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McDonough County reports 3 additional COVID-19 deaths

MACOMB — McDonough County health officials on Tuesday announced three additional people with COVID-19 had died.

They were identified in a posting made by the county’s Health Department as a woman in her 60s, a man in his 80s and a woman in her 90s.

The county also reported one additional person diagnosed with the disease caused by the new coronavirus, bringing the total number of people diagnosed in the county to 84.

LaSalle County, meanwhile, announced one additional case of the disease, in a woman in her 20s. The county has now had 141 confirmed cases.

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Weekly COVID-19 deaths decline for 1st time during pandemic

CHICAGO — For the first time since its first reported case of COVID-19 in January, Illinois saw fewer deaths in a week than in the previous week, according to Ngozi Ezike, director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, who announced Tuesday that 780 people died from the virus this past week, compared to the previous week’s 790 deaths.

Ezike and Gov. JB Pritzker’s COVID-19 briefing on Tuesday was the first to be held at Chicago’s Thompson Center since a governor’s office staffer tested positive for the virus two weeks ago, forcing briefings to go virtual. Pritzker held briefings at the Capitol in Springfield last week during the Legislature’s special session. Pritzker said the staffer has fully recovered and is back at work.

IDPH reported 1,178 new cases of the virus on Tuesday and 39 additional deaths, bringing the state’s total to 113,195 cases and 4,923 deaths. As of midnight Tuesday, 3,788 people were hospitalized with COVID-19, while 1,035 were in intensive care and 590 were on ventilators, numbers that were not affected by the weekend. There were 17,230 tests recorded in the previous 24 hours, bringing the state’s total to more than 787,000.

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Local driver services facilities reopen June 2

SPRINGFIELD — Local driver services facilities will reopen starting June 2, but they’ll offer limited services for the first two months.

Downstate sites will limit their services to licensing new drivers including teens, updating expired driver’s licenses and state IDs and vehicle transactions until July 31, the Illinois Secretary of State’s Office stated in a May 26 news release. The offices have been shuttered since March.

Customers are asked to wear face masks, and plexiglass dividers have been installed at work stations. Employees will also wear masks. For drive tests, employees will wear a face mask and a face shield due to the close proximity with the customer inside the vehicle. Customers will be required to wear face masks unless medically unable. Disposable plastic will be used to cover the vehicle seats during the drive test, then discarded immediately after the drive test.

Locally, facilities will operate from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays; and 7:30 a.m. to noon Saturdays. Those needing other services before July 31 are asked to complete the requests, including vehicle sticker registration renewals, at

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Republican rep begins attempt to remove Pritzker from office

SPRINGFIELD — An Illinois lawmaker dissatisfied with Gov. JB Pritzker’s handling of the large number of COVID-19-related unemployment claims is calling on his colleagues to support an effort to remove the governor from office.

Rep. Allen Skillicorn, R-Crystal Lake, said lack of staffing at the Illinois Department of Employment Security and its website’s disclosure of sensitive information is evidence of Pritzker’s “continued inaction.” After issuing a news release notifying residents of his initiative, Skillicorn told reporters in a video news conference Tuesday he “would actually prefer to avoid coverage.”

“This is a nonpartisan issue. This is about the people of Illinois,” he said. “This is not my voice, it’s the voice of over 1 million people in Illinois that are now unemployed. … It’s not about me. It’s not about my party.”

Skillcorn, who said his constituents contact him daily about their challenges in getting unemployment claims processed, said he will drop his effort to recall Pritzker if the governor better secures IDES’s website and hires more call center agents.

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