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Coronavirus in Illinois updates: Here’s what’s happening Monday with COVID-19 in the Chicago area

Monday, July 06, 2020
Chicago Tribune

Illinois announced just six new confirmed deaths from COVID-19 on Sunday, as the number of total deaths continued to trend downward this weekend.

Sunday’s death toll marked the lowest recorded in Illinois from coronavirus since March 26, when seven deaths were logged. Ten COVID-19 deaths were reported Saturday. The overall toll now stands at 7,020 deaths, with 210 more probable deaths. There were 639 additional COVID-19 reported cases Sunday, bringing the state’s total to 147,251, with 1,122 more probably cases.

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s order requiring people who have spent more than 24 hours in 15 high-risk states to self-quarantine for 14 days after entering Chicago goes into effect Monday. The states are Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nevada, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Utah.

Health officials said there are no plans to enforce the order. The city will rely largely on signs posted along highways and at the two airports.

Also Monday, after three months, the Leighton Criminal Court Building will reopen and begin plowing through thousands of cases that have been frozen in place.

Here’s what’s happening Monday regarding COVID-19 in the Chicago area and Illinois:

6:45 a.m.: Chicago Police Training Academy reopens following coronavirus shutdown

The Chicago Police Department was scheduled to reopen its Training Academy on Monday, “with social distancing and safety precautions in place,” according to a news release from the department.

Police Superintendent David Brown was scheduled to greet police recruits at the academy, 1300 W. Jackson Blvd., Monday morning with Chief of Detectives Chief Brendan Deenihan. The academy has been closed since the coronavirus shutdown in March,

After meeting with recruits Brown was scheduled to speak to reporters about violence over the July Fourth holiday weekend. — Chicago Tribune staff

6 a.m.: Long imprisoned, man wins early release amid pandemic, but efforts to clear his name continue

Nearly 23 years after the fateful night that he lost his freedom, Antonio McDowell walked out of a state prison last month a free man eager to put his past behind him and committed to proving he was wrongfully convicted.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker commuted McDowell’s sentence to time served June 22 in another round of executive clemency decisions amid the coronavirus pandemic. Since March, the governor has either pardoned or commuted the prison sentences of 33 men and women convicted of crimes that date to 1978 and range from cannabis possession to murder.

In an emergency clemency petition to the governor in early April, McDowell’s legal team at the Exoneration Project in Chicago cited the mushrooming allegations against former Chicago Detective Reynaldo Guevara, who has been accused by more than four dozen people of manipulating witnesses, fabricating evidence and framing suspects in predominantly Hispanic West Side neighborhoods in the 1980s and 1990s, to bolster their argument that McDowell is innocent.

They also argued his continued confinement was akin to a death sentence given an autoimmune disorder that affects his ability to breathe. At least 13 Illinois inmates have died since March of COVID-19 complications, including 12 at Stateville Correctional Center, where McDowell was housed.

Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx did not object to his possible release, based on his medical condition, but prosecutors still maintain evidence points to his guilt. Read more here. — Christy Gutowski

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Illinois records 1,467 new COVID-19 cases, 14 more deaths
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Thursday, July 30, 2020
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Cook County Board to vote on symbolic resolution to shift money from law enforcement in wake of ‘defund’ movements
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Vacant For Decades, Old Cook County Hospital Transforms Into Hyatt Hotel
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Second installment Cook County property tax deadline extended to Oct. 1 without penalty
Monday, July 27, 2020
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Evanston Main-Dempster Property Owners Let Loose About Tax Concerns in Meeting with Cook County Assessor Fritz Kaegi
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Crain's Daily Gist podcast: Illinois may never be the same after COVID-19
Monday, July 27, 2020
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The number of suicides among Black people in Cook County is sharply up this year
Saturday, July 25, 2020
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CountyCare CEO resigns
Saturday, July 25, 2020
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Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle Announces New $5 Million Investment in Violence Reduction Efforts
Friday, July 24, 2020
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Cook County Board to give $5 million to non-profit to help combat gun violence
Friday, July 24, 2020
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