CHICAGO, Ill. (WTVO) — Illinois Gov. JB Prtizker criticized President Donald Trump’s response to the death of George Floyd at his daily briefing on Friday, calling the president a “racist, misogynist, homophobe.”
“His tweets, his reaction, his failure to address the racism that exists in America, his stoking of the flames [of white supremacy] in subtle and not-so-subtle ways is completely unacceptable. It’s reprehensible, in fact,” Pritzker said.
“I cannot imagine the rage and the fear that must be felt by a black American watching what happened to George Floyd,” he continued.
Pritzker said, “Even when so many of us have a feeling of ‘it’s time for major change,’ somehow, for black America, it never really comes.”
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot reacted angrily Friday to President Donald Trump’s threat to take action against protesters in Minneapolis, accusing him of trying to “inflame racist urges” while encouraging people planning to protest in her city to stick to social distancing guidelines.
“I will code what I really want to say to Donald Trump,” Lightfoot said. “It’s two words. It begins with ‘f’ and it ends with ‘you.’ I will not remain silent while this man cynically tries to turn this incredibly painful moment into one for his own political gain.”
As Illinois enters into Phase 3 of Gov. JB Pritzker’s 5-step Restore Illinois plan, Illinois Department of Public Health director Dr. Ngozi Ezike stressed the importance of continuing to wear masks in public to contain the spread of the virus.
Ezike said contact tracing of people who were exposed to a person who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 is important in this next phase, and encouraged people to return calls to contact tracers who reach out to individuals who were potentially exposed.
The IDPH announced 1,622 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, and 86 additional deaths, including:
- Boone County: 1 female 70s
- Coles County: 1 female 60s
- Cook County: 1 male 30s, 1 female 50s, 1 male 50s, 6 females 60s, 5 males 60s, 8 females 70s, 8 males 70s, 5 females 80s, 8 males 80s, 6 females 90s, 4 males 90s
- DuPage County: 1 female 30s, 1 male 30s, 1 male 50s, 1 male 60s, 1 female 70s, 1 male 70s, 2 females 80s, 1 male 80s, 1 female 90s, 1 male 90s
- Kane County: 1 female 70s, 2 males 80s
- Lake County: 1 female 60s, 2 males 60s, 1 female 70s, 1 male 70s, 1 female 90s, 1 male 90s
- Madison County: 1 male 50s
- McDonough County: 1 male 70s
- McHenry County: 1 female 70s
- Ogle County: 1 female 50s
- Rock Island County: 1 male 60s
- Sangamon County: 1 male 50s
- St. Clair County: 2 females 90s
- Will County: 1 male 60s
- Winnebago County: 1 male 60s
Edgar County is now reporting a case COVID-19. Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 117,455 cases, including 5,270 deaths, in 101 counties in Illinois. The age of cases ranges from younger than one to older than 100 years. Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 25,513 specimens for a total of 855,479. The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from May 22–May 28 is 8%.
Illinoisans applying for unemployment insurance may also need health insurance after losing job-based coverage. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) Health Insurance Marketplace is offering a Special Enrollment Period (SEP) for certain qualifying life events, including involuntarily losing job-based coverage and expiration of COBRA benefits.
“We’re committed to helping Illinoisans during the COVID-19 pandemic, and we want everyone to know about this option to purchase quality, affordable healthcare for themselves and their families,” said IDOI Director Robert Muriel. “Losing a job is stressful enough and losing healthcare coverage can be even more devastating at a time when people need it most.”
Residents can apply here.
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