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Federal class-action lawsuit filed on behalf of Little Village residents after smokestack demolition

Federal class-action lawsuit filed on behalf of Little Village residents after smokestack demolition

CHICAGO – A federal class-action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of Little Village residents after the at a former power plant Saturday.Loevy & Loevy Attorneys at Law’s lawsuit alleges “environmental racism” and is against the developer, Hilco, and other companies who assisted in the demolition.“The closure of the Crawford Coal Plant was supposed to represent the end of a major and deadly source of pollution in the neighborhood,” charges the suit. “Instead, the Defendants’ actions have caused the very chemicals from the Crawford Coal Plant that LVEJO and the Little Village community...

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April 16, 2020
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Wrigley Field will be used for COVID-19 response efforts

Wrigley Field will be used for COVID-19 response efforts

CHICAGO – Without any sports to host, venues are finding a new and important purpose during the COVID-19 pandemic.The United Center has been up and running as a logistics hub for the past few weeks, with boxes filling up a floor on which the Bulls and Blackhawks would normally compete on at this time of the year.Wrigley Field would be in the first month of hosting games for the Cubs during the 2020 season, but due to the pandemic, it sits empty as the middle of April approaches.But that won’t be the case for long, as the “Friendly Confines” will prove to be just that for a few organizations...

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April 14, 2020
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Haymarket Center response to employee concerns regarding COVID-19 outbreak

Haymarket Center response to employee concerns regarding COVID-19 outbreak

Please enable Javascript to watch this videoCHICAGO — A former Haymarket Center employee said she quit because of the initial response by the substance abuse treatment center regarding COVID-19.The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 is up to 45 and three suspected deaths. One of those fatalities, according to family, happened Tuesday.Ronald Whitfield, 67, called Haymarket Center his professional home. His family said he worked as a counselor there for the last decade.His family was only able to see him over FaceTime during his final days as he struggled with COVID-19 in the...

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April 14, 2020
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Illinois ‘stay-at-home’ order to start Saturday, go until April; state’s COVID-19 death total now at 5

Illinois ‘stay-at-home’ order to start Saturday, go until April; state’s COVID-19 death total now at 5

Please enable Javascript to watch this videoCHICAGO — Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker announced Friday that the state will be under a 'stay at home' order starting this weekend and until April as the number of COVID-19 cases in the state continue to rise.The order is set to start at 5 p.m. Saturday and go until April 7. Like other states, the order will mean residents can still go to the grocery stores, put gas in their cars, take walks outside and make pharmacy runs.All local roads, including the interstate highways and tollways, will remain open to traffic, as well. Delivery works should still...

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Melissa Espana
March 20, 2020
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Three suburban hospitals hit licensed ICU capacity, but have space thanks to surge preps

Three suburban hospitals hit licensed ICU capacity, but have space thanks to surge preps

Please enable Javascript to watch this videoCHICAGO — Three north suburban hospitals reached their licensed Intensive Care capacity Wednesday, but officials say they can still handle ICU patients because they constructed overflow space fearing this day would come.While the numbers change by the hour, Northwestern Medicine’s Lake Forest Hospital, Vista Medical Center in Waukegan and Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville reported reaching their licensed Intensive Care capacity Wednesday night.  It’s believed to be the first time an Illinois hospital has reached its licensed limits...

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Ben Bradley
April 9, 2020
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Indiana man waiting for $1,700 stimulus payment sees millions in his bank account

Indiana man waiting for $1,700 stimulus payment sees millions in his bank account

Please enable Javascript to watch this videoNEW CHICAGO, Ind. — The first federal stimulus payments are on the way to America and one northwest Indiana man got quite the shock when he went to the ATM this weekend.Charles Calvin is a volunteer firefighter in New Chicago, Indiana, and unbeknownst to him, he received his first stimulus payment from the federal government on Friday. However, it wasn’t what he was expecting.“I went to the ATM at the Family Express and once I withdrew $200 out of my account I looked at the available balance still left in my account,” he said.He said his account...

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Dana Rebik
April 14, 2020
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Illinois spent $17 million on masks from China that are now being recalled in other states

Illinois spent $17 million on masks from China that are now being recalled in other states

CHICAGO — Millions of masks purchased by the State of Illinois from China may not be useable by those on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic, after multiple states recalled similar equipment Thursday.Illinois Governor JB Pritzker has been scouring the world for gowns, gloves and masks to protect medical workers and first responders across the state from COVID-19.That includes many KN95 masks bought from China, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said earlier this month was an acceptable alternative to the United States approved N95 masks. State spending records...

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April 16, 2020
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Illinois spent $17 million on masks from China that are now being recalled in other states

Illinois spent $17 million on masks from China that are now being recalled in other states

CHICAGO — Millions of masks purchased by the State of Illinois from China may not be useable by those on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic, after multiple states recalled similar equipment Thursday.Illinois Governor JB Pritzker has been scouring the world for gowns, gloves and masks to protect medical workers and first responders across the state from COVID-19.That includes many KN95 masks bought from China, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said earlier this month was an acceptable alternative to the United States approved N95 masks. State spending records...

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April 16, 2020
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District 214 student likely dies from COVID-19, another in ICU

District 214 student likely dies from COVID-19, another in ICU

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, ILL. – A north suburban high school student likely died from COVID-19, the District 214 superintendent said Saturday.“Finally, it is my unfortunate responsibility to inform you of the passing of one of our students this week, likely due to complications related to COVID-19. In addition, we currently have at least one additional student who is in the ICU due to COVID-19,” Dr. David Schuler wrote to parents. “Our student services staff is working with family and friends to provide support during this tragic time.”It is unknown which high school the student who passed away...

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April 19, 2020
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CTA announces first death of employee due to COVID-19

CTA announces first death of employee due to COVID-19

CHICAGO – The Chicago Transit Authority has announced its first death of an employee due to COVID-19.Antonio Martinez, a 14-year veteran of the agency, was a machinist.He worked out of the Skokie Shops heavy maintenance facility.“The entire CTA family extends our deepest sympathies to the family, friends and loved ones of this respected and dedicated professional,” said CTA President Dorval R. Carter, Jr. “Mr. Martinez worked very hard to make sure CTA customers had the best service possible, and took a great deal of pride in his accomplishments. I join with the men and women of the CTA in...

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April 11, 2020
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