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Phillip Noffz and Matthew Scanlan sparring at boxing club| Photo by Rachel Willard
NEIU student, boxing instructor dead in suspected homicide
Matthew Rago, Editor-in-Chief • July 9, 2020

Police discovered a Northeastern Illinois University student unresponsive in an Albany Park residence early Tuesday morning. According to police, the victim suffered from...

Examining Chicago
Examining Chicago's history of police brutality: the LaQuan McDonald cover-up
Matthew Rago, Editor-in-Chief • June 3, 2020

As Chicago and its neighboring suburbs devolve into chaos amid unrest surrounding the death of George Floyd, the initial cause behind international demonstrations is beginning...

Wisconsin reports single-day record in new COVID-19 cases, 8% positivity rate
Wisconsin reports single-day record in new COVID-19 cases, 8% positivity rate
Matthew Rago, Editor-in-Chief • May 20, 2020

Wisconsin state officials announced Wednesday 528 new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus COVID-19, setting a second state record within seven days. Wisconsin also reported...

Pritzker family owns stake in company providing COVID-19 tests
Pritzker family owns stake in company providing COVID-19 tests
Matthew Rago, Editor-in-Chief • May 18, 2020

A private capital group owned by the Pritzker family possesses a stake in a company providing COVID-19 testing, according to the Pritzker Group Private Capital website. According...

Florida experiences 4.7% uptick in COVID-19 cases, 14% increase in deaths since entering phase one of reopening plan
Florida experiences 4.7% uptick in COVID-19 cases, 14% increase in deaths since entering phase one of reopening plan
Matthew Rago, Editor-in-Chief • May 17, 2020

Since Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that Florida would tentatively enter "phase one" of the state's reopening process, Florida state officials reported a slight uptick in COVID-19...

Wisconsin
Wisconsin's COVID-19 cases jump 65%, Milwaukee's positivity rate increases by 100%
Matthew Rago, Editor-in-Chief • May 17, 2020

Update 5/18 3:29 p.m.: Wisconsin state officials reported Monday the state's lowest single-day case total, announcing just 144 new cases of the novel coronavirus COVID-19....

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"It's coming down"; Pritzker announces every region is meeting standard to move to stage three of Restore Illinois
Matthew Rago, Editor-in-Chief • May 15, 2020

Based on rolling 14-day reporting, each of Illinois' four regions currently satisfies the positivity rate threshold required to advance to stage three of Restore Illinois,...

Brommel-Hanson-McGee scholarship deadline extended
Brommel-Hanson-McGee scholarship deadline extended
Matthew Rago, Editor-in-Chief • May 13, 2020

Northeastern Illinois University’s Communications, Media and Theater (CMT) department announced Wednesday that the deadline to apply for the Brommel-Hanson-McGee Award has...

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"It's not a hoax"; Illinois officials warn of second wave as state reports record death toll
Matthew Rago, Editor-in-Chief • May 13, 2020

Over the past 24 hours, Illinois state health officials reported 192 deaths and 1, 677 new cases of the novel coronavirus COVID-19. In total, the state of Illinois confirmed...

Northeastern Illinois University students receive monetary aid through CARES Act
Northeastern Illinois University students receive monetary aid through CARES Act
Leslie Hurtado, News Editor • May 13, 2020

Through the end of May, Northeastern Illinois University students who enrolled for the 2020 spring semester by Jan. 17, 2020, are eligible to receive funding available through...

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Four Illinois counties to vote on secession from Chicago. What if they succeed?
Four Illinois counties to vote on secession from Chicago. What if they succeed?
Matthew Rago, Editor-in-Chief • May 16, 2020

Shelby County, Ill., voted Thursday to include a question on the November ballot examining whether the Land of Lincoln should eject Chicago from Illinois. Shelby County becomes...

Trump vs. Biden: How did we get here, America?
Trump vs. Biden: How did we get here, America?
Matthew Rago, Editor-in-Chief • May 4, 2020

In a harrowing rehash of the 2016 general election, Americans are once again presented with a false choice, forced to select between two uninspiring leaders with a history...

Joe Biden | Democratic presidential candidate
Chronicling Joe Biden’s vendetta against recreational drug use
Rachel Willard, Arts & Life Editor • April 17, 2020

Joe Biden’s stance on cannabis and recreational drug use is not only prehistoric but also needlessly hinders the United States’ ability to resolve substance abuse-related...

Northeastern Illinois University
Instructors are grading students on their ability to teach themselves. Just end the semester.
Matthew Rago, Editor-in-Chief • April 8, 2020

Northeastern Illinois University’s decision to move forward with the remainder of its spring semester is a clear acknowledgment that the grade matters more than the instruction...

Kevin Parker of Tame Impala
Tame Impala releases reimagined version of ‘The Slow Rush’ amid global pandemic
Rachel Willard, Arts & Life Editor • April 6, 2020

Tame Impala, the Australian-based psychedelic rock project founded by Kevin Parker, recently took to youtube to release The Slow Rush In An Imaginary Place, a reimagined version...

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