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COVID-19, coronavirus case at a McDonald's leads to OSHA complaint

COVID-19, coronavirus case at a McDonald's leads to OSHA complaint

April 15 update: In a statement, the franchise operator identified the restaurant as a McDonald's in the Loop. "We recently learned that an employee at our restaurant located at 180 W. Adams in Chicago tested positive for the coronavirus and is currently under medical care. This employee has not been in the restaurant since March 17, more than 20 days ago," Rod Lubeznik, the McDonald's franchise operator, said in the statement. "As soon as we were notified, we alerted our employees. We have not been informed of any other employee at this location testing positive."He said best practices are...

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Apr 15
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COVID-19 coronavirus impact on Illinois budget could total $28 billion

COVID-19 coronavirus impact on Illinois budget could total $28 billion

The state of Illinois is in for a world of fiscal hurt.In one of the first efforts to quantify the pandemic's impact on the state’s budget, a group of fiscal experts from the University of Illinois System has estimated the revenue hit to the state over the next four years at between $10 billion to $28 billion.MoreGov. J.B. Pritzker’s released in February, called for a total cost of $42 billion. The report, estimates a $1.9 billion reduction in state revenue in 2020 as the best-case scenario. If the recession that’s underway mimics the Great Recession of 2008-09, the decrease will be more...

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Apr 9, 2020
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Lightfoot reveals how COVID whacks city's finances

Lightfoot reveals how COVID whacks city's finances

Greg Hinz On PoliticsOfficials today began to reveal how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting Chicago's city government, saying the city, the Board of Education and the Chicago Transit Authority collectively are getting an estimated $1.56 billion in emergency aid. But they left unanswered major questions about how the city will replace lost revenue.In a conference call, Major Lori Lightfoot continued as she has in recent weeks to express general and went beyond that, vowing that and that the city’s full pension payment will be made.MOREBut the mayor conceded that “the situation remains very...

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Apr 9, 2020
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Two new field hospital units for Chicago

Two new field hospital units for Chicago

To increase health care capacity, new field hospital units are being set up outside Vista Medical Center East in Waukegan and the University of Chicago Medicine’s Ingalls Memorial Hospital in Harvey.The goal is to improve patient management and flow at hospitals treating underserved and at-risk patients with confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19, International Medical Corps, a nonprofit that provides relief during disasters, announced today.MoreSign up for Today's Crain's: A free roundup of Chicago business news delivered every weekday afternoon.The organization is and staffing the...

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Apr 16
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Michigan cancels legislative session to avoid armed protests over COVID lockdowns after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer gets death threats

Michigan cancels legislative session to avoid armed protests over COVID lockdowns after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer gets death threats

(Bloomberg)—Michigan closed down its capitol in Lansing on Thursday and canceled its legislative session rather than face the possibility of an armed protest and death threats against Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer.The gathering, meant to advocate opening the state for business despite the coronavirus pandemic, followed one April 30 that resulted in pictures of protesters clad in military-style gear and carrying long guns crowding the statehouse. They confronted police and taunted lawmakers.EarlierThe shutdown was done with little fanfare at the end of Wednesday’s State Senate...

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May 14
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Illinois COVID-19 pandemic unemployment system is working Gov. J.B. Pritzker says

Illinois COVID-19 pandemic unemployment system is working Gov. J.B. Pritzker says

Greg Hinz On PoliticsGov. J.B. Pritzker today declared now is working as it should "99.9 percent of the time"—and he held firm to his plan to to regular business.FREECrain's has lifted the pay wall on . Support our journalism: .for our daily newsletter rounding up the latest news on the pandemic.Pritzker also said the decision on what to reopen and when will be made not by him, local elected officials or politicians, but by the Illinois Department of Public Health. He hinted, but went no further, that he might tinker with his plan some. "The plan can evolve as we go forward," he said. "It...

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May 7
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'Rebuild Illinois' should be retooled for COVID-19 recovery

'Rebuild Illinois' should be retooled for COVID-19 recovery

MARC J. LANELast June, Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a bipartisan bill giving Illinois its first capital plan in a decade. The Rebuild Illinois Act committed $45 billion in public funds over six years for long-deferred repairs and improvements to the state’s bridges, roads, railroads, universities, early childhood centers and other facilities. The legislation was intended to keep the state competitive, grow its economy and create thousands of new jobs every year.MORE ON COVID-19To fund the program, the state planned to rely on bond proceeds and revenue from increased taxes, fees and gambling....

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Illinois businesses get $168 million from Economic Injury Disaster Loan program

Illinois businesses get $168 million from Economic Injury Disaster Loan program

Illinois may not be receiving its fair share of the $17 billion federal Economic Injury Disaster Loan program, which has provided $5.57 billion in nearly 27,000 loans related to the COVID-19 pandemic.Illinois business owners landed $168.3 million of the funds in 793 loans as of April 19, the Small Business Administration said in an today. But seven states received more money. They include California, which received the most ($1.49 billion), Florida, Texas, New York, Washington, Georgia and Ohio. Some of those states have smaller populations than Illinois.MoreIllinois, the sixth-largest...

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Apr 21
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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot plans COVID coronavirus reopening guidelines

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot plans COVID coronavirus reopening guidelines

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is planning to introduce her own guidelines for reopening the city that she says “complements” the reopening plans Gov. J.B. Pritzker  Any decisions will be “driven by data and science,” the mayor told reporters today. “I understand people are anxious. I’m anxious, too,” especially about the city’s smallest businesses and their workers potentially never returning. “If there’s not a solution soon, they’re never coming back. They’ve already been devastated. We want to open up our city, but we have to do it safely and at a time where we see there’s actually a...

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May 6
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COVID-19 coronavirus Midwest governors coalition will judge when to ease pandemic restrictions

COVID-19 coronavirus Midwest governors coalition will judge when to ease pandemic restrictions

Greg Hinz On PoliticsA coalition of seven Midwestern governors today announced they are working together to judge when best to start easing stay-at-home restrictions and reopen their states’ economies.The move mirrors similar efforts on the West Coast and in the Northeast Corridor.MoreAs Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker has been reaching out to his Midwest counterparts to coordinate efforts. Today, the coalition becomes official, with Michigan’s Gretchen Whitmer, Mike DeWine of Ohio, Wisconsin’s Tony Evers, Tim Walz of Minnesota, Eric Holcomb of Indiana and Kentucky’s Andy Beshear signing on to...

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Apr 16
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