Public health officials report 20 additional COVID-19 deaths
The Illinois Department of Public Health on Tuesday announced 1,466 new cases of the coronavirus in the state, with 20 additional deaths.
The preliminary 7-day positivity test rate for cases from September 8 to September 14 is 3.6%.
Illinois Board of Higher Education releases equity data
The Illinois Board of Higher Education has released equity data which outlines gender-based differences for most race and ethnic groups on nearly all measures.
Overall, women with the same education level earn less than men.
The gap is smallest at $3,638 for Black women as compared to Black men one year after graduation, and the highest at $8,764 for white women compared to white men three years after graduation.
Big Ten Football to return in October
The Fighting Illini and Northwestern football teams will be back on the field this fall. The Big Ten conference has reversed course and will restart the season next month.
The season was postponed Aug, 11, but meetings to restart the season began on Saturday.
According to Yahoo Sports, teams will play eight games in eight weeks with the conference championship game scheduled for Dec. 19.
Cannabis sales increase in Illinois
Illinois' cannabis sales are skyrocketing.
State officials announced weed dispensaries in the state sold almost $64 million in cannabis products last month.
In total, the state's cannabis shops have done more than $360 million in sales since legalization on January 1st.
New Lotto ticket proceeds will go to end homelessness
The Illinois Lottery has a new scratch-off to help with homelessness.
Lotto announced that all profits from "Cupcake Cash" will go toward combating homelessness in the state. The ticket costs $2 for a chance to win up to $20,000.