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Free COVID-19, HIV tests offered in Pilsen

Workers at Project Vida test residents of Little Village for Covid-19. The testing is available to everyone no matter their immigration status. // Trabajadores en Project Vida realizan pruebas de COVID-19 para residentes de La Villita. Las pruebas son disponibles para todos, sin importar su estatus migratorio.

Nadia Hernandez, Assistant News Editor

July 14, 2020

The National Museum of Mexican Art (NMMA), CALOR, and Community Organized Relief Effort (CORE) are partnering to offer free COVID-19 and HIV testing Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the NMMA location in Pilsen. Patients aren’t required to bring ID or proof of insurance, and no criteria are requir...

Petition calls for DePaul to cut ties with Chicago Police Department

Chicago Police officers cross the street in downtown Chicago, Wednesday, April 22, 2020.

Ryan Gilroy, Copy Editor

June 10, 2020

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to include a response from Interim Provost Salma Ghanem. An online petition created by students and faculty at DePaul is calling for the university to end their relationship with the Chicago Police Department. The request is directly in response to DePaul’s s...

Lori Lightfoot lifts 9 p.m. curfew, fully reopens Loop access

Lori Lightfoot lifts 9 p.m. curfew, fully reopens Loop access

Associated Press

June 7, 2020

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Sunday lifted the city’s 9 p.m. curfew as the city reopened subway stations in the city’s central business and commercial district and allowed bus service to resume in the area. Lightfoot imposed the curfew on May 30, after widespread looting and vandalism got underway...

Lightfoot says Chicago’s reopening to go on despite unrest

A sign along the bluff in downtown St. Joseph, Mich., encourages social distancing Tuesday, June 2, 2020, as the state slowly continues to open after being shut down for months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.(Don Campbell/The Herald-Palladium via AP)

Associated Press

June 2, 2020

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Tuesday that the city will proceed this week with its next stage of reopening after coronavirus stay-at-home orders, despite days of unrest and violence. Vandalism and violent clashes have followed peaceful protests citywide after George Floyd’s death. Numerous...

Latinx community unites to advocate for Black lives amid Chicago protests

A man wears a Mexican flag on a motorcycle behind the Little Village Caravan

Hillary Flores, Maria Guerrero, and Richie Requena

June 1, 2020

Chants of “tu lucha es mi lucha” —  “your struggle is my struggle” — were heard coming from the Latinx community as they gathered in solidarity over the death of George Floyd on Saturday, May 30.  Waving their flags in front of the Discount Mall in Little Village, protestors made it cl...

19 killed, 63 wounded in Chicago weekend gun violence

Chicago Police officers cross the street in downtown Chicago, Wednesday, April 22, 2020.

Associated Press

June 1, 2020

Nineteen people were killed and at least 63 others were wounded by gun violence in Chicago’s most violent weekend of the year so far, the Chicago-Sun-Times reported. More than half of the weekend’s victims were shot on Sunday following violent protests Saturday night that led to hundreds of arr...

Chicago announces new efforts to boost Census participation

Chicago announces new efforts to boost Census participation

Associated Press

May 30, 2020

Chicago officials are turning to texting and a roving van providing Wi-Fi access to encourage participation in the U.S. Census. Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced the programs on Friday. The coronavirus pandemic has prevented more traditional efforts of encouraging participation, including in-person canvassing...

Pritzker issues rules as Illinois prepares for reopening

In this April 13, 2020 file photo, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker gives a daily state update on the coronavirus outbreak in Chicago. Seven Midwestern governors announced Thursday, April 16, 2020 that they will coordinate on reopening their state economies amid the coronavirus pandemic, after similar pacts were made in the Northeast and on the West Coast. The latest agreement includes Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Kentucky.

Associated Press

May 26, 2020

Barbers and their customers will have to wear face masks. Restaurants will be able to serve diners outdoors only, with parties no larger than six people, spaced apart. And youth sports may hold practices and drills for 10 or fewer people, as long as the water fountains are shut off and other rules are...

Chicago sees deadliest Memorial Day weekend since 2015

Chicago sees deadliest Memorial Day weekend since 2015

Associated Press

May 26, 2020

Nine people were killed and another 27 wounded in weekend shootings in Chicago as of early Monday, already marking the deadliest Memorial Day weekend in the city since 2015. Chicago police increased patrols and community organizations deployed mediators to neighborhood “hot spots" to try to stem...

Chicago police plan more holiday, summer weekend patrols

Under Lightfoot's discretion, there has been a higher presence of CPD in CTA stations.

Associated Press

May 24, 2020

Chicago Police are increasing patrols and other agencies will help staff a new operations center beginning this weekend as the Memorial Day holiday marks a traditional summer kickoff. Police often reports spikes in violent crime during summer weekends and holidays, and Superintendent David Brown said...

Lightfoot estimates Chicago can begin reopening in June

In this April 20, 2020, file photo, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot speaks during a news conference in Chicago. Chicago officials say the nation's third-largest city cannot begin to loosen restrictions designed to limit the spread of the coronavirus before early June. Gov. J.B. Pritzker has said all parts of the state are on track for restrictions to begin loosening on May 29. But Mayor Lightfoot said Friday, May 22, that the city is not yet hitting the metrics in her plan for gradually loosening restrictions and that she is hopeful that can happen by early June.

Associated Press

May 22, 2020

Chicago cannot begin to loosen restrictions designed to limit the spread of the coronavirus before early June, officials in the nation's third-largest city said Friday. Chicago, like the rest of Illinois, has been under a stay-at-home order since March 21. Gov. J.B. Pritzker has said all parts of the state are on track f...

‘Street vendors are the street lights of Chicago’: Why this local organization began an initiative to provide relief to street vendors

'Street vendors are the street lights of Chicago': Why this local organization began an initiative to provide relief to street vendors

Maria Guerrero, La DePaulia Managing Editor

May 22, 2020

A local organization is providing relief to street vendors after a decline of sales and lack of federal aid leaves them financially struggling, uniting the community of Chicago.  Increase the Peace, a volunteer led organization that develops young leaders and promotes peace in efforts to decrease violence, ha...

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