Illinois is inching closer to 2,000 COVID-19 cases across 35 counties as health officials announced another 330 coronavirus cases in the state on Wednesday.
The Illinois Department of Public Health also announced an additional three deaths due to the virus, bringing the total number of deaths to 19.
The latest deaths include a Kane County man in his 90s, a Cook County man in his 60s and a Will County woman in her 50s.
Due to the rapid evolution of COVID-19, Governor JB Pritzker announced that Illinois will extend the deadline for state income tax filing. The deadline for filing will now be July 15, 2020.
“Postponing the state tax filing deadline will be a challenge to the state and our office’s cash-management duties, but it is a responsibility we are prepared to meet,” Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza said.
“Over the last three years, the Illinois Office of Comptroller has proven itself to be well-experienced in managing fiscal crises, and we are prepared for the demanding times ahead.”
Pritzker also stated that by Friday, small businesses in need will be eligible for a share of $90 million in state emergency assistance through three new programs.
Small businesses outside of Chicago with fewer than 50 employees and less than $300 million in 2019 revenue in every industry are eligible for the $60 million Illinois Small Emergency Loan Fund.
“As this crisis has evolved, my team and I have worked to protect our residents, our workers and our small businesses as they navigate this extremely challenging time,” Pritzker said.
Pritzker mentioned that he has been speaking with multiple governors across the nation, Illinois Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s staff to help serve businesses and families within Illinois.
In light of this, he also highlighted that the House of Representatives worked to create a federal relief bill for a $2 trillion rescue package. The Senate is set to vote on the bill on Wednesday.