Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Gov. JB Pritzker will have a news conference at 2 p.m. (without VP Kamala Harris). I'll live tweet.

Follow for updates and let me know if you have questions.…
You can watch here:
@colinbphoto not seeing Pritzker or Lightfoot there. 🤔
Nope, no comment from Pritzker or Lightfoot, despite both saying they'd be here.

You can hear protesters chanting against Lightfoot near the news conference.
Lightfoot's office now saying they'll have a press conference at 3:30 p.m. at City Hall.
Take two: I'll live tweet Lightfoot's press conference at 3:30 p.m. Stay tuned for updates.
You can watch here:
Lightfoot: Biden moved up timeline to April 19 for all adults to be eligible. "We will meet that deadline. We need more vaccine from the federal government, but we're optimistic, based upon conversations that, that opportunity will happen."
BREAKING: All Adult Chicagoans Can Sign Up For Vaccine Shot April 19, Mayor Lightfoot Says…
Arwady: Chicago still not seeing huge increases in its supply. But she "remains confident" after speaking with fed leaders this morning that they're building availability.
Arwady: "Demand is a great thing, and as supply comes here to meet that, we will absolutely" meet that.
Arwady: "I'm very confident that we will be continuing on the good path we're on."

For people 18+, 40% have gotten at least one doses. 20% have gotten both doses.
Arwady: "We're at 5.1 percent positivity today. We're at almost 600 cases per day; and although those have broadly been concentrated in younger people, we are concerned ... . Please, keep doing the things that have gotten us this far."
Lightfoot: The city will still not have enough vaccine to give everyone the shots come April 19, but supply will increase.
Lightfoot on why not by April 12, when Illinois is opening eligibility: "We have thought about, but, again, I don't like to create expectations that we can't meet. We feel like we're gonna be in a better place by [April 19] and be able to meet some of this need ... ."
Arwady: "May 1 was based on projections around when we thought we would likely have enough vaccine to not have as much frustrations for the folks ... who are already eligible. But, look, we're seeing cases in younger people. ... It's about wanting to make shifts where we're ...
"able to. I do think it's the right thing from a science perspective. ... We had already been discussing this timing and thinking about wanting to be clear to folks and open it up."
Arwady: "As long as we have vaccine supply, we are 100 percent in support of moving ahead."
Lightfoot on shooting of toddler: "Obviously, anytime anyone is shot in Chicago it's tragic, and particularly when" it's a child. She's been told the child is only 1 year old. ...…
"The information is very preliminary at this point, but it does appear to be a case of road rage. The detectives are actively investigating. They have witnesses and a suspect in the area and are actively pursuing the other car that was involved. ... But it's clearly tragic.
"... It's mind-boggling to me that people carry guns in the way that they do, that they use them in the way that they do and that they use them when children are in the immediate proximity. We'll see what the investigation tells us about the further facts. ...
"But it's just a terrible tragedy."

"This was simply but stupid road rage."
Lightfoot: "It has nothing to do with that. The governor and I may not agree one very policy issue, but he and I have worked very, very hard ... to make sure that we have a very good working relationship. And we do." The press conference started without her when she was ...
meeting with Harris. She denies relocating the press conference because of protsters at the park.
Lightfoot: When you've got a finite amount of vaccine, you've got to prioritize, and Chicago's prioritization is on getting shots in the arms of people most at risk of spread.
Lightfoot on elected school board: She's spending time talking to parents and other stakeholders. "That will happen on a timeline that makes sense, not a timeline someone tries to dictate to me. OK."
Lightfoot: "I just hope that we are smarter and more committed to making sure that we set the example for our children that we want them to follow. Getting upset over a tragic incident ... that, that would result in gunfire is an absurdity to me."
Lightfoot: It makes no sense that people can get a gun as easily as a pack of cigarettes or beer when we know how dangerous they are, particularly for children.
Lightfoot: Protecting kids has to start with universal background checks.
Arwady: It's never just been about cases. "Broadly, we have seen small increases in hospitalizations and in ICUs."
Arwady: If we can protect the most vulnerable Chicagoans (older ones), "that is part of the decision-making here."
Arwady: "We are broadly seeing cases across the North Side more than we are" across the South & West sides. North Side has been less hit during pandemic, meaning there are fewer people with natural immunity.
Arwady: "Right at the moment, we're certainly watching this with concern. ... My hope is that with gatherings over East or Passover, etc., that people, especially younger people, were being careful, especially with those who are older, have underlying conditions. I am not ...
"concerned right now about seeing the health system get overwhelmed" like we feared early on. "But every case does have the potential ... to turn into a hospitalization or even a death," particularly in more vulnerable folks. "I do want to remind people that outside is safer."
Arwady: "My preference would be not to have to dial back," but if we look more like Michigan, "we definitely would."
Lightfoot on April 21 council meeting: "We're still having conversations with our friends in the City Council, but it's my hope and expectation that we will be back in person. We may be in a hybrid."
Lightfoot: Vaccine was offered to aldermen and their staffs. "I think the vast majority of folks want to come back. They've been talking to me about it since last fall. ... But those conversations will continue and we'll certainly give plenty of advance notice as to what we're...
"gonna be doing at the next City Council meeting, but I'm hoping it's going to be from chambers."
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