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Illinois inmate dies from COVID-19; dozens more sickened

Dr. Ngozi Ezike, director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, speaks at the Thompson Center in Chicago during the daily update on the state's response to the coronavirus pandemic, Monday, March 30, 2020.

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

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

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

Medical personnel help each other at a federal COVID-19 drive-thru testing site in the parking lot of Walmart in North Lake, Ill., Wednesday, March 25, 2020. The new coronavirus cause mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death.

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

Residents enjoy the warm weather with a stroll along the Lakefront Trail near Oak Street Beach, Wednesday afternoon, March 25, 2020, in Chicago, despite a stay-at-home order from Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker during the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death.

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

 In this March 22, 2020, file photo U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams attends a coronavirus task force briefing at the White House, in Washington. 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, March 27, 2020, on

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

Medical personnel at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, conduct drive-thru COVID-19 testing in Park Ridge, Ill., Wednesday, March 18, 2020.

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

Supporters of VP Joe Biden attend a campaign event in Des Moines.

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

Congressman Chuy Garcia endorses presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders in front of a large crowd in Grant Park on Saturday, March 7. 
Below: A supporter waits for Sanders to take the stage (left) and a young attendee gets a better view atop his father’s shoulders (right).

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

A child detention center located in Rogers Park on the city’s Far North Side, one of five such properties managed by Heartland Alliance.

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 ...

DePaul alum makes run for contested state rep. seat

DePaul alumnus Jimmy Garfield is running to represent Chicago’s 12th district, which includes Uptown, Lakeview, the Gold Coast, Buena Park and Lincoln Park – including Boystown, Chicago’s LGBTQ neighborhood.

Patsy Newitt, Assistant News Editor

March 8, 2020

When he’s not waking up at 6 a.m. to canvas at bus stops for the 12th district state representative seat, DePaul alumnus Jimmy Garfield can be found playing six-hour, occasionally multiple-weekend-long board games with his friends (when he can muster up free time). “Free time? What is free time?” Gar...

Blago’s lawyer reflects on commutation

Len Goodman, adjunct law professor and attorney for former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

Brita Hunegs, Staff Writer

March 8, 2020

When former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich came back home to Chicago after eight years in prison, DePaul College of Law adjunct Len Goodman, joined the family at their Ravenswood home, which 12 years prior was the very place FBI agents raided and arrested then-Governor Blagojevich, for the congressm...

Lori Lightfoot addresses CTA crime as cases rise

Chicago police at the Jackson Red Line CTA stop.

Madi Garcia, Contributing Writer

March 8, 2020

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot unveiled a plan to fight crime on the CTA on Friday, Feb. 28. The announcement comes after several high-profile crimes over the last month. The new initiative will add an additional 50 police officers to patrol CTA platforms, stations, trains and bus stops, bringing the tot...

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