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Mitchell Armentrout is a staff reporter covering Illinois casinos, video gaming, sports betting and gambling regulation.

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More suburban kids hospitalized with severe COVID-19 cases as surge breaks records: ‘We just don’t know the implications’

The rise in hospitalized children comes as Illinois set another record for total new COVID-19 cases Thursday, with more than 44,000 reported statewide. The state also saw 104 more viral deaths, the most in a day in nearly a year.

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Hospitales obtienen camiones de carga para ayudar a la morgue con casos de Omicron

El Condado de Cook representa casi la mitad de la cifra estatal de muertes por COVID y Chicago representa casi la mitad de la cifra del condado.

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Preparing for the worst: Cook County deploys trailers to hospitals to handle looming surge in COVID-19 deaths

More than 250 Cook County residents died of COVID-19 last week, the worst weekly toll seen in the Chicago area since vaccines were introduced. Over the past seven days, the entire state has averaged more than 25,000 COVID-19 infections. That’s roughly like the population of suburban Melrose Park testing positive each day.

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Close COVID contact: Pritzker to work remotely after more than 15 minutes near state worker who tested positive 

The exposure in Chicago happened as state lawmakers convene in Springfield for a legislative session that has already been shortened due to the statewide surge in coronavirus cases.

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Three ICU beds left for 800,000 people? COVID-19 patients swamping Will, Kankakee Co. hospitals

Southern Illinois hospitals — which were overrun late last summer during the initial Delta variant wave — are also approaching capacity once again.

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Cook County political heavyweight Frank Zuccarelli dies at 70

The Thornton Township supervisor helped launch numerous Illinois political careers, prioritized social services in his south suburban township — and was no stranger to controversy.

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Familias de víctimas de la violencia marchan por la paz a fines del año más violento

Docenas de jóvenes se cuentan entre las 820 víctimas de homicidio en Chicago, la peor cifra desde 1995, según la Oficina del Médico Forense del Condado de Cook.

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Jueza del Condado es asaltada por ladrones de autos

Un sospechoso le apuntó con un arma en la cabeza.

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Cook County judge carjacked at gunpoint in Humboldt Park with 3-year-old son

Judge Anna Loftus and the boy were ordered out of the car late Thursday by two people who then drove off in the Subaru Crosstrek.

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Families march for Chicago’s homicide victims: ‘To us, it’s our world’

"The violence is a Chicago problem — not just a West Side or South Side problem, but a city problem," the Rev. Michael Pfleger said.