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Prison Speaks: Torture survivor Mark Clements on the coronavirus, decarceration, and more

ark Clements spent April 7 the way he spends many days: protesting outside the Cook County Jail. That day, the police torture survivor and activist was denouncing Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart and Governor J.B. Pritzker, for the state of things inside the jail—the site of one of the largest single-site outbreaks of COVID-19 in […]

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Coronavirus in Jail

he day after her husband died on Easter Sunday, Cassandra Greer-Lee’s emotions swung from shock to pain to confusion. She wondered whether she did everything she could to save Nickolas Lee from the rapid spread of coronavirus inside Cook County Jail.  She thought of the long stream of calls she had frantically dialed over the […]

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Latinx Illinoisans surpass all groups in coronavirus cases

Latinx Illinoisans surpass all groups in coronavirus cases Many Latinx residents of Illinois are essential workers and face an alarming surge in COVID-19 cases despite making up less than a fifth of the state population. Cases are concentrated in Chicago—particularly in Little Village, Archer Heights and Belmont-Cragin—and Cook County, including suburban Cicero, according to data […]

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¿Qué pasa en los distritos? La respuesta de los concejales al coronavirus

Originally published on April 28, 2020, in English Traducido por Gisela Orozco as juntas del Concilio Municipal ahora son por internet; las oficinas de los distritos se encuentran (generalmente) cerradas. La votaciĂłn del 24 de abril para concederle a la alcaldesa Lori Lightfoot poder tributario para gastos de emergencia ocasionĂł un debate amargo. Entonces, Âżexactamente […]

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Who is Eligible for Coronavirus-related Unemployment in Illinois

rdinarily, a Chicagoan qualifies for unemployment benefits under specific conditions, like when they become unemployed “at no fault of their own.” But the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, has left many workers facing the difficult choice of going to work while feeling sick, or staying home and losing income—or worse, […]

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Q&A: Coronavirus and COVID-19 Basics

he following is an edited transcript of an interview with bacteriologist Allen Helm, a senior biosafety officer in the Office of Research Safety at the University of Chicago, about the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19, conducted by host Jamie Trecker. The interview aired on March 11 on Lumpen Radio, WLPN: 105.5 FM. Reprinted with permission. […]

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Free COVID tests by mail

Free COVID tests by mail You can once again order four free rapid COVID tests per household via Those interested will need to enter their name and address into the website, and the tests will be delivered by the USPS for free. This is the second time the Joe Biden administration has invested in […]