGE OF 44.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/19/2020 1:50pm:

CASES OF COVID-19 IN THE U.S. ARE NOW OVER 10,000. PRESIDENT TRUMP IS MEETING WITH FEMA, AND NATIONAL GUARD OFFICIALS EXPECT MORE THAN 4,000 MEMBERS TO BE PUT ON ACTIVE DUTY AS CASES KEEP CLIMBING.

A CHICAGO POLICE DETECTIVE WHO WORKS ON THE WEST SIDE HAS TESTED POSITIVE FOR THE CORONAVIRUS. THREE HIGHLAND PARK PARAMEDICS ARE BEING QUARANTINED FOR TWO WEEKS AFTER TREATING SOMEONE EARLIER THIS WEEK WHO TESTED POSITIVE.

METRA AND THE SOUTH SHORE LINE ANNOUNCED THEY WILL CUT WEEKDAY SERVICE IN HALF STARTING ON MONDAY. RIDERSHIP HAS DROPPED – OVER 50% ON METRA AND OVER 80% ON THE SOUTH SHORE LINE – AS SCHOOLS CLOSED AND RIDERS WORK FROM HOME. THE CTA HAS REPORTED 60% LESS RIDERS, BUT HAS NOT YET ANNOUNCED ANY SERVICE ADJUSTMENTS.

MAYOR LIGHTFOOT HAS ISSUED AN ORDER THAT ANY RESIDENT OF THE CITY OF CHICAGO DIAGNOSED WITH COVID-19 OR SHOWING SYMPTOMS OF THE VIRUS MAY NOT LEAVE HOME, GO TO WORK OR BE IN ANY GROUP SETTINGS. SHE WILL PUBLICLY ADDRESS THE CITY TODAY AT 5 PM.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/19/2020 12:45pm:

THE CHICAGO POLICE DEPARTMENT TODAY REPORTED A CONFIRMED CASE OF CORONAVIRUS ON THE FORCE, AND OFFICIALS ARE WORKING TO IDENTIFY THE INDIVIDUALS WHO WERE IN CONTACT WITH THAT DEPARTMENT MEMBER, WHO WILL REMAIN AT HOME UNTIL FULLY RECOVERED. A SECOND MEMBER OF THE CHICAGO FIRE DEPARTMENT HAS TESTED POSITIVE AND IS HOSPITALIZED. MAYOR LIGHTFOOT WILL MAKE A PUBLIC ADDRESS REGARDING THE CITY’S RESPONSE TO COVID-19 TODAY AT 5 PM.

CHINA IS REPORTING NO NEW CASES OF THE CORONAVIRUS FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE THE OUTBREAK, ACCORDING TO A REPORT FROM CHINA’S NATIONAL HEALTH COMMISSION. IT’S THE FIRST TIME SINCE DECEMBER THAT THERE HAVE BEEN NO NEW CASES TO REPORT IN CHINA.

ONE OF THE NATION’S BIGGEST GROCERY CHAINS IS HIRING. KROGER WANTS TO ADD OVER 10,000 WORKERS TO ITS CHAIN OF STORES, WHICH INCLUDE RALPH’S, FRY’S, FOOD-4-LESS AND MORE. KROGER IS LOOKING TO FILL POSITIONS IN STORES, MANUFACTURING PLANTS, AND DISTRIBUTION CENTERS.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/19/2020 11:45am:

STOCKS ARE REBOUNDING ON WALL STREET AND ERASING EARLIER LOSSES. AFTER A SLOW START THAT SAW THE DOW JONES INDUSTRIAL AVERAGE FALL MORE THAN 700 POINTS, THE DOW WAS UP NEARLY 200 POINTS, BUT HAS SINCE FALLEN BACK TO THE BREAK EVEN POINT.

THERE ARE 128 CASES OF COVID-19, BRINGING ILLINOIS’ TOTAL TO 288.

IF YOU HAVE SUDDENLY FOUND YOURSELF CONFINED TO YOUR HOME DURING THE COVID-19 SHUTDOWNS, GOOGLE LAUNCHED AN INGENIOUS NEW SERVICE THAT ALLOWS ART LOVERS TO GET THEIR CULTURE FIX FROM THE COMFORT OF THEIR OWN HOME.

GOOGLE ARTS AND CULTURE HAS PARTNERED WITH MORE THAN 2,500 MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES AROUND THE WORLD TO OFFER VIRTUAL TOURS AND ONLINE DISPLAYS OF THEIR COLLECTIONS TO INTERNET SURFERS. THE “TOURS” ALLOW USERS TO WANDER THROUGH THE INTERIORS OF THE WORLD’S MOST FAMOUS MUSEUMS SIMILARLY TO THE GOOGLE STREET VIEW FEATURE.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/19/2020 10:45am:

MARKETS ARE REBOUNDING ON WALL STREET. THE DOW JONES INDUSTRIAL AVERAGE HAS BEEN DOWN MORE THAN 700 POINTS AT TIMES IN EARLY TRADING, BUT TRADED ABOUT 150 POINTS HIGHER. THE NASDAQ IS UP NEARLY 3% AND THE S&P 500 IS TRADING MORE THAN 1% HIGHER.

UNDER A BILL THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION IS PITCHING TO CONGRESS, AMERICANS COULD GET A CHECK IN THE MAIL SOMETIME SOON. THE BILL IS PART OF AN ECONOMIC STIMULUS PACKAGE TO EASE THE FINANCIAL PAIN OF THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC. THE WASHINGTON POST REPORTS THE PLAN WOULD PROVIDE TWO PAYMENTS OF A THOUSAND DOLLARS EACH TO MANY AMERICANS.

ONE PATIENT AND 2 ER DOCTORS HAVE TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 AT RUSH OAK PARK HOSPITAL. THOSE CASES PROMPTED THE CITY OF OAK PARK TO ORDER RESIDENTS TO SHELTER IN PLACE, CLOSE ALL NON ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES, AND ONLY DO NECESSARY TASKS LIKE GROCERY SHOPPING, WALKING THEIR DOG, GOING TO OR FROM WORK, OR GETTING GAS. THE ORDER STARTS TONIGHT AT MIDNIGHT AND RUNS THROUGH APRIL 3RD.

THERE ARE 128 CASES OF COVID-19, BRINGING ILLINOIS’ TOTAL TO 288.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/19/2020 9:45am:

46 PEOPLE IN A WEST SUBURBAN WILLOWBROOK NURSING HOME ARE INFECTED WITH COVID-19. 33 OF THE CASES ARE RESIDENTS OF THE CHATEAU NURSING HOME AND 13 OTHERS ARE STAFF MEMBERS. OTHER ILL, BUT NOT SERIOUSLY SICK PATIENTS ARE BEING ISOLATED IN A SEPARATE PART OF THE FACILITY. WILLOWBROOK’S MAYOR IS ASKING ANYONE THAT MAY HAVE VISITED OR BEEN INSIDE THE CHATEAU NURSING HOME OVER THE LAST 30 DAYS TO ISOLATE AT HOME.

THE NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE IS TEMPORARILY CLOSING ITS ICONIC TRADING FLOOR BEGINNING MONDAY.

WITH PLENTY OF STORES CLOSING DOWN AMID THE COVID19 PANDEMIC, MANY OTHERS ARE DESIGNATING HOURS JUST FOR SENIORS. THE CORONAVIRUS HAS CAUSED WALMART TO SHORTEN HOURS IN ITS FIVE-THOUSAND US STORES, BUT ON TUESDAYS BETWEEN MARCH 24TH AND APRIL 28TH, IT WILL ALSO OFFER A SPECIAL HOUR-LONG STOREWIDE EVENT FOR SHOPPERS OVER 60. TARGET, WHOLE FOODS, SAFEWAY AND A HOST OF OTHER BIG CHAINS ARE OFFERING SIMILAR HOURS, SO THIS MOST VULNERABLE PART OF THE POPULATION CAN HAVE A CHANCE TO SHOP SAFELY IN PEACE.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/19/2020 8:50am:

TWO DOWNTOWN HOTELS IN CHICAGO HAVE SHUT DOWN DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK. THE PARK HYATT ON NORTH MICHIGAN AVENUE AND THE PENINSULA HOTEL HAVE BOTH SUSPENDED SERVICES.

PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS SIGNED A MULTI-BILLION-DOLLAR CORONAVIRUS AID PACKAGE. THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC IS MAKING THE NATION’S UNEMPLOYMENT LINES A LOT LONGER. THE LABOR DEPARTMENT REPORTS 281,000 AMERICANS FILED FIRST-TIME CLAIMS FOR UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS LAST WEEK, 70,000 MORE THAN THE WEEK BEFORE.

TWITTER IS BANNING POSTS WITH MISLEADING INFORMATION ABOUT THE CORONAVIRUS. THE NEW POLICY INCLUDES A BAN ON DENIALS OF EXPERT GUIDANCE AND ENCOURAGING FAKE TREATMENTS. IT REQUIRES PEOPLE TO REMOVE CONTENT THAT ENCOURAGES ACTING AGAINST RECOMMENDATIONS FROM PUBLIC HEALTH AUTHORITIES.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/19/2020 7:20am:

THE US GOVERNMENT IS NOW PREPARING FOR 18 MONTHS OF THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC, INCLUDING MULTIPLE WAVES OF ILLNESSES. THE OMINOUS ANNOUNCEMENT COMES AFTER CASES IN THE US SPIKED 40% IN JUST 24 HOURS. ABOUT 9,000 AMERICANS HAVE NOW TESTED POSITIVE FOR THE VIRUS, AND AT LEAST 149 HAVE DIED.

NEW YORK IS BEING HIT THE HARDEST, WHERE THE NUMBER OF CASES CONTINUES TO GROW. THERE’S NEARLY THREE-THOUSAND CASES OF CORONAVIRUS IN THE STATE INCLUDING 21 DEATHS. NEW YORK CITY HAS MORE THAN 1,800 CASES. THERE’S MORE THAN 500 CASES OF CORONAVIRUS IN WESTCHESTER, AND SOME 430 CASES ON LONG ISLAND.

DOZENS OF CHICAGO PUBLIC LIBRARY LOCATIONS ARE CLOSING THIS WEEKEND, THE BROOKFIELD ZOO ANNOUNCED IT’S ALSO CLOSING NOW DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS.

THE COUNTRY HOUSE RESTAURANT IN SOUTH SUBURBAN ALSIP HAS DECIDED TO HELP OTHERS IN THESE TRYING TIMES. THEY ARE SERVING FREE MEALS TO SENIORS AND NOW FAMILIES TOO, WHO NEED A MEAL, IN THE SURROUNDING AREA. THEY’RE EVEN DELIVERING THEM TO THEIR HOMES IF THEY CAN’T LEAVE THE HOUSE. NOW THEY’RE GOING TO DO THE SAME WITH GILHOOLEY’S IN CHICAGO AND SERVE THE COMMUNITY THERE AS WELL. THE COUNTRY HOUSE RESTAURANT AND KITCHEN HAS A FACEBOOK PAGE AS WELL, THERE IS A GO FUND ME PAGE WHERE DONATIONS ARE POURING IN TO KEEP THEM OPEN.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/19/2020 6:20am:

A SPIKE OF 128 NEW COVID-19 CASES HAVE BEEN CONFIRMED IN ILLINOIS, BRINGING THE STATE TOTAL UP TO 288. WISCONSIN HAS 100 CASES AND EXPECTS MORE, AND INDIANA HAS 30 CASES.

TWO EMERGENCY ROOM PHYSICIANS AT RUSH OAK PARK HOSPITAL TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19. THEY HAVE BEEN QUARANTINED AT HOME AND THE VIRUS WAS “LIKELY COMMUNITY ACQUIRED,” ACCORDING TO THE HOSPITAL. OAK PARK’S PUBLIC HEALTH DIRECTOR AND MAYOR HAVE DECLARED A STATE OF EMERGENCY AND A SHELTER IN PLACE ORDER BEGINS TONIGHT AT MIDNIGHT. OAK PARK RESIDENTS ARE ASKED TO REMAIN HOME OUTSIDE OF VISITS TO GROCERY STORES, GAS STATIONS AND PHARMACIES, AND WHEN YOU DO GO OUT, EVEN TO WALK YOUR DOG, YOU ARE URGED TO STAY 6 FEET AWAY FROM OTHER PEOPLE.

A STUDENT FROM COLUMBIA COLLEGE HAS TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19, SCHOOL OFFICIALS ARE REACHING OUT TO ANYONE WHO MAY HAVE HAD CONTACT WITH THAT STUDENT.

THERE COULD BE A SHORTAGE OF VENTILATORS SOON. SO OVER 300 ENGINEERS GOT TOGETHER ON FACEBOOK AND STARTED SOMETHING CALLED THE “OPEN SOURCE VENTILATOR” PROJECT. THE GOAL WAS TO COME UP WITH SOMETHING PEOPLE COULD BUILD OUT OF READILY AVAILABLE MATERIALS AND 3-D PRINTED PARTS. NOW A WEEK LATER, THEY’VE ALREADY GOT A PROTOTYPE.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/18/2020 6:40pm:

A NEW STUDY PUBLISHED IN THE NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE SHOWS THAT THE CORONAVIRUS CAN SURVIVE IN THE AIR FOR HOURS, AND ON SURFACES FOR DAYS. IF THE VIRUS IS ON PLASTIC OR STEEL, IT CAN SURVIVE UP TO THREE DAYS. ON CARDBOARD AND COPPER SURFACES YIELD A SHORTER LIFESPAN.

INFECTIONS HAVE REACHED OVER 200,000 TODAY WORLDWIDE. MORE THAN 8,000 PEOPLE HAVE DIED FROM THE VIRUS.

THE U.S. AND CANADA AGREED TO CLOSE THE BORDERS TO ALL NON-ESSENTIAL TRAVEL.

STOCKS ON WALL STREET TOOK A MAJOR PLUNGE TODAY, THE FOURTH TIME TRADING WAS HALTED IN TWO WEEKS.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/18/2020 5:30pm:

THERE ARE NOW OVER 7,900 CONFIRMED CASES OF THE CORONAVIRUS IN THE U.S., WITH 288 CASES IN ILLINOIS, ALMOST DOUBLE THE NUMBER REPORTED YESTERDAY. NEW YORK STATE CONTINUES TO BE THE HARDEST-HIT, WITH CASES JUMPING BY NEARLY 1,000 IN ONE DAY.

MIDWAY AIRPORT IS OPERATING UNDER REDUCED CONDITIONS AFTER THREE TECHNICIANS IN THE AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL TOWER TESTED POSTIVE FOR CORONAVIRUS YESTERDAY. NEARLY 390 FLIGHTS HAVE BEEN CANCELED SO FAR. OFFICIALS ARE ASKING TRAVELERS TO CHECK WITH YOUR AIRLINE REGARDING STATUS BEFORE COMING TO THE AIRPORT.

IF YOU’RE A SPORTS FAN AT A LOSS FOR WHAT TO WATCH, BOTH THE NFL AND THE NBA ANNOUNCED THAT THEY WILL GIVE FREE ACCESS TO THEIR STREAMING SERVICES. THEY WILL BE AIRING REPLAYS OF GAMES, CLASSIC GAMES, AND OTHER CONTENT FOR FANS.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/18/2020 3:50pm:

CASES HAVE NEARLY DOUBLED ACROSS ILLINOIS. 128 NEW CASES WERE REPORTED TODAY, BRINGING THE TOTAL NUMBER TO 288. TWO NEW COUNTIES, MADISON AND KENDALL, HAVE CONFIRMED CASES.

THE SENATE HAS APPROVED A CORONAVIRUS RELIEF BILL THAT WAS RECENTLY GREENLIT BY THE HOUSE. THE BILL INCLUDES FREE TESTING, INCREASED UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS AND FOOD ASSISTANCE, AND MORE.

THE STOCK MARKET TOOK ANOTHER HIT TODAY BECAUSE OF CORONAVIRUS FEARS. THE DOW FELL MORE THAN 1,300 POINTS TO CLOSE BELOW 20,000, THE WORST DUMP IN THREE YEARS.

THE LARGEST MALL OPERATOR IN THE U.S., SIMON PROPERTY GROUP, WILL BE CLOSING OVER 200 MALLS AND RETAIL PROPERTIES TONIGHT, JOINING MACY’S, NORDSTROM, AND OTHER RETAILERS IN CLOSING TO STOP THE SPREAD OF THE VIRUS.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/18/2020 2:50pm:

THE SENATE IS EXPECTED TO PASS A CORONAVIRUS RELIEF BILL THAT WAS RECENTLY APPROVED BY THE HOUSE. THE BILL INCLUDES FREE TESTING, FOOD ASSISTANCE, UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS, AND PAID SICK LEAVE.

DEFENSE SECRETARY MARK ESPER SAID TO REPORTERS AT THE WHITE HOUSE TODAY THAT FIVE MILLION RESPIRATOR MASKS AND OTHER EQUIPMENT WILL BE PROVIDED TO COMBAT THE COVID-19 VIRUS. NAVAL HOSPITAL SHIPS ARE PREPARED TO DEPLOY AND PROVIDE SERVICES AS NEEDED.

GOVERNOR PRITZKER HAS DEPLOYED AN ILLINOIS NATIONAL GUARD UNIT WITH MEDICAL EXPERTISE THROUGHOUT THE STATE AS CASES IN ILLINOIS HAVE RISEN TO AT LEAST 160.

OFFICIALS SAY THEY ARE CONCERNED ABOUT AN UPTICK IN MILLENIALS CONTRACTING THE VIRUS. RESEARCHERS BELIEVE THAT YOUNG PEOPLE DON’T THINK THEY ARE AT RISK SO THEY CONTINUE TO BECOME EXPOSED. ALL AGE GROUPS ARE URGED TO PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING AS A MATTER OF PUBLIC HEALTH.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/18/2020 1:50pm:

FORD, FIAT CHRYSLER, AND GENERAL MOTORS WILL STOP PRODUCTION IN THE U.S. TO PROTECT AGAINST THE CORONAVIRUS, AND FORD CONFIRMED PRODUCTION WILL HALT AT ITS NORTH AMERICAN PLANTS AFTER SHIFTS TOMORROW NIGHT THROUGH MARCH 30. FORD’S MICHIGAN ASSEMBLY PLANT CLOSED TODAY AFTER AN EMPLOYEE TESTED POSITIVE FOR THE CORONAVIRUS.

THE DOW CONTINUES TO SPIRAL, DOWN MORE THAN 2,300 POINTS THIS AFTERNOON. TRADING ON WALL STREET WAS STOPPED FOR THE FOURTH TIME IN THE PAST TWO WEEKS EARLIER TODAY.

THE RED CROSS IS FACING WHAT THEY’RE CALLING A SEVERE BLOOD SHORTAGE, AFTER NORMALLY SCHEDULED BLOOD DRIVES ACROSS THE COUNTRY WERE CANCELED. HEALTHY DONORS ARE URGED TO DONATE BLOOD, PLATELETS, OR PLASMA.

AT MIDWAY AIRPORT, THE AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL TOWER REMAINS CLOSED AFTER THREE EMPLOYEES TESTED POSITIVE FOR THE VIRUS. OVER 325 FLIGHTS HAVE BEEN CANCELED SO FAR.

MAYOR LIGHTFOOT ANNOUNCED TODAY THAT THE CITY OF CHICAGO WILL STOP COLLECTING ON CERTAIN TICKET VIOLATIONS DURING THE COVID-19 CRISIS. BOOTING FOR DEFAULTS ON CITY DEBTS WILL BE SUSPENDED THROUGH AT LEAST APRIL 30th, AND TICKETING AND TOWING WILL BE REDUCED.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/18/2020 12:50pm:

ON WALL STREET, TRADING HALTED ONCE AGAIN THIS WEEK AFTER THE S & P LOST SEVEN PERCENT OF ITS VALUE TODAY IN A MARKET MADE EXTREMELY VOLATILE DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS. THE DOW IS DOWN MORE THAN 1,600 POINTS.

CORONAVIRUS CASES IN THE U.S. ARE NOW PAST 7,000, IN ALL 50 STATES AND D.C. THE HARDEST-HIT IS NEW YORK STATE, WITH OVER 2,300 CASES REPORTED. A HOSPITAL SHIP IS BEING SENT TO DOCK IN NEW YORK CITY, WITH ONE THOUSAND ROOMS AND OPERATING SPACE TO ACCOMMODATE THE VAST NUMBER OF PATIENTS. NEW YORK GOVERNOR ANDREW CUOMO SAYS THERE IS A NEED FOR VENTILATORS, WHICH IS ALSO A NATIONAL NEED.

THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT HAS PROPOSED A STIMULUS PACKAGE OF AT LEAST 250 BILLION DOLLARS IN PAYMENTS MADE DIRECTLY TO AMERICANS, STARTING APRIL 6th. THE PROPOSED PAYMENTS WOULD BE TIERED BASED ON INCOME LEVEL AND FAMILY SIZE.

THE U.S.-CANADIAN BORDER WILL CLOSE TO ALL NON-ESSENTIAL TRAVEL, PRIME MINISTER JUSTIN TRUDEAU ANNOUNCED TODAY. CROSSING THE BORDER WILL NOT BE ALLOWED FOR TOURISM OR RECREATION UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/18/2020 11:50am:

GLOBAL TOTALS ARE OVER 200,000, WITH MORE THAN 8,000 DEATHS. THERE ARE 160 CASES IN THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, 22 OF THOSE ARE NEW CASES AT A NURSING HOME IN WILLOWBROOK, WHERE THEY ARE TESTING ANOTHER 200 RESIDENTS.

SUBURBAN BUFFALO GROVE IS UNDER A STATE OF EMERGENCY. THE VILLAGE PRESIDENT ISSUED THE EXECUTIVE ORDER YESTERDAY AFTER A VILLAGE EMPLOYEE MAY HAVE BEEN EXPOSED TO CORONAVIRUS. THE VILLAGE IS TAKING MEASURES TO PREVENT THE SPREAD OF COVID-19. THIS INCLUDES THE CLOSURE OF ALL HEALTH AND FITNESS CENTERS, MOVIE THEATERS, BOWLING ALLEYS, RECREATIONAL AND ENTERTAINMENT FACILITIES.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/18/2020 10:50am:

THE DOW IS DOWN 1,358 POINTS.

A FACULTY MEMBER AT DEPAUL UNIVERSITY AND A STUDENT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO HAS TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19. THE DEPAUL EMPLOYEE WAS LAST IN THE BUILDING ON SUNDAY, MARCH 15 WITH A NON-DEPAUL INDIVIDUAL WHO HAS ALSO BEEN CONFIRMED TO HAVE THE VIRUS.

U OF C OFFICIALS SAID A STUDENT AT THE BOOTH SCHOOL OF BUSINESS HAS TESTED POSITIVE FOR THE VIRUS. THE STUDENT LIVES OFF CAMPUS AND IS RECEIVING TREATMENT. THE UNIVERSITY AND THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO MEDICINE ARE WORKING WITH LOCAL PUBLIC HEALTH AUTHORITIES TO QUICKLY IDENTIFY AND CONTACT PEOPLE WHO MAY HAVE HAD CLOSE CONTACT WITH THE INDIVIDUAL.

MORE HOSPITALS, INCLUDING CHRIST MEDICAL CENTER AND ADVOCATE LUTHERAN GENERAL, ARE SETTING UP DRIVE UP TESTING SITES TO PREPARE FOR COVID-19 TESTING. CHRIST MEDICAL CENTER IN OAK LAWN IS EXPECTED TO HAVE THE DRIVE UP SITE UP AND RUNNING BY THE END OF THE WEEK. A SIMILAR SET UP IS ALREADY IN PLACE AT ADVOCATE LUTHERAN GENERAL IN PARK RIDGE.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/18/2020 9:50am:

THE DOW JONES INDUSTRIAL WAS DOWN MORE THAN 1,300 POINTS AT THE OPENING BELL AS THE IMPACT OF THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK ON THE ECONOMY TROUBLES INVESTORS.

THE SENATE WILL VOTE ON THE HOUSE-APPROVED CORONAVIRUS RELIEF PACKAGE TODAY.

US AND CANADA HAVE CLOSED THEIR BORDERS TO EACH OTHER FOR ANY NON ESSENTIAL TRAVEL.

THERE ARE 160 CASES IN THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, 22 OF THOSE ARE AT A NURSING HOME IN WILLOWBROOK. THE DUPAGE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH IS REACHING OUT TO THOSE WHO HAD CONTACT WITH THOSE SENIOR, AND ARE TESTING ANOTHER 200 RESIDENTS AS WELL.

UPDATE 3/18/2020 8:50am:

THE ILLINOIS NATIONAL GUARD HAS BEEN DEPLOYED TO ASSIST WITH THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK. THEY’RE AVAILABLE TO ASSIST WITH LOGISTICAL SUPPORT AND MEDICAL STAFFING. THERE ARE 160 CASES IN THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, 22 OF THOSE ARE AT A NURSING HOME IN WILLOWBROOK. THE DUPAGE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH IS REACHING OUT TO THOSE WHO HAD CONTACT WITH THOSE SENIOR, AND ARE TESTING ANOTHER 200 RESIDENTS AS WELL.

GLOBALLY, JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY REPORTS THERE ARE NOW 200,000 CASES OF COVID-19, AND MORE THAN 8,000 DEATHS. IN THE U.S. THERE ARE OVER 5,700 CASES, AND 105 DEATHS, THE FIRST DEATH HERE IN ILLINOIS, WAS A RETIRED NURSE FROM THE SOUTHSIDE, 61 YEAR OLD PATRICIA FRIESON, WHO ALSO SUFFERED FROM BAD ASTHMA.

MIDWAY AIRPORT HAS CANCELED 261 FLIGHTS IN THE LAST 24 HOURS, DUE TO A CLOSURE OF THE AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL TOWER. 3 EMPLOYEES IN THE TOWER TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 AND OTHER STAFF ARE NOW BEING TESTED.

THE US SURGEON GENERAL DR. JEROME ADAMS CALLED ON HEALTHY AMERICANS TO DONATE BLOOD. THE AMERICAN RED CROSS ANNOUNCED IT IS FACING A “SEVERE BLOOD SHORTAGE” DUE TO AN “UNPRECEDENTED NUMBER OF BLOOD DRIVE CANCELLATIONS” IN RESPONSE TO THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK. THE AMERICAN RED CROSS SAYS “IF YOU ARE HEALTHY AND FEELING WELL, PLEASE MAKE AN APPOINTMENT TO DONATE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. WE UNDERSTAND WHY PEOPLE MAY BE HESITANT TO COME OUT, BUT WANT TO REASSURE THE PUBLIC THAT BLOOD DONATION IS A SAFE PROCESS, AND THAT WE HAVE PUT ADDITIONAL PRECAUTIONS IN PLACE AT OUR BLOOD DRIVES TO PROTECT THE HEALTH OF SAFETY OF OUR DONORS AND STAFF.” TO FIND A DRIVE NEAR YOU, GOTO REDCROSSBLOOD.ORG.

UPDATE 3/18/2020 7:20am:

MIDWAY AIRPORT HAS CANCELED 261 FLIGHTS IN THE LAST 24 HOURS, DUE TO A CLOSURE OF THE AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL TOWER. 3 EMPLOYEES IN THE TOWER TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 AND OTHER STAFF ARE NOW BRING TESTED. CALL AHEAD, OR CHECK ONLINE BEFORE YOU HEAD TO MIDWAY.

THE GOVERNOR OF CALIFORNIA SAID SCHOOLS THERE ARE LIKELY GOING TO BE CLOSED FOR THE REST OF THE SCHOOL YEAR AND TO MAKE LONG TERM PLANS FOR KIDS AT HOME. IN NEW YORK CITY, EDUCATORS ARE TRAINING TO TEACH KIDS ONLINE FROM INSIDE THEIR HOMES, BUT TEACHERS SAY KEEPING THEIR ATTENTION IN THE CLASSROOM IS HARD ENOUGH, LET ALONE FROM SOMEONE’S KITCHEN.

METRA RIDERS CAN COUNT ON TRAINS OPERATING BUSINESS AS USUAL THE REST OF THIS WORK WEEK, BUT NEXT WEEK MAY BE A DIFFERENT STORY. THE RAIL AGENCY IS CONSIDERING LIMITING SCHEDULES AS A RESULT OF THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS. BOTH METRA AND AMTRAK HAVE SEEN A DECREASE IN RIDERS, AS CONDUCTORS REPORT EMPTIER TRAINS AND MORE SUBURBAN RIDERS OPT TO WORK FROM HOME.

THE ROLLING STONES ARE THE LATEST ACT TO POSTPONE THEIR TOUR PLANS AS A RESULT OF THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC. THE 2020 NORTH AMERICAN LEG OF THEIR NO FILTER TOUR, WHICH WAS SCHEDULED TO START MAY 8 IN SAN DIEGO AND CONCLUDE IN ATLANTA ON JULY 9, HAS BEEN DELAYED INDEFINITELY.
SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/18/2020 6:20am:

ILLINOIS SAW ANOTHER SPIKE IN COVID-19 CASES, THE STATE NOW HAS 160 CASES, NEARLY 2 DOZEN ARE AT A NURSING HOME IN WILLOWBROOK. ABOUT 200 OF THOSE HIGH RISK NURSING HOME RESIDENTS HAVE BEEN TESTED, 22 POSITIVE CASES HAVE BEEN ISOLATED. THE FIRST CASE WAS DISCOVERED OVER THE WEEKEND. VISITORS HAVE BEEN RESTRICTED.

MIDWAY AIRPORT’S AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL TOWER HAS BEEN TEMPORARILY CLOSED AFTER 3 EMPLOYEES TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19. THE AIRPORT REMAINS OPEN, OPERATIONS ARE AT A REDUCED RATE UNTIL THE SITUATION IS RESOLVED, THE CONTROL TOWER HAS BEEN CLEANED, AND MULTIPLE BACKUP SYSTEMS ARE IN PLACE UNTIL THE AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL TOWER CAN RETURN TO FULL OPERATIONS.

FIAT CHRYSLER, FORD, AND GENERAL MOTORS WILL PARTIALLY SHUT DOWN THEIR FACTORIES AND PUT NEW MEASURES IN PLACE TO PROTECT WORKERS FROM CORONAVIRUS. THE UAW HAD BEEN URGING THE DETROIT THREE TO COMPLETELY SHUTTER PLANTS FOR TWO WEEKS. THE UNION SAYS IN A STATEMENT THE CHANGES WILL “INCREASE ADHERENCE TO CDC RECOMMENDATIONS ON SOCIAL DISTANCING IN THE WORKPLACE.”

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/17/2020 6:40pm:

THE AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL TOWER AT MIDWAY AIRPORT HAS BEEN CLOSED AFTER SEVERAL EMPLOYEES TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19. THE AIRPORT HAS MOVED TO BACKUP PROCEDURES, RESULTING IN MANY CANCELATIONS ON BOTH ARRIVALS AND DEPARTURES.

VOTING IN THE ILLINOIS PRIMARY IS OPEN UNTIL 7PM TONIGHT, AND 40 SUBURBAN POLLING PLACES IN COOK COUNTY WILL REMAIN OPEN AN HOUR LATER UNTIL 8PM TO ACCOMMODATE VOTERS AFTER CORONAVIRUS FEARS CAUSED LOCATION CHANGES AND LATE OPENINGS.

THE EUROPEAN UNION ANNOUNCED A 30-DAY BAN ON NON-ESSENTIAL TRAVEL INTO THE 27-COUNTRY BLOC. EXCEPTIONS WILL BE MADE TO PROVIDE FOR THE PASSAGE OF FOOD AND MEDICINE.

THE VIRUS HAS NOW SPREAD TO ALL 50 STATES IN THE US, WITH ILLINOIS REPORTING 160 CASES.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/17/2020 5:30pm:

THE AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL TOWER AT MIDWAY AIRPORT HAS BEEN TEMPORARILY SHUT DOWN AFTER SEVERAL WORKERS TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19. THE AIRPORT REMAINS OPEN, WITH A SPECIAL TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT PROGRAM IN EFFECT.

KEVIN DURANT AND THREE OTHER BROOKLYN NETS HAVE TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19. ALL FOUR PLAYERS ARE IN ISOLATION AND UNDER DOCTOR’S CARE.

THE OKLAHOMA SENATE IS SHUTTING DOWN DUE TO A POSITIVE CORONAVIRUS TEST. STATE SENATORS AND STAFF ARE BEING QUARANTINED IN THEIR OFFICES UNTIL THEY CAN BE TESTED.

THE CORONAVIRUS HAS NOW SPREAD TO ALL 50 STATES, WITH THE FIRST CASE REPORTED IN WEST VIRGINIA TODAY. CASES OF THE VIRUS ARE NOW AT 160 IN ILLINOIS, WITH THE FIRST DEATH IN ILLINOIS REPORTED EARLIER THIS AFTERNOON.

VOTING IN THE ILLINOIS PRIMARIES IS OPEN UNTIL 7PM. TURNOUT ACROSS THE STATE HAS BEEN LOW DUE TO CORONAVIRUS FEARS.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/17/2020 3:50pm:

THE DOW JONES WENT UP BY 1,049 POINTS BY CLOSING TODAY. THE S & P AND THE NASDAQ WERE ALSO UP, AFTER PLANS FOR A CORONAVIRUS-RELATED STIMULUS PACKAGE WAS ANNOUNCED BY THE WHITE HOUSE. WALL STREET STILL HAS A LONG WAY TO GO – THE DOW FELL BY ALMOST 3,000 POINTS ON MONDAY.

160 TOTAL CASES OF COVID-19 ARE REPORTED IN ILLINOIS, INCLUDING 55 NEW CASES, AN ALMOST 50 PERCENT JUMP FROM YESTERDAY. THE FIRST DEATH HAS BEEN REPORTED DUE TO THE VIRUS IN ILLINOIS – A CHICAGO WOMAN IN HER 60’S.

VOTER TURNOUT IS REPORTEDLY LIGHT AT THE PRIMARY POLLS IN ILLINOIS, ARIZONA, AND FLORIDA TODAY. A NUMBER OF POLL WORKERS DID NOT REPORT, AND MANY POLLING PLACES WERE MOVED AT THE LAST MINUTE TO MINIMIZE HEALTH RISK, ESPECIALLY IF THEY WERE SCHEDULED TO BE HELD IN NURSING HOMES.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/17/2020 2:50pm:

THE FIRST DEATH IN ILLINOIS HAS BEEN REPORTED DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC. THE PATIENT WAS A CHICAGO WOMAN IN HER 60S WITH OTHER MEDICAL ISSUES. SHE WAS DIAGNOSED EARLIER THIS MONTH.

22 INDIVIDUALS HAVE TESTED POSITIVE FOR THE VIRUS AT A NURSING HOME IN DUPAGE COUNTY.

VOTING CONTINUES IN THE ILLINOIS PRIMARIES TODAY. IN COOK COUNTY THERE HAVE BEEN SEVERAL REPORTS OF POLLING PLACES WITHOUT WORKERS OR EQUIPMENT. OVER 850 ELECTION JUDGES OPTED NOT TO SHOW UP DUE TO CORONAVIRUS FEARS. IN A PUBLIC BRIEFING THIS AFTERNOON, GOVERNOR PRITZKER SAID THAT HE HAD NO LEGAL AUTHORITY TO DELAY THE PRIMARY. THE GOVERNOR ALSO STATED THAT THERE WILL BE SWIFT ACTION TAKEN AGAINST ANY PRICE-GOUGING BY VENDORS IN THE STATE ON FOOD OR ANY OTHER PRODUCTS IN THE DAYS AHEAD AS BUSINESSES SHUT THEIR DOORS.

CHICAGO PUBLIC LIBRARY WORKERS ARE SAYING THEIR HEALTH IS IN DANGER DUE TO CITY OFFICIALS’ DECISION TO KEEP ALL 80 LIBRARIES OPEN FOR NOW.

THE WORLD’S LARGEST STARBUCKS, LOCATED IN DOWNTOWN CHICAGO, WILL CLOSE INDEFINITELY TODAY TO STOP THE SPREAD OF THE CORONAVIRUS.

MACY’S STORES WILL CLOSE AT THE END OF THE BUSINESS DAY THROUGH MARCH 31 NATIONWIDE.

THE CDC HAS ASKED FUNERAL DIRECTORS TO LIMIT PEOPLE AT SERVICES, AND TO LIVE STREAM SERVICES FOR LARGER GROUPS. THEY SUGGEST A LIMIT OF 50 PEOPLE AT FUNERALS.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/17/2020 1:50pm:

THE WHITE HOUSE ANNOUNCED THAT AN 850-BILLION DOLLAR STIMULUS PACKAGE IS BEING PLANNED, AND THE ADMINISTRATION SAYS THEY ARE HOPING TO GET MONEY INTO AMERICANS’ BANK ACCOUNTS IN THE NEXT TWO WEEKS. WITH MANY AMERICANS OUT OF WORK DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS, THE GOAL IS TO FLOOD THE ECONOMY WITH FUNDS, ACCORDING TO TREASURY SECRETARY STEVEN MNUCHIN.

MACY’S STORES WILL CLOSE AT END OF BUSINESS TODAY THROUGH MARCH 31st TO STOP THE SPREAD OF THE VIRUS. MACY’S, BLOOMINGDALE’S, AND MARKET BY MACY’S ARE JUST SOME OF THE STORES AFFECTED.

THE VOTING POLLS ARE OPEN IN ILLINOIS, AS WELL AS IN FLORIDA AND ARIZONA TODAY IN THE RACE FOR THE DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL NOMINATION. HUNDREDS OF ELECTION JUDGES PULLED OUT OF THE PROCESS ACROSS ILLINOIS DUE TO CORONAVIRUS FEARS. OHIO WAS ALSO SCHEDULED TO VOTE IN THE PRIMARY, BUT STATE OFFICIALS POSTPONED VOTING AS A PRECAUTION AGAINST SPREADING THE VIRUS.

TOM AND RITA HANKS ARE OUT OF THE HOSPITAL IN AUSTRALIA AFTER BEING ADMITTED WITH THE COVID-19 VIRUS LAST WEEK. THEIR SON CHET POSTED ON SOCIAL MEDIA THAT HIS PARENTS ARE NOW SELF-QUARANTINING. HANKS WAS IN AUSTRALIA WORKING ON A MOVIE ABOUT ELVIS PRESLEY.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/17/2020 12:50pm:

IN A BRIEFING TODAY, PRESIDENT TRUMP CONFIRMED THE CREATION OF AN ECONOMIC STIMULUS PROPOSAL TO STEADY THE MARKET, WHICH HAS BEEN VOLATILE IN REACTION TO THE CORONAVIRUS.

THE FEDERAL RESERVE IS CREATING A SPECIAL FUND TO KEEP CREDIT LIQUID IN THE U.S. ECONOMY, SAYING THEY WILL BUY SHORT-TERM LOANS BUSINESSES NEED TO KEEP PAYING BILLS AS THE VIRUS OUTBREAK CAUSES A HALT IN DAY-TO-DAY OPERATIONS WITHIN MANY INDUSTRIES ALL OVER THE COUNTRY.

FORD WILL CLOSE THEIR EUROPEAN FACTORIES TO SLOW THE SPREAD OF THE PANDEMIC. PLANTS IN ROMANIA AND GERMANY WILL SHUT DOWN STARTING THURSDAY.

IT’S ST. PATRICK’S DAY IN CHICAGOLAND, THE FIRST SINCE PROHIBITION TO HAVE BARS, TAVERNS, AND RESTAURANTS CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC TO FLATTEN THE CURVE OF THE CORONAVIRUS.

BUT POLLS ARE OPEN IN THE STATE’S PRIMARY TODAY UNTIL 7PM. SOME POLLING PLACES SCHEDULED TO TAKE PLACE IN NURSING HOMES WERE RELOCATED DUE TO THE VIRUS AND SOME POLLING PLACES HAVE REPORTED AN EXTREMELY LOW TURNOUT TODAY. CHICAGO BROKE A WORLD WAR II ERA RECORD FOR VOTING BY MAIL THIS YEAR.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/17/2020 11:50am:

THE DOW JONES INDUSTRIAL AVERAGE IS UP MORE THAN 900 POINTS AFTER THE FED ANNOUNCED IT WAS GOING TO PUMP A LOT OF MONEY INTO THE FINANCIAL SYSTEM. THE MARKETS WERE UP AND DOWN BEFORE THE ANNOUNCEMENT. WALL STREET IS TRYING TO REBOUND AFTER ITS BIGGEST POINT LOSS IN HISTORY, WITH THE DOW LOSING NEARLY 3,000 POINTS YESTERDAY.

IN INDIANA, THE 2ND DEATH HAS BEEN REPORTED, AS A RESULT OF COVID-19 IN INDIANA, IN ADDITION TO 30 CONFIRMED CASES ACROSS 15 COUNTIES.

TURNS OUT CHICAGO ELECTION OFFICIALS WANTED POLLS CLOSED TODAY, DUE TO COVID-19 BUT ILLINOIS GOVERNOR PRITZGER SAID NO.

THE FRENCH OPEN TENNIS TOURNAMENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL SEPTEMBER.

UBER HAS SUSPENDED IT’S CARPOOL OPTION IN THE US AND CANADA UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

AMC THEATRES IS CLOSING ALL ITS THEATERS FOR SIX TO 12 WEEKS BECAUSE OF THE CORONAVIRUS.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/17/2020 9:50am:

THE COVID-19 DEATH TOLL IN THE U.S. IS CONTINUING TO CLIMB. NUMBERS COMPILED BY EPIDEMIOLOGISTS AT JOHNS HOPKINS MEDICAL SCHOOL SHOW AT LEAST 90 DEATHS WITH MORE THAN 4,500 PEOPLE DIAGNOSED. THE GLOBAL DEATH TOLL IS JUST OVER 7,300 WITH 185,000 PEOPLE INFECTED WITH THE NOVEL CORONAVIRUS.

ABOUT 7 MILLION PEOPLE IN THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA HAVE BEEN TOLD TO SHELTER IN PLACE FOR THE NEXT THREE WEEKS.

THE NEXT WHITE HOUSE BRIEFING HAPPENS AT 10:30.

PHARMACEUTICAL GIANT PFIZER IS SIGNING A DEAL WITH GERMANY’S BIONTECH TO CO-DEVELOP A POTENTIAL VACCINE FOR THE CORONAVIRUS. THE COMPANIES ANNOUNCED THEIR PARTNERSHIP TODAY AND VOWED TO BEGIN THE COLLABORATION IMMEDIATELY.

AMC THEATRES IS CLOSING ALL ITS THEATERS FOR SIX TO 12 WEEKS BECAUSE OF THE CORONAVIRUS. THE CHAIN ANNOUNCED THE DECISION MONDAY AS GOVERNORS OF A DOZEN STATES ORDERED THEATERS TO CLOSE AND THE CDC ISSUED GUIDELINES LIMITING PUBLIC GATHERINGS TO TEN PEOPLE.

MOVIES ON THE BIG SCREEN WILL BE IN HOMES THIS WEEKEND AS THE CORONAVIRUS DISRUPTS THEATERS. UNIVERSAL PICTURES IS MAKING CURRENT FILMS LIKE “THE INVISIBLE MAN” AND “THE HUNT” AVAILABLE ON DEMAND. THEY CAN BE RENTED STARTING FRIDAY FOR $20.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/17/2020 8:50am:

COVID-19 HAS KILLED AT LEAST 90 OF THE OVER 4,600 PEOPLE DIAGNOSED IN THE U.S. GLOBALLY, THE DEATH TOLL IS JUST OVER 7,100, WITH THE MOST AGGRESSIVE OUTBREAKS STILL SPREADING IN EUROPE AND IRAN.

DEMOCRATIC VOTERS IN ARIZONA, FLORIDA, AND HERE IN ILLINOIS WILL CAST PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY BALLOTS TODAY. OHIO WAS ON THE PRIMARY CALENDAR TOO BUT STATE HEALTH OFFICIALS CALLED IT OFF DUE TO CONCERNS ABOUT THE CORONAVIRUS.

RESEARCHERS SAY THE BIGGEST THREAT FOR SPREADING COVID-19 COULD BE PEOPLE WHO DON’T KNOW THEY HAVE IT. EPIDEMIC SPECIALISTS CREATED A MATHEMATICAL MODEL BASED ON THE DATA FROM CHINA WHERE THE OUTBREAK STARTED. THEY FOUND THAT NEARLY 80 PERCENT OF CONFIRMED CASES WERE TRANSMITTED BY PEOPLE WHO WEREN’T DIAGNOSED BECAUSE THEY HAD MILD OR NO SYMPTOMS. THE RESEARCHERS BELIEVE THAT HELPS EXPLAIN WHY THE VIRUS IS SPREADING SO RAPIDLY WORLDWIDE.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/17/2020 7:20am:

THE NUMBER OF COVID-19 CASES IN THE U.S. HAS INCREASED BY ABOUT 1,000 IN JUST 24 HOURS. THERE ARE NOW 4500 CASES, AND 90 DEATHS. ILLINOIS ANNOUNCED 12 NEW CASES, FOR A TOTAL OF 105 CONFIRMED CASES IN THE STATE.

ILLINOIS PRIMARY VOTING IS STILL ON FOR TODAY. GOVERNOR PRITZGER SAYS POLLING LOCATIONS WILL ALLOW FOR SOCIAL DISTANCING FROM OTHER VOTERS. THERE IS, HOWEVER, REPORTS OF A SHORTAGE OF ELECTION JUDGES IN SOME LOCATIONS.

THE S.A.T. EXAM SCHEDULED IN MAY HAS BEEN POSTPONED.

NASCAR RACES AND THE KENTUCKY DERBY BOTH CANCELED.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/17/2020 6:20am:

ILLINOIS HEALTH OFFICIALS ANNOUNCED 12 NEW CASES, BRINGING THE STATE TOTAL TO 105 CONFIRMED CASES, ACROSS 15 COUNTIES, INCLUDING 2 NEW COUNTIES, SOUTH SUBURBAN WILL AND DOWNSTATE PEORIA.

THE ILLINOIS PRIMARY ELECTION IS ON, AS SCHEDULED, FOR TODAY. GOVERNOR PRITZGER SAYS THE POLLS WILL ALLOW FOR SOCIAL DISTANCING. THERE ARE EARLY REPORTS OF A SHORTAGE OF ELECTION JUDGES IN SOME LOCATIONS.

A BIG CONCERN NATIONWIDE IS WHETHER HOSPITALS ARE PREPARED FOR AN INFLUX OF COVID-19 PATIENTS. RUSH IS POSTPONING ALL NON ESSENTIAL PROCEDURES STARTING TOMORROW, AND THEY HAVE SET UP A SPECIAL TRIAGE CENTER IN THE AMBULANCE BAY IN PREPARATION FOR PATIENTS WITH COVID-19. NORTHWESTERN IS FINALIZING PLANS FOR A SIMILAR SETUP.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/16/2020 6:40pm:

ILLINOIS SECRETARY OF STATE JESSE WHITE ANNOUNCED THAT ALL DRIVER SERVICES FACILITIES AND OFFICES STATEWIDE WILL BE CLOSED DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS, EFFECTIVE TOMORROW THROUGH MARCH 31. EXPIRATION DATES FOR DRIVER’S LICENSES, ID CARDS, AND OTHER TRANSACTIONS WILL BE EXTENDED BY 30 DAYS THROUGH AN EMERGENCY RULE.

THE FIRST HUMAN TRIAL TEST OF A COVID-19 VACCINE IS UNDERWAY IN THE U.S. THE FIRST PHASE TESTS THE VACCINE ON A GROUP OF 45 MALES AND NON-PREGNANT FEMALES BETWEEN THE AGES OF 18-55 IN THE SEATTLE AREA.

DUE TO SAFETY PRECAUTIONS AGAINST THE CORONAVIRUS, SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE HAS PAUSED PRODUCTION UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. THE EPISODE THAT WAS SLATED FOR MARCH 28 WILL NOT AIR. A SPOKESPERSON SAID THAT THEY WILL MONITOR THE SITUATION AND MAKE DECISIONS ABOUT FUTURE SHOWS ON AN ONGOING BASIS.

ON THE EVE OF ST. PATRICK’S DAY, ALL BARS AND RESTAURANTS IN ILLINOIS WILL CLOSE TO THE PUBLIC TONIGHT AT 9P.M. THROUGH MARCH 30. DELIVERY, DRIVE-THRU, CARRY OUT AND PICK UP WILL BE AVAILABLE FROM BUSINESSES THAT OFFER IT.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/16/2020 5:30pm:

THE FIRST CORONAVIRUS DEATH HAS BEEN REPORTED IN INDIANA. THE PATIENT WAS OVER 60 AND HAD OTHER MEDICAL ISSUES. GOVERNOR ERIC HOLCOMB HAS ORDERED RESTAURANTS AND BARS TO CLOSE TO IN-PERSON CUSTOMERS, AND 273 OF INDIANA’S PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICTS HAVE CLOSED TO STUDENTS.

ILLINOIS GOVERNOR J.B. PRITZKER YESTERDAY ORDERED BARS AND RESTAURANTS TO BE CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC AS OF TONIGHT AT 9 P.M. UNTIL THE END OF MARCH. TODAY HE ORDERED GATHERINGS OF 50 OR MORE PEOPLE TO BE CANCELED. THAT APPLIES TO GYMS, BOWLING ALLEYS, PRIVATE CLUBS AND THEATERS. IT DOES NOT APPLY TO GROCERY STORES, HOSPITALS, GAS STATIONS, PHARMACIES, OR SHELTERS.

IN A NEWS BRIEFING, PRESIDENT TRUMP ANNOUNCED NEW GUIDELINES AGAINST GATHERINGS OF 10 OR MORE PEOPLE.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/16/2020 3:50pm:

GOVERNOR PRITZKER HELD A PRESS CONFERENCE THIS AFTERNOON REGARDING THE CORONAVIRUS. THERE ARE NOW 105 CONFIRMED CASES IN ILLINOIS ACROSS 15 COUNTIES, INCLUDING NEW CASES IN PEORIA AND WILL COUNTIES.

A STATE HOTLINE HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED TO RESIDENTS TO CALL WITH ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT COVID-19. THE HOTLINE NUMBER IS 1-800-889-3931.

THE STOCK MARKET ENDED ON ANOTHER DOWNTURN DESPITE THE FEDERAL RESERVE CUTTING INTEREST RATES. THE DOW JONES DROPPED NEARLY 13%, LOSING 2,997 POINTS, THE S & P LOST 324 POINTS, AND THE NASDAQ FELL 970 POINTS.

AND ELTON JOHN IS THE LATEST ARTIST TO POSTPONE SOME UPCOMING TOUR DATES DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS. THE NEXT ROUND OF THE NORTH AMERICAN LEG OF HIS FAREWELL YELLOW BRICK ROAD TOUR, WHICH WAS SET TO KICK OFF NEXT WEEK IN INDIANAPOLIS AND WRAP IN DETROIT ON MAY 2, WILL BE RESCHEDULED. TICKETHOLDERS FOR THOSE DATES WILL BE ALERTED TO THE NEW DATES WHEN THEY ARE ANNOUNCED.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/16/2020 2:40pm:

PRESIDENT TRUMP ADDRESSED THE PRESS TODAY REGARDING THE CORONAVIRUS, ANNOUNCING NEW GUIDELINES OVER THE NEXT 15 DAYS FOR EVERY AMERICAN. THESE NEW GUIDELINES URGE EVERYONE TO AVOID GATHERING IN GROUPS OF MORE THAN TEN PEOPLE, WHICH IS MORE RESTRICTIVE THAN THE PREVIOUS ADVISEMENT TO GATHER IN GROUPS OF LESS THAN 50. THEY ALSO URGE AGAINST VISITING BARS, RESTAURANTS, AND PUBLIC FOOD COURTS, AND CAUTION AGAINST DISCRETIONARY TRAVELING.

PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARIES ARE SCHEDULED IN FOUR STATES TOMORROW: ILLINOIS, ARIZONA, FLORIDA, AND OHIO. OHIO GOVERNOR MIKE DEWINE IS RECOMMENDING THAT VOTING BE POSTPONED TO JUNE 2ND TO CONFORM WITH CDC GUIDELINES ON SOCIAL DISTANCING. IT WILL BE UP TO A JUDGE TO MAKE THE FINAL RULING.

THE ILLINOIS STATE DENTAL SOCIETY ISSUED A RECOMMENDATION URGING DENTISTS TO ONLY TREAT PATIENTS WHO NEED EMERGENCY PROCEDURES BETWEEN TOMORROW AND MARCH 31 TO LIMIT THE SPREAD OF COVID-19.

A METRA SPOKESPERSON SAID THAT RIDERSHIP NUMBERS LAST FRIDAY WERE DOWN FIFTY PERCENT ACROSS CHICAGOLAND. NO SERVICE CUTS ARE REPORTED ON METRA OR THE CTA AT THIS TIME.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/16/2020 1:40pm:

CANADA IS CLOSING BORDERS TO NON-CITIZENS DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS. PRIME MINISTER JUSTIN TRUDEAU SAID THAT “IT IS TIME TO TAKE EVERY PRECAUTION TO KEEP PEOPLE SAFE.” SOME EXCEPTIONS WILL BE MADE, INCLUDING FOR U.S. CITIZENS. TRUDEAU URGED CANADIAN CITIZENS WHO ARE TRAVELING ABROAD TO RETURN HOME.

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL IS DELAYING THE START OF ITS SEASON EVEN FURTHER, SAYING THAT IT WILL NOW BE DELAYED FOR EIGHT WEEKS, IN ACCORDANCE WITH CDC GUIDANCE OVER THE WEEKEND THAT EVENTS WITH 50 OR MORE PEOPLE SHOULD BE POSTPONED OR CANCELLED. A STATEMENT FROM THE LEAGUE SAID “THE CLUBS REMAIN COMMITTED TO PLAYING AS MANY GAMES AS POSSIBLE WHEN THE SEASON BEGINS.”

SEVERAL CHICAGO AREA HOSPITALS ARE NO LONGER ALLOWING MOST VISITORS AS THE NUMBER OF CORONAVIRUS CASES INCREASE. RESTRICTIONS ON VISITORS ARE IN PLACE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO MEDICAL CENTER, RUSH UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER, AND MORE. CARE TEAMS WILL DETERMINE VISITORS FOR THE CRITICALLY ILL.

ACTOR IDRIS ELBA ANNOUNCED THAT HE HAS TESTED POSITIVE FOR THE CORONAVIRUS. OTHER CELEBRITIES WHO HAVE TESTED POSITIVE INCLUDE TOM AND RITA HANKS.

VOTERS HEAD TO POLLS IN ILLINOIS FOR THE PRIMARY TOMORROW, ALONG WITH FLORIDA, OHIO, AND ARIZONA.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/16/2020 12:40pm:

STUDENTS SCHEDULED TO TAKE THE S.A.T. EXAM IN MAY WILL NOT BE DOING SO. THE TEST, WHICH WAS SCHEDULED FOR MAY 2ND, HAS BEEN CANCELED BY THE COLLEGE BOARD. MAKEUP EXAMS SCHEDULED FOR MARCH 28TH WILL ALSO NOT HAPPEN. REFUNDS TO STUDENTS REGISTERED FOR THE SAT WILL BE GIVEN. MORE INFO CAN BE FOUND AT THE SAT WEBSITE.

ALL PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SCHOOLS IN ILLINOIS WILL BE CLOSED STARTING TOMORROW, WHILE MORE THAN TWO-THIRDS OF INDIANA’S PUBLIC SCHOOLS ARE CLOSED IN RESPONSE TO THE CORONAVIRUS. MICHIGAN, OHIO, KENTUCKY AND A SLEW OF OTHER STATES HAVE ALSO CLOSED SCHOOLS.

INDIANA HAS JOINED ILLINOIS IN CLOSING ALL BARS AND RESTAURANTS TO THE PUBLIC AT CLOSE OF BUSINESS TODAY THROUGH THE END OF MARCH. IN BOTH STATES, DELIVERY, PICK-UP AND CARRY-OUT WILL BE AVAILABLE FROM BUSINESSES THAT OFFER IT.

DUE TO CORONAVIRUS FEARS, THE DOW FELL BY EIGHT PERCENT DURING MIDDAY TRADING. JUST AFTER OPENING BELL THIS MORNING, BOTH THE DOW AND THE S & P 500 FELL MORE THAN EIGHT PERCENT WHICH CAUSED A PAUSE IN TRADING, AFTER WHICH THE DOW FELL BY MORE THAN 2700 POINTS. THE FEDERAL RESERVE IS OFFERING 500 BILLION DOLLARS IN OVERNIGHT REPURCHASING TO KEEP CASH FLOWING THROUGH THE MARKET.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/16/2020 11:40am:

THE DOW IS DOWN 1897 POINTS.

INDIANA HAS JOINED ILLINOIS IN CLOSING ALL BARS AND RESTAURANTS AT THE CLOSE OF BUSINESS TODAY. THOSE THAT OFFER DRIVE THROUGH, DELIVERY, AND TAKE OUT CAN CONTINUE TO OFFER THOSE SERVICES, BUT DINE IN WILL BE CLOSED UNTIL AT LEAST MARCH 30TH.

GOVERNOR PRITZGER ANNOUNCED THE CLOSING OF ALL SCHOOLS IN ILLINOIS, STARTING TOMORROW, IF THEY HAVEN’T CLOSED ALREADY, AND UNTIL MARCH 30TH. AROUND TWO-THIRDS OF SCHOOLS IN INDIANA HAVE CLOSED.

THE CDC RECOMMENDS NO GATHERINGS OF MORE THAN 50 PEOPLE FOR THE NEXT 8 WEEKS, WHICH PUTS US INTO MAY.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/16/2020 10:50am:

STOCKS FELL YET AGAIN AFTER THE FED SLASHED INTEREST RATES DOWN TO ZERO, IN AN EFFORT TO CALM CORONAVIRUS FEARS. The DOW IS DOWN 2200 POINTS.

ALL SCHOOLS IN ILLINOIS WILL BE CLOSED TOMORROW, IF THEY HAVEN’T ALREADY.

ALL BARS AND RESTAURANTS IN THE STATE OF ILLINOIS WILL BE CLOSED TO EAT IN CUSTOMERS AT THE CLOSE OF BUSINESS TODAY. THOSE THAT OFFER DRIVE THROUGH, DELIVERY, AND TAKE OUT CAN CONTINUE TO OFFER THOSE SERVICES, BUT DINE IN WILL BE CLOSED UNTIL AT LEAST MARCH 30TH AND POSSIBLY BEYOND THAT DATE.

THE CDC RECOMMENDS NO GATHERINGS OF MORE THAN 50 PEOPLE FOR THE NEXT 8 WEEKS, WHICH PUTS US INTO MAY.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/16/2020 9:50am:

THE DOW IS DOWN 1844 POINTS.

AN ILLINOIS PRESS CONFERENCE WILL HAPPEN THIS AFTERNOON, INSTEAD OF LATER THIS MORNING. SCHOOLS IN ILLINOIS WILL CLOSE TOMORROW, IF THEY HAVEN’T ALREADY.

THE GLOBAL DEATH TOLL FROM COVID-19 IS NOW UP TO 6500, THERE ARE MORE THAN 169 THOUSAND CASES WORLD WIDE. IN THE UNITED STATES, 3600 CASES, 66 PEOPLE HAVE DIED.

THE CDC RECOMMENDS NO GATHERINGS OF MORE THAN 50 PEOPLE FOR THE NEXT 8 WEEKS.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/16/2020 8:50am:

Illinois announced 29 new coronavirus cases, bringing Illinois’ total to 93. 2 of those new cases are at Chicago schools. All Illinois schools are ordered to close by tomorrow.

All Illinois restaurants, bars will close to limit COVID-19 spread. Restaurants and bars will closed to indoor dining, for 2 weeks, there is still take out and drive thru if that service is offered. The closures start today, at close of business through March 30th. California, Ohio, Washington State, and Massachusetts have also closed all bars and restaurants. All major resorts and casinos in Las Vegas are closing, either today or tomorrow for 2 weeks minimum, some aren’t taking any reservations until May 1st.

In case you are wondering why restrictions here in the US seem to be coming quickly, and may seem dramatic to some…The US is using what happened in Europe as a potential lesson…for example, in Italy, where they did not follow the recommendations of the World Health Organization’s and continued to host sports events with fans,…the country is on lockdown now, with almost 25,000 cases of covid-19. Over 1,800 people have died, 368 in the past 24 hours. The majority of the issue, it seems, is high numbers of cases overwhelming the health care system. Reports are there is a lack of medical equipment, as far as what’s needed to combat and treat the volume of cases in the country, relative to what is available.

Guns N’ Roses aren’t afraid of some virus. Guns N’ Roses played on despite the coronavirus pandemic—- Axl Rose & company performed a 22 song set at the Vive Latino festival in Mexico City Friday night.

While several other artists pulled out over concerns that large gatherings and international transit could increase the chances of the disease spreading, Guns N Roses went ahead as planned.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/16/2020 7:20am:

Illinois announced 29 new coronavirus cases, bringing Illinois’ total to 93. 2 of those new cases are at Chicago schools.

All Illinois restaurants, bars to close to limit COVID-19 spread— All restaurants and bars will close for inside dining for more than two weeks to limit the spread of COVID-19. The closures will begin at the end of business Monday, March 16, through March 30. Restaurants will be open for drive-through and pickup services.

All Major resorts on the Las Vegas Strip are now closing in response to the spread of coronavirus. Next opening for reservations is May 1.

The first COVID-19 vaccine begins clinical testing today at Kayser Permanente Washington Health research Institute in Seattle. A government official will be the first to get the experimental vaccine. Public health officials say it takes 12-18 months to determine the effectiveness and safety of the vaccine and get it to market.

The penguins at The Shedd Aquarium got out and were allowed to walk around like spectators since it’s closed to the public. The field trip of the penguins meeting other animals at Shedd was posted on social media. Wellington the penguin seemed most interested in the fishes in Amazon Rising!

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/15/2020 4:20pm:

Illinois is closing all Bars and Restaurants. Illinois is among the states taking drastic measures to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Governor J.B. Pritzker made the announcement today. The closings begin end of business Monday, March 16th through March 30th. However, drive-thru and curbside pickup will continue. He expressed disappointment that people weren’t taking the virus and its consequences seriously. The move made by Pritzker is similar to one announced earlier by Ohio Governor Mike DeWine.

This afternoon Pritzker also announced there were 29 new coronavirus cases, bringing Illinois’ total to 93. The number of cases have risen to more than 3,000 in the United States.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/15/2020 11:20am:

There are more than 2,500 confirmed cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus in the U.S. and over 50 people have died. In Illinois, there are 67 confirmed cases. The virus is now in every state except West Virginia. There have been deaths in ten states. New York, Louisiana, Colorado, and Virginia all saw their first deaths from the virus today. Worldwide, more than 155-thousand people have been infected in 141 countries and over 5,800 have died.

More Chicago landmarks have decided to close their doors over the COVID-19 outbreak. Navy Pier announced it will close starting Monday through April 3rd. City officials also announced that the iconic Cloud Gate, also known as the “Bean” will be also closed through April 12th. In addition to the “Bean,” the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events have closed the Chicago Cultural Center, Clarke House Museum and exhibitions at Expo 72 and the City Gallery in the Historic Water Tower.

Passengers traveling through Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport were waiting for hours to get through customs Saturday night. The long lines come as most travel from Europe is banned in a bid to slow the spread of the virus. Illinois Governor JB Pritzker described the lines at O’Hare as “unacceptable.”

The U.S. surgeon general is making sure Americans know where the country is at in the fight against the coronavirus. Speaking at the White House Saturday, Dr. Jerome Adams talked about the outbreak, saying the vast majority of those who get it will be OK. However, he emphasized the most vulnerable need to be protected. Adams talked about the importance of “social distancing” and the role that plays in protecting people, especially older Americans.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/13/2020 6:40pm:

Governor Pritzger announced today that in effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus, all schools statewide in IL will close from next Tuesday March 17 until at least March 30.

President Trump today declared a national emergency, clearing the way for up to 50-billion-dollars in aid to state and local governments. Interest on all student loans was also waived until further notice.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average posted its biggest-ever point gain following the declaration of a national emergency to deal with the coronavirus. All three major indexes surged more than nine-percent today.

A top official at the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Anthony Fauci, says it’s unclear how long it will take for the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. to run its course. He said the hope is that it will only be a matter of weeks.

SeaWorld is closing all parks until the end of March. Essential employees will remain on-site to care for the animals.

The Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, and the Musee D’Orsay will close starting tomorrow, after French officials banned gatherings of more than 100 people.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/13/2020 5:30pm:

In a press conference this afternoon, Governor Pritzger announced that starting next Tuesday March 17, schools statewide in IL will close due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Pritzger said this was action is important to curb the spread of the virus, and he said measures will be taken to feed children who rely on school meals.

Additionally, Pritzger said officials are working with major food banks and food manufacturers across the state to ramp up the capacity to serve the most vulnerable children.

14 more cases of the coronavirus have been confirmed in Illinois, bringing the state’s total to 46. The affected people range in age from their 20’s to their 90’s.

Earlier this afternoon, President Trump announced a National Emergency, opening the door for federal relief funding.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/13/2020 3:50pm:

President Trump declared a national emergency today due to the coronavirus, which authorizes FEMA to coordinate disaster relief efforts. The declaration will make millions of dollars in aid available to state and local governments.

On that news, stocks posted a rally. The Dow gained more than a thousand points following the Emergency Declaration, finishing just below two thousand for the day.

The presidential primary in Louisiana is being postponed from April 4, making it the first state to do so. Officials say they will reschedule in June or July.

Delta is the first major airline to announce steps to counter a slowdown in travel because of the COVID-19 outbreak, reducing capacity of its flights by 40-percent for the next few months. It is offering immediate voluntary short-term, unpaid leaves and putting a hiring freeze in place.

Disney is suspending the production of live-action films due to the coronavirus. The Little Mermaid, Peter Pan and Wendy, and The Last Duel starring Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are among the movies being put on pause.

Add the Chicago Flower and Garden Show to the list of cancellations over the coronavirus. It will not take place at Navy Pier next week in compliance with city officials who urge against large groups. Gatherings of over 1000 are banned in the city of Chicago for 30 days, and gatherings of 250 or more or discouraged.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/13/2020 2:50pm:

PRESIDENT TRUMP MOMENTS AGO ANNOUNCED A DECLARATION OF EMERGENCY FROM THE WHITE HOUSE, WHICH WILL OPEN THE DOOR FOR FEDERAL AID RELIEF INCLUDING TESTING, VACCINATIONS, AND MORE.

THE DECLARATION MAKES AS MUCH AS $50 BILLION AVAILABLE IN RESOURCES TO ASSIST AMERICANS AFFECTED BY THE CORONAVIRUS.

IN THE PRESS CONFERENCE, TRUMP SAID HE EXPECTS 1.4 MILLION CORONAVIRUS TEST KITS AVAILABLE WITHIN A WEEK, WITH 5 MILLION AVAILABLE NEXT MONTH. THE EMERGENCY DECLARATION GRANTS GREATER AUTHORITY TO HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICE SECRETARY ALEX AZAR TO WAIVE RULES CONCERNING HOW HOSPITALS RECEIVE PATIENTS AND HOW LONG THEY CAN STAY.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/13/2020 1:50pm:

PRESIDENT TRUMP WILL TAKE THE PODIUM AT THE WHITE HOUSE TO HOLD A NEWS CONFERENCE REGARDING THE CORONAVIRUS TODAY (FRIDAY, 3/13) AT 2 PM CENTRAL TIME.

THE CHICAGO TEACHER’S UNION ISSUED A DEMAND TO CITY OFFICIALS TODAY THAT SCHOOLS CLOSE IMMEDIATELY TO CONTROL THE SPREAD OF THE VIRUS, BUT AT THIS TIME, CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOLS REMAIN OPEN. CATHOLIC SCHOOLS OPERATED BY THE ARCHDIOCESE OF CHICAGO IN COOK AND LAKE COUNTIES WILL CLOSE INDEFINITELY AS OF MONDAY. PUBLIC MASSES HAVE ALSO BEEN CANCELLED.

THE MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY WILL CLOSE FROM TOMORROW THROUGH APRIL 6. THE ADLER PLANETARIUM, THE FIELD MUSEUM, SHEDD AQUARIUM AND THE LINCOLN PARK ZOO HAVE ALSO ANNOUNCED CLOSURES.

THE DRIVER SERVICES FACILITY IN THE THOMPSON CENTER IN DOWNTOWN CHICAGO WILL CLOSE AS OF MONDAY TO CURB CORONAVIRUS CONTAGION. ALL OTHER DRIVER SERVICES LOCATIONS ACROSS ILLINOIS WILL REMAIN OPEN, ALTHOUGH SECRETARY OF STATE JESSE WHITE URGED RESIDENTS WITHOUT IMMEDIATE NEEDS TO DELAY GOING INTO FACILITIES.

RECORD STORE DAY 2020, THE ANNUAL EVENT WHICH DRIVES FANS INTO RECORD STORES GLOBALLY, HAS MOVED FROM APRIL 18 TO JUNE 20 AS A SAFETY PRECAUTION.

AND CLOSURES CONTINUE TO CASCADE THROUGH THE SPORTS WORLD: THE LONDON MARATHON FOLLOWS THE BOSTON MARATHON IN POSTPONING ITS ANNUAL EVENT UNTIL LATER IN THE YEAR.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/13/2020 12:40pm:

ALL CATHOLIC SCHOOLS OPERATED BY THE ARCHDIOCESE OF CHICAGO IN COOK AND LAKE COUNTIES WILL CLOSE STARTING MONDAY. AN ANNOUNCEMENT WILL BE MADE WHEN A RE-OPENING DATE HAS BEEN DETERMINED. AT THIS TIME, CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOLS AT LARGE REMAIN OPEN, ALTHOUGH MULTIPLE SCHOOLS IN THE CHICAGO AREA HAVE CLOSED OR MOVED TO ONLINE LEARNING IN AN EFFORT TO MINIMIZE CONTAGION, INCLUDING LOCAL UNIVERSITIES.

SHEDD AQUARIUM IS CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC UNTIL MARCH 29 DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS, AS IS THE LINCOLN PARK ZOO, WHICH IS CLOSED UNTIL APRIL 10.

DELTA AIRLINES ANNOUNCED THEY WILL CUT CAPACITY 40 PERCENT, AND WILL PARK UP TO 300 AIRCRAFT.

THE BOSTON MARATHON HAS BEEN POSTPONED FROM MID-APRIL TO SEPTEMBER 14TH. THE PGA MASTERS GOLF TOURNAMENT HAS ALSO BEEN POSTPONED TO A DATE STILL TO BE DETERMINED.

NASCAR POSTPONED THIS WEEKEND’S ATLANTA RACES AND NEXT WEEK’S RACES IN MIAMI. THE INDYCAR SERIES HAS ALSO BEEN POSTPONED THROUGH APRIL.

GOVERNOR PRITZGER AND MAYOR LIGHTFOOT ARE ENCOURAGING THE PRACTICE OF SOCIAL DISTANCING… CROWDS OF 1000 PEOPLE OR MORE ARE BANNED, AND CROWDS OF 250 OR MORE ARE DISCOURAGED.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/13/2020 11:45am:

US STOCKS HAVE BOUNCED BACK AFTER YESTERDAY, THEIR WORST DAY SINCE BLACK MONDAY IN 1987. THE DOW IS CURRENTLY UP 464 POINTS.

THE BOSTON MARATHON HAS BEEN POSTPONED, INSTEAD OF APRIL 20, IT HAS BEEN MOVED TO SEPTEMBER 14TH. THE MASTERS GOLF TOURNAMENT HAS ALSO BEEN POSTPONED TO A DATE STILL TO BE DETERMINED.

CPS SCHOOLS ARE STILL OPEN TODAY, AS ARE THE MAJORITY OF THE SCHOOLS IN THE STATE, WITH 6 OTHER US STATES AND SEVERAL LARGE CITIES ANNOUNCING THE CLOSING OF SCHOOLS, THERE IS A CHANCE ILLINOIS AND OTHER STATES MAY CLOSE SCHOOLS NEXT WEEK. THE ARCHDIOCESE OF CHICAGO ANNOUNCED A CLOSURE OF ALL CATHOLIC SCHOOLS STARTING MONDAY.

HE SHEDD AQUARIUM ANNOUNCED IT’S CLOSING THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH MARCH 29TH, THE LINCOLN PARK ZOO IS CLOSED THROUGH APRIL 10TH, AND THE SHAMROCK SHUFFLE HAS BEEN CANCELED.

ILLINOIS AND CHICAGO OFFICIALS HAVE BANNED GATHERINGS OF 1000 PEOPLE OR MORE, AND STRESS THE NEED FOR SOCIAL DISTANCING, NO SHAKING HANDS, AND STAY AT LEAST 6 FEET AWAY FROM OTHER PEOPLE. THEY ALSO RECOMMEND THAT GATHERINGS WITH 250 OR MORE BE CANCELED OR POSTPONED.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/13/2020 9:50am:

THE DOW IS CURRENTLY UP 642 POINTS.

SEVERAL STATES HAVE SHUT DOWN SCHOOLS, INCLUDING MICHIGAN, OHIO, KENTUCKY, NEW MEXICO, OREGON AND MARYLAND, AND LIKELY WASHINGTON STATE AS WELL ACCORDING TO A WARNING FROM THE GOVERNOR. THIS COVERS K THROUGH 12 SCHOOLS. SEVERAL LARGE CITIES CLOSED SCHOOLS TOO, SEATTLE, SAN FRANCISCO, DENVER, ATLANTA, AUSTIN, DALLAS, HOUSTON.

THE CDC, AT THIS TIME, HAS NOT RECOMMENDED THE BLANKET CLOSURE OF SCHOOLS, WORKPLACES AND CHURCHES, BUT ADVISES THOSE ORGANIZATIONS TO TAKE STEPS TO CONTAIN THE SPREAD OF THE VIRUS.

PRETTY MUCH EVERY PRO SPORT HAS BEEN SUSPENDED, THE NBA, NHL, PGA, NFL, MLS, NCAA MARCH MADNESS WAS CANCELLED, AND MLB CANCELED SPRING TRAINING AND PUSHED BACK OPENING DAY FOR AT LEAST 2 WEEKS. NASCAR AND INDY WILL KEEP RACING BUT WITHOUT SPECTATORS.

ILLINOIS AND CHICAGO OFFICIALS ARE BANNING GATHERINGS OF 1000 PEOPLE OR MORE, AND RECOMMEND SOCIAL DISTANCING, NO SHAKING HANDS, STAYING AT LEAST 6 FEET AWAY FROM OTHER PEOPLE. THEY ALSO RECOMMEND THAT GATHERINGS WITH 250 OR MORE BE CANCELED OR POSTPONED

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/13/2020 7:20am:

THE DOW CLOSED DOWN 2352 POINTS YESTERDAY.

AT LEAST 6 STATES HAVE SHUT DOWN SCHOOLS, INCLUDING MICHIGAN, KENTUCKY, OREGON, OHIO, NEW MEXICO AND MARYLAND. THIS COVERS K-12 SCHOOLS.

THE NBA NOW HAS 2 PLAYERS WITH CONFIRMED CASES OF COVID-19. THE NBA SEASON HAS BEEN SUSPENDED, NCAA’S MARCH MADNESS TOURNAMENT HAS BEEN CANCELED, THE NHL and MLS SUSPENDED THEIR SEASONS, AND FOR NOW MLB CANCELING SPRING TRAINING AND PUSHED BACK OPENING DAY FOR AT LEAST 2 WEEKS. IHSA HAS CANCELED ALL TOURNAMENTS IN THE NEAR FUTURE.

DISNEYLAND AND DISNEYWORLD ARE CLOSED.

CONGRESS IS NEARING A DEAL ON ECONOMIC RELIEF FOR COVID-19 INCLUDING PAID SICK LEAVE AND FREE TESTING FOR THE VIRUS.

THERE ARE GROWING CONCERNS OVER ACCESSIBILITY OF THE TESTS, SO FAR THERE HAVE BEEN 11,000 TESTS DONE IN THE US, THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION IS COMING UNDER FIRE FOR A LACK OF TESTS IN SOME PARTS OF THE COUNTRY.

SOME HOSPITALS ARE ACTUALLY OFFERING DRIVE THRU TESTING, NEXT HOUR I’LL HAVE LOCAL LOCATIONS OFFERING THE DRIVE THRU OPTION.

And a nice story — an NBA player, Kevin Love, who plays for the Cavaliers has pledged 100 thousand dollars to arena workers who will lose money without work since the NBA season has been suspended. He is hoping the NBA will join him.

SOURCE: TTWN

UPDATE 3/12/2020 6:40pm:

WITH 32 CONFIRMED CASES OF THE CORONAVIRUS IN ILLINOIS, INCLUDING ONE CHILD, GOVERNOR PRITZGER IS URGING RESIDENTS TO STAY HOME IF SICK AND TO PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING. ALL EVENTS OVER 1000 PEOPLE ARE BANNED FOR 30 DAYS. CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOLS REMAIN OPEN AT THIS TIME.

OTHERWISE, THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY ANNOUNCED THAT DISNEYLAND RESORT IN ANAHEIM WILL BE CLOSED AS OF THIS SATURDAY THROUGH THE END OF MARCH.
THE RELEASE OF DISNEY’S MULAN, WHICH WAS SCHEDULED TO HIT THEATERS ON MARCH 27, WILL BE POSTPONED UNTIL LATER THIS YEAR.

IN NEW YORK, BROADWAY IS CLOSED. ALL PRODUCTIONS WILL GO DARK THROUGH APRIL 12.

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UPDATE 3/12/2020 5:30pm:

MAYOR LIGHTFOOT AND GOVERNOR PRITZGER BRIEFED THE PUBLIC ON THE STATE OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC. THERE ARE NOW 7 NEW CONFIRMED CASES OF THE VIRUS IN ILLINOIS, BRINGING THE TOTAL TO 32.

IN THE BRIEFING, THEY MANDATED THAT PLANNED COMMUNITY EVENTS OF MORE THAN 1000 PEOPLE ARE BANNED IN THE CITY OF CHICAGO FOR 30 DAYS, AT WHICH TIME OFFICIALS WILL REASSESS THE BAN. THEY ALSO URGED ORGANIZERS TO CALL OFF PRIVATE AND PUBLIC GATHERINGS OF MORE THAN 250 PEOPLE.

MAYOR LIGHTFOOT SAYS THAT AT THIS TIME, CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOLS WILL REMAIN OPEN.
GOVERNOR PRITZGER URGED COMPLIANCE WITH SOCIAL DISTANCING IN AN EFFORT TO MINIMIZE THE SPREAD OF THE VIRUS.

THE CATHOLIC ARCHDIOCESE OF CHICAGO RELEASED A STATEMENT INFORMING CATHOLICS OVER AGE 60 THAT THEY DO NOT HAVE TO ATTEND MASS, IN AN EFFORT TO MINIMIZE INFECTION TO AT-RISK ELDERLY PEOPLE.

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UPDATE 3/12/2020 3:50pm:

FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HISTORY, MARCH MADNESS IS CANCELLED. NCAA PRESIDENT MARK EMMERT ANNOUNCED THAT THE NCAA DIVISION 1 MENS AND WOMEN’S TOURNAMENTS HAVE BEEN CANCELED, AS WELL AS ALL REMAINING WINTER AND SPRING NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS. THIS AFTER SEVERAL LEAGUES CANCELLED THEIR TOURNAMENTS, INCLUDING THE BIG TEN, BIG TWELVE, A-C-C AND S-E-C.

AS A RESULT OF THE WAVE OF SHUTDOWNS AND CANCELLATIONS WORLDWIDE DUE TO COVID-19, THE STOCK MARKET TOOK A MAJOR DIVE TODAY, WITH THE DOW SINKING TEN PERCENT IN THE WORST DAY ON WALL STREET SINCE 1987, SINKING FULLY INTO A BEAR MARKET.

NEW YORK CITY HAS BANNED THE GATHERING OF OVER 500 PEOPLE, WILL IMPOSE RESTRICTIONS ON RESTAURANTS AND BARS AS OF 5PM TOMORROW.

HERE AT THE DRIVE, ON THE ADVICE OF OUR REGION’S PUBLIC OFFICIALS, AND TO PROTECT THE SAFETY OF OUR LOCAL FANS — THE DRIVE WILL NOT BE HOSTING TODAY’S TRAVELING THIRSTY THURSDAY EVENT AT JAMO’S LIVE IN MOKENA, BUT JAMO’S LIVE IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS

ALSO, THE DRIVE’S ST. PADDY’S DAY PUB CRAWL HAS BEEN POSTPONED, IT WAS SLATED FOR SATURDAY AFTERNOON IN DOWNTOWN LIBERTYVILLE, IN THE WEEKS AHEAD, THE DRIVE WILL WORK WITH PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICIALS TO DETERMINE A DATE FOR RESCHEDULING THIS YEARS PUB CRAWL…ALL 5 PUB CRAWL BAR LOCATIONS ARE OPEN FOR BUSINESS THIS WEEKEND.

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UPDATE 3/12/2020 2:50pm:

LIVE NATION AND AEG, NORTH AMERICA’S LARGEST CONCERT PROMOTERS, HAVE PAUSED ALL CONCERT TOURS THROUGH MARCH AND ARE ASKING ARTISTS TO COME HOME AS THE CORONAVIRUS SPREADS. IN A JOINT STATEMENT WITH THE LARGEST BOOKING AGENCIES IN THE COUNTRY, THEY SAID:
“At this time, we collectively recommend large scale events through the end of March be postponed. We continue to support that small-scale events follow guidance set by their local government officials.”

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL IS DELAYING OPENING DAY BY AT LEAST TWO WEEKS AND HAVE CANCELED SPRING TRAINING GAMES. CUBS AND WHITE SOX OPENERS ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED FOR MARCH 26 WILL NOT BE PLAYED UNTIL MID-APRIL AT THE EARLIEST.

THE NFL HAS CANCELLED THIS MONTH’S LEAGUE MEETINGS IN FLORIDA. THE VIKINGS, JETS, AND BUCCANEERS, AMONG OTHERS, ANNOUNCED THAT THEY ARE SUSPENDING TRAVEL FOR ALL COACHES AND SCOUTS.

THE ILLINOIS SENATE HAS CANCELED ALL SESSIONS FROM MARCH 18-20, AND THE ILLINOIS STATE CAPITOL BUILDING IS CLOSED UNTIL MARCH 24 IN RESPONSE TO THE VIRUS. PRESIDENTIAL HOPEFUL JOE BIDEN HAS CANCELLED A CAMPAIGN EVENT SCHEDULED FOR TOMORROW IN CHICAGO.

HERE AT THE DRIVE, ON THE ADVICE OF OUR REGION’S PUBLIC OFFICIALS, AND TO PROTECT THE SAFETY OF OUR LOCAL FANS — THE DRIVE WILL NOT BE HOSTING TODAY’S TRAVELING THIRSTY THURSDAY EVENT AT JAMO’S LIVE IN MOKENA, BUT JAMO’S LIVE IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS

ALSO, THE DRIVE’S ST. PADDY’S DAY PUB CRAWL HAS BEEN POSTPONED, IT WAS SLATED FOR SATURDAY AFTERNOON IN DOWNTOWN LIBERTYVILLE, IN THE WEEKS AHEAD, THE DRIVE WILL WORK WITH PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICIALS TO DETERMINE A DATE FOR RESCHEDULING THIS YEARS PUB CRAWL…ALL 5 PUB CRAWL BAR LOCATIONS ARE OPEN FOR BUSINESS THIS WEEKEND.

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UPDATE 3/12/2020 1:40pm:

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL AND THE NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE HAVE NOW SUSPENDED OPERATIONS DUE TO CORONAVIRUS CONCERNS, JOINING THE NBA AND MLS. NASCAR HAS ANNOUNCED THAT RACES WILL CONTINUE BUT WITHOUT FANS IN ATTENDANCE.

THE WHITE HOUSE AS WELL AS THE CAPITOL BUILDING IN D.C. ARE NOW CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC, ALL TOURS HAVE BEEN TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

THE FEDERAL RESERVE HAS TAKEN THE UNUSUAL STEP OF INJECTING MONEY INTO THE BOND MARKET IN AN EFFORT TO STABILIZE THE FINANCIAL SYSTEM. THIS ACTION COMES IN THE WAKE OF THE DOW TUMBLING MORE THAN 2200 POINTS EARLIER TODAY DUE TO FEARS AROUND COVID-19.

AND THE CHICAGO MERCANTILE MART WILL CLOSE ITS TRADING FLOOR AT THE END OF BUSINESS TOMORROW UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

HERE AT THE DRIVE, ON THE ADVICE OF OUR REGION’S PUBLIC OFFICIALS, AND TO PROTECT THE SAFETY OF OUR LOCAL FANS — THE DRIVE WILL NOT BE HOSTING TODAY’S TRAVELING THIRSTY THURSDAY EVENT AT JAMO’S LIVE IN MOKENA, BUT JAMO’S LIVE IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS

ALSO, THE DRIVE’S ST. PADDY’S DAY PUB CRAWL HAS BEEN POSTPONED, IT WAS SLATED FOR SATURDAY AFTERNOON IN DOWNTOWN LIBERTYVILLE, IN THE WEEKS AHEAD, THE DRIVE WILL WORK WITH PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICIALS TO DETERMINE A DATE FOR RESCHEDULING THIS YEARS PUB CRAWL…ALL 5 PUB CRAWL BAR LOCATIONS ARE OPEN FOR BUSINESS THIS WEEKEND.

SOURCE: TTWN