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            Mark Brown is a columnist who specializes in politics and public policy issues.

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            Blue Island’s ‘perfect couple’ succumbs to virus on same day: ‘The way they would have wanted’

            Does it matter then that this married couple of nearly 60 years, founders of popular local mainstay Bob’s Auto, died from COVID-19, the terrible illness that has turned the world upside down and put our nation on lockdown? Of course, it matters. And then again, it matters not.

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            He was a husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather: ‘That he had to die alone just breaks our hearts’

            After 56 years of marriage, Janice and James Quigley would have no opportunity to console each other in his final days. No last squeezing of the hand or kiss on the forehead. No last look into each other’s eyes.

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            State seeking 12,000 body bags as critical weeks near in COVID-19 fight: ‘We’re preparing in all ways’

            The 12,000 figure would far exceed most death projections for Illinois from COVID-19. The latest model from the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation projects 3,629 people will die in Illinois from the disease by Aug. 4.

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            Voters mailed it in, delivering victory to alderman in grudge match — by just 20 votes

            Ald. George Cardenas admitted he was nervous on Election Night when the results showed him behind but held out hope when he learned how many mail ballots remained outstanding. "I knew there were a lot of votes to be counted," Cardenas said.

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            Illinois adjusts on the fly to meet medical supply needs in a coronavirus ‘Wild West’

            To meet the deadline of a supplier and get 1.5 million potentially life-saving N95 masks, Illinois’ assistant comptroller raced north on I-55 with a $3.4 million check.

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            McMeet the new boss: Will new McCook mayor kill the goose that lays the golden eggers?

            The younger Carr came to McCook after his family bought and remodeled a local restaurant and added it to the long successful Steak-N-Egger chain started by his grandfather.

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            Shuttered soup kitchens make life even tougher for 上海11选5走势图less: ‘No sandwiches. No dinners. No nothing.’

            Still, I didn’t hear any complaints Monday from the folks picking up their meals at Catholic Charities. "Without them, a lot of us wouldn’t have anything to eat at all," said Mark Anderson, a tall lean man wearing a soiled hospital mask.

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            Check-out time for reusable grocery bags? For now, ‘paper or plastic’ a safer option

            Local 881 President Steve Powell says he’s not seeking a repeal of the bag tax, just a temporary suspension based on concerns expressed by store clerks and baggers. "They’re scared, and they’re nervous — and rightfully so," Powell said.

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            Small suburban park project draws big-time players swept up in federal corruption probe

            One contractor overseeing improvements to Summit’s Legion Park is believed to be a federal informant. Another was named in a search warrant.

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            Maybe closing the Lakefront Trail was the only path to take

            While each of us may think we are making the best decisions for our own health and those around us, we must appreciate that the mayor has responsibility for everyone.