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Chicago fire officials unveil new ‘AutoPulse’ technology The Chicago Fire Department has unveiled a new potentially life-saving piece of equipment. CHICAGO – The Chicago Fire Department has unveiled a new potentially lifesaving piece of equipment. On Tuesday, firefighters showed off the “AutoPulse” at Burnham Harbor. The device fits to the patient’s chest and performs CPR, …

Illustration by Olivia Abeyta Chicago area organizations, such as the Muslim Women Resource Center, are organizing counseling sessions and interpretation services to help the area’s recent influx of Afghan refugees and address mental health challenges. Ayesha Quraishi, the mental health coordinator at the Muslim Women Resource Center, said the waiting area in the organization’s Rogers …

The Illinois Department of Public Health on Thursday issued a warning as COVID case rates are “slowly rising in many areas of the state.” The health department said residents “should be paying close attention to conditions in their local communities” and urged vaccinations and booster shots for eligible populations. “While hospitalizations and deaths tied to …

Chicago’s health department issued a reminder to residents on what they should do if they test positive for coronavirus, with cases continuing to rise as the BA.2 omicron subvariant takes hold. “REMINDER: Regardless of vax status, if you test positive for COVID, you must isolate for 5 days, then you must wear a mask in …

In December 2020, Illinois expanded Medicaid to provide health coverage to immigrant adults ages 65 and older. Now, another expansion offers health care benefits to low-income immigrants ages 55 to 64 starting May 1.  Dr. Yolanda Escalona, medical director of Cook County Health’s Arlington Heights clinic, says the expansion was necessary to help protect the …

For the first time since the end of Illinois’ mask mandate, residents in all 102 counties can safely visit public indoor spaces without wearing masks, data shows. Meanwhile, spring break season is taking off across the country and TSA is bracing for a spike in travel volume that will surpass 90% of pre-pandemic levels. Here’s …

Jussie Smollett has been moved to a new jail cell, the Cook County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday.  Smollett, whose brother said he’s been housed in the jail’s psych ward, is still in the same unit but was moved to a different cell on Monday when medical professionals determined another detainee needed it more, the agency …

The World Health Organization this week confirmed the emergence of a new COVID-19 variant dubbed “deltacron” – a hybrid strain that combines both the delta and omicron variants. At a press conference Wednesday, Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, WHO’s technical lead for COVID-19, said cases have been reported in Denmark, France and the Netherlands, but noted …

Now, Mack will be paired with Joey Bosa playing for Chargers coach Brandon Staley, who was the Bears’ outside linebackers coach in 2018. The Bears still have Robert Quinn, who is coming off an 18½-sack season, and this could potentially create a larger role for Trevis Gipson, who had seven sacks last year in his …

Karol Chwiesiuk is charged with knowingly entering or remaining in a restricted building or grounds without lawful authority and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds, according to a criminal complaint filed Wednesday. Chwiesiuk made a court appearance Friday morning before Magistrate Judge Gabriel Fuentes in Chicago and was ordered released on a personal …