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CPS Sending 100,000 Laptops, Tablets To Students To Learn At Home — A Sign Schools Could Stay Closed For Longer

At least one alderman — Ray Lopez (15th) — thinks the plans mean students will be out of class the rest of the school year.

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Instacart Workers Going On Strike As They Demand More Safety, Pay Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Instacart allows customers to order groceries online — but it's doing little to help worker stay safe as they venture out amid the pandemic, strike organizers said.

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Want To Help Local Businesses Affected By Coronavirus From Home? ‘Shop In Place’ On New Site

The site was designed by University of Chicago students who gave up their spring break to work on the project and Institute for Justice Clinic on Entrepreneurship staff.

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Stores Are Banning Reusable Bags During Coronavirus, But Chicago’s Still Collecting Its 7-Cent Bag Tax

Repealing the tax would require legislative action, said a spokesman from the Mayor's Office, but the city "continues to explore all options to mitigate the financial burdens on our residents."

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Coronavirus In Chicago: Illinois’ COVID-19 Cases Expected To Peak In April — And We Don’t Have Enough Hospital Capacity

Coronavirus cases continue to grow exponentially in Illinois — and the state’s expected peak is still weeks off.

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Need Help Getting Food? You Can Now Apply For SNAP Online

Secretary Grace Hou is encouraging people to apply online so they don't have to go outside and put themselves — or state employees — at risk.

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Coronavirus In Chicago: City Becoming A ‘Hot Spot’ As Cases Hit 1,489, White House Warns

Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Chicago could expect upwards of 40,000 hospitalizations in coming weeks. "That number will break our health care system."

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Coronavirus In Chicago: As People Flock Outside, Cops Vow To Enforce Stay At Home Order

So far, there have been 1,865 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Illinois, with more than half of those cases in Chicago. Nineteen people have died.