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Northwestern students can't sue after school closed campus over COVID, but charged full price tuition, judge says

CHICAGO — A federal judge has dismissed a class action from Northwestern University students who sought a tuition refund because they were only able to attend online classes after the school closed down in-person classes in the spring of 2020 in response to COVID-19. Four current and former students alleged the decision to move to exclusively online classes constituted either a breach of contract or unjust enrichment. In an opinion issued Sept. 15, Judge Harry Leinenweber granted NU’s motion to dismiss the complaint.
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Lurie Children’s Hospital and Communities United have a shot to win $20M to transform mental health for Black and brown youths

The deaths of Marques Watts’ 16-year-old brother, Derrion Umba Ortiz, and friend Caleb Reed in 2020 due to gun violence led Watts to the doors of Communities United, the survivor-led, grassroots, intergenerational, racial justice organization in Chicago. The 18-year-old senior at Stephen Tyng Mather High School says seeing the work that Reed was doing with the organization, which centers on ...
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IDPH Published Emergency Rule Redefining "Quarantine" -

After realizing they were losing in various court cases, the Illinois Department of Public Health ("IDPH") published an Emergency Rule redefining "Quarantine" - thinking the new definition would change court rulings. In a previous article (here), we stated:. "What happens when the people push back against government action? The government...

COVID-19: Are we getting closer to an endemic stage?

Dr. Jim Adams, Chief Medical Officer of Northwestern Medicine, joins Steve Bertrand on Chicago’s Afternoon News to discuss whether we are getting closer to the end of the coronavirus pandemic as more people gain immunity through either vaccination or infection. “Better knowledge means better health for you and your family....

Chicago's Travel Advisory stays at 48 states and 3 territories; 4 locations swap spots

CHICAGO - One state and one territory were removed from Chicago's Travel Advisory on Tuesday while another state and territory took their places on this list. The Chicago Department of Public Health announced that both California and Puerto Rico were removed from the city's COVID-19 Travel Advisory. Both maintained a daily COVID case rate of under 15 per 100,000 residents for two consecutive weeks.

West Nile virus cause of bird deaths

A number of dead birds in Oak Park has caused confusion and concern among village residents. They were not flattened by cars but appear outwardly to be healthy-looking birds. What’s killing Oak Park’s birds is West Nile virus-carrying mosquitoes. The same irritating creature whose bites result in itchy, red welts...

OPRF should host Q&A sessions on COVID

Quotes from OPRF High School’s equity director, Patrick Hardy [Case by case, how OPRF faces COVID concerns, News, Sept. 15], suggests he is answering any questions raised by unvaccinated students about the COVID vaccines. He seems to empathize with their concerns and states, “If there’s something I can do to support you, please let me know.”
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Johnson & Johnson, Moderna and Pfizer: What We Know About Booster Shots So Far

Johnson & Johnson released a new update on the potential for a booster shot of its single-dose coronavirus vaccine Tuesday, but as booster shots continue to be debated nationwide, what's next for all three COVID vaccines currently being administered in the U.S.?. Pfizer, Moderna and J&J have each conducted studies...

'Avoid co-infection with COVID-19 and flu': Health officials urge residents to get flu shot this year

CHICAGO - Illinois public health officials are urging residents to get their flu shot this year, as the coronavirus pandemic is still ongoing. "…with inconsistent mask usage, we could see a more severe flu season along with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Now is the time to get your flu shot," said Dr. Ngozi Ezike, the Public Health Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Indiana Society of Chicago issues last call for pandemic hero nominations

The Indiana Society of Chicago, a social organization that brings together Hoosier natives in the Windy City, is seeking "pandemic hero" nominations from the public. The group is issuing a last call for nominations for its 2021 Hoosier of the Year award, which will be presented at its annual dinner on Dec. 4 at the Lowes Hotel in the Streeterville neighborhood in downtown Chicago.