Jake Wittich is a staff reporter at the Chicago Sun-Times.
The city’s South Side-based LGBTQ pride festival, which launched last year, will now be held online in a two-month-long campaign promoting the 2020 Census.
Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced the latest deaths on Sunday while reporting 2,126 new cases of the coronavirus in Illinois since Saturday.
The latest update brings Illinois’ COVID-19 death toll to 1,874. In all, 41,777 cases of the coronavirus have been confirmed in 97 of the state’s 102 counties.
Organizer Tim Frye said if the parade cannot be rescheduled, it will be back in 2021. Boystown’s annual Pride Fest was also postponed until Sept. 5 and 6, according to the Northalsted Business Alliance.
Illinois officials announced another 33 deaths and 1,197 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday. The state has seen 30,357 cases and 1,290 deaths since the pandemic first hit.
The Rev. Jesse Jackson said he was also concerned about people who have been arrested for nonviolent offenses, but are still held in custody because they can’t afford to post bond.
Illinois officials on Saturday announced another 125 deaths due to COVID-19 and another 1,585 cases of the virus. Illinois has seen 29,160 cases and 1,259 deaths since the pandemic first hit.
“Giving people hope, and using humor, it’s a great way to break through the noise and reach people,” Mayor Lori Lightfoot said.
Gov. Pritzker remains ‘cautiously optimistic’ as Illinois surpasses 20,000 confirmed coronavirus cases, including 720 deaths
In total, 20,852 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in Illinois, and 720 of them have died. The virus has spread to 86 of the state’s 102 counties, and about 100,000 people have been tested for COVID-19 in Illinois.