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Editorial Roundup: Indiana

May. 11, 2021 14:06 PM EDT

KPC News. May 9, 2021. Editorial: Legislature not kind to unemployed When the Legislature was entering its final days, Indiana lawmakers were particularly proud of themselves for providing record funding for education. As we all...

Illinois establishing office building vaccination clinics

May. 10, 2021 20:03 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The state of Illinois, working with business and labor organizations, plans to offer COVID-19 vaccinations to workers at offices around the state, officials announced Monday. The initiative is being prompted by the return to offices by thousands of...

The Latest: Fiji locks down hospital over coronavirus death

May. 05, 2021 22:24 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Soldiers and police in the Pacific nation of Fiji have surrounded and locked down a major hospital. Health authorities say they are quarantining 400 patients, doctors, nurses and other staff within the compound until they can determine who had...

Chicago launches concert series for fully vaccinated people

May. 05, 2021 15:48 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago will see the return of cultural events this summer, including a concert series solely for people who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19, officials announced Tuesday. The Protect Chicago Music Series begins later this month and will require...

Chicago Auto Show to return in July after coronavirus hiatus

May. 04, 2021 13:34 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Standing in the massive convention center that was turned into a COVID-19 field hospital almost a year ago, Chicago's mayor and the Illinois governor on Tuesday announced that the facility will again host the famed Chicago Auto Show in July. After weeks...

Chicago schools chief plans to leave post later this year

May. 03, 2021 16:57 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The leader of Chicago Public Schools announced Monday that she is leaving the post later this year because it's time to “pass the torch to new leadership" of the nation's third-largest school district. The move follows a tumultuous tenure for longtime...

Groups say gunshot detection systems unreliable, seek review

May. 03, 2021 15:42 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The gunshot detection system that set in motion the recent fatal police shooting of a 13-year-old boy in Chicago routinely reports gunshots where there are none, sending officers into predominantly Black and Latino neighborhoods for “unnecessary and hostile” encounters,...

Officials say Illinois approaching 10M COVID-19 vaccines

May. 02, 2021 14:34 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois is approaching 10 million COVID-19 vaccines, public health officials said Sunday. The state has roughly 11.8 million vaccines on hand, of which more than 9.3 million have been administered, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health. ...

Questions and anger over Chicago's lack of foot chase policy

Apr. 29, 2021 18:04 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Police Department was well aware of how dangerous foot chases could be long before officers shot and killed two people who had run away from them late last month. It also knew how important it was to have a written policy for what officers should and shouldn't do...

Video: Chicago man had gun, back turned when police shot him

Apr. 28, 2021 17:32 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A 22-year-old Chicago man who was fleeing from police had his back turned and appeared to be holding a gun when an officer fatally shot him last month, according to a video released Wednesday in what has become an all too familiar occurrence for the city's embattled police...