* Crain’s Chicago Business editorial…
Just like you, we are itching to come back to work.
We don’t mean work as in working. Our staff, like many others, has been doing just that night and day to deliver the most important information on COVID-19, its devastation on those families who have lost lives, and how it has wreaked havoc on our economy and more. […]
What we mean in getting back to work is this: We want more than anything for life to return to some sort of normalcy. To come to a workplace and stop for lunch at a favorite spot and maybe pick up a cocktail or beer after work or talk with a friend or co-worker on a train ride home. To have live, in-person meetings. To create new products together and move about and feel the production we felt before, so we can help get so many others really back to work and get the wheels of this frozen economy unstuck.
Nothing is stopping the magazine’s employees from returning to the office today. It’s an essential business. Everyone should take the train downtown as well. Bring in whomever you want to interview. Then set up a bar in a conference room, order in some quality food. Hang out. Have fun. And the sooner the better so we can all see how it works out.
Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell said Tuesday that the Fed’s lending programs for medium-sized businesses and state and local governments would begin operating by the end of this month.
Powell said that while the Fed has received a “good deal of interest” in those programs, if not enough companies or state and local governments seek to borrow, the Fed would consider changes to them. That could include expanding their eligibility.
Federal officials announced Monday that over $10 billion in new funding is now being delivered to states, territories and localities to bolster coronavirus testing efforts and conduct contact tracing, including over $286 million for Illinois. […]
The influx of funding “will provide critical support to develop, purchase, administer, process, and analyze COVID-19 tests, conduct surveillance, trace contacts and related activities,” the HHS said.
In receiving Illinois’ $286,317,362 in new funding, Gov. J.B. Pritzker must submit a testing plan to HHS that includes goals for the remainder of the year.
* Tribune live blog headlines…
Can Chicago’s food halls survive the pandemic? Owners and chefs consider the future of what had been a hot format.
Ditka’s restaurant in Chicago’s Gold Coast closing for good due to coronavirus shutdown
Lawsuit claims negligence in coronavirus-related death of resident at Bria of Geneva nursing home
25th case of Cook County Court clerk employee with COVID-19
Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s first year in office was filled with big moments and tough decisions. Then the coronavirus ‘changed everything.’
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot says city will fine churches that violated social distancing rules
“Our movement man,” a fixture at Chicago protests, loses life to COVID-19
Uber laying off another 3,000 workers, raising more questions about the company’s future in Chicago
* Sun-Times live blog…
Churches’ reopening plan: take temperatures at the door, hand out masks, administer tests (
COVID-19 death toll in Cook County surpasses 3,000
County forest preserves to close more parking lots for Memorial Day weekend: ‘Enjoy the natural world in your backyard’
Annie Glenn, the widow of NASA astronaut and Sen. John Glenn, died Tuesday of complications from COVID-19. She was 100.
Trump taking anti-malaria drug in case he catches coronavirus
Closing streets for outdoor dining with safe social distancing? Sounds like a plan
Proposing a 5th star on Chicago’s flag: pep talk, or curse?