August 13, 2020 – With more than one in seven Illinois residents still out of work due to the COVID-19 crisis and associated state lockdowns, the Illinois Policy Institute found Governor Pritzker could have quelled pandemic-related job losses by implementing an unemployment program that most states already have in place. New Institute research has shown that Pritzker could have saved nearly 32,000 jobs if he had implemented a short-time compensation program which would have allowed employees to receive a percentage of unemployment benefits as well as work reduced hours while keeping their jobs.
Illinois is the largest state that does not have a short-time compensation or work share program. Other states, such as Texas, Florida and New York used similar programs to assist employers to avoid full lay-offs as well as increase the chances of residents returning to jobs following the pandemic. Since 2014, Illinois has had the ability to implement a work share program.
Since COVID-19 began impacting Illinois’ economy, there have been 1.58 million total requests for unemployment benefits.
August 13, 2020 – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced 1,834 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 24 additional confirmed death.
– Adams County: 1 female 100+
– Cook County: 1 female 50s, 1 female 60s, 1 male 60s, 1 female 70s, 1 male 70s, 2 females 80s, 2 males 80s
– DuPage County: 1 female 90s
– Lake County: 1 female 90s
– LaSalle County: 1 female 80s, 2 female 90s
– Madison County: 1 female 60s
– Peoria County: 1 female 40s
– Shelby County: 1 female 80s
– Tazewell County: 1 male 80s
– Washington County: 1 male 80s
– Will County: 1 male 80s
– Winnebago County: 1 female 70s, 1 male 70s, 1 male 80s
Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 200,427 cases, including 7,696 deaths, in 102 counties in Illinois. The age of cases ranges from younger than one to older than 100 years. Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 46,006 specimens for a total of 3,235,807. The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from August 6 – August 12 is 4.0%. As of last night, 1,628 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 383 patients were in the ICU and 127 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.