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Daywatch: Restaurants dealt another blow with indoor dining ban, Chicago’s top workplaces for 2020 and we try Wendy’s new fried chicken sandwich

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Good morning, Chicago. Illinois public health officials Thursday announced 6,363 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19, a new daily high for the state. The seven-day statewide positivity rate is 6.9%. The U.S. also hit two grim milestones yesterday: the country surpassed 9 million cases and saw the most cases ever yet recorded in a day.

And, if you’re a parent to young ones or a fan of the spooky holiday, you’re probably well-aware that this Saturday is Halloween. But like much of 2020, this year’s celebration will be probably be different — many parents say they’re nixing trick-or-treating with COVID-19 cases on the rise.

Here’s more coronavirus news and other top stories you need to know to start your day.

Tony Priolo, chef/owner of Piccolo Sogno, said he has invested nearly $31,000 in outdoor tenting, heating and specialized air filtration that uses UV light to destroy bacteria and viruses.

Tony Priolo, chef/owner of Piccolo Sogno, said he has invested nearly $31,000 in outdoor tenting, heating and specialized air filtration that uses UV light to destroy bacteria and viruses. (E. Jason Wambsgans / Chicago Tribune)

In addition to the loss of revenue and likely layoffs for large numbers of dining industry workers, Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s new ban on indoor dining (which goes into effect Friday in Chicago and is either already in effect or will be Saturday for the collar counties) is dealing another financial blow to restaurants that have invested heavily in safety equipment for their dining rooms ahead of winter.

It’s money that, until the indoor dining ban is lifted, is going to waste at businesses already struggling with drastically lower customer counts and notoriously thin profit margins — even in pre-pandemic times.

Matt Muchowski, from left, Vance Wyatt and Donald Blake hold signs outside the Lake County Courthouse in Waukegan on Sept. 25, 2020. Kyle Rittenhouse, accused of killing two protesters days after Jacob Blake was shot by police in Kenosha, faces a hearing to return him to Wisconsin to face trial on homicide charges that could put him in prison for life.

Matt Muchowski, from left, Vance Wyatt and Donald Blake hold signs outside the Lake County Courthouse in Waukegan on Sept. 25, 2020. Kyle Rittenhouse, accused of killing two protesters days after Jacob Blake was shot by police in Kenosha, faces a hearing to return him to Wisconsin to face trial on homicide charges that could put him in prison for life. (Stacey Wescott/Chicago Tribune)

Kyle Rittenhouse is scheduled to be in Lake County court Friday morning for a hearing over whether he will be sent to Wisconsin to face charges stemming from the fatal shooting of two men and the wounding of a third during protests in Kenosha in August.

Omar Muhammad, formerly known as Omar Saunders, from left; Marcellius Bradford; and Larry Ollins and his cousin Calvin Ollins gather at the Daley Plaza on Aug. 27, 2020.

Omar Muhammad, formerly known as Omar Saunders, from left; Marcellius Bradford; and Larry Ollins and his cousin Calvin Ollins gather at the Daley Plaza on Aug. 27, 2020. (Jose M. Osorio / Chicago Tribune)

Political ads from the campaign of incumbent Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx make a serious charge in the starkest of terms: that her opponent Pat O’Brien secured wrongful convictions against four Black teenagers in the haunting 1986 rape and murder of a promising medical student.

Maureen Hoersten, left, chief operating officer at LaSalle Network, and Jessica Schaeffer, head of marketing, converse Sept. 16, 2020, during a walk and talk meeting in Elmhurst.

Maureen Hoersten, left, chief operating officer at LaSalle Network, and Jessica Schaeffer, head of marketing, converse Sept. 16, 2020, during a walk and talk meeting in Elmhurst. (James C. Svehla/For the Chicago Tribune)

Faced with the reality that this work-from-home experiment could last indefinitely, Chicago’s Top Workplaces are adopting new strategies and re-imagining how work gets done. They also are reflecting on their values and culture and the practices that promote that culture.

Wendy's just released its new fried chicken sandwich called the "classic chicken sandwich."

Wendy's just released its new fried chicken sandwich called the "classic chicken sandwich." (Nick Kindelsperger / Chicago Tribune)

After sitting out for most of the fast food fried chicken sandwich wars of 2019, Wendy’s has jumped into the fray. It recently introduced a new fried chicken sandwich, which the fast food chain promises is “crispier, juicier and so packed with flavor that, upon first taste, it’ll be an instant classic.”

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United staged the main comeback of the weekend-with the help of Cavani. He came out at 0:2 and registered the victory, making 2+1