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Chicago mayor: 'We're never going to get everything that we need from the federal government'


Cities and states across the country “are never going to get everything that we need from the federal government” when it comes to combating Covid-19, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Sunday.

“If we waited for them, we’d be in dire straits,” Lightfoot told Margaret Brennan on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “It would be great if there was not the chaos that we’ve seen at the federal government — the White House fighting the CDC, the HHS hijacking the reporting process. And still, we don’t have a consistent testing regime. We still don’t have a federal mask policy.”

“The chaos at the federal level has not been helpful to anyone — not Chicago, not Illinois, not states across the country.”

Illinois has experienced a steady uptick in Covid-19 cases, with 1,828 new cases and five additional deaths reported Saturday.

“That’s being driven by our 18- to 29-year-old cohort,” Lightfoot said. “We’ve just got to break through to young people that they are not immune to this virus.”

It’s a trend mirrored across the U.S., which has seen the number of deaths and cases steadily increase even as those in many countries around the world has leveled off.

Congress is weeks away from reaching an agreement on another round of pandemic aid. And President Donald Trump appears eager to move on from the crisis, urging schools to reopen and calling the idea of a nationwide mask mandate “regressive” and “defeatist.”

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