Illinois announces 330 more COVID-19 cases, 3 new deaths

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Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker, along with local elected and health officials speak Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, in Chicago, to members of the media about Illinois preparedness for COVID-19. (Tyler LaRiviere/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

CHICAGO (WEHT)- The Illinois Department of Health announced 330 new COVID-19 cases and three new deaths in the state at a press conference Wednesday.

Illinois Governor JB Pritzker also announced the state tax filing deadline in Illinois will be postponed until July 15, matching the new federal filing deadline.

Pritzker said some small businesses outside of Chicago will be eligible for low-interest loans up to $50,000. Only businesses with fewer than 50 employees and less than $3 million in revenue in 2019 will be eligible to apply.

Another development program for businesses in communities served by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity will offer grants up to $25,000.

Eligible bars, restaurants, and hotels will also be also eligible for grants. Bars and restaurants that generated between $500,000 and $1 million in revenue in 2019 will be eligible for grants up to $25,000 while restaurants and bars that generated less than $500,000 will only be eligible for grants up to $10,000.

Hotels that generated less than $8 million in revenue in 2019 will be eligible for grants up to $50,000.

Information on the grants and loans can be found here.

So far, there are no confirmed cases in Edwards, Wabash, Wayne, or White counties.

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(This story was originally published on March 25, 2020)

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