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Lori Lightfoot’s order gives immigrants access to Chicago’s virus relief

Lori Lightfoot’s order gives immigrants access to Chicago’s virus relief

Associated Press

April 7, 2020

Chicago immigrants who do not have legal status in the U.S. are eligible for all relief programs run by the city amid the coronavirus outbreak, Mayor Lori Lightfoot ordered Tuesday. Lightfoot said that includes programs for housing assistance and low-interest small business loans administered by the...

Undocumented families struggle to receive financial relief during COVID-19 pandemic

Undocumented families struggle to receive financial relief during COVID-19 pandemic

Citlali Pérez, Staff Writer

April 7, 2020

Chicago nonprofits are raising funds to help undocumented families and individuals financially struggling because of the coronavirus.  President Donald Trump signed a stimulus package on March 27 that will provide financial relief to individuals and businesses financially struggling from the COVID-19...

Latino-owned restaurant provides food to first-responders: ‘We’re all in this together’

Latino-owned restaurant provides food to first-responders: ‘We’re all in this together’

Hillary Flores, La DePaulia Editor-in-Chief

April 2, 2020

As the virus continues to spread, with 5,994 reported cases of COVID-19, one Latino-owned Chicago restaurant came together to deliver individual food packages to first- responders. Frank Maza and Joy Chavez, owners of DSTRKT Bar & Grill, said they planned this with their team last Wednesday, di...

Illinois inmate dies from COVID-19; dozens more sickened

Illinois inmate dies from COVID-19; dozens more sickened

Associated Press

March 31, 2020

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois officials on Monday reported the death of a state prison inmate from COVID-19 and acknowledged the difficulty they face in stopping the spread of the virus in a crowded correctional system. Dr. Ngoze Ezike, the state's public health director, said a man at Stateville...

Illinois infant with COVID-19 dies, cause of death unknown

Illinois infant with COVID-19 dies, cause of death unknown

Associated Press

March 29, 2020

An Illinois infant with COVID-19 has died, Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Saturday. The cause of death is unknown and an investigation is underway. A state employee also was among 13 new deaths reported Saturday, as Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike urged people to do all they...

Coronavirus could close Illinois community health centers

Coronavirus could close Illinois community health centers

Associated Press

March 29, 2020

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Hundreds of health care facilities in Illinois that largely serve low-income and minority communities are facing financial chaos because they've canceled most routine doctor visits in an attempt to stymie the coronavirus pandemic, according to an industry organization's report. The in...

Lack of social distancing leads to closure of parks, trails

Lack of social distancing leads to closure of parks, trails

Associated Press

March 27, 2020

OAK PARK, Ill. (AP) — It was a sunny day, the first in about a week when temperatures had climbed past the 50-degree mark, and people in Chicago did what they always do on such a day: They flocked to the shores of Lake Michigan. Mayor Lori Lightfoot did not consider that the kind of postcard perfect...

Surgeon general: Chicago among ‘hot spot’ cities for coronavirus

Surgeon general: Chicago among ‘hot spot’ cities for coronavirus

Associated Press

March 27, 2020

Chicago is among several large American cities identified as hot spots for COVID-19 infections and will see the number of local coronavirus cases rise, the U.S. surgeon general said Friday. Surgeon General Jerome Adams said on “CBS This Morning" that he is hopeful New York, which has reported a...

Ill. coronavirus cases top 200, include 42 tied to nursing home

Ill. coronavirus cases top 200, include 42 tied to nursing home

Associated Press

March 19, 2020

An additional 128 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in Illinois, including 20 more individuals living or working at a nursing home in a southwestern suburb of Chicago, state officials announced Wednesday. The additional results bring the state's total to 288 cases in 17 counties, according...

Pritzker endorses Biden on eve of Illinois primary

Pritzker endorses Biden on eve of Illinois primary

Associated Press

March 16, 2020

Gov. J.B. Pritzker endorsed Joe Biden for president on the eve of Illinois' primary, saying Monday that the Democratic former vice president “is the right candidate to beat Donald Trump and lead us into a new era.” Biden and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders are facing off on Tuesday in Illinois and...

Bernie Sanders rally packs Grant Park

Bernie Sanders rally packs Grant Park

Hannah Mitchell, Multimedia Editor

March 8, 2020

Sen. Bernie Sanders came to Chicago on March 7 to gain supporters before the March 17 Illinois primary. Sanders told his supporters at the Grant Park campaign rally that he is the candidate to beat the presidential incumbent, Republican Donald Trump. He called Trump a “pathological liar,” criticized his handling o...

Immigrant children being detained across Chicago

Immigrant children being detained across Chicago

Cailey Gleeson, Fatima Zaidi, Xavier Ortega, Jovana Vajagic, and Olivia Wageman

March 8, 2020

A controversial new Trump administration policy has sharply reduced the number of immigrant children detained in five Chicago shelters run by Heartland Alliance, a non-profit that has been under fire from activists for its role in harboring children detained without parents or legal guardians.   The ...

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