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Health Apr 1120,000: U.S. death toll overtakes Italy’s as Midwest braces
The U.S. death toll from the coronavirus eclipsed Italy's for the highest in the world Saturday at about 20,000, as Chicago and other cities across the Midwest braced for a potential surge in victims and moved to snuff out smoldering…
Health Apr 06WATCH: Chicago mayor calls virus deaths in black community ‘devastating’
Mayor Lori Lightfoot's comments on Monday follow a WBEZ report highlighting the disproportionate number of black residents among those who have died of COVID-19 complications in the city.
Health Mar 25Chicago reserves hotel rooms to ease hospital demand
Chicago's plan to reserve at least 1,000 hotel rooms through partnerships with five hotels is the first such sweeping strategy unveiled in the U.S. aimed at relieving the pressure on hospitals that are the only option for the seriously sick.
Nation Feb 28University of Michigan gets more than 100 complaints against former doctor
The university's president apologized last week to "anyone who was harmed" by Dr. Robert E. Anderson. His comment came a day after the school announced it was investigating abuse allegations against Anderson by five former patients.
Education Feb 20Another man accuses late University of Michigan doctor of sex abuse
The president of the University of Michigan has apologized to "anyone who was harmed" by a late doctor after several former students said he molested them during medical exams at the school.
Nation Feb 09Unique Illinois privacy law leads to $550M Facebook deal
Facebook has agreed to a $550 million settlement of a class-action lawsuit that accuses it of violating the rights of millions of Illinois users by harvesting their biometric data without permission.
Nation Dec 31Illinois governor clears thousands of marijuana convictions
Illinois' governor granted more than 11,000 pardons for low-level marijuana convictions on Tuesday, describing the step as a first wave of thousands of such expungements anticipated under the state's new marijuana legalization law.
Nation Dec 30Newly legal pot sales in some Midwestern states may spark tensions with others
Retailers legally selling marijuana for the past month in Michigan say they have drawn customers from surrounding Midwestern states where the drug remains illegal and, as Illinois prepares to joins the recreational market on Wednesday, officials are renewing warnings to…
Education Nov 01Strike-ending deal will shape Chicago schools for years
The outlined agreement shows both sides secured key victories and fell short on other priorities.
Education Oct 31Chicago teachers strike ends with tentative deal
Chicago Teachers Union delegates voted late Wednesday to approve a tentative deal that includes pay raises over five years, but they initially refused to end the strike unless the mayor added school days to cover the lost time.