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Dr. Ngozi Ezike, director of the Illinois Department of Public Health.


Illinois Official: Infant Here Is First In The World To Die From COVID-19

Gov. JB Pritzker also announced the death of an employee in his administration, a worker from the Illinois Department of Human Services.
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Coronavirus In Illinois: 13 Deaths, 465 New Cases

Health officials announced 465 new cases of coronavirus in the state, bringing Illinois’ total to 3,491.
Domestic Violence Impacts 1 in 4 Women


Victims Of Domestic Violence Move From Shelters To Hotels

To remove residents from tight living quarters, 12 women’s shelters in Cook County will soon receive $10,000 each in private funding.
During his remarks to reporters before his departure to Norfolk, Va., President Trump said outside the White House that there was a "possibility that sometime today" there will be a two-week quarantine on parts of New York, Connecticut and New Jersey.


Trump Says He May Quarantine N.Y., Conn., N.J.

The president's comments Saturday came as news to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. "I don't even know what that means," Cuomo said at a briefing.
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This Chicago High School Teacher Officiated A Wedding From His Porch In Bucktown

Ordained by the Church of the Latter Day Dude, Jeff Solin, who teaches computer science at Lane Tech, also made the rings with a 3D printer.
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Curious City

Outdoor Activity Of The Day: Pick Up Trash

Curious Citizens offer up some suggestions for making your daily walk beneficial to your health and the environment.


Federal Judge Considers Release of Migrant Children In Custody As COVID-19 Spreads

A federal judge in California wants all minors who were apprehended crossing into the U.S. alone to be released in an orderly fashion. Bu...
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President Trump Signs $2 Trillion Coronavirus Rescue Package Into Law

The CARES Act offers relief to state and local governments, individuals, businesses and hospitals affected by the coronavirus crisis.
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Help Is Available For Low-Income Renters And Others Hit By COVID-19 Losses

Until federal relief arrives, Chicagoans who need emergency shelter or safeguards from evictions or late payments can apply for assistanc...
A sanitation worker crosses South LaSalle Street in downtown Chicago.


PHOTOS: This Is What Chicago Looks Like Without People Everywhere

Now that the Lakefront Trail and the 606 are closed to foot traffic, these scenes will become the new normal for even more Chicagoans.
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Surgeon General Says Chicago Is Among ‘Hot Spot’ Cities For COVID-19

The Chicago area—accounting for 75% of Illinois’ coronavirus cases—“will have a worse week next week,” warned the U.S. top doctor.
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Illinois Governor Expands Relief Programs As COVID-19 Deaths Jump

Pritzker expands the state food, homeless and child care programs as the COVID-19 death toll reaches 34.
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Sister Jean Lived Through The Great Depression, World War II And Now A Pandemic

Loyola Chicago's 100-year-old nun, who became a star during the Final Four in 2018, is urging people to practice social distancing.
Wanda Bailey, died after testing positive for COVID-19


A Chicago-Area Family Has Lost Its 2nd Sister To COVID-19

Wanda Bailey of south suburban Crete died this week. The hardest part, family members said, was not seeing either sister in their last days.
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Curious City

Outdoor Activity Of The Day: Plant A Veggie Garden

Curious Citizens say gardening is “good for the soul” when you’re stuck inside most of the day. Here are tips for honing your green thumb.
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Forget Amazon. This Website Allows Chicagoans To Shop Local During The Shutdown.

A new website seeks to connect small neighborhood businesses with shoppers sheltering in place.
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Motive Podcast, Season 2, Episode 8: The ‘After’ Is The Hard Part

In the final episode, the Motive team looks at everything after an assault, including the emotional toll and the decision to pursue justice.
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Coronavirus FAQ: Can I Get Tested If I Am Uninsured?

WBEZ answers your questions about staying at home, kids, public transit, medical information and more.
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StoryCorps Chicago: ‘It Takes A Lot More To Being Grown Than Just Saying That You’re Grown’

Amari Allen and T-Nice Gresham talk about their childhoods and what it meant to take responsibility for their lives at a young age.
Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart


Sheriff Tom Dart Attacks Gov. Pritzker For Refusing New Inmates In State Prisons

Dart says the governor’s decision Thursday makes his job of containing COVID-19 at the jail more difficult: "That’s every man for himself."
President Trump signs the CARES Act, a $2 trillion rescue package to provide economic relief amid the coronavirus outbreak, at the Oval Office on Friday.


Trump: Governors Should Be 'Appreciative' Of Federal Coronavirus Efforts

President Trump griped about complaints reportedly from the two Democratic governors of Washington and Michigan.
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Thousands Of Undocumented Workers Face The Pandemic Without A Safety Net

Undocumented immigrants are ineligible for the unemployment benefits Illinois is offering to workers left jobless by the COVID-19 outbreak.
About 90% of households — approximately 165 million — will benefit from direct payments, according to the Tax Policy Center.


Show Me The Relief Money – No Promises On When Coronavirus Checks Are Coming

The White House says it will issue funds in three weeks but experts say it could take months for some.


Introvert’s Guide To The Good Life: Book Edition

What’s better than diving into another world and staying there for hours and hours?


Could A Self-Sanitizing Face Mask Help Fight COVID-19?

A researcher at Northwestern is developing an add-on for a medical face mask that would deactivate viruses on contact.
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5 Tips To Protect Your Relationship While Isolated Together

Sheltering in place for weeks and weeks changes a relationship. Here are some ways to adapt.
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Schools FAQ: Are Statewide Standardized Tests Canceled?

Also, are Advanced Placement exams still happening? How long will the K-12 school shutdown last?

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