After downtown Chicago protests, unrest spreads to suburbs
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After downtown Chicago protests, unrest spreads to suburbs

While Chicago officials took extraordinary steps Sunday to patrol and restrict access to the city’s downtown in the hopes of preventing further chaos after a night of protests over the death of George Floyd, reports of vandalism and unrest cropped up throughout the day in the city’s neighborhoods and suburbs

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Kansas City imposes curfew after protests turn violent
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Kansas City imposes curfew after protests turn violent

Kansas City officials imposed a curfew on some areas of the city Sunday evening through Monday morning as the city braces for another day of protests over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and law enforcement's treatment of blacks

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Public officials announce 60 new COVID-19 deaths in Illinois

Public health officials say there have been 1,343 new cases of COVID-19 and 60 additional deaths in Illinois

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Chicago-area parents seek babysitters amid COVID-19 pandemic

Chicago-area parents are looking for babysitters who will adhere to social distancing rules as many summer camps have closed in an effort to stymie the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak

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Vehicle emissions testing resumes June 1

Vehicle emissions testing, on hold because of stay-at-home orders issued during the coronavirus pandemic, will resume Monday, state officials said

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UIC professor named to Society of American Historians

A professor from the University of Illinois at Chicago has been named to the Society of American Historians

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Moms couldn’t pay bond, so churches paid it for them

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Marlisia Younger, Sharlena Stocker and Jenniece Horton each were being held in the St. Clair County Jail on separate charges of aggravated battery.


But the United Congregations of the Metro East, with assistance from the National Bail Out Collective and its Free Black Mamas initiative, decided jail was no place for the three East St. Louis women to be on Mother’s Day. So it posted bond for each of them, freeing them to celebrate the weekend with their children.


None of the three have been convicted, but were in jail because they couldn’t afford to post the cash bond, said Tiara Moore, a community organizer for the Illinois Network for Pretrial Justice.

Charity offers diapers, school supplies to families in need
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Charity offers diapers, school supplies to families in need

ADDISON, Ill. (AP) — Every Tuesday afternoon, families find a lifeline at the Addison Children’s Center.


Angelina Perez receives a care package for her three children while schools and prekindergarten programs are shut down. With her hours reduced at work in the restaurant industry, the supplies provided by Metropolitan Family Services DuPage help ease some of the financial hardships of the COVID-19 pandemic.


“They’re always checking on us, asking if we need help with anything,” the Addison mom, 29, said. “It’s just a good program.”


As one of the main providers of early childhood services in DuPage County, Metropolitan is distributing baby wipes, diapers, formula, nonperishable food and at-home activity kits for families struggling to afford basic necessities. Demand quickly ramped up after the effort began in late March.

Gov. Parson activates National Guard to respond to protests
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Gov. Parson activates National Guard to respond to protests

Gov. Mike Parson on Saturday activated the Missouri National Guard to help respond to protests around the state that he described as creating  hazards that are beyond the abilities of local authorities to manage

Missouri reports 33 new COVID-19 deaths, making total 771
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Missouri reports 33 new COVID-19 deaths, making total 771

Missouri has reported another 33 COVID-19-related deaths