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Read continuing coverage of how COVID-19 is affecting Illinois.

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Coronavirus In Illinois: 31 New Deaths And 899 New Cases In State

The state’s death toll is now 274 deaths and 11,256 positive COVID-19 cases.
April 6, 2020

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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.
March 19, 2020

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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?
March 31, 2020

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Civil Rights Groups Sue For Immediate Release Of Illinois Inmates At Risk From COVID-19

The lawsuit comes after one prisoner died from the disease and several others are hospitalized, and on ventilators.
April 2, 2020

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In The South Loop, Bon Jovi And Queen Bring Residents Together — From A Safe Distance

Community singalongs have been popping up around the world, but in the South Loop, they also include a nightly light show.
April 2, 2020

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Can Chicago’s Music Scene Survive The Coronavirus Pandemic?

“I feel like some will survive, some will die off and some will grow back in a different form,” said Emily Kempf of the punk band Dehd.
April 2, 2020

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Some Chicagoans May Be Facing Coronavirus Without Water At Home

The mayor declared an end to residential shut-offs last May, but the pandemic has brought new urgency to restoring service to citizens.
April 2, 2020

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Artists And Cultural Organizations Hit Financially By COVID-19 Can Now Apply For Grants

The fund, made up of public and private dollars, addresses economic hit to the cultural sector because of COVID-19 cancelations and closi...
April 1, 2020

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As COVID-19 Cases Spike, Illinois Health Chief Sees ‘More and More Difficult’ Weeks Ahead

Illinois' total number of cases has doubled since Saturday, and the new deaths announced Wednesday mark a 42% jump in fatalities in one day.
April 1, 2020

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Professors Stumble Through Online Teaching As Classes Resume

Through an ad-hoc mix of videoconferencing, discussion boards and recorded lectures, university students across the city are back in school.
April 1, 2020

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Still Weeks From The COVID-19 Peak, Pritzker Extends Illinois ‘Stay-At-Home’ Order For Another Month

Gov. JB Pritzker acknowledged Illinois is still weeks away from weathering the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
March 31, 2020

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Asian Americans Feel The Bite Of Prejudice During The COVID-19 Pandemic

Since the outbreak began, there have been reports nationwide of Asian Americans being verbally abused, physically attacked and spat upon.
March 31, 2020

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Michigan And Wisconsin Tell Chicago: ‘Stay At Your Homes’ Until Pandemic Ends

Officials in resort towns are asking owners of vacation homes and tourists to keep their distance during the coronavirus outbreak.
March 30, 2020

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Pritzker: McCormick Place Will Be Fully Converted Into A COVID-19 Field Hospital By The End Of April

The plan puts 3,000 beds at McCormick Place and outfits facilities in Elgin and Blue Island
March 30, 2020

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One Dead And A Dozen Hospitalized With COVID-19 From Illinois’ Stateville Prison

Several of the hospitalized men are on ventilators and another 77 men at Stateville are symptomatic.
March 30, 2020

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Hospitals Transfer Child Patients To Make Room For The COVID-19 Surge

Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital is taking kids from other local hospitals to free up beds for adult COVID-19 patients.
March 30, 2020

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In Some Communities, Less Than 60% Of Households Have Internet. CPS' New Plan Can't Change That.

Chicago Public Schools is giving 100,000 devices to its highest-need students, but that isn't enough to deal with the city's digital divide.
March 30, 2020

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What It Feels Like To Get COVID-19, From Symptoms To Triage At The ER

Michael Bane, a 42-year-old Berwyn resident hospitalized since March 21, says his experience has been nothing short of “brutal.”
March 30, 2020

Curious City

Outdoor Activity Of The Day: Backyard Stargazing

Local astronomers say stargazing can remind you “that there is a universe out there that we’re all connected to.”
March 29, 2020

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Illinois Reports 1,105 New Coronavirus Cases; Pritzker Says ‘We Have Not Hit The Peak’

As the state announced 18 new deaths in the coronavirus pandemic, the governor said the worst is yet to come.
March 29, 2020

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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.
March 28, 2020

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

Gov. JB Pritzker also announced the death of an employee in his administration, a worker from the Illinois Department of Human Services.
March 28, 2020

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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.
March 28, 2020

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Pritzker To Temporarily Ban Reusable Bags At Stores, But Chicago Still Collecting Plastic Bag Tax

The governor wants shoppers to leave their reusable bags at home. Meanwhile, Chicago is keeping its plastic bag tax.
March 28, 2020

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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.
March 28, 2020

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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."
March 27, 2020

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.
March 27, 2020

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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.
March 27, 2020

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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...
March 27, 2020

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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.
March 27, 2020

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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.
March 27, 2020

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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.
March 27, 2020

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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.
March 27, 2020

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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.
March 27, 2020

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COVID-19 Cases Race Higher As Illinois Awaits Billions In Federal Relief

New cases are now accumulating at a staggering pace of one nearly every two minutes.
March 26, 2020

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Illinois Prisons Are Refusing New Prisoners As COVID-19 Spreads

An executive order halting admissions comes as 12 confirmed COVID-19 cases are tied to the Department of Corrections.
March 26, 2020

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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.
March 26, 2020

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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.
March 26, 2020

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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.
March 26, 2020

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114,114 Illinois Residents Filed Unemployment Claims Last Week

New numbers reported by the state mirror the massive surge in jobless claims nationally since the coronavirus outbreak began.
March 26, 2020

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‘Dear God, Stay Home’: Chicago Closes The Lakefront And Threatens COVID-19 Crackdown

Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Chicago could see 40,000 COVID-19 hospitalizations in the coming weeks if residents don’t stay at home.
March 26, 2020

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How to Make Your Own Hand Sanitizer? Just Ask Your Neighborhood Craft Distillery

18th Street Distillery harnessed its four stills to produce 1,000 gallons of sanitizer for nurses and first responders in Northwest Indiana.
March 26, 2020

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Homicides And Shootings Are Down As The City Stays At Home To Avoid Virus

Chicago Police reported only one gun death in the past 7 days. The last time Chicago had a one-homicide week was in 2015.
March 26, 2020

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Ways To Manage Anxiety And Stress In The Face Of Epic Uncertainty

Feeling out of sorts? You’re not alone. We asked experts for tips on how to maintain mental wellness during the coronavirus pandemic.
March 25, 2020

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Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker Postpones Tax-Filing Deadline As COVID-19 Chaos Worsens

Besides a tax-filing extension, Pritzker offers $90 million in small-business aid as Illinois COVID-19 fatalities more than triple since ...
March 25, 2020

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Mayor Lightfoot Threatens To Close Parks, Lakefront If Chicagoans Ignore ‘Stay-At-Home’ Order

Chicago's interim police superintendent also said people who meet in large gatherings could now be fined $500 or even arrested.
March 25, 2020

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Families With Special Ed Students Struggle During School Shutdown

One Chicago mom says she refuses to let her son regress during the school shutdown — even while she waits for guidance from his school.
March 25, 2020

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In Response To The City’s Forced Isolation, Chicagoans Take In Pets

Local shelters report that the burst of interest in fostering and adopting will help keep their operations going in the short term.
March 25, 2020

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Chicago Police Are Reducing Stops And Arrests During COVID-19. Activists Want Even Fewer.

Interim Supt. Charlie Beck said officers have cut back on stops to reduce contact with citizens. Activists say arrests should be a last r...
March 25, 2020

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The Newly Unemployed Face An Extra Hurdle: ‘It Was Just A Busy Tone — Beep, Beep, Beep’

Illinois’ unemployment offices are closed, but the phone and online systems can’t handle the crush of applicants.
March 24, 2020

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Pritzker: Virus Could Have Swamped Hospitals By Next Week If Not For The Stay At Home Order

Illinois could have exhausted its supply of hospital beds, intensive-care space and ventilators by next week if not for business and scho...
March 24, 2020

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Go Outside For A Walk. Here Are Great Spots To Explore.

“Stay at home” doesn’t mean never leave your house — as long as you practice social distancing, which is much easier in wide open spaces.
March 24, 2020

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Patients And Doctors Rethink Essential Care As Coronavirus Cases Rise

COVID-19 has forced patients to make a tough calculation: Put off treatment, or go to a hospital where you could be exposed to the virus?
March 24, 2020

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Stymied By The Feds, The Pritzker Administration Secures COVID-19 Gear On Its Own

The state purchased millions of masks urgently needed by health care workers on the COVID-19 frontlines.
March 23, 2020

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Elderly In The Suburbs Elated To Receive Free Meals And A Side of Compassion

With no diners to feed, Country House Restaurant in Alsip has cooked and delivered nearly 3,000 meals to vulnerable families and seniors.
March 23, 2020

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The Chicago Police Department Is Struggling To Protect Officers During The Coronavirus Pandemic

A CPD spokesman says they share officer concerns about supply shortages, but Mayor Lightfoot says they’re meeting first responder needs.
March 23, 2020

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How A Remote Learning Plan Paid Off For One Chicago Catholic School

Holy Trinity High School developed an e-learning plan over the last three years. Here's what other schools can learn from them.
March 23, 2020

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The Virus Pandemic Is An Unprecedented Test For A Young Generation

As they're being asked to study at home and distance socially to help their more vulnerable elders, how will they cope?
March 23, 2020

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Former Chicago Transportation Chief John LaPlante, 80, Dies, Had COVID-19

The biking advocate championed city streets for all and, under Mayor Richard M. Daley, took the fall for the 1992 Loop tunnel floods.
March 23, 2020

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How Many Retired Doctors, Nurses Will Answer Pritzker’s ‘Call To Action’?

Pritzker wants to reinforce the ranks of health care workers fighting the spread of COVID-19, but some older retirees face a tough decision.
March 22, 2020

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Closed All At Once: Restaurant Industry Faces Collapse

Rapid shutdowns to stem the coronavirus have delivered an unprecedented blow to restaurants around the U.S.
March 22, 2020

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Chicago Adjusts To ‘Stay At Home’

As the city winds down another notch, residents make plans for being at home — and they make music.
March 22, 2020

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Gov. Pritzker Calls On Retired Nurses, Doctors To Join The Fight Against COVID-19

“We’re in the middle of a battle, and we need reinforcements,” Pritkzer said on Saturday as he issued a “call to action.”
March 21, 2020

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Illinois Prisons Will Receive Hygiene Supplies Amid COVID-19 Outbreak

The news comes after staff and prisoners said they did not have enough soap or cleaning supplies to protect against the virus.
March 21, 2020

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As Students Prepare For Online College, Professors Urge A Mental Health Break

Before diving into online classes, schools are reminding students to take care of their mental health.
March 21, 2020

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An Evanston Senior Center Announces Its Third COVID-19 Case

Officials with the Evanston home remain frustrated that the state won’t perform testing there like it did at a facility in Willowbrook.
March 20, 2020

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There’s Anxiety In Chicago Hospitals As Doctors Decry Supply Shortage

Doctors and staff say supply shortages to protect against COVID-19 have them worried as they seek resources from creative sources.
March 20, 2020

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During The Pandemic, Low-Level Drug Cases Won’t Be Prosecuted In Cook County

State’s Attorney Kim Foxx says the policy aims to protect public health but her top deputy points to a cutback in Illinois narcotics tests.
March 20, 2020

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Penguins And SUE The T-Rex Roaming Closed Museums, Adored By All

Just what we all need right now: a collection of screen-based viral social moments involving cute animals.
March 20, 2020

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Week One Of Remote Learning In Illinois Wraps Up With Frustration And Uncertainty

COVID-19 school closures have Illinois families wondering how long remote learning can realistically last.
March 20, 2020

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‘I Don’t Come To This Decision Easily’: Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker Issues A ‘Stay At Home’ Order

The governor orders nonessential workers and residents to stay home as COVID-19 cases continue to swell.
March 20, 2020

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All Illinois Residents Are Ordered To ‘Stay At Home.’ Here’s What That Already Looks Like In Oak Park

Do: Seek out medical services for yourself or your pet. Don’t: Host a party.
March 20, 2020

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Illinois Public Health Officials Project 3,400 New COVID-19 Cases In The Next Week

The estimates are based on the new coronavirus spreading throughout Illinois at its current pace.
March 20, 2020

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UChicago Students Rally To Help Each Other Navigate The Shutdown Chaos

Using a Facebook group to organize, a group of students remedied what they called a slow and "tone-deaf" response from the university.
March 20, 2020

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Two Suburban Senior Homes Seek Answers And Relief During COVID-19 Crisis

Families call for testing and officials scramble for answers to limit the spread of COVID-19 at Evanston and WIllowbrook nursing homes.
March 20, 2020

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Mayor Lori Lightfoot Orders Chicago Public Schools To Stay Closed Until April 21

Chicago’s mayor also announced new measures to help small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic and ordered sick people to stay home.
March 19, 2020

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Chicago Cops Don't Know How To Enforce The New COVID-19 Order

Officers slam the mayor’s plan for them to enforce a public-health order requiring people with coronavirus symptoms to stay home.
March 19, 2020

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Despite Campus Closures, Chicago Student Newspapers Keep Reporting

College journalists say they’ll keep the news coming while juggling student schedules in different time zones and staff limitations.
March 19, 2020

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4 COVID-19 Takeaways From Chicago’s Public Health Chief

Dr. Allison Arwady won’t say how many cases Chicago expects. But she says there’s a plan for patients who can’t quarantine at home.
March 19, 2020

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Chicago Police Tell Cops Exposed To COVID-19 To Keep Working

The Chicago Police Department was notified of its first member to test positive for COVID-19 on Thursday.
March 19, 2020

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Do Illinois Prisons Have Enough Soap And Cleaning Supplies?

Despite promises from state officials, inmates say they aren’t getting soap or cleaning supplies amid increasing anxiety over COVID-19.
March 19, 2020

Curious City

How To Eat Safely During The Coronavirus Crisis: Tips, Resources, FAQs

We answer your urgent eating-related questions, like, How safe is it to shop at the grocery store? Can the virus be transmitted through f...
March 19, 2020

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How Multigenerational Families Are Coping With Coronavirus Isolation

Throughout the Chicago area, parents, grandparents and kids are sharing one household, adjusting to isolation.
March 19, 2020

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Family Members Mourn The First To Die From COVID-19 In Illinois

Patricia Frieson died Monday night. She is remembered for her singing, spirituality, positive energy and for being the rock of the family.
March 18, 2020

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Chicago Temporarily Halts Some Ticketing And Debt Collections Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Mayor Lori Lightfoot said the move to waive late penalties on city debts was aimed at helping low-income residents.
March 18, 2020

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‘It’s Just Emptiness’: U Of I Students Mourn The Abrupt Cancellation Of Senior Year

The University of Illinois is the state’s first public university to pull the plug on graduation ceremonies — across all three campuses.
March 17, 2020

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Are Chicago-Area Hospitals Ready For A COVID-19 Surge?

Public health officials and hospitals are hustling to figure out everything from how many hospital beds to ventilators patients will need.
March 17, 2020

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Illinois Suffers Its First Death Due To COVID-19

As COVID-19 cases climb to 160 in Illinois, Gov. JB Pritzker calls the federal response to the outbreak “an incredible failure.”
March 17, 2020

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Workers And Shoppers Question Why The Mall Is Still Open

The governor has shut restaurants and bars, so why are shopping malls open?
March 17, 2020

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