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04-07-2020: Governor Pritzker Daily Press Briefing (COVID-19)

Governor JB Pritzker holds a press briefing on the state’s current response and action plan for managing COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in Illinois. The live stream will begin at 2:30 p.m.

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A springtime stroll, baking bread, or binging shows can be a tonic for a life lived in lockdown. But some workers doing their jobs remotely are carrying on by partying on, virtually.

If you've checked your mail lately, you may have noticed there's just not much of it.

The U.S. Postal Service could be another casualty of the coronavirus pandemic.

"A lot of businesses have ceased to do advertising through the mail," says Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., "and as a result, mail volume has collapsed."

He says the decline could be as much as 60% by the end of the year, which he says would be "catastrophic" for the agency.

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The front yard of a house in Union County has become a street food pantry.

Deidra Coleson has placed an old cabinet on the property and is filling it with non-perishable food that's free for the taking.

Cape Girardeau County reported its first death from COVID-19 on Tuesday.

The Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center says the victim was a resident in their 80's. No further details are being provided at this time due to privacy laws.

The Jackson County Health Department reports five new cases.

The new positive results include two people in their 20's; one each in their 40's, 60's and 70's.

Illinois' Deadliest Day in Battle of COVID-19

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The number of COVID-19 cases continues to grow across the country and here in Illinois. 

Governor Pritzker sounded emotional, as he announced Illinois' deadliest day yet in the battle of COVID-19 during the Daily Briefing Tuesday afternoon.

73 people have died in the last 24 hours. 

Franklin-Williamson County Health Department

The Franklin-Williamson County Health Department is reporting 3 new cases COVID-19. 

Public Health Officials say, two of the cases are in Williamson County, and 1 in Franklin County. 

IDPH Announces 1,287 New Cases; 73 Additional Deaths

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The number of COVID-19 cases in Illinois continues to rise. 

The Illinois Department of Public Health announced 1,287 new cases and 73 additional deaths across the state. 

This brings the total to 13,549 cases with 380 deaths in 77 counties. 

Carbondale Police Department

Carbondale Police are looking for a suspect wanted in connection with a credit card investigation. 

The victim told police his credit card information had been used at several businesses in Carbondale. Police released this photo of the suspect, which shows the individual wearing a white t-shirt with black pants that have a broad red stripe the length of the let. The suspect has not been identified.

If you know any information regarding this case you are asked to contact Carbondale Police at 618-457-3200


State Rep. Terri Bryant wants to extend the expiration date on Illinois FOID cards and Concealed Carry licenses amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

Monday, Rep. Bryant (R-Murphysboro) sent a letter to Governor J.B. Pritzker's office asking him to extend the expiration dates for 90 days.

In the letter Bryant says the move is critical for gun owners who may have an expired card. Bryant also expressed her previous call for changes in the FOID card application process. 


Richland County is reporting its first confirmed case of COVID-19.


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