From Brian Mackey with NPRIllinois –Illinois now has 422 confirmed cases of the coronavirus disease — and three more of them have died, officials announced today.
Meanwhile, with bars and restaurants closed or limited to carryout — Governor J-B Pritzker announced many of them will be able to defer state and local sales tax payments for two months.
“Our small businesses are already hurting, and the root of that pain isn’t going to go away anytime soon. I’m pleased to announce, however, today that my administration is offering relief to more than 20,000 small- and medium-sized bars and restaurants all across Illinois.”
The tax delay only applies to businesses that paid less than 75-thousand in sales taxes last year, but Pritzker says that covers nearly 80 percent of Illinois’ bars and restaurants.
Pritzker also sought to tamp down persistent rumors that the state would be going on some sort of lockdown. He said people will always be permitted to get essentials like groceries, medicine, and gasoline.