Good morning, Chicago. On Monday, Illinois health officials reported more than 10,000 new confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases for the fourth consecutive day, with 10,573, and 14 more deaths. The state seven-day positivity rate increased to 11.4%, up from 10.6% just a day earlier.
Meanwhile, you may have seen the headlines Monday morning that the company Pfizer announced preliminary results on their COVID-19 vaccine — suggesting it was more than 90% effective. Although many saw the news as a glimmer of hope, a number of questions remain. Here’s what we know, and don’t know, about the vaccine.
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With the coronavirus continuing to surge largely unabated, Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Monday that he would impose a 10-person limit on gatherings in parts of suburban Chicago and much of southern Illinois and suggested a statewide stay-at-home order is back on the table as a possible step to bring COVID-19 under control.
DuPage, Kane, Will and Kankakee counties, along with the state’s 20 southernmost counties, will come under the stricter rules, which also include a limit of six people per table for outdoor restaurant and bar service, beginning Wednesday. They join the northwest region, home to Rockford, DeKalb and Galena, in facing the next level of restrictions in Pritzker’s 11-region reopening plan.
Joe Biden is looking to build out his nascent White House staff with more traditional Washington insiders, a notable departure from four years in which President Donald Trump filled his team with outsiders and government antagonists.
Buoyed by mail-in ballots counted since election night, Rep. Lauren Underwood now has a slim advantage over Republican challenger Jim Oberweis in the extraordinarily close race to see who will represent the sprawling, suburban 14th Congressional District.
Hall of Fame manager Tony La Russa, hired by the Chicago White Sox last month, was charged with driving under the influence after a February arrest in Arizona, ESPN reported Monday, citing court records.
The case was filed Oct. 28 — one day before the Sox announced La Russa’s hiring — the report said.
With dining rooms shut down across the state, restaurants wasted no time in pivoting to be ready for Thanksgiving. Menus range from full meals to elements you can add to your own, and run the gamut from traditional turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes to those featuring duck or pork or fried chicken. We’ve rounded up offerings across the city and suburbs.
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