COVID-19 Pandemic Leading To Increased Panhandling In Illinois, Nation

The COVID-19 pandemic is leading to increased panhandling in Illinois and across the country. The Salvation Army in Champaign says the number of people in need is increasing at their facilities. Anti-panhandling laws were being enforced in Chicago, but last week a federal court found the laws to be unconstitutional, requiring police to stop enforcement. Panhandling ordinances have already been repealed in Springfield, Decatur, Champaign, and Urbana. The Illinois ACLU is urging the city of Danville to take the same action.