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25 new COVID cases here, 7,359 across state

Governor says Illinois faces $3.9 billion budget shortfall, with more than half from disease-related revenue losses. Aid to cities among cuts to start closing the gap.

Evanston health officials reported 25 new COVID-19 cases today, down from 26 reported yesterday. The city’s death toll remained unchanged today at 90.

Statewide there were 7,359 new cases today, compared to 7,214 yesterday, for a new total of 863,477.

The state reported 115 deaths today, compared to 103 yesterday, for a new total of 14,509.

The state reported 92,922 COVID-19 tests today, compared to 92,256 yesterday.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker, at his news conference this afternoon said the state faces a $2 billion budget shortfall from COVID-19 costs and another $1.9 billion from the state’s structural deficit.

He says he’s ordering $700 million in cuts in spending by executive agencies, but says he needs cooperation from the state legislature to solve the rest of the budget problem.

Among the cuts, freezing state aid to cities for parks and open land projects.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported tests of 362 Evanston residents today, compared to 821 yesterday. It found 24 positive cases for a daily positive rate of 6.6%.

The state now says Evanston has had a total of 2,821 cases, while Evanston’s health department counts 2,756 cases.

Chicago reported 1,197 new cases today for a total of 187,080. Its coronavirus death toll increased by three today to 3,808.

Suburban Cook County reported 1,350 more cases today for a total of 170,934 and 10 more deaths for a total of 3,322.

Those who died in Cook County today included one man in his 40s, one woman in her 50s, one woman and one man in their 60s, three women and one man in their 70s, two women and one man in their 80s and two women in their 90s.

As of last night, 4,965 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 1,057 patients were in the ICU and 598 of those were on ventilators.

The latest COVID-19 charts for Evanston and Illinois

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