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“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
Filed under News

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 Pritzker. Despite Illinois state officials reporting Friday an additional 2,432 confirmed cases...

“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
Filed under News

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 3,792 subsequent deaths as of May 13. According to Illinois Director of Public Health Dr. Ngozi Ezike,...

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
Filed under News

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, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.  Fund distribution is based on the number of credits taken during...

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
Filed under News

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 the number of COVID-19 deaths that have been reported," said Ezike. "Some are concerned that the...

“Players won’t be strong-armed”; Workplace safety, unfair compensation emerge as concerns among MLB players

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

MLB owners approved a plan Monday to restart the suspended MLB season by early July. However, concerns surrounding hazardous workplace conditions and unfair compensation models emerged as concerns among MLB players and personnel. On March 26, the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) agree...

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
Filed under News, Uncategorized

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
Filed under News, Uncategorized

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...

WWE: Six takeaways from Money In The Bank

WWE: Six takeaways from Money In The Bank

Matthew Rago, Editor-in-Chief
May 11, 2020
Filed under Sports, Uncategorized

With Money In The Banks officially in the books, it's time to take a look at some of the implications and of last night's performance. The NEIU Independent lists six observations from last night's show from the WWE Performance Center: Bayley needs a breakout performance Bayley's incredible main event effort against Sasha Bank...

Breaking down MLB’s 80-game season proposal

Breaking down MLB's 80-game season proposal

Matthew Rago, Editor-in-Chief
May 9, 2020
Filed under Sports

Major League Baseball is reportedly considering an abbreviated 80-game season beginning in July, according to Vinnie Duber of NBC Sports Chicago.  Under the proposal, games would be played without fans in attendance. The proposal reportedly includes MLB teams exclusively playing games within their...

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
Filed under News, Uncategorized

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
Filed under Uncategorized

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...

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
Filed under News

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...

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