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‘I Lived Practically Alone’: Now This Immigrant Student Lives With Her School Counselor

Living with her school counselor is "amazing" but comes with its awkward moments, like should she drop the “Mrs.”?
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Pandemic’s Economic Meltdown Reveals Vulnerability Of Working-Class Blacks And Latinos

Not everyone can work from home. Some are providing essential services during the pandemic, but they're living on the margins.
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As COVID-19 Spreads, Advocates Sound Alarm For People in Prisons And Communities Around Them

One inmate says the coronavirus is like an "invisible man [that] has the power to kill and nobody can do anything about it.”
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Coronavirus In Illinois: Local Amazon, Target And Walmart Workers Sickened

As COVID-19 spreads, Chicago-area retail, warehouse and delivery workers are becoming sick, and even dying.
U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres speaking at a virtual news briefing at United Nations headquarters in New York last week. Guterres said Sunday that measures to stop domestic violence should be part of national responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Global Lockdowns Resulting In ‘Horrifying Surge’ In Domestic Violence, U.N. Warns

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said that reported cases had doubled in some countries.
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In Chicago, 70% of COVID-19 Deaths Are Black

Black residents make up only 23% of the population in Cook County, yet they account for more than half of the COVID-19 deaths. A retired nurse was the first person to die from COVID-19 in Illinois. Her sister also died from the virus.
Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker tours Hall C Unit 1 of the COVID-19 alternate site at McCormick Place in Chicago on Friday.


Pritzker ‘Frustrated’ That Not All States Have Stay-At-Home Orders

President Donald Trump says each state must make its own choice, and eight GOP governors have not issued shutdown orders.


The School Shutdown Hasn’t Stopped Geneva TV From Delivering The News

Broadcast journalism students at Geneva High School pivoted from a daily newcast to biweekly shows on YouTube, produced from their homes.
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Coronavirus FAQ: Will Wearing A Mask Stop Me From Getting COVID-19?

WBEZ answers your questions about staying at home, kids, public transit, medical information and more.
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These Are The Dishes Chicago Craved More Than Usual While Stuck Inside

Using its vast trove of data, the food delivery service Grubhub figured out which dishes surged in popularity among Chicagoans in March.
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Fears Grow As Coronavirus Cases And Deaths Mount At A West Suburban Nursing Home

A total of 50 confirmed COVID-19 cases and seven deaths have relatives questioning how a Willowbrook nursing home has managed the outbreak.
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New Reports Reveal How Many ICU Beds And Ventilators Are Available In Chicago Hospitals

With a probably surge in COVID-19 patients coming, the reports obtained by WBEZ offer a glimpse into available hospital beds and ventilat...
Neighbors in Mt. Prospect began doing "Driveway Happy Hours" in order to keep socializing during the coronavirus pandemic — at a safe social distance.


‘Driveway Happy Hour’ Lets Neighbors Get Together — While Apart

Besides drinking, the friends just sort of shout down the block or across the street at one another.
Eileen Murphy Retired Doctor


Illinois Hospitals Race To Increase Staff For Expected Surge Of COVID-19 Cases

Nurses were already in short supply before the pandemic began, and Illinois hospitals are competing with other states for extra workers.
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Professors: ‘Zoombombing’ Is The Latest Attack Against Higher Education

Many schools are using Zoom for online class during the COVID-19 closure. And like many things on the internet, racist trolls have followed.
Barbara Kemmis


The COVID-19 Pandemic Is Changing The Way We Mourn Loved Ones

The coronavirus crisis is affecting the funeral home industry. With CDC guidelines restricting mass gatherings, services are being altered.
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Nerdette Book Club: ‘The Glass Hotel’

The Nerdette Book Club unpacks Emily St. John Mandel’s 'The Glass Hotel,' a haunting puzzle of a novel.
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Schools FAQ: How Long Will The K-12 School Shutdown Last?

Also, what are “remote learning days?” Are statewide standardized tests canceled in Illinois?

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