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Trump administration prohibits DACA recipients from coronavirus relief aid

Trump administration prohibits DACA recipients from coronavirus relief aid

Matthew Rago, Editor-in-Chief
April 21, 2020
Filed under News

U.S. Education Department officials barred undocumented students from accessing emergency federal aid distributed for critical expenses such as food, housing and child care. In March, Congress authorized a $2 trillion coronavirus economic rescue package, which included a pledge of $6 billion to U.S....

NEIU Student Pantry offers food donations amid coronavirus pandemic

NEIU Student Pantry offers food donations amid coronavirus pandemic

Amina Murati, Writer
April 18, 2020
Filed under News

Food shortages in grocery stores across Chicago are leaving members of the NEIU community without provisions. Northeastern Illinois University aims to assist students in need during the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic through the university’s grab and go food pantry, where students can pick up...

Von Miller, Denver Broncos issue statements on coronavirus diagnosis

Von Miller, Denver Broncos issue statements on coronavirus diagnosis

Matthew Rago, Editor-in-Chief
April 16, 2020
Filed under Sports

Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller announced Thursday that he tested positive for the novel coronavirus COVID-19, making him the second NFL player to test positive for the virus. Rams center Brian Allen became confirmed Wednesday that he also contracted the virus. Miller revealed his diagnosis to...

Northeastern Illinois University announces first case of coronavirus

Northeastern Illinois University announces first case of coronavirus

Matthew Rago, Editor-in-Chief
April 7, 2020
Filed under News

Northeastern Illinois University announced its first confirmed case of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 virus in an email distributed to students and faculty Monday afternoon. According to NEIU officials, it is the lone confirmed case at NEIU. The email read, "Northeastern Illinois University has j...

Fountains of Wayne singer, best known for ‘Stacy’s Mom,’ dies from coronavirus COVID-19

Fountains of Wayne singer, best known for 'Stacy's Mom,' dies from coronavirus COVID-19

Matthew Rago, Editor-in-Chief
April 2, 2020
Filed under Arts & Life

Fountains of Wayne bassist and backup vocalist Adam Schlesinger died from complications stemming from coronavirus COVID-19, his family confirmed Thursday. Schlesinger was 52 years old. On Tuesday, Fountains of Wayne vocalist and co-founder Chris Collingwood shared a statement from Schlesinger's family...

Lane: How coronavirus COVID-19 affects oil demand, prices

Lane: How coronavirus COVID-19 affects oil demand, prices

Daniel J. Lane, Writer
March 30, 2020
Filed under Opinions

As oil prices plummet to levels unseen since the late 20th century, commuting students at Northeastern Illinois University rejoice. But like other campuses across the globe, NEIU remains shuttered “for the duration” of the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic as the virus continues its deadly course. Ev...

$2 trillion coronavirus package passed, omits some immigrants

$2 trillion coronavirus package passed, omits some immigrants

Leslie Hurtado, News Editor
March 30, 2020
Filed under News

Since the Senate passed the $2 trillion relief bill on Wednesday, immigrants and U.S.-born children with undocumented parents are struggling to survive the economic downfall from COVID-19 without financial relief and medical benefits. The largest stimulus package in history only applies to low-inco...

NEIU opens emergency fund for students amid coronavirus concerns

NEIU opens emergency fund for students amid coronavirus concerns

Monty Blair, News Editor
March 29, 2020
Filed under News

Due to the unprecedented campus closure as a result of the coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic, NEIU activated its Student Emergency Fund (SEF) for those affected by lost wages and the added costs of remote learning.  NEIU established its SEF in 2018 to financially aid students incapable of meeting NEIU ...

Comparing America’s coronavirus response to Spanish Flu, Black Death and smallpox

Comparing America's coronavirus response to Spanish Flu, Black Death and smallpox

Matthew Rago, Editor-in-Chief
March 27, 2020
Filed under News, Uncategorized

Competing narratives surrounding the severity of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic have led to ideological warfare. However, while pandemics are nothing new, the manner in which American leadership underestimates the potential costs of COVID-19 are jarringly familiar. As Americans transition into an indefinite ...

BREAKING: Rammstein lead singer spent night in ICU, tests negative for coronavirus

BREAKING: Rammstein lead singer spent night in ICU, tests negative for coronavirus

Matthew Rago, Editor-in-Chief
March 27, 2020
Filed under Arts & Life

German newspaper Bild reports that Rammstein lead singer Till Lindemann is in intensive care after undergoing testing for coronavirus COVID-19. Lindemann is being treated at a hospital in Berlin. Till performed with his eponymous side project Lindemann in Moscow on March 15. Upon returning to his h...

Illinois state officials confirm 673 new coronavirus cases, bringing total to 2,538

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Matthew Rago, Editor-in-Chief
March 26, 2020
Filed under News

Over the last 24 hours, 673 new cases of coronavirus COVID-19 have been confirmed in Illinois, raising the total to 2,583 confirmed cases with 26 deaths, according to state health officials. State officials also confirmed seven additional deaths from the previously reported 19, an increase of 27%...

A breakdown of the $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package

A breakdown of the $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package

Matthew Rago, Editor-in-Chief
March 25, 2020
Filed under News, Uncategorized

Americans in need of financial reprieve anxiously await an agreement as Congress finalizes the long-anticipated, multi-trillion dollar coronavirus stimulus package. Airlines impacted by travel restrictions and businesses on Main Street are also set to benefit from the $2 trillion package. The NEIU Independent...

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