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‘Workers and their families are hurting’; J.B. Pritzker announces $25 million infrastructure grant

'Workers and their families are hurting'; J.B. Pritzker announces $25 million infrastructure grant

Matthew Rago, Editor-in-Chief

May 12, 2020

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced Tuesday a program dedicated to providing $25 million to assist local infrastructure programs over the summer months. According to Pritzker, the funding originates from the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO). "These grants are part...

Grubhub, Uber Eats will soon have to disclose fees charged to restaurants

Grubhub, Uber Eats will soon have to disclose fees charged to restaurants

Matthew Rago, Editor-in-Chief

May 12, 2020

Beginning May 22, third-party delivery services such as Grubhub and Uber Eats will be required to disclose the fees charged to restaurants for their services. Promoting “transparency” as imperative amid the limitations of social distancing mandates, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot claimed elevated...

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker anticipates delay in COVID-19 peak, Illinois announces arrival of COVID-19 trial drug

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker anticipates delay in COVID-19 peak, Illinois announces arrival of COVID-19 trial drug

Matthew Rago, Editor-in-Chief

May 11, 2020

Illinois health officials announced Monday the arrival of 140 cases of the investigative anti-viral drug Remdesivir, a treatment used to combat the novel coronavirus COVID-19. According to Illinois Director of Public Health Dr. Ngozi Ezike, the 140 cases of Remdesivir received by Illinois were dis...

A breakdown of Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s five-step plans to reopen economy

A breakdown of Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot's five-step plans to reopen economy

Leslie Hurtado, News Editor

May 8, 2020

This week, Illinois Gov. J.B Pritzker and Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced their plans to reopen Illinois and Chicago, respectively. Both stated that the populations they represent advanced to the second phase of reopening the economy. According to Pritzker and Lightfoot, barring unforeseen setbacks, Illinois--and...

Two white men accused of killing Ahmaud Arbery won’t be charged with hate crime. Here’s why.

Two white men accused of killing Ahmaud Arbery won't be charged with hate crime. Here's why.

Matthew Rago, Editor-in-Chief

May 8, 2020

Georgia prosecutors are unable to charge the  two white men accused of fatally killing 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery with a hate crime, according to state investigators. Georgia remains one of four states in the U.S. unsubscribed to hate crimes prevention laws, according to the U.S. Department of Ju...

Northeastern Illinois University releases tapes of hearings on World War II-era Japanese internment camps

Northeastern Illinois University releases tapes of hearings on World War II-era Japanese internment camps

Amina Murati, Writer

May 7, 2020

In September of 1981, Northeastern Illinois University hosted hearings regarding the authorized internment of approximately 120,000 Japanese Americans during World War II following the attack on Pearl Harbor. Ronald Williams Library archivist Hanna Ahn later discovered transcripts and recordings of t...

Pritzker waives unemployment wait period as Illinois surpasses 3,000 COVID-19 deaths

Pritzker waives unemployment wait period as Illinois surpasses 3,000 COVID-19 deaths

Matthew Rago, Editor-in-Chief

May 7, 2020

The state of Illinois exceeded 3,000 deaths stemming from the novel coronavirus COVID-19, according to Illinois Director of Public Health Dr. Ngozi Ezike. Over the past 24 hours, Illinois health officials reported 2,581 new cases of COVID-19 and 36 deaths related to the virus, raising state totals to...

FACT CHECK: Did the CDC reduce its COVID-19 death count?

FACT CHECK: Did the CDC reduce its COVID-19 death count?

Matthew Rago, Editor-in-Chief

May 7, 2020

The Claim: Posts circulating on social media contend that the Center for Disease Control and Prevention retroactively reduced its death count, with some posts claiming the CDC "shocked everyone with newly-adjusted COVID-19 U.S. death rate -- from 60,000 to 37,000." New York Times best-selling author and noted conser...

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker to prioritize accessible healthcare in minority community, reaffirms mandate to wear masks

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker to prioritize accessible healthcare in minority community, reaffirms mandate to wear masks

Matthew Rago, Editor-in-Chief

May 6, 2020

Illinois health officials reported Wednesday 2,270 new cases of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 and 136 coronavirus-related deaths over the past 24 hours, bringing state totals to 68,232 and 2,974, respectively. Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker pledged to invest resources in assisting communities disproportionately...

Northeastern Illinois University alters enrollment policies due to COVID-19 pandemic

Northeastern Illinois University alters enrollment policies due to COVID-19 pandemic

Amina Murati, Writer

May 5, 2020

Adjusting to the standards and culture of a new school can be both challenging and rewarding. However, with the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic offering novel challenges to the transfer experience, Northeastern Illinois University’s Office of Enrollment Services will continue providing for incoming st...

Pritzker announces five-step ‘Reopen Illinois’ plan; ‘We are very conscientious that there are people who cannot pay their bills and cannot provide for their families’

Pritzker announces five-step 'Reopen Illinois' plan; 'We are very conscientious that there are people who cannot pay their bills and cannot provide for their families'

Matthew Rago, Editor-in-Chief

May 5, 2020

Illinois Gov. J.B Pritzker announced Tuesday a five-stage plan to reopen Illinois’ economy. According to Pritzker, major events will be postponed until Illinois reaches stage five. Pritzker’s "Restore Illinois" plan intends to abide by a regional model to reopen Illinois, dividing the state into...

‘If people are persistently defiant, they can be put in jail’: Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker announces 17% COVID-19 positivity rate over past 24 hours

'If people are persistently defiant, they can be put in jail': Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker announces 17% COVID-19 positivity rate over past 24 hours

Matthew Rago, Editor-in-Chief

May 4, 2020

After announcing that 17% of Illinois residents tested for the novel coronavirus COVID-19 over the past 24 hours came back positive, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker stated that local law enforcement can arrest "persistent" offenders of social distancing mandates. Standing in front of staggered American...

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