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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
Filed under News

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...

Chicago White Sox roster: the good and the bad

Chicago White Sox roster: the good and the bad

Matthew Rago, Editor-in-Chief
May 6, 2020
Filed under Sports

Despite all five Chicago teams failing to qualify for postseason play for the first time since 2004, Chicago remains a proud fan base. While some hometown teams offer cause for hope, others appear destined to labor through an extended rebuild or quick retool. The Independent breaks down the forecast...

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
Filed under News

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
Filed under News

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...

INTERVIEW: Blake Allison discusses Egypt Central reunion, three latest singles

INTERVIEW: Blake Allison discusses Egypt Central reunion, three latest singles

Matthew Rago, Editor-in-Chief
May 4, 2020
Filed under Arts & Life

As any wise raconteur might tell a yearning audience, absence causes the heart to grow fonder. So when Egypt Central--vocalist John Falls, drummer/guitarist Blake Allison and bassist Joey “Chicago” Walser--graced the hard rock community with the band’s first new music in just under six years, the...

‘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
Filed under News

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...

Trump vs. Biden: How did we get here, America?

Trump vs. Biden: How did we get here, America?

Matthew Rago, Editor-in-Chief
May 4, 2020
Filed under Opinions

In a harrowing rehash of the 2016 general election, Americans are once again presented with a false choice, forced to select between two uninspiring leaders with a history of alleged sexual misconduct. When Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders' decided to suspend his presidential campaign, the politically-educated...

How Missouri plans to resume concerts starting Monday, despite an increase in COVID-19 cases

Photo by Yvette de Wit

Matthew Rago, Editor-in-Chief
May 3, 2020
Filed under Arts & Life, Uncategorized

The state of Missouri plans to welcome back concerts so long as event organizers adhere to social distancing mandates, according to Gov. Mike Parsons. On April 27, Parsons unveiled the state's Show Me Strong recovery plans, which aims to gradually reopen Missouri while remaining consistent with social...

May Day strikes: Amazon, Instacart, Whole Foods employees demand fair labor practice amid COVID-19

May Day strikes: Amazon, Instacart, Whole Foods employees demand fair labor practice amid COVID-19

Leslie Hurtado, News Editor
May 2, 2020
Filed under Uncategorized

May Day is a day to celebrate the first day of spring and celebrate workers worldwide. Yesterday, however, the commemoration of Chicago’s Haymarket affair conceded to a tug-of-war over corporate handling of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. On Friday, essential workers from Amazon, Whole Foods, Instacart...

NEIU transitions to remote instruction, pass/no pass grading for all three summer semesters

NEIU transitions to remote instruction, pass/no pass grading for all three summer semesters

Matthew Rago, Editor-in-Chief
May 1, 2020
Filed under News

Northeastern Illinois University announced Thursday that all three summer semesters--first-half summer (May 15-June 15), second-half summer (June 26-Aug.6) and full summer (May 15-Aug. 8)--will be delivered remotely amid concerns surrounding the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.  Earlier this mon...

Chicago Fire Department commander’s home site of viral Chicago house party

Chicago Fire Department commander's home site of viral Chicago house party

Matthew Rago, Editor-in-Chief
April 30, 2020
Filed under News

The townhouse that hosted a heavily-attended party in Chicago's Galewood neighborhood belongs to a Chicago Fire Department commander, according to Alderman Gilbert Villegas Last weekend, a video showing dozens of partygoers packed inside a small basement went viral on social media. The house in question...

Student Leadership Development to host virtual trivia game night for NEIU community

Student Leadership Development to host virtual trivia game night for NEIU community

Leslie Hurtado, News Editor
April 30, 2020
Filed under News

After a long week of cramming for finals, Northeastern Illinois University students, faculty and staff prepare to participate in virtual diversion activities such as Student Leadership Development’s (SLD) virtual trivia event. The virtual event will take place on Zoom at 6 p.m. Thursday and will be h...

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