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Illinois’ Mask Mandate Is Back After Weekend Where 10,000 COVID Cases, 38 Deaths Reported

Officials hope to slow down the latest wave of coronavirus cases by getting people vaccinated and requiring masks when indoors in public.


Unvaccinated Mom In Pilsen Can See Her Son, Judge Says In Reversal

Earlier this month, Cook County Judge James Shapiro said Rebecca Firlit's custody of her 11-year-old son would be revoked until she was vaccinated against COVID-19.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

Chicago Schools Are Fully Reopening For The First Time In More Than 500 Days. Here’s What To Know

Chicago Teachers Union President Jesse Sharkey said the union has no intention of blocking the start of the school year. But it will continue to “ring alarms” about what he described as safety shortfalls, he said.


Lightfoot Defends COVID Vaccine Mandate For City Workers, Says They Owe It To Themselves And The Public

Mayor Lori Lightfoot called getting the vaccine "a condition of employment" for city workers.


As Life Gets Back To ‘Normal’ For Some, Wicker Park Mutual Aid Groups See Drop In Donations, Volunteers

Attention has shifted away from the economic impact of COVID-19, but people are still in need, mutual aid groups said. Diapers, toiletries and other items are still needed.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

City Investigating COVID-19 Cases Tied To Market Days

The city has found "several" cases connected to the festival, which was held earlier this month.

Lakeview, Wrigleyville, Northalsted

Illinois Hospitals Could Be Overwhelmed Amid COVID Surge, But Chicago’s System ‘Stable’

One part of southern Illinois could have no ICU beds available as soon as Friday. Chicago, which is more vaccinated, is faring better.


Chicago Will Drop Daily COVID-19 Screener And Bring Back Simultaneous Instruction In Quarantine Cases

The district will also not require temperature checks at the school entrances because a fever isn’t the most reliable way to tell if a student has contracted COVID-19.


Illinois’ Mask Mandate Returns Monday, And Some State Workers Must Get Vaccinated, Pritzker Announces

Officials hope mask and vaccine mandates can slow the spread of coronavirus, which has surged in recent weeks.


All Chicago City Workers Must Be Fully Vaccinated By Oct. 15, Lightfoot Says

The city's largest police union has vowed to fight the move.


4 States Added To Chicago’s Travel Advisory As COVID’s Delta Surge Continues

Also, 15 deaths from COVID-19 and 2,989 cases were reported in Illinois during the past day.


Chicago City Workers Will Be Required To Get Vaccinated If Lightfoot Gets Her Way

Mayor Lori Lightfoot said a COVID-19 vaccine mandate is coming for Chicago's workers — but the Fraternal Order of Police is already promising a fight.


Pfizer’s COVID Vaccine Gets Full FDA Approval

Also, 44 Illinoisans were reported dead from COVID-19 over the weekend and 9,213 cases were reported.


National Museum Of Mexican Art Seeks Photos To Honor Loved Ones Who Died From COVID-19

The museum's Dia de los Muertos ofrenda will be a tribute to people in the United States and Mexico who died from coronavirus.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

Masks Now Required Indoors In Suburban Cook County

The city's indoor mask mandate began Friday; the same day, Cook County's health department announced it would mandate masks, too.


Rev. Jesse Jackson And Wife Hospitalized With COVID-19, ‘Responding Positively’ To Treatment

Jesse, 79, and Jacqueline Jackson, 77, are being treated at Northwestern Hospital.

Bronzeville, Near South Side

Boosters Needed To Protect People From COVID, Feds Say — But Some Disagree

Also, another 18 deaths and 4,904 coronavirus cases reported in Illinois during the past day.


South Siders In Chicago’s Least-Vaccinated Areas Say Misinformation, Mistrust Behind The Lag. Here’s What They Say Can Help

Ten of the 12 least-vaccinated ZIP codes in the city are on the South Side. For years, health "outreach to these communities has not been done. We shouldn't be expecting [the vaccination push] to be easy."

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Chicago’s Mask Mandate Returns Friday. Here’s What You Need To Know

Also, another 14 deaths from COVID-19 and 3,180 cases were reported during the past day in Illinois.


After Recovering From Breakthrough Coronavirus Cases, Edgebrook Bakery Owners Reopen For Business

Mona's Sweet Spot is back, and a friend is fundraising as the owners get back on their feet.

Edgebrook, Edison Park, Sauganash
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