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Illinois officials hope testing can control virus on campus

Aug. 22, 2020 2:13 PM EDT

AURORA, Ill. (AP) — University of Illinois officials expect confirmed cases of the coronavirus to rise as classes begin Monday in Champaign-Urbana but they hope routine testing and other precautions can keep spread of the virus under control on campus. Models developed by the university predict a few...

Aurora seeks volunteers to boost census response rate

Aug. 22, 2020 2:07 PM EDT

AURORA, Ill. (AP) — The city of Aurora is looking to volunteers to boost residents' participation in the US Census. Mayor Richard Irvin said participation is at 72% citywide ahead of the September 30 deadline to respond but some areas are below 60%. Volunteers will visit the 25 neighborhoods with the...

Illinois meatpacking plant sued after COVID-19 death

Aug. 14, 2020 10:24 AM EDT

NORTH AURORA, Ill. (AP) — The family of a suburban Chicago woman who died of complications related to COVID-19 has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against a meatpacking plant where her husband worked and contracted the virus. The family of Esperanza Ugalde alleges in their lawsuit that Aurora Packing Co. in...

New trial ordered for woman convicted of murder-for-hire

Jul. 26, 2020 12:34 PM EDT

AURORA, Ill. (AP) — An Aurora woman convicted of hiring someone to kill her ex-boyfriend must receive a new trial, an Illinois appeals court ordered this week. Maricela Arciga, 33, was found guilty in July 2014 of solicitation of murder for hire and sentenced to 20 years in prison. The Aurora Beacon-News...