New coronavirus restrictions took effect today in Illinois, as the state announced 13,012 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 126 additional fatalities, bringing the total number of known infections in Illinois to 634,395 and the statewide death toll to 11,304 since the start of the pandemic.
Chicago Ald. Raymond Lopez’s 15th Ward office in the Brighton Park neighborhood was vandalized for a third time this year.
And, a recount in two Wisconsin counties — home to Milwaukee and Madison — started today as Republican lawmakers from the neighboring battleground state of Michigan were in Washington, D.C., today to meet with President Donald Trump.
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With the coronavirus surging across Illinois, as in the rest of the country, Gov. J.B. Pritzker imposed new restrictions aimed at curbing the disease’s spread. For a closer look at what’s included in the new restrictions that took effect today, you can find a breakdown from the Tribune’s Kori Rumore here.
At his daily COVID-19 briefing today, Pritzker noted the “increasingly dangerous situation across the state” and said there’s still time to reverse course in time for the upcoming holidays.
“We can potentially pull back on these mitigations for everyone before the December holidays,” Pritzker said.
From the Tribune’s Laura Rodríguez Presa: “A Southwest Side alderman reported vandalism against his ward office for the third time this year late Thursday, on top of an attack on his home this summer.
“This time, a group was caught on camera breaking a window of Ald. Raymond Lopez’s 15th Ward office in the Brighton Park neighborhood.
“Lopez posted a surveillance video of the attack on Twitter and called on the public to help identify the people who are shown running away after throwing bricks at the office, 2736 W. 47th St.
“Though he said he is uncertain of the reason for the attack, Ald. Lopez believes it is gang-related and the attackers were seeking to retaliate for his efforts to target troubled buildings and a recent arrest of a local gang leader.” Read the rest of the story here.
From The Associated Press: “Wisconsin on Friday will begin recounts of the presidential race in the state’s two biggest and most Democratic counties. It’s a long-shot bid by President Donald Trump — who paid a required $3 million fee — to undo Joe Biden’s victory.
“Trump, who lost by more than 20,600 votes in Wisconsin, has alleged ‘mistakes and fraud’ in the two counties, though he has produced no evidence to back up his claims.” Read more about what’s going on here.
* Political parties can caucus despite health concerns during pandemic, judges rule — Read The Daily Southtown’s Ted Slowik’s column about it here.
From The Associated Press: “Michigan state legislators headed to the White House on Friday as President Donald Trump made an extraordinary and sure-to-be futile attempt to block Joe Biden’s victory in the battleground state and subvert the results of the 2020 presidential election.
“The state has yet to certify its results for Biden, who won Michigan by more than 154,000 votes, according to unofficial results. Trump and his allies have been trying to convince judges and lawmakers in the state to set aside the popular vote and swap in Republican-chosen electors.
“The president personally called two county canvass board officials earlier this week who had refused to certify the results in Wayne County, the state’s most populous county and one that overwhelmingly favored Biden. The two GOP officials eventually agreed to certify the results, but following Trump’s call, they later said they had second thoughts.
“Then Trump invited Republican state legislators to Washington. As he departed Detroit for Washington on Friday morning, state Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey was swarmed by activists bearing signs that read: ‘Respect the Vote’ and ‘Protect Democracy.’ House Speaker Lee Chatfield was also headed to D.C., as were at least two other GOP leaders.
“‘What this president is doing unconscionable,’ said former Bush administration official Christine Todd Whitman. ‘It is unacceptable. It’s un-American and it’s a dereliction of his duty.’” Find out more here.
From the Tribune’s Joe Gray: “With a week until the big event, organization is key at this point. So here, in one place, are all of our Thanksgiving recipe offerings this year, plus a host of ideas from our colleagues at The Daily Meal, and a few essentials from previous Thanksgivings.
“We’ve got turkey recipes a plenty, a cornucopia of sides and tons of tips — including carving the bird, whipping potatoes and making gravy.” Read it all here.
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