Nearly 900 new cases reported in Illinois Sunday

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FILE – In this Oct. 28, 2019 file photo, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker answers questions during a news conference at the Capitol in Springfield, Ill. Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker has spent at least $3 million of his own money for state expenses including staff raises and building renovations. Experts call the practice is troubling because money spent from private funds isn’t subject to open records laws and that it gives wealthy candidates an edge. A Pritzker spokeswoman defended the practice, saying the Democrat believes Illinoisans are worth investing in. (Ted Schurter/The State Journal-Register via AP File)

CHICAGO (WEHT)- COVID-19 cases continue to escalate in Illinois after an additional 899 cases were announced Sunday, bringing the statewide total to over 11,000. As of Sunday afternoon, 274 Illinoisans have died from the virus.

Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker announced that all essential workers in health care, human resources, essential government services, and essential infrastructure now qualify for the state’s Child Care Assistance Program.

The program covers most of the cost for care provided by emergency child care centers and homes. The expansion of eligibility covers nurses, doctors, hospital support staff, grocery store clerks, and food producers.

Pritzker says there are now over 550 emergency child care centers in the state.

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(This story was originally published on April 5, 2020)

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