Small businesses, gig workers, and other independent contractors in suburban Cook County will soon be able to apply for zero-interest loans to help them stem their losses from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Gov. JB Pritzker Announces Phase 3 Reopening Guidance For ChurchesGov. JB Pritzker on Thursday confirmed all four regions of Illinois can move to Phase 3 of the "Restore Illinois" plan to reopen the economy, as state officials also announced new guidance for houses of worship to resume services.
Illinois Announces 1,527 New COVID-19 Cases, 104 Additional DeathsIllinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike said, as of Thursday afternoon, Illinois has had 115,833 confirmed coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic, including 5,186 deaths.
Lightfoot: Phase 3 In Chicago Starts June 3Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said restaurants another other businesses will be able to reopen with COVID-19 restrictions.
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Illinois Comptroller Says Legislators Won't Get Pay Raises This YearIllinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza made known in a video she released Wednesday that state legislators will not be getting raises in the next budget year, which begins July 1. Katie Johnston reports.
Chicago Weather: Scattered Thunderstorms Through ThursdayCBS 2 meteorologist Ed Curran has the extended forecast.
5-Year-Old Girl, Two Teens Wounded In Drive-By ShootingThree children were wounded in a drive-by shooting Tuesday night near the Wentworth Gardens public housing complex, including a 5-year-old girl who was playing in her front yard. CBS 2's Eric Cox reports.
Sanitizing Software For First RespondersFord announces a new sanitizing software solution to neutralize COVID-19 inside its Police Interceptor utility vehicles made in Chicago.
Truck Rolls Over On I-55 In ShorewoodPolice said a truck overturned in a ditch in a construction zone near River Road.
Illinois Officials Announce 1,178 New COVID-19 Cases; 39 Additional DeathsIllinois is nearing 5,000 deaths from COVID-19, with 39 new deaths reported in the past 24 hours. Illinois Department of Public Health director Dr. Ngozi Ezike said there were 1,178 new coronavirus cases confirmed in the past day, including 39 more deaths.
Lightfoot: Chicago Puts Out $56 Million RFP For Contact Tracing EffortsChicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced a plan for Chicago to put out a $56 million RFP (request for proposals) to an organization that can carry out extensive COVID-19 contact tracing.
Man Shot While Driving On Bishop FordA man was shot while driving on the Bishop Food Freeway Tuesday morning. Police are searching for the shooter. 
Preckwinkle Vetoes Measure To Share COVID-19 Patient Addresses With First RespondersIn her first veto since taking office, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle has vetoed a resolution that would have required public health officials to share the addresses of confirmed coronavirus patients with first responders in suburban Cook County.
Illinois Grants To Help Expand Broadband, Digital AccessA new state grant program will provide communities with money and expertise to expand broadband capacity and improve digital access as more people work, shop and go to school online during the coronavirus pandemic. Katie Johnston reports.
Chicago Weather: Expect Showers Later On Monday And Into TuesCBS 2 meteorologist Ed Curran has a look at the week's forecast.
Illinois Budget Work Over The WeekendLawmakers in Springfield passed a 40 billion dollar budget.
Thousands Expected On Northwest Indiana Shoreline On Memorial DayChicago beaches may be empty on Memorial day, but Indiana beaches are crowded. 
Illinois Announces 2,758 New Confirmed Coronavirus Cases, 110 More DeathsWith another 110 deaths from COVID-19, and 2,758 new confirmed coronavirus cases in the past day, Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike urged people across Illinois to continue following social distancing guidelines as they mark the Memorial Day weekend.
Local High Schools Featured In Virtual PromThe Prom-a-thon will be hosted by former First Lady Michelle Obama and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is one of the honorary chaperones.
Mayor Lightfoot Surprises CPS Principal With AwardTeachers and the mayor surprise a Chatham principal with an award.
Houston Is The PAWS Dog Of The WeekThis happy dog is a five-ear-old shepherd mix.
Chicago Weather: Storms And Warm Weather On Deck This WeekendCBS 2 meteorologist Megan Glaros has a look at the weekend forecast.
Teachers, Mayor Surprise Chatham Principal With Gold Apple AwardA principal on the South Side won the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Leadership.
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