Lesfic authors host #lesficforthepandemic Facebook party

CHICAGO — More than two dozen leading authors of lesbian fiction are participating in the #lesficforthepandemic party on Facebook March 22 (this Sunday), including Midwest-based authors Elizabeth Andre (Chicago), Anne Hagan (Ohio), CL Cattano (Kansas City, MO), and Jea Hawkins (Nebraska).

Illinois announces 128 new cases of coronavirus

SPRINGFIELD — The State of Illinois announced that there were 128 new cases of coronavirus on Wednesday afternoon.

In a press release, the state department of public health said that brought the number of cases in the state to 288 in 17 counties. Most of the cases were in urban areas such as the Chicago metro area, MetroEast and other metro areas of the state. Cook County still has the largest number at 178.

Illinois records first COVID-19 death

CHICAGO — The state of Illinois announced the first death from COVID-19 in the state during the daily press conference.

The person who died is a woman in her 60s in the Chicago area who had been in contact with someone else who had coronavirus, according to Dr. Ngozi Ezike, director of the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Illinois, neighboring states close all bars, restaurant dining rooms over coronavirus

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois and the neighboring states of Michigan, Indiana and Kentucky are closing bars and restaurant dining rooms because of coronavirus.

According to CBS 2 Chicago, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker said all restaurants and bars in Illinois will be closed effective at the end of the business day, continuing through March 30, due to the coronavirus pandemic. He said the state was looking at ways for kitchens to remain open so delivery could continue. Drive-thru and curbside pick-up are also still allowed.

The TV station said the announcement came just after Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said that the city would require bars and liquor establishments to have less than half their regular maximum capacity of customers and a maximum of 100 people. The announcement came after bars were packed with people for St. Patrick’s Day.