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Online school put US kids behind. Some adults have regrets.

Preliminary test scores around the country confirm: The longer many students studied remotely, the less they learned. Some educators and parents are questioning decisions from Boston to Chicago to Los Angeles to remain online long after clear evidence emerged that schools weren’t super-spreaders.

Online school put US kids behind. Some adults have regrets.
Health

Advocate Aurora Health discloses breach tied to online data tracker

Advocate Aurora Health, which operates 27 hospitals, said in a statement that the breach may have exposed information including a patients' medical provider, the type of appointment or medical procedure, dates and locations of scheduled appointments, and IP addresses.

Advocate Aurora Health discloses breach tied to online data tracker
Lifestyle

8.7% hike to Social Security checks won't cut it, some fear

In a year when inflation has made Americans' eyes pop when they fill up their gas or walk down aisles at the grocery store, many Social Security recipients worry whether the biggest cost-of-living increase in four decades will be enough to cover their needs.

8.7% hike to Social Security checks won't cut it, some fear
Health

Hospital chain attack part of ongoing cybersecurity concerns

Diverted ambulances. Cancer treatment delayed. Electronic health records offline. These are just some of ripple effects of an apparent cyberattack on a major nonprofit health system that disrupted operations throughout the U.S, including Illinois.

Hospital chain attack part of ongoing cybersecurity concerns
Health

Cook County resident dies of West Nile virus

A Cook County resident in their late 70s has died of West Nile virus in the first human case of the mosquito-borne disease reported in Illinois this year, state health officials said Tuesday.

Cook County resident dies of West Nile virus
Health

Another state lines up to sue embattled Illinois-based COVID-19 testing company

This time it's Oregon suing Illinois-based Center for Covid Control. Oregon AG Ellen Rosenblum sued the CCC, and its testing partner, Doctors Clinical Laboratory, for deceptively marketing testing services and for violating Oregon’s Unlawful Trade Practices Act.

Another state lines up to sue embattled Illinois-based COVID-19 testing company
Crime

Chicago-area businessman admits bilking millions from hospitals seeking face masks

Two hospitals paid more than $3 million for N95 masks but the Burr Ridge man never delivered and allegedly used some of the money for his personal benefit, including on credit cards, two Maseratis, and a Range Rover.

Chicago-area businessman admits bilking millions from hospitals seeking face masks
News

Dr. Ngozi Ezike resigns from IDPH

Dr. Ezike said during a Chicago news conference that she has no immediate professional plans but would take advantage of a lull in the pandemic to step aside and give more attention to her family.

Dr. Ngozi Ezike resigns from IDPH
News

Pritzker to lift mask mandate...except for schools

The change in policy doesn't apply to schools, and the Democratic governor has appealed a circuit court ruling last week that found he had overstepped by requiring face coverings for in-person learning.

Pritzker to lift mask mandate...except for schools
Illinois Politics

Illinois AG Kwame Raoul officially appeals school mask ruling

Democratic Attorney General Kwame Raoul asked the 4th District Appellate Court in Springfield for an emergency halt to a temporary restraining order against the mask mandate.

Illinois AG Kwame Raoul officially appeals school mask ruling