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Lilitha Jiphethu, 11, sings in her first language, Xhosa, inside her home in Orange Farm, South Africa, on Tuesday, April 28, 2020. “I have a friend in Jesus. He is loving and he’s not like any other friend. He is not deceitful. He is not ashamed of us. He is truthful, and He is love.” (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)

Global pandemic: Through the eyes of the world's children

May. 27, 2020 1:29 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — These are children of the global pandemic. In the far-north Canadian town of Iqaluit, one boy has been glued to the news to learn everything he can about the coronavirus. A girl in Australia sees a vibrant future, tinged with sadness for the lives lost. A Rwandan boy is afraid the military...

4 Chicago hospitals scrap tentative $1.1B merger plan

May. 26, 2020 6:41 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Four financially challenged hospitals on Chicago’s South Side announced Tuesday they have scrapped plans to merge into a single health care system because Illinois lawmakers failed to set aside funding for the project. The $1.1 billion plan announced in March called for the merger of...

Members of the Illinois National Guard work with the public at the state's new drive-through COVID-19 testing facility at Rolling Meadows High School Friday. The test is self-administered by the person being tested, and the test kits are passed through the partially-opened car window. (Joe Lewnard/Daily Herald via AP)

Illinois' COVID-19 hospitalizations, infection rates drop

May. 26, 2020 5:16 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Tuesday that metrics gauging the spread of the coronavirus are trending downward as Illinois prepares to further open businesses within days. Illinois’ rate of positive COVID-19 tests, which hit a high of 23% in late April, averaged roughly 9% over the last...

Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown listens to a question about the Memorial Day weekend violence during a news conference Tuesday, May 26, 2020, in Chicago. Shootings in Chicago left multiple people dead and at least 39 others wounded in the city's deadliest Memorial Day weekend since 2015. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Memorial Day weekend shootings leave 10 dead in Chicago

May. 26, 2020 4:44 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago saw its deadliest Memorial Day weekend for gun violence since 2015, a jarring reminder that even a coronavirus pandemic and a statewide stay-at-home order cannot halt shootings in the city. "The violence throughout the city on Memorial Day weekend was nothing short of...

Judge: Illinois federal courts will look 'quite different'

May. 26, 2020 7:42 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The chief judge of federal courts in Northern Illinois says things will look “quite different” as some operations resume at courthouses in Chicago and Rockford. Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer said in a video message released Monday that a task force has been planning for how courts...

Chicago seeing deadliest Memorial Day weekend since 2015

May. 25, 2020 4:29 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Nine people were killed and another 27 wounded in weekend shootings in Chicago as of early Monday, already marking the deadliest Memorial Day weekend in the city since 2015. Chicago police increased patrols and community organizations deployed mediators to neighborhood “hot spots" to...

Pritzker issues rules as Illinois prepares for reopening

May. 25, 2020 4:01 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Barbers and their customers will have to wear face masks. Restaurants will be able to serve diners outdoors only, with parties no larger than six people, spaced apart. And youth sports may hold practices and drills for 10 or fewer people, as long as the water fountains are shut off and other...

Illinois board OKs O'Hare airport access to Interstate 490

May. 25, 2020 9:50 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Illinois Tollway board has approved agreements with two major railroads that help clear the way for a western highway access into O’Hare International Airport that tollway officials have long argued is crucial to the airport’s expansion. Under the agreements announced...

Sonia Falk prays during Memorial Service at Lakewood Chapel Church in Arlington Heights, Ill., Sunday, May 24, 2020. At a news conference Friday, Trump said state governors need to

Churches holding services say they're taking precautions

May. 24, 2020 6:17 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois churches holding services Sunday despite warnings about health risks during the coronavirus pandemic said they're taking precautions to protect congregants, from scrapping communion to requiring masks. While President Donald Trump's Friday order declaring houses of worship...

Longtime Chicago Memorial Day parade goes online

May. 24, 2020 12:41 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A Memorial Day parade on Chicago’s North Side that’s been around for more than a half century is going forward virtually this year. The Wellington-Oakdale Old Glory Marching Society says Monday’s parade that’s being held online because of the coronavirus pandemic...