Daywatch: Illinois Democrats reach budget agreement | Chicago’s top doctor suspects another big COVID surge is coming

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Government JB Pritzker and Democratic legislative leaders announced a deal on an election-year state budget that would include more than $1.8 billion in massive temporary tax relief while paying off $1.2 billion in debt. relief plan includes One-time direct payment to most taxpayers, with short-term breaks on gas, groceries and real estate taxes. State MPs also approved unanimously A historic funding increase for nursing homes That’s what a sponsor called the most significant improvement ever to long-term care facilities in the state.

in Washington, Senate Ketanji Brown confirms Jackson in Supreme Court Three Republicans joined Democrats with a 53-47 vote on Thursday, breaking a historic barrier by securing her spot as the first black woman justice.

And to the north, it was a sea of ​​blue and red Fans flood Wrigleyville Bundle in your Cubs gear for opening day. Cubs defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 5-4 at Wrigley Field called the Tribune’s Paul Sullivan one day the cub could taste, They’re not expected to go anywhere, so they can even enjoy every day proving the legend wrong, and tribune photographers were on hand To capture images of the opening day scene,

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Though cases of ‘stealth’ Omicron are on the rise in Chicago, top doctor suspects another big surge is on the way: ‘I’m not worried’

Chicago Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arvadi said the city’s outlook for the recent increase in COVID-19 cases remains promising.

Cases of Omicron’s highly infectious BA.2 subvariant — commonly known as “stealth Omicron” — now make up 67.4% of new cases in the Midwest, Arvadi said. that progress is matching The rise in the number of COVID-19 in Chicago: In the past week, the city’s average daily caseload of positive tests has increased by 28%, reaching 304. The positivity rate has also ticked up to 1.7%.

Chicago Monuments Committee will not recommend return of Christopher Columbus statues, say sources

Late last month Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said she “fully expects” a controversial statue of Christopher Columbus to be returned to its former pedestal in Grant Park. This was related to news to members of the mayoral committee reviewing Chicago’s monuments, Email received by Tribune Show,

Sources with knowledge of the committee’s work told the Tribune that it would not recommend the return of Columbus statues.

Starbucks in Edgewater Beach becomes sixth Chicago store to file for union representation

The workers at a Starbucks in Edgewater Beach have filed for union election With the National Labor Relations Board, bringing the number of Starbucks locations in Chicago to six.

Rachel Simmonds, a barista at the store at 1070 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue on Chicago’s Far North Side, said, “We just want to come together and want a little more recognition and share our opinions on how to best serve our customers. Huh.” Simandal started working on the Edgewater Beach location a few months back Previously worked for three years at Starbucks locations in McHenry County.

‘With one goal in mind’, White Sox start 2022 season with high hopes

Liam Hendrix knows not to get too bogged down in preseason estimates, whether your team is selected to finish first or in the bottom of the division standings. The Chicago White Sox told the Tribune this week in Glendale, Ariz., “Estimates, they’re just guesses.” This can go many ways.

Forget the prophets. Socks have high expectations of themselves Following playoff appearances in 2020 and 2021. The season begins on Friday against the Tigers at Comerica Park (12:10 pm, NBCSCH).

Elopement and microwedding have never been more popular. Here are 7 destinations perfect for tying the knot.

The wedding industry is still making up for lost time following event restrictions stemming from COVID-19 – 96% of weddings scheduled for 2020 had to be modified in some way according to The Knott’s 2020 Real Wedding Survey – no surprise there It doesn’t matter that more couples are prioritizing what they want on a big day and opting for an intimate getaway or at least affairs.

Modern elopements and microweddings – typically 50 guests or less – offer couples the option to take matters into their own hands, making the most of the venues at a fraction of the cost of a large wedding and focusing on what really matters. Let’s focus: each other. Here are our favorite places for couples Want to move out of town to get married in 2022.

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