Lightfoot Launches COVID-19 Economic Recovery Task Force For Chicago, Suburbs

"We are also looking ahead to the next phase of this challenge to develop ways Chicago can emerge from the unprecedented event stronger than before."

Lightfoot Launches COVID-19 Economic Recovery Task Force For Chicago, Suburbs

CHICAGO (CBS) — With the famed Water Tower as a backdrop, one of the few buildings left standing after the 1871 Chicago Fire, Mayor Lori Lightfoot used the site as a symbolic image to present a group to share information and resources fighting the effects of COVID-19.

Called the Economic Recovery Task Force, Lightfoot said the group will work together to form a strategic response as COVID-19 continues to affect the area’s workers and businesses.

“While the city continues to prioritize its public health response in order to keep our residents safe and healthy from this disease, we are also looking ahead to the next phase of this challenge to develop ways Chicago can emerge from the unprecedented event stronger than before,” Lightfoot said.

The group’s co-chair is former White House Chief of Staff Sam Skinner, who served under George H.W. Bush.

Members will be part of different committees within the group include policy and economic stimulus, mental health, business,  development and an economic change study.

Some of those members include Mellody Hobson, Co-CEO of Ariel Investments, Karen Freeman-Wilson, ex-Mayor of Gary, Anton Seals of Grow Greater Englewood.

Those who will be part of the regional coordination end include DuPage County Board Chair Daniel Cronin, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and Hillside Mayor Joseph Tamburino.

“I commend the members of this new task force for stepping up and serving their city as we lay the groundwork for Chicago’s rebirth over the coming weeks and months ahead,” Lightfoot added.

The mayor said in terms of help from the federal government, Lightfoot said her administration is working on proposals.

“We’re finalizing what the specific buckets are but it’s focused on replacing lost revenue. We’re in the process of quantifying that,” she said.

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Gov. JB Pritzker Expected To Extend Stay-At-Home Order In Illinois, Sources Say; Illinois Sees 1,826 New COVID-19 Cases, 123 More Deaths

Sources close to the governor say he will announce the extension of the order during his regular COVID-19 briefing at 2:30 p.m.

Gov. JB Pritzker Expected To Extend Stay-At-Home Order In Illinois, Sources Say; Illinois Sees 1,826 New COVID-19 Cases, 123 More Deaths

CHICAGO (CBS) — Gov. JB Pritzker will announce this afternoon he is extending the statewide stay-at-home order, amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, sources say.

Sources close to the governor say he will announce the extension of the order during his regular COVID-19 briefing at 2:30 p.m.

The stay-at-home order has been in place since March 21, and already has been extended once through April 30. According to published reports, the stay-at-home order will now be extended through May 30.

Pritzker has said Illinois needs to start seeing a steady drop in new cases before the order can be lifted, and recent models estimate the state won’t reach its peak of novel coronavirus cases until Mid-May. The governor also has said Illinois needs more extensive COVID-19 testing, a contact tracing system, and a treatment to lessen the severity of the disease before the order can be lifted, although he has said it could be modified, based on the advice of epidemiologists and other medical and scientific experts.

“Like everybody I too want it to be back to normal as fast as possible. I think we all recognize that normal is going to look a little different going forward, until there’s a vaccine until we can literally rid our state, our country, our planet of this scourge, of COVID-19,” Pritzker said Wednesday afternoon.

Pritzker also has said he’s considering the possibility of a regional or county-by-county approach to lifting COVID-19 restrictions in Illinois.

Illinois Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike said Illinois had 1,826 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the past day, including 123 additional deaths. Illinois now has a total of 36,934 cases, including 1,688 deaths. A total of 173,316 people have been tested so far.

This is a developing story…

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