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Trump says he won't be at Biden's inauguration; Obamas, Bushes will attend

Trump says he won't be at Biden's inauguration; Obamas, Bushes will attend

Welcome, Your AccountLog OutBy Leah Hope WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump said Friday he will skip President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration, refusing to fulfill the outgoing president's traditional role in the peaceful transition of power and undercutting his own message just one day earlier on the need for "national healing and unity."Trump, who has not appeared in public since a violent mob of his supporters besieged the Capitol on Wednesday to try to halt the transfer of power, will be the first incumbent president since Andrew Johnson not to attend his successor's inauguration.Biden...

January 8, 2021
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UK COVID-19 variant found in Chicago, scientists say

UK COVID-19 variant found in Chicago, scientists say

Welcome, Your AccountLog OutBy CHICAGO (WLS) -- Scientists confirm Thursday that the strain was here in Chicago.The U.S. first case of the UK strain was discovered last month in Colorado."It's a variant that has specific mutations that was described in the UK in the middle of December," said Dr. Ramon Lorenzo Redondo, a virologist at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. "It has taken over the epidemic only in the UK."Redondo is a part of a team of scientists at Northwestern University who have been tracking COVID-19 samples. Out of 200 recent patients, he said they found one...

January 15, 2021
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Chicago mariachi family facing eviction in Andersonville; community raises over $25K

Chicago mariachi family facing eviction in Andersonville; community raises over $25K

Welcome, Your AccountLog OutBy CHICAGO (WLS) -- A Chicago family of mariachi performers is facing eviction as the COVID-19 pandemic has shut down their primary means of employment.But Juan Lucero, a father of 7, is feeling some relief after getting help to pay back rent."It makes me happy," Lucero said. "It makes me feel very warm and welcome in this community."The Lucero family is well known in their Andersonville neighborhood and around Chicago as a mariachi band called Cielito Lindo, which means "beautiful heaven.""Our beautiful place of peace and love is with our family," Lucero...

January 15, 2021
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Illinois COVID-19: IL again breaks COVID-19 daily record with 12,438 new cases, 76 deaths

Illinois COVID-19: IL again breaks COVID-19 daily record with 12,438 new cases, 76 deaths

Welcome, Your AccountLog OutGov. JB Pritzker has tested negative for COVID-19 after possible exposure, office saysBy , , and Alexis McAdams CHICAGO (WLS) -- Illinois officials announced a record 12,438 new COVID-19 cases and 76 additional deaths Saturday.The death toll in Illinois has now crossed 10,000, with a total of 10,154 deaths, the Illinois Department of Public Health reported. The total number of cases has now reached 477,978 total cases.Friday, IDPH announced they will now report both confirmed cases and probable cases.As a part of this, they released all current probable cases,...

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November 7, 2020
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Illinois COVID-19: IL reports 4,554 new coronavirus cases, with 38 deaths, again breaking 1-day record

Illinois COVID-19: IL reports 4,554 new coronavirus cases, with 38 deaths, again breaking 1-day record

Welcome, Your AccountLog OutDeKalb, Kane, McHenry and Will counties among 34 at Illinois' COVID-19 warning levelBy and CHICAGO (WLS) -- Illinois public health officials announced 4,554 new cases of COVID-19 Friday, along with 38 additional deaths -- setting a new one-day case record established the day before.The total number of COVID-19 cases in Illinois now stands at 336,174, with 9,165 deaths, the IDPH reported.The number of new cases reported Friday is the highest single-day increase since the pandemic began. On Sept. 4, 5,358 new cases were reported, which came from multiple days due...

October 16, 2020
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Postal worker shot with paintballs day after another was shot, injured delivering mail on South Side

Postal worker shot with paintballs day after another was shot, injured delivering mail on South Side

Welcome, Your AccountLog OutVigil held for USPS letter carrier shot at 91st Street and Ellis AvenueBy CHICAGO (WLS) -- Another postal worker is terrified after he thought he was being shot at just blocks from where one of his colleagues was shot and injured the day before on Chicago's South Side.Last Friday a Chicago letter carrier, who did not want to be identified, thought he'd been shot when a car pulled up and started firing in his direction.It turned out he'd been hit with paintballs, but the incident was just 24 hours after another letter carrier had been shot with a real gun three...

September 17, 2020
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USPS struggles to keep up mail deliveries in Chicago amid pandemic

USPS struggles to keep up mail deliveries in Chicago amid pandemic

Welcome, Your AccountLog OutBy CHICAGO (WLS) -- The coronavirus pandemic has drastically changed how society functions, and that includes the US Postal Service. Some customers have reached out the ABC7 saying it's been weeks since they've received mail from the agency."This is ridiculous. I just want my mail," Marshanika Adams said.Adams is just one of the many residents who had to go to the Auburn Park Post Office in person to get their mail."This experience was way too long, I mean, two hours and then you wait another 20 minutes," said JR Rogers."This was a gas bill issued on July 8,"...

July 14, 2020
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'Black Lives Matter' mural in Oak Park defaced, painted over to read 'All Lives Matter'

'Black Lives Matter' mural in Oak Park defaced, painted over to read 'All Lives Matter'

Welcome, Your AccountLog OutBy , and ABC 7 Chicago Digital Team OAK PARK, Ill. (WLS) -- A Black Lives Matter mural in west suburban Oak Park has been defaced, officials said.Crews were working to clean the mural on Scoville Avenue just south of Lake Street Wednesday morning."To see it vandalized, defaced this way, it's shameful," said Oak Park Area Arts Council Executive Director Camille Wilson White.Parts of the mural was painted over in order to make it read "All Lives Matter.""If they cannot understand that all lives don't matter until Black lives matter, they did this out of hatred,"...

July 8, 2020
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