Pritzker nixes fall youth sports, urges COVID-19 sacrifice

Springfield, Ill. (AP) — The governor of Illinois says he sympathizes with young athletes and their families eager to return to the field, court, and ice. But Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Wednesday that the threat from the coronavirus pandemic is still too great. Parents and fans have been pushing for resumption of football, volleyball, and boys’ soccer to traditional fall schedules instead of the spring. He urged them to remember that even if a family decides to let a young person play, the virus can still be spread to other people who aren’t participating. There have been 8,367 deaths in Illinois related to the disease that results from the coronavirus. Overall, there have been 266,151 confirmed cases.