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Jake Wittich is a staff reporter at the Chicago Sun-Times.

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South Side LGBTQ pride festival moves online amid COVID-19 concerns

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.

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With 59 more deaths, Illinois surpasses 43,000 coronavirus cases

Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced the latest deaths on Sunday while reporting 2,126 new cases of the coronavirus in Illinois since Saturday.

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80 more Illinois coronavirus deaths, 2,119 new cases as state hits second daily testing goal

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.

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City’s Pride Parade, Fest postponed, but will return later in year and ‘for years to come’

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.

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Illinois reports 33 more COVID-19 deaths as total cases surpass 30K

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.

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Rev. Jesse Jackson pens 2nd letter to Trump urging coronavirus testing for all incarcerated people

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.

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Illinois sees 125 more coronavirus deaths for 2nd time in days as case total nears 30K

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.

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Trevor Noah compliments Lightfoot’s PSAs that he ‘didn’t even think were real’ on ‘The Daily Show’

"Giving people hope, and using humor, it’s a great way to break through the noise and reach people," Mayor Lori Lightfoot said.

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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.

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Students wonder when they can return to school during Gov. Pritzker’s live-streamed town hall for youth

Young people from around the state submitted questions for Saturday’s youth-centric town hall that also addressed mental health issues.