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Illinois Hospitals ‘Completely Overwhelmed’ By Unvaccinated COVID-19 Patients, Officials Say

More than 90 percent of people in intensive care units with COVID are unvaccinated and nearly 100 percent of those needing ventilators haven't gotten their shots, health officials said.

Citywide

Pritzker Vows To Shut Down ‘Fly-By-Night’ Pop-Up COVID Testing Sites, Calling Them An ‘Enormous Problem’

Pritzker said he has referred the issue of questionable pop-up sites to the state attorney general's office to investigate.

Citywide

Thompson Center In Line For $70 Million Sale To Developer Who Plans ‘Total Gut Renovation’

The result will be 425,000 square feet of renovated office space and a hotel, with the existing light-drenched, 17-story atrium mostly intact.

Downtown

Timuel Black’s Public Memorial Celebrates A Life Of Jazz And Justice: ‘God Granted Him 102 Years … Not For Himself, But For Us’

Timuel Black's massive influence on the city and his love of Black music were on display during a celebration of his life Sunday — two days before he would've turned 103.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Illinois Makes It Illegal For Adults To ‘Groom’ Kids As Sex Abuse Scandal Rocks Logan Square School

Faith's Law bans all forms of grooming and boosts protections for abuse survivors. Gov. JB Pritkzer signed it into law Friday amid rampant sex abuse allegations at Marine Leadership Academy.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

Violence Prevention Programs To Get $50 Million Next Year As Pritzker Calls Gun Violence A Public Health Emergency

The state's violence prevention strategy will focus on youth development, violence prevention, trauma recovery and programs diverting youths from the criminal justice system.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Heart Of Humboldt Park’s Puerto Rican Community Will Become ‘Puerto Rico Town’ Under State Bill

Ald. Roberto Maldonado said the state-designated cultural district is a meaningful step in "the fight against the forces of gentrification."

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

Illinois To Give Child Care Workers $1,000 And Cover Costs For Unemployed Parents

Gov. JB Pritzker announced the bonuses Monday as part of a broader package of child care recovery efforts.

Citywide

National Museum Of Mexican Art Dedicates Plaza To City’s First Latino Committeeman, Ray Castro: ‘He Stood For Justice’

Castro, a veteran who died in 2005, is remembered for organizing sports programs for South Chicago youth and fundraising for a monument honoring 12 fallen soldiers, among other contributions.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

Illinois Decriminalizes HIV Exposure, Adds Gender-Neutral Marriage Certificate Option And More As Pritzker Signs LGBTQ-Affirming Laws

Gov. JB Pritzker signed four laws aimed at improving the lives of LGBTQ people, including wiping from the books a 1989 statute that made HIV transmission a crime and expanding infertility treatment options for queer couples.

Citywide

After Fierce Backlash, Michigan-Based Pot Shop Drops Lawsuit To Block Illinois Cannabis Lottery

The company, Sozo Health, sued after it was excluded from two of the three upcoming lotteries. Critics slammed the company as "rich white guys from out of town" who were ruining the process for more diverse applicants.

Citywide

Obama Center Site Work Begins As City Preps For Official Groundbreaking Later This Year

The work is starting five years after President Obama chose the Jackson Park site. "There has truly never been a better time to invest in our South Side," Mayor Lori Lightfoot said.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Trump Must Be Impeached After Encouraging Coup At Capitol, Pritzker Says: ‘High Treason’

“This violence is the natural conclusion of Donald Trump’s efforts to unleash the forces of hate and divide our nation," Gov. JB Pritzker said in a statement. "It must end.”

Citywide

State Lowers Coronavirus Vaccine Age To 65 For Next Round, Which Could Be Months Away

Chicago, which is in charge of its own vaccination program separate from the rest of Illinois, has not decided if it will also lower its age barrier to 65 for the next round.

Citywide

Pritzker Ending Weekday Coronavirus Updates Again

Gov. JB Pritzker has held 42 updates this fall, and Friday marked his 155th coronavirus update since the pandemic's start this spring.

Citywide

Rogers Park’s Le Piano Says It May Defy Indoor Dining Ban, Likens COVID-Era Business Restrictions To Abortion Access

Le Piano owner Chad Willetts said music and art are "essential" and he might break the rules and open. Rogers Park neighbors criticized his plan.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

Chicago Could Soon Lose Indoor Restaurant, Bar Service If Coronavirus Numbers Keep Pace

Chicago, where cases and the positivity rate have skyrocketed in recent weeks, is well on its way to tripping the same metrics that have led to stricter rules in the suburbs and other parts of Illinois.

Citywide

What Would A Graduated Income Tax Mean For Chicago?

The potential for extra revenues at the state level doesn’t make a significant dent in the city deficit, and isn’t a silver bullet for fully funding items Lightfoot campaigned on last year.

Downtown

Activists Call On Gov. Pritzker To Lift The Ban On Rent Control As Coronavirus Continues To Plague Chicago

The statewide eviction moratorium is "simply not enough" in Chicago, where illegal lockouts are on the rise, one organizer said.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

23 More People Die From Coronavirus In Illinois, 1,362 New Cases Reported

Dr. Allison Arwady of the city's public health department said it's time to "double down" on wearing masks and hand washing to stay safe through the winter and prevent further spread of the virus.

Downtown
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