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WATCH: Compilation of Trump’s COVID-19 misinformation circulates

The U.S. faces a massively uncertain future after the election of arguably the most controversial presidential candidate in it’s history.

Matthew Rago, Editor-in-Chief

April 9, 2020

The Washington Press compiled a two minute video of President Donald Trump offering misinformation surrounding the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.   Accompanied by a caption that reads, "Here's a 2-minute compilation of Trump LYING about the coronavirus crisis to help his re-election" and ...

Northeastern Illinois University announces first case of coronavirus

Northeastern Illinois University announces first case of coronavirus

Matthew Rago, Editor-in-Chief

April 7, 2020

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...

U.K. Prime Minister in intensive care after COVID-19 symptoms worsen

U.K. Prime Minister in intensive care after COVID-19 symptoms worsen

Matthew Rago, Editor-in-Chief

April 6, 2020

According to Downing Street representatives, United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson entered intensive care  after his coronavirus COVID-19 symptoms worsened. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab is actively deputizing for Prime Minister. The 55-year-old leader of U.K.'s Conservative Party conducted...

NEIU Dean of Students discusses search for new VP of Student Affairs

NEIU Dean of Students discusses search for new VP of Student Affairs

Amina Murati, Writer

April 5, 2020

With the position of Vice President of Student Affairs open, NEIU prepares for an interim to take over until a new replacement is found. NEIU previously underwent a similar transition when the university filled the then-vacant position of Vice President of Finance and Administration with an inter...

FACT CHECK: Did the Trump administration fire the entire pandemic team? Well, sort of

FACT CHECK: Did the Trump administration fire the entire pandemic team? Well, sort of

Matthew Rago, Editor-in-Chief

April 5, 2020

Claim No. 1: The Trump Administration fired the entire pandemic response team Claim No. 2: The Trump Administration cut funding to anti-pandemic efforts Following criticism surrounding the United States’ response to the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, President Donald Trump came under fire...

Meet the candidates for NEIU’s Student Government Association elections

Meet the candidates for NEIU's Student Government Association elections

Matthew Rago, Editor-in-Chief

April 4, 2020

Letter from the editor: Due to the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, all quotes were submitted in writing and left unaltered. The NEIU Independent believes the care and effort invested by prospective delegates toward representing their own candidacy serves as a testament or indictment for or against the...

Democratic lawmakers and immigration activists push ICE, CBP to protect detainees from COVID-19 exposure

Democratic lawmakers and immigration activists push ICE, CBP to protect detainees from COVID-19 exposure

Leslie Hurtado, News Editor

April 3, 2020

Immigration activists teamed up with Democratic congressional members and made calls on Tuesday, urging the Trump administration to protect immigrants in detention centers and those at risk of deportation from the COVID-19 outbreak.  Over 38,000 immigrants are detained at Immigration and Customs E...

Impact of COVID-19 on cannabis industry: Even CDC recommends stocking up on marijuana

Impact of COVID-19 on cannabis industry: Even CDC recommends stocking up on marijuana

Rachel Willard, Arts & Life Editor

April 2, 2020

It was only just a few months ago that Illinoisans lined up by the hundreds, battling the cold weather to purchase cannabis legally for the first time in the state’s history. Four months later, Illinoisians are keeping each other at arms’ length as the world is engulfed by the greatest public health c...

NEIU Campus Recreation and Physical Education Complex closed until May 1

NEIU Campus Recreation and Physical Education Complex closed until May 1

Matthew Rago, Editor-in-Chief

April 2, 2020

The Northeastern Illinois University Campus Recreation and Physical Education Complex will remain closed through May 1, according to an email distributed by the university The announcement follows  Gov. J.B. Pritzker's decision to extend Illinois' stay at home mandate until April 30. The measure...

WATCH: Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot plays guitar, basketball to ‘save lives’

WATCH: Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot plays guitar, basketball to 'save lives'

Matthew Rago, Editor-in-Chief

March 31, 2020

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot displayed her many talents in a lighthearted public service announcement aimed at encouraging Chicagoans to "stay home and save lives." Lightfoot's caption reads: "I don’t have much time to myself these days, but I felt I needed to make sure everyone knows how I feel ab...

NEIU provides update regarding Spring 2020 Commencement

NEIU provides update regarding Spring 2020 Commencement

Rachel Willard, Arts & Life Editor

March 31, 2020

On March 20, Northeastern Illinois University notified students via email that the commencement ceremonies scheduled for May 4 were canceled due to concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.  The COVID-19 pandemic has interrupted academic establishments across the country, forcing schools to switch ...

$2 trillion coronavirus package passed, omits some immigrants

$2 trillion coronavirus package passed, omits some immigrants

Leslie Hurtado, News Editor

March 30, 2020

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...

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