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Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker, right, looks on as Mayor Lori Lightfoot speaks at the Thompson Center in Chicago during the daily update on the state's response to the coronavirus pandemic, Monday, March 30, 2020. (Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Sun-Times/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

Illinois inmate dies from COVID-19; dozens more sickened

Mar. 30, 2020 8:23 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois officials on Monday reported the death of a state prison inmate from COVID-19 and acknowledged the difficulty they face in stopping the spread of the virus in a crowded correctional system. Dr. Ngoze Ezike, the state's public health director, said a man at Stateville...

Joliet teacher experienced racism - and has a solution

Mar. 26, 2020 4:41 PM EDT

JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — One day two years ago, Ernest Crim was driving to work and feeling frustrated and isolated. Finally, he broke down. Emotionally. And wound up leaving work. “I took a mental health day and tried to find a therapist,” Crim, a social science teacher at Joliet Central High...

Associated Press Class 3A/4A All-State girls basketball team

Mar. 5, 2020 3:27 PM EST

The Illinois Associated Press Class 3A and Class 4A All-State girls' basketball teams as voted on by a statewide panel of sports writers and broadcasters and compiled by Steve Tappa, longtime voter and sports writer at the Moline Dispatch/Rock Island Argus. Players received five points for a first-team vote and...

Officials announce $75M for Chicago-area public housing

Feb. 16, 2020 9:36 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Nearly a dozen public housing authorities in the Chicago area will receive $75 million in federal funding for development, financing and modernization, federal officials said. The money is coming through a capital program of the U.S. Department of Housing and Development. The bulk of the...

2 charged in coronavirus prank in suburban Chicago store

Feb. 7, 2020 2:30 PM EST

JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — A 19-year-old man suspected of spraying disinfectant inside a Walmart in suburban Chicago while announcing to startled customers that he was infected with the new coronavirus turned himself in to police. Tyler Wallace, of Joliet, was scheduled to appear in bond court on Friday afternoon...

Man says he has coronavirus, sprays store with disinfectant

Feb. 5, 2020 5:06 PM EST

JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — Police are searching for a man who caused thousands of dollars of damage in a Walmart in suburban Chicago by spraying disinfectant inside the store while wearing a surgical mask and a sign on his back declaring that he has the deadly coronavirus. Two men apparently in their 20s walked...