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All bars, restaurants closed to dine-in customers in Illinois amid coronavirus

The Coronavirus COVID-19 illustrated, rotating. | By Maximilian Schönherr

Matthew Rago, Editor-in-Chief
March 15, 2020
Filed under News

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced Sunday that all restaurants and bars will be closed to dine-in consumers starting Tuesday morning. The measure will run through the end of March. "As your governor, I can't allow the gravity of these decisions from taking the measures that experts say will keep...

Christian Wood tests positive for coronavirus, Rudy Gobert issues apology

PHILADELPHIA (Nov. 11, 2015)  Sailors from Navy Recruiting District Philadelphia greet players at halftime during a Veteran's Day game between the Philadelphia 76ers and the Toronto Raptors at Wells Fargo Center.  (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Felicito Rustique/Released)

Matthew Rago, Editor-in-Chief
March 12, 2020
Filed under Sports

Update 9:06 p.m.: Christian Wood of the Detroit Pistons tested positive for coronavirus COVID-19, according to reports. Wood is currently in good health and exhibiting no symptoms. The former first-round draft pick out of the University of Nevada-Las Vegas becomes the first non-Jazz player to contra...

NEIU extends Spring Break amid coronavirus pandemic

NEIU extends Spring Break amid coronavirus pandemic

Matthew Rago, Editor-in-Chief
March 12, 2020
Filed under News

The Office of the President emailed students Thursday announcing Northeastern Illinois University's decision to extend Spring Break through March 29. Dr. Gloria Gibson's targeted announcement also informed students that all events and travel plans are canceled until further notice. While there are...

Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson test positive for coronavirus

Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson test positive for coronavirus

Rachel Willard, Arts & Life Editor
March 11, 2020
Filed under Arts & Life

Tom Hanks announced Wednesday that he and wife Rita Wilson tested positive for coronavirus COVID-19. Hanks announced the diagnosis via Instagram, stating that he and his wife began exhibiting symptoms including chills, body aches and slight fevers while visiting Australia. The couple decided it was...

Northeastern Illinois University cancels spring break trips amid coronavirus scare

Northeastern Illinois University cancels spring break trips amid coronavirus scare

Matthew Rago, Editor-in-Chief
March 10, 2020
Filed under News

Update 12:19 p.m: Northeastern Illinois University announced the cancelation of all Alternative Spring Break plans in an effort to protect participants from exposure to coronavirus COVID-19. After four additional confirmed cases of the coronavirus throughout Illinois, Gov  J.B Pritzker declared a...

Second confirmed U.S. coronavirus case in Chicago

Earnest Beeson, Writer
January 28, 2020
Filed under News

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has confirmed the second case of the coronavirus in the United States. The patient, a woman in her 60s, returned to Chicago from Wuhan, China, on Jan. 13. According to Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), the woman traveled to China to tend to her ill father.  According ...

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
Filed under News

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 the novel virus, raising the state's death count to 481. Milwaukee County experienced the majority...

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
Filed under News

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, PathGroup, which describes itself as one of the largest "private providers of anatomic patho...

How telemedicine makes health care accessible for transgender communities in rural America

How telemedicine makes health care accessible for transgender communities in rural America

Austin Dykstra, Writer
May 18, 2020
Filed under Uncategorized

The town of Zeeland, Mich., sits on the Eastern shores of Lake Michigan. With a population of approximately 5,300, Zeeland doesn’t generate much national attention. In fact, according to the town’s Wikipedia page, Zeeland's  most notable occurrences are Zeeland High School alum Jim Kaat developing...

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
Filed under News

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 period. Between April 27 and May 4, the latter date marking the start of phase one, Florida state offic...

Wisconsin’s COVID-19 cases jump 65%, Milwaukee’s 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
Filed under News

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 more than 200 relative to Sunday's report of 356. Though Wisconsin recorded its fewest amount of ...

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
Filed under Opinions

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 the fourth county to include the question of secession, joining Effingham, Lafayette and Jefferson counties.  As the fissure b...

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