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Chicago Ready for Next Phase of Pritzker’s Reopening Plan

Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Thursday that the Chicago region has joined three others in Illinois in being on track to move to the next phase of his regional reopening plan on May 29, the Chicago Tribune reported.

The northeast region, which includes Cook County along with suburban counties, now has a positivity rate of less than 20% on screenings for the new coronavirus. A positivity rate of less than 20% that doesn’t increase by more than 10 percentage points over 14 days is one of the key criteria for reopening portions of the economy under Pritzker’s “Restore Illinois” plan, the Tribune reported.

However, on Wednesday, Mayor Lori Lightfoot emphasized that Chicago’s lakefront won’t reopen anytime soon, even as she offered hope that some businesses could expand in the next phase of her reopening plan.

“Reopening will be like slowly turning on a dimmer, not flipping a light switch,” Lightfoot said.

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Paul Bubny serves as Senior Content Director for Connect Commercial Real Estate, a role to which he brings 13-plus years’ experience covering the commercial real estate industry and 30-plus years in business-to-business journalism. In this capacity, he oversees daily operations while also reporting on both local/regional markets and national trends, covering individual transactions across all property types, as well as delving into broader subject matter. He produces 15-20 daily news stories per day and works with the Connect team and clients to develop longer-form content, ranging from Q&As to thought-leadership pieces. Prior to joining Connect, Paul was Managing Editor for both Real Estate Forum and at American Lawyer Media, where he oversaw operations at both publications while also producing daily news and feature-length articles. His tenure in B2B publishing stretches back into the print era, and he has served as Editor in Chief on four national trade publications. Since 1999, Paul has volunteered as the newsletter editor of passenger rail advocacy groups (one national, one local).