Created: Tue, Jul 14 2020 02:20:44 PM
Here are the latest updates on the coronavirus pandemic in Illinois today.
Created: Tue, Jul 14 2020 01:33:04 PM
Bishop Larry D. Trotter, senior pastor of the Sweet Holy Spirit Church, has tested positive for the coronavirus, the church revealed Tuesday. According to spokesman Sean Howard, Trotter revealed the news on a Monday evening Zoom call with church leadership. “While we were deeply saddened to hear this, we were yet enouraged [sic] that our pastor was in great spirits...
Created: Tue, Jul 14 2020 12:46:05 PM
Two west suburban school districts released their respective reopening plans Monday, both offering students and their families multiple options for in-person or remote learning as the coronavirus pandemic continues.
Created: Mon, Jul 13 2020 09:12:43 PM
Whiting Mayor Joe Stahura announced Monday that Indiana’s Whihala Beach will close Wednesday due to coronavirus concerns. Stahura said the city is taking action due to the “unusually large crowds far exceeding” normal attendance this summer. This issue, along with reduced beach area due to high Lake Michigan water levels, contributed to the beach’s closing. “We’ve witnessed an alarming disregard...
Created: Tue, Jul 14 2020 11:46:09 AM
Police are searching for a driver suspected of pointing a handgun at someone on the Near North Side.
Created: Tue, Jul 14 2020 11:43:05 AM
A federal lawsuit claims a former Chicago firefighter inappropriately touched a male paramedic trainee from Malcolm X College while he ate dinner at a South Shore firehouse.
Created: Tue, Jul 14 2020 02:12:42 AM
Indian Prairie School District 204, the state’s fourth largest, announced its reopening plan in a letter to the district community Monday evening. The district, which includes the west suburban communities of Aurora, Bolingbrook, Plainfield and Naperville, begins fall classes on Aug. 20 As outlined in the letter from Superintendent Adrian Talley, the plan includes the following options: A/B/C Schedule: Based...
Created: Mon, Jul 13 2020 08:47:32 PM
Author: Trina Orlando
Wise Owl Drinkery and Cookhouse in Chicago’s West Loop was shut down over the weekend for violating the city’s reopening rules, according to a spokesman with the city’s department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection. The bar and restaurant, which is located at 324 S. Racine Ave., failed to maintain social distancing, exceeded capacity, and patrons weren’t wearing masks, city...
Created: Tue, Jul 14 2020 02:58:00 AM
Chicago Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw is not on the team’s summer camp roster as he continues to deal with concussion-related issues, but he did have a message for fans on Monday night, saying that he plans to rejoin the team next season. Shaw, who was traded back to the Blackhawks prior to the 2019-20 season, hasn’t been on the ice...
Created: Mon, Jul 13 2020 09:56:53 PM
The Chicago Sky will tip-off their 2020 season on July 26 when they take on the Las Vegas Aces in a nationally televised game. The Sky, who will play their 2020 season along with the rest of the WNBA in Bradenton, Florida, will play a total of 22 games, with 10 airing on national television. Local television information will be...
Created: Tue, Jul 14 2020 01:42:53 AM
Golf fans hoping to see some of the best players in the world compete at the BMW Championship later this summer will have to do so by watching on television, as the PGA TOUR and tournament officials announced that the event will be played without fans due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The tournament will run from Aug. 27-30 at...
Created: Tue, Jul 14 2020 01:17:11 AM
A man allegedly admitted he fatally shot his mother’s boyfriend at their La Grange apartment because the man was planning to kill him as part of a “blood sacrifice for the illuminati.” Deangelo Hughes, 25, faces a count of first-degree murder in the killing of 51-year-old Curtis Lee Clark, according to Cook County prosecutors. Authorities said Clark dated Hughes’ mother for more than...
Created: Mon, Jul 13 2020 11:34:18 PM
After consulting with faculty, staff and students, officials at Loyola University in Chicago have decided that most classes will be conducted online this fall amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. In a letter sent out Monday, the university said that they made the decision amid rising numbers of cases in multiple states, saying it’s in the best interests of everyone to...
Created: Mon, Jul 13 2020 11:41:55 PM
President Trump once again criticized Chicago and its violence on Monday, saying the city is “worse than Afghanistan” or any war zone that the U.S. is in, according to Forbes. He made the comments during a law enforcement roundtable at the White House where the president made his clear opposition to defunding police and attacked Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden...
Created: Mon, Jul 13 2020 11:14:09 PM
Author: Chris Coffey
The cost to operate community gardens in Chicago is getting more expensive. The result is more difficulty accessing water and more abandoned garden plots, according to the gardeners. Community gardeners have often relied on city hydrants on a temporary basis to provide water for their vegetables. The process required a city permit that typically cost several hundred dollars. This year...
Created: Mon, Jul 13 2020 06:09:51 PM
As other Illinois high school students return to sports across the state, Chicago Public Schools announced athletes can begin practicing with their teammates Monday. Though high school sports are allowed to move forward, there will be strict social distancing guidelines in place to maintain the health and safety of anyone choosing to participate. As concerns over the coronavirus continue, CPS...
Created: Mon, Jul 13 2020 10:49:56 PM
A suburban church will host a mobile coronavirus testing site later this week and will hand out essential items like masks and hand sanitizer as Illinois sees an increase in cases. First Baptist Church of suburban University Park will host coronavirus testing on July 15, the church announced in a press release. In addition to providing coronavirus tests from 9...
Created: Mon, Jul 13 2020 09:24:46 PM
Author: Lauren Petty
They may not fill the halls at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital, but nearly 100 Chicago Public Schools students are still filling their heads with information about a future in health care. “For me personally, I want to become a neurologist,” said Bukola Rinola, a recent graduate of South Shore International College Prep and one of the CPS...
Created: Mon, Jul 13 2020 10:22:28 PM
With Illinois seeing a steady increase in cases, the state is drawing closer to an average it hasn’t seen in nearly a month. According to data from the Illinois Department of Public Health, the state has been averaging nearly 1,000 cases per day over the last week, with 6,934 cases over the last seven days. That 1,000 cases per day...
Created: Mon, Jul 13 2020 09:34:32 PM
Author: Lisa Chavarria
The fatigue of staying home during the start of the pandemic is becoming a reality for many. “Yeah, I was ready to go,” said one passenger returning from Miami. People flying into O’Hare International Airport are trying their best to protect themselves against the Coronavirus. “Just put this on and your mask and just stay safe distancing,” said Mariano Herrera,...
Created: Mon, Jul 13 2020 06:00:02 PM
The Bank of America Chicago Marathon has been canceled for its 2020 race due to "the ongoing public health concerns brought on by the coronavirus pandemic," organizers announced Monday.
Created: Mon, Jul 13 2020 05:41:48 PM
Despite many activities cancelled over coronavirus concerns, Chicagoans can still view socially-distant films as Movies in the Park opened Monday. The Chicago Park District’s summer movie series will feature free films Monday through Friday through September 11 with outdoor screening at various city parks. Due to concerns over COVID-19 spreading, the Park District will enforce mandatory face coverings for viewers...
Created: Mon, Jul 13 2020 09:48:32 PM
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot had a message for younger city residents as officials report an increase in coronavirus cases within younger populations. “We do have concerns and we specifically have concerns in the 18- to-29-year-old cohort where we’re starting to see an uptick in cases,” Lightfoot said in an unrelated press conference Monday. She pleaded once again with young people...
Created: Mon, Jul 13 2020 08:22:23 PM
Illinois residents can track coronavirus cases in their neighborhood using ZIP code data from the state’s department of public health. The interactive map below allows residents to track cases by ZIP code and county. Additional information including race demographics, age demographics, gender and total number of people tested is also available on the IDPH website. The health department notes that...
Created: Mon, Jul 13 2020 08:15:33 PM
Chicago Ald. Carrie Austin revealed in a letter to residents of the 34th Ward that she has been diagnosed with coronavirus. Austin said she is “doing well” and is “currently progressing toward full recovery.” Austin’s office remains open and she wrote that her “commitment to providing the available service during these trying times has not and will not waver.” “We...
Created: Mon, Jul 13 2020 08:59:52 PM
With Illinois now more than two weeks into Phase Four, where do each of the state’s healthcare regions stand in key metrics related to the coronavirus pandemic? Here’s a look at each region and its current performance on positivity rates and availability of hospital beds, ICU beds and ventilators, provided by the Illinois Department of Public Health. Swipe through the...
Created: Mon, Jul 13 2020 08:09:37 PM
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is taking a rather unconventional approach to encourage residents to fill out the 2020 Census — employing a mascot dubbed the “census cowboy.” At a news conference Monday afternoon where she pleaded with residents to step up and let their voices be heard, the mayor acknowledged Chicago has a 55% census response rate — compared to...
Created: Mon, Jul 13 2020 02:07:25 PM
Here are the latest updates on the coronavirus pandemic in Illinois today.
Created: Mon, Jul 13 2020 07:37:25 PM
Lake County public school districts in Northwest Indiana announced Monday students will return to in-person learning this fall amid coronavirus concerns. After Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb approved the reopening of all Indiana schools this fall, 16 Lake County school districts and the Northwest Indiana Special Education Cooperation provided guidelines regarding the most effective way for students to return to school....
Created: Mon, Jul 13 2020 07:39:06 PM
The state of Illinois reported 883 new cases of coronavirus on Monday, along with six additional deaths, and reached a significant milestone, as health officials say the state has now conducted more than two million coronavirus tests since the pandemic began. Over the last 24 hours, state labs have taken in 30,012 specimens, putting the state’s total number of tests...
Created: Mon, Jul 13 2020 07:33:23 PM
Author: James Neveau
The Chicago Blackhawks were back on the ice Monday for their first summer camp practice ahead of their return to play later this summer, but they were without goaltender Corey Crawford for the workout. Crawford, who did not participate in the team’s voluntary “Phase Two” workouts earlier this month, was once again out of action on Monday. Per NHL rules,...
Created: Mon, Jul 13 2020 07:17:13 PM
Police in north suburban Evanston said Monday detectives are looking for whoever vandalized a Black Lives Matter mural in early July. At approximately 11:30 p.m. on July 3, a mural painted on the street on Dodge Avenue near Evanston Township High School was defaced with paint, police said in a tweet. Anyone with information is asked to call the Evanston...
Created: Mon, Jul 13 2020 07:12:59 PM
More Indiana cities have decided to impose mask mandates as health officials reported Monday the state’s most hospitalizations of people with coronavirus-related illnesses in nearly a month. West Lafayette’s mayor announced Monday an immediate requirement that face coverings be worn inside all places of business open to the public, all city facilities, public transportation and high-density workplaces. The order from Republican Mayor John Dennis...
Created: Mon, Jul 13 2020 06:47:18 PM
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Monday that she would not hesitate to reinstate restrictions to slow the spread of the deadly coronavirus, including shutting down indoor dining and bars once again, as the city sees an uptick in cases, particularly among younger age groups.
Created: Mon, Jul 13 2020 05:29:47 PM
Chicago Police Supt. David Brown on Monday shared his view on what it will take to slow the city's gun violence after another deadly weekend saw more than 60 people shot, including several teenagers.
Created: Mon, Jul 13 2020 05:08:58 PM
A pop-up restaurant from the group behind Chicago’s most awarded restaurant became the latest to temporarily close its doors after a staffer tested positive for coronavirus. Acclaimed chef Grant Achatz announced Saturday that the Alinea in Residence rooftop pop-up was closed Friday after an employee tested positive for coronavirus. “The employee had not worked in days due to scheduling and...
Created: Mon, Jul 13 2020 04:37:11 PM
In record-breaking numbers, more than 900,000 voters across Chicago have already completed Vote By Mail applications to receive voting cards this week. As mailings begin Thursday, voters will receive voting cards through July 28. Another 500,000 individuals will receive voter cards and information on how to apply, according to the Chicago Board of Elections. A third group of 120,000 voters...
Created: Mon, Jul 13 2020 04:15:28 PM
Health officials in Indiana have confirmed 452 new cases of coronavirus over the last 24 hours, with two additional deaths attributed to the virus on Monday. In total, 52,037 Indiana residents have contracted the virus since the pandemic began, according to data from the Indiana State Department of Health. A total of 2,569 deaths have been reported during the pandemic,...
Created: Mon, Jul 13 2020 04:02:15 PM
Chicago Cubs Manager David Ross and at least five other people will not attend the team’s morning workout Monday as they await their coronavirus test results, the team announced. The group completed their tests on Saturday along with several others, the team said, but while many results were reported “these six individuals anticipate further clarity later [Monday].” “We’ve decided to...
Created: Mon, Jul 13 2020 03:05:40 PM
Author: James Neveau
The Chicago Blackhawks will begin their summer training camp on Monday as they prepare for a play-in series with the Edmonton Oilers, and the club announced their 35-man roster as those preparations begin. The Blackhawks went with the maximum-allowed number of skaters, with 30 forwards and defensemen taking the ice at Fifth Third Arena, and the club also listed five...
Created: Mon, Jul 13 2020 01:54:01 PM
NOTE: The press conference will be streamed live at 9:30 a.m. in the player above Chicago Police Supt. David Brown is set to speak Monday on weekend violence that left more than 60 people shot in the city. Brown is set to speak at 9:30 a.m. at the Public Safety Headquarters. Chicago police said 13 people were killed and at...
Created: Sun, Jul 12 2020 02:04:32 PM
Note: Chicago Police Supt. David Brown is expected to address weekend violence at a news conference beginning at around 9:30 a.m., which can be viewed live in the video player above. Chicago police say 13 people were killed and at least 50 others have been wounded in shootings across the city this weekend. The most recent fatal shooting took place...
Created: Mon, Jul 13 2020 12:15:04 PM
The Cook County state's attorney's office is launching a new online process to report allegations of criminal police misconduct including excessive force and intimidation.
Created: Mon, Jul 13 2020 12:03:11 PM
Illinois revenues dropped more than $1.1 billion in the fiscal year that ended last month due to the coronavirus’ impact on the state’s economy, according to state officials.
Created: Mon, Jul 13 2020 11:51:03 AM
The southbound lanes of the Dan Ryan Expressway are blocked while authorities investigate a shooting Monday on the South Side. Three people were in a vehicle sometime between 2:30 and 3 a.m. when someone fired at them in the outbound lanes of I-90/94 near 47th Street, according to Illinois State Police. One passenger was hit and the driver took her...
Created: Mon, Jul 13 2020 08:23:31 AM
Author: Sun-Times Media
A man was killed and two teenage boys were injured in a shooting Sunday in West Englewood on the South Side. They were in a vehicle at a gas station at 11:28 p.m. in the 7000 block of South Damen Avenue when a silver SUV pulled up and someone inside started shooting, Chicago police said. The driver, a 20-year-old man,...
Created: Mon, Jul 13 2020 08:04:34 AM
Author: Sun-Times Media
A man and a teenage girl were injured in a shooting Sunday in West Garfield Park on the West Side. They were standing on the sidewalk just before midnight in the 4200 block of West Monroe Street when they heard gunshots and realized they were hit, according to Chicago police. The 15-year-old girl was shot in the left knee, calf...
Created: Mon, Jul 13 2020 05:39:19 AM
Author: Sun-Times Media
A carjacking Sunday in north suburban Skokie led to a SWAT standoff in Cragin on the Northwest Side. About 6:37 p.m., officers responded to reports of the carjacking in the parking garage at Westfield Old Orchard mall, Skokie police said. A man told police two male suspects had stolen his gray Infiniti sedan at gunpoint and sped off on the...
Created: Mon, Jul 13 2020 03:15:27 AM
Author: Christian Farr
Friends and family of a Joliet man who died hours after he was taken into police custody in January continue to push for answers surrounding his death. Protesters rallied on Sunday in Joliet as friends and family took to the streets to demand answers surrounding Eric Lurry’s death after a controversial video surfaced showing what happened to him in the...
Created: Mon, Jul 13 2020 03:15:56 AM
A nine-year-old girl drowned in a private lake at a Northwest Indiana campground Sunday evening, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources confirmed. At around 5 p.m., emergency responders were called to Lakeshore Camp Resort in Portage after a child was reported missing in the water, according to a news release. Witnesses reported the girl was swimming near the shore when...