Tag: illinois

In Illinois, 7 out of 10 COVID-19 Cases During Pregnancy Affected Black and Latinx Women

Photo: Prostock-studio (Shutterstock) A new report from the Chicago Tribune finds Black and Latinx birthing parents represented the vast majority of COVID-19 cases while pregnant in Illinois. According to data shared by the state’s Department of Public Health last week, nearly half (49 percent) of all these cases affected pregnant Latinx parents, while another quarter […]

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Stop Unnecessary Arrests to Slow Coronavirus Spread

Jails around the country have become a major breeding ground for the coronavirus. And as authorities arrest, book and release thousands of people charged with low-level offenses each day, they are unwittingly unleashing the virus on the outside world. My colleague Daniel Chen and I found this dynamic at work as people were processed in […]

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Police SUV Seen Driving Into Crowd of Protestors in Detroit

Screenshot: Ethan Ketner (Twitter) The last month has seen prolonged, mostly peaceful protests against police brutality and systemic racism. Naturally, the police response has been engaging in the very same brutality that people are protesting. Such was the case during a Sunday night protest in Detroit when a police officer drove an SUV through a […]

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Bagged Salads Recalled After Hundreds Are Sickened in the Midwest

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning consumers and retailers in eight Midwestern states to stay away from some bagged salad mixes as officials investigate an outbreak of an intestinal illness caused by a microscopic parasite. More than 200 people in Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota and Wisconsin who reported […]

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Trump Pens Petty Letter to Chicago Officials, Ironically Calls Out Their Lack of Leadership

Protesters shut down the streets near Trump Tower on June 13, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois.Photo: Natasha Moustache (Getty Images) We’ve already established that white people are really concerned about Chicago, and no one pretends to be more concerned than the white-orange President of the U.S. Advertisement Trump sent an audacious letter to Illinois Governor J.P. […]

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A.C.L.U. Accuses Clearview AI of Privacy ‘Nightmare Scenario’

The American Civil Liberties Union on Thursday sued the facial recognition start-up Clearview AI, which has helped hundreds of law enforcement agencies use online photos to solve crimes, accusing the company of “unlawful, privacy-destroying surveillance activities.” In a suit filed in Illinois, the A.C.L.U. said that Clearview violated a state law that forbids companies from […]

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White Pride Graffiti Found in Illinois Park Days After Anti-Racism Resolution Passes

Photo: Shutterstock 2020 is really shaping up to be a banner year for white folks being absolutely trash. It seems as though every week throughout this hell year we are provided with yet another example of the violence, entitlement and sheer hatefulness the Brads, Chads and Karens of this country are capable of. Advertisement The […]

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Chicago Mayor Tells Black Teens on Playground to Go Home, Gets Roasted in Response on Camera

Black youth in Chicago were already a little wary of Mayor Lori Lightfoot, the first mayor for the city who is a black woman and member of the LGBTQ community. During her historic mayoral campaign young activists frequently took Lightfoot to task on how she would ensure more accountability in the Chicago Police Department, given […]

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Illinois Seeks a Bailout From Congress for Pensions and Cities

Illinois needs more than $40 billion in relief from the federal government because of the coronavirus pandemic — including $10 billion to help bail out its beleaguered pension system, according to a letter the Illinois Senate president sent to members of Congress. The letter, sent this week by State Senator Don Harmon, also seeks a […]

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Samantha Irby Is All Grown Up

A man once complimented Samantha Irby’s back during sex. Flattered, she gave it an exfoliating treatment, which unfortunately scraped the skin raw. The next time Irby’s suitor knocked on her door “bearing nothing but lidded eyes and a throbbing erection,” he was alarmed by the inflamed torso he’d admired before. “Good ol’ thermometer dick,” Irby […]

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Coronavirus Is Crashing America’s Joke of an Unemployment System

In the last week of March, Floridians trying to file unemployment claims made over 864,000 calls to the state’s unemployment call center, according to the Tampa Bay Times. Just one percent of those calls were answered. That rock-bottom number is one reason the state recently signed $96 million in contracts with two companies that will […]

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On the Coronavirus, God and the Chinese Communist Party

CHICAGO — My mother believes that God and the Chinese Communist Party will defeat the novel coronavirus. “Pray for Wuhan. Pray for China,” she urges me, referring to the capital of Hubei Province, where the outbreak started. It is early February, a week and some since Wuhan was placed under lockdown. My mother lives in […]

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The Bleak Choice Facing Retired Doctors and Nurses: Risk Their Lives Fighting Coronavirus or Sit Out of the Crisis

Want the best of VICE News straight to your inbox? Sign up here. Retired doctors and nurses have a hard choice to make: Risk their lives to come back to work and treat coronavirus patients, or sit on the sidelines of a global pandemic. “They’re asking us to sacrifice our lives, essentially, without proper equipment, […]

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Illinois and D.C. Are Shutting Down This Weekend Because of Coronavirus

Illinois and Washington, D.C., are the latest places getting ready to effectively lock down as the novel coronavirus spreads into more communities across the U.S., infecting at least 15,000 people and killing at least 200 as of Friday. The extreme social-distancing measures are designed to reduce population density, and limit the opportunity for the highly […]

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Marie Newman on Her Big Victory: ‘You Have to Be in Alignment With Your District’

After a tough few months for left-wing Democrats, a bright spot emerged in Tuesday night’s primary in Illinois. Marie Newman, a progressive challenger backed by activist groups, defeated Representative Dan Lipinski in a House primary, putting her on the path to be the latest “Justice Democrat” in Congress, along with household names like Representatives Alexandria […]

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RIP to Bernie Sanders’ Chances of Becoming President as Biden Sweeps Tuesday Primaries

Photo: MANDEL NGAN (Getty Images) There are people who lose and then there losers. Losers aren’t people who have lost, they are people who perpetually set themselves up for loss. They are people who walk into a situation knowing that there is no way in the world they are going to win and still do […]

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Biden Sweeps Three States and Takes Commanding Lead, as Virus Reshapes American Politics

Joseph R. Biden Jr. easily defeated Senator Bernie Sanders in three major primaries on Tuesday, all but extinguishing Mr. Sanders’s chances for a comeback, as anxious Americans turned out to vote amid a series of cascading disruptions from the coronavirus pandemic. Mr. Biden, the former vice president, won by wide margins in Florida and Illinois […]

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Are Voters ‘Essential Personnel’ During a Pandemic?

These are the instructions now, simple and bleak: Stay home if you can. Only essential personnel report for duty. Do not travel unless absolutely necessary. And here, on Tuesday, were the attendant questions, at least as grim: Are voters essential personnel in a pandemic? Is an election — that grand replenishing of government, where the […]

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Coronavirus Or Voter Suppression? Unsanitary Polling Conditions And Low Turnout Reported

Source: Scott Olson / Getty Many government officials and health experts have warned against crowded places during the coronavirus pandemic, yet Illinois, Arizona and Florida still held their primary elections on Tuesday. The fact that elections proceeded in spite of coronavirus fears brings to question whether voter suppression is at play. Past primaries this year […]

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What the Polls Say About Florida, Illinois and Arizona

Little is going as planned in Tuesday’s Democratic primaries. In parts of Florida and Arizona, some polling locations were unable to open in the morning after volunteers refused to show up because of worries about the coronavirus. In Ohio, the opposite happened: The governor unilaterally postponed voting on Monday night, but only after his squabble […]

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States See Light Voter Turnout, With Many Ballots Already in the Mail

Voting in major cities was rife with confusion and early turnout in many areas was significantly lower than expected as Florida, Illinois and Arizona held their Democratic presidential primaries on Tuesday amid fears about people gathering in groups and putting themselves at risk of coronavirus transmission. But election officials in the three states hoped that […]

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2020 Democratic Primary in Arizona, Florida and Illinois: What to Watch For

The Democratic primary race moves to Arizona, Florida and Illinois on Tuesday, with large numbers of delegates at stake for the party’s presidential nomination. Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., who is ahead of Senator Bernie Sanders in polling in all three states, could build an all-but-insurmountable lead in delegates from Tuesday’s contests. The […]

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Poll Workers Are Resigning Over Coronavirus and States Are Scrambling

WASHINGTON — Four big states have primaries Tuesday — and there are growing concerns that coronavirus will scare off enough poll workers to cause election-day chaos. Illinois, Ohio, Florida and Arizona are the first states to hold elections since the coronavirus outbreak was declared a pandemic. Across the country, a spike in resignations from the […]

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Louisiana Postpones April Primary as 4 More States Prepare to Vote on Tuesday

Louisiana will postpone its April 4 primary election for more than two months, officials announced on Friday, becoming the first state in the nation to adjust its elections in response to the coronavirus outbreak. The news comes as officials in the next four states scheduled to vote in the presidential primary — Ohio, Arizona, Florida […]

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With No Braille Option, a Blind Man Failed His Citizenship Exam

Lucio Delgado was excited when he went to the post office last month to pick up an envelope from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Enclosed were the results of a citizenship test that Mr. Delgado, a 23-year-old green card holder from Mexico, thought he had aced. He and his sister, who accompanied him, opened the […]

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Aaron Schock, Former Illinois Congressman, Comes Out as Gay

Aaron Schock, the Republican who resigned from Congress in 2015 as he faced questions about his adherence to spending rules, came out as gay on Thursday, writing in a lengthy post on his website about the challenges of growing up in a religious household and saying he was wrong to oppose gay marriage. “The fact […]

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Hotline Bling: Want a Personal Motivational Message From Rod Blagojevich? It’ll Cost You $100

Photo: Scott Olson (Getty Images) One would think that disgraced former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich wouldn’t be into taping messages considering it was FBI recordings that brought down his plans to sell the Senate seat left vacant by Barack Obama, but one would be wrong. The Chicago Tribune has found that the recently pardoned Blagojevich […]

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He Held a Plank for More Than 8 Hours, Setting a Record

George E. Hood, a 62-year-old retiree from Naperville, Ill., strapped a heart monitor band across his chest, attached a catheter to his body, climbed onto a custom-built table covered with a lambskin and dialed up a curated rock ’n’ roll playlist on his phone. And then he raised himself into a plank — and held […]

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