LA County reports 60 coronavirus-related deaths Tuesday, June 1; total now 2,443

Health officials confirmed another 60 deaths in LA County related to the coronavirus on Tuesday, June 1, and once again urged those protesting over the death of George Floyd to maintain social distance and wear face coverings — in order to prevent spreading the highly contagious virus. The county also reported 1,202 new cases of […]

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Circuit Court Clerk introduces electronic options for court information in non-criminal matters

A screenshot of the Cook County Clerk of the Circuit Court’s mobile app. | Sun-Times staff Criminal case information, however, will not be available online or through the app. With Cook County Court hearings pushed back because of the coronavirus pandemic, Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown’s office has expanded its electronic services to help people […]

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Virginia county pulls officers from DC after Trump photo-op

Arlington County has pulled its officers out of the District of Columbia after they helped clear peaceful protesters from a park so that President Donald Trump could have a photo opportunity outside the White House By MATTHEW BARAKAT Associated Press June 2, 2020, 4:35 PM 2 min read 2 min read Share to FacebookShare to […]

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Michigan Sheriff Took Off His Helmet and Marched With Protesters

Sheriff Christopher R. Swanson of Genesee County in Michigan stood before a crowd of protesters on Saturday. They were outraged over the death last week of George Floyd in Minneapolis, police brutality and systemic racism. “We want to be with you all for real,” Sheriff Swanson said, addressing the demonstrators who had gathered in Flint, […]

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Order to prevent spread of coronavirus at Cook County Jail to continue while sheriff’s office appeals

Cook County Jail | Sun-Times file A federal judge also denied a request for the sheriff’s office to quickly turn over records to attorneys for detainees about whether jail is following the court’s order. A federal judge ruled Friday that his order mandating action to prevent the spread of the coronavirus at the Cook County […]

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Cook County Health narrows CEO field to 12, plans to open another building at jail for COVID-19 response

Dr. John Jay Shannon, then CEO of the Cook County Health system, looks on as Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle speaks in 2017. | Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Sun-Times file Five of the 12 have already been interviewed, M. Hill Hammock, Chair of Cook County Health’s Board of Directors, said Friday. The pool of potential candidates […]

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Virus taking hold in rural, old plantation region of Alabama

Sparsely populated Lowndes County, deep in Alabama’s old plantation country, has the sad distinction of having both the state’s highest rate of COVID-19 cases and its worst unemployment rate. Initially spared as the disease ravaged cities, the county and other rural areas in the state are now facing a “perfect storm:” a lack of access […]

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Edgar and Scott counties continue to be Ground Zero, with no confirmed COVID-19 cases

The Edgar County Courthouse in Paris is shown in this file photo. Edgar and Scott are the only Illinois counties that have yet to report a confirmed case of COVID-19 as of Wednesday. | Wikipedia But health officials there caution that doesn’t mean no one has had the disease. SPRINGFIELD — In the early weeks […]

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Sen. Durbin hits the ‘frontline’ of the county’s battle against COVID-19

Debra Carey, the interim CEO of Cook County Health, joins Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and Sen. Dick Durbin to talk about the county’s COVID-19 response. | Rachel Hinton/ Sun-Times The battle against the deadly coronavirus should include more money for testing, Durbin said, standing outside of tents that serve as walk-up and drive-thru […]

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Cook County COVID-19 response plan focuses on communities ‘hit the hardest’ to ensure ‘recovery will encompass everyone’

Bill Barnes, the director of the county’s Emergency Management and Regional Services, and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle explain the county’s COVID-19 response plan, which was unveiled Thursday. | Screen grab. The plan also includes a community advisory council composed of community leaders and advocates who are being recruited to provide feedback from their […]

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Some US schools are pulling the plug on distance learning

After the Chattahoochee County school district called an early end to the school year, seniors lined up one day last week to complete their graduation paperwork. Students who hadn’t seen each other since in-person classes ended abruptly in March amid the coronavirus outbreak commiserated over all they’ve missed out on, including the prom and a […]

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To Fight Waste and Hunger, Food Banks Start Cooking

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. — The new kitchen was still under construction here at the Palm Beach County branch of Feeding South Florida, a food bank, when Chrissy Benoit walked through the warehouse in March. Fruits and vegetables had started arriving in unusually large amounts from nearby farms, which got her thinking about the cooking she […]

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Preckwinkle offers plan to delay fees on late property tax bills

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle unveiled a plan Wednesday that would waive two months of late fees for property tax payments. | Sun-Times file photo Property taxes are due in early August, but the plan would waive fees for two months until October. Homeowners would get a two-month waiver of fees on late property […]

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State’s coronavirus cases keeps rising over weekend, mostly in Southern California

Fewer than half of California’s county health departments issued COVID-19 updates on Sunday, but the number of cases statewide still grew by more than 1,000 while fatalities from the deadly new disease crossed 2,700. The 1,128 new cases were just over half the amount reported Saturday, meaning the statewide case count rose by about 5% […]

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For a Georgia Police Force, a Bungled Shooting Case Follows a Trail of Woes

BRUNSWICK, Ga. — When the Glynn County Police Department arrived at the scene of a fatal shooting in February in southeastern Georgia, officers encountered a former colleague with the victim’s blood on his hands. They took down his version of events and let him and his adult son, who had fired the shots, go home. […]

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U.S. joblessness slams Latinos, less educated with brutal force

© Reuters. People wait in line to enter the Nassau County Mega Job Fair at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York By Howard Schneider WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. economy’s record run of job growth and historically low unemployment has been stopped in its tracks by the fight against the coronavirus pandemic: joblessness […]

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Cook County sheriff’s office runs out of electronic monitoring bracelets

A discarded surgical mask sits on the sidewalk across from Division 10 at the Cook County Jail. | Andy Grimm/Sun-Times The lack of devices could strain the sheriff’s office’s ability to socially distance detainees, leading to more COVID-19 cases, inmate advocates said. The Cook County sheriff’s office has run out of electronic monitoring bracelets, worrying […]

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Chicago man charged with threatening DuPage County board chairman

A man is charged with sending threatening messages to a DuPage County official. | Google Maps Broc Montgomery has no relationship, either personal or professional, with board chairman Daniel Cronin, prosecutors said. A Chicago resident has been charged with leaving threatening voice messages directed at DuPage County Board Chairman Daniel Cronin. Broc Montgomery, 49, of […]

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Cook County searching for overlooked COVID-19 deaths as far back as November just ‘to cover our bases’

This image from undated video provided by the Office of Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle shows set-up for the Cook County Medical Examiner’s surge center in Chicago to handle the influx of COVID-19 cases. | Office of Cook County Board President via AP The state recorded its first COVID-19 death on March 16, but […]

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King County in Washington Agrees to $2.25 Million Settlement in Teen’s Shooting

King County in Washington State has agreed to a $2.25 million settlement with the family of a teenager who was fatally shot by officers in a sting operation in 2017. The settlement, which was made public on Monday, also includes a promise by the county Sheriff’s Office to pursue a new policy that would require […]

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Dart touts improvements, warns of security issues as Cook County Jail battles COVID-19

A discarded surgical mask sits on the sidewalk across from Division 10 at the Cook County Jail, where officials have faced an outbreak of COVID-19 that has seen more than 500 inmates and more than 300 jail staff infected with the virus. | Andy Grimm/Sun-Times Social distancing behind the walls may not be possible if […]

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