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

Chicago Tribune staff, Chicago Tribune
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Illinois is returning to coronavirus restrictions across a wide swath of suburban Chicago this week as the state continues to see a major resurgence of COVID-19.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced Tuesday afternoon that starting later this week, indoor service will be prohibited once again at restaurants and bars in DuPage, Kane, Will and Kankakee counties, an area that’s home to more than 1 in 6 Illinois residents.

Illinois health officials Tuesday also announced 3,714 new known cases of COVID-19 and 41 additional confirmed fatalities, bringing the total number of known infections in Illinois to 350,875 and the statewide death toll to 9,277 since the start of the pandemic. Officials also reported 59,077 new tests in the prior 24 hours. The seven-day statewide positivity rate as of Tuesday was 5.5%.

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Here’s what’s happening Wednesday with COVID-19 in the Chicago area and Illinois:

6 a.m.: Facing $1.2 billion deficit, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot set to detail her budget plan Wednesday

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is expected to explain Wednesday her plan to close a $1.2 billion budget deficit. She has been considering a $94 million property tax increase, layoffs for more than 300 city workers and a gas tax hike in her coronavirus-fueled budget, sources said.

Lightfoot also is considering about $500 million in refinancing city debt to help close the deficit, sources said.

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