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Pritzker says Illinois won’t hit COVID-19 peak until mid-May

A woman carries a shopping bag as she walks on the sidewalk in downtown Chicago, Tuesday, April 21, 2020. Several major spring and summer events in Chicago have been canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Associated Press

April 22, 2020

Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Tuesday said the state wouldn't hit its highest level of COVID-19 cases until mid-May, weeks after originally projected, throwing into question whether the Democrat will extend his stay-at-home order past April 30. Pritzker wouldn't discuss the data he's using in adjusting the...

Chicago works to reach more black residents amid pandemic

A lone woman boards a Chicago Transit Authority bus in the Bronzeville neighborhood of Chicago, Monday, April 20, 2020, as a public service billboard reminds people of the continuing fight against COVID-19.

Associated Press

April 21, 2020

The number of black Chicago residents becoming infected with the coronavirus and those dying of the disease remains disproportionately high, city officials said Monday. Black residents made up about 46% of the 12,571 confirmed tests for the coronavirus and about 60% of the 500 deaths in the city linked...

Medical students in Illinois graduate early amid pandemic

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Associated Press

April 19, 2020

The University of Illinois has allowed medical students to graduate early as the pressing need for healthcare workers has increased amid the coronavirus outbreak. Graduates could start their residency programs early, the Chicago Tribune reported. “When we saw the way the pandemic was affecting the nation, we asked how we could provide physicians to the workforce as quickly as possible,” said Dr. Mark Rosenblat...

COVID-19 cancels blood drives across nation, raises concerns over shortages

A woman donates blood as a part of the blood drive at the Harrison Red Line stop, as a part of The CTA’s partnership with Vitalent to transform the Red Line into the ‘Blood Line’ in 2019.

Cailey Gleeson, Nation & World Editor

April 19, 2020

As coronavirus continues to spread throughout the United States, another potential health crisis looms – blood shortages. American Red Cross reported an “unprecedented” number of cancellations as nearly 2,700 blood drives were cancelled around the nation as a result of the pandemic, per a Ma...

Volunteers deliver meals to hospitals during coronavirus crisis

A woman walks on the sidewalk in front of NorthShore Skokie Hospital sign in Skokie, Ill., Friday, March 27, 2020. Gov. J.B. Pritzker issued a stay-at-home order for the entire state, which went into effect on March 21, 2020 and lasts through at least April 7.

Associated Press

April 18, 2020

A group of chefs, restaurant owners, consultants, doctors, law students and others has come up with a way to put restaurant workers who were thrown out of work by the coronavirus crisis back in the kitchen and give health care workers treating people sickened by the virus something to eat besides hospital...

Illinois could face $7B deficit over 2 years after COVID-19

A woman waits at a Chicago Transit Authority bus shelter during the coronavirus pandemic on the city's West Side Wednesday, April 15, 2020.

Associated Press

April 15, 2020

Illinois could face a $7 billion state budget deficit during the next two years as the coronavirus takes a toll on the economy, Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Wednesday. The economy has suffered as residents are under a stay-at-home order that has forced the closure of nonessential businesses and led to...

‘She’s doing what is humane’: Undocumented college students express relief over Lori Lightfoot’s order ensuring benefits to undocumented

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot signs an executive order to ensure coronavirus-related benefits offered by the city of Chicago are available to immigrants and refugees, Tuesday morning, April 7, 2020.

Hillary Flores, La DePaulia Editor-in-Chief

April 14, 2020

Undocumented immigrants are not eligible for the federal government’s $2 trillion stimulus package, leading those that identify as undocumented during this pandemic crisis toward desperation.  But last Tuesday, Mayor Lori Lightfoot signed an executive order ensuring benefits to all Chicago residents, ...

Judge orders Chicago jail to do more to halt spread of coronavirus

In this April 7, 2020 file photo, amid fears of the coronavirus pandemic, dozens of protesters drive around Cook County Jail and the Leighton Criminal Courthouse in Chicago, honking their horns and chanting to demand the

Associated Press

April 9, 2020

A federal judge in Chicago Thursday ordered one of the nation’s largest jails to take prompt action to stem the potentially catastrophic spread of the coronavirus, including by ensuring that its more than 4,000 detainees have access to adequate soap and sanitizer. U.S. District Judge Matthew Kennelly...

COVID-19 pandemic causes rent crisis in Chicago

Apartments on the North Side.

Kinise Jordan, Contributing Writer

April 9, 2020

As Jazmine kissed her daughters goodbye before leaving out for work, she felt terrified at the thought of coming back home to them after her shift was over.  Much like many other essential workers in Chicago, Jazmine — an Englewood resident who did not want to use her full name for fear of retaliation...

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

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot signs an executive order to ensure coronavirus-related benefits offered by the city of Chicago are available to immigrants and refugees, Tuesday morning, April 7, 2020.

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’

DSTRKT Bar & Grill worker prepares pizzas to give-out to first-responders.

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...

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