Created: Wed, Apr 08 2020 06:24:35 PM
Beginning Thursday, Chicago will implement a 9 p.m. liquor sales curfew in an effort to stop people from congregating at stores and businesses that sell alcohol. “We are not messing around with this,” Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Wednesday. The curfew will remain in effect through the remainder of the statewide stay-at-home order, which lasts through April 30. “We are...
Created: Thu, Apr 09 2020 02:21:14 AM
Author: Lisa Capitanini, Katie Kim & Katy Smyser
Nearly every community in the greater Chicago area now has cases of coronavirus. Some have one or two; others have scores or even hundreds of cases. Now NBC5 Investigates has gone beyond the raw numbers to reveal the actual rates of cases, in towns and cities and counties across Illinois and Chicago’s surrounding communities. And when we ranked our findings,...
Created: Wed, Apr 08 2020 02:09:02 PM
(NOTE: Daily press conferences from Gov. J.B. Pritzker and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot will be streamed live in the player above. Check back for updates.) The coronavirus crisis continues to take its toll on the Chicago area and Illinois. With deaths of famous state natives and first responders making new headlines and warm weather bringing the biggest test of the...
Created: Thu, Apr 09 2020 01:45:13 AM
The Chicago Bulls are moving full steam ahead as they try to reshape their front office, and it appears that they may be zeroing in on a front runner for the job. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Bulls have interviewed several candidates for the to-be-determined front office role, and they are zeroing in on Denver Nuggets General Manager Arturas...
Created: Thu, Apr 09 2020 01:17:51 AM
Two people were killed and seven others were wounded in shootings across Chicago Wednesday, the majority of which occurred in just under an hour in the afternoon. A 15-year-old boy was gunned down in the latest shooting in Lawndale. About 3:35 p.m., the boy was near South Kilbourn Avenue when someone opened fire, hitting him in the abdomen and leg,...
Created: Thu, Apr 09 2020 01:16:46 AM
Illinois reported its highest single day increases in the number of reported coronavirus cases and COVID-19 deaths on Wednesday, but Dr. Ngozi Ezike, the head of the state’s Department of Public Health, says there is evidence that the state is making at least some progress in the fight to contain the virus. Speaking at the governor’s daily coronavirus press briefing,...
Created: Thu, Apr 09 2020 12:50:08 AM
Author: Carol Marin & Don Moseley
Medical personnel and staff on Wednesday amped up efforts to screen potential COVID-19 patients at Mount Sinai Hospital. T he hospital sits in one of Chicago’s neediest neighborhoods and is part of the largest safety-net health care system in the state. The effort comes after startling numbers showed 68 percent of coronavirus deaths in Chicago are African American. Two weeks ago,...
Created: Fri, Mar 20 2020 02:56:09 AM
Author: Katy Smyser
As of March 20, NBC5 Investigates has tracked a total of 435 confirmed cases of coronavirus throughout the greater Chicago area, including all of Illinois, southeast Wisconsin, northwest Indiana and southwest Michigan.
Created: Thu, Mar 26 2020 12:31:18 AM
Today’’s coronavirus reports marked two unwelcome records: The highest one-day count of new cases, across Illinois and the greater Chicago area, and the highest one-day count of deaths. NBC5 Investigates tallied reports from not just Illinois, but the rest of our Chicago viewing area, including northwest Indiana, southwest Michigan, and southeast Wisconsin, and found a total of 83 new fatalities, across...
Created: Wed, Apr 08 2020 04:07:49 PM
Another round of rain and thunderstorms is possible across the Chicago area Wednesday as temperatures begin to dip from Tuesday’s high of 80 degrees. A severe thunderstorm warning for portions of northern Illinois was allowed to expire at 5 p.m., and a severe thunderstorm watch initially in effect until 9 p.m. was canceled by the National Weather Service. Showers and...
Created: Wed, Apr 08 2020 11:42:17 PM
The Chicago Police Department is reporting that 22 additional officers have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, bringing the department’s total number of positive tests to 134 since the pandemic began. Of those 134 members of the department, 128 are sworn officers and six are civilians, the department said. Police say 20 additional officers tested positive for the virus in...
Created: Wed, Apr 08 2020 11:10:36 PM
On what is normally a quiet street in Westchester, World War II veteran John Ullinskey was given a unique present for his 96th birthday, as neighbors, residents and strangers serenaded him. “I took part in Normandy and in the Okinawa invasion on April 1, 1945, and I’m still here at good old 96,” he said. Ullinskey wasn’t expecting a party,...
Created: Wed, Apr 08 2020 07:42:20 PM
Illinois’ total number of confirmed coronavirus cases rose above 15,000 Wednesday as the number of new infections and deaths marked the state’s highest daily increase since the pandemic began earlier this year. With more than 1,500 new cases and 82 additional deaths reported in the last 24 hours, the total number of cases in the state sits at 15,078 with...
Created: Wed, Apr 08 2020 09:51:40 PM
State officials in Illinois had hoped to be processing up to 10,000 coronavirus tests per day by the end of this week, but Governor J.B. Pritzker announced Wednesday that the state will not be able to hit that benchmark after hitting several roadblocks. In the last 24 hours, the state has processed at least 6,000 coronavirus tests, far short of...
Created: Wed, Apr 08 2020 10:34:56 PM
A campaign to raise money for Illinois nonprofits blindsided by the spread of the coronavirus announced its first distribution of $5.5 million Wednesday
Created: Wed, Apr 08 2020 10:23:12 PM
A northwestern Indiana city that hosts an annual festival built around a popular Polish delicacy has canceled this summer’s festival because the coronavirus pandemic
Created: Wed, Mar 18 2020 05:54:01 PM
Statewide, Illinois has reported more 15,000 cases in over 70 counties, with 462 fatalities as of Tuesday. The state is under stay-at-home order, which took effect on March 21 and remains in place through April 30. Hospitals are now offering tents for screening and testing, all schools in the state remain closed and all restaurants and bars are limited to...
Created: Wed, Apr 08 2020 09:55:13 PM
Author: Kate Chappell
When Hayley Orlinsky heard there was a need for critical protective equipment for doctors and nurses amid the coronavirus pandemic, she turned a dream into reality by hand-looming bracelets and donating the profits to Lurie Children’s Hospital. “It was actually in the middle of the night I came up with the idea,” said 7-year-old Hayley. “I thought of something I...
Created: Wed, Apr 08 2020 10:08:56 PM
Author: Chris Coffey
There is no known cure for COVID-19 just yet, so don’t be fooled into paying for false hope. That’s the message from the American Association of Retired Persons as older Americans are increasingly being targeted by scams with a coronavirus twist. The AARP said scammers are using headlines and Americans’ higher levels of anxiety as opportunities to steal money or sensitive...
Created: Wed, Apr 08 2020 09:46:43 PM
Illinois residents can now 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...
Created: Wed, Apr 08 2020 07:17:00 PM
Drivers in Chicago are being warned by police that travel in Illinois should be limited for essential purposes only. Chicago police officers began conducting roadside safety and informational check points Tuesday in each police district to provide information to motorists about the state of Illinois’ ongoing stay-at-home order. They will continue on Wednesday and Thursday nights, according to the department,...
Created: Mon, Apr 06 2020 11:32:09 PM
Illinois residents can now track coronavirus cases in their neighborhood using data from the state’s department of public health. An interactive map below and on the Illinois’ Department of Public Health website 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...
Created: Mon, Mar 09 2020 08:03:06 PM
The number of coronavirus cases in Illinois has continued to grow this month prompting the cancellation of several events and closures of multiple Chicago-area schools to prevent its spread. Meanwhile, Gov. J.B. Pritzker has declared a disaster proclamation over the outbreak in the state, which remains under a stay-at-home order until April 7. Here’s a look at the cases confirmed...
Created: Sat, Mar 21 2020 12:14:58 AM
Author: Molly Walsh
Click here to donate to the NBC 5 Making a Difference Donation Drive benefiting the Salvation Army. Your donation helps feed people in desperate need, provides emergency financial assistance for those suddenly out of work, and offers emotional and spiritual support during these uncertain times. *********************** As Chicagoans hunker down at home to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, local...
Created: Wed, Apr 08 2020 05:32:56 PM
Chicagoans will once again gather for a sing-along while in isolation, this time paying tribute to beloved singer Bill Withers, who passed away last week. Ald. Andre Vasquez launched the idea, creating a Facebook event for the city to join together in singing Withers’ “Lean on Me” Saturday evening. ‘This Saturday at 7pm, we will be singing Lean on Me...
Created: Wed, Apr 08 2020 05:20:26 PM
The Chicago Fire Department is mourning a firefighter who died after testing positive for COVID-19 as it continues to grapple with the new reality of protecting the public during the coronavirus pandemic.
Created: Wed, Apr 08 2020 04:16:34 PM
Illinois’ stay-at-home order allows for residents to go outside for exercise, but how can you do that safely? Suburban forest preserve officials are urging people to follow social distancing rules, even on the trails. “It is essential that visitors step aside and maintain a 6-foot separation between people or family groups at all times and follow other public health guidelines while in parking lots or on...
Created: Wed, Apr 08 2020 04:12:35 PM
The disproportionate number of African-Americans dying from coronavirus has caught the attention of Chicago-area leaders who are working to address the disparity.
Created: Wed, Apr 08 2020 03:24:44 PM
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is self-isolating after a member of her protection detail contracted COVID-19, her office announced Wednesday morning.
Created: Wed, Apr 08 2020 12:40:26 AM
Chicago police officers will conduct roadside safety and informational check points in each police district to provide information to motorists about the state of Illinois’ ongoing “stay-at-home” order. According to police, the checkpoints will take place beginning Tuesday night at 10 p.m. The checkpoints will last approximately 45 minutes each night, and could take place between 10 p.m. and 2...
Created: Wed, Apr 08 2020 02:10:35 PM
Nearly 6,000 people in Indiana have now tested positive for coronavirus after the state reported 439 new cases on Wednesday. Indiana officials also say that 30 additional deaths have been reported statewide, bringing the state’s total to 203 since the first case of the virus was reported on March 6. Nearly every county in Indiana has reported at least one...
Created: Wed, Apr 08 2020 02:09:06 PM
Author: Lisa Parker
There are key words to watch for when it comes to the payment checks Americans hope to soon receive as part of the coronavirus relief efforts.
Created: Wed, Apr 08 2020 02:32:36 AM
Author: Patrick Fazio
As hospitals get busier with more coronavirus patients, a Chicago doctor is sharing his story to warn people who aren't taking the pandemic seriously.
Created: Wed, Apr 08 2020 11:57:11 AM
Author: Sophia Tareen
The Green and Libertarian parties in Illinois have filed a federal lawsuit claiming the governor's stay-at-home order has impeded the petition process necessary to get on the November ballot.
Created: Wed, Apr 08 2020 11:54:04 AM
A 15th employee at the Cook County Circuit Court clerk’s office has tested positive for COVID-19.
Created: Wed, Apr 08 2020 11:40:21 AM
Several dozen members of the Chicago Fire Department have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases in the department to 46.
Created: Wed, Apr 08 2020 04:09:16 AM
After a long fight against coronavirus, a local man has finally turned the proverbial corner and is sharing the story of his struggle with the deadly disease. John Alfonzo, who has been coping with coronavirus symptoms for more than two weeks, says he has a “lot more energy” on Tuesday than he has in previous days. “I told myself ‘you...
Created: Tue, Apr 07 2020 02:09:24 PM
(NOTE: Daily press conferences from Gov. J.B. Pritzker and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot will be streamed live in the player above. Check back for updates.) Across Illinois, coronavirus cases continue to spread despite weeks of a statewide stay-at-home order. But with Tuesday expected to be the area’s warmest day of the year so far, officials fear any progress that may...
Created: Wed, Apr 08 2020 03:27:04 AM
A man was fatally shot, and a 3-year-old girl was among three others wounded Tuesday in Gresham on the South Side. About 7:35 p.m., a group of people were sitting on the front porch of a home in the 8600 block of South Damen Avenue when someone in a black sedan fired shots, Chicago police said. A 27-year-old man was...
Created: Tue, Apr 07 2020 11:45:12 AM
Illinois inmates who meet the medical criteria may be granted furloughs to minimize the spread of coronavirus in state prisons. Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Monday signed an executive order giving the Illinois Department of Corrections permission to allow "medically vulnerable” inmates out of prison temporarily for as long as the governor’s disaster proclamation is in effect.
Created: Tue, Apr 07 2020 07:24:14 PM
Some of the Chicago area’s warmest temps of the year so far this year were followed up by severe thunderstorms, some of which dumped tennis ball-sized hail on the region. The National Weather Service issued multiple severe thunderstorm warnings Tuesday night. Those warnings came as large hail fell across the area, with reports of ping pong ball to tennis ball-sized...
Created: Wed, Apr 08 2020 02:47:08 AM
A Chicago firefighter has passed away after contracting COVID-19, the department announced Tuesday night. According to CFD Spokesman Larry Langford, firefighter Mario Araujo died Tuesday due to complications from the virus. Araujo, who served with CFD Truck Company 25 in Rogers Park, was a 17-year veteran of the department, according to officials. “This tragic loss underscores the seriousness that we...
Created: Tue, Apr 07 2020 09:43:35 PM
Author: Carol Marin & Don Moseley
Katie Martino has been a nurse for 10 years. Sarita Mazurowski for eight. Alyssa Olivieri’s mother and sister are nurses, her dad a doctor. And Patrice Rosenberg cared for some of the first coronavirus patients at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. They arrive at Northwestern each day for 12-hour shifts dealing with coronavirus patients. “These are some of the sickest patients we...
Created: Tue, Apr 07 2020 02:01:56 AM
Author: Patrick Fazio
Thousands of people across the Chicago area are asking for help from the Salvation Army during the coronavirus pandemic, and the organization is working to meet those requests. “People are scared. People want to know that they’re going to be OK, that they’re going to get through this,” says Jackie Rachev, Director of Communications for the Salvation Army Metropolitan Division....
Created: Tue, Apr 07 2020 11:27:52 PM
Chicago police are searching for three men who allegedly shoved another man in front of a CTA Red Line train on Tuesday afternoon. The unidentified man was struck by the train in the 200 block of South State Street at approximately 5:13 p.m., according to police. The man was pronounced dead at the scene. During the incident, three men walked...
Created: Tue, Apr 07 2020 11:16:35 PM
Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker is publicly thanking California Governor Gavin Newsom after 100 ventilators were delivered to the state of Illinois this week. “It’s truly incredible to work with elected officials across the nation who are providing real leadership,” Pritzker said in a series of tweets thanking Newsom. The ventilators arrived in Illinois as the state moves toward what it...
Created: Tue, Apr 07 2020 09:21:57 PM
For the first time, a medical team at Northwestern University has used a special device to save the life of a patient after they were diagnosed with COVID-19. The machine, known as an Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) machine, is used to treat patients whose heart or lungs have stopped working properly. The device removes blood from the patient’s body, pumps...
Created: Tue, Apr 07 2020 10:35:50 PM
The Chicago Police Department has reported 17 additional positive tests for coronavirus, bringing the department’s total to more than 100 cases of the virus since the pandemic began. According to the latest figures released by the department, a total of 112 members of the department have tested positive for COVID-19. Authorities say 108 of those members of the department are...
Created: Tue, Apr 07 2020 10:21:30 PM
With Illinois coronavirus cases continuing to rise and the state seeing some of its highest daily death dolls of the pandemic so far, some questioned if the statewide stay-at-home order could be hindering immunity for Illinois residents. Some have suggested that if a larger part of the population can develop full or partial immunity to coronavirus – either from surviving...
Created: Tue, Apr 07 2020 10:06:22 PM
Michigan City, Indiana has instituted a mandatory curfew as part of the city's efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19.