Created: Tue, Mar 10 2020 06:23:03 PM
After declaring a disaster proclamation in Illinois – the state’s version of a state of emergency – on Monday, March 9, Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced plans to hold a daily briefing on the developing coronavirus situation. You can watch each day’s announcements live at 2:30 p.m. CT in the player above. Each briefing will also be made available for viewing...
Created: Mon, Apr 06 2020 02:07:19 AM
Encouraging news emerged from Sunday’s briefing as the Coronavirus Task Force announced Illinois would be receiving more supplies like N95 masks, test kits and ventilators to help treat patients and keep health care workers safe. “600 will be going or have gone to Illinois,” said President Trump before taking aim at Gov. J.B. Pritzker. “There’s a governor I hear him...
Created: Mon, Apr 06 2020 01:43:55 AM
Author: Lauren Stone
As the projected peak in coronavirus cases in Illinois grows nearer, so too does Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker’s worry that the amount of supplies necessary to care for sick patients and protect health care workers won’t be there when that day comes. Donning a mask as he approached the podium Sunday for his daily press conference, Pritzker was critical of...
Created: Thu, Mar 26 2020 12:31:18 AM
Folllowing Saturday’s biggest-ever increases in new coronavirus cases, it was a bit of a relief that the total count of new cases today — not only in Illinois but in northwest Indiana, southwest Michigan, and southeast Wisconsin as well — was in the three digits — though barely. NBC5 Investigates tallied 965 new cases of coronavirus today across Chicago’s viewing...
Created: Fri, Apr 03 2020 10:38:53 PM
Author: Katy Smyser
The two charts below show where things stand right now, and how social-distancing orders aim to change them — if we all follow the rules. We want the first chart to level off. We want the second chart to drop sharply downhill. We will continue to update both charts, every day:
Created: Mon, Apr 06 2020 12:15:26 AM
The Cook County medical examiner announced 26 more deaths related to the coronavirus Sunday, pushing the county’s death toll up to 210. Cook County is home to over 75% of Illinois’ coronavirus deaths. Earlier in the day, Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced 31 new deaths, bringing the statewide total up to 274. Sunday’s confirmed dead range in age from 41 to 83,...
Created: Sun, Apr 05 2020 11:52:10 PM
Author: Lauren Stone
Police in Hammond issued a citation to a church and its leaders Sunday for hosting a service in violation of Indiana’s stay-at-home order. More than 30 members, some wearing masks, congregated inside the Church of Christ on 169th and Leland Street Sunday, according to a post on Mayor Thomas McDermott’s Facebook page. Officers went to the church, explained the stay-at-home...
Created: Sun, Apr 05 2020 08:11:16 PM
The Illinois governor says the state needs thousands more ventilators from the federal government as it desperately prepares for its a peak in coronavirus cases expected in late April
Created: Sun, Apr 05 2020 11:17:11 PM
The Cook County sheriff’s office announced Sunday that a total of 234 detainees at Cook County Jail have tested positive for the coronavirus. Fourteen detainees diagnosed with the disease have been hospitalized, the sheriff’s office said. Additionally, a total of 78 employees have also tested positive. The first two cases of COVID-19 at the facility were announced March 23. The...
Created: Sun, Apr 05 2020 08:38:24 PM
With the state of Illinois under a “stay-at-home” order through the end of April, the Archdiocese of Chicago has issued a decree dispensing Catholics from their Easter obligations due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The decree was issued Sunday by Cardinal Blase Cupich. Catholics are required to receive communion during the Easter season, but that obligation has been removed by...
Created: Fri, Apr 03 2020 10:20:51 PM
On Sunday morning, a group of Chicago-area ministers hosted a televised special, offering words of encouragement for tough times on NBC 5’s “Making a Difference Thru Unity & Faith.” The following ministers participated: Dr. Bishop Horace Smith – Apostolic Faith Church, Bronzeville Pastor Jon Dennis – Holy Trinity Church, Chicago Erikah Rivera – The Brook Church, Chicago Pastor Kensen Lam...
Created: Sun, Apr 05 2020 02:37:19 PM
As coronavirus cases continue to spike in the state of Illinois, a suburban hospital that closed last year is being re-opened to help medical professionals treat COVID-19 patients. Westlake Hospital in suburban Melrose Park, which closed last fall, will re-open to help with the influx of coronavirus patients. Governor J.B. Pritzker announced the plans to re-open the hospital on Thursday,...
Created: Sun, Apr 05 2020 08:51:31 PM
A 22-year-old man is dead and at least 16 other people have been wounded in shootings across the city of Chicago. Just after 7 p.m. Friday in the 1700 block of East 69th Street, a 22-year-old man was crossing the street when two or three men got out of a silver Audi and fired multiple shots, striking him several times....
Created: Mon, Mar 02 2020 05:51:57 PM
With coronavirus infections spreading around the globe, questions linger over the severity of the disease and what it means for areas seeing new cases. The outbreak has led to the cancellation of major sporting events, festivals and more. For a full list of confirmed cases in Illinois click here. To watch the governor’s daily coronavirus press briefings live, click here....
Created: Sun, Apr 05 2020 07:42:39 PM
The state of Illinois has reported 899 new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus, bringing the state’s total number of cases to 11,256 since the pandemic began. In addition, the state has reported 31 additional deaths, bringing the state’s total number of fatalities to 274 as a result of COVID-19. According to state data, 19 of those deaths were reported...
Created: Sun, Apr 05 2020 06:46:16 PM
A 34-year-old woman was found dead Sunday in Lawndale on the West Side. About 6 a.m., officers found the woman laying face down and unresponsive in the 1500 block of South Komensky Avenue, Chicago police said. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Witnesses told officers a 34-year-old man “had a dispute” with the woman and fled before police arrived,...
Created: Sun, Apr 05 2020 05:54:38 PM
Employees at two Chicago Target locations have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the company revealed this weekend. According to the company, one employee at the Target location in the South Loop and one employee at a Near North location both tested positive for COVID-19. “Our top priority is the health and safety of our team members and guests, and...
Created: Sun, Apr 05 2020 04:47:58 PM
An inmate at Statesville Correctional Institute in Joliet died of coronavirus, according to health officials. Ronald Rice, 66, died early Sunday morning at Morris Hospital in Morris Illinois, the Grundy County coroner’s office said. Rice’s death is the second reported at the facility as a result of the virus. Rice was admitted to the prison in 1984 and was eligible...
Created: Sun, Apr 05 2020 03:15:33 PM
More than 4,400 people in Indiana have now tested positive for coronavirus after the state reported an additional 458 cases of the virus on Sunday. Indiana officials also say that 11 additional deaths have been reported statewide, bringing the state’s total to 127 since the state’s first case of the virus was reported on March 6. The number of new...
Created: Sun, Apr 05 2020 02:10:32 PM
A person is being questioned by police after a 56-year-old man was killed Saturday in a stabbing inside a Brighton Park business on the Southwest Side. About 12:30 p.m., Christ Douvlis was inside the business in the 4000 block of South Kedzie Avenue when another person approached him, sparking an argument, Chicago police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office...
Created: Sun, Apr 05 2020 01:30:33 PM
Early clouds will eventually give way to sunshine across the Chicago area Sunday, with seasonal temperatures and clear skies on tap for most of the day. After a chilly Saturday, high temperatures will rise back to near normal in the region, reaching the low-to-mid 50s. Cooler conditions are expected along the shores of Lake Michigan, according to forecast models. Following...
Created: Sat, Apr 04 2020 10:03:07 PM
Author: Chris Hush
Hundreds of people flocked to Chicago’s Northwest Side to be tested for the coronavirus Saturday, the first day of expanded testing at a testing facility. Patients who visit the testing site, which is located on Forest Preserve Drive near Harwood Heights, are instructed to pull into a garage and crack their window just enough so a member of the Illinois...
Created: Sat, Apr 04 2020 07:40:25 PM
Illinois reported more than 1,400 new cases of coronavirus on Saturday, bringing the state’s total number of cases since the pandemic began to more than 10,000. In all, the state has now confirmed 10,357 cases in 68 of the state’s 102 counties. Jasper, Lee, Mason and Pike counties all reported their first cases of the virus on Saturday. In addition...
Created: Sun, Apr 05 2020 01:28:26 AM
Two nursing home residents in west suburban Carol Stream have died of a COVID-19 infection, DuPage County health officials announced Saturday. A woman who was over 100 years old and a man in his 70s were the county’s two latest deaths, health officials said. Both lived at a long-term care facility in Carol Stream and both had underlying conditions. In...
Created: Sun, Apr 05 2020 01:16:11 AM
Saturday saw the largest one-day increase, so far, in the number of new coronavirus cases in Illinois and in the areas surrounding Chicago in northwest Indiana, southwest Michigan, and southeast Wisconsin. NBC 5 Investigates has now tracked 11,025 cases, with 265 deaths. That includes 1,566 newly-reported cases of coronavirus in Illinois and the regions surrounding greater Chicago, and 37 new...
Created: Fri, Apr 03 2020 10:45:47 PM
Author: Stephanie Stremplewski, NBC Sports Chicago
Starting Saturday, Target Corp. will monitor foot traffic at its nearly 1,900 stores nationwide and limit the number of guests when needed to keep employees and customers safe during the coronavirus pandemic. Leadership at the popular chain also said Target will supply face masks and gloves for more than 350,000 team members to wear while working. Shoppers with Shipt, the same-day...
Created: Wed, Apr 01 2020 10:26:23 PM
Author: Lauren Petty
Days after getting a new heart, Lukas Settecase is doing great. “Lukas is a beast. He’s actually the toughest little guy you’ll ever meet,” said Joel Settecase, Lukas’ dad. For more info on Lukas’ journey, check out his Facebook page. The 5 year old from Portage Park was diagnosed with leukemia at 10 months old. After treatment, he went into...
Created: Sat, Apr 04 2020 11:04:31 PM
Incoming Chicago Police Department Superintendent David Brown toured several police districts and met with officers across the city Saturday. Photos posted to social media showed Brown, a former Dallas police chief, saying hello to officers by “elbow bumping” instead of shaking hands. Brown attended morning and afternoon roll calls and engaged in discussions with deputy chiefs from across the city,...
Created: Sat, Apr 04 2020 10:44:58 PM
A man who killed his wife and then himself earlier this week in southwest suburban Lockport Township told family that he feared he and his wife had contracted the coronavirus, according to police. About 8 p.m. Thursday, officers responded to the 400 block of Bruce Road for a wellbeing check and found Patrick Jesernik, 54, and Cheryl Schriefer, 59, lying...
Created: Fri, Mar 20 2020 02:56:09 AM
Author: Katy Smyser
As of March 20, NBC5 Investigates has tracked a total of 435 confirmed cases of coronavirus throughout the greater Chicago area, including all of Illinois, southeast Wisconsin, northwest Indiana and southwest Michigan.
Created: Sat, Apr 04 2020 05:53:05 PM
An 18-year-old man is facing multiple felonies after he was arrested for allegedly firing shots in a residential area and then threatening a convenience store customer with a gun in west suburban Aurora. Christopher Martinez, of Aurora, was charged with a felony count of reckless discharge of a firearm, three felony counts of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and a...
Created: Sat, Apr 04 2020 05:32:17 PM
Yet another major grocery store chain has instituted new policies to limit the number of customers allowed inside of its stores as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Michigan-based Meijer announced the new policies on Saturday in a press release. The company is asking customers to limit the number of people they bring with them on shopping trips, and stores...
Created: Sat, Apr 04 2020 04:41:12 PM
An Illinois man who pleaded guilty in a string of Indiana bank robberies pulled off while he wore wigs and fake beards as disguises has been sentenced to 40 years in prison
Created: Mon, Mar 30 2020 10:20:22 PM
Author: Katie Kim, Lisa Capitanini and Katy Smyser
Health care workers at the center of the coronavirus outbreak in the Chicago area are pleading with communities to heed social distancing and stay-at-home orders. “Our lives depend on this,” one Chicago nurse said. More than 230 doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists, technicians and beyond responded to an NBC 5 Investigates survey that aimed to better understand what health care workers...
Created: Thu, Apr 02 2020 09:52:57 PM
Author: Katie Kim, Lisa Capitanini and Katy Smyser
Nationwide, most people getting tested for coronavirus are people whose symptoms are severe or who are at risk for complications. There are many others here who can’t get tested — even though they may be walking around with the virus and not know it — because the test kits are still in such short supply. And that may be hiding a...
Created: Fri, Apr 03 2020 08:44:18 PM
Author: Katie Kim and Lisa Capitanini
Tech companies and universities are developing apps to help slow the spread of coronavirus, but some advocates warn the pandemic is pushing to the forefront the delicate balance between technology and privacy protections. Unacast, a data mining company, made headlines last week with its “Social Distancing Scorecard.” The company uses anonymous GPS location information from mobile phones to track the...
Created: Sat, Apr 04 2020 02:31:48 PM
A 22-year-old man is dead and at least 11 other people have been wounded in shootings across the city of Chicago in a violent start to the weekend. Just after 7 p.m. Friday in the 1700 block of East 69th Street, a 22-year-old man was crossing the street when two or three men got out of a silver Audi and...
Created: Sat, Apr 04 2020 01:36:27 PM
The Cook County sheriff’s office announced Friday that a total of 210 detainees at Cook County Jail have tested positive for COVID-19. Fourteen detainees diagnosed with the disease have been hospitalized, the sheriff’s office said. Additionally, a total of 60 employees have also tested positive. The first two cases of COVID-19 at the facility were announced March 23. So far,...
Created: Sat, Apr 04 2020 01:30:42 PM
After the warmest day of the year so far, the Chicago area will be a lot cooler on Saturday as a cold front moves through the region. That front will also bring some spotty showers along with it, but those are expected to clear out before the noon hour. Clouds will also begin to clear in the afternoon, bringing some...
Created: Sat, Apr 04 2020 12:54:01 AM
Author: Natalie Martinez
A Chicago trauma surgeon says a porch thief stole boxes of face masks and shields that were intended to help health care workers during the coronavirus pandemic. The unidentified person was caught on camera stealing multiple boxes at around 7:30 Wednesday night in the city’s Ukrainian Village neighborhood. Dr. Jane Lee, the intended recipient, a trauma surgeon at Advocate Christ...
Created: Sat, Apr 04 2020 12:04:21 AM
Two employees at the Walmart in south suburban Evergreen Park have died from the coronavirus, attorneys and family members tell NBC 5. Family members identified one of the employees as Phillip Thomas. A second employee was identified as Wando Evans, according to an attorney representing Evans’ family. Walmart confirmed the passing of two employee in a statement, adding the company...
Created: Fri, Apr 03 2020 09:51:54 PM
Author: Lisa Chavarria
A Chicago family says they’re grateful after their wife and mother as well as 6-month-old baby recovered from the coronavirus. Marvin Phipps told NBC 5 that when he initially got sick, he and his wife, Tabitha, weren’t thinking about coronavirus or “anything like that.” But when the couple’s 6-month-old son, Marz, began to cough excessively, the family went to the...
Created: Fri, Apr 03 2020 05:24:37 PM
Gov. J.B. Pritzker estimates a peak in the number of coronavirus cases could be coming soon, but what will that mean for Illinois schools? Schools across the state remain closed through April, but there’s still plenty of uncertainty surrounding whether classes will be allowed to resume in May. When asked Thursday if schools would be closed through the end of...
Created: Fri, Apr 03 2020 07:50:04 PM
Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker now recommends residents wear masks or cover their mouths in some way if they must go outside during the statewide stay-at-home order. “There’s a reason that we’re raised to cover your mouth or use your elbow when you cough and sneeze. It’s a simple gesture to reduce the number of germs that you spread to those...
Created: Sat, Mar 21 2020 12:14:58 AM
Author: Molly Walsh
As Chicagoans hunker down at home to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, local non-profits are asking for help as they provide resources to people in need. Here are some organizations that are asking for support: American Red Cross of Chicago and Northern Illinois, 2200 W Harrison St, Chicago Needs: Blood donations, Monetary donations https://www.redcross.org/local/illinois/chicago-and-northern-illinois.html Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese...
Created: Fri, Apr 03 2020 07:39:44 PM
Illinois saw its biggest single-day spike since the coronavirus pandemic began Friday, with 1,209 new cases reported in the last 24 hours. That brings the total number of confirmed infections to 8,904 on Friday, health officials announced, with 210 total deaths. The deaths, which were reported in seven Illinois counties, mark an increase of 53 fatalities in the last day....
Created: Fri, Apr 03 2020 05:07:51 PM
Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot are scheduled to deliver the state's daily coronavirus update Friday from the alternate care facility set up at the city's McCormick Place, followed by a tour of the transformed convention center that is now ready to house hundreds - and eventually thousands - of patients.
Created: Fri, Apr 03 2020 10:03:01 PM
Author: Chris Coffey
A suburban barbecue restaurant owner serving hot meals to workers on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic says he is focused on surviving now, so he can worry about making money later. Kris Schoenberger’s BBQ-d Productions has two locations in Third Lake and Lake Zurich. His restaurants only remain open for carry-out and deliveries as the nation takes drastic measures to...
Created: Fri, Apr 03 2020 10:52:26 PM
Author: Stephanie Stremplewski, NBC Sports Chicago
With unemployment on the rise during the COVID-19 pandemic, many Americans are looking to their local communities for work to support their families. Due to the demand of essential products and services, Ace Hardware announced Friday that it plans on hiring more than 30,000 people across the United States to further support the communities they serve. “When a ‘Help Wanted’ sign...
Created: Fri, Apr 03 2020 04:03:40 PM
Author: Matthew Rodrigues
From social platforms to new media outlets, there is an overwhelming amount of misinformation being thrown our way. How do you decide what is true and what is false? “Chicago Today” spoke with the editor-in-chief of the online fact checking site, PolitiFact, Angie Holan, who gave us some guidelines. Here are a few questions she suggests asking yourself before you...