CAPITOL RECAP: Pritzker funnels $50 million to pro-graduated tax group; opposition launches coalition and vows ‘resources’

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The 36,180 test results reported yielded 1,018 positive results for a one-day positivity rate of 2.8% — well within the range of the past month. The seven-day rolling average remained at 2.6%.

The Illinois Department of Public Health also reported another 20 COVID-19 related deaths, bringing the total since the pandemic began in Illinois to 7,119 among 150,450 confirmed cases. There have been 1.87 million tests completed in the state.

At the end of Wednesday, there were 1,507 people in Illinois reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. That was 11 below the previous day and the second consecutive day with more than 1,500 hospitalized with the virus after five straight days of fewer than 1,400.

About 38% of the state’s hospital beds were open at the end of Wednesday, with 4.3% of the occupied beds used by COVID-19 patients. That number was as high as 15% at the height of the pandemic.

Of those hospitalized, 317 patients were in an intensive-care unit bed, a decrease of 14 from the day before. That means about 8.1% of the state’s ICU beds were in use by COVID-19 patients and 42% of them remained open. COVID-19 patients occupied as many as 43% of ICU beds at the height of the pandemic, and capacity once shrunk as low as 24%.

REMOVING STEPHEN DOUGLAS?

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan on Thursday, July 9, called for removing statues and portraits of the 19th century U.S. Senator Stephen A Douglas from the Statehouse along with other known slaveholders.

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via The Quad-City Times

July 12, 2020 at 07:35AM

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