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The latest news about the novel coronavirus COVID-19 with a focus on its impact on Chicago and Illinois.

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Pritzker to self-isolate after staff member tests positive for COVID-19

The staff member, who was not identified by state officials, tested positive for the virus Monday after initially testing negative for the virus last week during weekly testing, according to Pritzker’s office.

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Let Mr. COVID Answer Man help you cope during the pandemic

COVID-19 has left all of us with more questions than answers. Now there is somewhere to turn.

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Titans stop in-person team activities after players, staff get positive COVID-19 tests

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement that the Titans returned three new positive tests from players and five from team staffers on Tuesday morning. The Vikings also are suspending team activities as both clubs follow the league’s protocols on COVID-19.

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Live map of coronavirus cases by zip code

Track the latest confirmed COVID-19 cases by zip code with this state map, updated daily with public health department data.

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Live map of U.S. coronavirus cases by county

Keep track of coronavirus cases across the country, broken down by county.

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Live map of Illinois coronavirus cases

Track the latest confirmed COVID-19 cases across the state with this state map, updated daily with public health department data.

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Bar owners breathe sigh of relief

The news of extended hours and occupancy was a lifeline but still might not be enough.

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Coronavirus live blog, Sept. 28, 2020: Will CPS kids go back to schools this fall? Lightfoot says ‘we’re not there yet’

Here’s what we learned about the continuing spread of the coronavirus and its ripple effects in Chicago and Illinois.

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Worldwide coronavirus death toll passes 1 million

The bleak milestone, recorded by Johns Hopkins University, is greater than the population of Jerusalem or Austin, Texas.

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Will CPS kids go back to schools this fall? Lightfoot says ‘we’re not there yet’

The mayor said Monday the city is not ready to bring the district’s 300,000 students back for in-person classes.

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Over 900 CPD officers have tested positive for COVID-19 this year, top cop says

"Likely, we will have surpassed 1,000 before the year ends," said Chicago Police Department Supt. David Brown.

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N95 mask shortage scares health care workers ahead of projected COVID-19 spike

With another wave of coronavirus cases possible this fall and winter, hospitals are trying to stock up on N95 respirators, considered the best Personal Protective Equipment. But they haven’t gotten enough help from the Trump Administration, critics say.

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Chicago to ease capacity restrictions on restaurants, allow drinking inside bars

The changes, taking effect Thursday, also increase the size of exercises classes and after-school programs to 15, up from 10. And salon services that require removing a mask, such as facials and shaves, will be allowed.

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Tuesday’s Taste of Pilsen will focus on ‘to-go’ options at 21 restaurants

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, this year’s festivities, organized by the Economic Strategies Development Corporation, will be a bit different than in the past.

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Thousands of suburban students going back to school after starting fully remote

Districts in Palatine, Oak Park and Batavia, among others, are announcing plans to start some in-person classes this fall.

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Coronavirus live blog, September 27, 2020: Illinois could see 10,000 deaths from COVID-19 this year

Here’s what we learned about the continuing spread of the coronavirus and its ripple effects in Chicago and Illinois.

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Illinois’ coronavirus-related death toll surpasses 8,600

State health officials also announced 1,604 new coronavirus cases Sunday.

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Latest Illinois coronavirus cases and deaths

Keep track of new coronavirus cases and deaths in Illinois as the state announces them.

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Latest Illinois coronavirus testing numbers

Keep track of how many tests are being administered in Illinois as the state announces them.

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Fact-check: Durbin’s claim about COVID-19 effect on U.S. economy vs. rest of the world off by a factor of wrong

Asked repeatedly to provide records, studies or any other support to back up the claim, Sen. Dick Durbin’s staff did not respond.

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Military suicides increase by as much as 20% this year compared to same period in 2019

The Pentagon refused to provide 2020 data or discuss the issue, but Army officials said discussions in Defense Department briefings indicate there has been up to a 20% jump in overall military suicides this year.

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Coronavirus live blog, Sept. 26, 2020: Illinois records a 2,000-plus daily coronavirus caseload for 10th day this month

Here’s what happened on Saturday about the continuing spread of the coronavirus and its ripple effects in Chicago and Illinois.

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Q&A: How to handle technology issues with online school

Across the U.S., the coronavirus pandemic has forced students to attend virtual school

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Rapid, cheap home tests: Companies attempt to make coronavirus tests widely available

Gaining FDA authorization for these inexpensive, at-home tests is no easy task.

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Tiny airborne particles may pose a big coronavirus problem

Tiny particles that people expel when they sneeze, cough or talk are getting a close look for their ability to spread the new coronavirus.

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Illinois records 2,441 new coronavirus cases, 25 additional deaths

Saturday marked the 10th day this month Illinois recorded a 2,000-plus daily caseload.

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Latest global coronavirus cases and deaths

Keep track of coronavirus cases around the world, including recoveries and deaths.

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Universities determined to salvage semester despite warning signs

Institutions across the nation saw spikes of thousands of cases days after opening their doors in the last month, driven by students socializing with little or no social distancing.

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Coronavirus live blog, Sept. 25, 2020: 2,514 new COVID-19 cases, 25 more deaths

Here’s what we learned Friday about the continuing spread of the coronavirus and its ripple effects in Chicago and Illinois.

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Even before any second COVID wave, many Chicagoans are still in need from the first one

State Rep. Lindsey LaPointe and her top aide say many of those who call, seeking help, are apologetic, seemingly guilty their financial hardships put them in need.

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Aldermen turn up heat on Lightfoot to use $900M in reserves to soften blow of tax hikes, budget cuts

Ald. Jason Ervin (28th) was in no mood to talk about ways to sock it to his West Side constituents by raising taxes or slashing services. Not after Chief Financial Officer Jennie Huang-Bennett acknowledged under his questioning that the city has $900 million in reserves.

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2,514 new COVID-19 cases, 25 more deaths: state health officials

The additional deaths bring the state’s total to 8,563.

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What summer staples did you miss most because of the pandemic? What Chicagoans say.

Fireworks at Navy Pier. Movies at Millennium Park. Grandmother-grandaughter baseball games. Hiking trips out west. The beach. Concerts. Street festivals.

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Coronavirus live blog, Sept. 24, 2020: Lightfoot’s pandemic conference calls with aldermen violated Open Meetings Act, state attorney general’s office says

Get the latest news on how COVID-19 is impacting Chicago and Illinois. Follow here for live updates.

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A trip down memory lane for closing bar that once housed speakeasy, brothel

Last call at Southport Lanes is Sunday. "It’s been one of the strangest six months of our lives," owner Steve Soble said.

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Lightfoot’s pandemic conference calls with aldermen violated Open Meetings Act, state attorney general’s office says

Deputy Corporation Counsel Jeff Levine had defended the calls, saying they did not violate the Open Meetings Act because there was "no legislative aspect whatsoever" and aldermen were acting not as legislator but as "community-based first-responders."