Pritzker announces banks will cash stimulus check for free, sends message to Peorians

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CHICAGO (WMBD) — Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Sunday said there was an increase of 2,994 new COVID-19 cases in Illinois.

There are now 61,499 reported cases statewide. Additionally, Pritzker said 63 more people died, bringing the death toll to 2,618.

Pritzker also announced during Sunday’s briefing that Saturday the state tested 19, 417 people. Pritzker said that was “the highest amount of test ever performed in a single day.”

The Illinois Department of Professional and Financial Regulation Friday announced a partnership with Illinois banks. Pritzker said this partnership will allow non customers to cash their stimulus checks for free at Wells Fargo, JP Morgan Chase, US Bank, Fifth Third, and First Midwest Bank.

“One in five Illinois households are un-banked and many will receive paper stimulus checks. I want everyone who is receiving a check to get its full value. So, seek out these partner institutions to cash this check because they won’t charge you any fees,” Pritzker said.

Also, Pritzker sent a message to Peorians after being asked how he plans to deal with violence and people not following the extended stay-at-home order after a man was shot in Peoria Sunday.

“What I would say to people in Peoria and else where in East Peoria etc. is that there is a reason why we put these orders forward, it’s to keep people safe… So we won’t know really for a couple of weeks how many people in Peoria have gotten sick because people were irresponsible and got together,” Pritzker said.

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