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Gov. Pritzker: Those Who Don't Heed Virus Warnings 'Spitting In The Face' Of Healthcare Workers

Gov. J.B. Pritzker gives his daily COVID-19 briefing.
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Gov. J.B. Pritzker gives his daily COVID-19 briefing.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker in his daily COVID-19 briefing had harsh words for people who

gathered on Chicago’s beaches and in parks during this week’s warmer


“Right now, hosting a party, crowding down 

by the lake, playing a pickup basketball game in a public park.  If you are doing these things you are spitting

in the face of the doctors and nurses and first responders who are risking

everything so you can survive. “

Meanwhile, Illinois saw the highest growth in reported cases in a single day since COVID-19

patients in the state have been tracked. There were 673 new cases, bringing the total to more than 2,500. The death toll is now officially 26.

Much of the boost in cases comes from additional testing results, and while the

spread of the disease has been rapid – the state’s public health director says

cases are “slightly under” original projections.  But she says it’s too soon to say how the

pandemic will play out in Illinois.

Meanwhile, J.B. Pritzker’s sister, former US commerce secretary Penny Pritzker, is heading up a fundraising organization – the Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund — created to assist local nonprofit agencies.

The United Way of Illinois and the Alliance of Illinois

Community Foundations banded together to launch the fund. 

As of Thursday, Penny Pritzker says $23 million had been raised to be distributed to charities that provide food and shelter and other needs. 

 “The point is to get these funds out to the

organizations and nonprofits as quickly as possible so we can help our most

vulnerable residents who are feeling so much pain right now,’’ she said.

A steering committee will determine where to deploy the money.  Governor Pritzker mentioned he and his wife M.K. donated $2 million dollars personally to the fund and another $2 million from

his family foundation.

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Maureen Foertsch McKinney is the NPR Illinois News Editor and a lead editor of Illinois Issues' feature articles, working with freelance writers, and is curator of the Equity blog. Maureen joined the staff in 1998 as projects editor. Previously, she worked at three Illinois daily newspapers, most recently the suburban Chicago-based Daily Herald, where she served stints as an education reporter and copy editor. She graduated in 1985 with a bachelor's in journalism. She also has a master's degree in English from the University of Illinois at Springfield.