As businesses close to contain the coronavirus, tens of thousands of workers across Illinois have been left out of work. Now, they’re being forced into the state’s unemployment system; Illinois alone saw more than 64,000 new claims for unemployment benefits from March 16-18.
The White House’s promise to send Illinois 300 ventilators and 250,000 masks came some 24 hours after Pritzker complained “the only way to get the president of the United States to pay attention is to go on national television.”
Cook County Republican Chairman Sean Morrison singled out Gov. J.B. Pritzker and Mayor Lori Lightfoot for their twitter feud with the president. House Minority Leader Jim Durkin also called for an end to partisan finger pointing.
Besides the rising number of cases — which officials attributed to increased testing — the governor discussed where he said the federal government had fallen short in filling requests for medical and protective gear.