Illinois’ 5th district deserves a representative in congress who will stand up against corruption, not enable it, fight to expand healthcare, not strip it from those who need it most, work to combat the dangers of climate change, not deny that they exist, and work tirelessly to ensure our city and region has the funding necessary to maintain and improve our infrastructure and standard of living. While in Congress, I’ve helped bring billions of federal dollars back to the Chicagoland area for CTA modernization, new Metra trains, rebuilt roads and bridges, and to combat disruptive aircraft noise around O’Hare International Airport. As Vice-Chair of the House Appropriations Transportation and Housing and Urban Development (THUD) subcommittee, I am well positioned to continue to ensure that key Chicago construction projects like the Red Line Extension, the 75th Street Corridor Improvement Project, and McCook flood abatement reservoirs continue without delay. In addition, as Chairman of the Financial Services and General Government appropriations subcommittee, I’ve worked tirelessly to support community based financial institutions, ensure our elections remain secure and free of interference, and against unconscionable cuts to the Postal Service. Finally, as a Member of the House Intelligence Committee, I was a key member of the investigation into President Trump’s efforts to pressure a foreign leader to attack Vice President Biden for his own political gain and if elected, I will continue to lead the effort to keep our Intelligence Community independent and protect those that work so hard to keep us safe.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma had the fifth-highest rate of newly reported coronavirus cases in the U.S. last week and the White House Coronavirus Task Force is again recommending a statewide mask mandate, according to a report released Wednesday by the Oklahoma State Department of Health.
The state had 142 new virus cases per 100,000 residents, compared to a national average of 72 per 100,000, according to the task force report, which is dated Sunday.
The number of new cases declined slightly from the task force’s report last week, when Oklahoma was seeing 146 per 100,000 people and had the ninth-highest rate of new cases. After recommending a statewide mask requirement, the task force last week recommended that they only be required in urban areas and in counties where students and teachers had tested positive for the virus.
“Establish statewide mask mandate. COVID-19 is being brought into nursing homes through community transmission. Review and improve infection control practices at nursing homes to stop the introduction of COVID-19. Arkansas is a great example in the Heartland where statewide transmission has decreased through mask usage,” the report said.
Gov. Kevin Stitt has said repeatedly that he would not issue a statewide mandate and would instead rely on residents to adopt safe health practices that include wearing masks, socially distancing and frequently washing their hands.
The state health department on Wednesday reported 970 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 12 more deaths from the disease, raising