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COVID-19 Crisis Put Thousands Of Independent Contractors Out Of Work — But They Can’t File For Unemployment

With no income, no paid time off and no unemployment benefits, 1099 workers in Illinois — 18 percent of the state's workforce — are "unbelievably stressed."

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Logan Square Neighborhood Association Raising Money For Families In Crisis

The neighborhood group has identified 250 families in its network that need immediate assistance, some of whom are undocumented and don't qualify for federal aid.

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Shedd Aquarium Loans High-Tech Lab Equipment To State For Use In Coronavirus Testing

The equipment can do in hours what it might take an entire day for technicians to do manually, speeding up the testing process for COVID-19 patients.

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Verizon, LISC Offering $10,000 Grants To Help Small Businesses Survive Coronavirus Shutdown

Entrepreneurs of color and woman are encouraged to apply. The first round of applications are due before midnight on Saturday, April 4.