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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 blunt force trauma and was pronounced...

Examining Chicagos history of police brutality: the LaQuan McDonald cover-up

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 to take a backseat to the...

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 14 deaths stemming from...

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 to the company's website,...

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 cases over a seven-day...

Wisconsins COVID-19 cases jump 65%, Milwaukees positivity rate increases by 100%

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. The decrease marks a drop of...

Its coming down; Pritzker announces every region is meeting standard to move to stage three of Restore Illinois

“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, according to Illinois Gov. J.B...

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 been extended to May 25.  The...

Its not a hoax; Illinois officials warn of second wave as state reports record death toll

“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 84,698 cases of COVID-19 and...

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 the Coronavirus Aid, Relief,...

Illinois Director of Public Health addresses potential inflation, underrepresentation of COVID-19 death toll

Illinois Director of Public Health addresses potential inflation, underrepresentation of COVID-19 death toll

Matthew Rago, Editor-in-Chief May 12, 2020

Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) director Dr. Ngozi Ezike addressed rumors that Illinois' coronavirus COVID-19 death toll is artificially inflated. "I know some people have had concerns about...

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...

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