Sponsors of legislation passed last year requiring hotels and casinos in Illinois to install “panic buttons” — as part of an anti-sexual harassment package passed by lawmakers last spring — say they will extend the deadline for installing the security systems until next year as a result of the coronavirus pandemic’s toll on the hotel industry and safety concerns. Meanwhile, McCormick Place Alternate Care Facility will stop accepting new patients as Chicago area hospital capacity has been able to absorb Covid-19 patients, officials announced Friday afternoon. 

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