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Gov. Pritzker Announces Metrics-Based Pathway for Illinois to Fully Reopen; Expands Vaccine Eligibility to All Residents 16+ on April 12

| Mar 18, 2021

Governor Pritzker and Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike today announced a metrics-based, vaccination-informed framework for Illinois to advance to Phase 5 of the state's Restore Illinois Plan, our new normal. In recognition of an increasing national vaccine supply and the state now averaging 100,000 vaccine...[ Read More ]

Protect Chicago Plus partners with UI Health in vaccine rollout effort

Mansur Shaheen | Mar 17, 2021

University of Illinois (UI) Health and Protect Chicago Plus have partnered to deliver 1,000 COVID-19 vaccines to residents of the Englewood neighborhoods in Chicago. They opened a temporary vaccine clinic at the Mile Square Health Center-Englewood earlier this month. The move comes as many Black and poorer neighborhoods have been...[ Read More ]

Chicago leaders ask state to purchase Mercy Hospital

Mansur Shaheen | Mar 16, 2021

Chicago Alderman Sophia King has joined other Chicago leaders to call for the state of Illinois to purchase Mercy Hospital, the oldest hospital in the city. The hospital, which serves a primarily Black community, has been the center of controversy in recent months. It is currently owned by Trinity Health,...[ Read More ]

Nine rural Illinois hospitals chosen for vaccine equity program

Mansur Shaheen | Mar 12, 2021

Nine critical access hospitals in Illinois have been selected as a part of the Safety Net Direct Vaccine Allocation Pilot program. The program will target health centers and hospitals in rural areas to ensure an equitable distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine. Governor J.B. Pritzker said about the program in a...[ Read More ]

Gov. Pritzker Announces Roadmap to Address Hunger and Poverty Across the State

| Mar 11, 2021

Governor JB Pritzker today announced a new plan for ending food insecurity across the state put forward by the Illinois Commission to End Hunger. The new plan, titled "From Food Insecurity to Food Equity: A Roadmap to End Hunger," advances a three-part strategy for connecting residents in need to nutrition assistance programs...[ Read More ]

Illinois Tech receive patent for potential COVID-19 treatment

Mansur Shaheen | Mar 10, 2021

Researchers at the Illinois Institute of Technology (Illinois Tech) have received a provisional patent for a new drug that could potentially treat COVID-19. CROWNase functions by cutting glycoprotein from spiking, making it so the virus can not infect cells. The drug works by exposing the vulnerable parts of the virus...[ Read More ]